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Chandler Cornered

Another Robot + Greco Gambit +What is a Cheapo

There is a robot in the Scottish National Museum that
answers your questions. I decided to try it out.

Who is the greatest ever Chess player?
You can see who it was going for in the above picture.

Here is the robot's final answer.

I then typed in 'WHY?' and broke the thing.

The Internet Chess Club 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


I wanted 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.

So far we have 12 entries. There has been a wee bit of confusion as
to what exactly is the criteria of the problem. Here is my version.

The White King starts of in check. White plays 1.Kd6+.

Black moves his King 1...Kf8
White sacs his Queen 2.Qe8+
Black takes the Queen 2...Kxe8
White moves a pawn to give checkmate. 3.g7 mate.

Hope that clears up a few things. CLosing date 15th Dec.
The first entry came from Heather Lang so she will get at the very
least a 3 month prize.

Right onto some games.

An interesting game from the 2007/08 SNCL.
L.McGregor - S.Tweedie SNCL 2007.
Black got himself into a mess during this one.
I've not spoken to Steven about this game but I suspect he
relaxed due to the difference in grades and forgot his theory
in an opening that only beginners play.

Over confidence is something we all suffer from.
Except of course Bertie Burns. He will always be the underdog.

During the game this position arose with White to play.
Don't go any further, give yourself a couple of minutes
to study the position and decide what you would play.

Did you get it?
14.Nxf7 is the move with the following practically forced continuation.
14.Nxf7 Rxf7 15.Bxd5 Bxd4 16.Re2 Rd8 17.Bxf7+ Qxf7 18.Qxf7+ Kxf7 19.Bf4
Giving us this position.

White is the exchange up and winning. However I know both players.
Steven Tweedie would have fought tooth and nail from here on in.
He's a good player, if a good player has to be the exchange down then
it's better to be left with a Knight than a Bishop.

Trade Bishops and sink the Knight on d4 supported by c5.
It's a working plan. Of course if White was over 2000 then
you would have to say White is going to win it.

I'm not being unkind to Lyndsay McGregor when I say he would
struggle to win this position against a good player.
Lyndsay has his moments but he failed to find 14.Nxf7 and he
will be the first to admit he does get clumsy (see how it ends).
And he has the wrong nature to put people away.
Off the board you could not meet a nicer person.

Oh and don't think I'm taking sides favourite the stronger player.
I'll have something to say about Steven after you have seen the game.

Look out for White missing 16...fxe6. He missed this when playing
14.bxc3 instead of 14 Nxf7. He thought 14.bxc3 was simply winning.

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L.McGregor - S.Tweedie

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 d5 [7...Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 d5] 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.0-0 Be6 10.Re1 0-0 11.Ng5 Qd7 12.Rxe6 Bxc3 13.Qh5 h6 14.bxc3 [14.Nxf7 Rxf7 15.Bxd5 Bxd4 16.Re2 Rd8 17.Bxf7+ Qxf7 18.Qxf7+ Kxf7 19.Bf4] 14...hxg5 15.Bd3 g6 16.Bxg6 fxe6 17.Bxg5 Nf6 18.Qh4 Qg7 19.Bd3 Rf7 20.Re1 Re8 21.Bc4 Nh7 22.Bxe6 Rxe6 23.Rxe6 Qxg5 24.Re8+ Kg7 25.Qe4 Qc1+ 26.Qe1 Qxe1+ 27.Rxe1

So what happened?
As I mentioned earlier I suspect Steven relaxed due to the
difference in grades and forgot his theory in an opening that
only beginners play.

So we go back to this position with White to play.

White played 10.Re1. When being showed the game in Bells I suggested
10.Bg5. The crowd tried 10...Qd7 and got into a mess so tried 10...Be7.
but then 11.Bxd5 Bxd5 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.Bxe7 Nxe7 14.Re1 all forced.
(Playing 10...Qd7 gets the same position with White to play.)
So here we have this position.

Do you recognise it?

