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Chandler Cornered

Blackmail + some good games

The above arrived OK.
It was quite funny to receive this in Bells. Why don't some of you
overseas Corner Surfers send me a postcard of your city or a chess theme.
I'll stick it on here. It will drive the Bells barman bonkers.

So what was inside it?
A threat!.

Chandler pay us 50.00 or we will publish this
picture of you when you are seven years old.

I do not want people seeing that so I paid up.

The threat was written on the back of a chess score sheet.

David Pirie - Keith Aitchison. Summer Plate, Edinburgh 2008.

It is quite an entertaining game.
Here are some brief notes before I show the game.

In the opening White wastes a tempo with Ra-b1 then Rb1-c1.
Perhaps he forgot that Rooks can move more that one square at a time.

Black's 10...Rd8 looks good but 10...Nc6 was better.
White can win back the tempo lost with the Rook by 11.Qf3
that Rook on d8 will have to slide back to f8. Then Ne2 & 0-0.

The Grunfeld Bishop is swapped off, White castles,
Black puts his Queen en prise.

The good news for White is that he does not have to take it.
19.dxe5 leads to a wreteched position for White.
18...Nxb3 was a better move. 18...Qe5 was a good joke though.

Then this position appeared. White play.
Black has just played 22...Nxb3.

23.Nxe6+! Well spotted. No automatic re-captures here.
White checked every check and found a cracker.

23...fxe6 24.Rc7+ and mate in a few moves.

Black gave up his Queen to stop the mates. I give a variation in
the game to show another defence that still leads to an overwhelming
position for White.

So it came down to this position with White to play.

A simple enough win and White Switched Off.

We are then entertained by David Pirie's end game technique which
actually defies description. Appalling comes to mind, as does dreadful.

See those six White pawns in the diagram? White losses five of them.

Is this the same player that played 23.Nxe6+! I think not.

David saw a 1300 player, no an 1100 player, a weak 1100 player and
asked him to finish the game for him while he went to the bar to chat up
the barmaid and swig a pint or two of Dexter's Golden Ale.

He returned just before the 1100 player was about to
play White's 50th move and stalemate Black.

Here is the full game - play it out. It's quite
entertaining and there is competition to follow.

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Pirie - Aitchison

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 O-O 8.Rb1 c5 9. Be3 Qc7 10. Rc1 Rd8 11. Ne2 Nc6 12. Qd2 Na5 13. Bb3 b6 14. Bd5 Rb815. Bh6 Ba6 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. O-O e6 18. Bb3 Qe5 19. Qe3 cxd4 20. cxd4 Qd6 21.e5 Qb4 22. Nf4 Nxb3 23. Nxe6+! Kh8 24. Qh6 Qf8 (24... Rg8 25. Rc7 Qb5! 26. Re1 Qe8 27. Ng5 Rg7 28. axb3) 25. Nxf8 Rxf8 26. axb3 Bxf1 27. Rxf1 a5 28. d5 Rfe8 29. Qe3 b5 30. d6 Rbd8 31. f4 Rxd6 32. Qc5 Ra6 33. Qxb5 Ree6 34. f5 Reb6 35.Qe8+ Kg7 36. f6+ Kh6 37. Rf3 Rb7 38. g4 (38. Rg3 Re6 39. Qg8 Rxe5 40. Qg7+ Kh541. Qxh7#) 38... Re6 39. Qa4 Rb4 40. Qa1 Rxg4+ 41. Rg3 Rxg3+ 42. hxg3 Rb6 43.Qd4 Rb4 44. Qd5 a4 45. Qa5 Rxb3 46. Qxa4 Rxg3+ 47. Kh2 Rg5 48. Kh3 Rxe5 49.Qf4+ Rg5 50. Qf3 (50. Kh4=) 50... Rf5 51. Qe3+ Rg5 52. Kh2! Kh5 53. Qh3

Chandler Cornered Competiton No. 671
See who can describe David Pirie's winning technique
the best in five words. (one word for each pawn he lost in the ending.)
Usual bundle of Junk to the winner.

I've been looking around the net for some interesting games.
This one is good. A variation well worth knowing v The Pirc.

Black thinks he can distract White's Kingside ambitions with a pawn storm.
The 2nd player always comes off worse when you try these
tit-for-tat things. They need to be carefully thought out.

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1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be2 Bg7 5.h4 h5 6.Bg5 c6 7.Qd2 Qa5 8.0-0-0 b5 9.e5 b4 10.exf6 bxc3 11.Qxc3 Qxc3 12.fxg7

And this one is a very nice game of chess that deserves to be
more well known. Both sides survive each other's attack.
The smoke clears. White is piece up-Black has the pawns.

Very amusing to see the White King & Knight waiting for the Black
pawns to march down the board towards them. They are helpless.

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1. e4 c5 2. Ng1f3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nf3xd4 Ng8f6 5. Nb1c3 g6 6. Bc1e3 Bf8g7 7. f3 Nb8c6
8. Qd1d2 O-O 9. Bf1c4 Bc8d7 10. O-O-O Nc6e5 11. Bc4b3 Ra8c8 12. h4 h5 13. Be3g5 Rc8c5 14. Kc1b1 Rf8e8 15. Bg5h6 Qd8a5 16. Bh6xg7 Kg8xg7 17. g4 hxg4 18. f4 Ne5c4 19. Bb3xc4 Rc5xc4 20. Nd4b3 Qa5c7 21. Nc3d5 Nf6xe4 22. Qd2g2 Rc4xc2 23. Qg2xe4 Bd7f5 24. Qe4xf5 gxf5 25. Nd5xc7 Rc2xc7 26. Rd1d5 e5 27. Rh1f1 exf4 28. Rd5xf5 f3 29. Rf5g5 Kg7h6 30. Rg5xg4 f2 31. Rg4d4 Re8e1 32. Rd4d1 Re1xd1 33. Rf1xd1 Rc7e7 34. Kb1c2 Re7e1 35. Nb3d2 Kh6h5 36. Nd2f1 Kh5xh4 37. Kc2d2 Re1xd1 38. Kd2xd1 Kh4h3 39. Kd1e2 Kh3g2 40. b4 f5 41. b5 f4 42. Nf1d2 d5 43. a4 d4 44. a5 f3 45. Ke2d3 f1=Q 46. Nd2xf1 Kg2xf1 47. Kd3xd4 Kf1e2 48. Kd4c5 f2 49. b6 a6 50. Kc5d6 f1=Q 51. Kd6c7

The En Passant Competiton

Find the shortest example of en passant being
the only move to prevent checkmate.

Had a few entries for this. The shortest must be 6 moves.
This was the first correct entry from Switzerland.

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Swiss Guy

1.d4 f5 2.d5 Kf7 3.Qd4 Kg6 4.Qxg7+ Kh5 5.h4 f4 6.g4+

The author does not want a jolly Chandler Cornered Pack.

This one was second from Robert Lothian.

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1.d4 e5 2.b4 Ke7 3.Qd3 Ke6 4.Qg6+ Kd5 5.Bf4 exd4 6.e4+ dxe3

So Bob if you send me your address I'll send you something.
(I have some Take That cd's to unload)

That BCO 2 I put on EBAY for 10p postage free - went for 1.70. I will not reveal
who bought it. That would be unfair and quite possibly against some law.

What to put on EBAY next? I know I'll put on that chess cigarette card
I used for a Corner a few weeks back. I'll start it off at 12p.
(more than a BCO 2) postage free.
I'll add the link to the article in question.
Watch that space. This is fun.

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