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Chandler Cornered

A day out in Dundee (Chess World .com)

On Sunday the 4th May I was invited to Dundee to attend a social
gathering of internet players who play each other on CHESS WORLD.

They have these get togethers so they can put faces to names.
A recent event in London attracted players from all over Europe
including one from America.

This Dundee event boasted no Americans but one lad, Peter Kelly....

...came all the way from the Shetland Isles.

Mr & Mrs McGilchrist crossed the country from Ayr to attend.

So there we were at 1pm. drinking pints in a cosy pub called
The Cask Cask, the chess playing home of Dundee Victoria.

(it's simply called The Cask....Ed)

Then the chess events began.
On the agenda was a simultaneous display, a partnership tournament,
a chess quiz,a 5 minute all play all, a buffet (an excellent spread by the way)
and a sing-song.

In the simul I played 5 (won 5-0). Alastair White took on 7 (won 5 lost 2).
We then had some drinks.

In the Partnership Tournament we were put into teams of
three players, each player making a move in turn, no consulting.

This position arose with me (Black) to play. (it's not exact but close enough)
Our opponents were having a good natured argument amongst
themselves because of White's previous move (Kh1).

I took this opportunity to whisper to my opponent...
"Watch this!...If he takes the Queen play Rook e1 check."

I then proudly played 1...Qg4?? 2.Qxg4 CHECK! OOPS. 1-0.
I was sitting in the middle of my unimpressed partners
and received bemused looks in stereo.

This is the winning team being presented with the Trophy.

Then we had more drinks.

The Chess Quiz.
We split into two teams - here are some of the questions.
(answers below)

1. How many moves does it take to complete a Knight's tour?
2. Which Bishop is on ITV several times every week?
3. Which bird has the latin name 'Corvus Frugilegis'?
4. Which Castle is pictured on an RBS 20 note.

(this was a ruse by the quiz master, Alastair White, to find
out who had a 20 note. He had to buy more drinks)

5. What Queens do you associate with name 'John Brown'?
6. Which King won a Scottish sporting title 10 years running?
7. How many squares are there on a hexagonal chess board?
8. Who set a blindfold simultaneous record in Edinburgh?
9. Who played junior chess for Scotland and is now a High
Court Judge? (he was also a member of the Edinburgh C.C.
Richardson Cup winning team in 1959?).

Then we had some more drinks.

I had some good fun in the 5 minute tournament.
Thanks to my years in Sandy Bells I am more experienced at playing
5 minute chess and drinking. This will explain why I won it 11/12

It was good to clash swords with Ian McNab again and see he still is
as tricky as I recall from years ago.

Alastair White playing Ian McNab.

When I played Ian this position arose Ian (Black) played 1...Bxe5

"This is wrong." thinks the Chandler brain.
If I take the Bishop he has a back rank mate. (2.Rxe5 Rxe5 3.Rxe5 Rd1+)
But I can trick him by playing 2.f4 which gives my King a
flight square and I win a piece.

Then a quick look to make sure he cannot pick up my Bishop on a2
with a Rook check. 2.f4 Bf6 3.Rxe7 Bxe7 4.Rxe7 Rd1+ 5.Kf2 Rd2+ 6.Re2
and I'm OK.

I was about to play 2.f4 when I remembered Ian was no fool
so looked again and then saw the cunning McNab trap. 2.f4? Bd4!

I spotted this just in time and never played 2.f4.
I somehow managed to win this game.

One of my other wins in the 5 minute tourney allowed me to
display my creative, egotistical and insecure side.
In this position from the Fried Liver I have the chance of
mating in 3 moves by either 8.Qxd5+ or 9.Bxd5+

This position was discussed in a book I read years ago
on the psychology of a chess player.

Apparently, in this position if you choose to play 8.Qxd5+
you are creative, egotistical and insecure.
If you play 8.Bxd5+ then you are logical, conventional, stable but disenchanted.
(Fritz prefers 8.Bxd5+ before 8.Qxd5+)

Here is the game.

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G.Chandler -

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Kg8 8.Qxd5+ Qxd5 9.Bxd5+ Be6 10.Bxe6

I played 4.Ng5 hoping to meet the 7...Qf6 variation which featured
on this site a few Corners ago in the super game Crawford v Dickson
played at the Edinburgh Congress 2008.
To save you surfing about here it again - well worth playing over.

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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

Lovely move that 18...a5.
I've had a look at this variation and have a trick or two up my sleeve.
I'll save it for another day another time.

Then we had some more drinks.
Sadly the sing-song was cancelled.

A great day out. Thank You.

(my camera packed up half-way through the day, I know loads
of you took some pictures please send a few to me. - cheers).

We close with a lovely instructive miniature from Charousek.
Note the sad effect of 8...h6.
The unique sight of both sides conquering f2 + f7.
White's wonderful 14th which he must have seen moves ago.
The finally mate which Black thought he had covered but
missed the fact it was a double check and mate.

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Charousek - A.N. Other

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Bc5 6.Nxc3 d6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Ng5 h6 9.Nxf7 Rxf7 10.e5 Ng4 11.e6 Qh4 12.exf7+ Kf8 13.Bf4 Nxf2 14.Qe2 Ng4+ 15.Kh1 Bd7 16.Rae1 Nc6 17.Qe8+ Rxe8 18.fxe8Q+ Bxe8 19.Bxd6

Quiz Answers
1. 63
2. Coronation Street's Emily Bishop.
3. A Rook
4. Brodick Castle, Isle of Arran.
5. The Ships, Queen Victoria, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.
6. KINGgussie won the Shinty Premier League 10 years running. (groan).
7. There are no squares on a hexagon board (there are 91 hexagons).
8. George Koltanowski
9. Lord Kirkwood.

er....Chess Nuts.

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