I went to North Berwick for the day.
Here is a picture of some North Berwick washing.
Did you know that North Berwick was at one time simply called Berwick.
It remained that way until one day someone discovered that there was
another town called Berwick just down coast.
So they called the original Berwick, North Berwick.
Just down the coast from Berwick is another Berwick
and they call that South Berwick.
I wonder if there is a Berwick 20 miles inland from
Berwick called West Berwick?
Here is me studying the sea.
I composed a poem there and then.
The sea covers the world.
To catch it's fish you need a net.
The sea covers the world.
The sea is very wet.
That island in the background is Puffin Island where
they discovered the famous Puffing Chess pieces.
and here, in the distance...
..is Bass Rock where they discovered the famous Bass Rock
chess playing pieces. Infact chess pieces have been discovered
on all the Scottish Islands since the word 'SCAM.' was invented.
But enough of that crap.
North Berwick is full of 2nd.hand shops. I picked up
a few things. 'A few things!' I bought that much I made up
a parcel and posted it to Edinburgh so I would not spend all
day lugging this newly acquired junk around.
50p. 115 classic games of chess for 50p.
I also discovered a cafe that displayed a chess logo.
And chess logo on a bowling ball box.
Finally another view of North Berwick.
A good day out. Take a flask of tea, sandwiches and snacks.
The prices are a bit heavy. A cup of tea and a slice of cake = £3.20.
The Chess Bits
I have been informed that Glasgow intends to put on a couple of
high-class chess events in the near future at a top class location.
I have been sworn to secrecy and will not reveal anymore.
But I can add, to whet your appetite, that a small band of Glaswegians
have decided that Chess and Glasgow (and Scotland) are about
to meet in a big way. Exciting times ahead.
Watch this space.
Here is a picture of me with the McGonagle 5 minute Trophy
I won in Dundee recently P.12 W.11. D.1 L.0
I play a lot of 5 minute chess on the net.
I usually take Black and try out different openings.
This saves me buying an opening book.
I let other players show me the weak and strong points of an opening.
If some opening is giving you trouble then play it at 5 minute games.
You soon get some ideas to put into your 'real' games.
Here is a game I played recently at 5 minutes chess.
My opponent played well and his Queen winning trick caught me right off guard.
I dug in and my opponent displayed a shocking lack of technique.
In this position (white to play). The win is simple.
50.Qa7 any 51.Kb6 any 52.Qxb7 Rxb7+ 53.Kxb7 the pawn queens.
Instead he allowed a fortress and fell for a wee trick. He was furious I drew.
[Click here to replay the game]
Some Net Chap - G.Chandler
1.e4 g6 2.c3 Bg7 3.d4 d6 4.Bf4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Qe2 e5 7.dxe5 Nxe5 8.Bxd7+ Qxd7 9.Nd2 Ne7 10.Ngf3 N7c6 11.Rd1 0-0 12.0-0 Rfe8 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Bxe5 Bxe5 15.Nc4 Qb5 16.Rfe1 Rad8 17.Rd5 Qd7 18.Red1 Qe6 19.Nxe5 c6 20.Nxf7 Kxf7 21.Qf3+ Kg7 22.R5d4 Rf8 23.Qe3 Qe5 24.g3 Rf6 25.f4 Qc5 26.b4 Qb6 27.a4 a6 28.a5 Qa7 29.e5 dxe5 30.Rd7+ Rf7 31.Rxf7+ Kxf7 32.Qxa7 Rxd1+ 33.Kg2 Rd7 34.fxe5 Ke6 35.Qe3 Rd5 36.Qh6 Rd7 37.Kf3 Kxe5 38.Qf4+ Ke6 39.Ke4 Re7 40.Qg4+ Kf7+ 41.Kd4 Kg7 42.Kc5 Rf7 43.Kb6 h6 44.Qd4+ Kh7 45.h4 Rg7 46.c4 Rf7 47.b5 axb5 48.cxb5 cxb5 49.Kxb5 Rg7 50.a6 bxa6+ 51.Kxa6 Rf7 52.Kb6 Rf5 53.Qd7+ Kg8 54.g4 Rf6+ 55.Kc5 Rf7 56.Qe6 Kg7 57.Kd5 Rf6 58.Qe5 Kf7 59.g5 Rf5 60.Qxf5+ gxf5 61.Ke5 hxg5 62.hxg5 f4 63.Kxf4 Kg6 64.Kg4 Kg7 65.Kh5 Kh7 66.Kg4 Kg6 67.Kf4 Kg7 68.Kf5 Kf7 69.g6+ Kg7 70.Kg5 Kg8 71.Kh6 Kh8 72.Kg5 Kg7 73.Kf5 Kg8 74.Kf6 Kf8 75.g7+ Kg8 76.Kg6 Line
My mind went back to a similar position from League game v A. Mitchell,
played about 8 years ago, when I was tricked quite brilliantly and it was
my turn to display a shocking lack of technique. (drawing technique).
