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More Chess Pub Signs + The Other Bishop Sac.


Hi, I've found more pubs with Chess names in Edinburgh,



The Doubled Pawn. sadly no longer with us.
Never went there. Apparently It only served doubles and was in
an isolated weak part of town. postcode C3.

and I stumbled upon this one.



The Mate in Two. Everyday, the owner, Mr S.Loyd composes
a mate in two for his customers to solve.

I went in to met him.

"Hi Mister Loyd, what's your problem?"

I've been barred.

Right, now some games from my new book.



This is game 1: Capablanca v Lasker at the....

(Capablanca and Lasker were not graded under 2000....Ed).

How about Game 2: Alekhine v Nimzovitch in 19....

(Neither were these two.....Ed)

Game 3: Botvin...

(No.....Ed)

Hmmmmmmm....



OK forget the book, let's look at the Bishop sac on the castled King.



er...NO. The other classical Bishop sac on.....g7.

So that is this weeks theme. Bxg7 on a castled King.






This sac is not as common as the Classical Bxh7+ sac.
However knowing an idea or two based around this trick will not do any harm.

First, as always, is the cartoon.

J. Anas - O.Pomez, Paris 2001.

White to play the 23th move. See the shot?










Yes 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nd7 forking Queen and Rook. 14...Qb4 15.Nxf8 Rxf8

Now I'm not too sure if this an 'exchange up must win' position.










The White d-pawn is doomed and the Black Knight and Bishop will work together.

Anyway Black did not like the idea of getting their
Queen & Rook forked so elected to go a piece down.

Where is that rule of thumb list, what number are we on?

Rule of Thumb No.534: If given the choice of losing a piece
or losing the exchange, it's best to lose just the exchange than a whole piece.

Black's fear of losing the exchange lost the game.



[Click here to replay the game]
J.Anas - O.Pomez

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 c6 3.d4 d5 4.exd5 cxd5 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 Nc6 7.0-0 e6 8.Bf4 Bd6 9.Bg5 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Ne5 Bxe2 12.Rxe2 Qb6 13.Bxf6 Rfe8 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Re3 Qxd4 16.Rg3+ Kh8 17.Nxf7


This next one is good. White should not have played Bxg7.
B.Hoenlinger - K.Palda, Vienna, 1933
Here White to play.










White decided now was the time to release the tension with 14.cxd5.
opening up the Bishop diagonals towards the Black King.

14.cxd5 exd5 15.Nxd7 Nxd7 16.dxc5 bxc5 and it's sac the Bishop time.










White now played the 'dull' 17.Bxg7 when infact he had the chance to etch
his name into the excercise books by playing the double Bishop sac.

17.Bxh7+ Kxh2 18.Qh5+ Kg8 19.Bxg7 Kxg8 20.Qg5+










Then comes the Rook lift f3-h3 mate.

But White's name is not in the excercise books as an example
of a double Bishop sac. White's name is in this misrable column
pointing out what he missed!

As stated, White played 17.Bxg7 having this position in mind which
appeared in the actual game. Black resigned here.










Here is the game.


[Click here to replay the game]
B.Hoenlinger - K.Palda

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.b3 b6 9.Bb2 Bb7 10.Qe2 c5 11.Ne5 Qc7 12.Rac1 Rac8 13.f4 Bd6 14.cxd5 exd5 15.Nxd7 Nxd7 16.dxc5 bxc5 17.Bxg7! Kxg7 18.Qg4+ Kh8 19.Qf5


Now to even things up I suppose I had better give Black a mirror sac Bxg2.

I get nagged all the time about this in emails.

"Hey Chandler,

Every example you give is the White pieces beating up the Black pieces.

We think you have something against us. Stop making us play bad moves.

Yours etc etc.

The Black Pieces."


So here is a Black win in the Scandinavian. 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5.










Ever wonder what may happen if White delays Nc3?

I wonder about it all time, infact I think of nothing else.
D.Pohl - R.Lutterbey, Germany,2002


[Click here to replay the game]
D.Pohl - R.Lutterbey

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nf6 5.0-0 Nc6 6.c4 Qh5 7.d4 e6 8.Nc3 Bd6 9.h3 Bxh3 10.Ne5 Qh4 11.Nxc6 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 Qh2+ 13.Kf3 Qh3


and in the next game we see....No....I'm bored with this.

Let us see a double Bishop sac that does not work.

F.Herrera - E.De Marval,Argentina,1960

This is funny. Here White has sacced both Bishops in fine classical fashion.










He should have played 24.g6 and taken the perpetual.
Instead he remembered that you follow up the double Bishop sac
with a Rook lift. OOPS!



[Click here to replay the game]
F.Herrera - E.De Marval

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a4 0-0 9.f4 Nbd7 10.Be3 Qc7 11.Qe1 b6 12.Nf3 Bb7 13.Nd2 Bc6 14.g4 Qb7 15.g5 Nxe4 16.Ndxe4 Bxe4 17.Nxe4 Qxe4 18.Bd3 Qb7 19.Bd4 Nc5 20.Bxh7+ Kxh7 21.Qh4+ Kg8 22.Bxg7 Kxg7 23.Qh6+ Kg8 24.Ra3 Qe4 25.Rh3 Qd4+ 26.Kh1 Qg7 27.Rff3 Qxh6


Right I'll check my email to see if anyone has sent me anymore pub signs.

I got this.

"Chandler,

Everytime you show a Black win it's always a Scandinavian.

What about a win from us.

The Sicilian Mafia,"


Next week loads of wins, and I mean loads of wins
with Black Sicilians bashing up White.


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