This weeks top shot comes from Andrew Masters who took
the above picture one bright morning catching the sun
casting chess shadows own his wall.
A Shameless Plug
I picked up a 2nd hand copy of The Mammoth Book of Chess at a junk shop.
So on the Red Hot Pawn forum I asked for an anagram of RAMPANT CHESS
offering the Mammoth book as first prize.
Here are some of the entries.
THE SCAMPS RAN
HE CRAMS PANTS
Spenach is not only good for your muscles, it's good for your brain as well!
ASS RENT CHAMP
RENT AS CHAMPS
There were dozens of entries including one from a shrewd lad who
found an anagram site and submitted over a 100 entries.
I called Keith and he said he would the judge the winner.
When I informed the RHP boys that Keith was judge,
this appeared in reference to my sections of THE BOOK.
CHAN PART MESS! (Wise guy. So he was not going to win.)
Keith voted for CHESSMAN TRAP but the winner informed
me he already had the Mammoth book and did not want it.
(The boys at RHP are like that - they enter a competition they don't want to win?)
So Keith instead chose 'S CHEAP 'N SMART'
This was entered by a lad from the The Netherlands and that is why
The Mammoth Book of Chess is on it's way from a junk shop to Holland.
Right, now that about 400 of you have the book it's time to reveal it's secret.
Go to page 136 Game 45 S.Mannion - V.Erdos.
Play out the game to the final position where Erdos resigns.
Now from the final position start playing the game backwards
and within a few minutes Old Nick himself will appear in a cloud of brimstone.
He will look something like this.
Now he is going to be angry, so quickly close the book, hold
it out in front of you, the cover facing him, and repeat;
"Mummba Wummba Kala Wummba" over and over again.
If he does not disapear and you feel your soul draining from you,
then knock over the chess pieces and repeat the action stated above.
This should work.
Don't do it with any kids in the room, they will get a fright.
Me and Keith thought it would be a good idea to put that wee trick
in the book. Good init?
Next week I'll tell you where all the swear words are hidden.
We end with this amusing game played in the Oxford Chess League last night.
Will Burt (Cowley) v John Richards (Didcot) 19/1/2009.
The Evans Gambit with White throwing out his bits on aggresive squares
cooking threats. He evens allows his Kingside to be shattered so he can have
an open g-file. Black drifts along till White's first Queen offer wakes him up.
Position after 17.Qxf5.
17...gxf5 18.Rg1+ mates.
So a piece up White swaps off into an ending and get a technical win.
No. He spots a mating pattern.
And sets off to set it up. Black never smelt it coming.
[Click here to replay the game]
W.Burt - J.Richards
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O Nge7 8.cxd4 O-O 9.d5 Nb8 10.Bb2 d6 11.e5 Bg4 12.Qd4 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Nf5 14.Qd3 g6 15.Kh1 Nd7 16.exd6 cxd6 17.Qxf5 Re8 18. Qh3 Re7 19.f4 Qe8 20.Na3 a6 21.Rg1 Nc5 22.Raf1 Ne4 23.Rg4 Nd2 24.Qxh7
24...Kxh7 25.Rh4+ mate next move.
Cowley won the match 4½-1½.