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Punch + GM Traps +Tom Tom's Bedsit

This cartoon arrived from John in Basingstoke.
It's from a 1971 PUNCH was drawn by Bill Tidy.
to commemorate the 1971 Fischer Petrosian Match.

Quite a coincidence as I intend to show a game from this match in this week's corner.

Now remember this lad from last week.

I questioned if it was genuine as I have been sent quite a few dodgy
things in the past as jokes and I thought this was one of them.

Well it's no joke. This is for real. His name is Matt Gone. Check out:

Matt Gone

The lad takes his tattooing quite seriously so it's seems unfair to
use him for a quiz as to what his name should be should he become
a super villain v Batman.
(I had quite a few entries for this one and one saying why must
he be a villain, why not a good guy? Why not indeed).

Jon from Oxford drew my attention to the fact that IRON MONGER a Marvel
Comic creation was an International Chess Master.

His real name is Obadiah Stane. He saw his father kill himself playing
Russian Routlette. The shock of this made Obadiah's hair fall out.

He was due to a play one Bernie Devlin at chess. So to gain a psychological edge
he kidnapped Bernie's dog, killed it and stuffed the body in Bernie's locker.

Must try this some time. It worked for Iron Master.

(you seem pretty well informed about Marvel comics....Ed)

I sought advice and if you want good advice you go to an expert.
Gaffin Austin (yes him), he runs the top comic shop in Edinburgh.
Dead Head Comics.

He might not know the finer points of Rook and pawn endings.

( do you.....Ed).

But he knows his onions when it comes to comics.
He should enter Mastermind: Specialist Subject: Comics and Beer.

Grandmasters Do Not Set Traps
This was being debated on one of the chess forums I was looking at this week.
Some said 'No' some said 'Yes' The discussion was quite informative and sensible
for a while. Then of course it descended into the usually mud slinging and
the whole point was lost.

I'm in the 'Yes' camp. I did not join in as the GM worshippers were just
warming up when I first saw the subject and if I want abuse I can get that home.

Of course GM's set traps. That are not quite as transparent as under 2000 traps.
But they do play moves hoping to tempt their opponent into an inferior position,
positional traps.

They do on occassion set tactical traps.
In this context I am going to use the word TRAP as one player playing an
inferior move hoping their opponent won't make the best reply.

In the above mentioned debate examples were given but all seemed to
stem from the last 5 years. It's as if these guys do not know their
chess history and think chess has only really been played at a high
level during the past 20 years.

I remember the discussions and rows in the mid 70's about Petrsosian's
trap against Fischer in their 1971 match.

Fischer has just played 12.Qa4+

Petrosian did not play the obvious (and better) 12...Bd7 but set a trap
with 12...Qd7?! offering the exchange. 12...Qd7 13.Bb5 axb5 13.Qxa1 0-0.
Trying to reach this position.

It certainly is a good OTB try. Of course drop it into a computer and
it will give a clear White plus. But before computers the general consensus
was this was going to give Black good OTB practical chances.
Play a strong engine as White from this position and you will get
a feel for the activity that Black has.
One sample line. White plan: Win the b-pawn and run the a & b pawns.

15. Qa5 d4 16. Rd1 Ng4 17. Nxb5 Qf5 18. f3 Ne3 19. Bxe3 dxe3 20. b4 Qc2 21. a3 Bh3

And this ends in a perpetual.

Fischer declined the offer and went onto to produce one of the
greatest games of his career. Here it is.
Note the jaw-dropping 22nd White that had the GM's in the press room
scratching their heads. Giving up a beautiful Knight for the passive
Bishop seems to run contary to everything we are taught.

But Fischer is trading advantages. He sees this exchange enables him
to plonk a Rook on the 7th rank. Infact he doubles Rooks on the 7th.

[Click here to replay the game]
Fischer - Petrosian

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nc6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. 0-0 d5 8.
c4 Nf6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. exd5 exd5 11. Nc3 Be7 12. Qa4+ Qd7 13. Re1 Qxa4 14. Nxa4 Be6
15. Be3 0-0 16. Bc5 Rfe8 17.Bxe7 Rxe7 18. b4 Kf8 19. Nc5 Bc8 20. f3 Rea7 21. Re5 Bd7
22. Nxd7+ Rxd7 23. Rc1 Rd6 24. Rc7 Nd7 25. Re2 g6 26. Kf2 h5 27. f4 h4 28. Kf3 f5
29. Ke3 d4+ 30. Kd2 Nb6 31. Ree7 Nd5 32. Rf7+ Ke8 33. Rb7 Nxb4 34. Bc4

White is threatening Rh7 winning in all lines.

