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Bank of Scotland 2 v Civil Service 2

..where was I?

Oh yes, going around all the different Edinburgh league
venues to see their premises and nick a few games.

Bank of Scotland II v Civil Service II
Tuesday 22nd January 2008.

I've decided that Pentland Hills have the best scenic premises
but Bank of Scotland, in my opinion, have the best playing venue.

The players are protected by security guards and play
in a well lit and very quiet room. No singing drunks,
no heavy traffic noises, no shop alarms going off.
Just lovely peace and quiet.


I gave out my carbon-copy score sheets and left them to it
whilst I relocated to the pub 'Tiles' just across the road
(expensive but pretty barmaids), I watched Spurs beating Arsenal 5-1.
Here are the games.

R.Jackson (Civil Service) - E.Gillespie (B.O.S.)
Sicilian Dragon 6.Be2 variation.
White appeared to have aggressive intentions aiming for f4.
But this plan was not carried out. Instead White danced about
with his Bishops on d3 & e3 then both going to g5 & b5 and
finally both Bishops ended up on b3 & g3.

Meanwhile Black got on with the game.
You will see a strange 12...Kh8.
This was played to stop any pawn wining tricks with 13.Nd5.

In this position Black nicked a pawn with 23...Nxb2.

Then Black had all the pressure down the c-file.
White, in a very difficult position, came up with nothing
to distract Black and soon another pawn was going.
White resigned Two pawns down without a shred of counter play.
Some may think resignation was a tad too early but when you
are having one these bland nights where nothing clicks and
your opponent has a simple uncomplicated win, then it's best to end it.

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R.Jackson - E.Gillespie

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be2 Bg7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Be3 Nc6 9.Qd2 Nxd4 10.Bxd4 Be6 11.Kh1 Qa5 12.Be3 Kh8 13.Bd3 Ng4 14.Bg5 f6 15.Bf4 g5 16.Bg3 Rfd8 17.Qe2 Ne5 18.Bb5 a6 19.Ba4 Rac8 20.Bb3 Bc4 21.Bxc4 Nxc4 22.Rab1 b5 23.Rfd1 Nxb2 24.Rxb2 Qxc3 25.Rdb1 Rc6 26.f3 Rdc8 27.Be1 Qc4 28.Qe3 Qc5 29.Qe2 Qe5 30.Bg3 Qe6 31.Rc1 d5 32.Qd3 dxe4 33.fxe4 Rc4 34.Re1 Qc6

M.Goldie (B.O.S.) - P.Miller (Civil Service)
Before the match there was just Martin Goldie and myself in the club.
He told me he had been playing the Veresov (1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 ...)
and was quite happy with the positions he was getting.
This explains White's 2nd. move.

The game drifting Black's way in the early middle-game.
He certainly had the more aggressive intentions.
Then White castled into a pawn storm.

After that Black ripped open the Kingside
and in this position...Black to play.

Black played 27...Qxf4? Missing winning the Queen and the mate.
27...Rg8+ 28.Kf2 Qxf4+ 29.Ke2 Rg2+

Black came out of the attack and into the ending two pawns up.
There were a few quicker wins but Black safely and without
any trouble converted his pawns into a win.

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M.Goldie - P.Miller

1.d4 b6 2.Bg5 Bb7 3.e3 h6 4.Bh4 g5 5.Bg3 Nf6 6.Be5 Bg7 7.h3 d6 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Nf3 Nd7 10.c3 e5 11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Bxe5 13.Nd2 Qe7 14.Nf3 0-0-0 15.Be2 f5 16.Qc2 Rdf8 17.a4 a5 18.0-0 Qg7 19.Nxe5 Qxe5 20.Qd2 f4 21.Bg4+ Kb8 22.Rae1 f3 23.gxf3 Bxf3 24.Bxf3 Rxf3 25.e4 Rxh3 26.f4 gxf4 27.Qxf4 Qxf4 [27...Rg8+ 28.Kf2 Qxf4+ 29.Ke2 Rg2+] 28.Rxf4 Rg8+ 29.Kf2 Rh2+ 30.Kf3 Rxb2 31.Re3 Rgg2 32.e5 Rbf2+ 33.Ke4 Rxf4+ 34.Kxf4 dxe5+ 35.Kxe5 Rg4 36.Rh3 Rxa4 37.Rxh6 Rc4 38.Rh3 Kb7 39.Kd5 Rc5+ 40.Kd4 Ka6 41.c4 Rg5 42.Rc3 c5+ 43.Kd3 Rg3+ 44.Kd2 Rxc3 45.Kxc3 b5 46.cxb5+ Kxb5 47.Kb3 a4+ 48.Ka3 c4 49.Ka2 Kb4 50.Kb2 a3+ 51.Ka2 Kc3 52.Kb1 Kd2 53.Ka1 c3

G.Anderson (Civil Service) - L.Ferrie (B.O.S)
White came out the opening with a small plus but
rushed his attack going for basic mates featuring
these two mating patterns.

