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Edinburgh Chess Congress 2008

Edinburgh Congress 2008

Colin McNab won it outright with 4 points.
He is holding up a piece of artwork dedicated by Gerrard Oswald.
This may be worth a lot of money in the future.

Do you want to see how hard it is to win 500.
Look at this. Colin admits he was a wee bitty lucky in this game.
At one stage he was a piece and two pawns down.

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A.Grant - C.McNab

1.Nf3 g6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 e5 5.Bg2 Ne7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d3 c6 8.Rb1 d5 9.cxd5 cxd5 10.d4 e4 11.Ne1 Nbc6 12.e3 a5 13.a3 h5 14.b4 Bg4 15.Qb3 axb4 16.axb4 h4 17.gxh4 Nf5 18.Qxd5 Qxh4 19.Bxe4 Rad8 20.Ng2 Qh3 21.Nf4 Qh6 22.Qa2 g5 23.Ng2 Bh3 24.b5 Ne5 25.f3 Ng6 26.Rf2 Rfe8 27.Rb4 Bf8 28.Ra4 Bd6 29.Ne1 Rc8 30.Rc4 Rxc4 31.Qxc4 Qh4 32.Qe2 Nf4 33.exf4 Nxd4 34.Qd1 Bc5 35.Be3 Rd8 36.Bd5 Qh8 37.Qd3 gxf4 38.Bxf4 Nf5 39.Bxf7+ Kh7 40.Qc2 Qg7+ 41.Kh1 Bxf2 42.Qxf2 Qxc3 43.Qe2 Qf6 44.Be6 Ng3+ 45.hxg3 Bxe6 46.Nd3 Qf5 47.Ne5 Bb3 48.Qh2+ Kg8 0-1

The crisis for Black is over. White resigned.
Very nearly a contender for best swindle.

All the other places and prize winners will be mentioned
elsewhere on the Chess Edinburgh site. Here are a few tales.

The Best Game Went to David Eggleston for his win against Keti.

Am excellent deep game and a good win for David against
someone who is playing very well these days.

I only received a few entries for best game, most were
going for the blunder/cheapo prize. (see below).

As usual I don't give the best game because
it's been sent to the three chess columnists:
Rowson - Herald (Saturday)
Bryson - Scotland on Sunday (Sunday)
Henderson - Scotsman (Mon-Fri).

Strange how all three columnists all end in '..son' (a conspiracy?)

This following game is good and I would have considered splitting
the Best Game prize but in the past I have been persuaded not to
do this.

A Dragon where Black delays castling against the standard
Austrian attack until White shifts his Rook off the h-file.
The tempo gained can be critical.
I played this with a fair amount of success in the 80's. I was
given the idea by Vaughen Siguin who scored very well with it.

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I.Marks - A.Burnett

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 a6 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.Bc4 b5 10.Bb3 Bb7 11.0-0-0 Rc8 12.Kb1 Ne5 13.Rhe1 0-0 14.Bh6 Bxh6 15.Qxh6 Rxc3 16.bxc3 Qa5 17.h4 Nc4 18.h5 Qxc3 19.Bxc4 bxc4 20.Re3 Qb4+ 21.Ka1 c3 22.Nb3 Rc8 23.hxg6 fxg6 24.e5 dxe5 25.Rxe5 Kf7 26.Rde1 Rc7 27.Qe3 Qa3 28.Qc1 Qd6 29.Qe3 Qa3 30.Qc1 Qd6 31.Qe3

This was Cathy Rooney's first tournament,
(Cathy is not related to the Manchester United player - Ryan Giggs).
Here she is in her first game playing Dave Watson.

and here is the game.

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D.Watson - C.Rooney

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 Ng4 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Kf6
8.Qxg4 d6 9.Qf3+ Ke7 10.Qf7

And here she is in Bells after the game.
"I was first back in Bells." said a proud Cathy.

In Bells Lonely Cathy wonders how her team captain Robert Burns is
getting on and so she calls him on her mobile...
...Bertie's mobile rings and he losses the game he was playing by default!

He was furious. "I was winning." exclaimed a despairing Burns.

In round two with her mobile left behind in Bells she lost
her Queen in 11 moves.
She finished on 1 for the weekend. Not bad for a first timer.

Losing a Queen in 11 moves is what you may expect from
a beginner in their first tournament. But to see someone lose
their Queen in 7 moves from a player graded 1717 in the Open...?

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A.Bremner - 'Mani'

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 0-0 5.Nge2 Ng4 6.Na4 Bxf2+ 7.Kd2 Ne3

That game actually happened. I have witnesses.
(it may have been an attempt to win the Blunder prize).

