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The latest Kingpin is out. Issue no.39.
I know what I'll do - I review it.

Cover: Brilliant, it's by our own Gerrard Oswald.



Kibitzing with the Poisoned Pawn: Funny. Perhaps a wee bitty too personal.
I'd rather read about Danny Gormally's chess than his bad breath.

Gary Lane's Agony Column:: Humorous. Readers send in their problems
and Gary give them their solutions.

Northern Man at the ECF: Never read it all - too long, got bored.

Grandmaster Diary: Kind of sensible article that seems out of step with the
rest of the mag. It is unfunny, not controversial and dare I say dreary.
It features a Rook ending from a Berlin Defence. 'nought said?

Profile: Dilip Patel: Quite Funny. Patel was that Indian lad who tuned into Fritz.

The Golden Age of a Chancer:Informative and funny. Ray Keene getting it the neck (again).

Ida Woes the French: I've no idea. It's in French. (why?)

The Truth about Toilet gate: Informative with touches of humour.
Gives a new look at the goings on in the Kramnik/Totalizators match.
The writer, Justin Horton, washes in public some other aspects of chess reporting.
The best thing in the mag.

Hack Attack: Always enjoyable. Some really cool games from
Ashot Nadanian who comes from the same stable as Kasparov.
One game of his has White accepting tripled e-pawns as early as move five.
Nadanian - Akobian, Yerevan 1996.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Na4 e5 6.dxe5 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Ne3 8.fxe3










Book Reviews: I've always enjoyed the Kingpin book reviews.
They never pull punches, if it's naff then it's called naff.
Here are the books reviewed and in brief the opinion.

Chess Facts and Fables: given the thumbs up.
Dealing with d4 Deviations: A reluctant thumbs up
Chess Results 1901-1920: So-So.
Tony Miles, England's Chess Gladiator: Thumbs down - it's a Keene book.
Devious Chess - How to Bend the Rules and Win: Thumbs down.

Not a book on cheating. Bending the rules in this case is going against
established principles. "It's just a tatty production from Batsford."

Bonner's The King-Chess Pieces: A big Thumps up.
the reviewer quotes Jeremy Silman.
"...the best book ever written about Chess."

Calm down Jeremy, take pill and a glass of water.
I've thumbed through this. It looks OK but it is not all about Chess.
So therefore how can it be "...the best book ever written about Chess."
That is still Hooper and Whyld's Oxford Chess Companion.

Why Lasker Matters:So-So. Apparently there is some ritual Tarrasch bashing in this
so it is off my shopping list.

The Immortal Game: A History of Chess: So-So.

and finally, An article by Amatzia Avni on how to review books.
(So that is where I got the idea about doing a review from.)

Amazia does that God awful Baron Munchinbollocks in CHESS.
Some reviewer somewhere has panned one of his books.

Dealing with d4 Deviations is one of his.

This is his reply to all book critics. It's actually quite a good article.
He should drop Baron Munchinbollocks and do a proper column in CHESS.

Go the KingPin site see about getting a copy.

(I've tried putting on a link but it keeps failing)



Speaking of cheating...
This is meant to be a true story. I will give it as briefly as possible.

Two players and third party are involved.
There is no love lost between to the two players.
Player A is the weaker player so before the start of the game
starts he and his pal concoct a wicked scheme.

The game starts and in the middle game Player A makes his move
but does not press his clock.

Player B sits there fully aware of what has happened and
carries on thinking.

Player A gets up from the board and wanders around.

Player B sits there hardly believing his luck.

Player A leaves the play hall.

After 10 minutes Player B gets up and sees Player A mucking about
outside. He too leaves the hall, settles down in the fresh air
keeping an eye on his opponent.

Meanwhile the third party has, unseen by anybody, presses
player A's clock starting Player B's clock running.

Player B eventually goes back inside the hall, now followed by Player A.

Player B arrives just as his flag falls.

If anybody knows the full details....?


Ian Nisbet t sent me this superb problem/study.
It's White to play and mate in 7. G.Kasparyan, Shakmaty 1935











1.Ne8 Kg6 2.h5+ Rxh5 3.f5+ Rxf5 4.g4 ...










4...Re5 5. Bf5+ Rxf5 6. Ng7 either Rook anywhere 7. gxf5/h5 mate. Brilliant.





Ingmar Bergman has passed away and the planet has
gone into mourning overdrive. How are we going to
continue without this man? The film industry is finished.

The Seventh Seal is boring drudgery. All of Bergman's film
are bleak, dismal and depressing. Avoid 7th Seal. It's naff.

Remember a few C.C's ago I had a copy and sent it to America
just to get rid of it. I slobbed it then - I'm slobbing it again.

