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Korch Korner & Scottish Champs Rds 1 + 2

HA! So this Hibee was on his lunch break and these two appeared
outside Tynecastle. I posed and have jinxed Hearts for the whole season.

Explanation for Oversees surfers. Edinburgh has two Football teams,
Hibernian (Hibs) and Heart of Midlothian (Hearts). I supports Hibs because
their name begins with an 'H' (which is my favourite letter).

Jacob Aagaard is the World Chess Champion
Let us start this weeks Corner with a true story
relating to Jacob's recent simul in The Kelvingrove Museum.

On the day of the event Ian Marks had workmen
around his house so could not attend.

Here is Ian to tell the rest of the story.

'Having noticed some chess books on a shelf, one of the workmen
asked if I played chess. When I admitted that I did, his face lit up
and he said;

"Haw, I see the world champion's playing twelve people at the
same time today. That's pure amazing, it really is!'

Jacob Aagaard is the World Champion - he kept that quiet.
(anybody got Vishy's email?)

Whilst in Glasgow at the same event I saw this shop.

Cabbage & Kings is the name of a famous chess book


There is player who haunts the Red Hot Pawn site.
He is called 'Korch' and is quite a good player who often posts his blitz wins.
To be honest, he's been asked to post his entertaining blitz wins.
Here is one from a 3 minute game.

White has the wrong head on. His plan to hold the centre with c3 and
Bd3 does not test the Black defence nor create it any problems.
The miserable 6.Bc2 displays the White player in a bad light. (6.Bb5 or 6.Bc4)

After that Korch takes over.
White opens up the door to his castled King with g3.
The Black Queen and Bishop have a party on the weakened white squares.

[Click here to replay the game]
NemanjaCar (2247) - Korch (2351)

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Bd3 e5 4.c3 d5 5.exd5 e4 6.Bc2 Qxd5 7.Ne2 Bg4 8.0-0 Qh5 9.Re1 Bd6 10.g3 Bf3 11.Nf4 Bxf4 12.Bxe4 Nxe4 13.Rxe4+ Kd8 14.Qf1 Bxe4 15.Bxf4 Qf3 0-1

The grades are web-site grades (not real FIDE recognised grades).

And this position is from 'Bullet Chess' (one minute a game).
White (Korch) to play and win.

Korch v Palinos (2219) White played the alert 21.Qxh6 and if 21...gxh6 22.Nxh6 mate.
Pretty clever. The game went 21.Qxh6 Rxf7 22.Qh7+ Kf8 23.Qh8 mate

Korch is from Latvia and is a coal miner. I figured this out because he never plays
after midnight (Lativan time) and that is the time the coal mine shifts start.

I can just imagine him tapping away at the coal face hundreds of metres under the ground
and studying chess positions by the light of that wee gadget thing miners have on their hats.

If any of you burn Latvian coal, let me know. I'll ask Korch to start carving
chess moves on the lumps he actually mines. You will know it came from him.

End of Korch's Korner.

Korch is the exception on Red Hot Pawn,
The rest of them are absolute bonkers.
Their latest fad is to invent crazy openings and then
try them out against unsuspecting players in the Blitz Room.

As I type, the current fashionable system is called the Transvestite.

White or Black's first moves must be to swap the King and Queen.
eg. 1.e3 2.Ke2 3.Qe1 4.Kd1.5.Qe1
The King becomes a Queen (Transvestite - gedditt?).

Here is a game.

[Click here to replay the game]
victim - hunterknox

1.e4 e6 2.f4 Ke7 3.Nf3 Qe8 4.b3 Kd8 5.d4 g6 6.Kf2 Bg7 7.Bc4 a6 8.Be3 b5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.d5 exd5 11.c3 dxe4 12.Bd4 Bxd4+ 13.Nxd4 exd3 14.Re1 Ne7 15.Qxd3 Nbc6 16.Nxc6+ Bxc6 17.Nd2 Kc8 18.c4 b4 19.c5 Qf8 20.Nc4 Nd5 21.a3 Qxc5+ 22.Kf1 Nxf4 23.Qg3 Bxg2+ 24.Qxg2 Nxg2 25.Kxg2 Qc6+ 26.Kg1 Kb7 27.Rac1 Rae8 28.Red1 Qe6 29.Na5+ Kb8 30.Rc4 Qe3+ 31.Kg2 Qe2+

I've no idea what the 'normal' players think when one of these nutcases
start playing these openings. At least nobody can accuse them of being book players.
(Yes of course I've tried it but only have 1 win on time from 5)

And then this OTB game arrived. This Opening is apparently called The Hammerschlag.

