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Chandler Cornered

The Dempsey Brothers + British Rail

The British Railways Staff Association Chess Team 1970.

See that old codger standing on the track?
He shortly got hit by the 10:21 to Manchester.

More about the Railway Chess Team later.
First up is an emailed game from John Dempsey.

J.McLatchie - J.Dempsey. Dumbarton League match
White played the (spit) London System and of course
got absolutely nothing from the opening.

If I was Mr McLatchie's team captain I would make sure
he never got the white bits again and he would have to stay
behind to put all the pieces back in their boxes and clear away the tables.

And then on the way home he would have to sit in the back of the car
and if the need arose he would be sent with an empty can to the
nearest garage for petrol.

Thankfully Black jazzed it up and White, to be fair,
got involved in the melee as well.
In this position, Black to play. (BTP).

Black chose the enterprising exchange sac 19....Nc5 20.Bxe8 Nd3+
(note White cannot sac the exchange back. A ruse Black would have seen.)
But 19...c3 gives Black a positive plus with no need to burn a Rook.

However Black was not wrong with the exchange sac. It gives White
a very difficult position to defend (if at all). And an enjoyable
position to play as Black.
And after all, that is why we play chess, to enjoy ourselves.

It all goes to pot when in this position, WTP.
From now on I'm going to use this abbreviation.
WTP=White to play.
BTP=Black to play.
FWMII=Forgot whose move it is.

White opted to rid himself of the big beast on d3 with 25.Nxd3.
25.b3 holds on longer giving White more work to do but it all
looks rather forlorn. After 25.Nxd3 we see a discovered checkmate.
Here is the full game.

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J.McLatchie - J.Dempsey

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 Bg7 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d6 6.h3 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 Re8 8.Bg3 e5 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Bc4 h6 11.Qe2 c6 12.0-0-0 b5 13.Bb3 a5 14.c4 a4 15.Bc2 Ba6 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Bxe4 Qc7 18.Nd4 bxc4 19.Bxc6 Nc5 20.Bxe8 Nd3+ 21.Kb1 Rxe8 22.Qc2 Qd7 23.Ne2 Rb8 24.Nc1 a3 25.Nxd3 cxd3 26.Qc3 Rxb2+ 27.Ka1 e4 28.Be5 Qd5 29.Qxa3 Bxe5 30.Qxa6 Rb3

Then on the same day as John Dempsey emailed me.
Tony Dempsey emailed me!
(are they related? Brothers? Father and son?).
Of course I smelt a scam and refused to send them my bank details.
I know realise it was not a scam, so...
Acc No. 75843562. Sort Code 114056.

(is this the train bit?......Ed)

Yes The Train Bit
First a Tony Dempsey game.
He was impressed by the Knight mate in the recent
Musselburgh ll v Pentland Hills ll match.

And now by using a program called Click Snatch I can make
anything that has appeared in a previous Chandler Cornered
appear in a new Chandler Corner by simply clicking a mouse button.


And here is the game in question (sorry Olav).

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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#

A good game that.

If you now get another computer and go to the original
Musselburgh ll v Lasswade ll piece you will find the above
game has disappeared. It's here.

However if you go back to the Musselburgh ll v Lasswade ll piece
on this computer you will find the original game back there and
the game from this piece will have disappeared.
This is the beauty of the Click Snatch program.

You don't believe me.
OK then, months and months ago I did a piece about a robot
that could spell out Kasparov's name.


And there it is.

Remember my report on the old Wardie Chess Club?




click! click! click!

Aw sobs. I think I've gone and broken the thing.

Anyway. Tony Dempsey sent in his own Knight mate played in 1967.

(hmmmmm 1967. Tony must be John Dempsey's son).

[Click here to replay the game]
A Byrne - T Dempsey

1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.c3 Bg4 6.cxd4 Bxf3 7.gxf3 Nxd4 8.f4 Nf3

A.Byrne - is he related to the Byrne Brothers?
(Has Chandler Cornered turned into Friends & Family Re-united?)

Tony added that the off-beat variation of the Scandinavian
reminded him of the time he played for the Warrington YMCA in the 70's.

The was a team from British Railways
called The British Railways
Staff Association (BRSA) and
everyone of them to a man play 1.e4 d5.

Then suddenly, the opening
was dropped from their collective

So complete and sudden was
the shift that Tony asked the
League Secretary, Roger Dickenson,
himself a long-term member of the BRSA
'Centre-Counter' cell, as to its cause.

'We found a dangerous line that's
not given in any of the books',
he explained solemnly.

'2 e5. After that, we couldn't find a
good plan for Black so we gave it up.'

End of Train Bit.

Whose else emailed me? Alex Goral.
Who I believe is a cousin of the Dempseys.
A.Goral - R.Carter Stewarton C.C. v Prestwick C.C. 2008.
Look at this position. Try to figure out what has happened.

Both sides have castled Queen side. White tried to do something
on the King side with a pawn storm. It got blocked.
Somewhere along the way White lost an exchange.
It has comes from a possible advance French Defence.

Wrong again honey.

It was an exchange French. White sacced the exchange
and Black did infact castle Kingside.
Here is the game. Look out for the dancing White Knights.
The Queen's Knight: b1-e2-f1-e3-g2-f4 and gets taken.
The King's knight: g1-e2-g1-hh3-f4-e2-d4-c6 and wins the game.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Goral - R.Carter

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c3 Bd6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Bg5 c6 7.Ne2 0-0 8.Qc2 g6 9.Nd2 Be6 10.0-0-0 Nbd7 11.h4 Kg7 12.h5 Rh8 13.h6+ Kf8 14.f3 Qc7 15.g4 b6 16.Kb1 a6 17.Nf1 c5 18.Re1 c4 19.Bf5 Re8 20.Ne3 Rg8 21.Bxe6 fxe6 22.Ng2 Kf7 23.Ng1 Ke7 24.Nh3 Kd8 25.Ngf4 Bxf4 26.Nxf4 Qc6 27.Re5 Nxe5 28.dxe5 Kc8 29.Bxf6 Qd7 30.Qf2 Kb7 31.g5 a5 32.Qd4 Ka6 33.Rd1 Rgf8 34.Qxc4+ b5 35.Qd4 Rc8 36.Qd3 Rc7 37.Ne2 Rb7 38.Nd4 Rc8 39.f4 Ka7 40.Qe3 Ka8 41.Qe2 Ka7 42.Qf3 b4 43.cxb4 Rxb4 44.Qa3 Qc7 45.Nc6+! Qxc6 46.Qxa5+ Qa6 47.Qxb4

A nice move that 45.Nc6+!

Right, and I know I'm gong to regret this.
Has anybody else got any pure Knight Checkmates.

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