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Edinburgh Congress Part II (Blackpool part 1)

Edinburgh Chess Congress (Part 2)

Manuel Carballo brought me a packet of Chess biscuits.
An empty packet of Chess biscuits.
Apparently you can buy them at Morrisons.

Joint winners George Neave and Keith Ruxton had joint
coincidences in both their games. Twice George picked a
loose piece with a Queen check.

Berry v Neave. Black to play.

24...Qc1+ and Qxg5.

and in Borchgrevink v Neave. Black to Play

40...Qh5+ and Qxc5.

And Keith mated both Carbello and Ferry with the mating piece on h4.

Ruxton v Carbello

Ferry v Ruxton

The Berry-Neave game was just a blunder that came out of the blue.
But Borchgrevink - Neave a was tense struggle and George had to really
work hard for his win.

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H.Borchgrevink - G.Neave

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.h3 Bg7 8.Bf4 0-0 9.e3 b6 10.Nd2 Na6 11.Nc4 Ne8 12.Be2 Nac7 13.a4 Bb7 14.Bf3 Ba6 15.Qb3 Bxc4 16.Qxc4 a6 17.0-0 Rb8 18.Qe2 b5 19.axb5 axb5 20.Rfd1 Nf6 21.Ra7 b4 22.Nb1 Re8 23.Bh2 Nb5 24.Ra6 Rb6 25.Rxb6 Qxb6 26.Nd2 Nd4 27.Qd3 Nxf3+ 28.gxf3 Rd8 29.Nc4 Qc7 30.Ra1 Ne8 31.Ra6 Qc8 32.Rc6 Qxh3 33.Nxd6 Nxd6 34.Rxd6 Rxd6 35.Bxd6 Qxf3 36.Bxc5 Bxb2 37.d6 Qg4+ 38.Kf1 Qh3+ 39.Ke1 Bc3+ 40.Ke2 Qh5+ 41.Kf1 Qxc5 42.d7 Bf6 43.Qa6 Bd8 44.Qc8 Qe7

This is one of Keith's mates from a well played game.
A model of how to play the Black side of the Najdorf.

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E.Ferry - K.Ruxton

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.0-0 b5 9.Bb3 Bd7 10.a3 Nc6 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Bg5 Nxe4 13.Nxe4 Bxg5 14.Rad1 Be7 15.f4 d5 16.Ng3 g6 17.Rfe1 h5 18.Qd3 Qb6+ 19.Kh1 h4 20.Ne2 h3 21.Nd4 hxg2+ 22.Kxg2 0-0-0 23.Nxc6 Rxh2+ 24.Kxh2 Qf2+
25.Kh3 Rh8+ 26.Kg4 Rh4

Here is a missed opportunity from H.Borchgrevink v E. Spencer.
In this position White played 63.f7+.

OK it still wins and we are deep in an allegro finish.
However, always remember 3 pieces mate, and that includes a pawn.
Pawn, Rook and Knight mating patterns. You must know them.
Look at these mates.

Now go back to the first diagram. What do you play?

Yes 63.Rc7! If Black spots it he has to give up his Rook to stop it.
The sad bad news is that this game ended in a draw.

Here is the full game. An exciting battle from a Budapest Gambit.

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H.Borchgrevink - E.Spencer

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.Bf4 g5 5.Bg3 Bg7 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Nc3 Ngxe5 8.e3 d6 9.Be2 Be6 10.Qa4 0-0 11.h4 g4 12.Nd2 a6 13.Qd1 h5 14.Nd5 f5 15.Nf4 Bf7 16.Qc2 Qd7 17.Rd1 b5 18.0-0 Rfb8 19.b3 Nb4 20.Qb1 bxc4 21.Nxc4 Nxc4 22.Bxc4 Bxc4 23.bxc4 Qf7 24.f3 gxf3 25.gxf3 Nc6 26.Qc1 Ne5 27.c5 dxc5 28.Qxc5 Rb5 29.Qc2 Nc4 30.Nd5 Nb2 31.Nxc7 Nxd1 32.Qxd1 Qg6 33.Qd6 Qxd6 34.Bxd6 Rb6 35.Nxa8 Rxd6 36.Nc7 Rc6 37.Nd5 Rc5 38.Nf4 Ra5 39.Rf2 Bh6 40.Ng2 Ra3 41.Re2 f4 42.exf4 Rxf3 43.Rf2 Rh3 44.Kf1 Ra3 45.Ke1 Kf7 46.Rc2 Bf8 47.Ke2 Ke6 48.Ne3 Be7 49.f5+ Kd7 50.Rd2+ Ke8 51.Ng2 Rh3 52.a4 Bxh4 53.Rd6 a5 54.Ra6 Bd8 55.Re6+ Kf7 56.Rd6 Be7 57.Ra6 Bb4 58.Nf4 Rh2+ 59.Kf3 h4 60.Kg4 Be1 61.Ra7+ Ke8 62.f6 Bb4 63.f7+ Kd8 64.Ne6+ Kc8 65.f8Q+ Bxf8 66.Nxf8 Rf2 67.Ne6 h3 68.Kxh3 Rf5 69.Kg4 Re5 70.Nf4 Kb8 71.Ra6 Kb7 72.Re6 Rxe6 73.Nxe6 Kc6 74.Kf5 Kd5 75.Nd8 Kc4 76.Nb7 Kb4 77.Nxa5 Kxa4

