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Chandler Cornered

...I suppose this is Merry Christmas (part III)

Popped into here a few days ago, the bookshop at the West Port.
It's under new management and now play a much better class
of background music.

Background music is important when browsing. The correct choice
can put shoppers into a happy-go-lucky frame of mind which
is just the thing you want to catch the impulsive buyers.

I often stray into Avalanche on Coburn Street looking for
2nd hand 60's stuff. Some of the utter tripe they have blasting
out often makes me leave empty handed.

No wonder today's teenagers are sullen and angry if this
miserable three power chord crap is what they are being forced
to listen too. Bland unimaginative b-side cods wallop.

Back in the West Port and I'm grooving to the sounds.
They have about thirty 2nd hand chess books.
Some of them are classics.
Already in my mind I have sacrificed my tea and am
wondering if the cats would also mind not eating.

The prices snapped me out of my happy glow.
For example, 8.00 for Korchnoi v Spassky 1977. No chance.
It's worth 50p tops.

Me and the cats ate that night. I played them some Manfred Mann.

Occasionally I get sent games played on the net.
I dislike using these games, some of them are just
too crazy, even for here.

OTB play has it's own set of blunders and it's blunders
that win and lose games. Sometimes it's a gross oversight,
other times it can be a silly pawn move whose effect on
the game will not appear till many moves later.
But in all cases it is the player's thinking at fault.

Net games introduce a new type of blunder, one that has
nothing to do with Chess. The mouse slip.
A player intends to make a correct move but a nervous
click or slip and the move he meant to play turns out
to be a howler.

The reason for most OTB blunders can be explained.
A mouse slip can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

However, having said that, when I met Keith Ruxton in Bell's
recently the first thing he said was you have to see this
3 minute game he played today on the net.

Here it is. No mouse slips. Keith walks into a trap well worth
trying. (I bet this catches more victims). White chases the
Black King from e8 to g1 missing a couple of mates.
He actually misses a simple mate in one.
On g1 the Black King is safe and Keith mates his opponent.

[Click here to replay the game]
Some Net bod - K.Ruxton

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 e6 6.Qe2 Nbd7? 7.Nxf7 Kxf7 8.Qxe6+ Kg6 9.h4 Nb6 10.h5+ Kh6 11.d4+ g5 12.hxg6+ Kxg6 13.Qf7+ [13.Bd3+ Kg7 14.Bh6#] 13...Kf5 14.Rh5+ Kg4 15.Rg5+ [15.Be2#] 15...Kh4 16.g3+ Kh3 17.Bf1+ Kh2 18.Rh5+ Kg1 19.Nd2 Bg4 20.Rh4 Qe8+ 21.Ne4 Qxe4+ 22.Be3 cxd4 23.Bd3 Bb4+ 24.c3 dxc3 25.Qb3 Qxd3 26.Qxb4 Qe2

Neil Berry joined us and we spent a while looking
at all the missed wins. Then them two hogged the board for
ages whilst they battered each other playing 5 minute chess.

Me? I was trying to recall a short game featuring a Nxf7 and Qxe6+
combination played by either Capablanca or Alekhine.
A few days later I searched my DB trying to find it.

I found them!
No wonder I could not recall which one of the two played the combination.
They both did.
First up is Alekhine in Plymouth 1938.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Alekhine - R.Bruce

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Ne5 Bh7 8.Qh5 g6 9.Bc4 e6 10.Qe2 Nf6 11.Nxf7 Kxf7 12.Qxe6+

Now Capablanca in Birmingham in 1919

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Capablanca- T.Bray

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Qe2 b6 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Be7 10.Re1 Re8 11.Neg5 Bb7 12.Nxf7 Bxf3 [12...Kxf7 13.Qxe6+ Kf8 14.Ng5] 13.gxf3 Kxf7 14.Qxe6+ Kf8 15.Bc4

Remember this? Colour in the mate.

Colour in where you think the Black pieces are.
It is from an actual game. The Black King is checkmated.

Here is the actual final position.
It's from R.Vaganian - V.Tukmakov, Yerevan, 1980.

It's quite a good game.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.d4 e6 4.a3 c5 5.d5 Ba6 6.Qc2 exd5 7.cxd5 g6 8.Bf4 d6 9.Nc3 Bg7 10.Qa4+ Qd7 11.Bxd6 Qxa4 12.Nxa4 Nxd5 13.e4 Bxf1 14.Rxf1 Nf6 15.0-0-0 Nc6 16.Nc3 0-0-0 17.Ng5 Rd7 18.Bf4 Nd4 19.Be5 h6 20.Nf3 Re8 21.Nxd4 Rxe5 22.f4 cxd4 23.fxe5 Ng4 24.Nd5 Nxh2 25.Rf6 Bxf6 26.Nxf6 Rc7+ 27.Kd2 h5 28.Nd5 Rb7 29.Kd3 Kd7 30.Kxd4 Rb8 31.Nf6+ Ke6 32.Rc1 Ng4 33.Rc6+ Ke7 34.Rc7+ Ke6 35.Nd5 Re8 36.Nf4

So what did you get for Christmas?

Chess Books? Chess CD's? Chess Things?

I got socks, aftershave, a Leyton Orient hat and a funny ha-ha apron.

Then my 4 year old grandson arrived. He gave me this.

It's a knight he saw with a chess piece on the shield.

I gave him a car that broke after two minutes, a Thomas the
Tank engine that he already had (how was I to know?) and a toy gun
that his mother took away from him. "He's not allowed guns!"

He was also meant to get a selection box but me and my son
snaffled that during a moment of chocolate weakness on Christmas Eve.

But the point is, on Christmas day I was surrounded by people who have
known me for years.
Wife 30 years, Kids 26 and 21 years, Brother 49 years. and I get;
socks, aftershave, a Leyton Orient hat and a funny ha-ha apron.

Only a wee kid who has been on the planet for 4 years gets me something
to do with chess. It's not fair.

Right I'm off to have a shave, put on my hat and ha-ha apron
and then play with my toy knight. Merry Christmas.

(the socks...what did you do with the socks?...Ed)

I'm wearing the bloody socks.
Next year I'm going to go around barefoot and grow a beard.
I wonder what they will get me then? huh!

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