A big contender for Cheapo/Blunder prize was Chris Wardle.
He played the trap I mentioned in tale of the 'Blue Capped Pawn.'
and his opponent fell straight into it.
Here is the game in action - nice tie.

and here is the game.

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C.Wardle v E.Venmore-Rowland

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Nd5 Nxe4? 7.Bb5+ Bd7 8.Qe2 Qa5+ 9.c3 [9.b4!] 9...f5 10.b4 Qd8 11.Nxf5 Nc6 12.Nh4 Nxc3 13.Nxc3 Nxb4 14.Ne4 Bxb5 15.Qxb5+ Nc6 16.Qxb7 Rc8 17.Bb2 e5 18.Nf6+ Qxf6 19.Qxc8+ Kf7 20.Qxc6 Qxh4 21.0-0 g5 22.Bc3 1-0

David Eggleston v Alan Tate was a furious time scramble.
White had 4 seconds left and promoted a pawn to a pawn!.
There was no spare Queen available so Eggleston put
the pawn on h8 and said 'Check.'

Controller Alex McFarlane appeared and declared it an illegal move
so he stopped the clocks and gave Alan two extra minutes.

Alan was not too pleased as he stated whilst Alex
was altering the clocks, David Eggleston was 'thinking'.

Hmmmm. He is thinking.

When the clocks were re-started David mated within the
four seconds in two moves avoiding a clever stalemate try by Alan.

The question is had Alex not stopped the game would DAvid Eggleston
have found the mate and avoided the stalemate in the original four seconds?

It all ended in good humour with Alan being quite sporting in the end.

Alan Tate was also involved in a good game from Round 3.

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S.Mellor - A.Tate

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.f3 Be6 9.Qd2 0-0 10.0-0-0 a5 11.Na4 Na6 12.g4 Qe8 13.Nb6 a4 14.Na1 Rb8 15.Kb1 Nc7 16.Qa5 Qc6 17.Qxa4 d5 18.g5 d4 19.gxf6 Bxf6 20.Qxc6 bxc6 21.Nc4 dxe3 22.Nxe3 Nb5 23.Bxb5 Rxb5 24.Nb3 Bg5 25.Ng4 Rfb8 26.a4 Rb4 27.Nxe5 Bxb3 28.cxb3 Rxb3 29.Nd3 Be3 30.Kc2 c5 31.Rb1 Bd4 32.Rhd1 c4 33.Nb4 Bf6 34.Nc6 Rxb2+ 35.Rxb2 Rxb2+ 36.Kc1 Ra2 37.a5 g6 38.Rd5 Ra1+ 39.Kc2 Ra2+ 40.Kd1 c3 41.Rc5 Ra1+ 42.Kc2 Ra2+ 43.Kb3 Rb2+ 44.Ka3 Rxh2 45.e5 Bh4 46.Rxc3 Rh1 47.Kb4 Be1 48.a6 Bxc3+ 49.Kxc3 Ra1 50.a7 h5 51.Kb4 Rxa7 [51...h4 52.Na5] 52.Nxa7

The Black h-pawn runs home.
and also from Round 3. This is original stuff
with White missing some neat and quicker wins.

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H.Brechin - E.Spencer

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Bg5 Qb6 5.a4 Bb7 6.a5 Qd6 7.Nc3 a6 8.e4 e5 9.Bxb5 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Qxd5 11.Bd3 c4 12.Nc3 Bb4 13.Be2 Qe6 14.Bd2 d5 15.0-0 Bd6 16.b3 cxb3 17.cxb3 Nd7 18.Re1 0-0 19.Ra4 f5 20.Rh4 h6 21.Qc1 Rf6 22.Bd1 Rg6 23.g3 Qf6 24.Be3 Rc8 25.Qd2 [25.Nxd5!] 25...e4 26.Nxd5 Qf7 27.Nf4 Bxf4 28.Rxf4 exf3 29.Bxf3 Ne5 30.Bxb7 Qxb7 31.Qd1 Rc3 32.Qd4 Qc7 33.Rxf5 Nd3 34.Qd5+ Kh7 35.Rd1 [35.Rf8!] 35...Rd6 36.Qe4 g6 37.Rh5 Nxf2 38.Rxh6+ Kg7 39.Qe5+ [39.Bd4+ Rf6 40.Qxg6+ Kf8 41.Rh8+ Ke7 42.Bxf6+ Ke6 43.Re8+] 39...Rf6 40.Qe8 Nxd1 41.Qh8+ Kf7 42.Rh7+ Ke6 43.Qe8+ Kd5 44.Rxc7 Nxe3 45.Qd8+ Ke5 46.Re7+ Kf5 47.Qd7+ Kg5 48.h4+

Turned up with an excellent book/DVD stall.

