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Edinburgh l v Musselburgh l + Stood up in Bells

Edinburgh l v Musselburgh l 6th February 2008.

Edinburgh is dead lucky to have the Edinburgh Chess Club.
It is, so I'm told, the 2nd oldest Chess Club in the world.
It was founded on the 4th November 1822.

22 minutes past six - that's not old.

It has it's own excellent website. For it's history and details
of how to join I guide you to:

The Edinburgh Chess Club

The greatest day in my life took place in the Edinburgh Chess Club.
Anatoly Karpov was in Scotland in 1984 and wanted to visit the Club.
He had played some Scotch games and wanted to visit the home of the opening.

When he found out the club still had the original letters used in
the Edinburgh v London Correspondence Match he just had to see them.

The rules for his visit were very explicit.
He wanted to come on a Sunday when the club was closed.
He did not want crowds of people, no photographs, he would
not play a game. He just wanted someone to show him around.

The club chose ME!!

So Karpov and me spent an hour in the Edinburgh Chess Club
talking about the correspondence match, looking at the old pictures,
the old books, the fancy chess sets etc.etc.

I recall him being impressed with the fact we still had a notebook
from the very first club meeting. It was The Secretaries report from
the evening of the 4th November 1822.

"4 shillings for hire of the room and 2 shillings for candles."

We did play a five minute game and I won. He said if I ever
tell anyone then he would....oops. (I'm lying).

It was a great day and I never, as my friends will testify,
tire of telling the story of the day I met Karpov.

Right. let us have a look at the match.

Edinburgh l - Musselburgh l

N. Berry½ P. Roberts½
G. Kafka½ G. Paterson½
D. McGowan1 D. Russell0
A. Green1 G. Soutar0default
H. Brechin½ V. Barron½
D. Oswald1 J. Louden0

The match in progress. Now in the background is Jonny Marr
but who is that mysterious person taking notes of the opening moves
in the foreground? A Wandering Spy perhaps?

P.Roberts - N.Berry
This started of as a Scotch Game but turned into a Two Knights.
Both players knew their theory and side stepped all the tricks
and traps that this, the most tactical of all the openings, hides.

One position that was quickly skipped past was here. White to play move 8.

At one time 8.Nxc6?! was thought to give Black a winning attack.
8.Nxc6 Bxf2+ 9.Kf1 Qh4 10.Nd4+ c6 11.Nf3 Ng3+ 12.Kxf2 Ne4+ 13.Ke2 Qf2+ 14.Kd3 Bf5

But 8.Nxc6 Bxf2+ 9.Kf1 Qh4 must be unclear.
(it may be in later books, I only have Estrin's 1983 Two Knights Defence
in which I have 10 Nxa7 written in the margin - so I got it from somewhere.)

There is a nigh forced draw here (given in the notes) which may be
unknown to players who still think Black wins the 8.Nxc6 line.
(in this line there is no Bf5).

Did these two players fly past a critical line because they
have old theory or am I missing something very simple. (quite likely).

I wish I had butted in on their after game analysis but as I recall
the opening 12-14 moves just flew past to get to the interesting bit
and I was taking pictures.

I just let Fritz see it -it likes 10.Qxd5 - is this line bust?
see note at bottom of this column

Anyway, back to the main game.
It looked like Black had the makings of a strong opposite coloured
Bishop attack. Neil gave the attack a sacrificed pawn but during the
game and later in the analysis we could find nothing 100%.

The smoke of the middle game cleared and White was a passed a-pawn up.
Then imagination kicked in and White set a diabolical trap.
White to play. Can you see an idea?

29.Re1!? Qxa2 30.Qb4 hitting the Bishop...

...which cleverly masks the mating threat of 31.Qxf8+!

White must have thought Black had fallen for it when he played
29...Qxa2 but 30.Qb4 Qa8! put and end to that little idea.
A few moves later the game was agreed drawn.
A pity that little trick never worked, nothing against Neil
but the variation I give in the notes is quite charming.

