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Chandler Cornered



Richardson: Edinburgh West 4 - 3 Cathcart

Spens: Glenrothes 4 - 2 Oban

Rosebowl: Civil Service 6 - 0 Hamilton B

Its FA Cup Final day and this lot have the finals of the top
three club tournaments in the country on at the same time. Brilliant!

I said I would cover the event so I took some pics of the
opening moves then shot off to Grangemouth town centre looking
for a pub with a telly.

No pub with a telly, but I did discover that
Grangemouth have a car boot/table sale in their arcade.

Where I bought this...

My grandad often talked about this dog and then reminded us
again and again that Dorothy, his daughter and my auntie,
once led Mick the Miller to the traps in White City.

Then out would come a No.6 greyhound racing jacket and we
were then told about the race yard by yard.

Right onto the chess.

At last Edinburgh West won the Richardson Cup after being
beaten finalists 3 or 4 times. (forgive the hesitant number,
they are not sure how many times they have lost the final either)

I scatted some carbon score sheets around and now have four game for you.

First is the board 2 game between Edinburgh West and Cathcart.
Jonathan Grant v Steve Mannion
This game revolved around a passed white c-pawn on the 7th rank.
When I studied the position around about move 21 I thought at first
White was doing OK but having failed to find any way to make
the c-pawn count I realised it was most likely going to fall and
Jonathan was in for a long ending a pawn down.

Having just looked at the position again whilst entering the moves
I feel there are good drawing chances with 21.Nxa7 Nxa3 22 Rc4.
Jonathan would have seen that of course. Perhaps he saw something
wrong with it (very probable knowing my endgame).

Nothing wrong with Steve's (right) endgame play. A very impressive win.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Grant - S.Mannion

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c5 3.g3 e6 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0-0 Be7 7.Re1 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.e4 Nb4 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nxd4 N8c6 12.Nxc6 Qxd1 13.Rxd1 Bxc6 14.Bf4 g5 15.Bd6 Rd8 16.e5 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Bxd6 18.exd6 f5 19.Rac1 Kd7 20.Nb5 Rc8 21.Rc7+ Rxc7 22.dxc7+ Nd5 23.Nc3 Kc6 24.Nxd5 exd5 25.h4 gxh4 26.gxh4 Rc8 27.Kf3 Rxc7 28.Kf4 Kd6 29.Rd2 Rc4+ 30.Kxf5 Rxh4 31.f4 h5 32.Rf2 Rh1 33.Kg6 h4 34.f5 h3 35.f6 Rg1+ 36.Kh7 Rg2 37.Rf3 [37.Rxg2 hxg2 38.f7 Ke7] 37...h2 38.Rh3 Ke6 39.Rh6 Kf7 40.Rh4 Rxb2

Board one between Edinburgh West and Cathcart was drawn.

Roddy McKay (white) v Craig Pritchett.
I wonder how many times these two have played each other?

Craig told me he is claiming yet another longevity record.
He won his first Richardson Cup in 1965. (and countless times since then).
But winning it again in 2008 is a gap of 43 years - can anyone beat that?

This is a picture of Hugh Flockhart playing for Oban
in the Spens Cup

The next game is M.Tyre - G.Neave and something of a
cultural shock for regular Cornered surfers. A George Neave win!

A c3 Sicilian where White throws up an early e5. Devious George
turns the opening a French set-up with the queen's bishop OUTSIDE
the pawn chain. He then tickles the e-pawn with f6 and starts to
make definite progress.

Meanwhile White introduces complications favoring Black with 19.Nc7.
This ends with Brobdingnagian Black pawns on d5 & e5.

(Brobdingnagian means huge, immense, gigantic.
I also picked up a 10p dictionary at the Grangemouth car boot sale).

White tries to get something going but George's central grip and
the more active pieces are winning.

White goes for a back rank trap that would have had less experienced
players in a cold sweat. George saw it, spotted the flaw and allowed it.

So the Corner has a George Neave win.
Aye! But he had to get two Queens to do it.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Tyre - G.Neave

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Bc4 Nb6 7.Bb3 d5 8.Nc3 Bf5 9.a3 e6 10.Nf3 Be7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Be3 f6 13.Nh4 fxe5 14.Nxf5 Rxf5 15.dxe5 Rxe5 16.Nb5 Nd7 17.Bc2 Nf6 18.Bf4 Rh5 19.Nc7 e5 20.Ne6 Qd7 21.Bg5 Qxe6 22.Bxf6 Rh6 23.Bxe7 Nxe7 24.Bb3 Rd8 25.Rc1 Nc6 26.Rc5 Nd4 27.Ba2 b6 28.Rc3 Kh8 29.Re1 Qf6 30.Qg4 Rg6 31.Qh3 e4 32.Rc8 Nf3+ 33.Kf1 Nxe1 34.Qd7 Rf8 35.Rxf8+ Qxf8 36.Kxe1 Rxg2 37.f3 exf3 38.Kf1 f2 39.Kxg2 f1Q+ 40.Kg3 Q8f4

Next a game from the Spens Cup Final which Glenrothes won.
G.Pyrich v D.Campbell Here they are in action.

If you can call a French Winawer action. The Winawer bishop
swings out to b4 and then back to f8 having provoked 5.a3.

Well I suppose if you have spent 14.95 on an opening book you
might as well read it. And if it says the bishop goes to b4 and
than back f8 you might as well do it.

