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Dundee + Glasgow + Guitars + P.H. Clarke Books

I was in Dundee giving a lecture and song at the Dundee Congress.

This is me singing 'I've Got Those Getting Mated in Three Blues.'

This really is a smashing venue.

Here is George Neave (White) playing the tournament winner Colin McNab.

Three man chess in the analysis room.

A full report with all the results can be found at.

Dundee Congress 2008

Here are two games I showed during my lecture.

The first was won Keith Ruxton in an 8 board clock simul given
against members of Sandy Bells. An event staged as a curtain raiser
for the coming season.

A lovely tactical game featuring a double Bishop sac on moves 11 and 12.

Gerrard was soon tied up in knots and in the end he allowed
Keith simply to mate him. A quick glance at the position
before the mate tells you all is doom and gloom.

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K.Ruxton - G.Oswald

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nf6 6.e5 Nd5 7.Nc3 Bg7 8.h4 h6 9.h5 g5 10.Bc4 Nb6 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Bxg5 hxg5 13.Nxg5+ Ke8 14.Qd3 Rh6 15.Qf3 Bf6 16.exf6 Rxf6 17.Qe2 Qxd4 18.Rd1 Qf4 19.h6 Bf5 20.h7 Bxh7 21.Rxh7 N8d7 22.Qxe7

The other game has a tactical nature and it too is a very good game.

Black hits f2 making the suspicious exchange;
A Bishop and Knight for a Rook and a pawn.

Usually this favours the player who gives up the Rook and pawn
so going into such a sac sensing that you are better shows
good chess judgement.

Black's play from move 10 to 29 is a lesson in what to
do with the initiative. He keeps the ball at his feet
and when he has squeezed as much as he can from the
position he swapped off into a won ending.

Note the over-loading of the White Queen (21..Nc5).
Ian McLean V Crawford McNab

[Click here to replay the game]
I.McLean - C.Macnab

1.c4 Nc6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 Bc5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.e4 d6 7.Nge2 Ng4 8.0-0 f5 9.h3 Nxf2 10.Rxf2 Bxf2+ 11.Kxf2 fxe4+ 12.Kg1 exd3 13.Qxd3 Bf5 14.Qd5+ Kh8 15.a3 Qd7 16.Kh2 Be6 17.Qd3 Na5 18.Nd5 c6 19.Ne3 Rf2 20.Bd2 Nb3 21.Rf1 Nc5 22.Qc2 Rxe2 23.b4 Nb3 24.Qxb3 Rxd2 25.Qc3 Re2 26.Qd3 Rxg2+ 27.Nxg2 Bxh3 28.Rf2 Bxg2 29.Kxg2 Kg8 30.Qe4 Re8 31.Rd2 Qe6 32.b5 Rc8 33.a4 a6 34.b6 Rd8 35.Re2 Re8 36.Rd2 Rf8 37.Qd3 Rf6 38.Rd1 e4 39.Qd4 Qf5 40.Qe3 d5 41.cxd5 cxd5 42.a5 d4 43.Qf4 Qd5 44.Qg4 d3 45.Qc8+ Rf8 46.Qc3 e3+ 47.Kg1 e2

That is a very good game by Black even forgiving the missed
quicker win ( 44....Qa2+). Well played.

Whilst in Dundee I took the chance to take a wee walk around The Discovery.

I was a disapointed to see that somebody had unscrewed
the plaque on the deck showing where Nelson fell.

Is nothing sacred?

Here we have the vessel that fought at Waterloo against
the Spanish Armada and some vandal has nicked the
commemorative plate dedicated to Lord Nelson.

Some people just do not know their history.

The Glasgow Congress

1st Prize has gone up to 1,100
Big name entries so far. Jacob Aagaard, Colin McNab, Jonathan Rowson, John Shaw,
Roddy McKay and Andrew Muir.

99% of the people I have spoken to have said they are going to play in it.

Get your entry in soon - be quick. I fear there may be a space restriction.
Check out the official Glasgow Congress Site at:

Glasgow Congress 2008

Download the entry form and send it in ASAP.

This is shaping up to be the Scottish Chess event of the year.

Peter Clarke
P.H.Clarke was in town for a few days and taken around Edinburgh C.C.
by Dave Archibald. I've often gone record say Clarke's book on Tal
is one of the best chess books ever written and quite a few other
players agree with me on this.

Dave asked Peter what he thought was the best chess book he had written.
Peter replied he will most likely be remembered for the Tal book but
in his opinion, his book on Petrosian is better.

I recently obtained the Petrosian book, although I've had it in
my hands a few times but never fancied it. I will give it a going over very soon.
I like Clarke's style and it was written BC (before computers) so the analysis
will be human and enlightening.

I'm looking at this at the moment.

T.D. Harding comes up with a line in the Blackburne Shilling Gambit.
The trap that has a thousand victims.

[Click here to replay the game]
Shilling Gambit

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxf7 [5.Bxf7+ Ke7 6.0-0 Qxe5 7.Bxg8 Rxg8 8.c3 Nc6 9.d4]
5...Qxg2 6.Rf1 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Nf3

Did you see the variation in the notes?
Instead of the lemon 5.Nxf7? Harding looks at:
5.Bxf7+ Ke7 6.0-0 Qxe5 7.Bxg8 Rxg8 8.c3 Nc6 9.d4.

In this intriguing position Harding now says that this continuation
may be unsound but the defence of such positions could only
be to the taste of a Steinitz or a Korchnoi.

I agree, I won a simul game with it years ago and have just spent a few joyful
moments throwing the pieces about creating some light-hearted entertaining games.

A shot worth retaining, especially taking into consideration the psychological damage
you will do to your opponent when he thinks he has caught you, only to see himself
having to defend...'like a Steinitz or a Korchnoi.' (Harding).

Book Review No.73
And speaking of chess books.
Another Scottish player has brought out a copy his best games.

It' pages are numbered.

And finally...This lot turned up Bells.

Me, Harold (whose second name I still cannot spell),
Elaine Rutherford and Scottish Lighting Champion Andrew McQueen.

(Lighting Champ. Huh! - he is very slow in buying a round).

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This arrived from a Corner regular who is having a holiday in Malaga.

Apparently, people in Malaga people ride their bicycles...naked.

They paint themselves in various colours to 'hide' their nudity.
Here is Wonder Woman.

If this was The Sun the headline would be: Wonderful Woman.

Thank you C.J. (I won't give your full name because you are actually
sending me - a minor - pics of naked ladies....more).

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