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Scottish Girls WIn Faber Cup

The Scottish Girls have won the FABER CUP in Ireland.

S E I W Pts Wns
Scotland - 2 2 2½ 6½ 3
England 1 - 2½ 3 6½ 2
Ireland 1 ½ - 2 2½ 1
Wales ½ 0 1 - 1½ 0

Scotland win it because they beat England 2-1 in their individual match.

Here are some games from the girls.
First up is Amelia (Amy) Officer. v Poornima Menon.

A smart game this one. Black gets into trouble with a pinned Knight
down an open-file and has to cede White a huge positional plus.
This is traded in for a material gain Bishop & Knight v Rook.

A drawing effort by Black to chopped off all the Queenside pawns only
resulted in White getting a passed pawn. 35.Bc6! was the move
that Amy must have seen long before her opponent did.

39.Ba5! set in motion a wonderful well thought piece of tactics
that resulted in the passed pawn strolling home. A very good game.

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A.Officer - P.Menon

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.a3 Bd7 7.b4 cxd4 8.cxd4 Nge7 9.Be3 Nf5 10.Be2 Be7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Nc3 f6 13.exf6 Bxf6 14.Na4 Qd8 15.Nc5 b6 16.Nxd7 Qxd7 17.Rc1 Rfc8 18.Ba6 Rf8 19.Qa4 Nb8 20.Qxd7 Nxd7 21.Rc7 Rf7 22.Rfc1 Nd6 23.Bg5 Nf5 24.Be3 h6 25.R1c6 Re8 26.Rc8 Rxc8 27.Bxc8 Ne7 28.Bxd7 Nxc6 29.Bxc6 a6 30.a4 b5 31.axb5 axb5 32.Bd2 Ra7 33.g3 Be7 34.Bxb5 Rb7 35.Bc6 Rb6 36.b5 Kf7 37.Ne5+ Kg8 38.Nd7 Bd8 39.Ba5 Rxc6 40.Bxd8 Rd6 41.b6 Rxd7 42.Bc7 Re7 43.b7 Re8 44.b8Q Rxb8 45.Bxb8

Next is Rhian Hughes against the wonderfully named Lateefah Messam-Sparks.

Black comes out kicking and I've seen players crumble under this attack.
Swap off the fianchetto Bishop, tear open the h-file, sac-sac and mate.

Rhian plays it cooly, her 15.g4 was a good idea. Keeps the position
closed forcing her opponent to find other ideas.

The position stayed balanced and very complicated with a
gridlock of four Knights cluttering up the centre of the board.

One needs eyes as big as organ stops when there are four Knights
prancing about. White started opening lines on the Queenside and
bit by bit her positions grows better. Black drops a pawn and tries
to kick at one of the Knights. Rhian spots a tactical trick that
puts another pawn in the bag.

Black is heading for a hopeless ending so sacs a Knight.
It's a nice try. If White plays the clumsy 28.Nxh3 then she
is mated in 5 moves.

Again a calm 'none of your nonsense here' move by Rhian 28.Qe4+
covering the pawn on g4 and it was soon all over.

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1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 Nf6 6.e4 Nc6 7.Nge2 Bd7 8.a3 Qc8 9.0-0 Bh3 10.Rb1 h5 11.Bg5 Nh7 12.Be3 h4 13.Bxh3 Qxh3 14.Nf4 Qd7 15.g4 Ne5 16.f3 Ng5 17.h3 Bh6 18.Kg2 f5 19.Ncd5 0-0 20.b4 Kh7 21.Qe2 Rf7 22.bxc5 dxc5 23.Bxc5 e6 24.exf5 gxf5 25.Qxe5 exd5 26.Qxd5 fxg4 27.fxg4 Nxh3 28.Qe4+ Kg8 29.Nxh3 Re8 30.Rxf7 Qxf7 31.Qd5

Finally we see Lynsey Shovlin v Eva Los.

