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Chandler Cornered

Red Bull + Class of 1920 + Swindle Prize

Hi Guys,
I met the RED BULL people on the High Street
(why is there nowhere called 'The Low Street?')
they were giving away free Red Bulls to everyone and anyone.

They very kindly posed for a picture.
Having taken the picture I now have to find a link between
RED BULL and chess. Easy.
I'll stick the picture on Chandler Cornered....Done.

The 2009 Scottish Chess Championship will be held in the
Edinburgh City Chambers. Very plush. Of course the 1920 British Championship
was held at the Edinburgh University and I have a picture...

(your links are terrible....Ed)

...of the participants.

The winner was R.H.V. Scott.
(standing 2nd from the right - looks a wee bit like a young Bronstein).

A quest! Find out where the picture was taken.

Yes. At last my life has a meaning. I will search every nook and cranny
in Edinburgh till I find the exact spot where the boys of 1920 stood.

Found it. It is actually 300 yards from my house.

Who is the geezer in the alcove?

That is none other than Archibald Campbell Tait
who was at one time the Archbishop of Canterbury.

(my chess links are getting better Arch-Bishop ).

So having discovered the spot where the picture was taken. Now what do I do?
There is only one thing I could do.

(there is one missing...Ed)

It's me - I'm missing, I was taking the picture.

Picked up this from a 2nd Hand Shop for 1.00.

It's called Short Chess and has nothing to do with
that well known English Grandmaster...John Nunn.

The set up looks like this.

The back of the box blurp:

"A stimulating game for the bright 4-12 year old, and also a challenge
for any adult who wants a quick game of chess. Short Chess is a wonderful
battle of wits and strategy in it's own right but additionally serves as
a perfect introduction to the mental discipline and imagination associated
with chess itself."

Raymond Keene OBE Chess Grandmaster, former Britsh Champion etc etc.

The normal rules of chess apply except the pawns can only move one
square on their first move (so no en passant!).

It's crap.

OK chaps, let us look at some more games from the recent Scottish Championship
This one was awarded the 250 Lord Kirkwood Brilliancy Prize.

Tough decision for Jacob Aagaard. This game won it, but Andrew Muir v Brunello
(see previous C.C.) and a couple of Edwin Spencer's games must have been considered.

The theme of this game is to attack the king from move 6.
Keith Ruxton will just love seeing those Rooks on f3 and h3.
There is a quicker mate starting with 28.Rf4+. It's odd, a typical
computer mate. I never saw it. Fritz found it during a blunder check
(it's in the notes). that would have been a cracking way to end the game.
I did however spot 30.Rf4+ Kg3 31.Ne2 mate.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.McGreechin, - R.Schmerwitz

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qb6 7.Nb3 e6 8.Be3 Qc7 9.0-0 Be7 10.Qd2 0-0 11.f4 Ng4 12.Rae1 a6 13.Rf3 b5 14.Bd3 Bb7 15.Rg3 Nxe3 16.Rexe3 Nb4 17.Rh3 Nxd3 18.cxd3 g6 19.f5 Bf6 20.Reg3 Bg7 21.f6 Bxf6 22.Qh6 Rfc8 23.Qxh7+ Kf8 24.Rf3 Ke7 25.Rxf6 Kxf6 26.Rf3+ Kg5 27.h4+ Kg4 28.Qh6 [28.Rf4+ Kxf4 29.Qh6+ Ke5 30.Qg5+ f5 31.d4#] 28...Qc5+ 29.Nxc5 Rxc5 30.Qf4+ [30.Rf4+ Kg3 31.Ne2#] 30...Kh5 31.g4+ Kxh4 32.g5+ 1-0

A good game - 32 moves = 7.81 a move.

And Joe McGreechin also features in the swindle prize judged by me.
Except this time Joe is the one who was swindled. 50 to Walter Burnett.

This is a wonderful game of Chess.
Watch Walter's imagination and determination go into overdrive.
Look at the Black position after 41 moves.

Enjoy the ride people.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.McGreechin - W.Burnett

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Bc4 Nc6 9.Qd2 Bd7 10.h4 Ne5 11.Bb3 Rc8 12.h5 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4 14.0-0-0 b5 15.Bh6 Rxd4 16.Qxd4 Bxh6+ 17.Kb1 Bg7 18.e5 dxe5 19.Qxa7 Qb8 20.Rxd7 Qxa7 21.Rxa7 b4 22.Na4 e6 23.Rb7 Nd5 24.Nb6 Nf4 25.h6 Bh8 26.Nd7 Rd8 27.Rxb4 Nxg2 28.Rd1 Ne3 29.Nf6+ Bxf6 30.Rxd8+ Bxd8 31.Rb8 f5 32.Rxd8+ Kf7 33.Rd7+ Kf6 34.a4 e4 35.fxe4 f4 36.Rd3 Nc4 37.b3 Ne5 38.Rd2 g5 39.a5 f3 40.a6 Nc6 41.b4 Na7 42.c4 g4 43.Rf2 Kg5 44.b5 Nc8 45.c5 Kh4 46.b6 g3 47.Rxf3 g2 48.b7 g1Q+ 49.Kc2 Qh2+ 50.Kd1 Na7 51.Rb3 Nc6 52.a7 Nd4 53.Rc3 Qe2+ 54.Kc1 Qe1+ 55.Kb2 Qd2+ 56.Kb1 Ne2 57.Rc2 Qb4+ 58.Rb2 Qxe4+ 59.Ka1 Qa4+ 60.Kb1 Nc3+

50 for 60 moves = 83p a move.

