Another well thought out drawing from Gerard Oswald.
He's good. (crap at chess but good at drawing).
Remember last week's position request from Grandmaster Colin McNab.
As usual the Corner came through again (has it ever failed?).
Colin wanted details of this position.
It is of course James Aitken v "Keffler", 1954 Edinburgh.
Results arrived from various places but first was Jon D'Souza-Eva.
This sent a flutter to the old Chandler pocket. I thought I
was going send a Chandler Goody Bundle to some very expensive
Turns out Jon is studying in Oxford and plays in the same team as Heather Lang
who was once on the same bus as Marty Pellow from Wet Wet Wet who had a
hit with the song 'Love Is All Around.'which was first recorded by the Troggs
who came from Andover which is a place I have never been.
So well done Jon (for living in Oxford). And in this weeks bundle.
A funny skeleton thing. (you can mask out of it and scare Heather!).
A guitar book for left-handed people.
New Traps in Chess Opening by Horrowitz (I have two copies).
A CD with a chess pic on the front by Hollow Horse.
(naff, you may like it. If not give it to Heather.)
A 2nd hand pocket set (all the pieces are there)
A Plastic King for your desktop.
A Best of 60's CD.
(This has on it the Troggs 'With A Girl Like You' which Wet Wet Wet has not covered).
Just played 'With a Girl Like You.'
A guy goes to a dance and sees a girl he wants to marry
'Till that time has that we might live as one...'
but he cannot pluck up the courage to ask her to dance so they are never going to meet.
In the end he resigns himself to fact he is nervous, shy and a loser.
He even tries telepathy.
'..to you across the floor my love I'll send."
One the best songs from the 60's.
I just noticed Diamonds by Jet Harris & Tony Meehan is on the same CD.
You won't be getting that. You will get a Rock 'n' Roll Hits Compilation.
Bargain on EBAY
Been hacking around the 2nd shops again. 95p (approx 95 cents)
Original price £19.95. Did someone really pay £19.95 for this?
Five minutes after a bought it. I was crossing the road and this nutter
nearly ran me over. I had to leap to my left at 43.4MPH. (approx 60KPH).
Imagine being killed and the last chess book I bought was BCO ll.
I have today, 6th June, placed it on EBAY for 10p. Post free.
Go on and see what I have written about the book.
(EBAY class chess as a hobby. It's a sport.)
Latest CHESS arrived and it's goodbye to Baron Munchausen. I was not his biggest fan
but I do appreciatte the work that went into doing something like that 100 times.
Also a couple of times I have been inspired by the Baron.
So after 100 articles the Baron goes. Goodbye Baron. Farewell & Good Luck.
C.Pritchett - R.McKay
A few weeks back I covered the Richardson Cup Final. Edinburgh West v Cathcart.
On Board 1 IM Craig Pritchett played IM Roddy McKay. This was a draw.
30 years ago the Richardson Cup final was between Glasgow Polytechnic and Cathcart.
On board 1 Craig played Roddy.Craig mention this at the match and has sent me the game.
[Click here to replay the game]
C.Pritchett - R.McKay
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bd3 h6 9.N5f3 c5 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Ne5 0-0 12.Ngf3 Nbd7 13.0-0 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 b6 15.Rd1 Qc7 16.Bf4 Bb7 17.Bg3 Qc8 18.Re1 Nd7 19.Nf3 Re8 20.Rad1 a6 21.a3 b5 22.b4 Bf8 23.c4 bxc4 24.Bxc4 Nb6 25.Bd3 Qc3 26.Ne5 Rec8 27.Qh5 Rc7 28.Ng4 Rd7 29.Be5 Qxd3 [29...Qc6 30.Nxh6+ gxh6 31.Qg4+ Bg7 32.Qxg7#] 30.Rxd3 Rxd3 31.Bg3 Nc4 32.Nxh6+ gxh6 33.Qg4+ Bg7 34.Qxc4 Rxa3 35.Qg4 Kh7 36.Qh5 f5 37.h3 Bd5 38.Rc1 Rc3 39.Rxc3 Bxc3 40.Qf7+ Kh8 0
I've put in a wee note to help explain why Roddy gave up the Queen
for a Rook and Bishop. I still think the game is still on, though White
has a plus. 31...Nc4 I'm afraid was a blunder.
Poly won 5½-2½ and I wonder if this explains why Roddy got kind of aggressive and
mixed things when he should have been doing a containing role against Craig's
centralised pieces. Perhaps he took a wonder around and saw the match was going badly.
Good play by Craig. I have recently had the opportunity to look at some of Craig's
games from the 70's. He played some sharp blazing stuff during this period.
CORNER CHALLENGE NO.561
Last C.C. this position arose.
You will recall white played h2-h4 and the players thought it mate but
it was not because Black can capture En Passant.
What I want is the same idea. From the opening White/Black to have
as the only way of stopping mate an en passant capture.
Should be in 6 or 7 moves.
Usual bag of goodies (see above) for the best solution.
State if you like 60's or 70's music.
Embarrassing Moment No. 1,116
Look at this position. White to their 21st move.
White can win with 21.f4 White played 21.b3
Now Black can win with 21...f4 Black played 21...h6
Now White can win with 22.f4 White played 22.bxc4
Now Black can win with 22...f4 Black played 22...bxc4
Now White can win with 23.f4 White played 23.Rad1
Now Black can win with 23...f4 Black played 23...Ba4
Now White can win with 24.f4 White played 24.Bb1
Now Black can win with 24...f4 Black played 24...Bb5
Now White can win with 25.f4 White played 25.Rxe5
(saccing the exchange against a piece they could forked with a pawn).
This was a net correspondence game I discovered last week on RED HOT PAWN.
(at least it proves - beyond doubt, there were not using computers).
White lost and goes onto a forum asking the net how they lost and gave the game.
Well on came loads of people suggesting better moves in the opening.
I skipped through the game using their browser and chipped in.
Saying exchange sac was dodgy but Black outplayed them - accept it.
We all missed 9 NINE pawn forks.
Eventually one guy comes on and points out the missed white wins.
The Black f4's were discovered by me (I think I was the first to mention them).
I owned up and said I'm a complete gimp for missing them.
But there is something about this game that seems to encourage Chess Blindness.
Even now, after all the clues. People are still coming on and suggesting
White went wrong in the opening, bad Bishop etc..etc..
Perhaps it's because one just mouse clicks though the game and only sees
the moves in the area (in this case the Queen-side) were the action was.
I'm sure (positive). If anybody over 1200 played through the game on a
normal board then these pawn forks would leap out at you.
Howl's of Despair were heard in the Chandler Household
when an opponent I'm playing on the net failed to fall into a cunning trap.
Me Black to play.
I played 22...e3+!? looking to sac a Knight and Bishop to see home the e-pawn.
if 23.Kxg3 e2 24.Kf2 Bg4! 25.hxg4 Re8
If 26.Ke1 then Nd3 mate. So the pawn must Queen and I win.
The rotter played 23.dxe3 and ruined everything. That's when I let out the howl.
We are still playing and infact many moves away from that position -
I'm determined to get him in a trap him somehow.
Finally. Popped along to Bells for a pint and to beat up all the slobs at
five minute chess. Met pretty Kirsty,
She usually plays a mean fiddle. She tried her hand at the double bass and was told
to play it outside. (I usually get told to play it in another town).