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Chandler Cornered

Edinburgh Allegro 2007 + Cockroaches

This is a good book.
There is a postal game of chess
going on in the background.

The cockroaches actually start
worshiping one of the Knights.

I stayed up till 4am reading it
because I dare not turn out the light.

Very dark and creepy.
Don't read it if have a morbid
fear of crawly things.

Who ever had the book before me had left
a cigarette paper inside it possibly as a
book marker.

I'm reading it horrified in bed.
I turn the page and this piece of paper fell out.
I screamed.

I wish I had never read it.
How's that for a recommendation?

And now this.

In the first of your two articles covering the 2005 Edinburgh congress,
you showed a lovely final position in a game against Richard Kynoch,
Edinburgh Club Championship 1981. Please could you perhaps show the
whole game at some point?

All the best


I know the game you mean. The final position was published in BCM
claiming it was a world record for having most number of pinned
pieces (3) that could capture the mating piece.

Here is the final position.

The Knight on d7, the Bishop on e7 and the Rook on f8 all can take the
Knight on f6 - all are pinned. (they named a chess magazine after me - KINGPIN).

and here is the game. G.Chandler - Richard Kynoch, Edin Club Ch. 1981.

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G.Chandler - R.Kynoch

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nc3 e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2 c5 7.Be3 Nc6 8.dxc5 Nxe5 9.Nd4 Rc8 10.Bb5+ Nc6 11.Qe2 Nf6 12.0-0-0 Be7 13.h4 h5 14.f3 Nd7 15.gxh5 Rxh5 16.Rhg1 Nxd4 17.Bxd4 Qc7 18.Rxg6 fxg6 19.Qxe6 Rf5 20.Nxd5 Qd8 21.Qxg6+ Rf7 22.Re1 Kf8 23.Qh7 Ke8 24.Qg8+ Rf8 25.Qxg7 Rf7 26.Qg8+ Rf8 27.Nf6

I played in the in the Edinburgh Allegro. Details of all the winners
will appear very soon on another part of the Edinburgh site.

Dougie Bryson, the Scotland on Sunday Chess Correspondent,
won the Open. Here is Young Dougie receiving his prize.

And here is young Joe Redpath with the Bill Smerdon Trophy
for being the scorer from the Lothian Region.

I asked the organisers to make a plea for games or positions.


Then on Sunday morning I checked my emails and joy of joys.
The Burnett Boys had sent me a couple of games.

First up Walter Burnett v Neil Berry Rd.3 Edinburgh Allegro 2007.
After 3 moves we have a double Philidor.
Walter elects for KIA, Neil goes for the traditional approach and
an interesting game develops. Things come to life when Knights pop up
on f5 & g5 and I urge you to stop and admire the clever 18.d6!
After this and the coming 19.Be3 White is on top.

Neil tries to cloud the water with a Queen sac but by then his
position was too open and his King was at White's mercy.

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W.Burnett - N.Berry

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d3 e5 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 c6 7.Nbd2 b5 8.Re1 Bb7 9.a4 Nbd7 10.Nf1 Re8 11.axb5 cxb5 12.Ne3 d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Nf5 Bf8 15.Ng5 g6 16.c4 Qb6 17.cxd5 gxf5 18.d6! h6 [18...Bxg2 19.Qh5 Bg7 20.Qxf7+ Kh8 21.Qxd7] 19.Be3 Qxd6 20.Bxb7 Rab8 21.Nxf7! Kxf7 22.Rxa7 f4 23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Ra6 Qxd3 25.Rd1 Qxd1+ [25...Qh7 26.Qg4+ Kh8 27.Rxd7 Qb1+ 28.Kg2 Rxb7 29.Rxb7 fxe3 30.Rf6] 26.Qxd1 fxe3 27.Qg4+ Kh8 28.Qxd7 Rbd8 29.Qg4 1-0

A.Burnett - C.McNab, Edinburgh Allegro Rd.4 2007
This is a cracker. One of Scotland's top attacking players v Mr. Crafty.

I played Colin in round 1.

I sacced a pawn, tossed in the exchange, stopped
him from castling, I liked my position and then when I went for the kill
I found all there bases were covered. Then came his counter-attack.... 0-1

This game goes to par. Andrew has what looks like a wonderful attacking
set-up. Colin has enough in-balance in the position to create counter
chances on g2. However Black over does it and the King lingers too long
in the centre. If White had found 21.Ne4! then even Colin's defensive
skill would have been stretched.

