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Lothian Junior Masters (and a mate in 8)

I'm becoming quite the educated Archie.
That is two Saturdays and two Museums.
Last week it was Glasgow and the Kelvingrove Museum.
Today, 9th June, the Chambers Street Museum in Edinburgh.

I was there to watch the Lothian Junior Masters.

Here is a group picture after the event of all the
participants and former MSP Robin Harper who presented the prizes.

And here is Mr Harper looking in on some post mortem
analysis by Alastair Girvan. It's great Mr. Harper has
still maintained his interest in Scottish Junior Chess.

Here is the cross table of both events.
The top section is the Secondary Championship,
the lower is the Primary section.

It is not too clear so I have marked with
a red square the winners of each section.

Here is the winner of the Secondary section
Calum Vipond getting his trophy.

And the winner of the Primary section
Shirvan Murdodry deep in thought (he's Black).

There was minor hiccup during the prize giving when it was discovered
that they had presented the Primary kids the Secondary school trophies.

This was soon sorted out but I did hear this...

"Don't let Geoff Chandler find out." whispered Jeremy Hughes.
"He will make it banner headlines on Chandler Cornered."

Jeremy Hughes Messes Up Prize Giving.

So onto some games.

B.More - F.Skilien This is a good game.
White blunders a piece and what usually happens next, if the game
appears on this site, is that Black will most likely win another
piece and then miss a one move threat and get checkmated.

Well not today. Black does indeed win another piece, but maintains
concentration and knows when to give one of the pieces back to finish the job.

In this position it is Black to play.

He can see the weak white back rank but needs to move the d6 Bishop
with a gain of tempo whilst still covering h2 and rid himself of the d-pawn.

23...Bb5! A wonderful piece of chess, he invites the Rook fork.
24.Rxd5 c6 25.Rxg5 Bf4 hitting the Rook and mate is coming on d1.

[Click here to replay the game]
B.More - F.Skilien

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Bxc6+ bxc6 5.Ng5 Qxg5 6.0-0 d5 7.exd5 cxd5 8.d3 Qd8 9.d4 exd4 10.Qxd4 Nf6 11.Qa4+ Bd7 12.Re1+ Be7 13.Qf4 0-0 14.Re3 Bd6 15.Qh4 Bc5 16.Rc3 Ne4 17.Qxd8 Raxd8 18.Rf3 Bg4 19.Bg5 Nxg5 20.Rg3 h5 21.h3 Bd6 22.Rd3 Be2 23.Rd2 Bb5 24.Rxd5 c6 25.Rxg5 Bf4

Did you see the Bishops hunting the Rook, It was like
watching two submarines chasing down a battle cruiser.

R.Hughes - L.Hughes Lothian Secondary Masters
I'm trying to recall some of the silliest things I have done in my lifetime.

I once went camping in the Highlands but left my tent and
sleeping bag on the train. (It was the only luggage I had)
I spent day one in a Hotel whilst the railway company shuttled my gear
around the countryside till they got it back to me the following day.

I went to take 10.00 out of a cashline machine but never took the money.
There was a wee homeless person sitting under the machine.
I went back 10 minutes later but he was gone. (so was the tenner).

I was playing chess in Motherwell but took the train to Newcastle instead.
(this featured on an earlier C.C. - my partner in crime, Mike Chisholm, still
recalls the day we set off to play in allegro and ended up in a different country).

I've been to work on Thursday dressed in jeans thinking it was Friday.
And I've been in on a Friday wearing a shirt and tie forgetting it
was a Friday. Once I turned up for work when I had a day off.

The list in endless.
But I have never been beaten by my younger sister at chess in 8 moves.

[Click here to replay the game]
R.Hughes - L.Hughes

1.c4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.e4 c5 4.d3 e6 5.Nf3 Ne7 6.Bf4 g6 7.Nb5 Na6 8.Nd6

Move 7 is a typical Miss Hughes move. Sly, sleekit and sneaky.
The decoy is the attack on c7 which Black fell for and covered.
The real target for the Knight was the square d6 and the King.

Never mind. (the score was actually given to me by her elder brother)
They are still friends.

There was some giant killing going on.
Adam Brand (917) beat top seed Jonathan Edwards (1700).

Jonathan completely underestimated his opponent who played
some fine attacking sacrificial play, (though analysis proves it to be unsound).

Adam presented his opponent with a very tricky position and
Jonathan failed to respond. A good game by White, once he was
on top he never relaxed his grip and in the end snared the
white Queen.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Brand - J.Edwards

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.d3 d6 6.h3 Be6 7.Bg5 Bxc4 8.dxc4 h6 9.Bh4 g5 10.Nxg5 hxg5 11.Bxg5 Nd4 [11...Rg8 is the correct move and Black should win - Craig Pritchett.] 12.Nd5 Rg8 13.Bxf6 [13.Nxf6+ Wins the Queen as pointed out by the loser.] 13...Qd7 14.Bh4 Qa4 15.b3 Qa5+ 16.c3 Rxg2 17.Kf1 Rg6 18.cxd4 Bxd4 19.Rb1 Kd7 20.Rg1 Rxg1+ 21.Kxg1 Qxa2 22.Qg4+ Kc6 23.Nb4+

Jonathan took it in the right spirit.
Here he is pointing in disbelief at the scoreboard.

Bertie Burns turned up. Which is not too strange, he works at the museum.
He said he and Adam had crossed swords a few times in the lower sections
of various tournaments. Adam has a 100% score against Bertie.
Here are the two of them.

The poster at the top of this piece was made up by the museum
for the event and the playing rooms were free of charge!

So that was that, A good day.
For more information and more games check out the
Primary Schools web-site.

Primary Schools Chess

I took this as a 'closer' but have just noticed. This wee chappie (one of the
prize winners in the Primary Tournament) is a spitting image of one of my heroes.
Alfred E. Nueman, the main character in MAD magazine.

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