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Chandler Cornered

Edinburgh Allegro + Illegal Clusters + Presents

Hi guys, I turned up late in the afternoon to cover this event.

One of my few pleasures is listening to the sounds of 60's on radio2
so I never get out of bed till after 10 am on a Saturday.

Here is the full report.

The Open was won by Keith Ruxton with 4pts.
Second on 3 pts. IM Dougie Bryson, Phil Giulian, Jonathan Grant and IM Steve Mannion.

Some other guy won the Challengers, Somebody else won the Major
and another person won the Minor. That's it.

(very professional Chandler, you have surpassed yourself this time....Ed).

I have pictures: Here are some guys playing chess.

(it that it?....Ed)

No. Here is Phil Giulian playing his better half Rosie Giulian.

And here is a picture of some other people playing chess.

Keith Ruxton playing Jonathan Grant in the last round.

There was a massive time scramble at the end of this one.
Both flags showed zero as pieces were scattered all over the place.
Alex McFarlane called it a draw.

And That's It.

(no picture of the prize winner getting his cup?....Ed)

I forgot. Here is Keith on the No.3 bus going home.

Keith was meant to get two cups because he also won the Bill Smerdon
trophy for being the top Lothian player. But they cannot find it.

Full results and a proper report will appear soon on:

2008 Edinburgh Allegro

As usual nobody copied down any of their games
but Keith remembered his game v Phil Giulian.

[Click here to replay the game]
P.Giulian - K.Ruxton

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nge2 0-0 6.Ng3 e5 7.d5 Ng4 8.f3 Nh6 9.Bd3 f5 10.exf5 gxf5 11.0-0 Qh4 12.Qc2 Na6 13.Bd2 Bd7 14.Rad1 e4 15.fxe4 Ng4

Continuing is hopless. 16.h3 Qxg3 17.hxg4 Bd4+ is murder on the 64 squares.

I watched most of this game. M.O'Hare v G.Anderson. I was surprised that
someone as experienced as George walked into the Fried Liver Attack.

Here is George staring at the cheeky Knight on f7.

Of course he has to take it and after 7.Qf3+ his King leads the attack
and marches onto e6 (7...Kg8 8.Qxd5+ Qxd5 9.Bxd5 mates) and it was game on.

Black played 12...Rf8 very quickly and after 13.Qxe5+ the game should have ended
a few moves later (I've given the win the notes), but White forgot all about his f2 square.

Suddenly Black was on top. I watched the game unfold then realised I had left
a present I had been given (see below) in the canteen. So I nipped off to get it.
When I returned the game was drawn(!).

It's a great pity that these allegro games do not get recorded.
There are some cracking games of chess that have slipped by into
the ether and will never ever see the light of day.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.O'Hare - G.Anderson

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 Ncb4 9.Qe4 c6 10.a3 Na6 11.0-0 Bc5 12.Re1 Rf8 13.Qxe5+ Kd7 14.Qxg7+ Ne7 15.Ne4 Bb6 16.d3 Kc7 17.Qe5+ Kd7 18.Be6+ Ke8 19.Nd6+ [19.Qh5+ Ng6 20.Bxc8 Rxc8 21.Nc5+ Kf7 22.Qxh7+ Kf6 23.Re6+ Kf5 24.Qxg6#] 19...Qxd6 20.Qxd6 Bxf2+ 21.Kh1 Bxe1 22.Be3 Rf1+ 23.Bg1 Bg3 24.hxg3 Rxa1 25.Bc4 Re1 26.Bxa6 27.Kh2 Re6 28.Qf4

When I came back the game was drawn.

Now here is a rarity for Chandler Cornered.
Hugh Brechin sent me this next one, it's a Chris Sykes loss.

"You always show my losses."
Chris Sykes 2005 and 2006 and 2007 and now 2008.

This is good. After a series of tit-for-tat exhanges White ends up with
an open g-file to attack with or a weakened King position to defend, you decide.

The two Black Rooks draw lots to see who is going to sac on h3 and off they go.
You can see the sac coming a mile away. White was too busy 'attacking' down
the g-file to spot it.

Keep your eye on the Black Queen's Knight. He enters the game on move 9
and is a bystander whilst all this tit-for-tat stuff is going on.
Finally he has had enough. One hop and it's mate.

[Click here to replay the game]
C.Sykes - H.Brechin

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 e6 3.e3 Be7 4.h3 c5 5.c3 b6 6.Nf3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Bd3 d6 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Qa4 Qd7 11.dxc5 dxc5 12.Ba6 Bxa6 13.Qxa6 e5 14.Bg5 e4 15.Bxf6 exf3 16.Bxe7 fxg2 17.Kxg2 Qxe7 18.Qe2 Rad8 19.Rad1 Rd6 20.Nf3 Rg6+ 21.Kh2 Rh6 22.Rg1 f5 23.Rg2 Rff6 24.Rdg1 Rxh3+ 25.Kxh3 Rh6+ 26.Kg3 Qe4 27.Nh2 Qh4+ 28.Kf3 Ne5

The Presents
First of all some lad gave me a copy of the 9th August Telegraph.
It contained a well researched article written by Alastair Sooke about Duchamp,
Salvador Dali, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst and Yoko Ono. Artists who were inspired by chess.

Apparently there is to be an Art of Chess exhibition at the Sebastian
Guiness Gallery in Dublin next month.

Sooke finished the article with the famous Duchamp quote:

"While all artists are not chess players, All chess players are indeed artists."

Here is a photocopy of the pics accompanying the article.

Present No.2
Now this was given to me by a lad and I cannot remember his name.
I know it's criminal of me. He will email it to me. I've simply forgotten.
I know he plays the French and Nimzo-Indian as Black.
That's how I remember people. By what openings they play.
It's a painting of the Forth Viking Gaming Pieces
(often referred to, in error, as the Lewis Chessmen).

And it now has pride of place on the wall in my study.

Thank you Mr French Nimzo-Indian player. Thank You.

Illegal Clusters
You have to make a position illegal by adding stipulated pawns or pieces.
Then by removing one of the pawns or pieces you make the position legal.


Look at this diagram.

White is in triple check, therefore the position is illegal.

If I remove the Knight, Black's last move was 1...Bg6-e4+ It is legal.
If I remove the Bishop, Black's last move was 1...Ng6-e7+ It is legal.
If I remove the Rook, Black's last move was 1...Nd5-e7+ It is legal.
Of course you can never remove either King in an illegal cluster.

So here is the problem (J.J. Lois, feenschach 1976).

It's actually 5 problems.

Add 2 Black Pawns and a White Pawn to make the position illegal.
Add 2 Black Pawns and a White Queen to make the position illegal.
Add 2 Black Pawns and a White Bishop to make the position illegal.
Add 2 Black Pawns and a White Knight to make the position illegal.

The problem also wanted you to add 2 Black Pawns and a White Rook to
make the position illegal. But I'll show you that one so you get the idea.

See. An illegal position. (how did the Rook get to c5?)
If I remove any of the pawns (or the Rook) then it's legal again.
Try it - it's not too difficult. I solved it.

Well that's it for another Corner. Just one more thing.
Who is this guy? Someone suggested he should be one of
Batman's villains. In that case, we need a name...over to you.

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