[Click here to replay the game]
P.Roberts - N.Berry

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.e5 d5 6.Bb5 Ne4 7.Nxd4 Bc5 8.Be3 [8.Nxc6 Bxf2+ 9.Kf1 Qh4 10.Nxa7+ c6 11.Nxc8 Rxc8 12.Be2 Bc5 13.Qe1 Bf2 14.Qd1 Bd4 15.Qe1 Bf2] 8...Bxd4 9.Bxd4 0-0 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.0-0 c5 12.Be3 d4 13.Bf4 Rb8 14.Re1 Ng5 15.Qc1 Ne6 16.Bg3 Bb7 17.Nd2 Qd5 18.Ne4 c4 19.f3 Nc5 20.Qd2 d3 21.Nxc5 Qxc5+ 22.Bf2 Qd5 23.Bxa7 Rbe8 24.cxd3 cxd3 25.Qc3 d2 26.Red1 Rxe5 27.Rxd2 Qe6 28.Bf2 Rg5 29.Re1 [29.a4] 29...Qxa2 30.Qb4 Qa8 [30...Bd5 31.Qxf8+ Kxf8 32.Bc5+ Kg8 33.Re8#] 31.Qf4 h6 32.Bg3 c5 33.Re5 Rxe5 34.Qxe5 Qa1+ 35.Qe1 Qxe1+ 36.Bxe1 ½-½

G.Kafka - G.Paterson
This game has 18 legal that's it.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Kafka - G.Paterson

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.Be3 b6 7.Qd2 Nf6 8.Bh6 Bxh6 9.Qxh6 Be6 10.Nge2 Qd7 11.h3 0-0-0 12.0-0-0 Qc7 13.Qe3 Kb8 14.f4 Bc8 15.Rhe1 Ne8 16.e5 Ng7 17.g4 h5 18.Qg3 hxg4

D.Russell - D.McGowan
If the board 2 game had you reaching for the razor blades. STOP!
The board 3 game will make you glad you clicked onto Chandler
Cornered today.

Ever wondered why Chess players play the French Defence?
Because sometimes they get to play games like this.
In a nutshell, the theme of the French is to allow White a pawn centre,
give him space to attack, repel the attack and when White has his
pieces scattered and unorganised. Smash the centre.

Black pushes back the attack, sacs a piece to destroy the White centre
and his undeveloped pieces come screaming out with threat, threat, threat.
White appeared to have weathered the worse when Black, still a piece down,
sacs the exchange to kick up the dust again.

White gives back the exchange and managed to swap off a few pieces
stopping Black's threats down the f-file. Then we pause to do a check
on the material situation. Black has four passed pawns for a piece.

The pawns start rolling down the board. White seems unsure.
"Attack with the extra piece or try to stop the pawns?"
He tries to do both and drops a Knight to a Queen check.

A good game this one. A nice example of a positional piece sac
which is the toughest of all sacs to assess.
You are not sacrificing for clear tactical variations but on
intuition and for the initiative.

I've just decided I'm going to award a prize for the best game
played in the Edinburgh Chess League that appears in this column.

The Chandler Cornered Game of the Season
and this one of the best so far...

[Click here to replay the game]
D.Russell - D.McGowan

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 Ne7 6.Qg4 0-0 7.e5 c5 8.Bd3 f5 9.exf6 Rxf6 10.Bg5 Rf7 11.Qh5 g6 12.Qh4 Nbc6 13.Nf3 c4 14.Be2 Qf8 15.0-0 Nf5 16.Qh3 e5 17.g4 exd4 18.gxf5 Bxf5 19.Qg3 d3 20.cxd3 Bxd3 21.Bd1 Bxf1 22.Kxf1 Re8 23.Kg2 Qc5 24.Be3 Rxe3 25.fxe3 Qxe3 26.Ra2 Qxc3 27.Re2 Qf6 28.Re8+ Kg7 29.Be2 Re7 30.Rxe7+ Qxe7 31.Qf2 Qxa3 32.Ng5 Qe7 33.Nf3 b5 34.h4 b4 35.Kg3 a5 36.Nd4 Qe5+

A.Green - G.Soutar

Gavin had tonsillitis. Pity, Gavin games are always entertaining.
Get Well Soon.

V.Barron - H.Brechin
This one was decided by the grades.
Vince Barron (1472) - Hugh Brechin (2003) difference = 531.

I could say Black underestimated White and played superficially.
But that would unkind on White. White played well in this game.
OK we all know Hugh Brechin can play a lot better than this but
he did nothing outrageous. He simply developed and waited for
the 1472 grade to kick in and blunder.

And there is the rub. You see the grade of 1472 is low
to an up and coming player and you can expect blunders

But 1472 to a seasoned campaigner like Vince Barron is false.
I played and lost to Vince in 1978. A very sharp Latvian Gambit,
one of my few losses in this opening. And I can tell you Vince's
play was way over 1472.

So if you are playing against a low graded old-timer then forget
the grade. It can, as in this case, hide a battle-scarred veteran.

I often suggested that the grading list should show the current grade
and the highest grade that this player has achieved in his playing career.
Then you would get a more accurate reflection of a player's playing strength.

So onto the game.
Black's lack lustre play allowed White the upper hand.
White was two pawns ahead with not an ounce of counter-play for Black.
Suddenly White remembered who he was playing and offered a draw.

