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2008 Scottish Chess Championship

There was a two way tie for this years Scottish Championship.
Andy Muir and Alan Tate both finished on 6 pts.

There is no play-off so the title was decided by sum of
opponent's FIDE grades. (I think).

I've lifted these figures from the Chess Scotland notice
board but have no official explanation how they were reached.

Alan=2283 Andy=2241 or Alan = 2279 Andy = 2204

I'm sure if you log onto the Chess Scotland site in a day or two
all will be revealed. At the moment they are keeping it a secret.

So Edinburgh's Alan Tate is the 2008 Scottish Chess Champion.

Congratulations to Alan Tate.

The Alan Tate Story
Born: Yes.
Learned to play Chess: Yes.
Scottish Chess Champion 2008: Yes.

(Does it get any better than this?.....Ed)


(then that's enough of the Alan Tate story....Ed).

Within minutes of Alan winning the title this sculpture was presented to him.

A tearful Alan, clearly overcome by the occasion, left it on the train going home.

Two Alan Tate games.
A.Tate - A.Green Round 3.
Alan accepts the IQP and builds up a nice aggressive position and
the threat of 15.Nf6+ compels Black to play 13...f6. White plays
around this weakening pawn move and in the end it's the open diagonal
leading to the Black King that wins White the game.

Any juniors reading this bit should shy away from playing moves
like 26...Qf7? Putting the King & Queen on the same diagonal already
controlled by a patrolling opposing Bishop is asking for trouble.

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A.Tate - A.Green

1.Nf3 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Be2 0-0 6.0-0 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Qb3 Nc7 9.Rd1 Nc6 10.d4 cxd4 11.exd4 e6 12.Bg5 Qd6 13.Ne4 Qd5 14.Qe3 f6 15.Bf4 Qd8 16.Qc1 Nd5 17.Bg3 Bd7 18.Nc5 Na5 19.Qd2 b6 20.Ne4 Bc6 21.Rac1 Qd7 22.Nc5 Qe8 23.Re1 bxc5 24.Qxa5 cxd4 25.Nxd4 Bd7 26.Bc4 Qf7 27.Nxe6 Bxe6 28.Rxe6 Nb6 29.Rxb6 Qxc4 30.Rxc4 axb6 31.Qd5+ 1-0

IM S.Brunello - A.Tate
This was a good game to watch. Brunello looked like he was shooting
for the 250 Lord Kirkwood brilliancy prize.
And for a while it looked liked it was going to be a brilliant win.

Suddenly he went into a huddle - had he missed something?
Yes he had missed Black's counter attack on f2.
He was very sporting in the analysis room, one would hardly think
he had just blown his chances of picking up 2,000.

White is deep in thought before making his 29th move.
Alan gives the impression that he has all under control.

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S.Brunello - A.Tate

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nf3 d5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.e3 Nb6 9.Nc3 e5 10.d5 Ne7 11.e4 Bg4 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Qxf3 c6 14.Rd1 cxd5 15.exd5 Nf5 16.d6 Nd4 17.Rxd4 exd4 18.Ne4 h6 19.Bf4 Rc8 20.h4 Nd7 21.Bh3 Kh7 22.h5 Rc6 23.Kg2 Ne5 24.Qb3 Rb6 25.Qd5 Nd3 26.Bg5 hxg5 27.Nxg5+ Kh8 28.hxg6 fxg6 29.Rh1 Rxf2+ 30.Kg1 Bh6 31.Be6 Kg7 32.Rxh6 Kxh6 33.Qh1+ Kg7 34.Qh7+ Kf6 35.Qh4 Rbxb2 36.Nf7+ [36.Qxd4+ Kxg5 37.Qh4] 36...Kxe6 37.Nxd8+ Kd5

In the notes there is a mate (36.Qxd4+ Kxg5 37.Qh4) which shows you how close White
came to pulling off a glorious win. 36.Qxd4+ Ne5 which Alan played immediately
in the analysis room, stops the mate. A good game by Alan.

Two Andy Muir Games

A.Muir - D.Walker Rd.8
This event was a success for Duncan Walker and in the following position
went for it big time against Andy Muir.
Duncan player 28...Qh5?? (the best move is 23...Rc7)

I bet the sudden 28...Qh5?? shook Andy for a moment or two.
At first glance it looks like White cannot snatch the Rook because
Black will have a winning Queen and Bishop battery hitting h2.

The coming Be5 cannot be answered by f4 (the f-pawn is pinned to the Queen on e2).

As good players do White picked his way through maze and spotted the flaw.

A good game this. Watch the 2007 Scottish Champion defend himself.

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A.Muir - D.Walker

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Nf3 Bg7 8.Rb1 0-0 9.Be2 cxd4 10.cxd4 Qa5+ 11.Bd2 Qxa2 12.0-0 Bg4 13.Bg5 h6 14.Be3 Nc6 15.d5 Ne5 16.Rxb7 e6 17.d6 Rfd8 18.Re1 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Qa5 20.Rf1 Qa2 21.Bb5 a6 22.Ba4 Qa3 23.d7 Nc4 24.Bc1 Qc3 25.Qe2 Nd6 26.Rb3 Qa5 27.Bc6 Ra7 28.Be3 Qh5 29.Bxa7 Be5 30.h4 Bf4 31.Be3 Be5 32.Re1 1-0

And Andy made a valiant last round effort to save his title.
A magnificent attacking game. 20 Bf6! is a corker (20...gxf6 21.Qh5).

