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Jacob Aagaard Kelvingrove Museum Simultaneous

This event was an overwhelming success.
Jacob took on all comers over 12 boards. When one player had finished
another sat down, the fee was 5.00 which went to charity.
The event started at 10.30am and finished at 4.30pm.
Jacob played without a break for 6 hours and raised 600.

Jacob allowed players to choose either White or Black.
Most players chose to be White. (naturally).

Jacob P.101 W.82 L.7 D.12

Here is a list of the six known winners.

Jeff Webb, Fiona Petrie, Ian Brownlie, Colin Paterson, Fraser Taylor, Robbie Coleman.

There was one other winner but he left before he gave his name or collected his prize.
(Who are you? Where are you? Do you have a score of the game?).

Winners were allowed to pick a book from the Quality Chess Books range.

Here is Colin Paterson with his prize.

Colin did decipher his score sheet for me but there are two errors
and not having seen the original game, I could not reconstruct the game.

Quite a few faces appeared from Glasgow and Edinburgh and when
I found out Hugh Brechin was playing, I just had to get a picture of this.

For those who have been on Mars. Hugh beat Jacob in the Edinburgh Congress
a while back with the dreaded London System. Hugh chose white (naturally)
and played the London System. (This is Jacob making his move v Hugh).

Jacob has been ribbed a few times about this on the Scottish Notice board.
(no disgrace losing to Hugh by the way - but to the London System - Aaaargh!).

But if people expected Hugh to 'get the treatment.' they were wrong.

Jacob flew round the boards making moves, in some cases, instantly.
He was very quick. (and I mean very quick). He played against Hugh
no slower than he did the rest of us. (Hugh's game was a draw).

He was there to raise money for charity. Not to set a wins record.

The quicker he played the more bums on seats, the more for charity.

But that is not to say he played sloppy anything goes chess.
The 82 wins speak for themselves. Keith Ruxton and I were
astounded how quick he was playing. It was quite a sight.

Here is Jacob's win v Andrew Green. Andrew took White (naturally).
This is the standard of chess Jacob was playing.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Green - J.Aagaard

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 Be7 8.Qd2 0-0 9.g4 Nc6 10.0-0-0 Qc7 11.h4 Nd7 12.g5 Nde5 13.Qf2 b5 14.Kb1 b4 15.Nce2 Nc4 16.Bc1 a5 17.Nxc6 Qxc6 18.h5 Ba6 19.g6 Bf6 20.Bh3 Na3+ 21.bxa3 Bxe2 22.gxf7+ Kxf7 23.Rd3 Bxd3

22..Kx7! was the most accurate move in that position and now Black plays
his threatened Qc3 with mate coming on a1. A very good game.

And with the queue to play Jacob growing longer and longer, Keith and I
decided we might just pay a 5.00 donation without playing and wander around the museum.
Which, by the way, is one of the best and finest museums I've ever seen and I'm a
museum going guy.

It's where I met the delightful future Mrs. Chandler.
She was in the old relics section. She moved. Gave me the fright of my life.
I thought the exhibits were coming alive.

But the organiser, John Dempsey...

...insisted we play.

So we paid our 5.00 and planned our opening strategy.
1.e4, 1.d4 or 1.Nf3?
We could not make up our minds.
So we let Jacob make up our minds for us and chose to play with Black (naturally).

So I sat down...

...and played a Latvian Gambit. (naturally).

Jacob did not play any of the critical lines v the Latvian (thank God).
Perhaps he never expected me to take off the Queens a passed pawn down.

Of course he underestimated my exchange sac. But he was playing 11 other
people at the same time. So I managed to get my pieces active and took a perpetual.
The game lasted 24 moves. The total time Jacob was at my board was about 90 seconds.

I've added a lovely mate in the notes (after 18...Rd8+) which I never saw at the board,
and it would never have happened (27.Ka3? is silly was to avoid the draw.).

Though if 19.Kc2 I saw the nice 20...Bc4 idea and that's all I saw.
I've added it because it's pretty and instructive (but not forced).

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Aagaard - G.Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6 5.d3 fxe4 6.dxe4 Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Be6 8.f3 Bc5 9.c3 0-0-0+ 10.Kc2 Nf6 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Nd2 Rhg8 14.g4 b5 15.Bd3 Be3 16.Nf1 Bf4 17.Ng3 Rxd3 18.Kxd3 Rd8+ 19.Ke2 [19.Kc2 Rd2+ 20.Kb1 Bc4 21.a4 b4 22.cxb4 Bd3+ 23.Ka2 Bc4+ 24.Ka3 Rd3+ 25.b3 Rxb3+ 26.Ka2 Rxb4+ 27.Ka3? Rb3+ 28.Ka2 Rb8+ 29.Ka3 Bd6#] 19...Rd2+ 20.Ke1 Rxb2 21.Ne2 Be5 22.Rd1 Rxa2 23.Rd2 Ra1+ 24.Rd1 Ra2

That's the second time I've drawn with a GM using the Latvian in a simul. (Shamkovitch in 1984).
Though of course I know this really means nothing as they were both simuls.

Keith Ruxton...

...also got a draw.

Suddenly this tee-shirt turned up with Andrew McQueen inside it.

The position on his chest is a mate in two.

Can you see it? There is a Black pawn on h7.

So that was that. A wonderful day out and the whole event was very successful.
John Dempsey needs congratulating for putting the whole thing together.
The non-chess playing public were in awe of Jacob's speed (as were we).
If any of them thought Chess was a slow old man's game, then they were
pleasantly surprised. Jacob is a wonderful ambassador for Chess.

To round off a perfect day. A pint and look at my game in The Pear Tree.

I took this picture from the balcony.

Those tiles are 12 inches by 12 inches.
So if you look at the perimeter of the playing square (12 by 12 tiles).

The total distance is 48 feet.

My game was 24 moves, Keith's was about 60. So let us say the average
game was 40 moves long. So Jacob walked 48 x 40 ft. (1920) for one game.
He played 101 players, 12 at a time. So 101/12 = 8.41.
So now 8.41 x 1920 = 16147 ft. convert to yards (/3) 5415. then to miles,

So Jacob walked approx 3 miles around and around that 12 x 12 square
playing (approx) 4040 chess moves.

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