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Chandler Cornered

Musselburgh II v Lasswade II

Musselburgh play chess at charming and historic premisses.
The Musselburgh & Fisherow Store Club,
253 North High Street, Musselburgh.

What a magnificent building...

Did You Know No.132
This wonderful piece of architecture was designed and built
by Alfred Griswald Crookneck Monk. (1837-1897).
And who is he I hear you ask.

Alfred Monk was a keen gardener and specialised in roses.
One day to his horror a cloud of green fly appeared out of
nowhere and ate his prizes roses.

So Monk developed a spray which is deadly to green fly
and is still in use today. The Monk Anti-Green Fly Spray.

The spray had a curios side effect. You see the green fly was
the staple diet of the brown boll weevil. So with no green fly to
eat the boll weevils turned their attention to eating oak trees.

They ate their way through the core of the oak tree that once stood
next to the Musselburgh & Fisherow building. One windy day it was
blown over killing Monk who was tending his roses.

There is some poetic justice in this tragedy.

The brown boll weevil is often confused with the bright green
leopard snail. Infact I receive many emails from...continued next week.

Musselburgh 2 v Lasswade 2

Here are Lasswade arriving. They look very determined.

Musselburgh now play downstairs in their premisses.
It is 10 steps (I counted them) from the bar.

Lit well enough to play chess with standard pieces the
tables are just a wee tad too low. Not seriously low but if
you are tall, as is Olav Lange (7ft. 4 inches) then you
have to play on another table.

Let us see the games.

M.Plchot - M.Ash

Black pops out the Accelerated Dragon, White tries to steer
it into a mainline Dragon but was hit with a straight ...d5.
The Knights came off. White found himself behind in development
and was worried about a coming Rd8 so played a careless 13.Qf2.

Black spotted the trick, 13..Bxc3+ and the game was over.
White lost the exchange, could not castle and was tied up in knots.
I give 16.Bb4 as a try by White to survive but in all variations he
ends up the exchange down and lost in the long run. Still I think
you will admit my line is better than what happened.

Good play by Black. Once hooked White was not allowed to worm
his way out of it.

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M.Plchot - M.Ash

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Qd2 [7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Ng8] 7...0-0 8.f3 d5 9.Nxd5 Nxd5 10.exd5 Qxd5 11.Nxc6 Qxc6 12.c3 Bf5 13.Qf2? [13.Rd1] 13...Bxc3+ 14.Bd2 Bxb2 15.Rd1 Bc2 16.Rc1 [16.Bb4 Qe6+ 17.Qe2 Qxe2+ 18.Bxe2 Bxd1 19.Bxd1 Rfd8] 16...Bxc1 17.Bxc1 Rfd8 18.Be2 Qc3+ 19.Kf1 Bd3 20.Qe3 Rac8 21.Kf2 Qc2 22.Bd2 Bxe2 23.Rc1 Qxd2 24.Qxd2 Rxd2 25.Rxc8+ Kg7

M.Poland -C.Nisbet
I took an interest in the opening because it's a line I've
looked at myself v The Scandinavian. The main difference is
I would never have played 6.c3?.

If ever a loss can be traced to a thoughtless pawn move then 6.c3 is the one.
First d3 is occupied by a pawn, then a Bishop and then a Rook.

I bet White is still having nightmares about that pawn on d3.
During the game he came to loathe the pawn so much he threw a Bishop at it.

In this position White played 15.Be2? Anything to get rid of THAT pawn.
15...dxe2 16.Nxe2 Bd3! and the pawn was replaced by a Bishop.

A bit drastic I thought. 15.Be2?
White could have tried sitting there waiting to see how Black
was going break through. After all, Black can attack d3 with
everything but can never take the pawn on d3.

After the piece went, with it the pseudo shield on d3.
Black strolled in. Soon another piece was lost.

With the ship smashed on the rocks the captain headed
for the Kingside tossing away more material looking per chance
for a stalemate. He found two Black Rooks and a mating net.