John Ford's 'Stagecoach' now there is a good film. See that instead.



Or 'Old Maid' with Bette Davis. You'll cry your eyes out.





I've been following the British Championship.
Here are the standings at the halfway stage.

British Championship 2007 (after 6 rounds)


1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Jacob Aagaard 2467 1/40 1/12 1/19 1/5 1/2 /3 5
2 Nicholas Pert 2536 1/15 1/7 1/11 1/18 0/1 /6 4
3 Jonathan Rowson 2599 1/13 0/4 1/32 1/33 1/18 /1 4
4 Glenn Flear 2479 1/30 1/3 0/5 1/15 /6 1/37 4
5 Graeme Oswald 2147 1/50 1/42 1/4 0/1 /9 1/20 4
6 Anthony Kosten 2508 1/26 /10 1/31 1/28 /4 /2 4
7 Stewart Haslinger 2468 1/48 0/2 /29 1/43 1/23 1/22 4
8 Simon Williams 2480 1/39 0/11 1/65 /23 1/34 1/24 4
9 Stephen Gordon 2487 1/42 1/21 0/18 1/11 /5 /10 4.0
10 Christopher Ward 2439 1/23 /6 1/27 /22 /20 /9 4.0
11 Graeme Buckley 2379 1/34 1/8 0/2 0/9 1/45 1/28 4.0
12 Mark Hebden 2540 1/58 0/1 1/67 /13 1/26 /14 4.0
13 Simon Knott 2374 0/3 1/57 1/41 /12 /28 1/38 4.0
14 Ketevan Grant* 2418 /44 /27 1/52 1/39 /21 /12 4.0
15 Susan Lalic 2350 0/2 1/65 1/54 0/4 1/52 1/27 4.0
16 David Howell 2519 /33 0/18 1/56 /35 1/32 1/29 4.0
17 Dagne Ciuksyte 2426 0/52 0/41 1/60 1/49 1/44 1/36 4.0
18 Steve Barrett 2219 1/56 1/16 1/9 0/2 0/3 /21 3
19 Li Wu 2314 /20 1/29 0/1 /27 1/35 /25 3
20 Danny Gormally 2509 /19 1/47 1/35 /24 /10 0/5 3
21 Thomas Rendle 2416 1/32 0/9 1/61 /38 /14 /18 3
22 Stuart Conquest 2546 /37 1/52 1/55 /10 /24 0/7 3
23 Michael White 2246 0/10 1/66 1/46 /8 0/7 1/43 3
24 Christopher Briscoe 2224 /64 1/59 1/53 /20 /22 0/8 3
25 Robert Bellin 2403 /45 /53 1/36 /30 /38 /19 3
26 Andrew Lewis 2284 0/6 1/60 /43 1/64 0/12 1/47 3
27 Peter Poobalasingam 2133 1/46 /14 0/10 /19 1/30 0/15 3.0
28 Philip Makepeace 1978 1/57 /30 1/37 0/6 /13 0/11 3.0
29 Peter Constantinou 2173 1/66 0/19 /7 /37 1/42 0/16 3.0
30 Feliks Kwiatkowski 2255 0/4 /28 1/51 /25 0/27 1/52 3.0
31 Philip Bonafont 2098 /36 1/45 0/6 /44 /39 /40 3.0
32 David Adams 2234 0/21 1/50 0/3 1/59 0/16 1/53 3.0
33 David Eggleston 2330 /16 /49 1/47 0/3 0/36 1/57 3.0
34 John Hodgson 2227 0/11 /43 1/62 1/53 0/8 /44 3.0
35 John Anderson 2207 /51 1/63 0/20 /16 0/19 1/58 3.0
36 James Hanley 2213 /31 /54 0/25 1/63 1/33 0/17 3.0
37 Jack Rudd 2370 /22 1/67 0/28 /29 1/55 0/4 3.0
38 Simon Fowler 2204 /59 1/64 /44 /21 /25 0/13 3.0
39 Ian Snape 2255 0/8 1/68 1/49 0/14 /31 /41 3.0
40 Alex Posazhennikov 2247 0/1 0/46 /66 1/50 1/54 /31 3.0
41 Peter Roberson 2209 0/53 1/17 0/13 /55 1/64 /39 3.0
42 Martin Walker 2262 0/9 0/5 1/68 1/67 0/29 1/55 3.0
43 Mark Lyell 2187 /54 /34 /26 0/7 1/46 0/23 2
44 Russell James 2238 /14 /61 /38 /31 0/17 /34 2
45 Matthew Anderton 2229 /25 0/31 /63 1/65 0/11 /51 2
46 Dominic Foord 1950 0/27 1/40 0/23 /48 0/43 1/65 2
47 Terry Chapman 2200 1/60 0/20 0/33 /54 1/56 0/26 2
48 Donald Mason 2251 0/7 /62 /59 /46 /53 /49 2
49 Charles Tippleston 2178 /63 /33 0/39 0/17 1/66 /48 2
50 Michael E White 1969 0/5 0/32 /57 0/40 1/68 1/64 2
51 Yang Fan Zhou 2069 /35 0/55 0/30 /58 1/67 /45 2
52 Charles Storey 2218 1/17 0/22 0/14 1/61 0/15 0/30 2.0
53 Roger De Coverly 2086 1/41 /25 0/24 0/34 /48 0/32 2.0
54 Ryan Griffiths 2046 /43 /36 0/15 /47 0/40 /62 2.0
55 Paul Talsma 2220 /61 1/51 0/22 /41 0/37 0/42 2.0
56 Daniel Hall 2113 0/18 /58 0/16 1/62 0/47 /60 2.0
57 Ken McEwan 2170 0/28 0/13 /50 /66 1/63 0/33 2.0
58 Peter Sowray 2352 0/12 /56 0/64 /51 1/59 0/35 2.0
59 Alexandra Wilson 2066 /38 0/24 /48 0/32 0/58 1/67 2.0
60 Ivan Stokes 2055 0/47 0/26 0/17 1/68 /65 /56 2.0
61 Malcolm Armstrong 2126 /55 /44 0/21 0/52 0/62 1/66 2.0
62 Rudy Van Kemenade 2032 0/65 /48 0/34 0/56 1/61 /54 2.0
63 Akash Jain 2002 /49 0/35 /45 0/36 0/57 1/68 2.0
64 Graham M Smith 2129 /24 0/38 1/58 0/26 0/41 0/50 1
65 David Spence 2183 1/62 0/15 0/8 0/45 /60 0/46 1
66 Chris Dossett 2001 0/29 0/23 /40 /57 0/49 0/61 1.0
67 David Wise 2189 1/68 0/37 0/12 0/42 0/51 0/59 1.0
68 Meri Grigoryan 2048 0/67 0/39 0/42 0/60 0/50 0/63 0.0