A Trip Around the Bookshops
I went ambling around the West Port this weekend to see what was what.

Main Point Books has all 5 books in the MY PREDECESSOR series for 40.
Also both Korchnoi books for 10 each and Karpov's best games by Karpov for 10
all in mint condition.

Edinburgh Books has about 30 chess books.
A few of them are classics but most (all) are in the old descriptive notation
and very pricey at an average 8.50 each.

Armchair Books has only 5 or 6 chess books.
Pretty heavy on the price. 15.00 for Spassky's Best Games in descriptive.
They are having a joke.

Korch's Korner A regular feature on The Corner.
Games played in various Blitz rooms on the Internet by Korch.

This first on starts off as an English that transposes into a position
very similar to an advanced French. And as every hacker knows the
advance French is the happy hunting ground of the Classic Bishop sac (Bxh7+).
This is what you get here but with one instructive twist.

Here is the position. White to play Bxh7+.... Why?.

A 1300 player would see the loose Knight on c6.
So off they would go Bxh7+ Kxh7 then Qc2+ and Qxc6.
Infact some players would not even sac. They would play Qc2 with a
double attack on c6 and h7. They would win the h7 pawn and be very happy.

I doubt if Korch even saw the loose piece.
His eyes were glued to the King. His brain is recalling mating patterns.
It's a sacrifice he could have played in his sleep and if there was no
loose Knight on c6 I think a 1300 player may have chanced his arm as well.

My favourite saying:
"A loose piece is the root of most non-mating combinations."

Good advice - heed it. But remember to look for the mating combination first.

[Click here to replay the game]
Korch (2310) - Karl_von_banhof2 (2245)

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.d3 Bb7 5.e4 d5 6.e5 Nfd7 7.cxd5 Bxd5 8.Nc3 c6 9.Nxd5 cxd5 10.d4 Bb4+ 11.Bd2 Qe7 12.Bd3 0-0 13.h4 Nc6 14.Bxh7+ Kxh7 15.Ng5+ Kg8 16.Qh5 Bxd2+ 17.Kf1 Bxg5 18.hxg5 f5 19.g6 1-0

When I go fishing with my brother on St.Margarets Loch, I dream of catching Old Scar Nose.
A huge Pike with a with a knackered nose, the result of a frustrated fisherman clouting
it one day with a wooden oar.

When I go to the Disco I dream about chatting up the best looking girl in the place.
The one with the biggest pair of....



Every Black player who essays an Albin Gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5! dreams of catching
a player in perhaps they only trap they know in the Albin. Lasker's Trap.

Korch's dream came true.

[Click here to replay the game]
Almeida - Korch

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 d4 4.e3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 dxe3 6.Bxb4 exf2+ 7.Ke2 fxg1N+ 8.Rxg1 Bg4+

Did You Know No.345
Albin did not enter his first tournament until he was 43 years old.

Tom Tom's Bedsit
This game was posted on the RHP site but it was not played on the RHP site.
Infact it was not played on any internet site. It was played in a bedsit.

White sacs a Knight on move 4 for nothing more than gains of tempo
against two Black Knights and a broad pawn centre.
It's known as the Halloween gambit and is perfectly playable in bedsits.

Actually there has been a whole spate of games played with this opening
in serious OTB encounters in Glasgow with White winning most of them.

Here Black ties himself up in knots. By move 21 White is actually ahead
on material and this coupled with Black's wretched position leave the
outcome in no doubt.

[Click here to replay the game]
Tom Tom v Tom Tom's Room Mate

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Ng6 6.e5 Ng8 7.Bc4 c6 8.Qe2 Qb6 9.Ne4 Qxd4 10.c3 Qb6 11.f4 Nh6 12.f5 Nxf5 13.Rf1 Kd8 14.Bg5+ Nfe7 15.Nd6 Kc7 16.Nxf7 Rg8 17.0-0-0 Kb8 18.Qh5 h6 19.Nd6 hxg5 20.Bxg8 Nxg8 21.Qxg6 Be7 22.Qxg7 Qd8 23.e6 Bxd6 24.Rxd6 Qe7 25.Qe5

The coming discovered check is deadly.

Murray Wins the Wallawoomerang Open
My son Murray sent me pic of him holding aloft his latest trophy
for winning the Wallawoomerang Open (Australia).

Typical of the Aussie's to come up with a trophy like this.

He has won a giant ashtray.

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