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The Law Society Allegro + Ancient Trap

Some books behind bars at Main Point Books on Lauriston Street.
Go in and free some of them. That BCO should be in solitary confinement.

(Where exactley is Main Point Books.........Ed)

And now this... Trap 27

The book

has on page 12 this:

For you young things that cannot understand descriptive notation,
this is what the moves are saying.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Nf6 5.Nc6+ winning the Queen.

One of the most oft played tricks on the chessboard.

I've caught a few players with it in skittles
and my DB shows two examples from serious play.

(please don't send me any of your specimens - I believe you).

So I was fishing around on this net site which contains
games played at I.C.C. between players graded 1400-1900.

RHP games 1400-1900

A veritable graveyard of broken hearts, smashed hopes, and crushed dreams.

I simply love surfing this site surrounded by all these bad moves.
I feel at home there. It's my Shangri-la a Utopia of Unsound Moves.

One click of the mouse takes you from one blunder to another.
You play over a game and you simply do not know what to expect next.

And if the next game does not bring a smile to your battle weary face...
...well no need to go any further....I'm sure it will.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Ng5 5.g3 d6 6.Nc6+ Kd7 7.Nxd8 Kxd8 8.Bg2 Nc6 9.d3 Nd4 10.Qd2 Ngf3+ 11.Bxf3 Nxf3+ 12.Kd1 Nxd2 13.Bxd2

In this next one we see the same trap and this time Black tries the Qh5 defence.
White hit the Queen with 5.g3 and after 5...Nxg3 White DID NOT play 6.hxg3
He played 6.fxg3 and here is what should have happened.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qh4 5.g3 Nxg3 6.hxg3 Qxh1 7.Nc6+

And mate next move. Now you are just going to love.........

(NO MORE..........Ed)

OK just to prove there some good games there. Try this.

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Telboy2 - vipiu

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Qb6 6.Nc3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.0-0 c5 10.Nf3 Ne7 11.Ne2 Nf5 12.c3 Be7 13.b3 a5 14.c4 d4 15.Bg5 f6 16.exf6 gxf6 17.Bf4 Rg8 18.h3 e5 19.Bh2 Rxg2+ 20.Kxg2 Qb7 21.Bg3 Qxf3+ 22.Kxf3 Bc6+ 23.Kg4 Nh6+ 24.Kh5 Bf3+ 25.Kxh6 Bf8+ 26.Kxh7 Be4+ 27.Kg8 Ke7

Picked up this 1.00.

Over 250 well selected combinations to dicuss and solve.

You lucky lucky people get three for nothing.
These are from the section named: "Mate with Slight Material."
Give them a bash, they are not too tough.
And anyway, I cannot be jacked to give the solutions.

Black to Play: Donner - Spanjaard, Leeuwarden, 1961.

White to play: Malmberg - Nordtom, Sweden, 1964.

Black to play: Georgadze - Kuindzhi, Tbilisi, 1973.

If you really are stuck and you want to know the solutions then...
...then nothing. Get back and solve them, they are easy.

Now this....

For a full report on this event check out the website:

The Law Society of Scotland Team Allegro

This is the 2nd such allegro sponsored by The Law Society of Scotland.
By all accounts this was another success with the Championship being decided
by practically the last move in the final round.

The winners were Robert Gordon's of Aberdeen.
Second were Aberdeen Grammar and Dollar Academy came third.

Esher Mills of James Gillespies was the only player to achieve a perfect score 5/5.

Ex-Scottish Chess Champion Craig Pritchett was there to help and advise.
That is Craig watching the critical game given below between D.Thomas v B.Hawthorne.
Craig is actually writing the moves for this column.

I've lifted Craig's note from this game on The Law Society of Scotland site.

After Black's 5th move Craig writes.

"Look up your chess history books!! The critical (and best) line is 5...cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6
as in two of the greatest ever attacking games in chess between Harry Nelson Pillsbury
and world champion Emanuel Lasker in St Petersburg 1895 and Cambridge Springs 1904."