Anastasia Kazakevich 2125 - Mike Zeggelaar 1679, Lloydminster 2008.
Black is actually doing OK then he sacs a piece for....?

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A.Kazakevich - M.Zeggelaar

1.f3 d5 2.Kf2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.d3 e5 5.c3 Nf6 6.Ne2 Be7 7.h3 0-0 8.Nd2 b5 9.b3 a5 10.a3 Qc7 11.g3 Bf5 12.e4 dxe4 13.dxe4 Be6 14.g4 Rad8 15.Ng3 Qb6 16.Kg2 g6 17.h4 c4 18.bxc4 Nxe4 19.fxe4 f5 20.gxf5 gxf5 21.exf5 bxc4 22.Bxc4 Bxc4 23.Qg4+ Kh8 24.Nxc4 Qc5 25.Bg5 Rd3 26.Rhd1 Rxc3 27.Rac1 Rxc1 28.Rxc1 Rd8 29.Qe4 Bxg5 30.hxg5 Rd4 31.Qf3 Rxc4 32.Rxc4 Qxc4 33.f6 Kg8 34.Qh5 Nd4 35.Qe8

An odd but good game by White but young inexperienced players look at this site.
Next week all over the country school chess coaches will be scratching their heads.
"Why have you started playing 1.f3?"

Who Knows? 1.f3 may be the very future of chess (you saw it here first).

115th Scottish Chess Championships International Open

Saturday 5th - Sunday 13th July, 2008
Glasgow Academy
Colebrooke Street

This year the top 12-15 boards are online.
If you visit the Chess Scotland site it will direct you from there
to the English Chess Fed site where the games are on display.

It's good to see the two organisations have got together on this.
The games screen has these two logo's on display.

I'd love to see the Scottish logo re-designed with a bit more ooomph!
After all we now all know the Lewis Carvings are NOT chess pieces...

(...enough of the Lewis Men....Ed)


All the games from each round are available for download in PGN.
Which is NOT a good thing.

They have ruined the fun I use to have with a quest called 'chasing the game.'

I would go to the Congress. Someone would whisper that so and so had played a
good game and I would enjoy myself tracking it down. Sometimes even turning up on their doorstep!

Now I do not even have the excuse for taking a day off work.
And what's the point of doing this?
A.Tate 2137 - R. Schmerwitz 1966. Rd1. 115th Scottish International, 2008
White to play and win a piece.

When if you are reading this then you must have a PC and
can download the game and see for yourself what happened?
(17.e5 theme: The unprotected piece on e7).

I also note that the Hawick games are ready for download from the SC site.
So when I give the following game (McGregor-Berry) the chances are
you may have seen it.

I went to great lengths to get the score of this game in time for this C.C.
I had to track down Lyndsay, (table 6 at Diana's Pool Hall in Haymarket).
Then bribe him to part with the game.
I could have stayed drinking in Bells playing 5 minute chess
against Nigel Chapman. huh!

L.McGregor (1856) - N.Berry (2267),Hawick Open (2), 28.06.2008
Lyndsay McGregor is a chess captain's nightmare. You just do not know
what you going get. Sometimes games like this, other times.....blergh!

Lyndsay played well in this game. No silly moves, no premature attacks.
His one time team mate Eddie Perry plays the Phildor and Lyndsay seems
to have picked up something in the after match analysis sessions Bells do.

Having said that it was one blunder by Neil that decided the game.
This is the moment. Black has just played 23...Qe7?

