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The Code + Bells Girls + The Grob

Hello again people.
At first I thought I had been spammed by some joker.
Then I looked again. It was a code.

My first code.
Now I'm a chess player and the boys at Bletchley House were
chess players. They broke the Germans Enigma code with
nothing but a pencil and a 12 inch ruler.

So this will be a piece of cake.
Here is a part of what I was sent.
I won't give it all in case it's rude.

My first thought was 'it's a chess game in some kind of gobbly-gook.'
I actually tried to decipher it and my conclusion was the first move
was possibly 1.g4? Now only a complete imbecile would play that so
it cannot be from a game of chess.

So let us analyse this bit by bit.

1. P-KN4

Well '1.' the number one rhymes with Sun.
'P' a pea is a vegetable.
KN must stand for KNight a chess piece (that is why it sent to me)
which sounds like night.
4 is the number four.
So the first line reads...

Four Peas grow on the Sun at Night.
Yes. It's beginning to make sense.

P-Q4 obviously means; The Four Peas are Quiet.

And that's as far as I have got so far, but watch this space.

There are moves afoot to have an all girls Bells team next season.
Bertie Burns is now asking every fairer member of the opposite sex
who happens to stroll into Bells if they play chess.

A couple of hapless girls happen to say yes last Monday and
20 minutes later they were on a bus bound for Badgers Brook. True.
Here are the Bells fourth team new boards 5 & 6.

That is Jodie on the left and Cathy on the right.

I love it when things go wrong. The latest CHESS has this on pages 57-58.

Ooo Goody. I might get one or two of these correct.
I know most of King Bob's famous combinations.
First up is this...

I can't quite recall this one.

Infact there two pages of 23 positions. None of them from Fischer games.

OK never mind these things happen. Let's see the solutions.
And the solutions are all from Fischer's games.
By pure coincidence the solution to the first puzzle (Ushenia-Borsuk)is 25.Bxg7.
The solution to the first non-existent Fischer puzzle is...
Well here is the position from the game in question. Fischer v Purevzhav.

Did you get it? 21.Bxg7!
The same answer to bogus puzzle NO.1
A great combination and you know what is coming next.
I only need half an excuse to show a Fischer game. Here it is.

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R.Fischer - S.Purevzhav

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.Bc4 Nd7 10.0-0-0 Nb6 11.Bb3 Na5 12.Qd3 Bd7 13.h4 Rc8 14.h5 Nbc4 15.hxg6 hxg6 16.Bh6 e6 17.f4 e5 18.Nf5 Bxf5 19.exf5 Nxb2 20.Kxb2 e4 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 [21...exd3 22.f6 Nc4+ 23.Ka1 Qxf6 24.Bxf6] 22.Nxe4

Brilliant Chess.

Here is a recent game from the Edinburgh Chess League.
Not quite in the same class as the previous game but very
interesting and imaginative none the less.

White gladly accepts tripled c-pawns because they are
easy to defend if they are all on the same file.
Black pieces come flying out and White seems all tied up
having to make odd 15.Ra2 type moves to stay alive.

Black misses his chance. 16...e5 creates a myriad of threats
and White would have had to shed material to get castled.

You must take your chances. The game is back in the pot
when suddenly Black sees a winning combination (20...Rxd3) only
to be thwarted by 22.Nf4. Luck or very good play by White. You decide.

That wee piece of tactical play over we are left with a dead
level position when White plays the incredibly stupid looking 26.Bb8!

Then you see what he is up too. It's a splendid move. Brilliant.
The Bishop on b8 nicks the pawn on a7 and slaps the Rook across the face.

White pushes his passed a-pawn up the board.
The Knight hops across to block it and White uses the extra piece
on the Kingside to mathematically overpower Black.

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J.Adamson - E.Gillespie

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bf4 c5 6.e3 Nc6 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 0-0 9.dxc5 Qa5 10.Bd6 Qxc3+ 11.Nd2 Rd8 12.Qc1 Qa5 13.Bd3 dxc4 14.Qxc4 b6 15.Ra2 bxc5 16.Bg3 Bb7 [16...e5!] 17.0-0 Rd7 18.Nb3 Qd8 19.Nxc5 Na5 20.Qb4 Rxd3 21.Nxd3 Qd5 22.Nf4 Qxa2 23.Qxa5 Ne4 24.Qb4 Bd5 25.Nxd5 Qxd5 26.Bb8 g6 27.Bxa7 Kg7 28.Qb2+ e5 29.Bb8 f6 30.f4 exf4 31.Bxf4 Ra7 32.h4 Rb7 33.Qc2 Rd7 34.a4 Nc5 35.a5 Na6 36.Qc3 Rb7 37.Bg5 Rf7 38.Rxf6 Rxf6 39.Qxf6+ Kg8 40.Bh6 Qd1+ 41.Kh2 Qd7 42.Qf8

Next up is a Grob.(1.g4) from Grangemouth 1999.
Black tries to counter the extended fianchetto with his fianchetto
and the position is drifting into White favour when Black takes
his eye off his d-pawn and The Grob strikes.
I suppose every Grob playing dreams of winning the game along
the h1-a8 diagonal. This is it.

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A.Chalmers - J Thomson

1.g4 d5 2.h3 Nc6 3.Bg2 b6 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Nge7 6.cxd5 exd5 7.d4 Bb7 8.e3 g6 9.Nge2 Bg7 10.Nf4 Nb8 11.Bd2 c6 12.Qf3 Ba6 13.Ncxd5 cxd5 14.Nxd5 Nec6 15.Qe4+ Kf8 16.Bb4+ Nxb4 17.Nxb4 Qd6 18.Nxa6 Nxa6 19.Qxa8+ Qb8 20.Qxb8+ Nxb8 21.Rc1

To round up this game section another Grob from 1999.
This is a loss. Watch the trouble the White Queen gets into.

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E.Lelong - B.Molnar

1.g4 e5 2.Bg2 h5 3.gxh5 Nf6 4.Nc3 d5 5.d4 exd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qa4 Bb4 8.Bd2 Bd7 9.0-0-0 Rxh5 10.Bf3 a5 11.Qb5 Ne5 12.Qxb7 Bc6

And finally here is Bertie with his new boards 5 & 6

I'm only printing this to get him into trouble
with his girlfriend who thinks I'm a nutcase.

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