I have been following the adventures of both Jacob, Jonathan and Keti in the British.
I've also kept an eye on the games of Meri Grigoryan who is returning chess
after some time off.
She was one of the blundering clowns from the last C.C.
There is always interesting games in the lower half of these tournaments
and I have played out her games looking for more interesting and instructive
moments. After six games her score was 0-0-0-0-0-0 (castled Queen-side twice).
She tried everything to stop the rot by playing some aggressive
and cunning chess. Witness this attempt to stalemate.
A.Jain - M.Grigoryan Rd.6.
Black has just played 50...Ng3-f5 and if 51.Kxf5 it is stalemate.
White played 51.b4+ to 'unstale' the King.
Unstale is a new chess term and I now claim ownership and copyright.
Anyone using the term unstale will have to pay me 2p.
(it's been used before.....Ed)
Who, When and Where?
(You. Last year. On this site...Ed)
After 51.b4+, which had to be thought out carefully as Black obtains
two passed pawns, one of them a Rook's Pawn, which Knight's struggle against.
Black still had drawing chances and was incredibly unlucky.
She actually managed to Queen with a check.
Black to play.
60...a1=Q+ (60...axb1=Q losses to the skewer 61.Qb8+) 61.Qc3+ 1-0
In round 7 she finally got the win.
However she nearly chucked it and dragged it on longer than necessary.
In this position (M.Grigoryan- C.Dossett) White to play.
White played 39.Re1. I'm sure most of your can see 39.Rc2 and mate next move.
This is what the pressure of seeking that first win can do.
I know I've castled Queenside (O-O-O) in a five rounder before. (Alnwick 1980).
You miss the simple wins trying so very hard no to lose a won game.
The above position turned into this. (Black to play).
Black played 49...h5 making the White win fairly easy (see game).
Better to keep to the pawn on h7 and get the Rooks off to bring
the King into the game. 49.Kc6-c7 and Rd7.
Then White must be very careful not to rush things.
With the Rooks off this position could easily be reached.
This position is a draw.
What you want is this position. Which can be forced using the g-pawn
to lose a move when needed.
Now you want to bring up the h-pawn and play g6 when the King is on h8.
So if it was Black to move.
1...Kh8 2.h4! Kg8 3.h5 Kh8 4.g6 hxg6 5.hxg6 Kg8 6.g7 Kf7 7.Kh7 1-0
and if it is White to move.
1.h3! Kh8 2.h4 Kg8 3.h5 Kh8 4.g6 etc.
But Meri's endgame technique was not brought into question and at last
she scored a full point. I'm glad, she's glad - we are all glad.
[Click here to replay the game]
M.Grigoryan - C.Dossett
1.e4 c5 2.b3 Nc6 3.Bb2 e5 4.f4 exf4 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.Nc3 Nge7 8.0-0 f6 9.Ne2 Ng6 10.d4 Qb6 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Qd2 cxd4 13.Nfxd4 0-0-0 14.Rae1 Ne5 15.Nxf4 g5 16.Nh5 Be8 17.Nxf6 Bg6 18.Kh1 Bg7 19.Ne6 Bxf6 20.Rxf6 Rd7 21.Bd4 c5 22.Bc3 Rg8 23.Qd5 Qc6 24.Bxe5 Qxd5 25.exd5 dxe5 26.c4 e4 27.Nxc5 Re7 28.Ne6 Rge8 29.c5 Kd7 30.Re3 Bf7 31.c6+ Kd6 32.Nxg5+ Kxd5 33.Nxf7 Rf8 34.Rd6+ Kc5 35.Rc3+ Kb4 36.Rc1 Rfxf7 37.Kg1 e3 38.Rd4+ Ka3 39.Re1 Kxa2 40.b4 a6 41.Rd3 e2 42.c7 Rf1+ 43.Rxf1 exf1Q+ 44.Kxf1 Rxc7 45.Rd6 Kb3 46.Rxa6 Kxb4 47.Rd6 Rf7+ 48.Kg1 Kc5 49.Rd8 h5 50.g3 h4 51.Kg2 Kc6 52.g4 Re7 53.Kh3 Rh7 54.g5 Kc5 55.Kg4 Kc4 56.g6
There has been a stalemate at Great Yarmouth.
