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Batman & Basman & Berry

Found a whole set of comics with a chess theme on the cover.
I am showing some, more to be seen at;
The California Chess Historian by Kerry Lawless

Chess Comics

And talking of Batman, here is Basman!


Mike Basman
I was following a thread on an internet forum the other day.
Two virtual novices were discussing an opening and one of them
suggested an odd looking move, the other replied it was something
"Basman might play."

True, Basman does revel in strange, but apparently playable openings.
however, he can play 'normal' chess. And when he does he is not too bad at it.
Drag thy weary bloodshot eyes over this effort from the 1978 London Evening Standard.
It won the Brilliancy Prize.

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C.Baker - M.Basman

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Qxd4 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Qe4 f5 8.Qe2 b6 9.g3 Qc7 10.Bg2 Ncb4 11.Qd2 Ba6 12.cxb4 Bxb4 13.Nc3 Nxc3 14.a3 Nb1 15.axb4 Nxd2 16.Bxd2 Qc4 17.Nd4 Qxd4 18.Rxa6 Qxe5+ 19.Be3 Qb5

Chess Openings by Basman (Crowood Chess Library. ISBN 0946284741.)

It's a actually a good book for the beginner. Sound and sensible stuff.
Mike introduces his own notation symbols to aid teaching.
He breaks moves into basic categories. M=Material motif. P=Positional motif

M+ = Good material move. P+ = Good positional move.
M- = Bad material move. P- = Bad positional move.

In action it looks like this:

1. e3 e5
2. Qh5 ....

M+ As 2.Qh5 attacks an undefended e-pawn. However Black will
later gain time by attacking the Queen so is also P-.

After the principles of the opening moves are discussed Basman looks in depth at
the Queens Gambit, Nimzo Indian, Giuoco Piano, Dragon and Morra Gambit.

The back of the book blurb has an interesting moment...

"Mike Basman is a leading chess theorist whose ideas have been used
to defeat former World Champion Anatoly Karpov..."

An obvious reference to Miles's 1...a6 v Karpov.

Neil Berry
Whilst the World's best paid 'athletes' were gathering in China to take
part in the best money making scheme invented since the poll tax (the HOylympics).
Scotland's Neil Berry trod a lone path in the Latvian Open.

He did quite well despite the fact that one of the local players came
up to him asked him if he knew me (the power of the Corner).

Final Standing
3Sveshnikov E.Lat25106.5
4Sveshnikov V.Lat24136

Another 30-odd players came next. Here is a game sent in by Neil.
Black's blunder was 24...Ref7? (24...Qa4 was better). Note Neil gaining
some time on the clock for what he thought may be a long Queen Ending.

Black made it easier for White by allowing the Queens to come off (33...Qxc3)
I'd have grabbed the a-pawn and ran my own a-pawn, but looking at it
White has all the winning chances and will win with standard technique.

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N.Berry - T.Kantans

1.d4 e6 2.e4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.Nd2 d6 11.f4 Nd7 12.e5 Qe7 13.Qg4 f5 14.exf6 Nxf6 15.Qg3 Qd7 16.Rae1 Rae8 17.Rf2 Qa4 18.Qg6 Ba6 19.Ne4 Bxd3 20.cxd3 Nxe4 21.dxe4 Qa5 22.Re3 Re7 23.Rg3 Kh8 24.Rh3 Ref7 25.Qxe6 Rxf4 26.Rxh6+ gxh6 27.Qxh6+ Kg8 28.Qg6+ Kh8 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.Qg6+ Kh8 31.Rxf4 Rxf4 32.Qh6+ Kg8 33.Qxf4 Qxc3 34.Qg4+ Kh7 35.Qh3+ Qxh3 36.gxh3 c5 37.d5 Kg6 38.Kf2 b5 39.Ke3 a5 40.Kd3 a4 41.h4 b4 42.Kc4 b3 43.axb3

Here is a game that has an instructive turn. Black makes a small premature demonstration
on the kingside and thinks the pin on the Queen is good enough to win back a piece.
Black completely missed the Queen sac and was suddenly facing a whole White
army v the Black Queen. The outcome after that was never in doubt.

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Robbie Carrobie - TKhands

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d5 8.exd5 Nxd5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.d4 Bb7 11.dxe5 0-0 12.Nd2 Qh4 13.Nf3 Qg4 14.Bxd5 Rad8 15.Bxb7 Rxd1 16.Rxd1 a5 17.Rd5 Qc4 18.Nd2 Bxf2+ 19.Kxf2 Qh4+ 20.g3 Qxh2+ 21.Kf3 Qh1+ 22.Kg4 h5+ 23.Kf4 g5+ 24.Kxg5 Qh3 25.Kf4 Qg4+ 26.Ke3 Re8 27.Nf3 Qxg3 28.Bd2 h4 29.Rg1 Line

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