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Keti Simul + Lakser + Nintendo Chess

Simultaneous Display by GM Keti Arakhamia-Grant.
National Museum of Scotland, June 13th 2009.

Chess Scotland announces a simul by Keti to promote the
116th Scottish Chess Championships in Edinburgh this July.

What - 12 board rolling simultaneous display by GM Keti Arakhamia-Grant
When - 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday 13 June. Last game will start at approx. 3:30
Where - National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Keti will play all-comers at chess and as one game finishes another will start.
2007 British Champion GM Jacob Aagaard will start the event by playing Black
against Keti on the first board.

A rare chance to play one of the world's top women chess players.

This year, Keti became Britain's first women to achieve the full GM title in 2009
following her outstanding performance for Scotland at the 2008 Dresden Olympiad.

Dennis the Menace from the Beano gave a simultaneous display once.

Look at that. Dennis hit him with the board round the wrong way.

So onto more pics from around Edinburgh with chess names.

This was outside the Chesser Sports Bar on Gorgie Road.

and this charming shop is on Candlemaker Row.

Ambled into here...

and picked up this...

Why Lasker Matters by Andrew Soltis
The shop has over 40 2nd hand chess books.
It's not a charity shop so don't expect charity
shop prices. I paid 8.50 for the Lasker book.

Well worth it. I like Soltis as an author.
His Bobby Fischer Rediscovered is excellent
and I'm liking already what I've seen of the Lasker book.

I did however buy one of these in a 2nd Hand shop for 5.00.

It came with 3 games including....

So I played it at chess on it's toughest level.

It took at most 30 seconds to make terrible moves.
It also plays a wee tune after you move and then tells you have moved.
It also plays a wee tune after it moves and then tells you it has moved.

This wee tune drives you crazy. I did find a way to silence it
but could not get it to play any better. It's hopless.

I did intend to show the game but I have forgotten it,
the moves are so bad and random they did not stick.
(Thank God, I don't want that game rolling around my skull).

I played it a LUDO a game I love but it ganged up on me and I lost.

I play it a Backgammon but found if it needed a 6 &5 or 3 & 4 it got it..

Still not too bad for a few quid.

I do have an OTB game, for you, I lifted it from the RHP site.
So no names I'm afraid but look out for the missed White mate
and the shock mate in one also missed by White.

[Click here to replay the game]
Mr.Bad Luck - Mr.Good Luck

1. d4 d5 2. e3 e6 3. Bd3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Nbd2 O-O 6. b3 Nbd7 7. Bb2 c5 8. c3 cxd4 9. exd4 a6 10. O-O b5 11. Ne5 Bd6 12. f4 Qb6 13. Kh1 Bc7 14. g4 Nxe5 15. fxe5 Nd7 16. Ba3 Nxe5 17. dxe5 Rd8 18. Qf3 Rd7 19. Qh3 h6 20. g5 Bxe5 21. gxh6 f6 22. hxg7 Rxg7 23. Rg1 Raa7 24. Bh7+ Kh8 25. Be4+ Rh7 26. Bxh7 Rxh7 27. Qg4 Rxh2

Here White should have played....

24.Qh7+ Kf7 25.Bg6 mate.

The poor g7 Rook as pinned all ways.

And finally.
The Edinburgh FIDE rated tournament is taking place this
weekend so I'll back in a few days with pics and games.

Here is one of the games played in round 1

[Click here to replay the game]
A. Burntett v M.Timms

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. Bd2 O-O 8.
O-O-O Re8 9. h3 dxc4 10. Bxc4 b5 11. Bd3 Qc7 12. g4 Nf8 13. e4 e5 14. dxe5 Bxe5 15. Nxe5 Qxe5 16. f4 Qc5 17. e5 Nd5 18. Nxd5 Qxc2+ 19. Kxc2 cxd5 20.Bxb5 Re6 21. Bc3 Bb7 22. Bd4 a6 23. Bd3 Rc6+ 24. Kd2 Ne6 25. Ke3 Nxd4 26.Kxd4 Rb6 27. a3 g6 28. b4 Rd8 29. g5 Kf8 30. Rc1 Rd7 31. h4 Ke7 32. h5 Ke6 33. f5+ Ke7 34. hxg6 hxg6 35. f6+ Ke6 36. Rh8

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