This was entered for the best game prize.

It is for a completely different tournament. A good try.

"Who said best games had to come from this tournament?"
Asked the young Andrew Masters.
(his nickname is 'Dancing - Master' now it's 'Chancing - Master.').

Actually it's not a bad game.

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G.Rigg - A.Masters

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Bb4 6.Bxc4 Nbd7 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 a6 9.a4 0-0 10.0-0 b6 11.Re1 Bb7 12.Bd3 Ne4 13.Qc2 f5 14.Qb3 Ndc5 15.Qc2 Nxd3 16.Qxd3 Rf6 17.c4 Rg6 18.Bb2 Nd2 19.Nxd2 Bxg2 20.Qc3 Bh3+ 21.Kh1 Qg5 22.Rg1 Bg2+ 23.Rxg2 Qxg2# 0-1

And this is giant killer Callum Dickson (Bishopton) 621 who defeated
David Newton (Inverness) whose grade was 1150. A grading difference of 529 points.

This game is being sent to me and will feature in another C.C.

I've been entering all games for the Chess Scotland download section.
(Once again appalled at the sheer inability of players to complete a
clear and correct score sheet, at least 6 games are unplayable).
I also added entries for the Brilliancy Prize.

C.Sreeves (1261) - D.Heatlie (1575) from The Major reached this position.
White to play.

White played 20.Qxh8+ missing 20.Qg6 winning a piece.

This was wonderful entertaining stuff to play over and
when the games appear on the Chess Scotland site play it out.

Here is the final position drawn position. Black can make no headway.

In the previous C.C. I said I would not give the Brechin-Aagaard
game or the Green-Burnett game till they had appeared in print.

THE SCOTSMAN printed both games on the 17th. and 18th. of April
curtesy of John Henderson and Brechin-Aagaard appeared in
Jonathan Rowson's column in THE HERALD on the 21st. April.
So here they are.

A.Green v A.Burnett

In the this position. Black to play.

John Henderson states Black can win with
37...e3+ 38.Ke6 Bc6 39.Rd8+ Kg7 40.Rc8 e2.

However I had the advantage of analysing this ending with
the two players straight after the game. This line was discovered
and it was deemed that keeping the Rook on the 7th was better
than the check on d8. 37...e3+ 38.Ke6 Bc6 39.Re7. We got bogged
down looking at other variations, it's very complicated. The players
were tired so it was agreed to 'FRITZ' it.

So from the diagram the Black win is still there but it is
rather longer with Black having to sac a Bishop.
37...e3+ 38.Ke6 Bc6 39.Re7 e2 40.Rg1 g3 41.h6 f3 42.Rg7+ Kh8 43.Rf7 Kg8
44.Rg7+ Kf8 45.Rf7+ Ke8 46.Rxh7 Bd5+ 47.Kxd5 f2 48.Ke6 Bd6 49.Ra7 e1Q+

Here is the complete game

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A.Green - A.Burnett

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 d6 8.f3 Bd7 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 Ne5 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.Bg5 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.e5 dxe5 15.Nde2 Rc7 16.Nb5 Bf5 17.Nxc7 Qxc7 18.Nc3 Rc8 19.g4 Be6 20.Kb1 a6 21.Bxf6 exf6 22.Ne4 Qc4 23.b3 Qc6 24.h4 Bxg4 25.Nd6 Bxf3 26.Nxc8 Qxc8 27.Qd8+ Qxd8 28.Rxd8+ Bf8 29.Rf1 e4 30.Rb8 g5 31.h5 g4 32.Kb2 f5 33.Kc3 f4 34.Kd4 f6 35.Rxb7 Bd6 36.Rd7 Be5+ 37.Kd5 g3 38.h6 e3+ 39.Rxf3 e2 40.Ke6 Bd6 41.Re3

H.Brechin - J.Aagaard
In the previous C.C. I gave some comments about this game.

