This picture was snapped by Howard Keys whilst driving
his taxi down Leith. He was wondering what it is I sell.
King Pawn Rice.
Fried Liver sandwiches.
(that is enough of the catering jokes...Ed)
Things you know you are going to regret doing but you do it anyway No.34
I found one of last seasons score sheets. I filled
it in and posted it off to the league secretary.
A couple of books I was re-united with after a
visit to that massive book sale on George Street.
I was in the Army when this came out.
I borrowed it from the Army Library in 1970
and never handed it back.
I sold it to Sam Collins 32 years later.
I wonder what the overdue fine will be?
A good book covering his games from 1951 - 1969,
so of course no mention of Denver 1971. (don't mention the war).
It's a shame for Larsen, he played some great games
and won some strong tournaments but will forever be
remembered for the 6-0 drubbing from Fischer.
But it was not a drubbing. Most of games were hard fought
encounters with Larsen refusing draws chasing that elusive win.
In the last game this position arose. White (Larsen) to play.
White has a draw with 30.Nxe6 Bxe6 31.Rxd5 Bxd5 32.Qg5+ Qg7 (best)
33.Qd8+ Qf8 34.Qg5+ etc.
Instead Larsen, 3 pawns down, tried to win it with 30.Rf4?!.
Here is the full score of the 6th and final game.
[Click here to replay the game]
B.Larsen - R.Fischer
1.f4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Be2 Nc6 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 e6 7.Na3 Nge7 8.c3 0-0 9.Be3 a6 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nxd4 b5 12.Nxc6 Nxc6 13.Qd2 Qc7 14.Rad1 Rd8 15.Nc2 Rb8 16.a3 Na5 17.e5 Bf8 18.b4 Nc6 19.Nd4 dxe5 20.fxe5 Nxe5 21.Bg5 Rd5 22.Qf4 Rb7 23.h4 Bg7 24.Bf6 Bxf6 25.Qxf6 Qxc3 26.h5 gxh5 27.Kh1 Ng4 28.Bxg4 hxg4 29.Qh6 Bd7 30.Rf4 f5 31.Qf6 Bc8 32.Rff1 Rf7 33.Qh6 Bb7 34.Nxe6 Qf6 35.Qe3 Re7 36.Rde1 Rd6 37.Qg5+ Qxg5 38.Nxg5 Rxe1 39.Rxe1 Bd5 40.Re8+ Kg7
I had a copy of this once and
broke cardinal rule No.1.
Never lend out a chess book.
I did this in 1980 to some beginner
who strolled into the Edinburgh Chess Club
and I never saw him again.
Some would say justice because I obtained the
Larsen book under dubious circumstances.
I wonder what happened to it?
Perhaps the one I bought was my original
copy and I have just bought it back.
This book contains the classic sentence when covering
the line, coined by Harding, the Dracula v Frankenstein variation.
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6.
(Note this position usually appears from a Vienna 2.Nc3 then 3.Bc4).
"The Nervous reader should avoid this line with either colour
and turn immediately to Chapter 7..."
T.D. then goes onto to give some of the most fantastic and complicated
variations ever seen on a chessboard and in most cases cannot come to a
conclusion if it is good for Black or White.
Of course when this was written in 1973 and T.D. never had the benefit
of a computer to help him out. I have found a game with this line
played between Z.Varga (2495) and B.Lalic (2600) from 1997.
It is interesting to watch Fritz's valuation chop and change
but on the whole, in this game at least, it favours White.
It ends in a perpetual.
[Click here to replay the game]
Z.Varga - B.Lalic
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.Nb5 g6 7.Qf3 f5 8.Qd5 Qe7 9.Nxc7+ Kd8 10.Nxa8 b6 11.Nxb6 axb6 12.Qf3 Bb7 13.Qd1 Nd4 14.Kf1 f4 15.f3 e4 16.d3 exf3 17.gxf3 Bh6 18.c3 N4f5 19.Qe2 Qf6 20.Qf2 Kc7 21.Bd2 Bg5 22.h4 Ng3+ 23.Kg2 Bxh4 24.Bxf4 Nxh1 25.Bxd6+ Kxd6 26.Qxb6+ Bc6 27.Kxh1 Re8 28.d4 Bf2 29.Qb4+ Kc7 30.Qa5+ Kb7 31.Qb4+ Kc7 32.Qa5+ Kb7 33.Qb4+ Kc7
Do you recall the Lara Croft competition.
I made a mistake with Mike Chisholm's entry.
His attempt was not from one of his games. He played a combination
from the actual position that was on the actual board from
the original Croft/Dukem gif.
So he had to make up the game to get to the position and then
invented a combination. Such effort cannot go unrewarded.
So he wins the B & B Book.
Which brings me on nicely to this weeks competition.
I use to work in a an Origami shop... but it folded.
I have never seen a chess piece made from folded paper.
So the first person to send me a Rook made out of a £5.00 note
will receive this.
Ok I jest. But I do have a an extra copy of this which I bought for 50p.
Now this is THE BOOK.
62 games * ½ an hour on each one
= one very good chess player.
Yes it is in the old descriptive (1.P-K4 etc)
but do not let that put you off.
I say that this is the best book ever written
to turn a home and casual player into a good club player.
So the competition is this.
On the 2nd June there is a dinner
being given in honour of Jonathan Rowson.
(see Chess Scotland for the details)
What I want is a list of what is on the menu with a chess theme.
Something like I did at the beginning of this piece.
The best starter, main course and desert, wins the book.