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New 2nd Hand Bookshop + Kids Mates from Old Dates




Picked up a bucket load of chess books from George's Bookshop
next to the Barber Shop. Pictured is just a small selection
all for 25p each. All of course theoretically out of date but
they do have the occasional instructive complete game.



The relatively modern method of teaching an opening by showing
complete games is far superior than the old Batsford way.
The latter tended to take you along to move 10 or 11 and then
leave you hanging in mid air with a +- or -+ or = symbol.
Pleased to see recently Batsford have taken the modern trend.


The Sicilian Dragon by Levy
is a first edition.
It's the one that had us all
tittering at the bookstall's in the 70's.

Unfortunately there is a massive hole
in the analysis of the Levenfish Attack
and this was spotted and subsequently
highlighted in CHESS by a young Tony Miles.

Levy (and Keene) miss a move by White that
wins a piece following a recommendation by
a then 11 year schoolboy, David Goodman.

Goodman was getting lessons from Keene
and wanted to know what was wrong with
6...Qb6? the full story and position is
in my tribute to Tony Miles.

But David Levy is not alone. Dozens of opening books have
typo's, bad moves, wrong analysis or illegal moves in them.

The Benko Gambit (above) has a cracker.
In this position after the moves.
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.Nc3 axb5










Benko states 6 e4 is a blunder due to 6...b4 and 7...Nxe4.
Sadly after 7...Nxe4 8.Qe2 wins a piece.










8...Nf6 9.Nd6 mate. or 8...f5 9.f3 Nf6 10.Nd6 is still mate.

This analytical blunder was the basis of a book/cassette by Tarjan
called 'Bashing the Benko.'

Even I make mistakes occasionally. Yes I know it's hard to
believe but it does happen.

I recall in the early 80's publishing a bust to the Polugaevsky
variation of the Sicilian Najdorf in Capatal Chess.
Spike Mullen followed my idea move for move straight out of the
magazine against a 1500 player. It had a hole in it you could
drive a bus through, nay, two buses.

Spike was only saved when a piece down in a totally lost position
he had the nerve to offer a draw. The 1500 player shook his hand off
accepting the draw. Spike was graded 2100 at the time.

Spike was furious.
Then fate stepped in.
A few weeks later I faced the same opponent in an Edinburgh
tournament. I had found an improvement. This 1500 player,
I think his name was Hughes or Hughson, drove the 2nd bus
through my analysis.

So there he was a piece up in a won position and he offered me a draw!
I shook his hand off. I was graded 2010 at the time.

They were not all opening books.
The was some good stuff, Alekhines games, Capablanca's games and this...

Tal's greatest games from 1961-1973.
This is a very good book, Cafferty's best effort.

P.H. Clarke did Tal's Best from 1952-1960
and this too is another good book.

I suppose it's easier to write a good chess book
if the games you have on hand are entertaining.

I've been playing over the games from 1961-1973
all week and am enjoying myself immensely.
(this is one reason why I never visited another
chess club this week - I've got till March,
I will get round them all).

Yes 100 brilliant games with pleasing and efficient notes.
All for 25p. George's must be the best 2nd hand bookshop in town.

I popped into Bells on Sunday and gave away (well swapped
for a pint of Guiness) my doublers.
I made each recipient swear to me they would study the book.

Here is Mr Hayes receiving his copy of Alekhines Greatest Games.



I expect a huge improvement in his play.



Some fun from the World Youth Championship in Turkey.
I know they are only kids but I bet they laugh when us
old codgers mess things up.
O.Amus - G.Nero, WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007.
Black to play: Helpmate in one.










Black played 33...Bf5 Thank you. 34.g3 checkmate.

N.Korbovljanovic - E.Hansen U12 Girls
White to play. Is she in danger?










19.c4?? Oops. 19..Qxh3+ and 20...Qg2 mate.

S.Arslanov (2266) - A.Baturina (1980) U-16 boys.
Same theme as before, the g-pawn is pinned. 35.Kh2 holds but...










35.fxe6 Qxh3 mate.

Staying with the idea. A.Paramzina - N.Manusina U-10 Girls.
Black has just played 30.Bd6...










31.f4 Qxh3 checkmate.

I've had this tactical theme a couple of times.
G.Chandler - I.Whittaker Edin C.C. 1989
White to play..










27.Qc4 Qh3+ and Qxg2 mate.

And against Alan Tate in the Dragons 'Minnican' Allegro.
I first got the idea when playing my 13th move 13...Ne5



[Click here to replay the game]
A. Tate - G. Chandler

1.e4 e6 2.d4 b6 3.Nd2 Bb7 4.Bd3 Be7 5.Ngf3 Nf6 6.0-0 c5 7.Re1 cxd4 8.Nb3 Nc6 9.Nbxd4 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Rc8 11.c4 h5 12.Kh1 Ng4 13.Qf3 Bc5 14.Be3 Qh4 15.h3 Ne5 16.Qe2 Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Bxe4 18.Qe2 Qxh3+


Funny all the examples are with Black playing the trick.