Here is the critical position.

I was one of the 15 or so onlookers.
"Nxg7" was the whispered war cry away from the board.
"No not concrete enough - there is better" I replied.

I went back and looked at 38.Nh4. Not a difficult move to find
but given the occasion very hard to play and believe in.
I felt certain it was a win and would have given you odds of 5-1
that Hugh would not play it.

(38.Nxg7 is a safe draw at the very least and it's here the weaker player usually
bales out with the draw).

Hugh played 38.Nh4, there was a slightly inaudible groan from the crowd.

Jacob played, as I anticipated, 38...Bd6 and the combination was on.

So two days later I 'FRITZ' it. 38...Kg8. It is these simple defensive
moves that undo most of my combinations. So I'm wrong, Hugh is
wrong and Jacob too must take part of the blame. (the crowd were correct!).

(I wrote this on Thursday 19th. April - just noticed in today's Herald
Jonathan is actually giving 38.Nh4 a ? in a well annotated game.)

After 38...Kh8 there is no concrete win.
(White can repeat with 39.Nf5 and then sac on g7 but that's another game.)

However let us not take away any glory from Hugh.
He played very well in this game and the experience of knowing he
can play a winning combination when the chips are down is invaluable.

And believe me when you have your first very strong player on the ropes
and you can see the winning combination. Playing it is a major task.
Your head swims, your hand shakes, your heart thumps like drum...

Here is the game. Hugh's strategy of centralisation is commendable.
g4-f4+f5 though normal and 'obvious' were brave considering who
he was facing. He went for it and in the end confidently took it.

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H.Brechin - J.Aagaard

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Nbd2 Be7 6.h3 0-0 7.Bd3 d6 8.0-0 c5 9.c3 Nc6 10.a4 Re8 11.Nc4 Bf8 12.Bh2 cxd4 13.exd4 Rc8 14.Re1 Rc7 15.Qe2 Rd7 16.Rad1 Qa8 17.Ncd2 Rdd8 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Bxe4 h6 20.Qc2 Rc8 21.Qb1 Na5 22.Bxb7 Qxb7 23.Nd2 Qd5 24.Ne4 Red8 25.Bf4 Qf5 26.Qc1 d5 27.g4 Qg6 28.Ng3 Rc4 29.Be5 Rxa4 30.f4 Nc4 31.f5 exf5 32.Nxf5 Nxe5 33.Rxe5 b5 34.Rde1 Qc6 35.Qf4 Ra2 36.Re7 Rxb2 37.Rxf7 Kh8 38.Nh4 Bd6 39.Ng6+ Kg8 40.Ne7+ Bxe7 41.Rxg7+ Kh8 42.Rh7+ Kxh7 43.Rxe7+ Kh8 44.Qe5+ Kg8 45.Qg7

Talk of this game being a disaster to Jacob's Grandmaster ambitions are
pure nonsense. Talent and determination will out. Watch this space...

...and witness this game.

Played in round 5 with nothing to go for Jacob produces this piece
of brilliance. If he had entered it for the Brilliancy Prize I would
have considered this game. A Classic Knight & Bishop mate.

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M.Carballo - J.Aagaard

1.e4 c5 2.a3 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Nc3 b6 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.Rb1 Nf6 7.d3 0-0 8.Bd2 e6 9.f4 d5 10.Ba2 dxe4 11.dxe4 Bb7 12.Nh3 cxb4 13.axb4 Rc8 14.0-0 Qd4+ 15.Nf2 Rfd8 16.Be1 Qxd1 17.Ncxd1 Nd4 18.e5 Ne2+ 19.Kh1 Nxf4 20.exf6 Nxg2 21.fxg7 Nf4+ 22.Ne4 Bxe4+ 23.Kg1 Nh3# 0-1

Mating Patterns. You must know them.

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