It's W.Steinitz - C.Von Bardeleben, Hastings 1895.
This very famous game was actually voted the best game of chess
ever played by readers of the Russian magazine SHAKMATY in the 1980's.

Here is the game. Black resigned (walked out) after 25.Rxh7+
I've played it on to the mate.

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W.Steinitz - C.Von Bardeleben

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 d5? 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.0-0 Be6 10.Bg5 Be7 11.Bxd5 Bxd5 12.Nxd5 Qxd5 13.Bxe7 Nxe7 14.Re1 f6 15.Qe2 Qd7 16.Rac1? [16.Rad1!] 16...c6? [16...Kf7!] 17.d5 cxd5 18.Nd4 Kf7 19.Ne6 Rhc8 20.Qg4 g6 21.Ng5+ Ke8 22.Rxe7+ Kf8 23.Rf7+ Kg8 [23...Qxf7 24.Rxc8+ Rxc8 25.Qxc8+ Qe8 26.Nxh7+ Ke7 27.Qxe8+ Kxe8 28.Nxf6+] 24.Rg7+ Kh8 [24...Kf8 25.Nxh7+ Kxg7 26.Qxd7+] 25.Rxh7+ Kg8 26.Rg7+ Kh8 27.Qh4+ Kxg7 28.Qh7+ Kf8 29.Qh8+ Ke7 30.Qg7+ Ke8 31.Qg8+ Ke7 32.Qf7+ Kd8 33.Qf8+ Qe8 34.Nf7+ Kd7 35.Qd6

The Giuoco Piano/Greco Gambit is essential knowledge to a 1...e5 player.
Even players who shy away from 1...e5 should know and understand it.
The opening is teeming with tactics and tricks that are not restricted
to this opening. It contains lessons in cut and thrust chess.

I cannot explain why Steven Tweedie played 7...d5? This has been
known to be bad since 1895. Correct was 7...Nxe4 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 d5!
with a good position. That is why White plays 9.d5 (the Moller Attack).
Perhaps Steven forgot his theory and remembered ...d5 is a good move
sometime in the first 7-10 moves.

But forgetting theory is a miserable excuse.
Forgetting your history is unforgivable.

What is the point of recording games of chess, putting them into books,
labeling them classics and then ignoring them.

I can overlook weaker players blundering and not knowing things.
But Steven Tweedie is a good player. He won the game, that's the worst
thing that could have happened. I hope he looked at the game that
night and gave himself a refresher course in the Greco Gambit.
(But why should he? He won.)

There are some good books out there covering the Giuoco Piano.
But there is a smashing series of articles on the net.

Go to the CHESS CAFE. Look in the archives and find the four
articles on the Giuoco Piano by The Kibitzer (Tim Harding).

The four articles you want are;
Swansong of the Giuoco Piano.
The Giuoco Piano (part 2) The case for the Defence.
The Giuoco Piano on Trial (part 3) The Summing Up.
The Giuoco Piano on Trial - White Wins the Case!

Print out the lot, approx 62 pages, put them into a plastic
folder wallet and WALLAH. You now have everything you need to know
about the Giuoco Piano written by someone who has studied and loves
this opening. A brilliant piece of work.

Finally we leave this section with a League game from 1979.
G.Chandler - K.Davidson.
Note the 'in-between moves' 11.Re1+ instead of 11.Qxa1, my opponent
only analysed 11.Qxa1, then 18.Nf6+ which is the quickest path to mate.
Try not to get sloppy in won positions, always seek the best move,
that way you will cut down your on chucked wins.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - K.Davidson

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 Nxe4 8.0-0 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Bxc3 10.Ba3 Bxa1 11.Re1+ Ne7 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.Rxe7+ Kxe7 14.Qxa1 Re8 15.Ng5 h6 [15...f6 16.Qe1+ Kd6 (16...Kf8 17.Nxh7#) 17.Qb4+ Kc6 18.d5#] 16.Qe1+ Kf8 17.Nh7+ Kg8 18.Nf6+ gxf6 19.Qxe8+ Kg7 20.Qxf7+ Kh8 21.Qg8# 1-0

And this brings us on nicely to...

