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Fritz Predicts Rangers Doom + Hugh Wins Paisley

Fritz the thinking man's best friend, predicted that
Glasgow Rangers would get knocked out of the Cup WInners Cup
by the German team Verder Bremen.

Fritz assessed the German teams chances as 0.62 as opposed to Rangers -0.34.
Some Fritz followers accepted this as gospel and did not even watch the
game on television.

Imagine their surprise when they read over their cornflakes that is
indeed Rangers that are in the hat for the next round whilst
the hot Fritz tip Verder Bremen are out.

"Hey! sometimes Fritz is wrong."

Rangers manager, Walter Smith said he was disappointed with Fritz's
assumption and actually considered not playing the 2nd leg.
"The boys were really gloomy, but I said, Hey sometimes Fritz is wrong."

"They looked at me as if I was daft." said Smith (56).

A spokesman for Fritz said; "We are 30% sad Fritz got it wrong (again),
30% glad Rangers got through and 49% baffled.

Fritz famously got it wrong in 1986 stating Hearts would...continued page 99.

And now this.
Mate all the Kings in one move.

Solution under a brick marked 'solution' laying about somewhere in Holyrood Park.

Seven white pawns on the 4th is hard. I can get six with one black pawn.
Here is a mini masterpiece that is very easy to understand.
Capablanca v Conde, Hastings 1919.

One of these beautiful clear cut games by Capablanca.
He inflicts damage on his opponents pawn structure, swaps
off the pieces and wins the pawn ending.

The critical position is here. Black to play.

Black chose to sac the pawn on c7 to activate his King.
I would most likely have chosen the same because of the line I give in the game.
The last thing you want in a Knight and pawn ending is to give your
opponent a passed Rook's pawn. Knights toil against the a & h-pawns.

The Knights come off. Capa actually allows his opponent a passed
protected pawn, usually good enough to at least draw a pawn ending
because the King cannot stray too far from the passed pawn.

A few moves later Capa has 6 pawns on the 4th.

Playing over the game you understand that Capa had it worked out
the moment the Knights came off and possibly even before that.

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J.Capablanca - A.Conde

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 d6 6.Bxc6+ bxc6 7.d4 exd4 8.Nxd4 Be7 9.Nc3 Bd7 10.Bg5 0-0 11.Qd3 Re8 12.Rfe1 h6 13.Bh4 c5 14.Nf5 Bxf5 15.exf5 Qd7 16.h3 a5 17.Re2 Nh7 18.Bxe7 Rxe7 19.Rxe7 Qxe7 20.Nd5 Qd7 21.Re1 Re8 22.Rxe8+ Qxe8 23.Qe3 Qd7 24.Qe7 Qxe7 25.Nxe7+ Kf8 26.Nd5 Ke8 [26...c6 27.Nb6 Ke7 28.Nc4 a4 29.a3] 27.Nxc7+ Kd7 28.Nd5 Kc6 29.c4 Nf6 30.Nxf6 gxf6 31.a4 d5 32.b3 d4 33.f4 Kd6 34.g4 Ke7 35.Kf2 Kd6 36.Kf3 Ke7 37.Ke4 Kd6 38.h4 Kd7 39.b4 axb4 40.a5 Kc7 41.g5 fxg5 42.fxg5 hxg5 43.hxg5 b3 44.Kd3 Kd7 45.g6 fxg6 46.fxg6

Lovely Jubbly.

A big congratulations to Hugh Brechin for winning the Paisley Open.

Sound like it was quite an affair with reports of serious fisty cuffs
in the car park after the event. Various stories are circulating and it would
be amiss of me to name names but I can reveal it involved a crowd of
players from the minor tournament and a mobile phone.

Paisley 2008 Final Table

Another 63 players participated.

Here is Hugh's 1st round win v G.Kafka.

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H.Brechin - G.Kafka

1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Qd5 h6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Nb5 Qd8 7.Bd2 Nge7 8.Qd6 cxd6? 9.Nxd6

And Hugh's Rd.2 win v D.Grassie

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D.Grassie - H.Brechin

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.b3 Bg7 6.Bb2? Nxd4 7.Bxd4 Qa5+ 8.Nc3 Qxc3+
9.Bxc3 Bxc3+ 10.Qd2 Bxd2+

Hugh said he is going to spend the 1,000 first prize buying some more
track for his legendary Scaletrix set which now spreads through two rooms.
I hope you have enough Vroooom Hugh. Well done.

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