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The Loch Ness Monster and the Clyde = Biscuits

I can give you an example of ironic.
The Scot, John Logie Baird invented the television, the house where
he was born is still standing and is a listed building.
Listed buildings are not allowed to put up a television ariel .

I can also talk about another Scottish inventor.
Alexander Graham Bell. He invented the telephone.
One of the greatest inventions of all time allowing us
to communicate with each other around the world.

There are of course various forms of communication,
mobiles, email, letters, radio, television,
carrier pigeon, pieces of cardboard, satellite dishes...

"Pieces of cardboard?"

Yeah. Did you not know you can play a game of chess
across a river by putting each player on opposite banks
and have them holding up the moves written down on a
large piece of cardboard.

Happens everyday. Well it happened on the 20th February 2008.

It transpires that a Glasgow College of Art student
wanted to do a project using chess as a medium.
So John Dempsey sat on the north bank of the Clyde.
Chris Perkin sat on the south bank of the Clyde.

Each were armed with a chess set, binoculars, pieces of
cardboard and a felt tipped pen. One would make a move,
write it down on a piece of cardboard, hold it up...

...his opponent would peer through his binoculars,
see what was being played and the game would progress.

Here is the game.
There was one moment of drama.
Black wanted to play 9...Bg4 but wrote down 9...Bg5
which loses a piece. White sportingly 'sent' back a ?

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 d5 5.e5 Bg7 6.Nc3 Nh6 7.Bxh6 Bxh6 8.Nf3 0-0 9.Be2 Bg4 10.0-0 e6 11.Re1 Nc6 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Qb6 14.Ne2 Rac8 15.b3 Nb4 16.Rf1 Nc2 17.Rb1 Rc7 18.Rb2 Rfc8

It looks like there was still a lot of play left in the game.
Well the freezing weather conditions had a say in matters.
I'll let John (in red) tell you what happened.

After I had played 18...Rfc8 the wind, which had been present
throughout, suddenly gusted and picked up the board and
scattered the pieces all over the place.

I had had enough and tried to contact Chris on my mobile,

(wait a had a mobile...yet you used pieces of cardboard)

to suggest that the game be abandoned due to adverse weather conditions!

He did not answer as he was too busy writing the word RESIGN on his board.

The game itself lasted approximately an hour and a half and the
play was definitely influenced by the weather.

Thank you Simon Gowing (Art Student) who has kindly given
me permission to use the above photographs on this site.


Regular Chandler Corner Readers will recall Manuel Carballo
who at last years Edinburgh Congress gave me an empty
packet of biscuits.

"I thought you might like the empty packet
because it has a picture of a chess piece on it."

I would have preferred a full packet." I replied

Time passed.

Then at the recent SNCL Manuel turned up with a full
packet of biscuits and gave them to Nigel Chapman to
pass onto me to. They were delicious. Thank you.

I would have preferred two packets.

And now a Latvian Gambit.
Black, who won last years under 11 British Championship,
stumbles as early as move four with the impatient 4...fxe4?,
the correct move is 4...d6.
Black plodded on but should have resigned after move 9.
This was played in Great Yarmouth last year.

[Click here to replay the game]
Ian McDonald - Jennifer Ehr

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 fxe4?? [4...d6] 5.Bc4 c6 6.Bf7+ Kd8 7.Bxg8 Rxg8 8.Bg5 Qxg5 9.Nf7+ Kc7 10.Nxg5 h6 11.Nxe4 g5 12.0-0 Bg7 13.Qg4 c5 14.Qg3+ Kd8 15.Nbc3 cxd4 16.Nd5 Na6 17.Nxg5

George Neave v Graham Hamilton and the...


I'm changing my email address.
I am attracting every looney that God ever put breathe in too.

Today's guest is Graham Hamilton.

"Hi Geoff, I thought it was about time I introduced
the Loch Ness Monster..."

Apparently after 11...Qc7 the Black position is
meant to resemble the Loch Ness Monster.

There followed an annotated game with notes on this theme;
"...the monster seeks counterplay."
"...White aims to separate the head from the body."
"..White is in the coils of the monster..."

Stark raving mad.

Any fool can see the position after 11...Qc7 is infact
a curled up African Wart Hog smoking a clay pipe.