It's OK I'm only jesting. 5...Bf8 is the best move.

Then it all gets boggy and cloggy with both sides fighting for
position and squares.

Now I wonder if this happened at move 23. Black possibly spent
ages seeing if he could get away with 23...Nxf6.

I let Fritz have a look at it.
(I want to post this C.C. on the day it happened -
so I don't have the time to give it a going over myself)
Fritz can find no quick White kill.

Infact all the sacs on e6 and later on g6 appear to do is open
lines for Black against the White king.

In the end Black decided no to 23...Nxf6 and after spending
15 minutes rejecting 23..Nxf6 spent one minute on 23...0-0-0
and walked into a queenside attack. What do you think - plausible?

Anyway that's what happened - here it is.

Oh. Before the game, a word of praise for 30.Rxb8+! George
had worked it all out perfectly. The ugly win is 30.R1a7

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Pyrich - D.Campbell

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 b6 5.a3 Bf8 6.Nf3 Ne7 7.Bg5 Qd7 8.Bb5 c6 9.Ba4 Ba6 10.b4 Bc4 11.Ne2 h6 12.Bxe7 Bxe7 13.c3 Qb7 14.0-0 Nd7 15.Nd2 b5 16.Bc2 a5 17.Re1 axb4 18.cxb4 Nb6 19.Nf4 Bg5 20.Nh5 g6 21.Nf6+ Bxf6 22.exf6 Nd7 23.Qg4 0-0-0 [23...Nxf6 24.Rxe6+ fxe6 25.Qxe6+ Qe7 26.Bxg6+ Kf8 27.Qxc6 Rxa3!] 24.Qf3 Qc7 25.a4 e5 26.axb5 cxb5 27.Nxc4 dxc4 28.Ra8+ Nb8 29.Rea1 exd4 30.Rxb8+! Qxb8 [30...Kd7 31.Qd5+ Qd6 32.Ra7+ Ke8 33.Qxf7#] 31.Qc6+ 1-0

Now a game from the Jack Campbell Trophy won by the Civil Service.

A.Prince - Robert (Captain Bob) Montgomery
I've put Robert's name in full because Chandler Cornered is littered
with Montgomery losses. A.Montgomery, B. Montgomery, C. Montgomery.
I keep getting his name wrong. Every Montgomery loss that has ever
appeared here is a Robert Montgomery loss - here is another.

A.Prince (White) and Captain Bob Montgomery.

Now Bob's current favourite opening is the Qd6 line of the Scandinavian.
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6. White tries to side step this
variation but our hero tricks him into the mainline. Cunning Captain Bob.

White's 6.Nge2 should have been met with the developing 6...Nc6 7.Bf4 e5
instead of the wretched 6...a6. (I've not checked this but it looks OK).

Black fell seriously behind in development. At move 13 White
had castled with two beautiful bishop strafing the Black camp.
Black still all his remaining bits on their original squares.

White used his advantage well and Black had a very difficult
and almost certainly a lost position by move 23.

Here we are WHite to play his 24th move.

White played 24.g4!?

24.g4 looks good but 24.Bc6! with the nasty hidden threat of Bb8
is the move I knew was there. I was watching this game at this
point and so was Rudolf Austin.
I pulled him away and whispered Bc6 wins. (best line in game notes).

Black wriggled and wriggled but in the end his position was
so bad White could make a few inexact moves and still win.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Prince - R.Montgomery

1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 dxe4 3.Nxe4 Qd4 4.Nc3 Qd6 5.d4 Nf6 6.Nge2 a6 [6...Nc6 7.Nb5 Qd8 8.Bf4 Nd5] 7.Bf4 Qd8 8.g3 Bg4 9.Bg2 c6 10.h3 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 e6 12.0-0 Nd5 13.Nxd5 cxd5 14.c4 Nc6 15.cxd5 Nxd4 16.Qe5 Qf6 17.dxe6 fxe6 18.Bxb7 Qxe5 19.Bxe5 Ra7 20.Be4 Nf5 21.Rac1 Be7 22.Rc8+ Bd8 23.Rd1 Ke7 24.g4 [24.Bc6 a5 25.g4 Nh4 26.Bf4 h6 27.Be3] 24...Nh4 25.Bd4 Rc7 26.Bc5+ Kf6 27.Rxc7 Bxc7 28.Rd7 Bf4 29.Bd4+ e5 30.Bc5 Rc8 31.b4 g6 32.Ra7 a5 33.Be7+ Ke6 34.Bxh4 a4 35.Rxh7 Rc1+ 36.Kg2 Ra1 37.Bxg6 Rc1 38.Bf7+ Kd6 39.g5 e4 40.Bg3 Bxg3 41.Kxg3 Ke5 42.g6 Rg1+ 43.Kh2

So that's that.
We end with a few more pictures from finals day at Grangemouth.

Sam Collins who organised things (on FA Cup Final day).

That's Alan Bell in the track suit top.
I don't know who the other chappie is.

This is the Oban team who lost the Spens Cup Final of 2008.

I wanted to get pictures of the other winning teams
but they grabbed their prizes and legged it.

Finally here is me and mucker Ruxton playing
5 minute chess in his garden.

I found that red spotted hanky on a bus.
Keith said I looked like a dickwit so I threw it away.

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