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Chandler Cornered

The End of the Dinosaurs + Konarski v Donkin

You see after the Dinosaurs were exterminated the surviving
animals then got together to discuss the problem of mankind.

The Lions were all for killing every human they could find.

"Don't let them get out of Africa." he roared.
"If the spread around the planet there will no stopping them."

But the Elephants said, "No, there must be a more peaceful solution,
perhaps were can all co-exist."

"Co-exist." said the Hyenas, "that's a laugh."

"They are monsters," said the Rabbits, "They wake up and kill, kill, kill."

Then the wise Owl spoke up.

"They are bored. I shall invent a game for them to play.
I shall call it chess. They will play this all day and leave us alone."

"What will this game of chess be made from?" asked the Chimpanzees.

"The board will be made of wood..." said the owl, "...and I was thinking
of perhaps, er, ivory for the pieces."

"No bloody way." howled the Elephants, "Sod this, we are with the
Lions, let's kill the lot of them."

"No, no, no," pleaded the Owl. "All we need is the horn of some
animal to make the pieces. Surely one of you will make this
sacrifice for the future of the animal kingdom."

Just then a Unicorn trotted by.

"Hi chaps. What's up?"

Although he appears here as the loser, Chris Donkin sent in a game
he recently played with Jannic Konarski. (come to think of it I
cannot recall ever showing a Chris Donkin win - does he ever win??).

As usual with 90% of the games I get sent there is no date, place
or tournament. At least this one has names.

A few years back I received.

"Hi Geoff, a game for your column.
Cannot wait to see what you say about my 32nd. move.

Keep up the good work."

No names, dates, place, event and guess what?
The game last 23 moves.

Back to Konarski - Donkin.
Chris says Jannic played a combination 15 moves deep.

Well not quite. It is rather a series of tactical shots and
check manoeuvering. Well played through and instructive.

First Jannic overloads the Black Queen, kicks her off the 7th
then forces another Rook off the 7th. The White Queen lands on
a f7 with a game winning thump. check, check, check and White
wins a piece whilst still keeping the initiative.

The Wise Old Owl says:
Sometimes it is easy to get distracted
by a material gain when hunting down a King.

Try to resist the temptation.
Remember the game is about check mating the King.
Not capturing your opponents pieces.


The Mad Mouse says:

Don't listen to that old bird.
Grab what you can and run.

Taking pieces is fun,
especially with the Queen in
the first few moves of a game.

Here Chris gave move 30.Rxd7!! (steady on, I do the !! moves around here).

I'm dropping the exclams (!!) on the move before. 29.Kg2!!
A) Because it's important NOT to let the d1 Rook go with a check.
so the idea/combination starts here. It also opens the h-file for
business which masks very well the real intention of Kg2.

B) White could have gobbled a pawn with 29.Nxg6 and this too
is a good move with a short term easy to see gain. But no forcing
follow up. The game continuation forces Black down a narrow path to doom.

Black went wrong by being too cautious. 9...c6? should have been 9...c5.

Good game.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Konarski - C.Donkin

1.Nf3 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.c3 Bg7 4.Bg5 0-0 5.Nbd2 d6 6.e4 Nbd7 7.Be2 b6 8.0-0 Bb7 9.Qc2 c6 10.Rfe1 Qc7 11.Bf1 Rfe8 12.h3 h6 13.Bf4 e5 14.dxe5 dxe5 15.Be3 Kh7 16.Rad1 Ng8 17.Nc4 f6 18.Nd6 Re7 19.Rd2 Rd8 20.Red1 h5 21.Nh4 Nh6 22.Be2 Bf8 23.a4 Re6 24.Nxb7 Qxb7 25.Qb3 Re7 26.a5 Rde8 27.g4 hxg4 28.hxg4 Ng8 29.Kg2!! Bh6 30.Rxd7 Rxd7 31.Ba6 Qc7 32.axb6 Qd8 33.bxa7 Rxd1 34.Qf7+ Bg7 35.Qxg6+ Kh8 36.Qh5+ Nh6 37.Bxh6 Bxh6 38.Qxh6+ Kg8 39.Bc4+ Rd5 40.Nf5 Qd7 41.Qg6+ Kf8 42.exd5 cxd5 43.Bb5 Qf7 44.Qxf7+ Kxf7 45.Nd6+

15 move combinations are of course very rare.
I certainly have never played one.

I've played interesting sacs that have lead to an eventual mate
15 or 16 moves later but I would be lying to say I saw it all.

This is one of the deepest (sound) combinations I have played.
I am about to play my 17th move. I had to see 24.b4 winning.

I used a mixture of themes here. Unprotecting the Queen 17.Bxd5.
Hitting the unprotected Queen on c7 with Qg3+ so the King cannot move.
The in-between-move 21.Nxe7+ and chasing off the defender 23.a4 & 25.b4.

17.Bxd5 Rxd5 18.Nxf6+ gxf6 19.Qg3+ Ng6 20.Nxg6 Qxg3
21.Ne7+ Kf7 22.hxg3 Rb5 23.a4 Ra5 24.b4 and Nxf5.

I had to find the a4 & b4 idea because all my combination would
have done is won a pawn. I wanted more than from that position.

Here is the full game - I wrap it up with a cute finish.
It was played in the Grangemouth Allegro 1994 or 1995.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - ? Baberton

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Qb3 Nce7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Rfe1 c6 13.Ne4 Qc7 14.Rac1 Rd8 15.Ne5 Bf5 16.Qf3 f6 17.Bxd5+ Rxd5 18.Nxf6+ gxf6 19.Qg3+ Ng6 20.Nxg6 Qxg3 21.Ne7+ Kf7 22.hxg3 Rb5 23.a4 Ra5 24.b4 Rxa4 25.Nxf5 Rxb4 26.Re7+ Kg6 27.g4 Rg8 28.f4 h5 29.Nh4+ Kh6 30.Rc5 Rxg4 31.Rxh5+ Kxh5 32.Rh7

You can get 15 move 'combinations' in the ending.
In some cases it is possible to calculate or count 20 moves ahead.
But I'm not going to give an example. I'll ask Keith Ruxton next
time I see him to dig me out a good example and I may show it.

Here is a proper combination.
See how good a chess player you are.
White to play forced resignation 5 moves later.
I'll give the whole game at the end. Try it.

Kurt Richter in his book, "Chess Combinations as a Fine Art"

A mating combination consists generally of three parts:
The mating pattern which has to be seen.
The mating path which has to be found.
The obstacles which have to recognised and removed.

He then gives this example King - Bedjanian, California, 1962.
White to play.

onClick="alert('1.Qxe5 Qxe5 2.Rd8+ Ke7 3.Re8 mate')")>

Here is the game from the first puzzle.
It's Rossolimo - Romanenko, 1948
he we see Rossolimo winning a fine game playing the
variation (3.Bb5) that is named after him.

[Click here to replay the game]
Rossolimo - Romanenko

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.Re1 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nd4 7.e5 Nxb5 8.Nxb5 Ng8 9.d3 a6 10.Nd6+ exd6 11.Bg5 Qa5 12.exd6+ Kf8 13.Re8+ Kxe8 14.Qe2+ Kf8 15.Be7+ Ke8 16.Bd8+ Kxd8 17.Ng5

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