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Chandler Cornered Christmas Quiz (and other stuff)

Hi Festive Folk.
Let us kick off with this:

The Chandler Cornered Christmas Quiz

No.1 Which piece is the White Knight?

No.2 Which piece is not a White Rook?

No.3 Helpmate in 2. Black moves first and aids White in mating him.
White will mate Black on his 2nd. move (Clue: it's a Knight move).

(Geoff are these not a tad too easy?....Ed)

You think so? How about this:

No.4 White to play. How many ways to mate in one move?


Three..........Geoff (solution at bottom).

The Picture Quiz Part

Remember 1972 when Fischer grabbed Spassky's h-pawn
and got his Bishop trapped? Of course you do.
Which of the four Pawns on d4, e4, d5 or e5 was it?

(well if I left the pawn on h2 it would be obvious).

Clue: One of the pawns, was first pawn shoved
to b4 by Captains Evans when he invented his famous gambit in 1824.

Another of the White pawns is the actual pawn that Alekhine promoted
in his game v Dake, San Francisco, 1929.

The last pawn is an old battered f-pawn that has played one
King's Gambit too many.

End of the picture quiz and end of the whole Christmas quiz. (I'm bored with it.)

Here are a series of proper puzzles.
They have a connecting humerous twist.

Black goes first and help White mate him on White's 2nd move.

Here is an example.

1... a5 2. Rb3+ Ka4 3. Nc5 mate. Easy?
Now remove the Black Pawn and replace it with a Black Queen.

Helpmate in two.

Helpmate in two.

Now remove the Black Queen and replace it with a Black Rook.

Helpmate in two.

Now remove the Black Rook and replace it with a Black Bishop.

Helpmate in two.

And finally remove the Black Bishop and replace it with a Black Knight.

Helpmate in two.

An incredible series of Helpmates from Henry Forsley (1914-1981).
Having solved these you should now be an expert in Rook and Knight mating patterns.

The Christmas Short Story

Every magazine has one of these at this time of year.
Some old boy is looking at a Chess position on Christmas night
when suddenly Old Nick appears and shows him a move that wins.

The old boy realises he must now find a defence or else lose his soul.

The old boy finds a move that does not save the game but forces
Old Nick to move his King in the shape of a cross.

Pow! Old Nick disappears in a flash. Smell of brimstone and all that. that's it.

More Bloody Chess Poetry

I knew it.
I had no game to show so to fill up space I publish one poem.
One lousy stinking poem (that did not even rhyme).

Whoosh! and there go the floodgates.

Suddenly I am inundated with budding John Milton's
all eager to see their verse published on the net.
Well not here boys. Not here.

I'll make it clear.

Bo Peep and Little Jack Horner
will not be appearing on The Corner

I even got one from Australia. True. Dave Ellis is an Australian poet.
(surely there cannot be that many words that rhyme will Shelia?)

AN AUSSIE MATE by Dave Ellis.

Jack’s furrowed brow creased in a frown,

“The bloody telly’s broken down.

The footy game we cannot view.

Now what the hell is there to do?”


That is all you are getting. They find a chess set and have a game of chess.
One of the guys thinks he is winning but stalemates his opponent.

But Dave the Australian Poet also sent a game.
A good game, played in the 1994 Australian Championship.

David Ellis - Robert Maris (Hey! Their names rhyme!).
Black leaps off his stool and right away starts pushing back White
and gaining space. White stays cool and covers his weak points.

Black does nothing with his space and White plays himself
right back into the game. Knowing the good moves that follow I am
surprised that White did not play 18.Ng5 here.

18.Ng5 and the coming Bd5+ would win at least the exchange.

When White did play Ng5 a move later it did not carry the same bite.

Then came 21...e4? and even though it was played in Australia you could
hear the cheers from the b2 Bishop as far north as Inverness.

In years to come the d-pawn will telling his grand children about
the day he sat on d3 for most of the game then suddenly took
a pawn, a Knight and then mated Black on g7.

[Click here to replay the game]
David Ellis - Robert Maris

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. b3 Bg4 4. g3 Nd7 5. Bg2 f6 6. Bb2 e5 7. O-O d4 8. d3 Bd6 9. Na3 f5 10.Nc2 a5 11. Qd2 Ngf6 12. e3 dxe3 13. Nxe3 O-O 14. Nxg4 Nxg4 15. a3 Qc7 16. b4 axb4 17. axb4 c5 18. b5 Ngf6 19. Ng5 Rxa1 20. Rxa1 Re8 21. Ra7 e4 22. dxe4 Qb6 23. e5 Qxa7 24. Qxd6 Qb6 25. Bd5+ Kh8 26. exf6 Re1+ 27. Kg2 Qxd6 28. fxg7

Chess in the Newspapers No.11

First of all this from THE SUN 18th. December.

Monopoly more popular than Chess?
Perhaps if we introduced a new rule.

