A few C.C's back I mentioned and showed a picture
of Boroughmuir chess team. Next C.C. Alastair White
gave us some more information and closed the matter.
Well not quite. Bill Marshall has been in touch.
That Boroughmuir chess team was outstanding.
At one point we were second in the Edinburgh League to Edinburgh 1.
Then the schools league was parallel to the old third division and
a team could win promotion.
For a while there were 4 or 5 schools in the old 1st division.
Robert Waugh was a fine player as well as a thoroughly wide ranging
intellect. I think he played in the Glorney Cup in the same team as John
Robert was also a bit of a political activist, I remember him heckling
Harold Wilson at a Labour Party rally in Leith Town Hall.
Colin Campbell was also a fine player, very stylish technique. Also
played in the Glorney Cup. I think he studied law later.
Eric Holt went on to be Scottish Champion (jointly with Roddy Mackay
if I remember correctly). Shortly after that Eric gave up the game
and disappeared and we all lost touch with him. A couple of years ago
I got an email from him out of the blue which indicated that he'd
emigrated to the US and now had a family there. I replied but never
heard anything more. He was a superb tactician who played the Benoni
a lot and got me interested in it as well as in Tal.
Reg Campbell, while not quite in the class of the other three
overall, was a fine swindler. He became a C. of S. minister and actually
performed the ceremony at my wedding.
(You heard it first here folks - Reg Campbell married Bill Marshall)
David Itcovitz was a great friend and rival but I lost touch with him
after he went to Oxford University to study Economics.
He was Scottish Boys champion in the days when it really meant something.
He was a very good positional player and had an excellent
knowledge of openings. A bit weaker tactically - we always used to
say that if we could just combine his strengths with mine in tactics
and endgames (back when I used to be able to play endgames!) then we
would have a really decent player.
He could read Russian having studied it at school and had a subscription
to Schachmaty Bulletin.
He played a number of junior international tournaments and I remember
he went on a trip where he roomed with John Nunn and played loads of
games against him. Apparently he held his own against him.
As Alastair mentioned he was also a very good bridge player.
I've been revamping my old personal website and have some even more
ridiculous pictures of me to put up. Remind me not to tell you the address!!
I Googled Bill's site quite easily - Bill Marshall + chess
and lifted this picture of Bill from his University days.
(He should have gone to Spec-Savers)
Bill also sent this picture of the Boys Chess tournament.
Bill is top row left. Richard Duffner of Portobello is middle row left
(he emigrated to Canada). John Rennie is front row left and
David Itcovitz is next to him in the white shirt.
(that's more than enough picture of Bill...Bill...er Ed).
Talk of Russian magazines reminded me of when I was really keen.
I use to get these magazines as well. I could not read Russian
but working out the moves was simply enough.
In some cockeyed way I think that help me improve because
with just the bare score to go by I had to work out what
was going on without the aid of the notes.
Remember this game from the recent Edinburgh Congress?
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - G.Bucher
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 Nf6 5.Bg5 d6 6.Nc3 dxe5 7.dxe5 Qxd1+ 8.Rxd1 h6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 Kd7 11.e6+ Kd6 12.Nb6+ Kc6 13.Nxa8 Bd6 14.Bc4 Re8 15.Bd5+ Kc5 16.a3 a5 17.b4+ Kb5 18.Bb3 Rxe6 19.Bxe6 Bxe6 20.Rxd6
Where did I get the idea from? Well I in 1981 I had this.
and on page 37 (squared in red) is the line in question.
So it was filed away in my mind and it resurfaced 26 years later.
What else has been happening?
A good night in Bells last Sunday Harold and Elaine Rutherford
popped in to hammer all and sundry at 5 minute chess.
I was asked who Elaine was by a few chess players in BElls 3 and 4.
"That's my daughter." I replied.
"Wow she's good, why not get her to play for Bells?" they asked.
See that lot. They believe everything I tell them. They are mad.
What else happened?
Oh yeah. On Tuesday I met T.D.Harding at the Edinburgh Chess Club.