Two recent errors from the Edinburgh Chess League.
In both cases the losers were too intent on their own ideas
and completely overlooked the replies.

D.Goddard V D.Anderson Black to play.
Predict the blunder. (clue: threaten to checkmate seems a good idea)

Black played 9...Qd6??
Yes it threatens mate on h2 but after 10.Bxg4
Black is a piece down and went onto lose.

J.Adamson - W.Hynd Black to play.
Predict the blunder.

Black decided to give up his Queen for two Rooks. 24...Qxf1??
White decided to mate his opponent with 25.Qg7 mate.

And Finally
A game sent in by Oliver Penrose.
N.N. v O.Penrose musselburgh v Lasswade
Oliver is the perfect gent. He refused to name his opponent.
I wonder if the loser will be bold enough to own up.

Oliver added;
"you like cheapo's, you will like the cheapo's in this game."

Well I have to say the two moves in question are not cheapo's,
they are good alert moves. They may be simple moves in Oliver's
book but they are not cheapo's. They are good moves.

Good move No.1 Black to play.

Black played 13...Be2! the correct move, it nets a solid exchange.

A quick note to less experienced players.
Please forget the Rook=5 Bishop=3 Knight=3 nonsense.
There will be times when winning the exchange (Rook for Knight or Bishop)
is the worse thing you can do. You trade off an active minor piece for
a piece that is doing nothing and suddenly the opposing minor piece,
the opposing piece you have just given up to win the exchange,
rules the board.

Do not get downhearted at losing the exchange and more importantly,
do not clock up a win in your mind when you have won the exchange.
The Knight and Bishop (especially the Knight) in the hands of a
good player is just as good as a middle game Rook.

Some of the most famous sacrificial combinations in chess history
start off with an exchange sac. (Rook for Knight or Bishop).
Weaker players will now be thinking...when? Good players will be
recalling countless of examples.
End of quick note to less experienced players.

No.2 Black to play and White resigned.

Oliver played 18...Rfe8 0-1
The Queen holds the back rank and the Bishop on b2. Too much.
Here is the full game.

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N.N. - O.Penrose

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Bb5+ c6 6.dxc6 Nxc6 7.d4 Bd6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.c4 Bg4 11.Qd3 Bc5 12.b4 Bxf3 13.bxc5 Be2 14.Qxe2 Qxd4+ 15.Kh1 Qxa1 16.Bb2 Qxa2 17.Nc3 Qb3 18.Rxf4 Rfe8

Do you agree they are not cheapo's.

I'll show you what a cheapo is.
A cheapo is setting a trap when there is no need too
and if your opponent sees through it then you are lost.
S.Milne - G.Chandler Edin C.C. v Heriot Watt 1977
Here the best move is 18...Rad8 with a nagging plus for Black.

A nagging plus be damned. I set a cheap trap using my Queen as bait
banking on my opponent missing the mate.

Playing a tricky move you know to have a refutation but relying on
your opponent to miss it is a cheapo.

You display a total disrespect for you opponents playing ability.
It's a joke move. A crass trap...a Cheapo.

18...Rxf2 19.Ng6+?? hxg6 20.Rxe7 Nxa2 checkmate.

19.Rxf2 is a clear win for white.
Here is the full game.

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S.Milne - G.Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Nbd2 Nc6 5.g3 Bc5 6.Bg2 d6 7.b3 0-0 8.Bb2 Ng4 9.Rf1 d5 10.Qe2 fxe4 11.dxe4 Nb4 12.Nc4 Qe7 13.Ncxe5 dxe4 14.Qxe4 Bf5 15.Qc4+ Kh8 16.0-0-0 Nxe5 17.Nxe5 Bxc2 18.Rde1 Rxf2 19.Ng6+ hxg6 20.Rxe7 Nxa2

Now that's a cheapo.

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