OK enough of the fun, now the good play.
C.Bilodeau-Savaria - H.Lamba WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007
Look at this position. OK Black is a piece to the good and winning.
But what plan would you come up with?










Black came up with the clever idea of bringing the King right
into the heart of the White camp. Look at this position 8 moves later.










Black is threatening Rd1 and then Bg2 mate. White gave up 34.Rc1 Bg2 mate.

And this game S.Vaibhav - B.Ersoz WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007
caught my eye. A nice piece of tactics. The Black king went
the wrong way (10...Kd8?) 10.Kf7 was better when White has three pawns
and an uncastled King for his piece. A nice wrap up.



[Click here to replay the game]
S.Vaibhav - B.Ersoz

1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bc4 Be7 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Bxe6 fxe6 9.Nxe6 Qb6 10.Nxg7+ Kd8 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.Ne6+ Ke8 13.Qh5


Now a couple of Queen sacs leading to a quick mate.

I can imagine these kids in 50 years time spending an afternoon
with their grand children.

"What's this Grandpa?" says one of the kids after finding a chess set
in bottom of their grandfather's cupboard.

"Ah that." he replies through misty eyes. "That was a game that was
once played all over the world."

"A game Grandpa." says the puzzled kid. "Where do you plug it in?"

No doubt they will show these games.
Of course they will, one never tires of showing Queen sacs,
especially if they are your own.

First up is B.Tuna - M.Imanly. World Youth Championship 2007.
White is totally obsessed with Nc7 check.
Players can get like that sometimes. We see one idea and
nothing else matters. We must see it through to it's bitter end.

Meanwhile on the other side of the board Black cooks up a mate.


[Click here to replay the game]
B.Tuna - M.Imanly

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bf4 Nc6 4.Nb5 e5 5.dxe5 Ne4 6.e6 Bc5 7.Nxc7+ Qxc7 8.Bxc7 Bxf2


Next is proof that someone somewhere is showing the kids the classics.
Here we shall a perfect execution of Legall's Mate.

Kermeur de Legall (1702-92)
"He was in the habit of enlivening the company during the progress of a game
by a variety of remarks which everybody admired for their brilliance."
The Oxford Chess Companion.

I do that in Bells, except my quotes are not admired for my brilliance.
It's usually "Shut up gibbering Chandler and make a move."

Here is the game and mate that bears his name.
Legall - St.Brie Paris 1750.


[Click here to replay the game]
Legall - St.Brie

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Nc3 g6 5.Nxe5 Bxd1 6.Bxf7+ Ke7 7.Nd5


So now we see A.Baljinnyam - J.Sirokov World Youth Championship 2007.
This was played 257 years after Legall's game.


[Click here to replay the game]
A.Baljinnyam - J.Sirokov

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.0-0 Bg4 5.h3 Bh5 6.Nc3 Nd4 7.Nxe5 Bxd1 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Nd5


Saved the best till last. M.Baraeva - R.Al Kasir
White to play.
Clue: Most famous mating pattern in chess.










14.Bxf7+! Kxf7 15.Ng5+ Kg8 and a Philidor's Legacy coming up.



[Click here to replay the game]
M.Baraeva - R.Al Kasir

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 c6 6.Bd3 Bd6 7.0-0 Qc7 8.Ne2 0-0 9.c4 dxc4 10.Bxc4 Re8 11.Rc1 Ng4 12.Bf4 Bxf4 13.Nxf4 e5 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 15.Ng5+ Kg8 16.Qb3+ Kh8 17.Nf7+ Kg8 18.Nh6+ Kh8 19.Qg8+ Rxg8 20.Nf7


And finally I saw a bunch of tourists...

..surely a 'bunch' is the wrong collective term for tourists.

And finally I saw a vacation of tourists taking pictures of a wall
just inside the Edinburgh University.
Some were posing next to the wall to have their photograph taken.

Curiosity has always been a trait with me so I ambled inside.



One of the best Chess stories I have ever read featured Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock's arch nemesis Professor Moriarty was in hiding and Holmes
came up with an ingenious plan to flush him out.

One of Moriarty's assumed names was Colonel Moreau so Holmes entered
the Monte Carlo 1903 Chess Tournament under the name of Colonel Moreau.
This was a mammoth 26 rounder and Holmes, on purpose, lost them all.

Check any chess record book and you will see it.
MOnte Carlo 1903, Colonel Moreau P.26 W.0 D.0 L.26

Moriarty's ego could not stand it. He surfaced to announce Holmes
as an imposter and was duly nabbed. Brilliant. I wish I had thought of that.


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