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Corstorphine 2 v Sandy Bells 4

Corstorphine 2 v Sandy Bells 4, Division III, 22nd October 2007
Corstorphine have a pleasant easy to get to venue.

They use very nice chess sets and the players are seated in
a well lite room with plenty of space for each player.

I have managed to recover 4 score sheets with games I can decipher.
First up is board five. I.Ahmed - R.Burns.

I remember a while back joking about Div III chess saying pieces
always moved twice in the opening and Kings never castled.

No joke here I'm afraid. White's 5.Ng5 is totally pointless and
by leaving d4 unprotected it could have cost White a pawn.

A few moves later this position arose. White has just played 7.Bf4.

7...Qb4 hits d4 and b2. I assume White would have held the d4 pawn
and then Black would have to take the b-pawn with the Queen.

A b-pawn snatch within the first 10 moves by a Queen with an
uncastled King is something I would not recommend to my worst enemy.

But I cannot demonstrate a tactical refutation. So we can chalk that
one up to a missed opportunity by Black.

You do not agree?
You point to the thousands of short losses by Black for snatching
a dodgy looking b-pawn. Well so do I.
But I have the benefit of knowing what Black played next and believe
me 7...Qb4 and 8...Qxb2 would have been better than 7...e5?

So Black's strategy is keep his King in the centre and open the e-file.

"Castling is for wimps." declared Bertie Burns when I suggested 6.0-0.

Needless to say a few moves later Black did indeed limply castle
but only when he was faced with losing his Queen or a piece.

What followed was not very pretty. One chance for Black was 21...f5
But White showed me his intended 22.Re7! to convince me he was in
complete control and not in the mood to chuck it.

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I.Ahmed - R.Burns

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 e6 5.Ng5 Be7 6.0-0 Qd6 7.Bf4 e5? [7...Qb4] 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.Nc3 c6 10.e4! d4 11.Ne2 c5 12.Nf3 Nxf3+ 13.Bxf3 Qe6 14.b4 Nxe4 15.bxc5 Nc3? 16.Nxc3 dxc3 17.Re1 Qd7 [17...Qf6 18.Rxe7+ Qxe7 19.Bd6 Qf6 20.Qe2+ Qe6 21.Qb5+ Bd7 22.Qxb7] 18.Bd6 0-0 19.Rxe7 Qa4 20.Re4 Qd7 21.Bg4 Qc6 [21...f5 22.Re7!] 22.Bf3 Bf5 23.Rf4 Qd7 24.Bxf8 Qxd1+ 25.Rxd1 Bh3 26.Bd6 Re8 27.Bg4 g5 28.Rf5

Board 3. S.Harvard - D.Watson
From a dull 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 QP opening White
launches a bayonet attack with his g & h pawns.
Once again a King is left uncastled - It's Division III thing.

I recall in 1978 Alan Norris once showing me a position from
a game he played against Graham Morrison.
I cannot of course recall the exact position but at first glance
it seemed as if Alan was just going to smash open Graham's castled
position with a sac-sac mate combination.

I studied the position.
20 minutes later I fetched Alan and confessed I could not see the win.
"There is not one." replied Alan. "Graham has not moved any of the
pawns in front of his King. There is no weakness, nothing works."

He showed me some of his attacking ideas, I showed him mine. Nothing worked.
We pulled the h-pawn one square forward and suddenly everything worked.

I never forgot that wee lesson.
Pawns in front of a castled must only be moved if forced too.

In this game the Black player himself said the bad move was indeed 11...h6.

White answered 11...h6 with 12.Bxh6!? game on.

Now I could demonstrate dozens of attacking ideas with an equal number
of defence's but what would it prove? The sacrifice was unsound?

Me proving beyond doubt the sac was unsound does not undo the score.

The sacrifice was needless. The damage had been done.
All White need to was retreat the Bishop and push the g-pawn.
He would have the virtually the same attack this time on level terms.

After the sacrifice White starts pointing pieces at the King, even missing
a strong continuation. (15.h5) Black tries plugging the holes but the
error both players possibly knew would come...came. 15....Kg7?.

