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Freebies + The Broons (again) + Knights on f5




I saw this as a freebie on the cover of a recent women's magazine.
I cannot quite understand this relatively recent fashion of giving
away a free book when you buy a magazine:

"Buy the magazine but read the book instead?"

Maybe it is marketing ploy No.872:
you start to read the book, discover it's naff so read the magazine instead.

I've not read it, but grabbed it because of the obvious Chess connection.

(If you don't like this Chandler Corner, let me know and I'll send you the book).

Never Judge a Book by it's it cover.

So here goes:

It must be about a house that is safe.
House engineers, (I cannot at the moment remember their correct name).
House engineers arrive, examine the house and declare it safe.
The plot is, will they find it unsafe.

The Broons
Last weeks's Sunday Post (no free book on the cover) was a near sell out.
(I know these things because Mrs. Corner works in a newspaper shop).

Why? Because Scotland's most famous family, The Broons, invited
Alex Salmon and Gordon Brown for a Burns Supper.



The Broons featured chess in one issue. I remember showing it on here years ago.
Horace Broon (a Keith Ruxton look alike) was playing in his Schools Chess Championship.
He was studying for the game and big bully brother Joe was making fun of chess.
So I dressed Joe up in a 'girly' shirt.



But it was the drawing of Horace at the stamp collecting club that
caught my attention. The artist had sneaked in an egg for chess players.
Look.



In the background, that is Smyslov looking at Miles pondering a move.
I recall seeing this actual picture years ago.

I added a game that bust a trap.



[Click here to replay the game]
players

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 c5 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.0-0 Qxc5+ 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.Bd2 Ng4 11.Nd5 Bxb2 12.h3 Bxa1 13.Qxa1 Nf2+ 14.Rxf2 Qxf2 15.Nxe7+ Nxe7 16.Qf6


"..and the combined threats of f5 and Bc3 are unanswerable."

But 16...Bxh3 17.gxh3 Qxe2 18.Bc3 Qxf3+ 19.Kh2 Qxc3.

We (me and the replies I received) all favour Black.










There was also a strip cartoon in last weeks Sunday Post that had a Chess theme.



Right enough of this reminiscing.
Let us look at the latest Chess Table.



Spot the lemon - (board set up wrong way round).

The Instructive Bit
I saw this game on Red Hot Pawn.
It's from a blitz game between Korch and Luk65.
This position was reached, White has just played 18.Qf3.










Black pondered the piece sac 18...gxf5 for a wee while and decided it
was too dodgy to accept. So without a moments thought played 18...Bg7?.

Taking the Knight and I see an uncomfortable position for Black
and attacking ideas for White, which means in my experience that Black
cannot make even a slight mistake for next 5-10 moves.
Something nigh impossible in a blitz game.
Best chance is perhaps to sac-back for counter play.

But it's not the soundness of the sac I wish to discuss.
It was fact that Black declined the sac and blundered next move.

A common mistake this one. You study a position for 10-15 minutes looking
at a critical move, reject it and play another move within seconds.

Sometimes you are lucky and your nil thought move is OK.

Most times you are not and your lose can be traced back to a quick loose move
tossed out simply because it was turn to move and you felt you had wasted
enough time rejecting another move.

The other thing that caught me in this game was White use of the f5 square in an e4-e5 opening.
Here is the game.


[Click here to replay the game]
Korch - Luk65

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nf3 d6 5.Bb3 Be7 6.c3 0-0 7.0-0 Be6 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Re1 Qd7 10.Nf1 Rfe8 11.Ng3 Rad8 12.d4 Bxb3 13.Qxb3 Qc8 14.d5 Nb8 15.Nh4 Bf8 16.Nhf5 Kh7 17.c4 g6 18.Qf3 Bg7 19.Nxg7 Kxg7 20.Bxh6+ Kxh6 21.Qxf6 Rg8 22.Nf5+ Kh7 23.Qh4


And now one of my games, again played on RHP but with a time control of 1 day a move.
Without any consideration about anything else, (castling be damned).
I send my Knights off to f5 to stir things up. I'm greenpawn.


[Click here to replay the game]
greenpawn - LittleDonkey

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.d3 Nd7 7.Bd2 Bc5 8.Bc3 f6 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.Qe2 b5 11.Nf1 Bb6 12.Ng3 c5 13.Nf5 b4 14.Bd2 a5 15.N3h4 Rf7 16.Qg4 Kf8 17.Nxg7 Nb8 18.Nhf5 Bxf5 19.Nxf5 Qd7 20.Bh6+ Rg7 21.Bxg7+ Ke8 22.Bxf6


Not going to condemn Black's moves, remember this was a one day a move tournament.
both of us had 8 or 9 games on the go at the same time. I saw an idea and went for it.

I will moan about him resigning though. He could have allowed the neat finish.
23...Qf7 24.Nd6+! cxd6 25.Qd8+ Bd8 29.Qxd8 mate.










In a few days I will be playing 36 games on RHP with a 1-3 days a move time control.

(18 games at one day a move. 18 games at 3 days a move - I bet you I mix
them up and play too quick in my 3 day games and lose my 1 day games on time.)

All my opponents are graded over 2000. Some I know are strong OTB players.
(one has a victory v Kasparov on his CV.)

I expect to get hammered - if ever there was a style not suited to this type of
chess then it's mine. Setting a trap OTB is a 50-50 gamble.
Setting a trap when your opponent can flick the bits about before moving
is a 99-1 gamble. And if he has an OTB grade over 2000 then it's 500-1.

But you can bet your house (your safe house), if one of my horses comes
in at 500-1 I'll be showing the game on here.

(I remember now - house engineers are called surveyors.)


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