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Hello Corner Fans. Remember this?

This was the old set of pictures from the Chess Scotland site.
Well they have finally updated them to include all of Scotland
GM's Including WGM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and GM elect Jacob Aagaard.

Paul Motwani, Colin McNab, Jonathan Rowson, John Shaw,
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant and Jacob Aagaard.
I for one am very glad, that kid with the big hand was giving
me the creeps. But surely manners dictate that ladies should go first.

Or how about alphabetical order?

Or how about in order of height?

Or how about...
(...that's enough of the new pictures jokes.Ed).

On Saturday 12th May I was here...

Attending this...

Buying these...

And leaving behind these...

I had a copy of this when it first came out.

There were two of them 1.00 and 50p.
Guess which one I bought?

It is a good book, though theoretically it may be
found wanting. It is after all 28 years old.

I do recall the horrible diagrams with thick black
lines in between the squares.

But it does contain practically every attacking idea
one can use against fianchetto defenses. Or does it?

I did a review of this book in an old Capa-Tal Chess.
I praised it but pointed out a beautiful plausible variation
that was missing from the book.

I suggested that Tony Miles and Eric Moskow may have known
of this variation but were saving it up for themselves.
It really is a line that Black players could fall into.

(Years later some players claimed a book on the Grand Prix was
missing variations because the authors did not want to give
their analysis away. Good. People who buy opening books thinking
they are going to get ALL the answers are kidding themselves.)

So back to the missing variation in the Yugoslav Attack.
Wait till you see it. I'm sure if Miles and Moskow had
known it was there then they would have given it. It really is delightful.
It's the kind of variation that authors enjoy showing.

In this position with white to play.

Miles and Moskow look at 21.g5 Nh5 which holds and
21.Rh2 Rg8 which also defends.
My idea was 21.Nf5.
Now best is 21...Bxf5 which leads to an unclear position.
21...gxf5 allows 22.g5 and a quick win.
So what about 21...Rg8 - here is the idea.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Bd7 8.Bc4 Nc6 9.Qd2 Rc8 10.Bb3 [10.h4 0-0 11.0-0-0 Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Ng4 and White resigned a few moves later. The Queen cannot protect both Bishops. G.Chandler - I.Crorie Edinburgh 1979 ] 10...0-0 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.h4 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Bh6 Nxe4 17.Qe3 Rxc3 18.bxc3 Nf6 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qh6+ Kh8 21.Nf5 This is my idea 21...Rg8 22.Qxh7+ Nxh7 23.Rxh7+ Kxh7 24.Rh1

I've checked my super-duper database and can find nobody playing
21.Nf5 though the key position has been reached quite a few times.
Perhaps there is something huge for Black after 21...Bxf5 that I am missing.

Remember I was talking about bad diagrams?
I was digging around looking for something else and found
an old Guardian clipping. Look at this diagram.
The pieces overlap the board.
(there is a mate in three - solve it if you wish).

This weeks game is between Ronnie Wallace & Jason Bradshaw.Grangemouth 2007.
It is a Fried Liver Attack. Some think that white wins easily after 6.Nxf7,
but this is not the case. Black has a few defensive set-ups he can try
and white's attack by no means plays itself.

White followed the line where he sacs the Queen's Rook but then stumbled.
11.Bxd5+ is wrong. The correct move was 11.Nxd5 threatening a very strong
discovered check.

The game continued with White wondering why he was not crushing
Black. He missed a good shot (29.Nd7) and went for a perpetual.
It was actually Black who prevented the draw.

In the following position Black should have played 36...Qd3
forcing off the Queens and going into ending where Black
has the winning chances.

36..Rd5 was too defensive. White made a good job of wrapping it up.

[Click here to replay the game]
R.Wallace - J.Bradshaw

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ncb4 9.a3 Nxc2+ 10.Kd1 Nxa1 11.Bxd5+ Kd7 12.Qf5+ Kd6 13.Qf7 Qe7 14.Qf3 h5 15.h3 c6 16.Ba2 Be6 17.b3 Nxb3 [17...Qf7 was a better try. .] 18.Ne4+ Kc7 19.Bxb3 Bxb3+ 20.Qxb3 Rd8 21.Bb2 g6 22.Ke2 Bh6 23.Rb1 b6 24.Qc4 Kb7 25.a4 Rd5 26.Bc3 a5 27.Qb3 Qc7 28.Nf6 Rc5 29.Ne4 [29.Nd7 and White is winning. ] 29...Rd5 30.Nf6 White is winning and plays for a perpetual. Black avoids the perpetual and losses. 30...Rhd8 31.Nxd5 Rxd5 32.Qb2 b5 33.Qc2 Qd8 34.Qxg6 Bxd2 35.Bxd2 Rxd2+ 36.Ke1 Rd5 37.Qxh5 Ka6 38.Qe2 Qb8 39.Rc1 c5 40.Rb1 e4 41.Rxb5 Qe5 42.Rxa5+ Kb7 43.Qb5+ Kc7 44.Ra7+ Kd8 45.Ra8+ Kc7 46.Ra7+ Kd6 47.Qd7

This next game, also a Fried Liver, is one of Jonathan
Speelman's earlier games featuring a double Rook sac.
J.Speelman - J.Fletcher, BCF under-14 1969.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Speelman - J.Fletcher

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ncb4 9.d4 c6 10.Qe4 Kf7 11.a3 Qa5 [11...exd4 12.axb4 dxc3 13.Qf3+ Qf6 14.Bxd5+ cxd5 15.Qxd5+ Qe6+ is a better defence ] 12.axb4 Qxa1 13.Nxd5 Qxc1+ 14.Ke2 Qxh1 15.Nc7+ Ke7 16.Qxe5+ Kd7 17.Nxa8 Qxg2 18.Qc7+ Black resigned here. 18...Ke8 19.Bf7

Why the name 'Fried Liver?'
Well sitting 4 feet away from me is the Oxford Companion,
but I cannot be bothered getting up to consult it.
From memory it is a translation from an old Italian manuscript
written by Greco or Lolli in the 1600's..
After 6.Nxf7 Black is a dead as a fried liver.

I appear to have unearthed a whole scad of Laura Croft
fans will a previous C.C. stating Laura Croft attacked
my chess set.

I've been sent a picture of Laura playing chess against
Duke Nukem from three different sources.

So onto this weeks competition.
You will notice in the books I bought at the book sale.

I bought a copy of Blunders & Brilliancies. I already have a copy.
So make up the game that Laura and Duke played and send it to me.

The best entry wins the the book.

Go on give your minds a treat. Make it as silly
as you wish with lots of stomping. (no end games).

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