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M.Polland - C.Nisbet

1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Nf3 f6 5.Ng3 Be6 6.c3 d3 7.b4 Ne7 8.a4 Nbc6 9.Ba3 Qd7 10.a5 a6 11.Qb1 Bc4 12.h4 h5 13.Nh2 g6 14.Qd1 Qe6 15.Be2 dxe2 16.Nxe2 Bd3 17.f3 Qc4 18.Nc1 0-0-0 19.Nf1 Bh6 20.Ra2 Na7 21.Qb3 Nb5 22.Ne3 Bxe3 23.dxe3 Qxb3 24.Nxb3 Bc4 25.Rb2 Nxa3 26.Nd2 Bb5 27.f4 Nc4 28.Nxc4 Bxc4 29.Kf2 Rd3 30.Rc1 Rhd8 31.Rbc2 Nc6 32.g4 hxg4 33.f5 gxf5 34.exf5 Rh8 35.Kg3 Rxe3+ 36.Kxg4 Rg8+ 37.Kh5 Reg3

J.Hutchison - I.Lockhart
A Four Knights which I am afraid lived up to it's
unwarranted reputation of being dreary and drawn.

4.d3 was the culprit. 4.d4 the Belgrade Gambit can put some oomph into
the Four Knights. Or how about The Halloween Gambit 4.Nxe5!?
I've yet to see this in the Edinburgh League. It's very playable OTB.
Some Glasgow juniors are playing it and winning the games but
losing the analysis (I know which I prefer).

Games like this happen to us all from time to time.

Simple wood chopping with little or no threats.
A bit like playing the three chord blues in a pub.
Interesting for the people playing E, A & B7 but rather
tedious for the listener. Sorry but I say it as I see it.

If White had played 33.Ne4 and converted his advantage into a win,
then I would have some nice things to say about this drawn game.
Something like;

"White played error free sound chess, it may have looked a little
dull but he was just waiting for his chance to strike leaving
Black tied down to a long dour defence, a task which was beyond Black."

Credit to Black for seeing or sensing that he was drifting into a
dodgy position and played 33...d5. The clear winning chances were gone.

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J.Hutchison - I.Lockhart

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.Be2 d6 6.Be3 Bd7 7.Qd2 Ng4 8.Bg5 Bxg5 9.Nxg5 Nd4 10.Nf3 Qf6 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.c3 Nxe2 13.Qxe2 c6 14.Ne3 Qf6 15.h3 Nxe3 16.Qxe3 c5 17.Qg5 Qxg5 18.Nxg5 h6 19.Nf3 0-0 20.Nd2 f5 21.0-0 Bb5 22.c4 Bd7 23.a3 Rf6 24.b4 fxe4 25.Nxe4 Rg6 26.Kh2 cxb4 27.axb4 Bc6 28.Rae1 Rd8 29.Ng3 Rf8 30.b5 Bd7 31.Ra1 Ra8 32.Ra3 Rf6 33.f3 [33.Ne4 Re6 34.Rfa1] 33...d5 34.Rfa1 dxc4 35.dxc4 a6 36.Ne4 Rb6 37.Nc5 Be6 38.Nxe6 Rxe6 39.c5 Rc8 40.bxa6 [40.c6 bxc6 41.bxa6] 40...bxa6 41.Rxa6 Rxa6 42.Rxa6 Rxc5

A.Small - O.Lange
French Defence, Tarrasch 3.Nd2

French players should sit up and take notice when they see 3.Nd2.
It's not a natural move like 3.Nc3, 3.exd5 or 3.e5 so right away
the Black player knows his opponent has some book knowledge
in this line.

When I first suggested that I might go around the clubs getting games
from all divisions, my buddies warned me I was going to see some
terrible games of chess. A couple even questioned my reason. Why?

Well if some inexperienced player can see a trick or a blunder
played by someone they know, as opposed to seeing it in some book
played by some guy over 100 years ago. Then perhaps it may stick.

Also there is always the chance I may happen across some mini gem
of creativity, a minor classic, A game of such immortal standing
it will be up there with the 'Evergreen Game.
A brilliancy of such magnitude that writers all over the...

(get on with it.......Ed)

The following game is the reason Why.
If I had not braved the elements and hacked my way to Musselburgh
on that dark cold and lonely night, then this little beauty may
never have seen the light of day.
No more words. Just play over this one.

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A.Small - O.Lange

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nf3 f6 10.Nf4 Qb6 11.exf6 [11.Nxe6] 11...Nxf6 12.Re1 Nd8 13.Ng5 c4 [13...cxd4] 14.Bf5 Ne4? [14...exf5 15.Rxe7 Qd6] 15.Bxh7+ Kh8 16.Ng6#

The opportunity to mate with a Knight is very rare.
A once in a lifetime game.