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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 d5 6.Nf3 c5 7.0-0 cxd4 8.exd4 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nbd7 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4 Qa5 12.Rc1 Bxc3 13.Rxc3 b5 14.Bb3 b4 15.Re3 Bb7 16.Ne5 Bd5 17.Ba4 Qc7 18.Bxd7 Nxd7 19.Nxd7 Qxd7 20.Bf6! Be4 21.Rxe4 gxf6 22.Rh4 Rfd8 23.Qd2 Kf8 24.Qxh6+ Ke7 25.Rf4 f5 26.Qg5+ Kd6 27.d5 Rg8 28.dxe6 Rxg5 29.exd7 Kxd7 30.Rxb4

Nice game of chess Andy.

The Blunder of the Championship

This year's honour goes to young Connor Woods v Edwin Spencer.
In this position Connor played 29.Bg5??

Spencer found the cunning move 29...Qf1 checkmate.

Connor did not seem to bothered. The next day he wore this t-shirt.

Connor Woods and Andrew Green are Scottish Boys Champions.

Here is a clever finish by Andrew.

A.Green - S.Hilton. White to play

24.Rh8+! Kg7 25.Rh7+ Kxh7 26.Qh4+ Kg8 27.Rh1 1-0.

Ali Roy... the Scottish Girls Champion.

And Callum McQueen... the 2008 Scottish Lightning Champion.

I have a game from the Lightning. I only have the initials of
the players taking part. But it's a good typical blitz game.
Black leaves his Queen and Rooks alone. He wins this
game with the h-pawn. (KB is Ken Brown).

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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.f3 Bg7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 Bd7 10.h4 h5 11.g4 hxg4 12.h5 Nxd4 13.Bxd4 e5 14.Be3 Nxh5 15.Rxh5 gxh5 16.Bh6 g3 17.Bc4 h4 18.Rh1 h3 19.Bg5 g2 20.Rxh3 g1Q+ 21.Nd1 Qgxg5 22.Ne3 Bh6 23.f4 exf4 24.Rxh6 Qxh6 25.Nf5 Bxf5 26.exf5 Qh1+ 27.Qd1 Qxd1+ 28.Kxd1 0-1

And this happened in the U-1500.

B.McClement - T.Doherty, Scottish U1500 Championship 2008 Glasgow Academy (7)
Black thought "Why not" and played 43...Re6+

White played 44.Bx6? Stalemate.

R.Giulian - S.MacGilchrist The Wrong Pawn.
Siegrun MacGilchrist let a win slip through her fingers in her
game v Rosie Giulian. In the following position 44...f4 would have
left Rosie with a totally hopeless position.

Instead Black played 44...d4 which kept White in the game because the
White Queen now covers the open h1-a8 diagonal. Black is still winning
but struggled to put a tenacious Rosie away.
Then came the Black blunder which you always expected was going to happen.
Rosie siezed the chance and wrapped it up with a nice mate. A good game.

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R.Giulian - S.MacGilchrist

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.c4 Bxb1 6.Rxb1 Qa5+ 7.Bd2 Qd8 8.Nf3 g6 9.Qc2 e6 10.c5 Nh6 11.Bd3 Nf5 12.Bxf5 gxf5 13.Bg5 Qa5+ 14.b4 Qa6 15.a4 Nd7 16.b5 cxb5 17.axb5 Qa5+ 18.Bd2 Qc7 19.0-0 Bg7 20.Rfc1 0-0 21.Ng5 Rfe8 22.Nh3 f6 23.c6 Nf8 24.cxb7 Qxb7 25.f4 Qb6 26.Qc6 Qxd4+ 27.Kh2 Qxd2 28.Rd1 Qe3 29.Re1 Qb6 30.Qc3 Rec8 31.Qf3 Ng6 32.exf6 Bxf6 33.Qxh5 Kg7 34.Qe2 Nxh4 35.Rb3 Ng6 36.Re3 Rh8 37.Rxe6 Qd4 38.Qc2 Qxf4+ 39.Kh1 Rh5 40.Qc6 Rxh3+ 41.gxh3 Qf3+ 42.Kh2 Rf8 43.R6e3 Qf2+ 44.Kh1 d4
45.R3e2 Qg3 46.Rg1 Qxh3+ 47.Rh2 Qe3 48.Qd7+ Qe7 49.Qxf5 Qf7 50.Qh5 Be5 51.Qxe5+ Qf6 52.Rxg6+ Kxg6 53.Qh5+ Kg7 54.Qh7

The top 14-16 boards were transmitted live to computers all over the planet and on
Friday the 11th July the site recorded it's millionth hit! An incredible success.

In the playing hall they beamed four 'live' games onto the wall.

Alex McFarlane asked me to keep an eye on things whilst he nipped out for a fag.

I of course tuned into Chandler Cornered and beamed that up on the wall.

It was joke. How was I to know that all the people who were watching
live games were suddenly switched to Chandler Cornered.
The complaints flooded in.

Later I heard Alex on his mobile:

"It was a mistake...yes...yes...he has been barred from the playing hall..."

These two were the brains behind transmitting the games.
Dave Clayton (seated) and Andy Howie.

The humour and wit of Clayton and Howie
There is no picture of Alan Tate on the official website so I asked
them to take a picture of Alan and send it to me on Sunday morning.

Alan Tate arrived late. So they sent me this...

The bookstall. Note Streetfighting Chess on display. Sales are going well.
Do not forget there is a limited print run. Get it or be sorry.
(It has a good review in THE SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY by Dougie Bryson).

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