15...Qb6 would have distracted White and have given Black
counter play chances.

When the winning combination presented itself White saw it.

White wins the Queen for a Knight and Bishop. Black tries to surround
his King with his pieces but there are too many weaknesses to cover.

In the end we see White demonstrating the full attacking power of the
Queen as she wipes out the Black army. An interesting and entertaining game.

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S.Harvard - D.Watson

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.Bg5 e6 5.a3 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.h3 Nbd7 8.g4 Be4 9.Rg1 c5 10.h4 cxd4 11.exd4 h6 12.Bxh6 gxh6 13.g5 hxg5 14.Nxg5 Bg6 15.Qd2 [15.h5 Nxh5 16.Nxe6 fxe6 17.Qxh5] 15...Kg7 [15...Qb6!] 16.Bd3 Rh8 17.Bxg6 fxg6 [17...Kxg6 18.Nxe6+ Kh7 19.Rg7#] 18.Nxe6+ Kf7 19.Nxd8+ Raxd8 20.Qf4 Rh5 21.0-0-0 Rf5 22.Qg3 Nf8 23.Rde1 Bd6 24.Qg2 Bf4+ 25.Kb1 Bh6 26.Re5 Rf4 27.Ne2 Rxh4 28.Rh1 Rxh1+ 29.Qxh1 Bg7 30.Re3 Rd6 31.c3 Rb6 32.Kc2 a5 33.Nf4 Ng4 34.Qxd5+ Kf6 35.Qd8+ Kf5 36.Qxb6 Kxf4 37.Qc7+ Kg5 38.Qxg7 Nxe3+ 39.fxe3 Ne6 40.Qe5+

So onto board 2. I.Alexander - J.Adamson
Another uncastled King though this time keeping the King in the centre
is not misjudgment or bad play. It's part of the opening strategy.

Black plays the St. George and why not. He has actually had the
benefit of personal lessons from Mike Basman the inventor of this opening.

A good opening at this level, infact good at any level.
I played it against Pat Coffey in the SNCL and obtained an exciting draw.

I use to play it on a fairly regular basis and did quite well with it.

But there is a flaw in it.

I spoke to Jake after the game and asked what do you play against ....?

"That's it" he replied. "What do you play against .....?"

We both agreed that .... is a good White plan but players who have
never played against this opening before never play .....

No I'm not going to tell you what it ..... is.

Find it yourself and learn something about chess.

Oh by the way. Do not try Fritzing it. The scuz bucket comes nowhere
near the idea in the key position. Fritz is a pocket calculator with attitude.

Now in ZEBRAS Jonathan Rowson says something about
playing an opening variation you know to be dodgy.

"...when you consider the role that openings play in our chess
identities, wilfully playing an opening in which you know you should
be worse with best play is tantamount to walking around with a culpable
character defect.

True. But perhaps some of us like the wee buzz we get from rolling the dice.
OK I admit it. It's a culpable character defect.

In the actual game White gets his pieces tangled up by inviting a
Black a pawn storm.
Believe me the ...... plan gives White an easy and pleasant game.

After the game White said he would have resigned if Black had played
12...Be7 winning a piece. But Black was worried about 13.Ng6. It should
be defendable for Black but the there are double edged variations.

The end comes suddenly. White blundered with 17.Bf4?
17 f4! sets Black problems and when I suggested this idea to Black after
the game he said he saw this and took en passant.
I then kept mating him on f7.

Of course this means nothing. After 17.f4! in the game Black would
have spotted the Queen sac. But the f-pawn pushes onto f5

It's a pity White blundered. White is going to lose a piece but his
Knight on d6 and the undeveloped Black Queenside give him chances.

White on the point of resigning.

