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Harald's Last Night in Bells + Endgame Stuff

This is a book I just cannot understand.

and speaking of books...
...I'm wanting to get rid of these. Informators 41, 42 43 & 44.

I was going to swap them for any chess book but I'm fed up
with chess books. I have over 200 (again).
Since Sam and Scottish Chess Supplies have gone I have nowhere to unload them.
I used to swap them for a credit note.
I would buy a book with this credit note and a few weeks later
hand the book back along with another pile 2nd hand books I had
picked up on my travels.

I don't go out with the intention of coming back with a chess book.
But when you see things like Alekhine's Best Games for 50p and
Larsen's Selected Games for 1.00...well you just buy them.

So I'm open to ideas what to do with these Informators.
Competition prizes?

OK then. If someone gives me an idea for a unique competition then
I'll give them these Infomators. So I will be able to present the
Informators out as on...I've not thought this out.

Puzzle No.137
Most of you will remember trying to solve this at school.

You have to connect houses A,B,& C with Water, Gas and Electricity.

The catch being you are not allowed to have any of the pipes crossing
each other. It cannot be done according to every book I have read showing this
puzzle. Well it can. Next C.C. I will have the solution and no catch attached.
A genuine solution.

Today's puzzle has a similar idea that can be solved.

Each Black Rook has to take each White Pawn.
No Rook is allowed to cross a square another Rook has already passed over.
And no Rook is allowed to pass over any square twice.
Easy. Solution at bottom.

Hey Geoff. Show us an endgame...

Ok then, here is some practical knowledge.
You will have a position like this in your time as a chess player.
You might as well know how to win it.

I once saw this position abandoned as a draw.
White is in check. If he goes to the h-file then Black checks on h1.
If the White King goes to the f-file Black plays Rh1.

White tried running the King to the Queenside. If he can get just one Rook
check in then he can play h1=Q. But when the White King went on the e-file
then Black King goes to the e-file using the White King as a shield
thus denying White the winning check. So draw?

NO. Once you have seen the trick then you will never forget it.
The win is really quite simple. When you next have a spare five
minutes. Set up the following position in Fritz with you as White.

What you want is this position. This is how the good players do it.
They visualise the winning position and then they get there. They do
not spend ages working out the moves in between. White to play.

1.Rf8! Rxh7 2Kg6+ and wins. How easy was that?

But beware. In this position with White to play...

1. Kb7? only draws 1.Kb6 wins.
The difference with the White King confined to the 7th rank when White
plays Rf8 the h-pawn drops with check. (No Kg8 does not win the Rook on h7)

1.Rf8 Rxh7+ 2.Kg8+ Kg6 draws.

The Spanish International Masters

"Geoff. Come down to Bells quick. There are two Spanish IM's here
and they want a game of chess."

This was breathless Robert Burns pleading with me to go
to Bells to get my cute butt kicked.

I could not drop everything there and then.
But later on I sneaked out and paid Bells a visit.

One of the sets was being used and two guys were playing 5 minute chess.
One was not too bad. I hovered about and eventually got a game.

I covered the board in two move traps and won.

Here is the full game.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - I.M.(?)

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 c6 5.0-0 e6 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Bxf3 Qa5 8.d4 Bd6 9.Nd2 Qc7 10.Nc4 Bf4 11.Bxf4 Qxf4 12.Qe1 Na6 13.Qe5 Qxe5 14.dxe5 Ke7 15.Na5 Nc5 16.b4 Nd7 17.Rfe1 Rb8 18.Rad1 Ke8 19.Nxc6 bxc6 20.Bxc6 Rd8 21.Rxd7 Rxd7 22.Rd1 Ne7 23.Bxd7+ Kf8 24.Bxe6 Nc6 25.Bb3 Ke7 26.Rd6 Nxb4 27.c3

The Knight is trapped.

Harold's Last Night in Bells

The card was designed and made by Gerrard Oswald
(because he is too cheap skate to buy a proper one.)

A sad occasion mixed with plenty of Chess and beer...

...and Chinese Checkers.

There was a 5 minute chess knockout tournament.
Some of the guys were so drunk they probably cannot
remember taking part in it.

M.Wallace1 M.Wallace0
G. Chandler1 G.Chandler1
K.Ruxton0 B.Duncan0

There was quite a few chess players there and it was only until
half of them had gone when I realised I never had a photograph.
So here is a picture of the handful that remained till closing time.

I'm told that the position they have set up is the Norwegian Variation
of the Ruy Lopez. Ahhh ain't that sweet.

And then it was suddenly all over.
There were 10 or 11 actors from the cast of Eastenders.
One posed with Harald for a last picture.

Good luck Harald. Do not make a stranger of yourself.

Solution to the Rooks Capturing Pawns Problem.

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