Here is Jonathan Grant asking if there any good books on opening traps.
Actually quite a few strong players turned up just too spectate.
Jonathan, Keith Ruxton, Mark Condie, Mark Orr, Craig Pritchett,
and Steve Mannion (though Steve was there on official duty)

Before the prize giving Steve presented trophies
to the Jonathan Rowson Young Players of the Year.

Connor Woods (girls winner) Steve Mannion & Ali Roy (boys winner).

(You have made a mistake here.....ED)

No. That is definitely Steve Mannion.

(Connor Woods is the boys winner & Ali Roy won the girls...Ed)

The Primary Scottish Championship was also being played
sponsored by The Association of Certified Public Accountants.
More about this another Corner which will go up in a day or two.

The wee Chappie on the right in the Scottish P5 Champion,
on the right the lad came 3rd in p6.

I wanted to show this because these two lads are part of a coaching
class run by Neil Berry, Graeme Kafka, Chris Sykes and Me.
It's good to see our free Sunday afternoons are not being wasted.

J.Scott (1105) S.Clarke (1417)
Before we see the winner of the BLUNDER prize.
We will see this game. Very nearly given Best Game prize.

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J.Scott - S.Clarke

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nf3 Nbd7 4.Nc3 e5 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.e3 0-0 8.Be2 c6 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Qc2 h6 11.Bh4 Re8 12.Rad1 Nh5 13.Bxe7 Rxe7 14.Rd2 Nf8 15.Rfd1 Nf6 16.Ne4 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Bd7 18.Qh4 Ng6 19.Qxe7 Nxe7 20.Rxd7 Qb6 21.Rxe7 Qxb2 22.Kf1 Qxa2 23.Rxb7 Qc2 24.Nxe5 Rf8 25.Rxa7 Qe4 26.Nd7 Re8 27.Nb6 Qe5 28.h3 Qh2 29.Bf3 Qb8 30.Ra8 Qxb6 31.Rxe8+ Kh7 32.Be4+ g6 33.Rd7 Kg7 34.Ree7 Qb2 35.Rxf7+ Kg8 36.Bxg6 Qc1+ 37.Ke2 Qxc4+ 38.Kf3 Qh4 39.Bh7+ Kh8 40.Rd8+ 1-0

A lovely game by a young player who has made a mockery of his 1105 grade.
We should introduce an under 1600 Best Game Prize.

The clocks went forward on the weekend of the Congress and a few players
got caught short on Sunday morning. Short being the correct word.
They ambled into the tournament thinking they had arrived an hour
really. Infact they were 30 minutes down on their clocks.

One of the culprits was Nigel Chapman who was actually having his
breakfast in the canteen at, according to the canteen clock. 9:50.
When infact it was 10:50 in the tournament hall.
Nigel rushed off 50 minutes behind on his clock and drew his game.
I finished his breakfast.

The Blunder Prize
A.Akers - J.Turner
Both players agreed to split the 10. The real villain
of the piece is James Turner (on the left).

In depth analysis would be churlish but two moves I must explain.
42...Qaa3 to protect the Knight on c3 and

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A.Ackers - J.Turner

1.d4 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.Bd3 c5 4.c3 c4 5.Bc2 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Nbd2 b5 8.0-0 Be7 9.Re1 Qc7 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 0-0 12.Bg5 Nd5 13.Bxe7 Ncxe7 14.Ng3 Nf6 15.Re5 Ned5 16.Nh5 Nxh5 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Ng5+ Kg8 19.Qxh5 Nf6 20.Qh4 Rd8 21.Rae1 Rd5 22.R1e3 Bb7 23.Rxd5 Bxd5 24.Re5 a5 25.f3 b4 26.Qe1 bxc3 27.bxc3 Qb6 28.Qd2 Rb8 29.Re2 a4 30.Ne4 Bxe4 31.fxe4 a3 32.Qe3 Qb1+ 33.Re1 Qxa2 34.e5 Nd5 35.Qf2 Rb2 36.Qf1 Nxc3 37.h4 Qb3 38.Kh2 a2 39.Qf3 Rb1 40.Qa8+ Kh7 41.Re3 a1Q 42.Qf3 Qaa3 43.Qxf7 Qaa4 44.Rg3 Rh1+ 45.Kxh1

and seeing no way out of the mate Black resigned.
However...Yes he actually resigned in a won position.
45...Qa1+ 46.Kh2 Qg1+ 47.Kxg1 Ne2+ 48.Kf2 Nxg3
(note the Knight stops the perpetual). Brilliant.

Why will nobody play with me?

More games next Corner.

Ali Roy actually was The Cherie Booth QC Chess Scotland Girl of the Year Award.

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