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Chandler Cornered

Dragon Invitation Allegro 2009

The Dragon Invitation Allegro was held at the Polish Club.

But I do not know the address.

And here are some of the players and organisers.

Without a doubt the strongest Allegro held to date in Scotland.

Here is the complete tournament table.
Green = win Red = Loss Black = Draw
So John Shaw beat players 19,26 & 16, lost to No. 5 and drew with 12 & 15.

The average grade, removing players 11 & 17 was 2205.

Look at the start Edwin Spencer had. (No.18)
He got his money's worth, his first 5 games were
against players rated 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th.

Keti won it outright only needing a draw against Andrew Greet in the final round.

The final round game in progress, and here is a general view of the playing room.

The main man behind the event, Alan Minnican, who also put up most
of the 600 prize money, presented the prizes.
Here is Alan with his very brief pre-presentation speech.

The lad in the foreground is Bill Falconer who also sponsored
the event as well as Marik, the Polish Club Manager.

Here is a picture of Alan playing Alan Tate the 2008 Scottish Champion. (Alan won).

(Which one.......Ed)


(Which Alan won the game......Ed)

Go back and look at the tournament chart, I spent ages doing that.
What have you done, just glanced at it.

Of course with it being an allegro not everybody recorded their games.
But I have managed to get a couple and good one's too.

First Andy Muir v Dougie Bryson.
Andy, the current Scottish Champion, was kind enough to give me the
score of this game.

Here is a pic of the two players eyeing each other's King.

An exciting tussle this.
It ends with a typical Allegro flag-hovering blunder. Dougie hangs his Queen.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Muir - D.Bryson

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 7.b3 0-0 8.Be2 Qc7 9.0-0 dxc4 10.bxc4 e5 11.a4 Re8 12.Qa2 e4 13.Nd2 Nf8 14.Ba3 Ng6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.c5 Qe7 17.Bc4 Bf5 18.h3 Rad8 19.Rae1 Nd5 20.Nxd5 cxd5 21.Bxd5 Qd7 22.Bc4 Bxh3 23.Bxf7+ Kh8 24.f3 Nh4 25.Bxe8 Rxe8 26.Nxe4 Bxg2 27.Ng5 Re7 28.Qf2 Bxf1 29.Qxh4 Bd3 30.Rd1 Bg6 31.e4 Qxa4 32.Rd2 Qa1+ 33.Kh2 Qc1 34.Qf4 Re8 35.Ne6 h6 36.d5 Bf7 37.Rg2 Bxe6 38.Qxc1

A.Greet - D.McGowan
And this next one from Andrew Greet has a few intructive
moments featuring the Rook and Knight mating pattern.

That's Andrew and me recreating the game.

Black is in check (so it's him to play).

if 22...Kg7 23.Rxf7+ Kg8 24.Nf6 mate.

That was the Knight giving mate aided by the Rook.

In this position, White to play.

White played 29.Qxh3 and if 29...Rxh3 then the
Rook gives the mate aided by the Knight 30.Rf8 mate.

You see this theme again at move 31.Qxg7.

A good game with tactics all over the board. Enjoy.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Greet - D.McGowan

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Kf8 8.a4 Nbc6 9.Bd2 c4 10.Nh3 Nf5 11.Nf4 Nce7 12.Nh5 Ng6 13.g3 Bd7 14.Bh3 Qa5 15.0-0 Bxa4 16.Qe2 Nge7 17.g4 Nh4 18.f4 g6 19.Nf6 h5 20.f5 hxg4 21.fxe6 gxh3 22.Nd7+ Ke8 23.Nc5 fxe6 24.Rxa4 Qc7 25.Rf6 b6 26.Nxe6 Qd7 27.Ra1 Nhf5 28.Qg4 Rc8 29.Qxh3 Rg8 30.Qh7 Ng7 31.Qxg7 Qxe6 32.Rxe6 Rxg7 33.Rxa7

White went onto win.

And Finally:

I see Andrew Burnett has got his younger brother advertsing his book.


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