Black, who was no doubt preparing a 'why I lost.' speech for his
team mates happily agreed.

[Click here to replay the game]
V.Barron - H.Brechin

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.Nf3 Qxd5 5.Be2 e6 6.h3 Bh5 7.c4 Qd7 8.Nc3 Nc6 9.Be3 Be7 10.0-0 0-0 11.g4 Bg6 12.Ne5 Qe8 13.Bf3 Rd8 14.Nxc6 bxc6 15.g5 Nd7 16.Bxc6 f6 17.Qa4 fxg5 18.Qxa7

D.Oswald - J.Louden

A King's Gambit essayed by one of the co-editors of the
Scottish Chess Magazine. So no doubt we will see it
published in Scottish Chess again and again and again.

Black's plan was to take the pawn, avoid all the sharp stuff by
giving it back, develop and 0-0-0 away from the open f-file.

White crossed this with 10.Bg5 and the Black King was stuck
in the centre. White then set about the Black King and it
came down to this. Black to play.

It's looking grim, White has all the shots. Black played 21...Rhf8.

White was on the lookout for such a blunder and finished it off.
I've not dropped a ? on 21...Rhf8 because it is a very difficult
position and I fear Black is lost no matter what he plays.

A nice game by White. There is a cleaner wrap up which
I've given in the notes. White comes out a piece up instead of just
the exchange. But that is really just nit-picking over a good game.

(I bet you when the game appears in Scottish Chess my
line will appear as actually being played in the game.)

[Click here to replay the game]
D.Oswald - J.Louden

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Be6 5.Bxe6 fxe6 6.d4 Nf6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Bxf4 Qe7 9.e5 Nh5 10.Bg5 Qf7 11.0-0 Qg6 12.Qd2 h6 13.Bh4 Be7 14.Bxe7 Kxe7 15.d5 [15.exd6+ cxd6 16.Rae1] 15...Nxe5 16.Nxe5 dxe5 17.dxe6 Rad8 18.Nd5+ Kxe6 19.Nxc7+ Ke7 20.Nd5+ Ke6 21.Rad1 Rhf8 22.Nc7+ Ke7 23.Qb4+ Rd6 24.Rxf8 Nf4 25.Qxd6+ [25.Rxf4! exf4 26.Nb5] 25...Qxd6 26.Rxd6 Kxd6

And now this...

CHINA'S Ministry of Public Security (MPS) has issued an arrest warrant
for a suspect in a work place shooting in Henan Province.

The suspect, identified by the MPS as Zhang Hongbin, allegedly shot dead
a colleague surnamed Shi after they quarreled while playing chess during
their night shift on Sunday night. Zhang fled with a submachine gun and
80 bullets.

The 38-year-old suspect is described as 1.8 meters tall with a long,
thin face and sunken eyes. (sounds like Bertie Burns to me).

Thank you Tony Dempsey for the above news item.

Stood up in Bells (again)
'I'll meet you in Sandy Bells at 6.00pm on Thursday the 31st January.'
said the email. It was from Siegrun MacGilchrist.

I rushed home, showered, shaved and brushed my tooth.

A splash of magic water (something I got from a junk shop in an unmarked bottle)
it stings, it smells, it attracts moths but the chicks find it utterly irresistible.

I put on my best babe pulling clothes. A 1977 Cutler t-shirt complete
with sleeve label (eat your heart out Rattray I'm not selling it).
Genuine 1968 Beatle Boots. (They have been resoled about 4 times).

Finally S & H Grimbo flares with Acapulco shading to accentuate my cute butt.

Mrs. Chandler is curled up on sofa cutting her corns with an old razor blade.

"Where do you think you are going?" she asks flicking a slice of dead skin
at the cat. The cat eats it.

"I'm off to Bells to meet some hot toddy." I reply.

"Huh, you can't fool me." she sighs, "You are probably going to meet
one of your geeky chess friends."

(actually...when you come to think of it....)

Anyway I'm there at six on the button.
Siegrun never showed.

Next day I get an email.

"Sorry Geoff - bad weather kept me away. I've sent you something in the post."

And a few days later I received a German Chess Magazine,

a Swiss Chess Magazine

and a Hungarian Chess Magazine.

Siegrun you can stand me up anytime.
Where don't you want to meet next time?

More on Two Knights
The following day after posting this Alastair White said the whole
line is dodgy for black and gives 10.Nxa7 an !

"I have got into quite a lot of trouble over the years by putting
too much faith in Estrin's analysis."

The draw I give in the notes was actually played out in
in Tushev –Daus 2003. I never knew that.
It appears neither did Neil or Paul (or did they....)

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