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Chandler Cornered

Mini Olympiad + Bells 2009 Tournament + Hastings

We kick off Corner 2009 with a joke.

An Englishman, A Scotsman, an American and a Mexican
are flying to Spain to play in a chess congress.
Suddenly the engine starts spluttering and it's going to conk out.

There is only one parachute.

The Englishman gets up and shouts: "Remember the English Opening." and jumps out.
The Scotsman gets up and shouts: "Remember the Scotch Opening." and he jumps out.
The American gets up and shouts: "Remember the Alamo." and throws out the Mexican.

The year was only one day when a Chess Tournament took place in Scotland.

A mini Chess Olympiad for visually handicapped players to commemorate
the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille (1809-1852) who invented Braille.

This event took place at the EDINBURGH CAPITAL HOTEL, Clermiston Road, Edinburgh.

The final placings were:


I would love to show a game as I saw many interesting positions
and the standard of play was very high.
But my usual trick of stealing a score sheet was thwarted.
All the players were recording their games in Braille.

Donald WIlson suggested I buy a 2nd hand copy of 'Learn Braille'
nick a score sheet and show a game. Huh!


This annual event took place on Saturday the 3rd of January.
To celebrate Keti Arakhamia-Grant becoming a full G.M. we invited Keti along
and she in turn invited some of her strong female chess playing friends.

from left to right.

Jonathan Grant, George Neave, Nana Kurchakolovia (Lativian WFM), Craig Pritchett,
Walter Buchanan, Keti, Colin McNab, Neil Farrel, Momo Peplinski (Armenian WIM),
Keith Ruxton, Geoff Chandler, Laura Krasnowski (Croatian WFM), Alastair Campbell
and Alacia Nuemann (Polish WIM).

This was a great event but I forgot my camera so could not get
any pictures of the games in progress.

(So who took the above picture?.........Ed)

(It was not me - I'm in the picture.)

I won it with my now traditional 100% score.

Keti came 2nd. Colin 3rd, Momo Peplinski and Keith tied for 4th.

Hacking at Hastings
L.Moro Bernal(2451) - N.Chkhaidze(2203) Hastings Masters 2008/09.
Now here is a great game of chess to start 2009.

White sacs three pieces (moves 15-19) to snare Black it what appears to be mating net.

"The Queen covers the flight squares and a Rook lift will deliver the mate."

Thus ran White imagination as he merrily chucked the three pieces at Black.

Black starts throwing the pieces back at White to stop the Rooks from giving mate.
Even the Black Queen is tossed overboard in an effort to keep the Black boat afloat.

We end up with a very odd material balance. Queen and 4 pawns v 2 Rooks and a Bishop.
The exposed Black King and the creeping White pawns decide the game.

The whole show comes down to an exciting pawn race and three Queens appear on the board.

[Click here to replay the game]
L.Moro Bernal - N.Chkhaidze

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 d6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 a6 7.Bd3 Bd7 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Nxc6 Bxc6 10.Qe2 Be7 11.b4 0-0 12.Bb2 b6 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.f4 Nd7 15.Nd5 exd5 16.exd5 Ba4 17.Bxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.Qg4+ Kh8 21.Rd3 Nf6 22.Rh3+ Nh7 23.Rxh7+ Kxh7 24.Rf3 Qd8 25.Rh3+ Bh4 26.Rxh4+ Qxh4 27.Qxh4+ Kg7 28.Qg5+ Kh7 29.f5 Rg8 30.Qe7 Kg7 31.Qxd6 Rge8 32.Qf4 Kf6 33.g4 Re2 34.Kf1 Rxa2 35.Qh6+ Ke7 36.Qxb6 Re8 37.f6+ Kd7 38.b5 Ree2 39.Qc6+ Kd8 40.Qa8+ Kc7 41.Qc6+ Kd8 42.Qd6+ Ke8 43.b6 Rf2+ 44.Kg1 Rg2+ 45.Kh1 Rxh2+ 46.Qxh2 Rxh2+ 47.Kxh2 Kd8 48.g5 Be8 49.c5 a5 50.b7 Kc7 51.c6 Bxc6 52.dxc6 a4 53.g6 a3 54.gxf7 a2 55.f8Q a1Q 56.b8Q+

It must be cold in Hastings this year. There is ice on the g5 square.
Well how else can one explain 12.Bc1-g5 skidding onto h6 and then resigning?
R.Webster,R (1975) - M.Goodger (2164),Hastings Masters 2008.

[Click here to replay the game]
R.Webster - M.Goodger

1.c4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.d3 0-0 6.e4 fxe4 7.dxe4 d6 8.Nge2 c5 9.0-0 Nc6 10.h3 e5 11.Nd5 Be6 12.Bh6

The Two Bishops
J.Quinn(1846) - R.Griffiths(2107),Hastings Masters, 2008/09
This is a smart game.
White goes for it with 18.e5 and in the ensuing tactics he actually
ends up a pawn to the good. Here he should have played 24.Nf3.
24.Nf3 Bxf3 25.Rxd6!

Instead he went for 24.Bg3 thinking he was winning the d6 Bishop.
24.Bg3 Qe4 and White is lost. Watch those Black Bishops win this one.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Quinn - R.Griffiths

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.Be2 Be7 8.a4 0-0 9.f4 Nc6 10.Qd2 Qc7 11.Bf3 Na5 12.Be2 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Qxc4 14.Qd3 Qc7 15.Qe2 b6 16.0-0 Bb7 17.Bf2 Rfe8 18.Rad1 Rac8 19.e5 Nd5 20.Nxd5 Bxd5 21.Qxa6 dxe5 22.fxe5 Qxe5 23.Qxb6 Bd6 24.Bg3 Qe4 25.Rd2 Bc5 26.Qb5 Bxd4+ 27.Kh1 Bc4 28.Rf4 Qe3 29.Qb4 Qg1#

OK enough of Hastings.

Sleepless Night No.217
Just before you nod off your mind wanders through it's deepest recess
and finds the moment that guarentees no sleep again tonight.

G.Negyesy - K.Honfi, Budapest, 1955. Black to play.
1...Qxa2+ 2.Nxa2 Rd1 mate how did Black he miss that?

Infact Black did not miss it. After 1...Qxa2+ White resigned. 0-1.

It's White who is having the pre-sleep nightmares.
1...Qxa2+ 2.Nxa2 Rd1+ 3.Nc1! White wins.

So that is the Corner of 2009 done.
I'll do another one in 2010.

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