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Lara Croft Competition + Book Bust in Najdorf



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I was surfing the Chess Scotland Noticeboard and one player,
Andrew Muir, was saying that when ever he won a game it would be
ignored, when he lost a game it was published everywhere.

I can understand this. If Rangers beat East Fife 2:0 who cares?
But if East Fife had beaten Rangers 1:0 then the whole of Scotland
would be talking about it.

Here is an Andrew Muir win from the Thessaloniki Olympiad 1984.
White, M.Saleh 2205, thought he was going to get play against a
backward pawn on c6. But changed his mind and sacced a pawn to
open up the Black kingside. The resulting open files only
aided Black's attack.

Black simply played standard good moves, captured towards the centre,
developed on sensible squares, broke up the White centre with a timely f6.

White's 19.Qd1 was certainly wrong. He should have tried 19.Bxd4 Qxd4
and then Rad1 + Re1-e3-g3 though Black's still has all winning chances.

The finish contains a wee lesson showing the need to play accurate
chess when in a won position. In this position it is Black to play.










The obvious 23...Qd2 should still win but gives White the defence 24.Rf2.
So Black hops to d2 via c2 keeping an hit on the Queen's Rook thus making
the Rf2 defence impossible. 23..Qc2 24.Rc1 Qd2 now 25.Rf2 allows Qxc1+

Here is the complete game.


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M.Saleh - A.Muir

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.c3 Nf6 6.Re1 0-0 7.d4 cxd4 8.cxd4 d5 9.e5 Ne4 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Qc2 Qb6 12.h3 f6 13.Nbd2 Bf5 14.Nh4 fxe5 15.Nxf5 gxf5 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.dxe5 Bxe5 18.Be3 Bd4 19.Qd1 Bxe3 20.Qg4+ Kh8 21.fxe3 Qxb2 22.Rf1 Rg8 23.Rab1 Qc2 24.Rbc1 Qd2


I received a few good entries for the Lara Croft competition.

But first a small correction. In the original piece I called her Laura Croft.
Two players, who are both currently graded over 2100, corrected me as to the
correct spelling. It's 'LARA'.

So being a geek must be a prime requirement if you wish to become over 2100.

2nd.Place was Mike Chisholm with this effort.
The position after 19.Be2 is from one of his games. Mike was Black.
He reaches this position by some typical Lara v Duke Nukem play.

Notice how the Duke refrains from grabbing the exchange keeping
the Bishop on to cover the white squares and leaving the Rook
under attack to gain a tempo.


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L.Croft - D.Nukem

1.d4 g5 2.Bxg5 c5 3.c3 Bg7 4.Nf3 Qa5 5.Nbd2 e5 6.Nxe5 Nc6 7.Nb3 Qc7 8.Bf4 Qd8 9.Nxc5 Nge7 10.e3 d6 11.Nxc6 Nxc6 12.Ne4 Bf8 13.Be2 Rg8 14.0-0 Bf5 15.Bxd6 Bxe4 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.Bf3 Bf5 18.Bh5 Bc8 19.Be2 Qg5 20.Bf3 Bh3 21.g3 Rd8 22.Re1 Ne5 23.Bxb7 Rd6 24.f4 Qh4 25.fxe5 Rxg3+ 26.hxg3 Qxg3+ 27.Kh1 Rh6 28.Qc2 Bg2+ 29.Kg1 Rh1


This next one, the winner, was sent in by someone called Copacablanca.
Again it is from an actual game they played. This time Lara wins.

This game has two very interesting positions.
Here with white to play Copacablanca could see 12.Qh3 h6 13.g6 wins
a pawn but his own h-pawn blocks the file.










12.0-0-0 bringing the a-Rook into action is good but it
gives Black an extra move. So White finds a way of clearing the
back rank without losing a tempo.
12.Nxd5 Bxd2+ 13.Kxd2 cxd5. 14.Rxh7! Kxh7 15.Qh5+ Kg8 16.Rh1 f5
Giving us this position.










Steady now. 17.g6 allows 17...Qf4+ and Qh6. So Lara sacs a piece
to defect the Duke's Queen. 17.Bxd5+ and then g6 wins. Very Clever.

Here is the game


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L.Croft - D.Nukem

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 Bg4 6.h3 dxe4 7.hxg4 exf3 8.Qxf3 Qd4 9.g5 Nd5 10.Nc3 Bb4 11.Bd2 0-0 12.Nxd5 Bxd2+ 13.Kxd2 cxd5 14.Rxh7 Kxh7 15.Qh5+ Kg8 16.Rh1 f5 17.Bxd5+ Qxd5 18.g6


So that was the winner. The finish reminded me of an Alekhine game.
In this position Alekhine had the same problem as Lara.
He wants to play g6 cutting off the escape square but the Black
Queen defends it. So Alekhine deflects the Black Queen.










16.Ne5 (note this covers f7 so it must be taken). 16...dxe5.
17.g6 and if 17...Qxg6 then 18.Qc4+ forces Black to put
a piece on f7 so Rh8 mates. Here is the game.
A.Alekhine - A.Van Mindeno Holland 1938.



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A.Alekhine - A.Van Mindeno

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.Qxd4 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.0-0-0 0-0 10.h4 h6 11.Nd5 hxg5 12.Nxe7+ Qxe7 13.hxg5 Nxe4 14.Rh5 Qe6 15.Rdh1 f5 16.Ne5 dxe5 17.g6


And so onto this... A recent 2nd hand purchase.



And now a heart breaking tale of misery and gloom.

In the above book the author Michael Stean looks at
this position with Black to play.










He gives the following line on page 78, 10...Nc5 11.0-0 Bd7 12.Nxc5 Qb6
pinning the Knight practically forcing 13.Qf2 which gets the Queens off.
And Black is OK.

So why, in the '82 Lucerne Olympiad in a game against Beliavsky,
did he play 10...b5? then 11...Nc5 (note: with the pawn on b5
Black cannot bring the Queen back to b6).

Black resigned on move 15.
So the author of an opening book losses in 15 moves
playing the very opening he has written about.
I bet that boosted the sales. Here is the full game.


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A.Beliavsky - M.Stean

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Nb3 Nbd7 10.Bd3 b5? 11.0-0 Nc5 12.Nxc5 dxc5 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Rab1 Qa3 15.Nxb5 In the actual game Black resigned here. 15...axb5 16.Bxb5+ Ke7 17.Rfd1


Black is helpless against Qd8 mate and Qd6 mate.

Along with one of the entries for the Lara Croft competition...

(two were made up of illegal moves and I had one person practically
begging me for the model of Lara Croft I used in the pictures -
I told him she ran off after smashing up my chess set.).

Along with an entry I received this closing picture of a Black
Queen done by someone called Ken McCracken. Good init.




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