Here we are. I'm about to show him a new line in Evans Gambit.
Mr. Harding was up here using the Edinburgh Chess Club's
archives to research his latest project.
We were thumbing through the newspaper cuttings of
the Falkirk Herald and I came across this little puzzle.
W.Bone, Falkirk Herald 1906. It is mate in 14.
Condition: White must mate with a Rook but is not allowed
to move any Rooks. So once you have figured how to do it.
How do you do it?
I've tried loads of tries and keep coming unstuck - I'm beginning
to suspect it's a bogey. But I have triple checked. The position
I took a day trip to Cumbernauld to see the current Scottish
Championship and left it with professional problem solver Colin McNab.
Here he is with Jim Stevenson, Ian Marks and Donald Heron.
So I left Colin with that one and showed Jim and Ian my latest
buy from a 2nd hand shop in Haymarket - a chess set for £2.00.
It's a cracker, tall heavy bakelite pieces, here is a picture
I took of the set on the train through to Cumbernauld.
I challenged them to a consultation game with my new pieces - here it is.
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - J.Stevenson & I.Marks
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Bg4 4.dxe5 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 dxe5 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Qb3 Qe7 8.Bg5 c6
9.Nc3 b5 10.Nxb5 cxb5 11.Bxb5+ Nbd7 12.0-0-0 Rd8 13.Rxd7 Rxd7 14.Rd1 Qe6
15.Bxd7+ Nxd7 16.Qb8+ Nxb8 17.Rd8
What else? Ah yes.
I have narrowed the search down for greenvegrhino,
the mysterious poster on the Scottish Noticeboard.
In the Polish club there is a fruit machine.
Look at the white circled bit.
Recognise the picture?
What's happening in Cumbernauld?
Go to the Chess Scotland website and find out.
Siegrun MacGilchrist played a very good game in under the
1800 section. It's a pity she never played the classy finish.
In this position Black can play 42...Qf2 if 43.Re1 then 43...Qxe1+
But don't let that detract from a very fine game.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Rodger - S.MacGilchrist
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.0-0 c5 5.c3 Bd6 6.d3 0-0 7.Bg5 Nbd7 8.Re1 Qc7 9.Na3 a6
10.Nc2 b5 11.Rc1 Bb7 12.Ne3 h6 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Nf1 Rad8 15.Qc2 e5 16.N3d2 Qd7 17.c4 bxc4 18.dxc4 d4 19.Bxb7 Qxb7 20.b3 Nh7 21.Ne4 f5 22.Nxd6 Rxd6 23.Rcd1 Ng5 24.f3 e4 25.f4 Nh3+
26.Kg2 Nxf4+ 27.gxf4 e3+ 28.Kg1 Rg6+ 29.Ng3 h5 30.Rf1 h4 31.Rf3 hxg3 32.hxg3 Rh6 33.Kg2 g6 34.Rg1 Kg7 35.Kf1 Rfh8 36.Qd1 Kf6 37.Qc2 Qh7 38.Ke1 Rh1 39.Rff1 Rxg1 40.Rxg1 Qh2 41.Rf1 Qxg3+ 42.Kd1 Qg2 43.Re1 Rh1
Lord Kirkwood Game Prizes
Chess Scotland is proud to confirm that Lord Kirkwood is once again
supporting Scottish Chess by donating special game prizes.
Best Game Prize
Alex MacFarlane asked me to judge the best swindle.
I'm playing over some games now, I'll keep you posted.
Here are a few pictures from the Scottish Congress.
The Playing Hall. The Scottish Championship proper took
place on the raised platform at the back of the picture.
Siegrun in action (not from the above game).
Donald Heron facing the 'Bare Knees'Gambit.
I've been sent a wordsearch by Josephine Houseman (10).
Hidden within are all the Chess World Champions from Steinitz to Kasparov.
(13 of them) - print it out and give it go, it's not too hard.
Just imagine how hard it would be if it was full of obscure Russians?