Chess Scotland Expenses
This was dropped off at Bells in a brown envelope.
It was addressed, 'Chandler' written in pencil
President Donald 'The Don' Wilson
£4,000,000 for the Chess Scotland Jet which is park outside
of his castle. (CS paid for the castle as well.)
Executive Director John Dempsey
£20,000 for a piece of artwork he fancied whilst organising
the chess tournament held at the Kelvingrove Museum.
Finance Director L McKenzie
Could not be found. Somewhere in the Bahamas.
Schools Development Director Jacqui Thomas
£10 for chalk and dusters.
Home Chess Director (Open) Jacob Aagaard
£6,000 beer money.
Home Chess Director (Junior) Andy Howie
£8,000 beer money
(for juniors...are you sure?....Ed)
Positive, you've seen how they play.
Customer Services Director Sam Collins
£2,000 Private Tennis Lessons.
£14,000 New car
£10,000 to clean swimming pool
£6,000 for Rangers season tickets
£1,200 Flat Screen television.
£142.50 T.V. licence.
£18,000 petty cash
£1.00 A new suit.
£5,000 more petty cash
£40,000 to buy a painting from John Dempsey.
£500 bribed to stop me publishing this information (accepted).
Webmaster and Chief Grader Douglas Bryson
£0.95 for a new pocket calculator.
Scottish Chess Editor David Oswald
£8.50 for spell checker and John Bull Printing Kit.
International Director Open Jonathan Grant
£5,000 hamburgers, lots of hamburgers.
Notice Board Moderator Andy Howie
£4.95 blue tac and a black felt tip pen.
(enough of this.....Ed)
Suddenly, this arrived.
It's my favourite female chess player, Elizabeth Paehtz.
(I don't know who that geezer next to her is...her dad?)
Elizabeth plays for 'Pandora's Box' in the 4NCL I went to their site and found
a short game, A.Wilson (2026) - E.Bentley (1740) from this season's 4NCL 2008/09.
Let's have a good look at it in detail.
In this position Black decided to play the
rule of thumb equalising move 6...d5. White to play.
Playing d5 in an e4-e5 opening is always a big moment.
It should be prepared carefully. This was the wrong moment
6...0-0 or 6...Ba7 were better.
White played 7.Nxe5 and now Black should have castled but
instead Emma got herself deeper and deeper immersed in an opening disaster.
Black lashed out with 7...b5. White to play.
White's play in punishing Black is faultless and well worth looking at carefully.
Black had to take back 8...Nxc6. White to play.
9.exd5 opening the e-file Black captured back with 9....Qxd5?
Thus allowing 10.Bb3 moving the attacked Bishop with a free gain of tempo.
Pretty slack play by Black she is giving away opening
tempo to a good chess player. She is going to pay.
The Black Queen ran back to d8. 10...Qd8 giving us this position.
White to play.
Loads of good moves here for White. 11.Re1+ 11.Qf3. 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Qh5+ and Qxc5.
White chose 11.d4 which is the sensible unhurried choice.
11...Bb6 12.Re1+ Kf8 White to play.
Yes. It's time for the lady to make an appearance.
13.Qf3. The Queen's displays her ability to effortlessly deliver a double attack.
She's a Rook and Bishop combined. The Bishop hits c6, the Rook hit f7.
Best now would have been 13...Qd7 but 14.Bg5 threatening Be7+
blocking the Queen's protection of f7 wins the Black Queen.
Black elected to go for a Queen swap and White happily agreed.
13...Qf6 14.Qxf6 gxf6 15.Bh6+ 1-0.
Here is the full game.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Wilson - E.Bentley
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Bc5 5.0-0 Nge7 6.c3 d5 7.Nxe5 b5 8.Nxc6 Nxc6 9.exd5 Qxd5 10.Bb3 Qd8 11.d4 Bb6 12.Re1+ Kf8 13.Qf3 Qf6 14.Qxf6 gxf6 15.Bh6+
I found another pub sign, this time on Rose St.
The Rampant Chess Bar.
Me and Keith were drinking in here trying to think up a name for our book.
Good job we were not drinking in the Laughing Duck.
And this (genuine one) was sent in by Terry Taylor and Fraser Docherty.
The Pawn is in Alexandria which is next to Loch Lomond.
This is a shot of the interior.
There is a pub in Stirling with a chess theme. I know I've been in it.
So there must be a Corner fan who lives in Stirling.