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Badgers Brook v Pentland Hills 3

Badgers Brook v Pentland Hills 3

Keeping to my oath of visiting every club and seeing every team
I turned up at Badgers Brook to see their match v Pentland Hills 3.

Getting there.
I went for a FIRST Bus on Princes St.
A No.12 or 16 was the information I was given but according to
the time table only the 16 runs after 7pm.

I got chatting to a girl who informed me the buses were a wee bit
irregular and advised me not to count on the last home from Broxburn.

Then along came a FIRST bus with no number.

"This is it said the girl."

The number light was out but I managed to see it was numbered 256.

The bus was packed with Polish people.

"Are there a lot of Poles living in Broxburn I asked the girl?"

"No", she replied, "They are all on night shift at Halls factory."

And true enough when the bus stopped outside some work place they all got off.

I quite like Poles, except that nutter that used to keep goal for Hibs.
I work beside a handful and it's one practical joke after another.

In passing I must relate the tale of Zibby the Chess player.

Zibby often plays 5 minute chess in Bells and was soon drafted
into one of the Bells teams. He was also enrolled by the Wandering
Dragons and has succeeded in playing for both clubs in the same season.

On Tuesdays he plays league matches for the Dragons,
on Wednesdays he plays league matches for Bells.

Of course this is not allowed and at the time of writing, this is
getting sorted out by Terry 'another sleepless night' Purkins.

Not really Zibby's fault, there is a language problem here
and he is such a pleasant guy. He would never say no to a
game of chess.

It never occurred to anyone to ask him if he plays for anyone else.
He will have to pay two clubs membership fees.

OK back to Badgers Brook.

I arrived and the games were deep into middle games.

They play upstairs over the bar in a nice quiet setting,
standard size pieces, green and white boards with plenty
of room for the players.

At first sight it does appear a wee bit gloomy but the
lighting is OK and your eyes do adjust after a few minutes.
It really is a nice place to play chess.

After a few games had finished I copied out a few scores
and was given this score sheet.

Now look at this. If a player graded 990 can keep a neat
score why can't players over 2000.

Downstairs in the bar and I can understand why Bells 4
turn their home matches v Badgers Brook into away matches.

"It's a great place to play drink." says Bertie Burns.

I agree. A real friendly bunch of locals.

I was bought a lovely Guiness and given a lighter!

Badgers Brook has also on show a fairly impressive
collection of Chess Trophies.

So with the girls advice about not relying on the last bus
still nagging at the back of mind, I cadged a lift back to
Edinburgh with one of Pentland Hills boys.

A good night out. I'll be back.

The Games
No holds barred in this section.

G.McColl (807) - D.Donnelly (990) Edinburgh League 2007.
I bet when the good players were looking at the neat score sheet
their eyes were pulled to White's 2nd move 2.f3?!

1.e4 e5 2.f3?! It would have been interesting to see what White
would have played in answer to 2...Nf6. Perhaps 3.f4! and play
a pure Latvian Gambit without the move in hand.

But let's look at 2.f3?! there is nothing good you can say about it.

The move f3 does play it's part against Sicilians and King's Indians.
But against 1...e5?

It does nothing to further White's development.
It robs the King's Knight of it's best square.

(the King's Knight need not feel picked on. White played
3.c3 robbing the Queen's Knight of it's best square)

It weakens the King's position and practically rules out kings
side castling.
It in no way interferes with Black development.
And the biggest crime is that it is a clear waste of an opening tempo.

Any one of the above reasons should condemn it to Capablanca's dustbin.

Good points. Well it protects the e-pawn.

(A bit harsh on a player graded 807 Geoff...Ed)

Yes. But I'm scared he does it again. You see you only learn from
your losses and White did not lose this.

In e4-e5 openings try to keep f3 and c3 free for your Knights.

So how did the game go?
Well White followed his 2nd move by placing his pieces on odd squares
and then started moving pawns again. This position was reached.

Black should pull the Bishop back to c7. Instead 8...Qh5+ 9.g3
and then Black saw the intended 9...Nxg3 could be answered with 10.Nxg3.

So Black retreated with 9...Qd8.
He could have tried 9...Qf6 and then 10.axb6 Qxf3
hitting the loose Bishop on d3 and the Rook on h1.

Looks good. No there is a twister.
11.Rf1 Qxd3 12.Rxa7! 0-0 13.Rxa8 Bh3 13.Rf2 Qxb1

And it's a unique position where anything can happen.

Anyway Black lost the Bishop on b6 and White tried to plug the holes
that his pawn adventures had left behind. White castled Queenside,
Black whipped up an attack via the open queenside files.

Black had a chance but missed it. In this position Black to play.

The Queen on b2 is overloaded.

30...Rxa3 31.Nxa3 Rxa3 32.Qxa3 Qxc3+ Black is winning.

A few moves later the game was agreed a draw.

White is a piece up but I'm not going to argue that point.
I can show how White can untangle his men and use his extra piece.
But I can also show how easy is it for White to go wrong.

White did quite well considering the wretched opening he gave himself.
Black had his chance but missed it. Draw fair result.

