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September 12th. 1893 + Double Rook Sacs

Finally someone, John McBride, sent me a picture of the bronze
chess player doing what I would have done. Have my picture taken
sitting opposite him.

I think I'll pass this picture onto the authorities adding that this
is the vandal who nicked the pieces. Cheers John.

France 0 Scotland 1 12th. September 2007
I apologise to overseas surfers, especially in America and Canada (and France)
for mentioning football but I have to share this.
I promise I'll find a chess link.
The 12th. of September 2007 will live long in the memory of the modern
Scottish football fan. Scotland beat France 1-0 in what is being
hailed as the best result in the history of Scottish Football.

But what about the 12th. September 1894?
The first round of the Scottish Cup produced a total of 383 goals.
Two matches supplied 71 of those goals.

Arbroath 36 Bon Accord 0
Dundee Harps 35 Aberdeen Rovers 0.

It is claimed that officials at the Dundee Harps game actually lost
count of the score and it was quite possibly 38-0.

There were some other right hammerings that day.

Spare a thought for the spectators at the Clyde v Rangers game played
on the same day. Clyde won 1-0. One lousy goal. They must have felt robbed.

The cup that year actually produced a total of 887 goals.
Some other notable high scoring efforts from the later rounds.

You will see that both Arbroath and Dundee Harps continued their
high scoring feats with Arbroath yet again scoring one more goal
than Dundee. Both teams went out in the 4th round.
Harps losing 6-0 to Vale of Leven. Arbroath lost 5-3 to Hibernian.

So the next time one of the Tartan Army raises a glass to celebrate
the glorious 12th September. Just say "Aye, here's to the 383 goals."

Right a chess link.

Well in 1894 Steinitz lost his world title to Lasker.
More about Steinitz later.

A Google search revealed that on the 12th September 1894
a Mr Chess Johnson married Ella Robinson in Arkansas.
(so he scored as well...)

But I'm going for Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky who was born in 1894.

This is really just an excuse to show one of the most instructive
games of chess I've ever shown on Chandler Cornered.
Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky - Abraham Model, Leningrad 1932

Early in the opening Black opts to play with an IQP.
White brings the Queens off to cut out tactical chances
so he can concentrate on the IQP.

White fixes the d-pawn. Nb3 and c3 and lays siege to it. Rd1-d2, Re1.
Black defends the d-pawn so White creates a new weakness, the pawn on e6.
The Black bits are thrown into disarray covering this new weakness.
Good positions breed tactical shots. Just be alert enough to spot them. 21.Rxd5!

A pawn down in a poor position Black struggles on but White is in
full command. He then wraps up in such a pleasing and artistic manner
it makes me glad I know the game of chess.
After 31...Kxf8 the Black Rook on e5 can only watch the a-pawn stroll home.

A simple game with no fireworks.
Do yourself a favour, print it out and play it over the board.

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Alexander Ilyin-Zhenevsky - Abraham Model

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bb5+ Nc6 6.Qe2+ Qe7 7.dxc5 Qxe2+ 8.Nxe2 Bxc5 9.0-0 Nge7 10.Nb3 Bd6 11.Bf4 Bxf4 12.Nxf4 0-0 13.Rad1 Bf5 14.Rd2 a6 15.Be2 Rac8 16.c3 Rfe8 17.Rfd1 Be6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Bg4 Ng6 20.Nc5 Nd8 21.Rxd5 Nf8 22.R5d2 Rxc5 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Rxd8 Kf7 25.Bf3 Rb5 26.b4 a5 27.a4 Re5 28.Kf1 axb4 29.cxb4 b5 30.a5 Ke7 31.Rxf8

Flo König an ex Bells player has been in touch and sent dozens
of games including some from Edinburgh Division III.
One is a nice double Rook sac. Quite rare for Div III to supply
a sound double Rook sac. F.König - E.Gillespie, Edinburgh Div III, 2005.

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F.König - E.Gillespie

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 e6 6.Nc3 g6 7.d3 Bg7 8.Qf3 0-0 9.Bg5 Nbd7 10.Nxd7 Bxd7 11.Ne4 Qa5+ 12.b4 Qxb4+ 13.c3 Qb2 14.Nxf6+ Bxf6 15.Qxf6 Qxa1+ 16.Kd2 Qxh1 17.Bh6

Flo says hello to Robert Burns and all the boys at Bells.

I've had a couple of double Rook sacs.
G.Chandler - Dr Rahal. Edinburgh Summer Cup, 1978.

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G.Chandler - Dr Rahal

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nc6 4.Bb5 Bd7 5.d5 Nd4 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.Nxd4 exd4 8.Qxd4 0-0-0 9.Qxa7 Qe7 10.Qa8+ Kd7 11.Qxb7 Qxe4+ 12.Be3 Qxg2 13.Qc6+ Kc8 14.Nc3 Qxh1+ 15.Kd2 Qxa1 16.Nb5 Rd7 17.Qa8

In 1981 I was invited to play against all comers at the Traquair Fair.

I took on 5 opponents at a time from 10.00am till 5pm. (one hour lunch).
P.127 W.124 D.2 L.1. I was so pleased with this game I took my
opponent's name. OK he was not the strongest player in the world
but nice finish, what?

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G.Chandler - P.Morris

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bd6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Ng5 6.d4 Nxf3+ 7.Qxf3 Qe7 8.dxe5 Nc6 9.Bxf7+ Kd8 10.Nc3 Nxe5 11.Rxe5 Qxe5 12.Ne4 Qxh2+ 13.Kf1 Qh1+ 14.Ke2 Be7 15.Bf4 Qxa1 16.Qg3 Bf6 17.Qxg7 Bxg7 18.Bg5+ Bf6 19.Bxf6

My one loss was a disaster of an Evans Gambit. 0-1 in 15 or 16 moves.
I'm in good company. Both Alekhine and Lasker lost Evans Gambits as
white in simultaneous displays in under 20 moves.

Let us end this double Rook sac theme with a game that does not
feature a double Rook sac. It does have Qh8+ winning a Rook on a8
but it's the final position that is so amusing and instructive.
J.Zuckertort - W.Steinitz London, 1883.
Black's play reminds me of a Pirc counter attack, 24 years before Pirc was born.

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J.Zuckertort - W.Steinitz

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 0-0 8.0-0 Re8 9.Qd3 Qe7 10.Ndb5 d6 11.Bg5 Ne5 12.Qd2 Be6 13.Qf4 Rec8 14.Qh4 c6 15.f4 Ned7 16.Nd4 h6 17.Nxe6 Qxe6 18.Bxh6 Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Nxe4 20.Bg4 Qxg4 21.Nxe4 Qf5 22.Rae1 Re8 23.Re3 Rxe4 24.Rh3 Qf6 25.Qh7+ Kf8 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Qxa8 Qd4+ 28.Kh1 Rxf4 29.Re1+ Re4 30.Rxe4+ Qxe4 31.Qxa7 b6 0-1

The final position is quite brilliant.
White to move cannot cover the back rank nor create luft.

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