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Sandy Bells 1 win Division One 2003!!

Doing a spot of Spring cleaning and I came across this
very old copy of Scottish Chess from the 60's.
1/6p is about 8 new pence in today's money.

So who is kid I have circled?

Any ideas?

Yes you were correct.

Regular contributor to this column. Siegrun Gilchrist.

In a previous C.C. I asked you find a mate in 5
from the initial position. I stated (I was told) there was
only one solution. Infact there is more than one.

This came from Mike Chisholm.

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1.h4 c5 2.Rh3 Qa5 3.b4 cxb4 4.Rc3 Qa4 5.Rxc8

This from Elie Solomon.
(Clearly Elie and Mike had nothing else better to do at Easter).

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1.h4 g5 2.hxg5 Bh6 3.Rxh6 Nf6 4.Rxh7 Ne4 5.Rxh8

But I had misread the email. The conditions should have been;
Mate in 5 with the White King's Rook.
White has to make two moves with his Queen's Knight.

It's not my fault Alan Jelfs should make his emails clearer.

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1.Nc3 e5 2.h4 Qxh4 3.Ne4 Qd8 4.Rh5 Ke7 5.Rxe5

An attractive mate that one.

This was a good buy for 5.00 at the Edinburgh Congress.

This is not yet another collection of short games with sparse notes.
Although these books have their place. I'd rather play over and see:

Haugen - Lerfald 1981
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 c5
6.d5 exd5 7.Nh4 Be7 8.cxd5 0-0 9.d6 1-0

Than see the exact same sequence of moves with me as Black.

So back to Modern Chess Miniatures.
I like McDonald as a writer. He is sharp, humorous and instructive.

Here is an example. He is talking about taking risks in Chess.

"An acceptance of risk, however slight, is as necessary in chess
as it in everyday life. Otherwise, life and chess would lack adventure
and novelty. We would all stay at home all day and play the Petroff.

Mac has a thing about the Petroff. He once considered getting a load of
English Grandmasters to flood the mailing office of informator
with White wins in the Petroff in order to deter Petroff devotees.

But back to Mac and the book.
A collection of very instructive miniatures usually played between
Grandmasters banded together under such tempting headings as;

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous.
Every Schoolboy Knows...
You Shouldn't Believe Everything You Read!
Activating the Rooks.

(Lateral Rooks moves are a specialty and favourite
technique of Keith Ruxton. He would love this section).

Here is a game from the book in the chapter Every Schoolboy Knows...
Infact I will play out a variation that appeared in the notes of the
excellently annotated game - G.Sax - J. Ehlvest Reggio Emilla 1988.

So here is today's lesson under the chapter: Every Schoolboy Knows...

White plays 1.Qg5 forcing 1...g6 2. Qh6 and mate next move.
Every schoolboy knows this mating pattern. However you have to
keep alert as to what is happening elsewhere on the board.

The other instructive point from this game, as Mac
points out, is Black's automatic reaction to 10.Qh5.

Every schoolboy knows that if you are attacked on wing then
launch an attack on the centre. However, if you are behind on
development then this idea can backfire horribly.
10...d5? is a blunder.

Here is the game, remember it is a variation
showing a beautiful trap in a lost position.
(white should play 19.Bd3 and then win).

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G.Sax - J.Ehlvest (variation)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 Be7 7.g5 Nfd7 8.h4 Nc6
9.Be3 0-0 10.Qh5 d5 11.0-0-0 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Qa5 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Bd4 e5 15.Bc3 Qxa2
16.Rxd7 Bxd7 17.Nf6+ Bxf6 18.gxf6 Rfd8 19.Qg5 Qa1+ 20.Kd2 Qd1+ 21.Kxd1 Bg4+

Good that.
Don't worry about all the moves before hand. Mac
does a very good job of picking out the analysis.

5.00 what is 5.00 now days?

Every schoolboy knows you cannot buy a pint and packet of fags for 5.00.

I'll tell you what.
If you are under 2000 and buy this book and don't learn something.
I'll give you your fiver back. You can give up chess.

Call 0207 388 2404 Have your plastic ready.

And now this...
Three years ago Bells 1 won the 1st Division Championship.
I was given 7 chess shields to give to my team mates.
We decided to wait until we happened upon a personality
to present the prizes.

So we waited...

and waited...

and waited...

Well finally at the Dragon's Allegro (see previous C.C.)
Jacob Aagaard presented the 2003 1st. Division prizes.

Keith gets a kiss for also achieving his FM title.

No FM title for Eddie Perry so no kiss.

GM Colin McNab presented me with my trophy.

Then Jacob jokingly said he deserved something for his
excellent game v Carbello in the Edinburgh Congress.

So here is a picture of me giving Jacob my trophy as compensation.

After the Dragons Allegro Jacob played over his game v Carbello.
I really hopes he annotates it in the next Scottish Chess
adding the humorous and instructive comments he gave during his
mini-lecture. (see last game Edinburgh Congress II).

This week's game is also from the Bells Allegro.
Andrew Burnett sent in two losses from memory.
This is a Kings Indian with loads of tricks and traps
laying in the background - both players had 30 minutes.

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N.Berry - A.Burnett

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.h3 c5 7.d5 a6 8.a4 e5 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 Nh5 11.Nh2 Qe8 12.Be2 Nf4 13.Bf3 f5 14.Qc2 Nd7 15.0-0-0 Nf6 16.Rhe1 Qd8 17.g4 Nxh3 18.gxf5 g5 19.Ng4 Nxg4 20.Bxg4 Nf4 21.Qb3 Rf7 22.Kc2 Bd7 23.Ra1 b5 24.axb5 axb5 25.Rxa8 Qxa8 26.cxb5 Be8 27.Qa3 Ra7 28.Qb3 Rb7 29.Qa3 Ra7 30.Qb3 Qb8 31.Bxf4 exf4 32.Be2 Rb7 33.Ra1 f3 34.Bc4 Bd4 35.Ra6 g4 36.Qa4 g3 37.fxg3 Kf7 38.Ra8 Qc7 39.Rxe8 Kxe8 40.b6+ Qd7 41.Bb5

And finally...
I took this picture of a Spaceman walking through Princes Street Gardens.

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