Rd.2 K.Arakhamia Grant - P.Poobalasingam.
Black to play.
72...f2+ 73.Kxf2 Rf3+ and Black keeps along the 4th rank.
And remember what I was saying about Knight's and Rook Pawns?
N.Pert - G.Flear. Round 7. Black to play.
If Black takes the f-pawn thinking 66...Nxf6 67.Kxf6 Kxh5 draws.
He would have been in for a nasty shock.
66...Nxf6 67.h6! Nd7 68. Kg7! and the pawn Queens.
The game ended in a draw thus:
66...Nf8+ 67.Kg7 Kg5! 68.h6 Ne6+ 69.Kf7 Nd8+ 70.Kg7 Ne6+ 71.Kf7 Nd8+
72.Ke7 Nc6+ 73.Kf8 Kxh6 74.Ke8 Ne5 ½-½
I mentioned the Alnwick Allegro 1980. Incredible happenings.
I played Brian Ely in round 1. (what ever happened to him?).
Morra Gambit - I played the kitchen sink attack and lost.
I then lost to some bod in the Black side of a Vienna Frankenstein-Dracula.
(the swine played 2.Nc3 to avoid my Latvian).
Rd.3 And I played the White side of a Frankenstein-Dracula variation.
Rd.5 I hammered some guy with a Latvian.
(What happened to Rd.4?...Ed)
Well I was desperate for a win...
I cheated OK.
I cannot recall the exact position but it was something like this.
I'm White and losing badly. It was an allegro. In those days
an illegal move in an allegro meant a lose.
(it may still be the case - I don't know).
These moves were played fairly quickly.
Note 4.Rh4 is not a check but my opponent anticipating 4.Rh5+ played.
5.R x King!! 1-0
I won a point and made myself a lifelong friend. Not.
What a look I got. He was a big Geordie guy and you could see he wanted
to rip the teeth out of my head. I winked. Wrote 1-0 on the score card,
stood up, did not shake hands and went off to log the result.
Ah Alnwick 1980. The good old days.
I even took the delightful Mrs Chandler down to the tournament with me.
You know what she said to me after two rounds?
"Is that all you are going to do, play chess all day?"
"....er. Yes Dear."
Right. A New Chess Joke
A frequent visitor to a chess club is asked by an opponent.
"How come your style of play is so varied? One night you
play aggressive openings, the next night you play
purely positional chess?"
The visitor replied.
"My wife goes for a nap before I come to club.
If she lays on her right side then I play the sharp stuff.
If she lays on the left side then I play positionally."
"What happens if your wife is laying on her back?"
"I don't go to Chess Club."
Stop Press Meri Grigoryan has now won another game.
This has a wonderful instructive moment right at the end.
A.Wilson - M.Grigoryan Round 8. Black to play.
Meri played 34....Rg4+ 35.Kf3 Rf4+ 36.Kg2 Rg4+ 37.Kf3 ....
repeating the position before playing 37...Rgxg5 38.hxg5 Rxh1.
Now was it to gain time on the clock or was she checking to see if there
was a counter stroke? Because there is McNasty in the position.
After 38...Rxh1 White played 39.Kg2? and resigned after 39...Nf4+
But instead of 39.Kg2 White should have tried....
39.Re5 now anything natural like 40....Nb4? 41.g6 1-0
39.Re5 40 Nc7 Re7 41.Nd5 repeats.
The win is there but it is tricky. Black has to play ...Rh3+
39.Re5 Rh3+ which at first looks bad because after 40.Kg2
both the Rook and Knight hang which may stopped Black from
looking any further, but 40...Nf5+ saves the day.
So 39.Re5 Rh3+ 40.Kf2 Nc7 41.Re7 Rh2+ and Rxc2 holding the Knight.
I told you these lower boards had some interesting chess on them.