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Coincidence in Sardinia

This cartoon has been lifted from one
of the Activators series.
This one of course covers Chess
and is written by Mike Basman.

One of the best books I've seen
to get youngsters playing chess.

So that is your nephews & nieces, grandson
& granddaughters Birthdays & Christmas sorted.
A chess set and this book.

Do not worry about me choosing a dramatic
cartoon for effect. It is full of good advice,
plenty of diagrams and white space thus making
the book attractive and wanting to be read.

I loathe these beginners books with the text crammed
together making the thing look like a text book.

A look at a couple of other books I picked up recently.

Championship Chess by P.W.Sergeant.
This a good read.
Sergeant writes quite well.

The games section has at least one
game from every World Championship
match from 1843-1961.

But the interesting bit is the insight
and style of the players. Sergeant knew
and played against a lot of them and he
gives some interesting anecdotes.

The 'My Predecessors series' in one book.
A good buy for 1.00

This was 20p.
Some of the selected positions are
very tough and take up half a page
with the winning variations in the solutions.

The book was written in 1943 and the beautiful
diagrams are laid out in alphabetical order
after the White player.
First is Alapin, last is Zuckertort.

The position on the cover is pleasing to solve.
It is not given inside the book and is possibly composed.
Give it a try. White to play.

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Having built up the diagrams I had better show one.
This is F.Apsenieks - S.Landau, Kemeri 1937.
Black to play.

It's not your usual 'white/black' to play and win type position.

I eventually figured out the Black move, 22...Rc3 winning a pawn,
which is the given solution, but I like White's position after
the pawn has been won. The White Rook is heading for the 7th.

Along with the solution E.G.R. Cordingley adds;
"Black lost shortly after through a blunder."

So I fired up the old Database and found the game and the blunder.

Here Black has just played 31...B(from e3)xf4

White played 32.Rxf7 and 1-0 32...Rxf7 33.Qa8+ mates.

So that was that. Well not quite.
As I skipped through the game to get to the blunder I thought
I saw a shot and went back to check it out.

White missed a mating attack on move 26.
White here played 26.Qc2 to stop the Queen check on f2.
He was thinking too defensively. He should have played...

26.Qxf7+ Rxf7 27.Rd8+ Rf8 28.Bd4+ and mate next move.
I think this is the position that should have been chosen from the game.

Here is the full game.

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F.Apsenieks - S.Landau

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.e3 Bf5 5.cxd5 cxd5 6.Nc3 e6 7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Bd2 Nc6 9.Rc1 Be7
10.Ne5 0-0 11.Bb5 Nd7 12.0-0 Ndxe5 13.dxe5 a6 14.Be2 Qb8 15.f4 Qa7 16.g4 d4 17.gxf5 dxc3 18.Rxc3 exf5 19.Bf3 Bb4 20.Rxc6 Bxd2 21.Rb6 Rac8 22.Rd1 Rc3 23.bxc3 Bxe3+ 24.Kg2 Bxb6 25.Rd7 Bg1 26.Qc2 Qe3 27.Bxb7 Qb6 28.Bd5 Qg6+ 29.Kh1 Be3 30.Qg2 Qb6 31.Bb3 Bxf4 32.Rxf7

A few C.C's ago I was looking for an Andrew Muir game.
I found the following game but was unsure whether or not the A.Muir
was infact Andrew. I contacted him and he confirmed it was.

" of better games with a Queen sac."

So here is A.Muir - Avgoustinos, World Junior Ch. Tjentiste, 1975

Two critical moments arose in this game. In this position
Black played 21....Qc5 allowing the Queen sacrifice.

21...h5 or the ultra defensive 21...Rh8 hold the position.

A few moves later the shell-shocked Black player missed a draw.

Black played 24...Nh6 he should have played 24...Nf6 when White
appears to have nothing better than 25.Rfg7+, Rf7+, Rfg7+.

After 24...Nh6 the four White pieces carved up Black.
The game culminates in a King And Queen Knight fork.

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A.Muir - Avgoustinos

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Qa5 11.0-0-0 Rfc8 12.Bb3 Ne5 13.h5 Nxh5 14.g4 Nf6 15.Bh6 Rxc3 16.bxc3 Qa3+ 17.Kb1 Nxf3 18.Qf2 Ne5 19.Bxg7 Nexg4 20.Qh4 Kxg7 21.Rdf1 Qc5 22.Qxh7+ Nxh7 23.Rxf7+ Kg8 24.Rhxh7 Nh6 25.Rxe7+ Kf8 26.Rxd7 Qe5 27.Ne6+ Kg8 28.Nf4+ Kf8 29.Nxg6+

Yet again on this site we see another game where a loser fails to
defend at the critical moment. This is far too many for it to be bad luck.

Coincidence in Sardinia
Both Jonathan Rowson and Jacob Aagaard are playing in Porto.

Both had games against opponents graded under 2000
and both pulled off the same pawn winning tactic.

S.Bitti (1791) v J.Aagaard (2477):Black to play.

8...Nx4 won the e-pawn and Black went onto win quite comfortably.

M.Figus,(1919) - J.Rowson (2594): Black to play

Black played 9...Nxe4 a trick that is older than God's dog.
Black was expressing his superiority when White overloaded his Queen.
In this position it's Black to play.

23...Be7 and White resigned.
Which is a pity because White can sac the Queen for two Rooks but
after 24.Rxa4 Bxh4 25.Rxa8+ Ke7 26.Rxg8 Bg5+ 27.Kd1 Qd4+ 28.Ke2 Qxb2
Black is on top. But this variation gives White too much.

Instead of picking up the Queen I think Jonathan would have played
24.Rxa4 Ra7 25.Qd4 Qxd4 26.Rxd4 Bg5+ 27.Kd1 Rxa2 which I think is
better as White is now devoid of any counter-play and has a wretched
position. I wonder what he intended if 24.Rxa4.

I now give both games, though if you visit the site;

You can download all the games in PGN. format.

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S.Bitti v J.Aagaard

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 b6 5.a3 Bb7 6.Nc3 Be7 7.f3 c5 8.e4 Nxe4 9.Bxe7 Nxc3 10.Bxd8 Nxd1 11.Rxd1 Kxd8 12.Ne2 Ke7 13.Nc3 cxd4 14.Rxd4 Nc6 15.Rd2 Rhd8 16.Be2 Rac8 17.0-0 Ne5 18.Nb5 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 Rxc4 20.Nxa7 "The Knight is now trapped." 20...Ba6 21.Rfd1 Rc7 22.Rd6 Rxa7 23.Rxb6 Bc4 24.Rb4 Bd5 25.Rc1 Rb7 26.Rxb7 Bxb7 27.b4 Rc8 28.Ra1 Rc2 29.Rb1 Ra2 30.Rb3 Bd5 31.Rc3 Rb2 32.Kf1 Rb3

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M.Figus - J.Rowson

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 h6 9.Bh4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qxh4 11.f4 d5 12.g3 Qd8 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Qc3 Qb6 15.Nd2 Qc5 16.Qe5 Rg8 17.Bg2 Bd6 18.Qh5 a5 19.Rhe1 a4 20.Nb1 Kf8 21.f5 exf5 22.Qh4 Be6 23.Rd4 Be7

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