However the path chosen by White looks good enough.
Black trades his Queen for two Rooks but with the King naked
and a Queen, Knight and Bishop homing in it looks doomed.

Colin refused to lay still and be mated. There was a strong winning try
with 27.Qxh4. It would have forced Black to shed the exchange but there is
no mate. A technical win yes, the g & h pawns can run up the board.
But the clock. I think Both players was in T.T. here.
In the end a draw was agreed with White threatening a perpetual.

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A.Burnett - C.McNab

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.Be3 Nf6 5.Be2 a6 6.f4 h5 7.Nf3 b5 8.a3 Bb7 9.Ng5 Qc8 10.0-0 Ng4 11.Bxg4 Qxg4 12.Qd2 h4 13.h3 Qh5 14.f5 Bf6 15.e5 Bxg5 [15...dxe5 16.dxe5 Bxe5 17.fxg6 fxg6 18.Ne6] 16.Bxg5 gxf5 17.exd6 cxd6 18.Rae1 e6 19.d5 Rg8 20.Rxf5 Qg6 21.dxe6 [21.Ne4!] 21...Qxf5 22.exf7+ Kxf7 23.Rf1 Qxf1+ 24.Kxf1 Rg6 25.Nd5 Nc6 26.Qf4+ Kg8 27.Nf6+ [27.Qxh4 Rf8+ 28.Bf6! Rfxf6+ 29.Nxf6+ Kf7] 27...Kg7 28.Nh5+ Kg8 29.Nf6+ Kg7 30.Nh5+ Kg8 31.Bh6 Ne5 32.Nf6+ Kf7 33.Nd5+ Ke6 34.Nc7+ Ke7 35.Nxa8 Bxg2+ 36.Kf2 Bxa8 37.Qxh4+ Ke6 38.Bf4 Rg2+ 39.Kf1

In the final position 39...Rg1+. (40.Kxg1 Nf3+) 40.Kf2 Rg2+ 41.Kf1 Rg1+ etc.

Here is a game that sums up last round Allegros.
A horrid opening by me. I happily went into this position.

Thinking this is alright 11.Qd3 Bxe6 I'm OK.
White (one of the Montgomery clan - the one with the dodgy haircut).
played 11.Qg4! which hits g6 and holds the e6 pawn - OOPS.

And here with me to play.

14...Bg7 and I actually looking like making a fight of it.
14...axb5? 15.g7 and I'm lost. There is a beautiful - though
not forced mate with 15.Qf5 it's in the game below.

After that I wriggle and twiggle but I'm lost.
All I have is an uncomfortable position for White to play.
White's 32.c4 is played to secure the perpetual which was
much more than I deserved.
Then came 37.a4?? and I won. Daylight robbery.

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?.Montgomery - G.Chandler

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.d5 d6 4.Nc3 g6 5.e4 Nbd7 6.f4 h6 7.Bxf6 Nxf6 8.e5 Nd7 9.e6 fxe6 10.dxe6 Nb8 11.Qg4 Rg8 12.Bb5+ Nc6 13.f5 a6 14.fxg6 axb5 15.g7 [15.Qf5 Ne5 16.Qf7+ Nxf7 17.gxf7#] 15...Qa5 16.Qg6+ Kd8 17.Qf7 Rxg7 18.Qxf8+ Kc7 19.Qxg7 Bxe6 20.Nge2 Rg8 21.Qxh6 Bc4 22.Nf4 b4 23.Nd1 Nd4 24.Ne3 b3+ 25.c3 Nc2+ 26.Nxc2 bxc2 27.Kd2 e5 28.Ne6+ Bxe6 29.Qxe6 Rxg2+ 30.Kc1 Qb5 31.Qe7+ Kb8 32.c4 Qxc4 33.Qd8+ Ka7 34.Qa5+ Kb8 35.Qd8+ Ka7 36.Qa5+ Kb8 37.a4 Qf4+ 0-1

I shunned a perpetual once and tried to win it. I lost a league match.

White learned his lesson in a nothing last round Allegro game.
Sometimes when you have chucked a win you must settle for the perp.
What goes around, comes around. Someday he will win a game he should never had won.
Young Monty has the makings of being a good player. Making one terrible move
in a allegro game does not make you a bad player.
He just needs someone to recommend to a good barber.

Allegro chess is a young mans game.
Here is Jonny Marr collecting his prize for coming equal 2nd
in one of the lower sections. Jonny was 90 this year.

And finally.

After Rd.2 I lunched in the Wester Hailes Shopping Centre.
This shop is in the upstairs section. Nice name.

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