In the actual game George's sac 13.Ng7+ looks interesting but
surely 13.Nf4 with sac threats on g6 and e6 was better.
I'm not a fan of 20.g4 either. As soon as it was played the f3 square
lite up like a beacon and the Bishop on b7 started buzzing. 20.Bg4 was better.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Neave - G.Hamilton

1.e4 e6 2.d4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.Nbd2 d5 6.e5 Nfd7 7.0-0 c5 8.c3 Nc6 9.Re1 Be7 10.Nf1 h6 11.Ng3 Qc7 12.Nh5 g6 13.Ng7+ Kf8 [13...Kd8 14.Bxg6!] 14.Nxe6+ fxe6 15.Bxg6 Kg7 16.Bh5 Rh7 17.Qd3 Nf8 18.Bf4 Bg5 19.Bxg5 hxg5 20.g4 Qe7 21.Qd2 cxd4 22.cxd4 Ng6 23.Nxg5 Nh4 24.Kh1 Nxd4 25.Nxh7 [25.Qxd4 Qxg5] 25...Ndf3 26.Qd3 d4 27.Re4 Kxh7 28.g5 Nxg5 29.f3 Nxe4 30.fxe4 Qg5 31.Bf3 Qf4 32.Rf1 Nxf3

33.Rxf3 Bxd4 is the end. A fine game by Black.

Now this is a good one.
C.Woods - N.Chapman SNCL, 2008.
5.b4 is the delayed Mieses Gambit, b4 is usually played on move 4.
So why not call it the 'Woods variation?' why not indeed.

early b4's are popping up everywhere.

b4 against the Sicilian.
1.e4 c5 2.a3 and b4.

b4 against the French.
1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4

b4 against the Caro Kann.
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.b4

But before we look at the Woods-Chapman game...

How did it become to be called the Mieses Gambit?
Lasker (the good one) is the first example I can find.
OK It's a terrible game by Black and Lasker's 12.Rxb7 is flashy.
But it does appear to be the first instance.
Here is the game with some cute Knight mate variations.
Observe the instructive 15.Qg4+ in the notes.
15.Qd6+ looks good but White wants d6 free for a Knight.
It happened in America in 1905 during a simultaneous display.

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E.Lasker - A.Berg

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.b4 Qxb4 5.Rb1 Qd4 6.Nf3 Qd8 7.Ba3 g6 8.Bc4 Bg7 9.Ne4 c6 10.Qe2 Kf8 11.Bxf7 Kxf7 12.Rxb7 [12.Nfg5+ Ke8 13.Nd6+ Kf8 14.Qe6 Bxe6 15.Nxe6#] 12...Bxb7 13.Nfg5+ Ke8 14.Nd6+ Qxd6 [14...Kd7 15.Qg4+! Kc7 16.Ne6+] 15.Bxd6

The first instance of the delayed b4 as in Woods-Chapman
I can find is Keres v Friedemann, Tallin, 1935.

Right onto the game with the delayed Lasker/Keres/Mieses/Woods variation.

That is a terrible name.
I wonder what Graham Hamilton would call it?
Let's have a look at the position.

Without a doubt he would name it The Unicorn.
So the Unicorn it is.

Finally we get to see the Woods-Chapman game.
(at last...Ed)
You get the impression that after 5.b4 Qxb4 it is now
White to play and win. Of course it's not quite as simple as
that but it's a very impressive attack that White whips up.

Remember the Loch Ness Monster position appearing after 11...Qc7?
Well this game also features an 11...Qc7.
This is the position from the Woods-Chapman game after 11..Qc7

Can you see it? The Hammer Head Shark. It's very clear.

[Click here to replay the game]
C.Woods - N.Chapman

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.b4 Qxb4 6.a4 Qa5 7.Rb1 c6 8.Bc4 e6 9.0-0 Bd6 10.Qe2 0-0 11.Bb2 Qc7 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nd7 14.Ng5 Bxh2+ 15.Kh1 g6 16.Qh4 h5 17.Nxe6 fxe6 18.Bxe6+ Rf7 19.Qe7 Qf4 20.Qxf7+ Qxf7 21.Bxf7+ Kxf7 22.Kxh2 Nc5 23.Bd4 Nxa4 24.c4 b6 25.Ra1 b5 26.cxb5 cxb5 27.Rfc1

So that's it. Another Chandler Cornered completed.
Thank you again Manuel for the biscuits.

Do any of you get as many interesting emails as I do?

People with mobiles in their pockets playing
chess across a river with cardboard notes.

Players seeing mythical beasts in chess positions.

and "Hi Geoff, did you get the biscuits?"

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