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)
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.