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Chandler Cornered

Wardie Chess Club + Pastings from Hastings

I was passing this building the other rainy day.

It's where Wardie Chess Club, now gone, use to
play their chess matches. And I have a true story to tell...

1996 Bells 1 v Wardie 1. I am captain and a few nights before
the game I discover this wee opening trap in the Bb5 Sicilian.

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The Trap

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.c3 Bg7 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 Qb6 7.Nc3 Nxd4 8.Nd5 Nxf3+ 9.Qxf3 Qd8 10.Bf4 e5 11.Qc3

Not bad, I'll store it for the future. A few days later and
G. Chandler - A. Johnstone reached this position
in the above mentioned match. Black resigned 5 moves later.

So that is me finished first with a couple of hours to kill.
I could have another skittles game with my opponent, nip out
and have a fag and a cup of tea, have a wee nap.

I decide to look to see how my team are getting on.
I look at the game between Bell's Dex Gebbie and
Wardie's Jack Neill.

Jack has since sadly passed on but for many years was one of the
stalwarts of Wardie Chess Club. In his later years Jack's sight
deteriorated and rather than give up the game he loved he used
one of those braille chess sets.

Dex and Jack were only about 12 moves into their game but I could
see that both players had different positions on their boards.

"Trouble looming here." I thought.

I like being team captain. I like the feeling of responsibility
that comes with the trust your five team mates have put in you.
I'm a team man. Not only a captain but a friend, a confidant,
someone you can turn to if you are having problems.

So I waited until team mate Dave Goddard had made his move
before I interrupted him.

"Dave, I've finished quick. I don't want to hang around.
Can you fill in the rest of the score card and phone me with the result?"

"Geoff." said Dave, "No problem."

My fellow passengers travelling on the No.23 bus must have
wondered what I was giggling about on the way home.

11.00 the phone rang.

"Geoff!" it was Dave. "What an argument between Dex and that
blind lad Wardie had playing for them....Geoff?....Are you still there?"

Bells won the match. The game between Dex and Jack was declared void.

Ahhh the good old days. I liked Wardie, you use to get a cup of tea
and biscuits brought to your table during the game.

So we have had a mini-game from the Edinburgh Chess league,
here is a much better game from the Glasgow League.

J.Dempsey - D.McDonald Glasgow 2007.
White deviates from theory with 5.Be3 and this appears to throws Black
off his stride. He chops and changes his plans about how he is going to
hit white's centre.
He tries to keep the centre locked and make something of the
Queen side pawn majority. This results in a White Knight popping up
on c5 ending all play on that side of the board.

White having stymied Black on the Q-side and centre concentrates
on a Kingside attack. Black plays the weakening 24...g6 planning
f5 but White jumps on this new weakness right away and plonks
a Bishop on f6.

Very instructive how John Dempsey has used his minor pieces
to occupy a couple of key squares completely tying Black up.

All that is required now is for White to find the killer moves.
The end from the diagram is actually quite simple.
27.Rh3, 28.g5, 29.Rxh7! the end.

The difficult part was reaching the diagrammed position.
White's play in this game is very instructive.
No half-cocked premature attack. He outplays Black in the centre
and the queenside. Only when there is absolutely nothing Black
can do to defend himself does White embark on the final phase.
A good game. One which will repay playing over a couple of times.

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J.Dempsey - D.McDonald

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Be3 cxd4 6.cxd4 Qb6 7.Qd2 Nge7 8.Nc3 Nf5 9.Nf3 Bb4 10.Bd3 Nfe7 11.0-0 Bd7 12.Qe2 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Qc7 14.Rab1 Na5 15.Rfc1 Nc4 16.Nd2 b5 17.Nb3 a6 18.Nc5 0-0 19.f4 Nf5 20.Bf2 Bc6 21.g4 Ne7 22.Bg3 Qc8 23.Rf1 Bd7 24.Rf3 g6 25.Bh4 Nc6 26.Bf6 a5 27.Rh3 b4 28.g5 Na3 29.Rxh7 Kxh7 30.Qh5+

J.Mansson(2161) - D.Andersen (2013) Hastings Masters 2007/08
Black should have considered saccing the b-pawn with 5...dxc4
and then carry on with developing.
The lemon came on move 8...b6? a few moves later White had the happy
choice of 10.Qxf7+ or the correct 10.Nxc6 winning a piece.

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J.Mansson - D.Andersen

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qa4+ Bd7 5.Qb3 Bc6 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.e4 Nf6 8.d4 b6 9.Ne5 Qxd4 10.Nxc6 Nxc6 11.Bb5 Qc5 12.Be3

P.Poobalasingam (2158) - A.Jain (2000) Hastings Masters 2007/08
When I first started playing over this one I thought I was going
see a quick Black win.
Seven of White's first eight moves are made by pawns.
Two if them doublers. e2-e4-e5 & c2-c3-c4. Usually such tempo
wasting has grim consequences. Indeed Black was looking OK
even with his own waste of time (Bf8-g7-h6).

So Black thinks if you can play 7 pawn moves and get away with it,
surely I can play one and get away with it? 13...e6? game over.

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P.Poobalasingam - A.Jain

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.g3 Qc7 5.f4 g5 6.d3 b6 7.Nf3 gxf4 8.c4 Ne3 9.Bxe3 fxe3 10.Nc3 Bb7 11.Qe2 Bg7 12.Bg2 Bh6 13.0-0 e6 14.Nb5 Qc6 15.Nd6+

Study the final position for a few minutes and you
will soon realise that Black resigned just in time.

X.Guo (1853) - N.Donovan (2121) Hastings Masters 2007/08
Donovan was a folk/pop singer in the 60's. One of his hits was 'Colours.'
Today his favourite colour was Black.
White opened up his Kingside by being far too aggressive in the opening.
You know things have gone wrong when a Rook appears on
the 7th. after 14 moves.

White wanted to take the Knight on e4 but the mate starting with
...Qh5+ was stopping him. Well Spotted!
So deal with Qh5+ and then take the Knight. Good Thinking!
Perhaps in his mind he had already captured the Knight on e5. "OOPS!"

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X.Guo - N.Donovan

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 h6 7.h4 a6 8.Rg1 Qa5 9.Nb3 Qc7 10.g5 hxg5 11.hxg5 Nfd7 12.g6 Ne5 13.gxf7+ Qxf7 14.f4 Rh2 15.Be3 Be7 16.Ne2 Nf3

And finally here is Hugh Brechin playing chess in Bells.
I cannot recall who his opponent was (it may have been me).
During Christmas week we played with the pretty yellow & blue bits.

It would be good watching Colin Black playing Alastair White with these bits.
White is yellow, Black is blue.

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