If you want to, email me and we can arrange a date when I can give
Badgers a training lecture on a club night.
Theme: openings - tricks, traps and tactics.
Fee: 3 pints of your glorious Guiness and my bus fare.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.McColl - D.Donnelly

1.e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bd3 Bc5 5.Ne2 d6 6.b4 Bb6 7.a4 Nh5 8.a5 Qh4+ 9.g3 Qd8 [9...Qf6 10.axb6 Qxf3 11.Rf1 Qxd3 12.Rxa7 0-0 13.Rxa8 Bh3 14.Rf2 Qxb1] 10.axb6 Qxb6 11.Na3 0-0 12.Nc4 Qd8 13.Ba3 b5 14.Ne3 g6 15.Qb3 Be6 16.Qb2 Nd7 17.0-0-0 Nb6 18.Bc2 a5 19.bxa5 Rxa5 20.Qb4 Nc8 [20...Qa8!] 21.Bd3 Ra4 22.Qb2 Qc7 23.g4 Ng7 24.Bc2 Ra6 25.Bb3 Bd7 26.c4 Nb6 27.d3 Rfa8 28.Nc2 Be6 29.cxb5 cxb5 30.Nc3 Na4 [30...Rxa3 31.Nxa3 Rxa3 32.Qxa3 Qxc3+ 33.Kb1 Bxb3] 31.Nxb5 Qc6 32.Bxa4 Rxa4 33.Nc3

R.Liddle - D.Scarr, Edinburgh Chess League 2007
A Scotch Game where Black strayed off the theoretical path with 4...Bb4+?!

It's not a terrible move. it pulls out the c-pawn so the Queen's Knight
has to sneak out via a3 or d2 thus having a delayed effect on the centre.

It costs a tempo but no real harm done. The fault is 5.c3 Bc5.
On c5 the Bishop is never really threatening to take on d4.
So on c5 it's a target. 5...Be7 looks sound.
It would have avoided the triple c-pawns that gave Black
a very difficult game to play.

Black lost a pawn (tripled pawns now doubled pawns).
His plan then was to accept that fact he had misplayed the opening,
get his pieces on active squares and play a frustrating strategy.

Instead he pushed a pawn...
The cause of many a lost game, the thoughtless pawn move.
Here Black has just played 17...c5.

18.Nd5+ wins the exchange.
After that no doubt about the outcome.
White missed a shot (21.Rd8+) that would have shortened the game
by many moves. But no harm done the win was easy enough.

[Click here to replay the game]
R.Liddle - D.Scarr

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Bc5 6.Be3 d6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bxc5 dxc5 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.Nd2 Ne7 11.Nb3 Rb8 12.0-0-0+ Ke8 13.Nxc5 Ng6 14.Nd3 Ke7 15.Nb4 Rb6 16.Bc4 Ne5 17.Bb3 c5 18.Nd5+ Kf8 19.Nxb6 cxb6 20.f3 c4 21.Bc2 [21.Rd8+ Ke7 22.Rxh8] 21...g6 22.Rd6 Kg7 23.Rhd1 Ba6 24.Rd8 Rf8 25.Rxf8 Kxf8 26.Rd8+ Kg7 27.a4 Nd3+ 28.Bxd3 cxd3 29.Kd2 b5 30.Rd6

B.James - A.Glidder Edinburgh Chess League 2007.
A Scandinavian with Black attempting to steal the initiative at
the cost of a pawn. Good unsettling play at this level and I would not
surprised if Black had used this line before with some success.

White however was unimpressed, developed sensibly, and won another pawn.

Black castled King-side, White Queen-side.
Because Black was a couple of pawns down he had the open files for the
Rooks and an interesting game was on the cards.

and then...
The cause of many a lost game, the thoughtless pawn move.

Black recaptured a piece on g6 and thinking of aggression only
he opened the f-file. In this position Black played 16...fxg6?

This opened the King to a check and left e6 unprotected.
White was in like a shot. 16...fxg6? 17.Qe6+ winning a piece.

A piece down Black managed to cause some problems but it was nothing
White could not handle very comfortably.

There was an instructive wrap-up missed. Here White to play.

27.Re7 Rxb8 28.Qxb8 Qxb8 29.Rde1 The End.

Play went on for another few moves after 27.Bd6 then Black resigned.

[Click here to replay the game]
B.James - A.Glidder

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 c6 3.dxc6 Nxc6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bb5 e5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.g4 Bg6 9.Nxe5 Qc7 10.Qe2 Be7 11.d4 0-0 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Bf4 Bd6 14.0-0-0 Nd5 15.Nxd5 cxd5 16.Nxg6 fxg6 17.Qe6+ Kh8 18.Qxd6 Qc4 19.Kb1 a5 20.Qc7 Qb5 21.Be5 Rg8 22.Rhe1 Rab8 23.Qc3 Rgc8 24.Qb3 Qd7 25.Bxb8 a4 26.Qb4 Qd8 27.Bd6

Next week I'll visit another club. Watch this space.

And finally.
Did anyone see the Genius List recently published?
Gary Kasparov made it to number 25.

And finally finally - Me at work for the Halloween fancy dress

I'm a gay zombie.

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