He is correct of course. A knowledge of the classics is essential.

As stated, a detailed examination of this game is on the The Law Society of Scotland site

I'll only add that in this difficult position for Black,
he played 17...Be5 18.g3 and then 18...Bxb2.

In grim positions like this Be5 is Black's only threat and
it should have been 'saved up' to gain a tempo later.

You will see a in few moves the Bishop on b2 is attacked
and Be5 could have been played to gain/save a tempo.

It's a moot academic point in this game, but take it from a master swindler.
You store these wee threats up hopefully to play them later when they really hurt.
Black's only hope is a mistake so leaving a small mine here and there does no harm.

Here is the game. Once the White rooks invade the 7th it's all over.

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D.Thomas v B.Hawthorne.

1.Nf3 e6 2.d4 d5 3.c4 c5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 Nc6 7.e5 h6 8.exf6 hxg5 9.fxg7 Bxg7 10.dxc5 Qxd1+ 11.Rxd1 g4 12.Nd2 Ne5 13.Nxc4 Nxc4 14.Bxc4 Bd7 15.Nb5 Bxb5 16.Bxb5+ Kf8 17.0-0 Be5 18.g3 Bxb2 19.Rd7 Rb8 20.Rb1 Be5 21.Bc4 Rc8 22.Rbxb7 Rh7 23.Bxe6 Rxc5 24.Rd8+ Kg7 25.Rxf7+ Kh6 26.Rxh7+ Kxh7 27.Bxg4 Rc2 28.Bf5+

Well you know me by now....What's coming next?

Yes now we end one of the Pillsbury v Lasker games. Which one?
Petersburgh 1895 or Cambridge Springs 1904.

It all revolves the 7th move.

In 1895 Pillsbury played 7.Qh4, in 1904 he played the better 7.Bxf6.

OK I'll give them both but urge you to study then noted up by the great
Tartakower who puts them back to back in his classic '500 Master Games.'
(games 384 and 385). First up is the 1895 game.

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Pillsbury - Lasker

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5 5.Bg5 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Qh4 Be7 8.0-0-0 Qa5 9.e3 Bd7 10.Kb1 h6 11.cxd5 exd5 12.Nd4 0-0 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Qh5 Nxd4 15.exd4 Be6 16.f4 Rac8 17.f5 Rxc3 18.fxe6 Ra3 19.exf7+ Rxf7 20.bxa3 Qb6+ 21.Bb5 Qxb5+ 22.Ka1 Rc7 23.Rd2 Rc4 24.Rhd1 Rc3 25.Qf5 Qc4 26.Kb2 Rxa3 27.Qe6+ Kh7 28.Kxa3 Qc3+ 29.Ka4 b5+ 30.Kxb5 Qc4+ 31.Ka5 Bd8+ 32.Qb6 Bxb6

And now as promised the 1904 game. Pillsbury's revenge.

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Pillsbury - Lasker

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5 5.Bg5 cxd4 6.Qxd4 Nc6 7.Bxf6 gxf6 8.Qh4 dxc4 9.Rd1 Bd7 10.e3 Ne5 11.Nxe5 fxe5 12.Qxc4 Qb6 13.Be2 Qxb2 14.0-0 Rc8 15.Qd3 Rc7 16.Ne4 Be7 17.Nd6+ Kf8 18.Nc4 Qb5 19.f4 exf4 20.Qd4 f6 21.Qxf4 Qc5 22.Ne5 Be8 23.Ng4 f5 24.Qh6+ Kf7 25.Bc4 Rc6 26.Rxf5+ Qxf5 27.Rf1 Qxf1+ 28.Kxf1 Bd7 29.Qh5+ Kg8 30.Ne5

Pillsbury's Queen's Knight in that game was just brilliant.

I repeat. You do not know these games.
All you have seen is the sheet music, now off you go and listen to the music.

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