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Chandler Cornered

Danish Gambit + Ruxton, Rowson and Rutherford

Hello Men.
On Tuesday the 3rd July I sneaked out of the house on
the pretence of getting a pint of milk and went to the
Polish Club to see the Summer Plate final between Bells
and Musselburgh (Musselburgh won).

Why did I not tell her I was off to the Polish Club?

Well a few years back we were returning from a funeral.
One her relatives had fallen into the moat at Roxburgh Castle
whilst on a works day out. She was a quiet lass so nobody
noticed she was missing till it was time to get bus home.

Now I'm often accused of not taking my wife out.

"You never take me anywhere." she moans.

She hates Bells.

"Gawky geeky chess players. All they do is play chess."

So I'm forming a plan.
I don't think taking her to a funeral can be classed as taking her out,
but the bus we were on passes the Polish Club. Why not nip into there so
she can see the place and that will count as taking her out.

The fact we were getting a bus back from funeral still rankles with her.
You see she was not that close enough a relative to qualify for a car.

"When I die none of that lot are getting a car."
She shouts this every time the is something about funerals on the telly.

She has a suspicious mind and thinks when I say I'm off to the Polish Club,
I'm really going to some strip joint to convert with women of ill repute.
Infact I'm surrounded by gawky geeky chess players playing chess.

We went in.
The place was full of tall beautiful Polish girls with high
cheek bones and perfect teeth. Not an ounce of fat anywhere.
I later found out one of them was getting married and this
was a Polish girls hen night.

"So this is why you keep coming down here."

And that is why I must never say I'm going to the Polish Club again.

The Match.

The bottom board interested me. A Danish Gambit.

In the group analysis after the game I was a wee bit surprised
by comments from players who really should know better. The Danish
was lampooned as being totally unsound and everyone and his dog wanted
to show the Schlecter variation.

The Danish was first played by a Swede, Dr.Lindehn in the 1830's.
It was later popularised by From from Denmark.

I could have said From of Denmark, but From from Denmark is good.
It's a pity he never came from Frome in Devon because then....

From from Frome!

say that fast. it sounds like vroom, vroom, vroom.

(get on with it....Ed)

It was later Analysed by Goring (German) and Krause also from Denmark.

The idea of the opening is to gambit 3 queen-side pawns and
use the tempo against Black to get fully develop and win quickly.

The stem game, or spirit of the opening, is actually from
one of Dr. Lindehn games.

This position is reached in the game.

The obvious 10...0-0 walks straight into a mate.
10...0-0 11.Qg4 g6 12.Qd4. This position is instructive and
must be appreciated by all players. The pure power of superior
development could not be better demonstrated.

In the actual game Black played 10...Qg5 to stop the Queen
from going to the kingside. Here is the game.

[Click here to replay the game]
Linden - Maczuski

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 Bb4+ 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Nge2 Nxe4 8.0-0 Nxc3
9.Nxc3 Bxc3 10.Bxc3 Qg5 11.Re1+ Kd8 12.f4 Qxf4 13.Bxg7 Rg8 14.Qg4 Qd6 15.Bf6+

You should try and save the above position or attack as
White against your favourite chess program. You will find out
what a mess Black is in.

The Danish is a good try for the lower boards. The Black player is
made to feel anxious and uncomfortable. One slip is one slip too many.

The drawback, and it is quite a drawback, White has shot his bolt.
2.d4 goes against the spirit (there is that word again) of 1.e4 e5 openings.

The Black e-pawn is weak and white can get first punch in with 2.Nf3.
2.d4 allows black to rid himself of the responsibility of the e-pawn.

The tension has gone and white must now hope for a mistake.
On the lower boards the mistakes come. The good news for White he
can mess up the attack by not playing the best moves. If Black has
cocked up in the first 7 to 8 moves then White's superior development
will get him. (See the game I am going to show from Bells v Musselburgh.)

Here is another Danish. This game made such an impression on me when
I first played it out from 200 Miniatures by Du Mont. I showed it to
everyone I could. (I still do). Atkins - Jacobs, London 1915.

[Click here to replay the game]
Atkins - Jacobs

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nxe4 6.0-0 Nd6 7.Nxc3 Nxc4 8.Re1+ Be7 9.Bg5 Nc6 10.Nd5 f6 11.Rc1 b5 12.Rxc4 bxc4 13.Ne5 fxg5 14.Nf6+ Bxf6 15.Qh5+ g6 16.Nxg6+ Qe7 17.Rxe7+ Bxe7 18.Ne5+ Kd8 19.Nf7+ Ke8 20.Nd6+ Kd8 21.Qe8+ Rxe8 22.Nf7

(there has been some doubt cast on the authenticity of this game - who cares?)

So what is Black to do?
Simple rule of thumb.

If White starts faffing about in King pawn openings, then play d5.
2.d4 and 3.c3 is faffing about. 3...d5 and it's equal.
That's the trouble with the Danish. Black needs only remember 1 move.

Here is what is called the main line. After 3...d5 it practically unavoidable.

Believe me I have tried to infuse something into this.
I bet loads of other players throughout history have tried as well.

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Opening line

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Nf6
8.Nc3 Qa5 9.0-0 0-0-0 10.Be3 Kb8 11.a3 Nd5

And best player on the day wins.

(if you find something for White - let me know).

So onto the much heralded Schlecter variation.
Here Black takes the 2nd pawn. Plays d5 and gets the Queens off.

Then it all depends on what book you have. Black is better state some books,
it is equal in others and in some cases White is not finished yet. (it's tricky).

