Yes the chessboard is round the wrong way - what a muppet.
I've been sent this.
"Hi Geoff, Thought you might be interested in this.
It was taken a few 100 yards away from the Edinburgh Chess Club."
Well that is a load of old codswallop. The telephone
was not invented in 1847. Another myth de-bunked.
Included with the picture was a game. H.Key v A.Bell. Edinburgh 1995.
An entertaining games. Nice sac (14.Rxf7!) played after Black's clumsy 13...Kh8.
Then White messed it up by not playing 19.Rf1 with the idea of stopping the
Knight from coming to f6 or f8 to hold h7. White bailed out with a perpetual.
An enterprising opening, turning the French into a Blackmar Gambit.
[Click here to replay the game]
H.Key - A.Bell
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.f3 exf3 5.Nxf3 Bb4 6.Bd2 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.0-0 Re8 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Ne4 Qe7 12.Ne5 Rf8 13.Qg4 Kh8 14.Rxf7 Rxf7 15.Ng6+ Kh7 16.Nxe7 Rxe7 17.Bd3 Kh8 18.Qg6 Nd7 19.Ng5 Nf8 20.Nf7+ Kg8 21.Nxh6+ Kh8 22.Nf7+ Kg8 23.Nh6+ Kh8
White to play and mate in 12 by A.White 1919.
Not too hard, very easy infact, but none the less very
amusing to play over. Set it up and give it a go. Brilliant.
Clue? OK then. 11 discovered checks.
O.Konshina - L.Stolnikova, USSR, 1967
Chess can be so cruel and unkind. Sometimes I wonder why we play it.
How many times after a lose have you thought, "That's it. No more."
Yet we come back time and time again.
Our own losses fill us complete dejection and depression and yet
we laugh when it happens to others. We do.
This is a long monster of a game. But put it on auto play and
watch it unfold, it's easy to follow. Some nice wee tactics.
It's a bit like watching a movie with a hilarious twist in the tale.
There but for the grace of God...
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O.Konshina - L.Stolnikova
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 c6 5.Nc3 Be7 6.0-0 Ngf6 7.Qe2 b5 8.Bb3 0-0 9.a3 Bb7 10.Rd1 Qc7 11.d5 a6 12.Bg5 Rac8 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.Ne1 cxd5 15.Bxd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Rxd5 f5 18.a4 fxe4 19.axb5 Qb7 20.c4 axb5 21.Rxb5 Qc6 22.Ra7 Bd8 23.Qg4 Rc7 24.Qe6+ Kh8 25.Rxc7 Qxc7 26.Qd5 Qa7 27.c5 Qa1 28.Qxe4 dxc5 29.Qxe5 Bf6 30.Rb8 Be7 31.Rxf8+ Bxf8 32.g3 h6 33.Kg2 Qa8+ 34.Nf3 Qb7 35.Qe2 Be7 36.Qc2 Qd5 37.b3 Bf6 38.Qc4 Qb7 39.Qxc5 Qxb3 40.Qc8+ Kh7 41.Qf5+ Kg8 42.Nd2 Qb2 43.Qc8+ Kh7 44.Ne4 Qe5 45.Nxf6+ Qxf6 46.Qc2+ Kg8 47.Qe4 Qd6 48.h4 Qf6 49.Qf3 Qe5 50.g4 Qe7 51.Kh3 Qe5 52.Qg3 Qe1 53.Kg2 Qe4+ 54.Qf3 Qe7 55.Qd5+ Kh8 56.g5 hxg5 57.hxg5 Qe8 58.Qf5 g6 59.Qd5 Qc8 60.Qf3 Qc2 61.Qh3+ Kg7 62.Qd7+ Kf8 63.Qd8+ Kf7 64.Qd5+ Kf8 65.Qe5 Kg8 66.Qe8+ Kg7 67.Qe7+ Kg8 68.Qf6 Qd3 69.Qf3 Qc2 70.Qd5+ Kg7 71.Kg3 Qc3+ 72.f3 Qe1+ 73.Kf4 Qh4+ 74.Ke3 Qh1 75.Kd4 Qg1+ 76.Kc4 Qc1+ 77.Kb5 Kh8 78.Qd8+ Kg7 79.Qe7+ Kg8 80.Qe6+ Kg7 81.Qf6+ Kh7 82.Qf7+ Kh8 83.Qf8+ Kh7 84.Qh6+ Kg8 85.Qxg6+ Kf8 86.Qf6+ Kg8 87.f4 Qf1+ 88.Kc5 Qf3 89.Qd8+ Kg7 90.Qf6+ Kg8 91.Qd4 Qa3+ 92.Kd5 Qa8+ 93.Ke5 Qe8+ 94.Kf5 Qc8+ 95.Kg6 Qe8+ 96.Kh6 Qe6+ 97.Qf6 Qh3+ 98.Kg6 Qh7
Competition No.116 BOOK COVERS
Some lad on the RED HOT PAWN forum brought up the
subject of book covers and which one he preferred.
Which is just the sort off-beat thing that belongs here.
So send in a picture of your favourite chess book cover and
the best one will receive; Play the Nimzo-Indian by Tony Kosten.
This competition is open to whole world. Damn the postage.
Chandler the Chess Playing Poet
I've been doing my bit for the Edinburgh Festival.
I played a simultaneous display, recited some poetry, sang a few songs
and gave a mini lecture on the Myth of the Lewis Pieces.
The not to be missed event was held in Point Count Books in the West Port.
I am now a culture vulture, I will take walks by the canal,
wear a long black mysterious cloak and grow a weird moustache.
I have another A.White for you.
Alastair Finbar White who played in the old boys tournament in Liverpool.
Alastair brought me back some goodies from Liverpool.
A Beatles thingy and a....
street sign. (that bus has just gone through a red light).