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Scottish Chess Championship 2007

Andrew Muir won the Scottish Championship held at Cumbernauld.

In the last round Andrew on 7 drew with Dougie Bryson.
So Colin McNab on 7 could have tied if he beat Alan Grant.
Colin lost to Alan in a very complicated and tense game.

Here is the game.

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C.McNab - A.Grant

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.d3 g6 6.e4 d6 7.Nc3 Bg7 8.h3 Nc6 9.Bg5 a6 10.Qd2 h6 11.Be3 e5 12.0-0 Nd4 13.b4 Bc6 14.Rab1 Qd7 15.bxc5 bxc5 16.Rb6 h5 17.Nh4 Qc7 18.Rb2 Nd7 19.Rfb1 0-0 20.Bh6 Rfc8 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.f4 Rab8 23.f5 Rxb2 24.Rxb2 Rb8 25.Rxb8 Qxb8 26.fxg6 fxg6 27.Qg5 Nf8 28.Kh2 Qb2 29.Nd1 Qe2 30.Ne3 Kf7 31.Nd5 Bxd5 32.cxd5 Qf2 33.a3 Ne2 34.Nf3 Nh7 35.Qd8 Qxg3+ 36.Kh1 Nf4 37.Nh4 Nf8 38.Qc7+ Kg8 39.Qe7 g5 40.Qg7+ Kxg7 41.Nf5+ Kf6 42.Nxg3 N8g6 43.Nf5 Nxg2 44.Kxg2 Nf4+ 45.Kf3 Nxh3 46.Nxd6 Nf4 47.Ne8+ Ke7 48.Ng7 Kf7 49.Nf5 Kf6 50.Ng3 g4+ 51.Ke3 h4 52.Nf5 h3 53.Ng3 a5 54.Nf1 Kg5 55.d6 Kf6 56.Kf2 Nh5 57.Nd2 g3+ 58.Kg1 h2+ 59.Kh1 Nf4 60.d7 Ke7 61.Nc4 Nxd3

Final Table
1 A. Muir*11111118
2 A. Grant0*1111117
3 C. McNab0*1111117
4 D. Bryson*11116
5 E. Spencer0000*11114
6 M. Fraser00*00113
7 A. Nisbet00001*3
8 J. Stevenson000001*2
9 S. Hilton000000*12
0 I. Marks0000000*1

Some Stats and Facts.

44 games played (one default - Muir v Stevenson, Jim's car broke down).
15 White wins, 16 Black wins and 13 draws.
The longest game was a 70 move draw A.Nisbet - I.Marks.
The shortest games was a 10 move draw S.Hilton - A.Nisbet.
The shortest games with a positive result were two 19 movers
played in the last round. Here is one of them.

Black's 18th move is the kind of whopper that often gets played
after a long hard week of chess. 18..Bd7 was better.

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S.Hilton - I.Marks

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Qb3 Nxc3 7.bxc3 0-0 8.Bg5 c5 9.e3 cxd4 10.exd4 Nc6 11.Be2 Qc7 12.0-0 e5 13.d5 Na5 14.Qb4 h6 15.Be7 Re8 16.d6 Qb6 17.Qa4 Nc6 18.Bb5 Bg4 19.Bxc6

So how about a game from the 2007 Scottish Chess Champion.

A.Muir - A.Grant This was a good game.
In this position (White to play). Andy was working out the
chances of 16.Bxh6 succeeding.

I passed by and looked. It will only succeed if White can play the
very slow Rfe1-e3-g3. So that was Andy's task for the afternoon.
Does the Rook get to g3 in time?
I took a picture of Andy pondering this very position.

And left him to it.

Next day when the score was posted I was surprised and pleased
that Andy had indeed played 16.Bxh6. On my first pass I thought
Rf1-e3-g3 was too slow and Black must have a counter sac.

Here is the game. 18..Nxd4 may be a better saving try than 18...Rxd4.
It gets all messy. Fritz it if you want the dull answers.
Work it our for yourself if you want to improve.

In the game 27.g5! would have crowned this game. There is simply
no answer to Rh3-Rh8 and if ...Qxf6 then gxf6 sets up a
mating net. 27.Qg5+ wins but 27.g5! would have iced the cake.
Here is the game.

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A.Muir - A.Grant

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 cxd4 8.exd4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 0-0 10.0-0 Nc6 11.Be3 b6 12.Qf3 Bb7 13.Bd3 Rc8 14.Rad1 Qe7 15.Qh3 h6 16.Bxh6 gxh6 17.Qxh6 Rfd8 18.Rfe1 Rxd4 19.Re3 Rxd3 20.Rdxd3 Ng4 21.Rg3 Nce5 22.h3 Qc5 23.Rde3 Qd4 24.hxg4 Bd5 25.Qf6 Nc6 26.Nxd5 exd5 27.Qg5+ Qg7 28.Qxd5 Nd4 29.Qe5 Qxe5 30.Rxe5 Rc2 31.Rd3 Ne2+ 32.Kh2 Rxb2 33.g3 Nc1 34.Rf3 Ne2 35.Re7

Well done Andy. A fantastic result.

All the games will be ready for download from the Chess Scotland site
very soon. There are some good attacking games amongst them.

And now this.
This was a horrible problem. White to mate in 14 moves with
one of the Rooks - without moving either Rook.

I was sent a solution from Andre Kueh who I think may come
from Canada. I have sent him emails thanking him but they
are coming back saying his site is blocked.

Andre says he was taught the moves of Chess by Anthony Dempsey
who edited Blunders and Brilliancies. Small world.


1.Ncd3 Kd6 2.Ne5 Kd5 3.Nc4 Kd4 4.Kc2 Kd5 5.Kb2 Kd4 6.Nf3+ Kd3 7.Nh4 Kd4
8.Ne3 Kd3 9.Nc2 Kd2 10.Ne1 Kd1 11.Ka2 Kd2 12.Nhf3+ Kd1 13.Nc2 Kc1 14.Ne3 mate.

A good night in Bells last night (Sunday 15th July) Harold was
celebrating his joint first with JAcob Aagaard in the Cumbernauld
Weekend tournament.

Five minute chess being played on two tables, Freddy and the gang
playing music in the corner, some terrible jokes being cracked
by the onlookers. Nice evening.

There were some good games played.
I really must investigate these boards that record all moves played.
Sometimes mini masterpieces are created during these sessions.
They appear and then are lost forever.

I recall this finish between Harold (white) and Mickey Rattray
Black to play - what would you do?

Mickey played the obvious 1...Re2 There followed 2.Qxe2 Qxe2 3.Re4. Classic.

And Finally...
Remember a few C.C's ago I was sent a postcard of Edinburgh
with what appeared to be a man having a pee in the bushes.

I've been sent this from Judith Seat.

Old fashioned Huntley & Palmer biscuit tins are much sought after
because of the art work. This one depicts a scene from a garden party.

This particular one has become notorious.

A disgruntled employer painted two dogs frolicking in the bushes.

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