T.Akers - S.Browning
White played the opening rather slap-dash and Black could have
equalised soundly without much difficulty.
Instead Black went about upsetting White with an imaginative
'damn the consequences let's play chess.' approach.

So with holes appearing in his uncastled position Black
kept on pushing pawns up the board. There are sacs that
White can play to reach some very interesting positions.
OTB 9.Bxg5 gives excellent attacking chances.

Then just as the game was approaching a critical phase,
White missed a backward Knight move 22...Nxh8 and a piece was lost.
Game over?

White played on. Why not, the piece loss could have been a fluke.
Black castled queenside by hand and then set about finishing off
the game.

TOP TIP No.215
If an opponent leaves a piece hanging for nothing. Then take it.
In this position. Black to play...

played 31...Bxc5!? !? (??)

one !? because it's interesting and the other !? because I saw this
being played and I thought to myself;
"What self control, he can nab a whole Knight for nothing and yet
he trap protects a pawn - brilliant."

White fell right into it with 32.Rxg5? and here we can see
Black's clever idea. Black to play....

He played 32...Qf4+ winning the Rook. No.
He played 32...Nxe5 so the (??) notation is
one ? for him for missing winning pieces and
one ? for me for thinking it was all part of some cute trap.

After these forgettable moments Black went onto win without
much trouble.

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T.Akers - S.Browning

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.c3 Qb6 5.Qc2 c4 [5...cxd4 6.cxd4 Bf5] 6.Nd2 f6 7.Ngf3 Be6 8.h3 [8.e4!] 8...g5 9.Bg3 [9.Bxg5!?] 9...Bf7 10.b3 Bg6 11.Qc1 cxb3 12.axb3 Rc8 13.Be2 h5 14.h4 g4 15.Nh2 Nh6 16.Qb2 Nf5 17.Bd3 Nxh4 18.Bxg6+ Nxg6 19.c4 h4 20.Nxg4 hxg3 21.Rxh8 gxf2+ 22.Kxf2 Nxh8 23.Rh1 Nf7 24.Qc2 Qb4 25.c5 Kd7 26.Nf3 Kc7 27.Rh5 Kb8 28.Rh7 Ng5 29.Nxg5 fxg5 30.Rh5 e5 31.dxe5 Bxc5 [31...Qxg4!] 32.Rxg5 Nxe5 [32...Qf4+!] 33.Qd1 Nxg4+ 34.Rxg4 Qc3 35.Rg3 d4 36.Kg1 dxe3 37.Rf3 e2+

Iain Hope - Duncan Lyall
King's Indian 6.Be2 variation.

Iain Hope is the Edinburgh Chess League Secretary.
An unpaid for, thankless, hiding to nothing job.

I now take this opportunity to thank Iain for all
the spare time he sacrifices to ensure a smooth running
chess league.

What happened in the game?
The opening was skipped without any major fireworks.
Each player fighting for key central squares.

Then a blunder.
With both sides having Knights entrenched on d4 & d5
the players had to shuffle around very carefully.
One silly slip and checks on e2/e7 or f3/f6 can be fatal.
And if White had been that wee bitty more alert he could
have punished Black's slack 16...Bh6. White to play.

Chop the Knight on d4 then Nf6+ puts White in the driving seat.

With a draw looking likely White cons himself into
thinking he has an attack (26.Bf7?) and Black was only
too glad to side step his little trick and win a piece.

Faced with the loss of a piece White tried a wee gamble.
Black did not panic he took White's Queen. 0-1

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Iain Hope - Duncan Lyall

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Re8 7.h3 c5 8.dxc5 dxc5 9.0-0 Nc6 10.a3 Nd4 11.Bf4 e5 12.Bg5 Qb6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.Nd5 Qd6 15.Re1 Be6 16.Rc1 Bh6? 17.Rc3 [17.Nxd4 cxd4 18.Nf6+] 17...Kg7 18.b4 b6 19.b5 f5 20.exf5 gxf5 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Rg3+ Kh8 23.Bh5 Rf8 24.Qf3 [24.Nc7!?] 24...Bxd5 25.Qxd5 Rad8 26.Bf7? [26.Qxd6 Rxd6 27.Rd3=] 26...Qf6 27.Re6 Qxf7 28.Rxh6 Rxd5 29.cxd5 Qxd5 30.Rh5 d3 31.Rhg5 d2

Final score Musselburgh II 3 Lasswade II 2

And finally this appeared in the latest PRIVATE EYE No. 1202.

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