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The Art Gallery, The Mad Dog and 20 Rooks

The Earl of Moray v The Duke of Ross

This famous painting by Jean D. Mulville (1711-1777) has been hanging
in the Edinburgh Art gallery for these past 126 years and nobody has ever
thought of looking to see if the position painted on the board was legal.

Then one day I bought a scrambled egg sandwich from Greggs.

I've always like scrambled sandwiches. My mum used to make them
up for my lunch when I worked at the Kirkcaldy linoleum factory.

I used to throw the crusts off the Forth Rail Bridge.
I never liked the crust. I remember somebody, most likely my Grandmother,
saying that eating the crust gives you curly hair.
My Grandmother was always saying things like that.

Carrots are good for your eyes.
Apples are good for your teeth.
Crusts give your curly hair.

When mum found out I was throwing the crust away she cut the crusts
off and threw them into the garden. One day a squrrel with curly hair....

(....Chess...this is a Chess Column.....Ed)

Oh Yeah. So I had this scrambled egg sandwich when I saw a stray dog.
I pulled off the crust and gave it to the grateful dog.

I searched my pockets and found a packet of trebor mints.
So one by one I threw the mints to the dog.
The dog loved them, he caught them in mid-air, one gulp and they were gone.

Having gained the dog's trust I pulled out a packet of the wife's
false teeth steradent tablets (she did not eat her apples).
I tossed one at the dog.

The dog caught it, gulped it down and then a look of bewilderment came
across the dog's face. Suddenly the dog started frothing at the mouth.

"MAD DOG" I screamed and started running away.
The dog gave chase.

"MAD DOG, MAD DOG." I hollered and everyone got out of the dog's way.
By now the froth coming out of it's mouth was quite alarming.

I ran into the art gallery. Two of the gallery attendants stopped the
dog by throwing a coat over it and sitting on it.
This made it even madder.

I left them too it and pondered the pictures on the walls.

It was then the above picture caught my eye.
I studied the position on the chessboard. It was this.

Recognise it. This position was reached after White's 29th move 29.Rbd1
in the 10th game of the Fischer-Spassky match 1972. Now that's uncanny.

Recently I set a task on the Red Hot Pawn site.
Produce a game where all 16 pawns promote to Queens.

A chappie called Swiss Gambit posted the following
game that was composed by one Ed Collins.

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18 Queens

1.e4 f5 2.e5 Nf6 3.exf6 e5 4.g4 e4 5.Ne2 e3 6.Ng3 e2 7.h4 f4 8.h5 fxg3 9.h6 g5 10.Rh4 gxh4 11.g5 g2 12.g6 Bg7 13.hxg7 g1Q 14.f4 h3 15.f5 h2 16.b4 a5 17.b5 a4 18.b6 a3 19.Bb2 Ra7 20.bxa7 axb2 21.a4 b5 22.a5 b4 23.a6 b3 24.c4 h1Q 25.c5 h5 26.c6 Bb7 27.cxb7 c5 28.d4 c4 29.d5 Nc6 30.dxc6 c3 31.c7 c2 32.c8Q c1Q 33.b8Q Qcc7 34.a8Q d5 35.a7 d4 36.Nc3 dxc3 37.Qa6 c2 38.Qa8b7 c1Q 39.a8Q Qhd5 40.gxh8Q+ Kd7 41.g7 bxa1Q 42.g8Q b2 43.f7 b1Q 44.f8Q h4 45.f6 h3 46.f7 h2 47.Qfa3 h1Q 48.f8Q exf1Q+

I was duly impressed and without thinking it through I issued another challenge.

"18 Queens was easy (it's not) Give me 20 Rooks."

I thought this is impossible because they were not enough pieces
for the pawns to capture to side-step each other on the files.

(getting the 16 Queens meant you have 4 Rooks to capture. To Queen all the
pawns and get 20 Rooks you lose these four Rooks).

I was wrong.

Another chappie called Dood in the Mood came up with this.
(note the last Rook to promote actually gives mate.)

