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The Lothian Championship 2009

Oliver Penrose is the 2009 Lothian Champion for the 3rd time.
He won it in 1998 and again in 2003. Here is Oliver with the Bill Smerdon Trophy.

I've covered so many events at the Wester Hailes Centre so I won't bother describing the venue.

It has a very cheap and tasty canteen - the best in Edinburgh.
Next time I take out Mrs C. I'm taking her there. That is all you need to know.

So we begin as always with the 'B' Movie.
Alan.Minnican v Richard Kynoch Lothian Ch. 2009
A short b/w film directed by and starring Alan Minnican.
Supporting actor was Richard Kynoch (who fluffed his lines.)

All the bad news seems to stem from Black's 6th move 6...Nf6 7.Bxf6 gxf6.
(so 6.Be7 was a better move).

This created a tender scab at f6 that White kept picking at till it becomes inflamed.

Black tried applying ointment to the wound but to no avail.
It looks like 11....Rg8 was played with Rg6 in mind trying to bandage f6.
But 12...Rg6 13.Nh4 Rh6 14. Rhe1 and the coming Nf5 is painful.

Eventually a Black Knight jump onto the open sore at f6. Ouch! 1-0.

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Minnican - Kynoch

1. d4 d5 2. Bg5 c5 3. dxc5 Qa5+ 4. Nc3 e6 5. a3 Qxc5 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. Bxf6 gxf6 8.e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Qe7 10. Qd4 Nd7 11. O-O-O Rg8 12. Bb5 e5 13. Qa4 a6 14. Bxd7+ Bxd7 15.Nxf6+

So we leave the playing hall, go up the stairs, turn left,
go along the a very long corridor past the swimming pool,

turn right, go along a shorter corridor, open the door and we enter
the large room where the Lothian Knights were playing.

Once inside we happen upon G.Clark v C.King

They are staring at this position. White to play.

"Hmmmm..." thinks White, "I'll set a wee trap here." and played 27 a3.

And before you could say "Look before you leap."
Black took the Queen 27...Rxb5?? 28.Rc8+ mate next move.

The stunned look on Black's face is countered by White's demeanour of supreme wisdom.

Without a doubt back rank mate catches more players than any other mating tactic.
(I fell for it once...I too sat there with a stunned look).

We now leave the Knights playing hall, go along the wee corridor,
turn left, go along the long corridor, pass the swimming pool,

bump into a stranger who tried to bum a cigarette, turn right,
down the stairs turn left and we are in the reception area.

How the hell did I end up here....I'm lost...

(about turn and go straight ahead....Ed)

OK here we are back in the main playing hall.

Gosh! Have these two not made a move since I was away?

But other players have - this was R.Horn v J.Malkin in the Minor.
White to play.

Yes 1.Ba6! and White wins (10pts) 5 pts. for 1.c6 and -10 pts for 1.Be4.

This next position was sent to me after the tournament by Oliver Penrose,
but he could not recall who he played it against. (he forgot to send the name).

It's from a game of Oliver's - White to play. (mate in 3).

1.Rh3+ Rh4 2.g4+ Kxg4 3.Qf3 mate.

This next game has a charming tale.
D.Taylor (1155) v Lyndsay Flaherty (661)
Dave Taylor was so impressed by his young opponent's
play he actually donated his 2= prize money to her.

Now that is something you don't see everyday.
Infact I cannot recall anything like it at all.

Here is the game.
Now you are not going to see any fireworks, nor really any brilliant moves.
What you are going to see is a 661 girl player cooly equalise, chop wood
whilst maintaining a plus. Very very rare for a junior player.

There were moments when it could have all gone to pot but she thought
her way through it with unnerving accuracy.
If you had showed me this game and said who played it.
I would have said White was a sac-happy junior. Black was a seasoned pro.

White did have a perpetual but bravely went for the win. No doubt expecting the
661 player to stumble. But she remained sure footed all the way.

[Click here to replay the game]
D.Taylor - L.Flaherty

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. c3 dxc3 5. Bc4 h6 6. Qb3 Qe7 7. O-O Na5 8.Qxc3 Nxc4 9. Qxc4 Qc5 10. Na3 Qxc4 11. Nxc4 d6 12. Re1 Bg4 13. Nd4 O-O-O 14. f3 Be6 15. Na5 Nf6 16. Be3 a6 17. Rec1 Kb8 18. Nac6+ bxc6 19. Nxc6+ Kc8 20. Nxd8 Kxd8 21. Rc6 d5 22. e5 Nd7 23. f4 Nb8 24. Rc2 g5 25. fxg5 hxg5 26. Bxg5+ Kd7 27. a3 Bh6 28. Bd2 Bxd2 29. Rxd2 Rh5 30. Re2 Nc6 31. Rae1 Nd4 32. Rd2 Nc6 33.Rde2 Nd4 34. Rd2 Nc6 35. Rc2 Nxe5 36. Rec1 c6 37. b4 Rh4 38. g3 Rh5 39. h4 d4 40. Rc5 f6 41. Ra5 Nf3+ 42. Kf2 Rxa5 43. bxa5 Bg4 44. Rb1 d3 45. Ke3 d2 46. Rd1 Ke6 47. Rxd2 Nxd2 48. Kxd2 Kd5 49. Ke3 c5 50. Kd3 c4+ 51. Kc3 Kc5 52. a4 f5 53. Kc2 Kd4 54. Kd2 c3+ 55. Kc1 Kd3

So just how do juniors play?

