Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

BOS games + The Gambit with No Name

Back by popular demand. The Dancing Pawns.

David Stewart sent me a pile of games from the recent
Bank of Scotland Championship. I played and in and won
this a few years ago when I worked for the Bank of Scotland.

I even made up a t-shirt.

And proudly wore it on dress down days.

Now I break a C.C. rule and do not name the players of the following game.
Well it's obvious that Black entered just to get a few days
away from their desk. And why not. I would rather spend a day
or two playing chess than counting other people's money.

I like the cunning 4.e3 as opposed to the aggressive 4.e4.

"Look I'm a timid sort of guy, I'm not going to threaten you...Honest."

There follows carnage from the Queen and Knight.

[Click here to replay the game]
Bank players

1.c4 d5 2.cxd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qc6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Bb5 Bg4 6.f3 Qxb5 7.Nxb5 Bd7 8.Nxc7+ Kd8 9.Nxa8 e5 10.Qc2 Nd5 11.e4 Nb4 12.Qc7+ Ke7 13.Qxe5+ Kd8 14.Qxb8+ Ke7 15.Qc7 g5 16.Qe5+ Kd8 17.Qxh8 Ke8 18.Nc7+ Ke7 19.Nd5+ Ke6 20.Qf6# 1-0

But this next one is OK.
G.Russell (1414) - J.Turner (1341)
White sacs a Knight for a couple of pawns and a raging attack.

The attack plays itself but there was a moment when it
could have all gone wrong. In this position.

White could have gone for the 'clever-clogs award' and played 18.e6.
Plausible, are we not taught it's always a good idea to block flight
squares before we start out final attack? In this case NO!. 18...Nf6!
Well avoided. I've seen it happen.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Russell- J.Turner

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 Nxc3 4.dxc3 e6 5.Nf3 d5 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.0-0 c6 8.Re1 h6 9.Nd4 Qc7 10.f4 a6 11.b4 c5 12.bxc5 Bxc5 13.Kh1 Bb6 14.Qg4 0-0 15.Nxe6 fxe6 16.Qxe6+ Kh8 17.Qg6 Kg8 18.Qh7+ Kf7 19.e6+ Ke7 20.Qxg7+ Kd6 21.exd7 Bxd7 22.Ba3+ Bc5 23.Qe5+ Kc6 24.Qxc7+ Kxc7 25.Bxc5

White went onto win without any drama. Did you spot the missed mate in two?
23.Qe7+ Kc6 24.Qxc5 mate.

Heather Lang on a recent posting on the Scottish notice board states
we are all taught that one method of ensuring the board is the correct
way round is to remember that the Queen always starts on it's own colour.
White Queen on a white square and Black Queen on a black square.

Heather is preparing a puzzle sheet for beginners and wants to make sure the
answers are both correct (according to the laws of chess) and practical.

She then reproduces the very lengthy FIDE rules for ensuring the
board is the correct way around and finishes:

"So can anyone think of a way to explain this rule both correctly and practically?
I know it doesn't really matter that much (and admit that it's a pedantic question!)
but I'd still like the answers I give out to be correct in as many senses of the
word as possible!

So out of curiosity I dug a handful of books to see how
they describe the correct setting up of the board.

First a section from the FIDE laws.

Article 1. The Chessboard.
1.2 The chessboard is placed between the players in such a way
that the near corner square to the right of each player is white.

And now some quotes from the other books.

"Having placed the board with a white square on your right-hand corner..."
William Lewis, Chess for Beginners, Chapman & Hall 1835.

"The principal thing you have to keep in mind about the board is that
it must be always be so placed that the corner square at your right
side in the first row is a white square."

The Beginner's Book of CHESS, F.Hollings, The Anchor Press.

"The board should be arranged in such a way that each
player has a white square in the corner at his right."
Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, Bantam Books.

"White on your right, is easy to remember."
Easy Guide to Chess by B.H.Wood.

In Chess For Young Beginners, Collins.
They make it clear by giving you a diagram.

They all say roughly the same and most go on to
mention that the Queen starts the game on it's own colour.

Two notable exceptions.

"Observe that the board is placed so that there is a dark
square in the left-hand corner in front of each player."

Begin Chess by D.B.Pritchard.

Somehow 'Black on the left.' does have the same ring as 'White on the right.'
(he could have added the King starts on it's opposite colour).

In Chess in an Hour, by Chernev and Marshall. Arco Publishing

We have this strange rule:

"Observe that the board has 64 squares, just as a checker board, and
that it is placed so that a white or red square is always at the right
hand of each player."

This must hark back to the days when the most common board
you could buy from the drug store was one of those horrid
black & red things. Blergh!