Andrew Green - Steve Hilton
Last C.C. I showed a nice wrap up by Andrew Green in his game versus Steve Hilton.

Here is Stevie Hilton.

And here is Andrew Green's opponent...

...Stevie Hilton again.

(you do not have any pictures of Andrew Green?...Ed).

Yes. I have three pictures of Andrew Green.
They were taken in Sandy Bells bar last year.

(So...? Ed)

Andrew Green is the joint 2008 Scottish BOYS Champion.
Sandy Bells bar...

(Ah....move on...quickly...Ed).

A few days ago I played over the game that led to the combination.

A game of two halves, as is the phrase often used by sportscasters.

Steve, who is partially sighted and comes from England was on top
in this game but suddenly switched from attack to defence mid-stream.

This is always a dangerous policy. You should never think about defending
when you have an attack on the go. Especially in these Queenside v Kingside attacks.

In these situations it is usually the first player to make a
defensive move losses. Such is the price of a single precious tempo.

Black started to go astray in this position.

Steve gave up that beautiful Knight for the f3 Bishop.
Who ever wrote Bishops are better than Knights has a lot to answer for.

Sometimes Bishops are better than Knights.
Knights on e4,d4,e5,d5 are better than ROOKS!

17...Rab8 and Steve would have had young Andrew on the ropes.

Then, as is usually the case, one lemon follows another lemon.
18...h5? when Black could still have stayed in the game with 18...Rb8.

Andrew siezed the reprieve and finished it well.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Green - S.Hilton

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 Nxc3 4.dxc3 d5 5.Bf4 Bf5 6.Be2 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.h4 c5 10.0-0-0 Qa5 11.Kb1 b5 12.Rdg1 Nc6 13.Ne1 d4 14.Bf3 dxc3 15.Qxc3 b4 16.Qb3 Nd4 17.Qc4 Nxf3 [17...Rab8 18.g4 Bxc2+ 19.Nxc2 Nxf3] 18.Nxf3 h5 19.Bg5 Qc7 20.Nd4 Bxg5 21.Nxf5 Qxe5 22.hxg5 Qxf5 23.Rxh5 g6 24.Rh8+ Kg7 25.Rh7+ Kxh7 [25...Kg8 26.Qh4 Qe5 27.Rh1 f5 28.Qh6] 26.Qh4+ Kg8 27.Rh1

Now a few Net Cartoons

This following game was sent in by Johan from Belguim.
"You like exciting games - then you will like this."

This was an Internet game and features what Johan thinks is a TN (3.Nf3).
It certainly belongs on this site - exciting stuff.

[Click here to replay the game]
LeSacAttack - Juiceboat

1.e4 c6 2.f4 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Ng5 Nf6 5.Bc4 Bg4 6.Qxg4 Nxg4 7.Bxf7+ Kd7 8.Be6+ Kc7 9.Bxg4 Qe8 10.Ne6+ Kb6 11.d3 exd3 12.Be3+ c5 13.Na3 Kc6 14.0-0-0 h5 15.Bf3+ Kd7 16.f5 Kc8 17.Rxd3 g6 18.Rhd1 Bh6 19.Bxh6 Nc6 20.Bf4 gxf5 21.Nc4 Nb4 22.Nxc5 Nxd3+ 23.Rxd3 Rb8 24.Bd5 e5 25.Nxe5 Rh6 26.Rc3 Rc6 27.Nxb7 Rxc3 28.Nd6+ Kd8 29.Nxe8 Rc5 30.Nf6 1-0

And this wee cracker I found posted on RHP under the attractive title;
"For Horse Ballet Lovers Only"

[Click here to replay the game]
PizzaOlive - DrMajorBob

1.e4 g6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Be3 e5 6.Bc4 a6 7.Ng5 Nh6 8.Bxf7+ Nxf7 9.Ne6 Qf6 10.Nxc7+ Kd8 11.N3d5 Qh4 12.Ne6+ Ke8 13.Nxg7+ Kf8 14.Ne6+ Kg8 15.g3 Qxe4 16.Ne7

Finally, Ed was right there is a picture of me missing from the class of 1920.
I miscounted the number of pictures getting taken. I know you will be disapointed
so here is another picture of me. This time tuning up in the Royal Oak.

What am I wearing? Me and fashion go in opposite directions.

Source: The 1922 picture of the Britsh Chanmpionship was from
Edward Winter's excellent site. (without doubt the best chess site on the net).

Chess Notes

Note: Whilst I've always said if anybody wants anything from this site
then feel free to lift what ever you want. However if I give the source of
a picture or have copied word for word from another source than it's
only polite to asked the original source for permission to use it.

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