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20 Rooks

1.d4 d5 2.e4 e5 3.f4 a5 4.f5 h5 5.Bf4 exf4 6.c4 b5 7.c5 b4 8.Bc4 dxc4 9.Nc3 bxc3 10.d5 g5 11.e5 g4 12.Nf3 gxf3 13.d6 c2 14.c6 c1R 15.f6 Rb1 16.e6 Bb7 17.cxb7 Na6 18.b8R Bg7 19.fxg7 f5 20.e7 Kf7 21.exd8R c3 22.Rdc8 c2 23.d7 c5 24.d8R c1R 25.a3 Nb4 26.axb4 c4 27.b5 c3 28.b6 c2 29.Kd2 f2 30.b7 f1R 31.b4 f3 32.g4 f2 33.g5 Nh6 34.h3 Ng4 35.hxg4 Rg1 36.g8R f1R 37.g6+ Ke6 38.Rc5 f4 39.Rbc8 f3 40.b8R f2 41.R8c7 Re1 42.b5 f1R 43.b6 a4 44.Ra2 a3 45.Rb2 a2 46.b7 a1R 47.Rbc8 h4 48.b8R h3 49.Rgf8 Rh7 50.Rh2 Rh8 51.Rhf2 h2 52.g7 h1R 53.g8R R8h7 54.g5 R7h6 55.g6 Rh7 56.g7 R7h6 57.Rh8 Rh7 58.g8R cxd1R

I have stopped issuing challenges on the Red Hot Pawn site.

S. Abu Sufian (2418) - L.Rama (2297) Chess Olympiad, Dresden 2008
White's Queen lands on g7 attacking a Knight on f6.
Black protects the Knight and OOPS, I forgot to mention the Rook on h8.

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1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.a4 b6 6.Qd2 Bb7 7.f3 Nd7 8.Bc4 e6 9.h4 Ndf6 10.Bb3 Ne7 11.Bh6 Bxh6 12.Qxh6 d5 13.Qg7 Nc6

P.Charbonneau (2499) - H.Hussein(2354) Chess Olympiad, Dresden 2008
White sac a Bishop for what looks like a strong attack.
A silly Queen check by Black and White resigns.

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P.Charbonneau - H.Hussein

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Be7 6.Bd3 Ngf6 7.Nxf6+ Bxf6 8.Qe2 0-0 9.Bf4 c5 10.h4 cxd4 11.Bxh7+ Kxh7 12.Ng5+ Kg8 13.Qh5 Qa5+

After White gets out of check then 14...Qf5 and there is no attack.
White has sacced a Bishop for a pawn. Not enough.

L.Jouault,L - M.Lam, Chess Olympiad, Dresden 2008
Now the question you have to ask yourself is why did the Black Queen
move back to c6? (11...Qc6?) Why did the Black Queen move back to c6?

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L.Jouault,L - M.Lam

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5 5.Bd2 Qxc5 6.Nd5 b6 7.Bb4 Qc6 8.Bb5 Qb7 9.Bc3 Nf6 10.Qf3 a6 11.Bc4 Qc6 12.Nxf6+ Bxf6 13.Bd5 Bxc3+ 14.bxc3 Qc7 15.Bxa8

Last one.

R.Matoewi (2182) - A.Obodchuk (2434) Chess Olympiad, Dresden 2008
In this position White has to take back on d4.
His brain slips into gear and he sees that if he captures back with
the Bishop then Re8 is a piece winning pin.

So a quick check to see that capturing back with the Queen does not get the Queen
trapped in the centre of the board with the coming Knight move discovering an
attack on the White Queen.

No. So he plays 16.Qxd4 and resigns next move.

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R.Matoewi - A.Obodchuk

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.Be3 0-0 9.a4 d5 10.exd5 Nb4 11.d6 Qxd6 12.Ndb5 Qb8 13.Bc5 Nc6 14.Bf3 a6 15.Nd4 Nxd4 16.Qxd4 Ng4

White has to shed a piece, 17.Bd6 or get checkmated.

He should have captured back with the Bishop. Yes the pin
is nasty but look at the variation if White took back with the Bishop.

16.Bxd4 Rd8 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.Bxg7 Kxg7 19.c4

It's the old counter pin.
First seen in The Earl of Moray v The Duke of Ross
(that is in another painting).

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