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5 6.Bxd5 Nf6 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qxd8 Bb4+ 9.Qd2 Bxd2+ 10.Nxd2

Do not be afraid to go into this as white. I have twice and won.
They were allegro games and on both occasions Black played 10...c5
which must recommended somewhere.
I played a wee trap in one game and Black fell right into it.
10...c5 11.f4 Re8 12.Nf3 Nxe4 13.Ne5+ winning the exchange.

The danger of memorising an opening line and not looking past the = sign.

I had the Black side of this variation once and won.

In the fall of 1975 I popped into the Edinburgh Chess Club.
I was just a normal bod then. Not even a member.
So this was my first ever serious game of chess in Scotland.

I played in the club's pre-season match Presidents v Vice Presidents match.
I was up against Mr A.G.Laing. He played the Danish. I played the refutation.
I think Mr. Laing played it thinking I was a raw beginner.

(In his day A.G.Laing was a good player. When he passed away all
his chess books were donated to the Edinburgh Chess Club along with
some old score books.
He had played Capa, Alekhine, Sir Thomas, Yates, Vera Menchik in simuls
and Mieses in a league game.
Sadly the score of these games are either incomplete or wrong.)

Here is the game. Nothing happens till the end.
In this position White should have played 44.e6+ which forces my
King to take the pawn and the game would have been drawn.

44.e6+ forces my King one rank right. It's a draw.
White 46 move is also a blunder. He does not want to give me
the e-pawn with check so walks into a mating net based on a study.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Laing - G.Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 cxb2 5.Bxb2 d5 6.Bxd5 Nf6 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qxd8 Bb4+ 9.Qd2 Bxd2+ 10.Nxd2 Nc6 11.Ngf3 Re8 12.0-0 Kg8 13.e5 Nd5 14.a3 Be6 15.Ng5 Nf4 16.Nxe6 Rxe6 17.Nf3 Nd3 18.Bc3 Ndxe5 19.Nxe5 Nxe5 20.Rfe1 Rae8 21.Rad1 Ng6 22.Rxe6 Rxe6 23.Kf1 Rd6 24.Re1 Kf7 25.Re3 Nf4 26.f3 Rd3 27.Rxd3 Nxd3 28.Ke2 Nc5 29.Ke3 g6 30.g4 Ne6 31.f4 c5 32.Ke4 Nc7 33.a4 b6 34.Be5 Ne6 35.Kd5 Ke7 36.Kc6 Nd4+ 37.Kb7 Kd7 38.Kxa7 Nc6+ 39.Kxb6 Nxe5 40.fxe5 c4 41.a5 c3 42.a6 c2 43.a7 c1Q 44.a8Q Qb2+ 45.Kc5 Qc3+ 46.Kb6 Qb4+ 47.Ka6 Qa4+ 48.Kb7 Qb5+ 49.Ka7 Kc7

Quite a nice finish for an ungraded novice I'm thinking.
Also a good way to start my Scottish career, swindling a win.
That was 32 years ago - nothing has changed.

So finally we come to this game I saw on the lowest board
at the Summer plate final. G.Austin - J.Harris

In this position Black should play 5...d5 6.exd5 Bd6 and White has nothing.

He played 5...Qe7 and could have taken the e-pawn but feared
opening up the e-file. However a few moves later....

Same game, move 8. White's turn to refuse a pawn (and a Rook).
Here 8.Bxe6 and then Qxb7 wins material.

Later Black undeveloped with ...Bc8 to hold the b-pawn.

A few moves later Black played an horrendous blunder 11...Nc5?
This was surprising as Black refrained from taking e-pawn because
of the open e-file. this time his sense of danger deserted him.

White won a piece and now it was just a case of mopping up.
He missed the sharpest forcing lines.

(Remember what I said about the attacker
screwing things up but getting away with it.)

This next position is very instructive and features a new
kind of check. TRIPLE CHECK.

(No such thing as a triple check - it's impossible...Ed)

See it and weep ED. See it and weep.

Here White quickly grabbed the Bishop with 14.dxe6.

Black could have played 14...0-0-0 and though White is winning,
White is Gavin Austin, which means he is always on the brink of defeat.

We are all prone to errors so the shorter we can win the game
the less chance we have of making a terrible blunder.

The Bishop cannot run away. 14.Qxb7 was the exact move.
There is a lovely variation here.
14.Qxb7 Rd8 15.Bb5+ Rd7 16.Qc8+ Qd8 17.dxe6 Qxc8 18.exd7 triple check
Kd8 19.Re8 mate.

Here is the triple check position.

Check from the Rook, the pawn and an x-ray check from the Bishop.

Here is the full game. White misses Bb5+ a few times but
eventually plays it and the game is over.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Austin - J.Harris

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Qb3 Qe7 6.Nxc3 d6 7.Be3 Be6 8.Nd5 Nxd5 9.exd5 Bc8 10.Nf3 Nd7 11.0-0 Nc5 12.Bxc5 dxc5 13.Rfe1 Be6 14.dxe6 f6 15.Qxb7 Rd8 16.Rad1 Rd6
17.Bb5+ c6 18.Bxc6+

So that is that.

Next week I am going to discuss the Evans Gambit.

When Evans was an able bodied seaman onboard the HMS Victory
he showed his idea, 4.b4, to Admiral Lord Nelson.

"If that works." said Nelson.
"You can pull off my arm and poke me in the eye with it."

So all that was required was for me to sneak in at 12:30
drunk, giggling and milkless.

Alas my efforts at sneaking in were all in vain.
She had lain awake ready to greet me. She was not amused.
The cats (2 males and a she) are called;
Ruxton, Rowson and Rutherford.

I was getting the glorious silent treatment.
Then I took the picture and all hell broke loose.
Ruxton, Rowson and Rutherford scattered as if a bomb had gone off.

I was banished to the settee and was woken at 6pm.
with a severe nagging and a cup of tea.... Black tea.

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