A Busker and his Bus.
It's that time of year in Edinburgh again. The Festival.
I love it. The places is mobbed with very very strange people
so I feel perfectly at home. Everywhere you go there is something happening.
This lad was just along the road from my house.
I passed the same way an hour later and he was still there.
(the slogan translates to: "Don't read Chandler Cornered.")
and then I bumped into a man wearing a toilet roll on his head.
He used it to wipe the smile off his face.
An email arrived from Fredi calling himself my No.1 German fan.
"Thank you for giving me so any laughs..."
Well that's what is all about. Chess is Fun.
He also added that he was in Scotland recently and persuaded his
girl friend to visit Edinburgh and Sandy Bells. here is the proof.
(what about a picture of the girl friend outside Sandy Bells).
He congratulates me on my suggestion and notes on the Wilson - Grigoryan game.
[see Meri Grigoryan wins a game (wins two games)].
He said it reminded him of something Jacob Aagaard wrote in one his books.
"Before you learn to calculate you must learn to see."
I like this No.1 German fan.
However, he thought I was being a bit to harsh and sarcastic to Meri
by quoting her six losses as castling Queenside twice.
Fredi sent me a picture of Meri Grigoryan...
...and an oil painting done by the girl herself.
Perhaps Meri will enjoy the same success other artists have had
by seeing their work here. I would have preferred one with a chess theme.
Apparently Meri's interest are Chess, Painting, Guitar and Opera.
Same as me. Except for the opera bit. I play Chess and the guitar
and I painted the toilet wall the other day. A lovely shell pink.
As for being sarcastic.
Well I did not make it up. She did lose 6 on the bounce.
I simply drew attention to it and let the whole world know.
I'm wondering if it had been a guy I poked fun at and not a pretty girl...
OK let us look at some Chess.
A.Posazhennikov (2247) - P.Poobalasingam,P (2133).
White played 56.Rc5??... (56.Rc8 and the position is drawn.)
56...Rb5! and the c-pawn Queens with a check. 0-1
D.Foord(1950) - F.Kwiatkowski (2255)
This is good. White has just played 34.Ra6. He resigns 3 moves later.
Black to play....
34...Rxd3 clocking the back rank weakness.
So White creates luft 35.h3...Black to play.
35...Rxh3+! 36.gxh3 Qxh3+ It's over. 0-1.
Graeme Oswald (2147) - Donald Mason (2251)
This one is funny. When I first reached this position I thought.
"Why does not White resign."
His Rook is trapped, he is basically the exchange down with no counter play.
But White comes up with an ingenious try.
First he will hold the c-pawn by getting the King to c3.
Then block the b-file by skidding the Bishop to b5 and
then pick up the a-pawn.
Black watches this with great interst and when the a-pawn falls...
44...Rxa4! 0-1. After 45 Kxa4 e3 wins easily.
Actually this is a good game to play over. A nice game by Black.
[Click here to replay the game]
Graeme Oswald - Donald Mason
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 Bg5 12.Nc2 Rb8 13.Be2 0-0 14.Qd3 Be6 15.Ncb4 Qc8 16.Qg3 Bd8 17.0-0 Nxb4 18.Nxb4 a5 19.Nc2 b4 20.Rfd1 bxc3 21.b3 Qc6 22.Qd3 Bg5 23.Na3 a4 24.Nc4 Bxc4 25.bxc4 Rb2 26.Rdb1 Rfb8 27.Bd1 Qc5 28.Bc2 Qd4 29.Kf1 Rc8 30.Rxb2 cxb2 31.Rb1 Qxd3+ 32.Bxd3 Bc1 33.Ke2 h5 34.Kd1 a3 35.Kc2 Rb8 36.Kc3 Kf8 37.Bc2 Ke7 38.Ba4 g6 39.Bb5 f5 40.exf5 gxf5 41.Kb4 Ra8 42.Ba4 e4 43.Kxa3 f4 44.Kb4 Rxa4+
A.Howie - M.Smith British - U100.
No this does not mean the players are under 100 hundred years old.
It's the antiquated grading system that the ECF stubbornly cling too.
To convert from ECF to ELO - X 8 and add 600 so 100 = 1400.
This apparently was the critical game. The winner gets the title.
Here we join the game where Black is two pawns up and can win another...
Yes 30...Qxf2+ 31.Kxf2 Be7+.