* Ketevan Arakhamia Grant (name far too long can we call her Mrs. Grant?)
(No....Ed)

Here are some of the shortest losses so far.
Remember these players are graded over 2000.



K.McEwan(2170) - P.Makepeace(1978),British Championship,2007.
Here a Black Caro Khan wins in 14 moves. This is a rarity.
If there any quick games involving the C.K. then it is usually
Black that is the victim.

So how did this happen?
White does nothing wrong for 10 moves. Develops, castles.
Then he has an idea. 11.Ne2? One of those deep over 2000 ideas.

This leaves a Bishop on b5 and Rook on e1 unprotected.
One Queen move, one double attack (11...Qa5).
So White brings the Knight back to c3. No harm thinks he.
12....Nd4 another double attack and Black is a piece up. 0-1




[Click here to replay the game]
K.McEwan - P.Makepeace

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 e6 6.exd5 cxd5 7.Bb5+ Nc6 8.0-0 Bd6 9.d3 Nge7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Ne2 Qa5 12.Nc3 Nd4 13.Qg4 Nxb5 14.Bd2 Qa6




A.Jain (2002) - J.Anderson (2207), British Championship,2007.
In this game White has an idea. An over 2000 idea.
He wants to take the pawns on f6 and fork the Queen and Rook.
But he cannot take the f6 pawn because of the Bishop on e7.

So thoughts about deflecting the e7 Bishop come into his mind.










14.Rxd6 bxd6 15.Bxf6 wins! er.....




[Click here to replay the game]
A.Jain - J.Anderson

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 Be7 10.Nf3 b5 11.e5 b4 12.exf6 bxc3 13.Qxc3 gxf6 14.Rxd6 Bxd6 15.Bxf6 Bb4




M.Grigoryan (2048) - D.Wise (2189), British Championship, 2007.
A few Corners back I mentioned if you 0-0 then play Kh1/Kh8.

Obviously over 2000 players need not heed such advice.
"I'm an over 2000 - I do not get checked."

16.Nb6?? belongs on a board in Bells just before closing time.




[Click here to replay the game]
M.Grigoryan - D.Wise

1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.f5 Nd4 7.d3 c6 8.Ng5 d5 9.Bb3 0-0 10.Na4 Be7 11.0-0 h6 12.Nf3 Nxb3 13.axb3 dxe4 14.dxe4 Qxd1 15.Rxd1 Nxe4 16.Nb6 Bc5+


They must have been playing on one of these.




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