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Jonathan Rowson:19. Rest of Scotland: 1

I went through to Glasgow to see the Jonathan Rowson
Simultaneous Display at the Kelvingrove Museum on the 2nd June.

Jonathan Played 20 games against some very stiff and stodgy opposition.
His final score was Won 19, lost one.

Everybody ignored the 19 wins. Instead it was "Who won?" "Who won?"
He lost to Chris MacDonald. Here is a picture of Jonathan and Chris.

You can tell by Jonathan's posture that he is involved in a tough game.
I do not have a score of the win. But it's bound to appear in print
either in Jonathan's own column in The Herald or in Scottish Chess.

I do however have a game that Jonathan admitted gave him trouble,
but before that here are some pictures of the event.

This game I am going to show is Jonathan v Mike Chisholm.
Mike actually prepared an opening for this event, The Chigorin.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 and he got out of the opening with quite a
good position. This was the position after 11 moves.
Black is fully developed, White has only his Queen in play.

This was an interesting game with Mike holding his own.
This critical position was reached. Can White take the c-pawn? (29.Kxc4).

Jonathan declined perhaps fearing the variation.
29.Kxc4 a2 30.Ra1 Rb1 31.Rxa2 Be6+ which looks good but 32.Bd5 Rd1+
may win a piece for Black but the pawn on d6 wins the game.

Instead of 29.Kxc4, Jonathan played 29.Ra1 which allowed Black
to trade off into an ending where only Black has the winning chances.
But in this position with Black to play...

All Black need to do is keep his King on the dark squares and head
towards to kingside. Instead he played his big fellah to a light square.
36...Ke6? and White can safely take the Bishop because the check
on b3 stops the a-pawn. Here is the full game.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Rowson - M.Chisholm

1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6 3.cxd5 Qxd5 4.e3 e5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.c4 Qd6 9.d5 Ne7 10.Qa4+ Bd7 11.Qb4 0-0 12.Nf3 b5 13.Bb2 a5 14.Qxd6 cxd6 15.c5 dxc5 16.d6 Ng6 17.Nxe5 Nxe5 18.Bxe5 Rfe8 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.Be2 Re6 21.0-0-0 Re4 22.Bf3 Rc4+ 23.Kb2 Rb8 24.Rc1 Rxc1 25.Rxc1 c4 26.a4 bxa4+ 27.Kc3 Rb6 28.Rd1 a3 29.Ra1 [29.Kxc4 a2 30.Ra1 Rb1 31.Rxa2 Be6+ 32.Bd5 Rc1+ 33.Kd3 Rd1+ 34.Rd2 Rxd2+ 35.Kxd2 Bd7 White should win this. The Black King cannot get into the game.] 29...Rxd6 30.Rxa3 Rd3+ 31.Kb2 a4 32.Rxd3 cxd3 33.Kc3 Bb5 34.Kb4 Kf8 35.Bd1 Ke7 36.g3 Ke6 37.Kxb5 a3 38.Kb4 a2 39.Bb3+ Ke5 40.Bxa2 Ke4 41.Kc3

A minor disaster for Mike who played well above his grade. His move, 12...b5
was good. It's a fighting move, most players in a simultaneous play
'come and get me chess'. It's best to get the tricks and traps going, you
are not going to outplay Jonathan Rowson positionally.

Jonathan with John Glendinning at the end of the display.
During the event I said to John that Jonathan was actually losing
on all boards. He believed me!

It was my first visit to Kelvingrove. It really is a magnificent
place and I shall be going back in the near future for a good walk around.

I did manage to take some pictures of a few of the interesting artifacts and old relics.

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