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Chandler Cornered

Hot Tips + Ruxton Clock Simultaneous

Good Day Shufflers,
Let us start with a game...

M.Scott (1626) - J.Edwards (1730), Grangemouth Challengers, 2007.
Black won this encounter but he can consider himself lucky that
White (to play) failed to see the game winning shot - Can you?

You should always look at the forcing moves first. Positions like
this are all about forcing replies. No time for quiet captures.
(solution in the game, move 26)

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M.Scott - J.Edwards

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Nge2 b6 6.a3 Be7 7.Nf4 Bb7 8.Bd3 d5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.0-0 Nbd7 11.Re1 c5 12.b3 Rc8 13.Bb2 Re8 14.Rc1 a6 15.Qf3 Nf8 16.Bf5 Rc7 17.Na4 Ne4 18.Rc2 cxd4 19.Rxc7 Qxc7 20.Rc1 Qd6 21.Qg4 Bf6 22.Nh5 dxe3 23.Nxg7 exf2+ 24.Kf1 Bg5 25.Nxe8 Qxh2 26.Bxe4 [26.Qxg5+ Nxg5 27.Nf6+ Kg7 28.Ng4+ Kg8 29.Nxh2] 26...Qg1+ 27.Ke2 f1Q+ 28.Rxf1 Qe3+ 29.Kd1 Qd2

A note added to this contribution said that young Jonny Edwards
says every time he appears on Chandler Cornered I make fun of him?

Not true.

Now it's true


Come to the board wearing a wig, a false beard and a Man Utd top.
When your opponent goes to the toilet you remove the wig, beard and
Man Utd top. Then get a mate to sit in his chair.
He will wander aimlessly around the hall trying to recall where was
sitting and lose on time.

Avoid embarrassment next time you get back rank
mated by getting back rank mated in all your games.
People will think this is your normal behavior.

When reading a chess book tear out the pages after
you have read them. That way you need never buy a
book marker and the pages can be used to light cigarettes.

Carry a different chess piece in your pocket to remind you
what day of the week it is. For example Bishop=Sunday,
Knight=Monday, Rook=Tuesday, King=Wednesday, Queen=Thursday,
Pawn=Friday and no chess piece means it's a Saturday.

Before the start of a game draw a red cross on every square
on the first rank then put the pieces on top of them.
As the game progresses you can count the revealed red crosses
to give you a rough idea how your development is coming on.

Make an emergency chessboard by cutting out 16 pieces of Battenburg Cake
and then arrange them as a chessboard.

I tried this.

You need to slice them very thinly and you may require more
than one Battenburg Cake.

Have a pile of almonds on the Queenside of the board.
Every time you make a move take one almond and place it on
the Kingside. At the end of the game count the almonds
on the Kingside. This will tell how many moves you have made.

Calculate the age of the wood used to make one of those expensive
Staunton Chess sets by sawing the King in half and counting the rings.

Avoid backache when bending down to...

(that's enough Hot Chess Tips....Ed)

No, I'm enjoying myself.

Avoid backache when bending down to pick up pieces that have fallen
from the table by playing on the floor. (see next tip).

Prevent captured pieces from falling onto the floor by placing
them in a dollop of treacle. (see previous tip).

Move town and join four chess clubs under different names
don't turn up when they play league matches.
Watch the defaults mount up.

Tie a thin piece of fishing line to your g-pawn.
Play 1.f4 e5 2.g4 at the moment your opponent puts his Queen on h4
thinking he is checkmating you, gently pull in the fishing line till
the pawn is on g3 and then take his Queen.

Write your moves in red ink and your opponents in green ink, when....

(Please...No More...Ed).

Now do you remember this game?

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R.Hughes - L.Hughes

1.c4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.e4 c5 4.d3 e6 5.Nf3 Ne7 6.Bf4 g6 7.Nb5 Na6 8.Nd6

Yes it was Faber Cup winning girl Rhian Hughes beating her big
brother in 8 moves at the 2007 Lothian Secondary Masters.