The game continued with Black playing 30....Rd8.
Play over the game and remember you are at your most
susceptible when you are playing the winning move.
Don't switch off until the Fat Lady sings and she sings
only after the score sheets have been signed.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Howie - M.Smith
1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bc5 6.c3 Ne7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.0-0 Ng6 9.Nf3 Nc6 10.Re1 Qb6 11.Qe2 Bd7 12.b4 Be7 13.Be3 Qc7 14.Bc1 Rac8 15.Bb2 Nf4 16.Qe3 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 f6 18.exf6 Bxf6 19.Nbd2 Nxb4 20.cxb4 Bxb2 21.Rab1 Bf6 22.Nb3 Qc2 23.Qe3 Qxa2 24.Nfd4 e5 25.Nf3 d4 26.Qe4 Bc6 27.Qf5 Bxf3 28.Qxf3 Rc3 29.Qd5+ Kh8 30.Qd6 Rd8 31.Qe6 Rc2 32.Rf1 Rdc8 33.g3 Rxf2 34.Qxc8+
To find the interesting games from the British I let Fritz analyse
all games. I then do a search for the ?? and !! games.
Look at this from D.Howell (2519) - S.Williams(2480)
Williams played 55...f1=B taking the Bishop as a wee joke.
56.Qxf1 Nxf1 and the a-pawn promoted.
This was actually a cracking game and for me the most entertaining
I have found so far. It will take something to beat this.
White is wining, Black is winning, White is wining, Black is winning.
And it all starts with The Elephant, an opening which I think is
perfectly playable under IM level.
Just remembered an incident involving me and the Elephant.
I'm Black v Vince Slaven in the Edinburgh Club Championship 1994.
I had decided on the way to club to play the Elephant but if I
play 1...e5 in answer to 1.e4 I usually get the Vienna to get away
from my Latvian.
I arrive at the club first. Open the library and get the book on the
Vienna and sit at the table reading it. Vince arrives, sees me reading the book.
"Bought this a few weeks go." says I.
1.e4 e5 Nf3 (yes!!) d5 and a draw in 56 moves.
Here is the Howell - Williams game. Enjoy. I did.
[Click here to replay the game]
D.Howell - S.Williams
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 Bd6 4.d4 e4 5.Ne5 Nf6 6.c4 c6 7.Nc3 cxd5 8.cxd5 0-0 9.Bg5 Re8 10.Bb5 Re7 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Ng4 Kh8 13.Nxf6 Qf8 14.Qh5 Qg7 15.Ne8 Qxg2 16.Nxd6 Qxh1+ 17.Bf1 Qf3 18.Qh4 e3 19.Nxc8 Re8 20.Nd6 Nd7 21.Nxe8 Rxe8 22.Qg3 exf2+ 23.Kd2 Qf6 24.Bb5 Qxd4+ 25.Kc2 Re3 26.Rd1 Qc5 27.Qh4 Ne5 28.Qd4 Qxd4 29.Rxd4 a6 30.Bf1 Re1 31.Rd1 Ng4 32.Kd2 Nxh2 33.Bh3 Kg7 34.d6 Kf8 35.d7 Nf3+ 36.Kc2 Rxd1 37.Nxd1 Ke7 38.Nxf2 f5 39.Kd3 Nh4 40.Kd4 Kxd7 41.Kd5 Kc7 42.Nd3 Kb6 43.Kd6 Kb5 44.Kc7 Kc4 45.Bf1 Kd4 46.Kxb7 Nf3 47.Kxa6 Nd2 48.b4 Nxf1 49.b5 Kxd3 50.b6 f4 51.b7 f3 52.b8Q Nd2 53.Qb5+ Ke3 54.a4 f2 55.a5 f1B 56.Qxf1 Nxf1 57.Kb6 h5 58.a6 h4 59.a7 Kf3 60.a8Q+ Kg3 61.Qh1 Nh2 62.Qg1+ Kh3 63.Qf2
The other under promotion in the British featured A.Lewis (2284) - T.Chapman (2200)
No silly suggestions from Fritz this time.
61...a1-N+ 62.Kc3 1-0.
Now every Russia Schoolboy and his dog know this position.
White to play.
1. e8=N+ ½-½.
Has anybody out there ever seen it a serious game and if so
can you please send me the score.
Back to Festival.
This is lot are a very pessimistic 1st aid team.