I been emailed by Ricky Kennedy asking if I have games or analysis
on the Trojan Gambit. 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 d5 (or anything but move the Knight) 3.exf6.

Clyde Nakamura sent him some games following a discussion of the opening and
these he has passed onto me. I'll give a couple of these gems in a minute.

But first a WARNING

Do not send or make up a PGN file called 'Trojan'.

I received Ricky's email at work along with the heading 'The Trojan Gambit'.
Well within seconds warnings flashed and a message popped up telling me not
to touch anything.

Enter the company geek (IT.bod) complete with greasy lank hair, spots,
bad body odour and a heavy metal t-shirt.

"It's a virus." he mumbled. These guys have a very limited vocab
and even less communication skills. Requirment of the job I guess.

"It's a file full of chess games." I replied.

"Have you been trying to load up chess programs again?" he accused me.

(I was given a verbal warning a few months back for having a chess
playing program on my computer - I asked them to put it in writing.)

"No. It's a set of chess games I can view on WORD." I answered.

He then announced, "It's a Trojan Horse virus. I am going to delete it."
And with a few deft strokes of the keyboard it was gone.
He then wrote down my computer number (24) on a yellow sticky and disappeared.

Two minutes later and my desk was surrounded by people with important
looks on their faces. I was given a free smoke break whilst my computer
was 'disinfected.

Right back to the Gambit with No Name.
Well first I have to say I'm all for gambit play but if this works
then I'm a stuffed rabbit. Black gives up a Knight for an e-pawn and....?

However Ricky seems quite enthusiastic about it and who am I
to pour water on an idea. If it were not for the pioneers then we
would all still be playing the Giuoco Piano (the boring line).

Here are a couple of games sent by Ricky. Both are internet games.
The first is N.N. v Some Loser. Black wins his piece back 12 moves after
saccing the Knight.

[Click here to replay the game]
NN - Some Loser

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 d5 3.exf6 gxf6 4.Nc3 c5 5.d3 e5 6.f4 Nc6 7.fxe5 fxe5 8.h4 Be7 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.Be2 h5 11.Bg5 f6 12.Bd2 Qd7 13.g3 0-0-0 14.a3 Rhg8 15.Be3 d4 16.Bf2 dxc3 17.b3 Nd4 18.Bxd4 cxd4 19.Nh2 Bxe2 20.Qxe2 Rxg3 21.Nf1 Rg4 22.b4 Rdg8 23.0-0-0 Qa4 24.Rh2 Qxa3+ 25.Kb1 Qb2

This next one is funny. White has done a 'mouse slip' 13.b3 should be 13.bxc3.
Perhaps this is what this opening needs. White gets so over confident he does not
concentrate on what he is doing. White was coasting to a win before the slip.

[Click here to replay the game]
vlad - Dopey

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 d5 3.exf6 g5 4.d4 exf6 5.Nc3 Bf5 6.Bd3 Bxd3 7.Qxd3 Qd7 8.Nf3 Bb4
9.Bd2 0-0 10.0-0 g4 11.Nh4 Nc6 12.a3 Bxc3 13.b3 Bxa1

So during lunch I tried to play against some bods on the net.
First I met a bunch of 1.d4's which led to the Chandler VIRUS Gambit.
1.d4 Nc3 2.d5 e5 3.dxc6. (do not make up a PGN. file with name either).
I lost that one.

When I finally got 1.e4, I played 1...Nf6 and they played 2.Nc3. (the fools).

So that night I played both lines against the Chess Program 'GROMIT.'
I like Gromit. It plays very close to a human and is not a monster like Fritz.
You get a chance to play chess. I set it on it's lowest level.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 d5 3.exf6 e5 4.fxg7 Bxg7 5.d3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Be6 7.Nf3 Qe7 8.Be2 0-0-0 9.0-0 Bf6 10.Bd2 h5 11.Re1 h4 12.h3 Rdg8 13.Bf1 Bxh3 14.Nxd5 Qe6 15.Nxf6 Qxf6 16.d4 Bxg2 17.Ng5 Bf3 18.Qc1 h3 19.Kh2 Nxd4 20.Be3 Rh5 21.c3 Ne6 22.Bf4 Nxf4 23.Nxf3 Ng2 24.Rxe5 Rxe5 25.Nxe5 Qxe5+ 26.Kh1 Nf4 27.Qe3 Qg5 28.Bxh3+ Kb8 29.Re1 a6 30.Qg3 Qd5+ 31.Bg2 Qh5+ 32.Qh2 Qxh2+ 33.Kxh2 Rxg2+ 34.Kh1 Rxf2

And I won without any trouble.
This 2nd. game is where I played the sister gambit. 1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 e5.
My third move 3...Bc4 is a real lemon. I have to give up another piece.
I took the draw. I don't think I have anything better. It looks like I
may be able to set up a mate but I could not see it. A good swindle.