Well hell hath no fury like a brother beaten at chess by his younger sister,
(and the whole world knowing about it). Here he is trying get back some
street cred by sending a win played 3 years earlier when Rhian was graded 722
and he was 1190. He adds his playing record v his little sister in serious
games is P.8 W1 D1 L6. I expect Rhian to send in her other 5 wins.

In the game we see young Rhian already displaying her aggressive tendencies
with a pawn storm against the White King. (how old was she then? 4?)
She comes to grief here due to the uncastled King and a weak f7.
The position just needed one slack move for it to cave in and this
was provided by 20...Qg5?

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L.Hughes - R.Hughes

1.b4 e5 2.Bb2 Bxb4 3.Bxe5 Nf6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bb2 Nc6 6.e3 Bd7 7.Bc4 Qe7 8.a3 Ba5 9.0-0 h6 10.d3 Rg8 11.Nbd2 g5 12.Nb3 Bb6 13.a4 a5 14.Qd2 g4 15.Nfd4 h5 16.Nxc6 Bxc6 17.Nd4 Bxd4 18.Bxd4 h4 19.Qc3 Nd5 20.Qb3 Qg5 21.e4 g3 22.fxg3 hxg3 23.h3 Ne3 24.Bxf7+ Kd7 25.Qe6+ Kd8 26.Bf6+

Keith Ruxton Clock Simultaneous. 1 hours Allegro. P12.W.9 D3 L0

I took this naff picture without a flash it's pretty bad.

Let us have a look at a game. K.Ruxton - E.Perry
Keith was in trouble in this game but he reacted before it got too
serious. Look at this position - White to play.

13.c5! He needs the a3 Knight to take part in the game and though
he knows the pawn on c5 will most likely fall he is prepared to
let it go in order to activate his pieces.

Even so Black had all the chances in a complicated position.
(you can see the chair in the picture. Keith had to sit down to
give this board 100% concentration.) In between moves 18-26 Eddie
was calling the shots and could have/should have gone two pawns up.

He missed a tactical trick winning the white pawn in f6. Instead
he kicked the Knight on c4 with 24...b5. This opened the a8 Rook
to tactical tricks (see notes in the game.) It required one more
slack pawn move 28...h5? and after that Keith sacced the exchange
and it was all over.

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K.Ruxton - E.Perry

1.c4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.d3 d5 6.Nh3 d4 7.Nb5 a6 8.Na3 0-0 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Bg5 Qe8 11.Nf4 h6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.c5 g5 14.Nh3 Bd7 15.Nc4 Qe7 16.Rc1 Qxc5 17.a3 Qe7 18.e4 e5 [18...fxe4 19.Bxe4 e5 20.g4 h5] 19.exf5 Bxf5 20.f4 exf4 [20...gxf4 21.gxf4 Qg7 22.Kh1 Bxh3 23.Bxh3 exf4] 21.gxf4 Qd7 22.fxg5 Bxh3 23.gxf6 Bxg2 24.Kxg2 b5? [24...Rxf6 25.Rxf6 Qg7+] 25.Nd2 Ne5 [25...Rxf6? 26.Rxf6 Qg7+ 27.Kh3! Qxf6 28.Qg4+ Kh8 29.Ne4] 26.Ne4 Ng4 27.Kh1 Kh8 28.Rf4 h5? [28...Ne5 29.Qh5 Nf7] 29.Rc5 Qh7 30.Rxg4 hxg4 31.Qxg4 Rg8 32.Qf3 Rg6 33.Ng5 [33.Rh5 Rh6 34.Ng5 Rxh5 35.Nxh7] 33...Rag8 34.f7 Rxg5 35.Rxg5

Just thought of another HOT CHESS TIP
Make some white chess pieces out of icing sugar.
During the game place them amongst the captured pieces.
Suddenly pop one into your mouth and crunch it.
Then offer your opponent a draw.

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