There is no doubt about it. I have definitely gone up market.
Not only have I been hanging around museums, see the previous Corners,
but now I'm taking in art galleries and have attracted a better class
of surfer. The above picture, which is meant to be a natural phenomena,
was sent to me by Rita Drury from Bournemouth.
If you cannot see it then tilt your head to the left.
Apparently it can only be seen once a year when the sun catches
the rocks and the lake just right. I'm a wee bitty sceptical but
it's a good start to this Corner as it has an art theme.
I was invited to see Jessie's (the Bells Barmaid)
art work at the Edinburgh College of Art.
I live next door to the Art College so I shuffled in
to see her show. Here is a pic of Jessie with her
main piece. (I don't know what it was called).
It was big and it was good.
So good infact she sold it for a pile of dosh.
More than what I earn in 6 months.
She has promised to do one with a chess theme.
Staying with art and chess. A few months ago Gerrard Oswald
produced what I and others consider a truly fabulous piece of work.
I said it was too good to appear here. He should hawk it
off to some magazine. He tried a few places, but never heard nothing.
So Gerry said it was OK to use his drawing.
Here it is shrunken and reduced to 256 colours. If anybody
wants the full size 16 million colour version then email me.
It's based on Salvador Dali's 'Swan and Elephant'. Good init?
What else has been happening. Oh yeah.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The latest Scottish Chess arrived complete with a
nomination form for Scottish player of the year.
They listed as candidates; Jonathan Rowson, Jacob Aagaard,
Jonathan Grant and..........me(?).
What an embarrassment.
Chuffed as I am to have my name on the same sheet of paper
as the other three. It is PLAYER of the year.
And not chief cheapo merchant of the past two decades.
Much as I like the other two and acknowledge what they
have achieved, how can anyone not vote for Jonathan Rowson.
When I win the British three times in a row then perhaps
my name should be up there. I'm already getting a bit a stick
about it from the boys in Bells.
"Chandler Cornered will now add - Nominated for Player of the Year 2007."
Funnily enough I met Jonathan Grant in the street a few days ago.
We went into a cafe for a drink. Me Guiness, him Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows.
I'm not kidding - here is the picture to prove it.
That hot chocolate was full of marshmallows.
He actually asked if there was a chess set behind the counter.
"A Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows and a Chess Set please."
It's usually me who gets the funny looks.
Suppose I had better get on with some chess.
Let us stay with the art theme and show an artistic study.
This one is tough. So tough infact that Colin Bent writing
in the BCM in October 1978 thought there was a mistake
in the original diagram.
White to play and win. Eisentadt & Troitsky, Schachmaty 1940
The solution will appear at the bottom. It's a toughie.
Mr Bent does not say what move he found difficult but I suspect
it was a Kg2 then Kh3 idea losing tempo. I tried it for about half
and hour and gave up coming nowhere near solving it.
Tempo losing is often the case with Knight studies.
Look at the following position with White to play.
It's an easy mate in 6. White losses a move with the King on move 3
to allow the Knight to maneuver into position for delivering the mate.
1.Nc2+ Ka2 2.Nd4 Ka1 3.Kc2 Ka2 4.Ne2 Ka1 5.Nc1 a2 6.Nb3 mate.
This weeks game is from the recent Hawick Congress.
I keep telling Nigel Chapman that the King's Gambit
is unsound and have been waiting for someone to hammer him
so I can say "I told you so."
But he keeps winning with it. Or to put it more correctly,
his opponents keep losing against it.
Witness this shambles. All I can say is if you play 1..e5 to 1.e4
and do not have a line against the King's Gambit (2...d4!)
then stop playing 1...e5.
Black's Queen takes on the White developed army single-handed.
Twice she gets booted from both Bishops capturing pawns on
f4 and f7. In the end White puts her out of her misery by
swapping her off. (missing a nice mate - see note in game).
With no Queen to move Black resigned.
[Click here to replay the game]
N.Chapman - J.Smith
1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 d6 4.d4 g5 5.h4 Qe7 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.hxg5 Qxg5 8.Nf3 Qg3+ 9.Kf1 Bg4 10.Nd5 Kd8 11.Bxf4 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Qg6 13.Rg1 Qh5 14.Rxg7 c6 15.Ne3 Ne7 16.Bxf7 Qh3+ 17.Ke2 Ng6 18.Bg5+ Ne7 19.Qh1 [19.Bxe7+ Kxe7 20.Be6+ Kxe6 21.d5+ cxd5 22.Qxd5+ Kf6 23.Qg5+ Ke6 24.Qe7] 19...Qxh1 20.Rxh1 c5 21.d5
What else has been happening. Oh Yeah.
It was my birthday. 56 orbits of the Sun.
My work colleagues really pushed the boat out.
A card full of insults about me being old and losing my hair.
No present, no money, just an out of date cake on a dirty plate.
Never mind. I celebrated in Bells with Jessie the Artist,
(She hates being called Jessie the Barmaid) and Donna who
is Gerard the Artist's girlfriend.
That's not red-eye. Jessie's eyes are like that.
Solution to the Eisentadt & Troitsky study
1.Nc7+ Kb8 2.Nb5 Ka8 3.Nc1 Bb8 4.Nd3 Bh2 5.Kg2 Bb8 6.Kh3 Ba7
7.Nf4 Bb8 8.Nd5 Ba7 [8...Be5 9.Nxb6+ Kb8 10.Nd7+ and Nxe5]
9.Kg4 Kb8 10.Nf6 Ka8 11.Nd7 Bb8 12.Nxb6 mate.