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Chandler Cornered

Edin West v Musselburgh & The Jaenisch/Schliemann

I promised myself that this season I will see every team in
every league play least once. Take some pictures and nick
a game or two.

So I printed out the fixture list and set off on the evening
of the 17th October to see Edinburgh 1 v Lasswade 1.
(circled in red).

I arrived at the Edinburgh at 7.45. It was in darkness.
I spoke to the caretaker.

"No league match tonight." says he.

I reckon the date had been changed because that night Scotland
were playing Georgia in the European Championships.
(I never knew Neil Berry was a Georgia fan.)

So undaunted, I consulted my fixture list and jumped the No.41 bus
heading for Davidson Mains to see Edinburgh West v Musselburgh. (circled in blue)

I reached their playing venue at 8.15 but the door was locked.

At first I thought this match too had been postponed because of football.

However I spied some clapped out jalopies in the car park which
were instantly recognisable as Musselburgh players cars.

So they were here, but where?

I circled the building and in a wee room at the back of the
Community Centre I saw a light on.

I peered through the window and to my delight I saw Chess Players.


Now a dilemma.
I knew one of them must have the key, but who?

I could tap on the window but that would instantly cause a
distraction as every player would turn around and look at me.

It would destroy the atmosphere of the match because some wag
would say "Don't let him in." and others would chuckle.

Also the person who had the key would have to leave his game
to let me in.

Now I hate being interrupted whilst deep in thought.
I can point to losses in some games because of an interruption
where I could not regain my composure and blundered...badly.

If I'm looking at a game in my house and am sniffing out the tricks
in the position I ignore door bells and phone calls.
Nothing matters. Only me, my brain and the chess pieces.

So I know how I would have felt if I was suddenly tossed
out of the think tank. Very annoyed.

So I did the only thing I could.

I took another picture and quietly crept away.

Next day there appeared on the Chess Edinburgh Noticeboard.

Edinburgh West Musselburgh 5

I half expected to see added;
This match was interrupted when Police appeared investigating a prowler.

So no game from the Edinburgh Chess League, but fear not.
Julius Schwartz has sent in another of his losses.

A.McClement - J.Schwartz, West of Scotland Championships, 2007.
Black employs the Jaenisch/Schliemann Gambit.
White side-steps the interesting piece sac variation (7.Nc3).
Instead he opts to fall into a trap that Jaenisch was showing too his
pupils in 1848. The trap duly sprung, Black is an e-pawn up and proudly
displays a very impressive pawn centre.

White reacts by attacking the centre with his pieces.
Black should have protected his centre with 12...Nf6,
his 12...Bf5 was asking for trouble. Then in this position.
Black played his blunder.

Black played 14..Qe6?? when 14...Qd7 held on but still gave Black
a difficult position to play. 15.Rxe4! and it is all over.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.McClement - J.Schwartz

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.dxe5 c6 7.Be2 Qa5+ 8.Nc3 Qxe5 9.0-0 d5 10.Re1 Bd6 11.g3 Qe7 12.Bf3 Bf5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.Qxd5 Qe6 15.Rxe4 Qxe4 16.Bxe4 Bxe4 17.Qxe4+ Kd7 18.Qxb7+

Andrew McClement need worry too much about falling into a trap
older than God's dog. I did a quick scan through my database and
found four examples, all Black wins, between 1951 and 1961.

All played 8.Bd2 instead of 8.Nc3 which after 8...Qxe5
sets a counter trap.

White here plays 9.Bh5+ forcing 9...Kd8 because 9...g6? 10.Bc3.
9...Kd8 was played in all four games I found.

Andrew's plan of leaving the king on the e-file,
'who says there is no luck in chess' worked out well but it did
require some slack play by Black for it to work.

So what have we learned today?

If White goes down the 4.d4 and 5.Nxe5 line then in this position,

he is virtually forced to give up a piece with 7.Nc3.

Don't worry about it, White gets excellent OTB chances.

I've had the White side four times wining three, drawing one.
I first saw the piece sac in CHESS in 1981.

Volio - Grafs, Lugano, 1981
Look out for White's 20th. move and the quiet killer on move 21.
A sequence White must have seen a few moves before.

[Click here to replay the game]
Volio - Grafs

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.dxe5 c6 7.Nc3 cxb5 8.Nxe4 d5 9.exd6 Nf6 10.Qd4 Be7 11.Bg5 Bf5 12.0-0-0 Bxe4 13.Rhe1 Qb6 14.Rxe4 Nxe4 [14...Qxd4 15.Rxe7+] 15.Qxe4 0-0-0 16.Qg4+ Kb8 17.dxe7 Rc8 18.Rd8 Qc6 19.Bf4+ Ka8 20.Qxc8+! Qxc8 21.Bc7

I first met it in a League Match in 1988/89. I recalled the piece sac game,
one could hardly forget a finish like that. So I jumped in.

The odd looking (to me anyway) 10..Qd7 can only be a theoretical
recommendation. Normal league players do not make such moves unless
prompted by some book. Touren (possibly not his correct name, I could
give lessons to Patrick Coffey on how to scribble down names on a scoresheet)
was a German student.

I remember thinking to look out for a sac-back (possibly the ugliest
chess term in chess lingo), simplifying into a positional won game.

During a game of Chess, good players are constantly juggling in
their minds which is the most important current aspect of the game
involving the 3 key forces; Material, Initiative or Position.

Can you nick a piece or a pawn safely?
Can you sac a piece or a pawn for the initiative?
Is the positional path the way to go?

Questions, questions, questions.

In this game 18...Kxd7? is a great move to see. I'm tucking my
King away with a tempo. It's as if halfway through the game my
opponent says to me. "I do not know what to play, can you make my next move for me."

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - B.Touren

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Nxe5 6.dxe5 c6 7.Nc3 cxb5 8.Nxe4 d5 9.exd6 Nf6 10.Qd4 Qd7 11.Nxf6+ gxf6 12.Bf4 Qe6+ 13.Kd2 Kd8 14.Rhe1 Qf5 15.Re3 Qg6 16.Rd1 Bd7 17.Qc3 Bc6 18.d7 Kxd7 19.Kc1+ Kc8 20.Qa5 b6 21.Qa6+ Bb7 22.Rc3+ Bc5 23.Rxc5+ bxc5 24.Qe6

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