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Chandler Cornered

Red Hot Pawn and the Cold Green Pawn

This was sent in by one of my American regulars. I am of course
writing to the mayor of Los Angeles to get him to remove it.

I'll tell him about the very rude anagram you can make with the
words 'Chandler Cornered' and one night some drunks may
change it to spell out **** * *** *** *****

I'd like to thank my friend and mentor Mike Chisholm for pointing this
out me. He obviously has a lot of spare time on his hands.
He most likely got it from Alan Tate who is good at these things.

And this... the smallest chess set in the world. (cheers Dave - also USA).

Now a genuine request from GM Colin McNab.
Does anybody recognise this position and the combination?

Black to play. The neat win is:
1...Qxd1+ Nxd1 2.Nf3+ Qxf3 3.Re1+ Bf1 4.Rxf1 mate.

If you find it, or a similiar combination, mirror or flipped.
Then please send it to me, I'll pass it on to Colin.

First one to find it will get a Chandler Cornered goodies bundle.

Fed up with all the abuse one gets from the Yahoo chess site I surfed
about looking another place to have 5 minute games. I fell upon this..

It's good. No hassle joining, it's free which gives you 6 normal games
and allows you on the blitz screen. You can subscribe for extra stuff
and there is no playing engine to download. Well worth a visit.

Red Hot Pawn

It has some wonderful very chatty noticeboards (NB). The one for chess and
the one for problems and puzzles are the two that I frequent the most.
Give it shot. Well recommended. Excellent.

So there is now a new top three for the Best Chess Sites in the World.

1) Edward Winter's site.
2) This one.
3) Red Hot Pawn.

There are players from Scotland on it and regular Chander Corner surfers.
So how come none of you told about this site. Huh?

It's a mini goldmine for any writer/columnist/crackpot looking for games or ideas.

I happened upon this on the Chess Forum.

A guy called 'learnchess' (true) is playing a game and this
position arose. White has just played ph2-h4+.

So 'learnchess' comes on to the NB and says there must be something wrong
with the Red Pawn software because I have checkmated my opponent
but the system does not acknowledge it. (Black can play en passant gxh3).

One helpful soul advises him that there is nothing wrong with the software.
Go to the FAQ section and you will get the answer there.

On comes the bloke who runs the site and states that as the game is still in
progress they have just given outside advice to a player and he may be banned.
(I think it may have been a leg pull)

Bedlam followed.

I now offer this free piece of advice from a pub player.

Never ever use en passant in a pub game against a complete stranger.
You will get a thumping. Also, it's best to wait and see how he castles Queenside.
I've them seen go Ke1-b1 and Ra1-c1. You of course do the same.

To further your enjoyment follow the thread about 'Learning Openings,'

I jumped in and called them all Bozo's.

Well...Hell has no fury like an NB poster being called a Bozo.

I was attacked (slaughtered would be a better word). Outed - 'It's Geoff Chandler.'
"no it ain't"
"yes it is."
Then hinted at being a lying scumbag imposter.

(I received an email saying I was on another site - look for myself)

Yes the idea of saying I have an imposter on another site did
cross my mind but that would have only got me banned.
Anyway. It's over now and no harm done,

Except sometimes when I now offer a game of blitz chess some guy(s)
open my challenge - call me a Bozo and exit.

The games go something like this;

greenpawn34 (that's me) "hi."


nutter(them) "Idiot Bozo" or "Why do you annoy people?" or worse. (family site).


I said in my post that I beat these Bozo's all the time at
5 minute chess. Well I'm certainly clocking up the wins!

This is also from the Red Hot Pawn chess forum.
(I wonder If I'll get a free membership after all this publicity.

It's a fairly easy mate in two that Fritz engines are failing to find.

Must be some software problem because if you put the King on c1
then Fritz sees it right away. (Solution: 1.Re1).

From the puzzle forum I picked up this.
White to play and mate in 5 moves.

White is only allowed to make moves with the King. (else 1.Rd3 mate).
So mate in five moves, moving only the white King.

I also swam around in the players games section looking for..well anything.

I came across this rather amusing episode played by two lads who
need to book up on their mating patterns. Dual missed mates.
Black to play and mate in 3.

