Worst-ever Chess Book?
This is the award Edward Winter has bestowed
upon 'Chess (Basics, Laws and Terms)'
by B.K. Chaturvedi. Abhishek Publications,
57-59, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh-17, India. 2001
Mr W. writes that the competition for this title was
tough and then goes on to list all the books defects.
You can flit across to Winter Notes yourself and see the
article. The errors are alarming, which is norm for a chess
book these days. The clincher was the fact the book has been
filched from C.J.S. Purdy and G. Koshnitsky's 'Chess Made Easy.'
The bad news is this has now made
Chess (Basics, Laws and Terms)a MUST HAVE.
So has anybody out there got a copy?
Will swap or buy. Contact me on the email address.
Though not in the true sense
of the word a Chess book.
This effort has it's interesting moments.
I have to admit I opened it expecting to toss
it aside after a few pages but it sort of caught me.
Then I realised that if the book
never had a chess thread running through
it I would have canned it right away.
I'm passing it on, unfinished, to a friend.
One of the joys of hawking around 2nd.hand shops for chess books
is you occasionally come across one signed by someone who you know.
Written on the inside cover is;
'Won by Boroughmuir C.C. in first Scottish
Junior team Chess Championship 1968.'
R.D.Waugh, C.Campbell, E.Holt, R.Campbell, C.Liddle,
J.Hutchison and G.Kerr. There is also one name that
I cannot make out. D.Itcovity. Possible a Polish player (see below).
Eric Holt played for Bells 1 a few seasons back and I remember
playing Colin Liddle at skittles chess in the early 80's.
Remember a few C.C's. back to the Dragon Allegro?
Jacob light heartedly objected to Keith Ruxton
using an upside Rook as a Queen.
Well it's official.
One can use an upside down Rook as a Queen.
Page 87 of 'An Invitation to Chess' by
Irving Chernev And Kenneth Harkness, states;
Note: chessplayers use a Rook turned
upside down to represent a second Queen.
They then give the following picture
to show how a lone Queen gets perpetual
against two Queens.
I been sent a smashing picture of the J.R. Simultaneous
display at the KelvinHall Museum taken by Linda MacGregor.
This picture shows off the magnificent setting for the event.
And guess who arrested me outside Bells on Sunday night?
A couple of hours previously I witnessed this.
Black to play. He was so worried about 2.g6 threatening mate
and attacking mate he played 1...Qc7 and lost.
Two Rooks on the 7th rarely lose. What should he have played?
Yes. 1...Bxh2 2.g6 Qf6+! 3.Qf3 (3.Bxf6 Rf2 mate) Rxg2
and mate on g1. A lovely unheard melody.
There are 20,000 Poles in Edinburgh and within that number
are a few chess players who are fairly good. Bells and Wandering Dragons
are signing them up quicker than you can say "How do you spell that?"
So expect a few odd names appearing on next seasons score cards.
The war cry will be "Our Poles are better than yours."
One of lads appeared in Bells and was trashing all at 5 minute games.
I waited till he had polished off (hey a play on words POLished!!!)
a few of the weaker players to lull him into blunder mode and sat down.
Caught him a beauty. A mate with two Knights.
Some thoughts I can recall.
Instead of 7...Nfd7 usual is Ne8 or Nh5 and then f5.
I thought why not get the f6 Knight onto C5, the b8 Knight
to b6 and let him open the f-file for me when he throws up the
h-pawn and plays hxg6. The Queen goes to e7 to hold h7 after I play fxg6.
[Click here to replay the game]
Polish Lad - Handsome Geoff
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bd3 g6 4.c4 Bg7 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Nfd7 8.Nc3 Bh6 9.Qd2 Qh4+ 10.g3 Bxe3 11.Qxe3 Qe7 12.0-0-0 Nc5 13.Bc2 Nbd7 14.h4 a6 15.h5 b5 16.hxg6 fxg6 17.cxb5 axb5 18.a3 Nb6 19.Nh3 Bxh3 20.Rxh3 Nc4 21.Qh6 Rxf3 22.Rdh1 b4 23.axb4 Ra1+ 24.Bb1 Nb3+ 25.Kc2 Nd4+ 26.Kc1 Ne3 27.Qxh7+ Qxh7 28.Rxh7 Nb3
and now this...
"Yeah but, no but, yeah but, no but, yeah but.
Susan Carter played the Ruy Lopez and never castled until
move 21 so she got spots then she under promoted to a Bishop
and then took back a move which made her pregnant."
I been emailed by Nicky Robinson who seems to spend his time
studying super enhanced pictures of postcards looking for 'things.'
"Did you know," he informs me, "there was a man having a pee in
the bushes when this picture was taken of Princes Street Gardens."
Some of things I get sent are incredible.
I leave you with this thought.
'The more Openings you learn the more you learn how little you know.'
D.J.Morgan, BCM December 1977.