Got to get a wee bit critical here about White's opening.
The Vienna is a comfortable opening but it is so easy for
Black to equalise by playing sensible moves.

One slack by White and can Black can steal the initiative early on.
5.Nf3? (5.Ne2) and Black could have given White some problems
with 5...d5. Black played 5...Bxc3 first and then 6...d5.
It does not carry the same weight.

I know these things because G.Chandler-G.Weeden Edinburgh, 1982.
reached the same position. I played 5.Nf3. George played 5...d5
and I never got a look in.

There are two ways to learn at chess.
Play the blunders in an actual game and get hammered - the best way.
Or get an error pointed out to you by a stronger player.
This may not get taken onboard if you actually win the game.

The game reached an equal middle game and had Black played
12...Ne5 instead of 12...Bd7 then again White would have
been on the back foot.

White spotted the danger a move later, removed the threat
and stabalised. Then White played 16.f3!? the Black Knight
on f6 shot like a moth to flame towards g3.

White covered g3 at the same time masked an attack on f7.
Black was hell bent on proving 16.f3?! was a weakening move
and played 17...Qd6? (17...Rd6-f6).
18.fxe5 and White had an overwhelming position.

Then a pawn fork.
Black relied on 19...Ne5 hitting the White Queen but the attack
on f7 saw off that idea. White wraps up the game with a Queen sac

[Click here to replay the game]
l.Shovlin - E.Los

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bb4 5.Nf3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 d5 7.exd5 Nxd5 8.Bd2 Nf6 9.Qe2 Qe7 10.0-0 0-0 11.h3 e4 12.Nd4 Bd7 13.Rae1 Rfe8 14.Nxc6 Bxc6 15.d4 Rad8 16.f3 Nh5 17.Qf2 Qd6 18.fxe4 Nf6 19.e5 Ne4 20.Qxf7+ Kh8 21.exd6 Nxd6 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Qf8+ Rxf8 24.Rxf8

Not in the same class as the first two games because Black did
have chances. That's the trouble with the Vienna you get sloppy
in the opening. I know I played it for a while without any great success.

But White did nothing silly, (see the next game!), Lynsey played sound chess,
developed well and when the chance arrived finished the game without mercy.
That is a good foundation for the future.

The boys are also playing in Ireland in the Glorney Cup.
Here are Scottish Chess Editors David Oswald & Robbie Coleman
preparing for event in Bells.

(they drink like fish - Robbie is holding their pints under the board).

David asked me for some advice. This brought howls of
despair from Kafka who is one of the junior coaches.

It took him and his team 3 months to get the juniors back
on line after I had given them just one training session.

It went something like this:

"Right men." I said to a group of youngsters.

"The Queen is a liability. How many times have you lost
a Queen and then went onto lose a game?"

Nods of agreement from the juniors.

"So bring her out as soon as possible and sac her for a Knight.!"

And apparently Scottish Junior Chess went through a phrase known
to the SJC coaches as the time of the unsound Queen sacrifices.

So I said to David "Sit down and hammer them in under 20 moves -
if they are any good then they would not be playing in the Glorney Cup."

This happened.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Silk - D.Oswald

1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qb6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Nc3 Ne7 8.b3 Ng6
9.Be3 Qa5 10.Qd2 Bb4 11.0-0-0 Bxc3 12.Qd3 Qa3+

Nice Chess clue in the Scotsman cryptic crossword on Monday, 23rd. July.

Reference to Nigel Short who does the Guardian Chess column.

Answer: Champ at the bit.

Quite a tough clue that for non-chess players.
They had to know that Nigel was the chess correspondent for the Guardian
and sometimes Chess writers refer to the men as 'bits'.

John Henderson's column on the next page showed a Nigel Short game.

Pity the compiler never carried it on with 28 across.
Something like.

28. When 1 across played Kasparov.

Instead they used another chess term but in a different context.

Answer: Met Ones Match.

Next C.C. I will have more game from the boys in the Glorney and
Harald Borchgravink's simultaneous game v Kasparov (½-½).

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