Well they get a few bits out whilst waiting for their opponent to castle.
They then throw up their pawns at the castled position.
A file or two will get open. A piece will be sacced and then mate.

(Sounds like one of your games....Ed)

It sure does. And you can bet your cheese sandwich if I never put never
put the names on here someone would claim it is one of my games.

It's actually a good game by White. Nice finish as well.

Black had to play more sharply to take White's mind of what he was doing
10...Qb6 instead of 10...h6? was a start. I bet White was glad to 10...h6?
It opens the door to the King. "Come on in mate me."

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L.Ingram - M.Chan

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.Bf4 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.c3 Be7 8.Nbd2 0-0 9.Ne5 Bd7 10.g4 h6 11.h4 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Ne8 13.g5 g6 14.gxh6 Kh7 15.h5 Nc7 16.hxg6+ fxg6 17.Bxg6+ Kxg6 18.Qg4+ Bg5 19.Qh5+ Kf5 20.Be3 Kxe5 21.Bxg5 Qe8 22.Bf4+ Kf6 23.Qg5+

In this next one Phil Thomas said as he was making the move 21.Ra3-f3
he remembered reading RAMPANT CHESS and whispered "Wheeeeeee!"
(sure way to get a game published - mention THE BOOK.)

Watch Black's Knights get themselves in a right tangle in this game.
Black made 20 moves, 11 of them with his Knights.

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Phil Thomas - Hugh Flockhart

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Bd3 Nbd7 6. O-O O-O 7. b4 e5 8. a4 Nh5 9. Ra3 Nf4 10. Bb1 Nf6 11. d4 N6h5 12. g3 exd4 13. Nxd4 Ne6 14. Nf5 Nf6 15. Nxg7 Nxg7 16. Bg5 Nge8 17. Nd5 c6 18. Nxf6+ Nxf6 19. Qd4 c5 20. Qa1 cxb4 21. Rf3

Finally a game from the winner. The last round game: O.Penrose v A.Minnican
White built up a comfortable position and by move 24 had control of the
only open file and had hemmed in the Black Knight. A difficult position for Black.

Black wanted the Knight on f6 so played 24...Qg7? Not the best.
In these positions you should be looking for unsettling active moves.

White has Black bottled up but these pawn moves robbing the Black Knight
of it's freedom,have they advanced too far - is there a trick here?

24...Qh4! threatening 25...Nf6. And if 25.Re7 Ne5!

White appears to have nothing better than 26.Qh3+ Qxh3 27.gxh3 Nd3+

But the chance was missed.

This next bit has the clammy stench of time trouble.

Black has just played 26...c6?

White played 27.dxc6? but 27.Rxf7! may have prompted immediate resignation.
27...bxc6 28.Nd4? again missing 28.Rxf7!

There followed some activity by Black but taking the Queens off
was the wrong decision (37...Kb8 was better. Time trouble?).

With the Queens off the White win was fairly easy.

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O.Penrose - A.Minnican

1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. dxe5 Nxe5 4. f4 Nc6 5. Be3 Bb4+ 6. c3 Ba5 7. Bc4 Qe7 8.Qd3 Nf6 9. Nd2 Ng4 10. O-O-O Nxe3 11. Qxe3 d6 12. Qg3 g6 13. Ngf3 Be6 14. Bd5 O-O-O 15. Nc4 Bb6 16. Nxb6+ axb6 17. Rhe1 Nb8 18. Nd4 Bxd5 19. exd5 Qf6 20. Re4 Rhe8 21. Rde1 Rxe4 22. Rxe4 Nd7 23. b4 h6 24. Qe3 Qg7 25. Re7 Qf6 26. Nb5 c6 27. dxc6 bxc6 28. Nd4 d5 29. Kb2 g5 30. g3 gxf4 31. gxf4 c5 32. bxc5 bxc5 33.Nb5 Qb6 34. a4 d4 35. Qe4 dxc3+ 36. Kxc3 Qa5+ 37. Kb3 Qb4+ 38. Qxb4 cxb4 39.Rxf7 Nb6 40. Kxb4 Rd2 41. a5 Nd5+ 42. Kc5 Ne3 43. a6 Rc2+ 44. Kd4 Nc4 45. Rc7+ Kd8 46. Rxc4

An exciting last round tussle.

Oliver Penrose with The Book.

Nope they still have not moved.

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