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Glasgow Chess Congress 2008

The Glasgow Congress 2008

A full house of 164 entrants including four home Grandmasters made
this the Scottish Chess event of the year.

Getting the Kelvingrove Museum to host such an event was a masterstroke.
John Dempsey can be very satisfied with himself for organising and getting
this occasion off the ground and the 164 combatants were very grateful.

Everyone I spoke too thought the tournament was excellent.
Here is John addressing the crowd before the final round.

And another one of John looking down the top five boards.

Jacob is looking at Callum McQueen v Keith Ruxton, McQueen has just walked into
an opening trap that is so old it is mentioned in the Doomsday Book.
Callum bought me pint Bells later that night with a gentleman's agreement
that I would not mention it or show the game. (see below).
My price for silence is Two pints Callum. TWO Pints. (see below).

It was also the day THE BOOK came out. Rampant Chess.
So I was there to help promote it.

Don't know why I bothered. It was simply floating off the book stall.
Over 40 copies sold on the first day.

Keith and I got tee-shirts printed for the launch.

Me, Jonathan Rowson, who wrote the forward, and Keith.
(had to an extra large size to fit fatso Ruxton).

OK let's have a look at some of the games.

(tell them who won the tournament....Ed).

There was a tie for first place between GM Colin McNab and IM Andy Muir.
GM Jonathan Rowson came third. Full details will be found on
the Glasgow Congress Website.

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Trap of the tournament must go to Duncan Walker for his imaginative
shot against Joe Redpath. Here Duncan has just played 15..Nd7-c5!
What happens if White takes the cheeky Knight?

Black had intended to follow up his Knight sac with a Rook sac,
another Knight sac and mate.

16.dxc5 Bxc5+ 17.Kh1 Rxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Ng4+ 19.Kh3 Qh8+ 20.Kxg4 Qh5 mate.

I wonder how long Duncan took on the Knight sac and I'm also wondering
how long Joe took in declining the piece offer.

I'm reminded of a Lasker story. His opponent spent 30 minutes pondering over
a piece sacrifice. Finally he sacced the piece.
After a couple of minutes thought Lasker declined it.

"Why did you decline my sacrifice after only a few minutes." asked his opponent at the end of the game.

"You took so long working it out, I figured it must be sound." replied Lasker.

Here is the full game. Black triples up the Queen and both Rooks on the h-file.
White beats off the attack, triples up on the b-file and wins.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Redpath - D,Walker

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Bf5 4.c4 e6 5.Qb3 Qc8 6.Nc3 c6 7.Nh4 Bg6 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.g3 Nbd7 10.Bg2 Bd6 11.Bd2 Qc7 12.Rc1 Qb8 13.f4 Rh7 14.0-0 Ke7 15.e4 Nc5! 16.Qc2 [16.dxc5 Bxc5+ 17.Kh1 Rxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Ng4+ 19.Kh3 Qh8+ 20.Kxg4 Qh5#] 16...Ncxe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Bxe4 dxe4 19.Qxe4 Qh8 20.Rf2 Rh5 21.b4 a6 22.a4 Rb8 23.Re1 Kd7 24.Bc3 Qh7 25.Ree2 Kc7 26.Rb2 Rh8 27.b5 axb5 28.axb5 cxb5 29.c5 Be7 30.Rxb5 Rd5 31.Rfb2 Rb8 32.Qb1

Next we see the trap that Callum 'one pint' McQueen fell into.

White has just played 10.Bh6. Black to play.

Yes. 10...Nfxe5 nets a central pawn due to the coming Queen check on h4.

We then get treated to the Ruxton technique. Note he does not sit back
waiting for the game to win itself, he forced White to bring
matters to a head before he has time to recover.

[Click here to replay the game]
C.McQueen - K.Ruxton

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Be2 d6 6.Bg5 Na6 7.Qd2 e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.f3 a5 10.Bh6 Nfxe4 11.fxe4 Qh4+ 12.g3 Qxh6 13.Nf3 Qxd2+ 14.Nxd2 Bd7 15.0-0-0 Bh6 16.Rdf1 f5 17.Kd1 Be3 18.Rf3 Bd4 19.Rhf1 Kg7 20.Ke1 h5 21.Bd1 Rae8 22.Bc2 f4 23.gxf4 Bg4 24.Nb5 Bxf3 25.Nxf3 Rxf4 26.Nfxd4 Rxf1+ 27.Kxf1 exd4 28.Nxc7 Re7 29.Nb5 d3 30.Bb1 Rxe4

Hopefully all the games from the Open will soon be on the Chess Scotland site.
One of them, the 3rd round game, Rowson v Aagaard will be there.
But not here.
Jacob bought me two pints not to show it because Rowson won it.
(You see Callum, two pints work, one pint just irritates me).