[Click here to replay the game]
Gromit - G.Chandler

1.d4 Nc6 2.d5 e5 3.dxc6 Bc5 4.Qd5 Bb6 5.cxb7 Bxb7 6.Qxb7 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Qf3 e4 9.Nxe4 Nxe4 10.Qxe4 Re8 11.Qf5 c6 12.Bg5 Ba5+ 13.c3 Qb6 14.0-0-0 Rab8 15.b4 Bxb4 16.cxb4 Qxb4 17.Qc2 Qa3+ 18.Kd2 Qa5+ 19.Kd3 Qd5+ 20.Kc3 Qc5+ 21.Kd2 Qa5+ 22.Kd3 Qd5+ 23.Kc3 Qa5+ 24.Kd3 Qd5+ 25.Kc3 Qa5+ 26.Kd3 Qd5+

So if you have any interesting games with this line, I'd like to see some games
between humans OTB., then send them to me, I'll pass them onto Ricky. I'll see
if I can get permission to put his email address on this site so you can send them direct.

(permission duly arrived:

Looking at the games from Nakamura he favours 3...gxf6 and building a big
centre. I think it's very dodgy. White can back-sac (what a horrible word)
and break through.

Right chaps off you go. Don't let me down. sac the Knight and turn over
150 years of chess theory. Good Luck. (see if you can come up with a 'safe' name.)

I picked up this at the Edinburgh Congress Bookstall.
This was my freebie choice. The books were 5.00 each. 5 for 20.00.

Julia Hodgson writes in the introduction:

"Why has it been called a traveller's quiz book you might ask?
Well, from my own personal experience, there is nothing quite as frustrating
as having a train or plane (or any other form of transport for that matter)
delayed and then having absolutely nothing to do to occupy one's mind -
this book should put an end to that potential problem!"

Good Idea. The only problem is, it is too big to fit into my pocket.

I'll have to carry it and this will unearth two more potential problems.

a). I am bound to leave it on the bus.

b). The back seat Neds will see me reading a chess book and duff me up.

So it's bedtime reading, but this caused a ruckus in the Chandler household.

There I am tucked up in bed. Cup of Ovaltine and a Chess Travellers
Quiz book. I am happily solving the puzzles when one intrigues me.

"I wonder what the moves where leading up this position?"

So I'm out of bed, computer on and have the said position floating
around it's memory looking for a match in my database.

I find it and play over the game.
I try different moves, I find similar games and spend a happy
couple of hours trying to get the trick to work in those too.

Result: I sleep in for work, have to work late to make up the time,
get home to a burnt tea and get a "...where have you been?" nag.

Here is the position from the book that caused me to sleep in.
It is from C.Richardson - E.Delmar, New York, 1887, White to play.

A lovely clockwork solution.
A Knight sac, Queen sac, Bishop check, Rook mate.

12.Nf6+ gxf6 13.Qf8+ Kxf8 14.Bh6+ Kg8 15.Re8 mate.

Before I show you the game. Look at this position.
This is where White first saw the idea of the Knight sac, Queen sac etc.

That is why he played 9.d3 alowing the pawn-fork on d5.
Quite a feat of imagination.
What it more creditable is that white declined to play a clearer,
and simpler (though uglier) variation that wins the Queen.

9.Bg5 f6 10.Nxf6 d3+ 11.Kf1 d5 12.Qxd3 gxf6 13.Bh6+ Kf7 14.Bxd5+

Here is the complete game. What is 4...Nxf2? all about?
I've no idea and see no tactical justification for it at all.

Black was Eugene Delmar (1841-1909) who played a few times
in the USA Championship and actually has a variation of the Philidor
named after him so he was no muggins. Perhaps this was an off-hand game.

Of Charles Richardson I know nothing. But around about the same time, also
living in New York, was one Philip Richardson (1841-1920). He too has a
variation named after him, a line in the Evans Gambit. Was it him?

[Click here to replay the game]
C.Richardson - E.Delmar

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nxe4 4.Nc3 Nxf2 5.Kxf2 Bc5+ 6.d4 exd4 7.Re1+ Kf8 8.Ne4 Bb6 9.Qd3 d5 10.Qa3+ Kg8 11.Bxd5 Qxd5 12.Nf6+ gxf6 13.Qf8+ Kxf8 14.Bh6+ Kg8 15.Re8

Gosh. Look at the time. I'm off to bed before I sleep in and get a
nagging for coming home late and then have to eat burnt mince & tatties.

Back to Chandler Cornered

Creative web design and Search Engine Optimisation by Spiderwriting Web Design