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Chandler Cornered

HBOS Championships 2008 + Geoff and the Red Jacket

The Learmonth Hotel 18th-19th April.

I attended this annual event, now I believe in it's 37th year.
Regular Corner surfers will recall I won this in 2005.

First we see James Turner, yes he who won the blunder prize
for resigning in a won position with two Queens.

K.Main - J.Turner
No messing about from James in this game. Though when he queened
one of the extra pawns I wonder if his mind went back to another game
he recently played when he had two Queens...

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K.Main - J.Turner

1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 h6 3.Bh4 Nd7 4.c4 c6 5.Nc3 dxc4 6.e3 b5 7.a3 Ngf6 8.h3 e6 9.Nge2 Be7 10.Bxf6 Nxf6 11.Ng3 0-0 12.Qf3 Bb7 13.Nge4 Qa5 14.Nd2 Rab8 15.Qd1 Rfd8 16.Be2 c5 17.0-0 cxd4 18.exd4 Rxd4 19.Qe1 Rbd8 20.b4 Qb6 21.Rd1 a5 22.Bf3 axb4 23.Nde4 bxc3 24.Nxf6+ Bxf6 25.Bxb7 Qxb7 26.Qe2 Rd2 27.Rxd2 cxd2 28.Rd1 c3 29.Rb1 c2 30.Rxb5 d1Q+

White resigned - he should have played on.
When 'Turner Two Queens' has two Queens he usually losses.

(enough of these Turner Two Queens jokes....Ed)

I.MacKay - A. Robertson
Between 1974 and 1985 I played the Latvian Gambit at every opportunity
against everyone and anyone. I pulled off every trick and trap that
this extravagant opening conceals. Except One!

I never caught anyone in the 'corkscrew trap'.
The name was coined by Blackburne (1841-1924).
The White player needs to be a chess player for it to work.
A beginner would never fall for it for it because it actually
takes some calculation by White to trip himself up.

I've put in the notes the what White was expecting to happen
when he played 5.Nxe5.
The game ends on an amusing note.
A piece down White refuses to exchange pieces so played 17.Ba4?
Knowing when and when not to exchange pieces is part of the art of the game.
White was checkmated two moves later.

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I.MacKay - A. Robertson

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 fxe4 4.Nxe4 d5 5.Nxe5? Qe7 [5...dxe4 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Nxg6 Nf6 8.Qe5+] 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Nxg6 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Qxg6 9.Qxd5 Nf6 10.Qe5+ Kd8 11.d4 Bd6 12.Bd3 Bxe5 13.Bxg6 Bxd4 14.Bf7 Rf8 15.Bb3 Re8+ 16.Kf1 Be6 17.Ba4? Bc4+ 18.Kg1 Re1

R.Mooncroft - R.Murray
This game has it's instructive moments.
A clumsy 8th move by White left his Bishop with no retreat.
With one man sent off White proceeded to place both Knights
on unprotected squares. Black was alert enough to spot the
Queen fork 14...Qa5 and it was all over.

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R.Mooncroft - R.Murray

1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.d3 0-0 6.0-0 c6 7.Ng5 e6 8.b3 b5 9.Bxb5 cxb5 10.Nxb5 Ne8 11.Rb1 a6 12.Na3 Bb7 13.Bb2 Bxb2 14.Rxb2 Qa5 15.Nc4 Qxg5

R.Murray - R.Grant
This is good. Black's idea of the sacrifice (24...Rxh2+) can be traced
back to 19...Qd8 so the Queen can switch to h8 after the sac on h2.
White should has suspected something was up when Black played
the odd looking 22...Ke7. Good stuff.
But the sacrifice is unsound. 27.Kg1 and the game is still in the pot.
White most likely missed the Knight fork on e3 when he played his 27th move.

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R.Murray - R.Grant

1.c4 e5 2.e4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 Bc5 5.Be3 d6 6.Bxc5 dxc5 7.Bg2 Nb4 8.Bf1 Be6 9.a3 Nc6 10.Nc3 Nd4 11.Bg2 c6 12.Nge2 Bg4 13.0-0 Nf3+ 14.Kh1 Qd7 15.Qc2 h5 16.Ng1 Nd4 17.Qa4 h4 18.Rfe1 a6 19.Rac1 Qd8 20.Nce2 hxg3 21.fxg3 b5 22.Qd1 Ke7 23.cxb5 axb5 24.Rxc5 Rxh2+ 25.Kxh2 Qh8+ 26.Nh3 Bxh3 27.Bxh3? [27.Kg1] 27...Ng4+ 28.Kg1 [28.Kg2 Ne3+] 28...Qxh3 29.Rxe5+ Kd6 0-1

J.Turner - P.Hopkins
Phil Hopkins was the winner of the tournament.
Here is a game by the winner. Some deep thinking went on in this game.
At first glance you would think 20...Nxe4 has a sting in the tail for White (23.Bb6).
But Black has it all worked out with a pin on Queen to King.

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J.Turner - P.Hopkins

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.f4 Qc7 10.Rc1 Nc5 11.Bf3 Bd7 12.a3 e5 13.fxe5 dxe5 14.Nde2 Rd8 15.Qe1 Bc6 16.Ng3 Ne6 17.Qf2 Nd4 18.h3 0-0 19.Nce2 Nxf3+ 20.Qxf3 Nxe4 21.Nxe4 f5 22.Qf2 Bxe4 23.Bb6 Qc8 24.Bxd8 Bc5

A good game by Black. His proceeding play leading up to the
combinations was solid and sound. And this is why he won the
event on 4 out of 5. He made the fewest errors and was
alert when the tactical chances appeared.

Phil Hopkins with the HBOS trophy.

Other winners.
Best Scottish Resident: Nigel Suess
Best English Resident: Gareth Lowbridge
Best Lady Player: Josephine Haselun
Grading Prize (One copy of Master Chess!): Paul Rutkowski.

The competition had over 120 entries from all over Britain.
The field had to be whittled down to 64 due to space.

Geoff and the Red Jacket
So I'm sauntering around the junk shops in Tollcross.
All the assistants know to keep anything to do with Chess
aside for me so I have first pickings.

I enter one of the shops and am met with a shriek of joy.
They are all glad to see me. I make their lives so worthwhile.

"Geoff I have something for you." exclaims the girl.

She disappears and returns with...

...a tattered, torn and threadbare red plastic jacket.

Now I know I don't appear on the list of Britain's 10 Best Dressed Men.
But I'm not exactly a tramp. So I was baffled.

"What do I want with this?" I asked.

"Look." replied the girl, "Look at the label."

We are still haggling. (Watch this space).

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