My opponent has just played 52.Kg5 and like I shot I played 52...Rf5+
Only to realise after 53.Qxf5 gxf5 54.Kxh5! I had been duped.
I lost my Queen in the previous game. In this one I sacrificed it.
(ha ha) There must be a word other than 'unsound' to describe such a sacrifice.
I sacced to make it interesting and wake me up. I play better when material down.
Bells v Edin West 2000
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Mitchell - G.Chandler
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bf4 c6 8.Qd2 Qa5 9.Nf3 Kh7 10.0-0 Bg4 11.a3 Bxf3 12.b4 Bxe2 13.bxa5 Bxf1 14.Rxf1 Nh5 15.Be3 Nd7 16.f4 Rad8 17.Rb1 b6 18.d5 c5 19.Nb5 Nhf6 20.Qc2 Ng4 21.Bd2 a6 22.h3 axb5 23.hxg4 Bd4+ 24.Kh1 bxa5 25.cxb5 Nf6 26.Bxa5 Ra8 27.Bc3 Rxa3 28.Bxd4 cxd4 29.b6 Rc3 30.Qd2 Nxg4 31.Qxd4 Rc5 32.b7 Rb8 33.g3 Nf6 34.Qa4 Rc7 35.e5 Nd7 36.Qa7 dxe5 37.fxe5 e6 38.dxe6 fxe6 39.Qa6 Nxe5 40.Qxe6 Nf7 41.Qa6 Nd8 42.Qd6 Rbxb7 43.Rxb7 Rxb7 44.Qxd8 h5 45.Kh2 Rf7 46.Kh3 Rf5 47.Kh4 Kg7 48.Qe7+ Kg8 49.Qe6+ Kg7 50.Qe8 Rf7 51.Qe5+ Kh7 52.Kg5 Rf5+ 53.Qxf5 gxf5 54.Kxh5 Kg7 55.Kg5 Kf7 56.Kxf5 Kg7 57.Kg5 Kf7 58.Kh6 Kf8 59.g4 Kg8 60.g5 Kh8 61.g6
And to cap it all. I was given a big rollicking in the car going home.
(we lost 3½-2½) because I was playing on in severe time trouble an
allegro finish. I could have stopped the clocks and claimed a draw
before I made my wonderful 52nd. move. Huh!
Ages ago I did a skit on Noddy getting his car trashed by
Big Ears because Noddy laughed at how naff Big Ears was at chess.
Alan Henderson sent me a picture of the cover of his Noddy book
and said when he saw it Chandler Cornered and the above
mentioned sketch came to mind.
"Looks like Noddy has been slagging off someone else." said Alan.
I feel I would be failing in my duty as a sensitive citizen if
I did not point out that Noddy does not often go around insulting
people's chess playing ability. He is really quite a polite young man.
Now this bloke has not just blundered...
...I've just given him the answer to a chess question.
Q. What chess playing piece moves one square at a time but on it's
first move can move two squares?
A. A Pawn.
No! a pawn is not a piece - it's the King (think about it).