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Internet Chess Club Competition

The Internet Chess Club have very kindly giving me three prizes
to award winners of a Chandler Cornered Christmas Competition.

1st Prize is 1 Year on ICC worth $59.00
2nd Prize is 6 months on ICC worth $39.00
3rd Prize is 3 months on ICC worth $19.00

If you want to see what The Internet Chess Club can offer you
then check out their site at;

The Internet Chess Club

So here is the Competition.
I want you to construct a position, a mate in 3 with the following criteria.

The position starts with White in check.
1.White moves out of check giving Black a discovered check.
1...Black moves his King.
2. White sacrifices his Queen.
2...Black takes the Queen.
3. White moves a pawn giving checkmate.

It must be a mate in 3 with only one solution.
I've done it with 5 White pieces and 3 Black pieces (including the Kings).
So I'm looking for economic answers. But if you do a clever one
with more pieces than send it in.

The very first person to send me a solution will definitely get one
of the prizes. I will send all positions received, without any details
of composers, to an independent judge.

The closing date is the 15th December. You can award your prize
to someone else as a Christmas present.
There is no limit on the number of entries.

Send me your answer by email titled "ICC Competition."
Good Luck.

Following the recent success of my pirate socks
(see previous C.C.) I now present my chess board socks.

Keith Ruxton sent us a postcard whilst he was playing
in the European four man team championship.
He says this is the Scotland team preparing for their last round.

Last C.C. I visited Pentland Hills Chess Club.
I showed no game from there but on advice from the many emails I received
regarding the piece I have since visited their website.

The Pentland Hills Chess Club

I found this intriguing 23 mover.

J.Kilgour - B.Wood Pentland Hills C.C. 2007.
White has a plan from move 1. CHECKMATE.
Black has a plan from move 1. Lure my opponent into a premature attack.
No kidding. In some variations both players look lost.

As early as move 3 White chops the Knight on f6 because it defends
the castled position. The fact that Black has NOT yet castled does
not deter him. He then skips the Queen onto f3 and awaits castling.

Black duly castles and is met with an attacking formation that was
discovered painted on a cave wall by that ancient archeologist
Frederick Reinfeld. Bishop on d3. Queen on h5 and up comes the h-pawn.

This is chess at it's highest level.
None of your fiddling about seeking an endgame plus.
The object of the game is checkmate.
White's attack fails by a whisker (and some good defending).
Black's attack fails by a whisker (and some good defending)

Here, with Black to play his 10th. move, taking the Rook losses.

10...Qxa1 11.hxg6 Qxb1+ 12.Ke2 and Black cannot avoid being mated.

The above position certainly looks grim Black.
But look at this position 3 moves later. White to play.
Who is attacking who? 13...Qe1 mate looks pretty strong.

White was ready to sac the A1 Rook earlier on for a mate.
Now he has to sac to stay alive. 13.Nc3 Qxa1 14.Nd1.

So White found the defensive resource.
The onus was now on Black to defend and he too was not
found wanting 14...Bf4 and was the only move.

In the end White has to bale out with a perpetual.

Play over my analysis where I am trying to win it for White
with 15.exf4, you will see if I have just scratched the surface
of what could have become a very complicated game.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Kilgour - B.Wood

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 exf6 4.e3 c6 5.Bd3 Bd6 6.Qf3 0-0 7.Qh5 g6 8.Qh6 Qb6 9.h4 Qxb2 10.h5 Qc1+ [10...Qxa1 11.hxg6 Qxb1+ 12.Ke2] 11.Ke2 Bg4+ 12.f3 Bg3 13.Nc3 Qxa1 14.Nd1 Bf4 15.Qxf4 [15.exf4 Re8+ 16.Kd2 Bxh5 17.Rxh5 Qxd4 18.Nh3 Qb4+ 19.Kc1 Qa3+ 20.Kb1 Re1 21.Qxh7+ Kf8 22.Qh8+ Ke7 23.Re5+ fxe5 24.Qh4+ Kf8 25.Qxe1] 15...Bf5 16.Bxf5 gxf5 17.Qg3+ Kh8 18.Qd6 Re8 19.Qxf6+ Kg8 20.h6 Kf8 21.Qd6+ Kg8 22.Qg3+ Kf8 23.Qd6+

I was also sent this picture of the Roslin Glen Hotel taken
at night by Jim Crawford.

And Finally.
This was going to be original Christmas Competition question.
I deemed it to easy and I think I have asked this question before.

Two chess players went into Sandy Bells and played till closing time.
They played for money and did not play chess against anyone else.
At closing time both players where better off to the tune of 10.00.
How come?

(no prizes for this one)

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