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Chinese Chess Mag + Why are Blunders, Blunders

A couple of Chinese girls where I work went home for the Chinese New Year
and brought me back a Chinese Chess Magazine.

I bet most of you are now drooling all over your keyboard.
You will try and pretend it does not matter but when you look at
your chess collection tonight you will pause and sigh.

Yes. Your collection is incomplete. You do not have a Chinsese Chess magazine.

I've been emailed from a few ex-pats who tell me they get all their news
about what it is happening at home from me and can I keep them up to date.

Well we won the Napoleonic War, Rabbie Burns had written some new songs
and a fellow called Logie Baird is dabbling with something called television.

Here is a recent picture of Edinburgh Castle.

It has been snowing. Here is pic of my back garden.

My three cats, Spassky, Fischer & Alekhine all lined up on the sofa.

And this is the wife catching her dinner, note the....

(enough of this crap - get on with chess......Ed)

Ideas in Action No.85 & 86
I like trying figure out the base root of a blunder.
You see some moves that blunder away half a chess set and wonder
what was going through the players mind.

Some players simply shrug and say it was a blunder.
Not me, if it's not a simple oversight then the move was played for a reason,
there is an idea behind it, usually a bad idea, but an idea none the less.

I enjoy trying to figure what they were thinking and why they blundered.

In this game from RHP Monsterchess v Becker I think I've nailed it.

This position was reach with Black to get an idea.

He sees a nice home on b4 for his Bishop pinning the c3 Knight,
so works out he can play Qd7 - Bd8 - Be7 - Bb4

Quite inventive. But walking the Queen into a self-pin is always dodgy
and White spots the shot right away.

I remember reading something by Tarrasch years ago who said it is
often the case the first player to form a plan is in trouble.
The opposing can see the plan and now has a plan to prevent it.

Black's plan drop a central pawn. A flesh wound.
Black carries on with plan A and then drops a Rook.

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Monsterchess v Becker

1.e4 d5 2.e5 e6 3.d4 c5 4.Ne2 c4 5.Nbc3 Bb4 6.Bd2 a6 7.a3 Ba5 8.b4 Bb6 9.g3 Nc6 10.Be3 a5 11.b5 Nce7 12.a4 Nf5 13.Qd2 Ngh6 14.Bxh6 Nxh6 15.Bh3 Qd7 16.Nf4 Bd8 17.Nfxd5 Be7 18.Nb6 Qd8 19.Nxa8

White went onto win without breaking sweat.

Jim Crawford - Lindsay Ridlan, Civil Serivce Allegro, 2009.
In this one White could have won the clumsy Knight on a5 but looked too deeply
into the position and seeing a counter shot refrained from playing 8.b4

He is thinking 8.b4 Bf6 9.bxa5 d3 and Black is on top.

He missed the simple 9.Bd3 blocking the d-pawn and then picking up the Knight.

No serious harm done. Black had to waste a tempo getting the Knight safe and White tore into him.
Cannot figure out why Black played 14...Ke7? instead of 14...Nc6.

Sometimes you just have to give up trying to find out what they were thinking
and call it a bad move. It may be the first move that came into the player's head
and he is playing 'first thought - first move chess' which is something we are
all guilty off.

White chased the King to the h-file (missed the cute 19.Be2 and mate next move)
and mated him on move 22.

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J.Crawford - L.Ridlan

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6 4.0-0 Be7 5.d4 Na5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.Be2 exd4 8.Qxd4 Bf6 9.Qd3 Bg4 10.c3 c5 11.Bf4 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Be5 13.Bxe5 dxe5 14.Qb5+ Ke7 15.Qxc5+ Kf6 16.Rd1 Qe7 17.Rd6+ Kg5 18.Qe3+ Kh4 19.g3+ Kh3 20.Bg2+ Kg4 21.h3+ Kh5 22.Bf3

God Awful Trap No.113
I'm playing for a 3 day league team on RHP (you have 3 days for a move).

greenpawn34 - rafasegovia, In this position with me White I played 10.h4?!

I then posted the position on my Club forum showing them the trap I had in mind.

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The Trap

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.Bb3 0-0 7.Bg5 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.Nbd2 h6 10.h4 hxg5 11.hxg5 Ng4 12.Rxh5 Bxf2+ 13.Kf1 Ne3+ 14.Kxf2 Nxd1+ 15.Rxd1

And I reckon White has excellent chances.

Time passed and a few days later I lucky enough to be on line when he took the Bishop
so we played a move every few minutes and he followed my trap move for move.

He then played from the above position 15...Ne7. 16.Rhd1 Ng6 17.Nh4!
and there he stopped. His intended 17...Nf4 walks into a classic.

White to play - it's a cracker and a huge pity he never played 17...Nf4.

[Click here to replay the game]
Trap Variation

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.Bb3 0-0 7.Bg5 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.Nbd2 h6 10.h4 hxg5 11.hxg5 Ng4 12.Rxh5 Bxf2+ 13.Kf1 Ne3+ 14.Kxf2 Nxd1+ 15.Rxd1 Ne7 16.Rdh1 Ng6 17.Nh4 Nf4 18.Rh8+ Kxh8 19.Ng6+ Kg8 20.Rh8

In the game he played 17...d5 18.Bxd5 c6 19.Nxg6 and then resigned.

Finally, back to home snaps again.
Me collecting my mail from Bells.

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