"Everytime a Rook passes h8 you get 200 grading points."

Interesting to note The Sun say Chess was invented in the 15th century.
That is when the game as we know it dates from. The rules were changed
in the 15th century, notably the power of the Queen and the Bishop, also
castling came into effect and the en passant rule.

Then this from the Wee Scunners section of the Edinburgh Evening News.

It was of course Nigel Short. Is he still the youngest player to
appear in a National Chess Championship?

Here is the 11 year old Nigel beating Glen Flear in the
1977 BCF Championship held that year in Brighton.

[Click here to replay the game]
N.Short - G.Flear

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.0-0 Be7 7.Re1 0-0 8.e5 Ne8 9.c3 d3 10.Qxd3 d6 11.Bxc6 bxc6 12.Bf4 Bg4 13.Nbd2 Qd7 14.Rad1 f6 15.e6 Bxe6 16.Qe4 Kf7 17.Nd4 Bd5 18.Qxh7 Qg4 19.g3 Bd8 20.Nf5

The threatened Nh6+ forces Black to give up his Queen.

Did you see fifth move 5.d4 It's called the Centre Attack in the Lopez.
Sometimes because of the early d4 it's called the Scotch Ruy Lopez.

It was a great favourite of the Scottish player George Henry McKenzie (1837-91).
George Henry enlisted in the Union Army in the American Civil War.
He became a Captain, deserted and signed up again.

(people will be thinking I'm making this up but it's true).

He fought on the side of the Indians at the battle of The Little Big Horn.
Now that bit I made up.

Hmmmm. I've had a Captain Evans and now a Captain McKenzie.
I could have done some kind of Captains Corner featuring other Captains.

I don't know any other Captains. Captains of Chess League Teams?

Anyway. Where was I?

The early d4 in the Lopez.
Let us a take a wee peek inside the pages of Leonard Barden's Book.
The Ruy Lopez Winning Chess with 1.P-K4 Pergamon 1963.
Follow this piece of analysis.

[Click here to replay the game]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.0-0 Be7 7.Re1 b5 8.e5 Nxe5 9.Nxe5 bxa4 10.Qxd4 0-0 11.Bg5 Rb8 12.Nc3 Rb4 13.Qd2 Rxb2 14.Nc4 Rb8 15.Rxe7 Qxe7 16.Nd5

We reach this position from the book with Leonard quoting the game, Honfi-Kluger, Balaton, 1959.

"..and white wins for if 16...Qe6 17.Bxf6 gxf6 18.Re1 wins the Queen."

This is true. But if 18...Re8 and White takes the Queen then he is mated in 3.

18...Re8 19.Rxe6 Rb1+ 20.Re1 Rbxe1+ 21.Qxe1 Rxe1 mate.

In the actual game Kluger under analysed, played 16....Nxd5 17.Bxe7 Nxe7 and lost.
When infact falling into the trap was the way to go. From the diagram.

19. Nxf6+ Qxf6 20. Rxe8+ Kg7 and the game is still in the pot.

Nice piece of luck that. I was originally going to show a different game
with that line when I stumbled upon that uncharactistic Barden Blunder.

Christmas Quiz solutions (those that need solutions)

Christmas Puzzle No.4 solution
Two of the mate are easy to see.

1.Rf8 mate and 1.Re7 mate.

If you study the position you soon see that Black's
last move must have been ....g7-g5.

What was Black's last move.?
The Black King on f7 could not have come from e7,f8 or g8.
There is a double attack on these squares and there is no way
for White's last move to have been a double check.

It could not have from g7 because how else did the Bishop get to h6?.
If it came from say c1 then the Black pawn must have been on g6.
But then White would be in check with Black to play - illegal.

So Black's last move must have been g7-g5 thus 1.hxg6 ep. is also a mate in one.

I'd like to thank Swiss Gambit and the rest of the boys at Problem Composers Club
from the Red Hot Pawn site for composing that problem especially for The Corner.

The Picture Quiz Which was the Fischer pawn?

None of them. The keen eyed solver would have spotted
that they were all from the game M.Middelveld - M.Niesert, Hengelo U-12's, 1998

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Middelveld - M.Niesert

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Ng5 Qxg5 5.d4 Qxg2 6.Rf1 Bxd4 7.Qh5 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Qxc2 9.Nd2 Bxb2 10.Bxb2 Qxb2 11.Bc4 Qxa1+ 12.Ke2 Nd4+ 13.Kd3 g6 14.Qxe5+ Kd8 15.Qxh8 d6 16.Qxg8+ Kd7 17.Bd5 c6 18.Qxf7+ Kd8 19.Qf6+ Kc7 20.Qe7+ Kb6 21.Rxa1 Bf5+ 22.Kxd4 c5+ 23.Kc4 a5 24.Qxb7

Merry Christmas.

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