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I've been sent this. What is it? Where is it? and Why?

I would also like a closer look at the position. Any ideas?

Recently I showed a whole set of games with Knight promotions.
I was sent the following hairy game where Black has a won game but
after 19.Qb5+ plays all the natural out of check moves
but misses the under promotion with a Knight check that wins.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.McDade - srivatsan78

1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.g4 Bg6 5.h4 h5 6.f4 hxg4 7.Qxg4 Nf6 8.Qd1 e6 9.Bc4 Nd5 10.Nge2 Rxh4 11.Rf1 Bb4 12.a3 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Bh5 14.f5 Nxc3 15.Qd2 Bxe2 16.Bxe2 Nxe2 17.Qxe2 Qxd4 18.fxe6 Qxa1 19.Qb5+ c6 20.exf7+ Kd7 21.Qxb7+ Ke6 22.Qc8+ Nd7 23.f8N+

Hey Geoff shows us a Pirc played by Pirc.

OK then. This brings us onto this week's instructive bit.
Vasja Pirc, 1907-1980. Yugoslav chess player.
(the correct pronunciation is Peerts but is universally pronounced Pirk).
He helped to popularise the opening that bears his name by playing it and
proving it is a perfectly playable COUNTER ATTACKING opening.

So let us see two Pirc's as played by Pirc.
After the moves:
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3...
We reach this position. Black to play.

Well according to theory the best move here is 6...Na6 prepping c5.

prepping is a new chess word I've just invented.
Why? Well I've always wanted to invent a chess word containing three p's.

Does 6...c5 right away not work?
Good question. Seems a bit extreme to plonk a Knight on a6 prepping a move
when it seems OK without 6...Na6. It pokes the White centre and does not lose a pawn.

Let us see what the boys who write the books say:

Joe Gallagher in Starting Out: The Pirc/Modern (a good book by the way).
"...the immediate 6...c5 is ugly (7.dxc5 dxc5 8.e5)"
Well appearing ugly is not a valid reason to dismiss a move.

John Nunn in The Pirc for the Tournament Player.
"6...c5? White has no trouble keeping his pawn centre after this.
7.dxc5 dxc5 8.e5 Nd5 9.Nxd5 Qxd5 10.Qe2 Nc6 11.Be4.

The outpost on d4 is easily covered by c3 when Black is left with less
space and no way to activate the Bishop on g7."

This is a better explanation but I would like to see a game in this line.
It's OK these GM's glancing at a position and nodding but us lesser lights
need examples so we too can nod in agreement.

Keene & Botterill in The Pirc Defence.
Go further;

"White has an excellent position. His pawn on e5 severely restricts the
Black pieces, in particular the cherished King's Bishop, and the disappearance
of pawns on the Q-file makes it more difficult for Black to remove the
White spearhead."

And they give us three games (White wins) to show us the way.
One of them is with Vasja Pirc as Black. Quite fitting he should lose
in such an instructive manner in his own opening so that we, who stand on
his shoulders, may learn.
This has a very amusing finish. All the action is taking place
on the Kingside yet the killer blow is 21.Rd1-a1.
H.Tan - V.Pirc, Hoogeveen, 1963.

[Click here to replay the game]
H.Tan - V.Pirc

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Qe2 Nc6 9.e5 Nd5 10.Nxd5 Qxd5 11.Be4 Qd7 12.Be3 b6 13.h4 Bb7 14.Rd1 Qg4 15.h5 Rad8 16.Rh4 Qe6 17.hxg6 hxg6 18.Ng5 Qxa2 19.Kf2 f5 20.Ra1

Of course 19...f5 is a bad 'un. But anything Black tries from that position
losses. Try it for yourself.

But we cannot finish with pioneer Pirc getting stomped.
Licking his wounds he improved the variation by replacing
6...c5 with 6...Nc6. Prepping e5.
D.Baretic - V.Pirc, Yugoslav Championship 1968

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D.Baretic - V.Pirc>

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Be3 e5 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.d5 Nd4 10.Nxe5 Nxd5 11.Bxd4 Nf4 12.Bf1 Ne6 13.Nxg6 Bxd4 14.Nxf8 Qh4+ 15.Kd2 Qf4+ 16.Kd3 Qe3+ 17.Kc4 Bxc3 18.bxc3 b5+ 19.Kxb5 [19.Kb3 Nc5+ 20.Kb2 Na4+ 21.Kb1 Nxc3+] 19...Rb8+

That was great Geoff. Now show us a Rook and Pawn ending.

Get lost you.

And now this...
I've been showing this newspaper cutting to everyone and his mum.

It's from The Metro, Wednesday, 29 August 2007.
Other papers also carry the same story.
Somebody has found a key with a brass tag
saying R.M.S. TITANIC.
They are claiming it belonged to second officer
David Blair who was a lookout on the Titanic.
He changed ship a few days before it sailed and
took this key with him.

It's meant to be the key to the binocular cabinet.
So because the cabinet was locked the lookouts
never saw the iceberg.

Imagine this scene aboard the Titanic.

"Gosh it's cold up here in the crows nest,
I can't see a thing, where are the binoculars?"

"Dave's got the key to the cabinet in his pocket."

"Never mind......What's that..?"

"What's what?"

And they also have a postcard from Dave saying;

"This is a magnificent ship, I feel very disappointed
I am not to make her first voyage

The key and postcard are up for auction next
month and are expected to fetch 70,000.

Surely the whole thing is a hoax.
The key to the binocular cabinet from the Titanic.
The postcard mentioning the first voyage.
The name Blair and the actual picture of David Blair.

That's George Bush.


I once found a white pawn on the beach at Portobello.
I also found a postcard from Captain Evans.

Dear Mrs Evans.

Lost pawn from chess set today. Never mind, I'll invent
a gambit where white gives up a pawn.

Weather fine, wish you were here.

Capt. Evans


My spellchecker has not popped on 'Prepping' maybe it is a word after all.
Never mind - I have hijaked it in the name of chess litrature.

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