Best to hold onto these moves till the threat really means something.
Carry on developing. A piece may stray onto an unprotected square
and the Queen could do a double attack hitting h7 and the piece.

Or White knows he can force g6 so develop with the plan of opening
the centre - activating the Rooks and do an exchange sac for the
black squared Bishop. Then go for it.

Save up your threats and checks till you can make them really count.

(See the next game for an excellent example of carrying out a dual mating threat
and an attack on unprotected piece. It forced immediate resignation

The game progressed. White ran out of mating patterns.
Pieces came off and we were left with an opposite coloured
Bishop middlegame but with the major pieces still on the board.
This should favour the attacker.

White tried to get something going by hitting f7 but it
never going to happen. Draw agreed

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G.Anderson - L.Ferrie

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.c3 a6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Nbd2 e6 7.0-0 Bd6 8.Re1 0-0 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Bxf3 11.Qxf3 Nxe4 12.Bxe4 Qd7 13.Qh3 g6 14.Bh6 Rfe8 15.Qf3 Bf8 16.Be3 Rab8 17.Rad1 Bd6 18.Rd2 Na5 19.Bd3 Nc6 20.Qd1 Ne7 21.c4 Nf5 22.c5 Nxe3 23.fxe3 Bf8 24.Rf1 Bh6 25.Qf3 Qe7 26.Kh1 Red8 27.Rdf2 Rf8 28.Bc4 Kh8 29.b3 Bg7 30.a4 a5 31.Qe2 Rbd8 32.Qe1 b6 33.cxb6 cxb6

D.Anderson (B.O.S) - G.MacDonald (Civil Service)
A Scotch Game with Black playing a TN. 4...Qe7 (This is No good).

White should have presented Black with more problems in the opening.
8.Bg5 c6 9.a4 would have given us this position.

Black is in Blunderland and needs to untangle very carefully.
Meanwhile White can develop naturally.

As the game continued Black easily equalised and nicked a pawn.
Then White had an idea. Carefully he set the trap and...

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D.Anderson - G.MacDonald

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Qe7 5.Nc3 Nxd4 6.Qxd4 d6 7.Nd5 Qd7 8.Qc4 c6 9.Nc3 Nf6 10.h3 b5 11.Qe2 Be7 12.Bg5 0-0 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Qf3 b4 15.Ne2 Bxb2 16.Rb1 Ba3 17.Nd4 Re8 18.Bd3 a5 19.0-0 Ba6 20.Bxa6 Rxa6 21.Nf5 c5 22.Qg4

Black can stop the mate but not 23.Nh6+ winning the loose Queen.

N.West (Civil Service) - K.Main (B.O.S)
This game was just getting interesting when...

...I think it's best if you see Blacks score sheet.

Yes Ugh!.
So now we have a new notation symbol.

! = a good move.
!! = a brilliant move.
? = a weak move
?? = a blunder
UGH! = a MAIN blunder.

I leave you to play over the game.
Remember to go Ugh! when you see 14...Rb8.
(ignore Black's notation. It's 14...Rb8)

After Ugh! Black simply fell to pieces.

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N.West - K.Main

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Nd2 c5 5.c3 c4 6.Be2 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Be7 8.Qc2 b5 9.Ne5 Nxe5 10.dxe5 Nd7 11.Nf3 0-0 12.0-0-0 f6 13.Rhf1 Qa5 14.Kb1 Rb8 15.exf6 Qa4 16.fxe7 Qxc2+ 17.Kxc2 Rxf4 18.e8Q+ Rf8 19.Qxe6+

Board 6 was defaulted by Bank of Scotland.
One of their regular players had a sudden bereavement in the family.
It was too short notice to get a reliable replacement.

Final Score: Bank of Scotland II 2 Civil Service II = 3

A good night and a good collection of games.

Coming soon to club round your way soon.
Chandler and his carbon-copy score sheets.

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