Here is a picture of the Rowson Aagaard game in progress.

And the truth is...

I picked up the Open games to enter into the database but for some unknown
reason none of the round 3 games were there. I have rounds 1,2,4 and 5.

Where are the Round Three Games?

We could end up like W.H.Cozens who scoured the whole world
looking for the games from the 1937 Chess Olympiad.

20 years he spent looking for the game for this book.

He came around to my house one Sunday afternoon and asked me if
I had come across any games. I said 'yeah, come in.'

Half of that book is made of skittles games I played in Bells.

(is that true?...Ed)

No it's a lie. Where was I...? Ah Yes The Glasgow Congress.

I can however show you the last round game between GM's John Shaw and Jacob.
it was a 16 move draw. A Grandmaster draw?
Not quite. John offers a piece on move 14 which OTB looks risky to take.
Jacob declines the piece so John sacs the said piece on f7.

Jacob obviously did not like the look of the variations he saw if he took
the second piece offer so he set up a perpetual. (I have added moves 17-20).

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Shaw - J.Aagaard

1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nb6 8. Bb3 dxe5 9. d5 Na5 10. Nc3 Nxb3 11. Qxb3 e6 12. Nxe5 a6 13. O-O Bd6 14. Rd1 O-O 15. Nxf7 Bxh2+ 16. Kxh2 Rxf7 17. dxe6 Qh4+ 18. Kg1 Qxf2+ 19. Kh2 Qh4+ 20. Kg1

N.Berry - L.Turley
This was a good game. Look at this position after White's 14th. move.
The cluster of central Knights makes a pretty sight.

Here is the game.

[Click here to replay the game]
N.Berry - L.Turley

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 c5 6.Bxc4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 a6 8.0-0 b5 9.Bb3 Bb7 10.e5 Nd5 11.Ne4 Nd7 12.Re1 Bb4 13.Qg4 Nxe5 14.Qxg7 Ng6 15.Nxe6 Qb6 16.Bxd5 Bxe1 17.Bxb7 Bxf2+ 18.Kh1 Rd8 19.Nf6+

The final game is Andrew Muir v Neil Berry.
A real tough fight this one. Infact the whole tournament was a no holds
barred contest. From the 33 games I have only 10 that were drawn.

If Andrew wins this then he shares 1,600 with Colin McNab.
See if you can seen the moment in the Allegro finish where Neil can
win a Rook and the game.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Muir - N.Berry

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.c5 Nbd7 6.Bf4 g6 7.h3 Bg7 8.e3 0-0 9.Be2 Ne8 10.e4 dxe4 11.Nxe4 Ndf6 12.Nxf6+ Nxf6 13.0-0 Be6 14.Rc1 Bd5 15.Ne5 Ne8 16.Nc4 Bxc4 17.Rxc4 Nc7 18.Bf3 Re8 19.Re1 Nd5 20.Bg3 e6 21.Qb3 Qd7 22.a3 h5 23.Rd1 a5 24.Rc2 Ne7 25.Be4 e5 26.d5 a4 27.Qc4 cxd5 28.Bxd5 Nxd5 29.Rxd5 Qe6 30.Rd6 Qf5 31.Rcd2 Rec8 32.Kh2 Bf8 33.R6d5 Qe6 34.Bxe5 Bxc5 35.Qf4 Bf8 36.Rd7 Bh6 37.Qxh6 Qxe5+ 38.f4 Qf5 39.Rxb7 Rc1 40.Rbd7 Re8 41.Rd8 Rce1 42.Qg5 Qb1 43.Rxe8+ Rxe8 44.Qf6 Qe1 45.Rd4 h4 46.Qg5 Qf2 47.f5 Re1 48.Rd8+ Kg7 49.f6+ Qxf6 50.Rg8+

So that was that. A brilliant tournament.
Everyone is now looking forward to the weekender at Oban
on the 28th. November to the 30th November.

I say weekender, but inside the entry form it's actually a month long!

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