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Chandler Cornered

1001000110 1000100101 + Angry d-pawn

If you see this on ebay don't get it - it's a fake.

An old political cartoon from the days of the Cold War.
That is Russian Premier Krushchev giving the simul.
The British Prime Minister at the time was Harold McMillan
who is seated on the left.

This is a modern simultaneous display.

The wee boy in the Spiderman top is 6 year old GM Marmaduke Kalooney.
He stays seated whilst others queue up to make the moves against him.

Vorsyth v The Raging Rat
Lifted this from the Red Hot Pawn site.

On the RHP forum the question of cheating (using a computer) is often brought up.
There are various methods in place to catch and ban these cranks but people
still try it, get caught, get banned, come back, get caught, get banned....

But don't let that give you impression that everyone on RHP is a box user.
There are over 19,000 players there, the vast majority play chess simply for fun.

So why do they do it?

Well they don't, their computers do.

You see computers get quite embarrassed about how weak at Chess their 'user's' are.
So unknown to their owner, they log on, enter tournaments, win them, get high grades,
get caught silcon-handed and get banned.

A few weeks later their 'user' fancies a game of chess and finds they cannot log on.
So thinking they have forgotten their password they open up another account and the whole
thing starts again.

One computer somewhere in Turkey has won over 2 million games winning more than
13,000 tournaments even though it's owner is a 77 year old retired tailor who thinks
he keeps forgetting his password.

This is true.
Sometimes on the message board you see things like this.

1001000110 1000100101 0011011111 0101000011 1010101011 0101111000 1010000011.

and this is then answered by:

0111101101 0011110000 0111101101 1111100001 1010100001 0000111111 01010101010.

It's obviously two computers talking to each other - most likely discussing opening traps.

This following game which as I said was lifted from RHP is without a doubt human v human.
White drops a piece in the opening making a move even a Spectrum 48k would shun.

Black seems unsure how to continue and in this position The Raging Rat (great nickname)
should have considered giving back the piece for a raging attack with 12...h5

But alas Black plodded about perhaps waiting for White to feed him another piece.

Meanwhile White avoids exchanges and gets his Queenside pawns rolling.

Then came the move that produced so many ?'s the whole net nearly crashed.
You may have read about it the Newspapers.

Black played 26...b6?? and the White wrap up was both instructive and humerous.

But joking aside, It's now a difficult position and all tries
I find for Black appear to give White excellent attacking chances.

Here is the game. It was played over a few weeks with both players having more
than 20 other games in progress so don't be too hard on the moves. Nice finish.

[Click here to replay the game]
Vorsyth - Raging Rat

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. Nf3 Bg4 5. Be2 Nc6 6. O-O Nf6 7. Nb5 Qd7 8.d4 a6 9. Ne5 Nxe5 10. Bxg4 Nexg4 11. Nc3 O-O-O 12. h3 Nh6 13. Be3 Nf5 14. Ne2 Nd5 15. Bd2 e6 16. c3 h5 17. a4 Nd6 18. b3 Ne4 19. Be1 Bd6 20. c4 Ndf6 21. b4 h4 22. b5 axb5 23. axb5 Qe7 24. Ra7 Bb4 25. Qa4 Bxe1 26. Rxe1 b6 27. Qa6+ Kd7 28. Rxc7+ Kxc7 29. Qa7+ Kd6 30. Qxb6+ Kd7 31. Qc6

And then this arrived. some bloke v some geezer, some place at some time.

I'm sure I've mentioned how I like to receive contributions.
Name, Date, Place and bland score with NO notes.

So I get emailed no name, no date, no place and, thankfully, no notes.
Usually I bin these ones but it's quite funny so it belongs here.
(I did get in touch with the sender - it was played just a few days ago
in Div II in the Edinburgh Chess League. Who played? - who cares?

Watch White get himself in a right muddle when in this position...

....9.cxb4 would be OK. White manages to lose a piece from this position.

Time passed, moves were played and then it was Black's turn to get an idea.
In this position the Black brain came up with a plan that saw him resigning 3 moves later.

Black was worried about stopping the passed a-pawn so refrained from swapping
the Queens. He was right to watch the a-pawn but he forgot about the his c-pawn

[Click here to replay the game]
some bloke v some geezer

1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 4. Bd3 Nb4 5. Bb5+ c6 6. Ba4 b5 7. Bb3 a5 8. c3 a4 9. Bxa4 Rxa4 10. b3 Rxa2 11. Rxa2 Nxa2 12. Qc2 Qa5 13. Ne2 g6 14. O-O Bf5 15. b4 Nxb4 16. cxb4 Qxb4 17. Qxc6+ Bd7 18. Qa8+

Here is what Black's King's Bishop was doing in the previous game.

The Angry D-Pawn

This is my d-pawn who is fed up being sacrificed and wants me to see if I
can swap him for anything. OK. I would not mind another h-pawn as I often run
short of those. I have a whole bucket full of g-pawns & a-pawns.

Here is what he looks like in action.

I'd like to show him in a actual game but he only stays on the board for about 6 moves. Pointless.

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