29...Ng4+ 30.hxg4 Qh4+ 31.Kg1 Re1 mate.
Black failed to spot it and played 29...Re2?

So now it's White to play and mate in two.

30. Rxh7+ and Qg7 mate. He played 30.Qd8+ Ng8 and was mated a few moves later.

I know people are collecting these unique games and I will get asked for the full game.
So here it is with some light notes showing other tactcial tricks that were missed.

[Click here to replay the game]
creepingdeath - settl

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.a3 Bxc3 5.bxc3 d5 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 c6 10.Rb1 b5 11.Bxd5? [11.Rxb5! cxb5 12.Bxd5] 11...cxd5 12.0-0 e4 13.Qf4 Nc6 14.Rxb5 a6 15.Rc5 Qd7 16.d3! exd3 17.Re1+ Ne7 18.Qe5 [18.Rc7!] 18...f6 19.Qh5+ g6 20.Qf3 0-0 21.Qxd3 Rae8 22.Bh6 Nf5 23.Rxe8 Rxe8 24.Rxd5 Qe7 25.Rd7? [25.Qc4!] 25...Qe1+ 26.Kh2 Nxh6 27.Qxa6 Qxf2 28.Qc4+ Kh8 29.Qc7 Re2? [29...Ng4+ 30.hxg4 Qh4+ 31.Kg1 Re1#] 30.Qd8+? [30.Rxh7+ Kg8 31.Qg7#] 30...Ng8 31.Qa8 Qf4+ 32.Kh1 Re1# 0-1

Here are a couple of short Latvians I played on the blitz screen.

(Geoff do you mean you played two Latvian midgets at 5 minute chess?....Ed)

A wise guy.
Here are two entertaining Latvian Gambits of no more than 16 moves in length
that I played in the Red Hot Pawn blitz room.

No.1 Watch out for the sneaky deep Chandler trap 14..Bd7
leaving the Rook on f8 as mating bait. My cunning knows no bounds.

[Click here to replay the game]
Icarus11 - greenpawn34

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 fxe4 8.Bg5 Bd6 9.Nxe4 Qe7 10.f3 0-0
11.Qe2 Qf7 12.0-0-0 Qxa2 13.Nxf6+ gxf6 14.Bh6 Bd7 15.Bxf8 Bf4+ 16.Rd2 Qa1

No.2 When faced with a discovered check it is often a good idea to
attack the piece that is going to give the check - unless it's a double check.

[Click here to replay the game]
wildbill - greenpawn34

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.exf5 Nf6 6.Ne4 d5 7.Nxf6+ Qxf6 8.Qh5+ g6 9.fxg6 hxg6
10.Qe2 Bg4 11.f3 0-0-0 12.fxg4 Re8 13.Qb5 Nd3+ 14.Kd1 Re1

I've even started my own Latvian Gambit mini tournament.
(My sadness is only exceeded by my glumness)
I've won one game but am looking ropey in the all others,

Then this happened on the same site. Here are the first few moves.
Note the anti-Latvian move 2.Qh5!!

[Click here to replay the game]
???? - Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.Qh5 Nc6 3.Qxf7+ Kxf7 4.Bc4+ d5 5.Bxd5+ Qxd5 6.exd5 Nd4 7.Kd1

I played 5..Qxd5 as the guy was obviously a lunatic and I
wanted to make it interesting. I lost.

We played again. My opponent played silly opening moves
whilst I plodded on in my classical best.

I lost again and again and again and again....and again.
His middle game play was brillomungus.

You only get one chance at saving the games and I deeply regret not
having the foresight to save any of them. But as soon as a game
finished we both quit the screen to play again.

We got to talking. He said he is graded 2500+ USA, knew and played Fischer.
I believe him. I looked at his site (each player is given their own wee
site where you can look at their games). He's good.
I'm not going to give his handle away as he will only get pestered.

It was really a pleasure to get whopped by such class.
We will play again and I'll save them all next time - watch this space.

So ends the advert for Red Hot Pawn.

And finally...
This came from Howard the mad taxi driving chess player of Edinburgh.

Brilliant. All I'm worth is a poxy $200.
Not even enough for a litre of petrol.

That's it.. Oh you want a solution to that King move only mate.
Do it yourself it's easy.

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