Hello Again Wood Choppers
First a correction from a previous C.C.
When I posted the above picture I failed to mention that Ali Roy won;
'The Cherie Booth QC Chess Scotland Girl of the Year Award.'
The 'Jonathan Rowson Chess Scotland Award is for the best young
male player of the year who in this case was Connor Woods (left).
Steve Mannion did infact say the Cherie Booth award but
I was not paying attention. I was thinking about chess books!
Not chess books chess books but books that have chess in their title.
I read a few pages of this. It has nothing to with Chess.
This unfortunately does. Here is how the Chess expert is described.
'His hair had grayed just a little and he wore a jacket with
pens weighting down the top pocket. He had intellectual glasses,
the round frames that multiply intensity in the eyes.'
(so he is a Geek)
Then we are informed that the Geek worked with Fischer but...
"Bobby went nuts." says our hero.
We are then told the Geek was once a second to Kichnov and had this tale to tell.
'..he was playing some Russian grandmaster. The Russian
kept asking for refreshments and Kichnov insisted the opponent's
seconds were sending in special flavours of yoghurt telling
their man what move to make next.'
This is followed by a story that has Kichnov standing on
chair thinking he is an orange and threatening to squirt everyone.
Nice to see today's authors opinions of chess players has remained unchanged.
After a few more chapters of this trash I slung it in the garbage.
Now this was interesting.
Apparently Graeme Kafka once castled and someone has
written a book about it. Brilliant and factually correct.
I've seen Graeme castle. Here is the game.
G.Kafka - R.Wiltshire Marymass 2000?
So to complete the gag I looked for a Kafka loss and stumbled upon this.
A pleasant instructive game. Kafka's grade then was 1820, Wiltshire's 2050.
White is holding his own and it looks very drawish.
Black is sitting there awake and attentive waiting for his less
experienced opponent to make a mistake. It comes. 20.Re2?
Black's patience is rewarded and jumps on the inaccuracy. 0-1
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Kafka - R.Wiltshire
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.d4 e5 4.dxe5 Qxe5+ 5.Qe2 Qxe2+ 6.Bxe2 Nc6 7.c3 Bd6 8.Nf3 Nf6 9.0-0 h6 10.Nbd2 Be6 11.Nc4 Be7 12.Nce5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 0-0 14.Bc4 Bxc4 15.Nxc4 Rfd8 16.Bf4 Nd5 17.Bg3 c6 18.Rfe1 Bf8 19.Rad1 Rac8 20.Re2? Nxc3! 21.Rxd8 Nxe2+
Remember the five P's.
Play peaceful placid positions with prudence.
On a previous C.C. I mentioned the three chess columnists.
Rowson - Herald (Saturday)
Bryson - Scotland on Sunday (Sunday)
Henderson - Scotsman (Mon-Fri).
But failed to mention Craig Pritchett's column in the quarterly
East Lothian Life.
Does anybody know of any other chess columns in Scottish newspapers or magazines?
Talking of newspaper columns.
The Curse of the Corner No.218
This position appeared in the Scotsman on the 8th of April.
It's the final position of A.Akers - J.Turner from the recent Edinburgh Congress.
See the full game in 2008 Edinburgh Congress report.
Black resigned in a won position.
Now onto the game of the week.
J.Crawford - C.Dickson Edinburgh Congress 2008.
The first question I must ask was why was this game
not put forward for a swindle or best game prize?
It has everything that meets my 'cheapo' criteria.
Black plays a dodgy opening which many reading this will
be surprised does not win outright. The Fried Liver.
6.d4 is most likely the best move but everyone thinks 6.Nxf7 wins.
6.Nxf7 is not an automatic win, it's a tough defensive task but White
has to be prepared to invest more booty to nail the King.
After 7.Qf3 Black played 7...Qf6?!
Interesting - totally unsound but interesting.
White won back his piece, relaxed and tried to take on the whole black army
with just his Queen. Black turned a loss into a tricky position and then this position arose.
Black to play - what would you do?
Black played the ultra cunning 18...??!! (you find it)
Who says traps are cheap and nasty. This is chess imagination
going into overdrive. Black has this final position in mind.
Here it is again - set the trap. Black to play his 18th move.
If you cannot see it then play out the game. It's a cracker
and I now expect everyone to fall in the Fried Liver to get
a shot at playing the Black position.
[Click here to replay the game]
J.Crawford - C.Dickson
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Qf6 8.Bxd5+ Be6 9.Bxe6+ Kxe6 10.Qb3+ Kd7 11.Qh3+ Ke8 12.b3 Nd4 13.Qd3 Rd8 14.Qc4 c6 15.0-0 b5 16.Qd3 Bc5 17.Qe4 Rf8 18.c3 a5!! 19.cxd4 Bxd4 20.Nc3 Bxc3 21.dxc3 Qxf2+ 22.Rxf2 Rd1+ 23.Rf1 Rdxf1
On his 18th. move black plays anything that leave the Knight hanging
and does not destroy the coming combination. A sparkling game of chess.
Why was it not handed in for a prize?