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A New Scottish IM. + Private Eye and Ray Keene

The credit crunch has hit the Chess World.

Queens are now worth 7 points, Rooks 2.5 points,
Knights & Bishops are worth 1 point and pawns are totally worthless.

The Four Knights is now to be called the 2.75 Knights.
All squares are weak, castled positions are no longer safe And every
chess player on the planet has had 263 points removed from their grades.

With many targets to hit this week, Ross & Brand, Mandelson & Brown.
PRIVATE EYE found room to fire an arrow at Raymond Keene.

(picture courtesy of John Henderson - Scotsman Chess Columnist)

Here is a copy of the full piece.

Ray Keene part II (further reading)

This appeared on the Streatham & Brixton Chess Club site a few weeks ago.
Use the link below:

Streatham & Brixton Chess Club

And now the good news.
Scotland has a new International Master.

Welcome Iain McIntosh (centre) who is seen here getting his International
Master Certificate for Correspondence Chess from Alan Borwell (on the right).

The bloke on the left is a beaming George Pyrich who wanted to be in the photograph.

Here are a couple of Iain's games.

I.Mackintosh (2450) - B. Hammar(2514) Chess Correspondence Olympiad 2006.
A rare 5th move by White played to avoid accepted theory sets the scene.

The Queens come off but the position is far from dead.

White's Knights win the day with some clever leaping that nets a pawn.

Not the usual fare for this column. No cheap tactical blunders.
Just very good chess from both players.

[Click here to replay the game]
I.Mackintosh - B. Hammar

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.f3 e5 6.Nb3 d5 7.Bg5 Be6 8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.exd5 Qxd5 10.Qxd5 Bxd5 11.Nc3 Be6 12.0-0-0 Nd7 13.Nb5 Kd8 14.Na5 Rb8 15.Bc4 Bc5 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Rd3 Ke7 18.Rhd1 Nf8 19.Rc3 Bb6 20.Nc4 Rc8 21.Nbd6 Rc6 22.Nxb6 Rxc3 23.Nbc8+ Rxc8 24.Nxc8+ Ke8 25.Nxa7 Nd7 26.Nc8 b6 27.Rd6

Black's resignation may seem premature but the b-pawn is going
to fall. In correspondence play two pawns down is a massive handicap.

J.Anderson (1627) - I.Mackintosh (2450) SCCA Webserver 2007
This one belongs on The Corner. A tactical battle

In this position White should play 13.Bxc6+ because
after 13.Ba4 b5 14.Bb3 that Knight lands on e5.

Look out for Black's 16...Bh6! a move White must have missed
when pulling the Bishop back to a4.

And after Black's 18...Qd3! I cannot see anyway White
can stay on the board without shedding material.

If 19.Qe3+ seeking shelter in an ending, then 19...Ne5!
and White is in an unpleasant predicament.
Taking the Queens Off losses half a chess set.
Allowing the Queens to stay on would lose a King.

The final shot 22...Rxf2 seals a fine game.

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J.Anderson - I.Mackintosh

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.c4 dxc4 5.e3 c5 6.Bxc4 cxd4 7.exd4 Rg8 8.Qh5 e6 9.d5 Rg5 10.Qxh7 exd5 11.Bb5+ Nc6 12.Qd3 a6 13.Ba4 b5 14.Bb3 Ne5 15.Qd2 Rxg2 16.Bxd5 Bh6 17.Bc6+ Nxc6 18.Qxh6 Qd3 19.Ne2 Nb4 20.Na3 Bg4 21.Qd2 Rd8 22.Rd1 Rxf2

It ends thus 23.Qxd3 Nxd3+ 24.Rxd3 Rxe2+ a first-class game.

And finally.
Things not to do when you drunk No.789
Play Blitz chess on the Red Hot Pawn Internet Site.

I mate my opponent in 15 moves missing loads of quicker mates
along the way including a mate in one. Usually in a game if you miss
a mate you get punished - I missed four.

[Click here to replay the game]
Bowtie - Greenpawn

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.fxe5 Qh4+ 4.Ke2 Qxe4+ 5.Kf2 Bc5+ 6.Kg3 Qxe5+ [6...Qg6+ 7.Kf3 Qf5+ 8.Kg3 Bf2#] 7.Kf3 Qe4+ 8.Kg3 Bd6+ 9.Kf2 Bc5+ 10.d4 Bxd4+ 11.Kg3 Nf6 [11...Qg6+ 12.Kf4 Qf6+ 13.Kg3 Bf2#] 12.Qe2 Nh5+ 13.Qxh5 Qe1+ 14.Kf3 Qxf1+ [14...Qf2#] 15.Kg3 Qf2# Line

A shocking game- the missed mates are in the notes.

A good site RHP. free and no software to download so it won't trip your works firewall.
Here is a link:

Red Hot Pawn

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