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555 + The Fridge + C3 Sicilian + Postcards

Nice picture I found on the net. Right we need a link to 555.

Five Hundred and Fifty Five.

Into the valley of death rode the 555,
Guns to left of them, guns to the...

(Wrong Geoff....)

Hmmmm. How about, 555 the best smoke you ever had?


Hmmmm. 555 Dalmations No.
Flight 555 by The Beatles? (no that was 505).
My 555 Memorable Games by R.J.Fischer (No it was 60 games).
Aw to hell with it.

Introducing Cathy Rooney the Sandy Bells barmaid.

Cathy is officially the lowest graded woman in the latest
Scottish Grading List. 555.
Everyone in Bells is so proud of her. Well done Cathy.

A few seasons back, Cathy bravely stood in when Bells 4 were a man/woman short.
Off she went to Broxburn on a cold dreak night and lost.

So that was it. Never again.

No likely. She was smitten. She became a regular in the team and played in the
last Edinburgh Congress. OK she is the lowest graded woman on the list but
because she can play chess with an idea of what the game is about, then this
makes her a better chess player than 90% of the population who only know
how to move the pieces.

There is a big difference between knowing how the pieces moves
and actually playing chess. And Cathy is a player.

Riga Open 2008
Neil Berry is in Latvia playing in the Riga Open, currently on 4/8
So now I'm going to give a game by Neil? Well that would be the normal
thing to do. But I cannot understand Latvian/Russian and the website
only caters for these two languages.

I cannot find the PGN downloader thingy.
Yes I've tried clicking on all the links and I think I've bought a tractor.

So here is game by Kristaps Kretainis v Arita Strade. Kristaps and I
recently played a couple of games on the RHP site. (I cannot remember who won.)

Anyway, Kristaps has been giving RHP a round by round review
and this game caught my weary eye. A good advert for the c3 Sicilian.
Black betrays the fact that she is unfamiliar with this line and
strolls into a bad position as early as move 9

Here the sharp and alert players will see right away that
10.g4 wins a piece. And they would be correct. But oh so wrong.

Kristaps is not interested in winning a trapped Bishop.

Not unless FIDE have changed the rules again.
Let me just have a quick flick through FIDE rules.

Let us see.
If you win your opponents white squared Bishop you win the game .
No it's not there.

So White attacked the King and he does indeed win a piece under
much better circumstances. Here is the position a few moves later.

Black has to drop the Knight on d7 with a check because if
it moves then Bb5+ is game over.

After that it becomes quite painful to watch and Black may need
a few rounds to recover from this disaster. Instructive game.

[Click here to replay the game]
K.Kretainis - A.Strade

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.d5 Ne5 7.f4 Bg4 8.Qd4 Ned7 9.h3 Bh5 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Ng8 12.e6 fxe6 13.dxe6 a6 14.exd7+ Qxd7 15.Qxd7+ Kxd7 16.Be2 Bf7 17.Nf3 Rd8 18.Bf4 Nf6 19.0-0-0+ Ke8 20.Rxd8+ Kxd8 21.Ng5 Bg6 22.Rd1+ Kc8 23.Bc4

Good stuff. Just seen the next round draw.
Neil is playing Kristaps. Good luck to both of them.

******* Stop Press ***********
Just been emailed by Kristnaps. He is not playing Neil,
it's another guy called Kristnaps. OK good luck to them

More c3 Sicilians? OK 4 short ones.
Two c3 short wins and two c3 short losses.

What to call this bit, something imaginative.

Two c3 short wins and two c3 short losses.

First simple and straight foward. Nice one this,
Black makes ordinary simple moves and loses a piece.

[Click here to replay the game]
Schinke - Plath

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Nf6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Nc6 8.Nc3 Qd7 9.d5 1-0

Black's grade was 2129 when he produced this one.
A Sunday morning game or on a late Friday night.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 e6 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.Qxg4 1-0

This one from Tartakower is very instructive.
No automatic captures here. Every move must be examined,
every shot must be looked at. The clever 11...Qxc3 wins a piece.

[Click here to replay the game]
Perlis - Tartakower

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 e6 8.Nc3 Qa5 9.0-0 Nf6 10.Ne5 Bxe2 11.Nxc6 Qxc3

Christian Roth lost in exactly the same way in 1992.
So did Hans Neubauer in 1985, as did Joseph Padreny in 1992,
Jari Kvikstad made the same blunder in the year 2000 .

Queens off, right relax, long endgame ahead, I'm in check,
no problemo - I'll play 9.Kc2 so I won't block my h1 Rook in.

[Click here to replay the game]
Pospisil - Klima

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 e5 5.dxe5 Qxd1+ 6.Kxd1 Nc6 7.Nf3 Bg4 8.Be2 0-0-0+ 9.Kc2 Bf5+ 10.Kb3 c4+ 11.Kxc4 Be6+ 12.Kb5 Rd5+

and mate next move.

The Fridge
Our fridge broke down. I went to Kinnaird Park to get a new one.
Kinnaird Park has a book shop so I spent 30 minutes browsing the chess books.
Then spent 5 minutes buying the fridge.

It arrived three days later. It won't fit in the hole.

Mrs C. went absolutely ape.

"I gave you the measurements." she screamed.
And then went on and on about knowing I'd screw it up.
Well if she was so cock sure I'd screw it up why did she not
do it herself? Women. What do you do with them?

Usually we ignore my little slip ups but we have this
giant fridge in the middle of the kitchen floor and we
cannot fully open the kitchen door without bumping into it.

I'm going to have to saw off a couple of inches from the bottom of
the cupboard. Fit the fridge into the hole and the glue back on the
bottom of the cupboard shelf.

Either that or remove the kitchen door.

I don't have a saw or anything like that.
The cupboard is made of cheap chipboard and I have a carving knife.
I'll keep you updated.


A couple arrived this week. This from Finbar who played in Liverpool.

See how easy it is. Chess, The Beatles or a funny rude one.

This came from Jon(?). What does he think I am - a greenie!
He has sent me a picture of a biosphere.

You can see what has happened here. He has brought himself a job lot of postcards.
25p each or five for a 1.00. He got five, realised he has only four friends
and I've been fobbed off with the dud one.

Right, I'm off back to this Latvian site to see if I can download
a Neil Berry game in PGN format.

Anybody want to buy a tractor?

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