It's not all that obvious that it loses a piece and Lyndsay must be
congratulated on spotting it and having the nerve to go for it.

I've often seen the weaker player in these positions spot the shot
but cannot bring themselves to play the move because they cannot
believe it and fear a refutation.

After 24.Rxf6 Rxf6 25.Rxf6 Qxf6 26.Qxe8+ Neil is a piece down.
He fights on. And why not?
This is always a severe test for the weaker player, they have
to hold their nerve.

Unfortunately, after the accident Neil has not got much left to work with
to create swindling chances and Lyndsay has some experience at beating good players.
(he is also very experienced at losing to 1400 players as well).

Neil tries wriggling and setting his opponents problems as all
strong players do in these situations. But the day was McGregor's.

The last wee ray of hope was after 41...Qe3+

Maybe...just maybe...White will play 42.Nf2 Qe1 mate. (I've seen it happen).

[Click here to replay the game]
L.McGregor - N.Berry

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Ng5 c6 8.a4 h6 9.Nf3 b6 10.Be3 Ng4 11.Qe2 Nxe3 12.fxe3 a6 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.Qf2 b5 15.Bb3 Nf6 16.Nd2 Be6 17.Bxe6 fxe6 18.Qg3 Rae8 19.Qg6 d5 20.Rf3 Bd8 21.Rdf1 exd4 22.exd4 Qd7 23.Ne2 Qe7 24.Rxf6 Rxf6 25.Rxf6 Qxf6 26.Qxe8+ Kh7 27.Qxc6 Qg5 28.Qc3 Bb6 29.Nf3 Qg4 30.exd5 exd5 31.Qd3+ Kh8 32.axb5 a5 33.Nc3 Qe6 34.Na4 Bd8 35.Nc5 Qf6 36.Qe3 Bc7 37.Ne5 Qf5 38.Ncd3 Bb6 39.c3 Kh7 40.Qf3 Qg5 41.Qxd5 Qe3+ 42.Kh1 Qd2 43.Qe4+ Kg8 44.h3 Bc7 45.c4

One good thing about the games being on line is I can
get them very quick. This was played in Rd.2 about 1 hour ago.

M.McBeth 1792 - M.Brunello 2071 Rd.2, 115th Scottish International Glasgow (2)
And quite a game. White went for it alright and I'm sure the attack is good.
However Black put up a tenacious and aggresive defence. Good chess this.
White missed a shot here. In this position White played 33.Qg2.
There is better (can you see it?)

Yes. 33.Re3 with tricks based on the weak back rank.
An enjoyable game to play over. I Wonder if White missed another trick.
The bad thing about these instant PGN's. No time to give it the full treatment.

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McBeth - Brunello

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 e6 7.Be2 Be7 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Be3 Qc7 10.Qe1 b5 11.Nxc6 Qxc6 12.e5 dxe5 13.fxe5 Nd5 14.Nxd5 exd5 15.Qf2 Be6 16.Bd3 0-0 17.Rae1 Rad8 18.Bd4 Rc8 19.Kh1 Qd7 20.Qe2 Bg4 21.Qe3 Be6 22.Rf6 Rfe8 23.Qg3 Bxf6 24.exf6 g6 25.Qf4 Bh3 26.Rf1 Qg4 27.gxh3 Qxh3 28.Rf3 Re1+ 29.Bf1 Qh5 30.c3 Re4 31.Qg3 Rce8 32.Qh3 Rh4 33.Qg2 Rxh2+ 34.Qxh2 Qxf3+ 35.Bg2 Re1+ 36.Bg1 Qxf6 37.Bxd5 Re5 38.Bd4 Qf1+ 39.Qg1 Rh5

Right I'm off to log back onto RHP and play this.

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The Goose Opening

1.a4 e6 2.a5 Ke7 3.h4 Qe8 4.Ra4 Kd8 5.Rh3 Ne7 6.Rha3 d6 7.Ra1 Nd7 8.R4a3 Nc6 9.Rh3 Nf6 10.Rh1 Nb8 11.h5 Ng8

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