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1.e4 e6 2.d4 a6 3.Nf3 b5 4.Bd3 Bb7 5.0-0 Nf6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 g5 8.Bg3 c5 9.e5 Nd5 10.c3 h5 11.h3 g4 12.Nh4 Rg8 13.Nd2 Be7 14.Ne4 Bc6 15.Nd6+ Kf8 16.Qd2 Bg5 17.Bf4? [17.f4 gxf3 18.Rxf3 f6 (18...Bxd2 19.Rxf7#) 19.Qf2+-] 17...Nxf4

Corstorphine Board 1 was lost before a pawn was pushed.
E.Perry - A.Ruthven
Black saw White's 1900 grade and decided to get out the book A.S.A.P.

Now some moves are not in the book because they are bad and 3...Bd6 is bad.

I've seen some of Angus Ruthven's games before. He can open a game of chess.
I refuse to believe he would have played 3...Bd6? if his opponent had been 1200.

Common mistake. I've done it myself.

If faced with an opponent who is 400+ points higher graded than you
Let Him Prove It.

Don't help him by playing something silly in the opening or a
variation you have never played before.

I've often heard weaker players say in the post-mortem.

"I usually play this... but because I was playing you I thought
I had better try this." and "try this" is usually a blunder.

It's exactly what the stronger player was wanting to see (and expecting).

Having said that. White should have jumped all over Black's opening.

If Black mucks about in King Pawn openings then go for f7.
5.Ng5 wins the exchange and a pawn with best play.
If Black wriggles then he gets scudded with a Queen sac.

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Possible Variations

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Bd6 4.Bc4 Nge7 5.Ng5 Rf8 [5...0-0 6.Qh5 h6 7.Nxf7 Rxf7 8.Qxf7+] 6.Nxh7 Rh8 7.Qf3 f6 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Nxf6+ Kf8 10.Qh6+ Rxh6 11.Bxh6

I'm not going to make any excuses for White missing 5.Ng5.
It's the best move in the position.

So in one respect 3...Bd6? worked. White relaxed and sat back
waiting for more blunders thus adding fuel to old saying.

"If you do not punish a weak opening move right away, then the
weak move can turn into a winner.

White had to push and prod, Black could have nicked a pawn and made
White work for his point. You get the opinion Black was just waiting
for the end. Meanwhile White struggled to get a working plan going.

Suddenly, around about move 17 a new White player appeared at the board.
A string of good correct moves and when White established a Rook on the
seventh it was all over.

28...Be8? was the big blunder Black knew he was going to play sometime.
In his mind he never gave himself a chance.
Grades? Forget them and play chess.

It started off with a missed shot by White and possibly a quick kill.
It ended in a clumsy manner. 29.Re6! would have added a wee bit of class.

Nitpicking? No. 29.Re6! was not beyond Eddie's ability.
He will be annoyed he missed it.

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E.Perry - A.Ruthven

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Bd6 4.Bc4 Nge7 5.0-0 [5.Ng5!] 5...0-0 6.Nc3 Ng6 7.a3 b6 8.Re1 Bb7 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.h4 Be7 [10...Nxd4! 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Qxd4 h6 13.Bd2 Nxh4="unclear"] 11.Nd5 Rc8 12.h5 Bxg5 [12...Nxd4 13.hxg6 Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 Bxg5] 13.hxg6 Qd8 14.gxh7+ Kxh7 15.Qd3 d6 16.Rad1 Bh6 17.Ne3 Kh8 18.Nf5 Qf6 19.dxe5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 dxe5 21.Qh3 Qg5 22.Rd7 Kg8 23.Qb3 Kh8 24.Nxh6 Qxh6 25.Bxf7 Qf4 26.Qh3+ Qh6 27.Re3 Bc6 28.Re7 Be8? 29.Qxc8 [29.Re6! ] 29...Kh7 30.Rh3 [30.Qf5+ Kh8 31.Bg6 Bxg6 32.Qxf8+ Kh7 33.Rxg7+ Qxg7 34.Rh3+ Bh5 35.Rxh5+ Kg6 36.Qf5#] 30...Bxf7 31.Qxf8 Bh5 32.Rxh5 Qxh5 33.Qxg7

I'm enjoying going around the clubs.
I'll be in your neighborhood soon.

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