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Chandler Cornered

The Computers Are Fighting Back!




So there I was playing chess against a small computer.
The Mephisto travel set. Not bad, infact quite good.

I transfer the moves to a proper set, as suggested by strong
players, because one plays chess against humans on a proper set.

So I am beating it up but the computer must have sent
out a distress signal because Laura Croft (she of Tomb Raiders)
suddenly appeared and started smashing up my chess set.



This must be a new feature on these machines.
I was not amused, that set cost me 10.00.

Still I suppose I should count myself lucky.
That big Dragon from Final Fantasy VII could have answered
the distress call and instead of breaking a few pawns,
this thing would have smashed the house up.

Now see this.
Last night (Sunday 6th May) we were playing 5 minute chess in Bells,
winner stays on. This means that Keith Ruxton gets to sit in the hot
seat till he gets bored, drunk or someone scores a fluky win.

I join the queue of lambs to the slaughter, carefully
placing myself in the order to get the White pieces.

We play, Keith gets into this mess avoiding a perpetual.
"No draws for you Chandler." he says.
So we reached this position, me (white) to play.










White wins here with a Queen sac. 1.Qc1+ Rd2 2.Qxd2!+ Qxd2 3.Rf1+ mating.










A good finish capped with a good Queen sacrifice.
So Chandler is now in the hot seat?
No. Chandler has gone to the back of the queue.










You see I actually played 1.Rf1+ and Black won with a Queen sac.
1...Qxf1!+ 2.Kxf1 Rb1+ 3.Kf2 R8b2 mating.










I don't mind. At least I got an instructive and interesting
position out of it. The dual Queen sacs are pleasing to see.
It also gave the crowd of onlookers a good laugh.
(Note how I cunningly avoided the draw. 1.Rf3+... 2.Rg3+ etc.
That would have meant a new game but with me as Black.)

...er that's it.

(you cannot finish now it's too short. Pad it our with a picture or two...Ed)

OK.



Lyndsay McGregor, Me, Keith Ruxton.
Wait till Keith's wife spots that beer belly. Keith won't be allowed
in Bells anymore and I'll be King Coconut on the 5 minute table.



The brass plate of the Edinburgh Chess Club.
The oldest Chess Club in the world.

Inside the signed picture of Paul Charles Morphy.




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