Hello again square shufflers.
The postman brought me gifts this week.
Two deliveries to Bells. Look at this snazamigo postmark.
Inside was a copy of the Thirteenth Parrot.
Why the Thirteenth Parrot? I've no idea.
What happened to the other 12 parrots? Who knows.
One appeared in a Monty Python sketch, the others flew south for the winter.
The Thirteenth Parrot
A non-profit making, non-prophet making rag/mag.
Full of bright games and jokey comments. Looks like it is good
fun to put together. Thank you John Pratt for sending me a copy.
Edmonds - Greer BCf U-14's 1978. Vienna Gambit.
So here is a wee game from 13 Parrots which I found in the notes to a main game.
Black makes an opening error which gives White all the joys of the Halloween Gambit.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nxe5 Without having to put the mask on.
The opening moves of the Halloween Gambit.
After 9 moves Black was already jumping up and down on a crack in the thin ice.
9...h6 was played to stop 10.Ng5.
The bright-eyed young master Edmonds realised 9...h6 actually encourages 10.Ng5 1-0
[Click here to replay the game]
Edmonds - Greer
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 Nc6 4.fxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Ng6 6.e5 Ng8 7.Nf3 Bb4 8.Bc4 N8e7 9.0-0 h6 10.Ng5
I'll let you work out all the wins against any defence. Black did and resigned.
In the other package was something very charming from Graz.
12 copies of the Austrian Chess Magazine Aktiv Schach.
They had been personally bound in a book by Flo Konig
who sends her best wishes to all the boys & girls at Bells.
Especially her old team mates, Sandy Bells 4.
(Bells 4 are traditionally known as the 'Drinking Team' so I
think this tells you more about Flo than I could ever do).
A brillo-mungo surprise Flo, very much appreciated. Thank You.
Only got the book today so have not had much time to browse it,
but here is a wee problem that caught my eye because I'm a
great fan of the economical problem (few pieces).
White to play and mate in 3 or as the magazine says. Matt in 3 Zuggen
It was composed by John Rice who must not be confused with Albert Bingley.
(Albert Bingley...John Rice...where is the connection? Ed).
There is not one. I'm just delaying the next sentence.
I never solved after giving it a good 15-20 minutes.
In the end with the deadline approaching (the grandkids are arriving)
I squrted it into Frit6 which got it within seconds.
So give it a bash (remember to look at the under promotion defences for Black).
And if you solve it in under 10 minutes then buy yourself a dog biscuit.
(if ever you send me something to Bells please send me an email to say your have - cheers)
The Junk Shop Bit
I Picked this up for 20p.
Instead of taking a picture of the pieces I scattered
them onto my flat scanner and scanned them.
Looks a bit arty-farty. Yes a piece is missing. (A White Rook)
So I cannot do my usual thing and play out the Morphy Opera
game because both Rooks are crucial to that game.
But I do know a brilliant and unique game by Morphy played at Rook odds.
Morphy v Amatuer, New Orleans 1858. Remove White's Queen's Rook.
Now I cannot use the moving pieces gadget from a set up position.
So I have to start from the original position, hop out a Black Knight
to nick the a1 Rook and hop it back home and THEN play out the game.
So the game really starts at 9.e4.
(Just leave the Rook on the board and show the game...Ed)
No can do Ed.
Play out the game you will see why I cannot leave the Queen's Rook on the board.
[Click here to replay the game]
Morphy - Amatuer
1.Nf3 Nc6 2.Ng1 Nd4 3.Nf3 Nb3 4.Ng1 Nxa1 5.Nh3 Nb3 6.Ng1 Na5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Ng1 Nb8 9.e4 e5 10.Nf3 Nc6 11.Bc4 Nf6 12.Ng5 d5 13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Nxf7 Kxf7 15.Qf3+ Ke6 16.Nc3 Nd4 17.Bxd5+ Kd6 18.Qf7 Be6 19.Bxe6 Nxe6 20.Ne4+ Kd5 21.c4+ Kxe4 22.Qxe6 Qd4 23.Qg4+ Kd3 24.Qe2+ Kc2 25.d3+ Kxc1 26.0-0
Brilliant. Just simply brilliant.
If you struggled with that mate in 3 here is a wee ego booster.
It is White to play and mate in two.
It is claimed it was composed by Morphy. Not too difficult but very nice.
Right another Corner done. Let's have a look over it.
Two puzzles, One short opening trap and one game played without a Rook.
Yup. That will do.