Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

1st Chess Scotland International Rounds 1-4

1st Chess Scotland International Open Chess Challenge
Rounds 1-4 23rd & 24th May. Rounds 5 -8 6th & 7th June 2009
Venue: Edinburgh Chess Club 1 Alva Street.

An 8 round FIDE rated Swiss supported by the
Scottish Junior Chess Association Educational Trust (SJCAET)

Here is the leader board after 4 rounds.

1 Andrew Greet 4
2 Andrew McClement 3
3 Clement Sreeves 3
4 John McBride 2
5 Edward Ferry 2
6 Andrew Green 2
7 Andrew Burnett 2
8 William Hughes 2
9 Michael Timms 2
10 Graeme Kafka 2
11 Chris Sykes 2
12 Shavan Murdochy 1
13 Miroslav Plchot 1
14 Jonathan Scott 1
15 Gavin Saxton 1
16 David Archibald 1
17 Andrew McHarg 1
18 Ali Roy 1
19 Nigel Chapman 1
20 John Dearie 0

Robert Dillion pullled out after two rounds with no score.
Dave Archiblad stepped in to keep number of players even.

Andrew Burnett (White) v Tournament leader Andrew Greet.

So we start with a RD.3 game between the leader Andrew Greet and Clement Sreeves.

Dodgy this for Andrew I thought, he goes mainline Dragon v a youngster.
If there is one thing the young 'uns know it's their openings.

Dodgy this for Clement I thought, he goes mainline Dragon v an IM.
If there is one thing these IM's know it's their openings.

So after 21 moves I wonder if both of them were thinking.

"I wish I had played a different opening."

And here is the position after 21 moves. Black to play.
This was a critical moment.

I cannot see any good pseudo sac for the Knight so best to let it go.

Nothing should stop you from opening up files when it's Kingside v Queenside attacks.
21...axb3 22.Qxe5+ f6 and Black has bxa2+ or bxc2+ he has the tempo.
You must take White's mind off what he is doing on the Kingside and
give him defensive things to think about.

Black played 21...Qa5 which I think is a good move, but it's one of those
good moves that gives you a good position but is difficult play well.


Given the choice against a player in Andrew Greet's class:
Don't opt for the good position if it means defending,
take the good position and attack. You will screw up defending.

So it reached here. Black to play his 25th move.
Note Black has nothing going on the Queenside, the action
is taking place on the Kingside so White is happy.

Black saw a threat h6+ and Qf6 and because the Queen was on e7
he perhaps could not visulise that after Qf6 the King can run to f8.
So h6+ and Qf6 is not a serious threat. Black can play 25...Nxh1.

Instead he was so worried about h6+ he opened the g-file, 25...gxh5? missing 27.Ng3
(27.e5 is stronger but attackers can get away with not making exact moves.)
And that was that 1-0.

The above notes are actually notes to myself, but I don't mind
sharing them with you. I'd have played 21...axb3 and gone down
with guns a blazing and a crazy look in my eyes.

Here is the game. As I said I've no idea when the theory ends
and the game starts. I don't go near this stuff. But hazard a guess
that at least half the moves had been played before.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Greet - C.Sreeves

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. Bc4 Bd7 10. O-O-O Rc8 11. Bb3 Ne5 12. Kb1 Re8 13. g4 b5 14. h4 b4 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16. Bxd5 Rb8 17. Bh6 e6 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. Bb3 a5 20. Ne2 a4 21. Qxd6 Qa5 22. f4 Nxg4 23. Bc4 Red8 24. Qe7 Nf2 25. h5 gxh5 26. Rdg1+ Ng4 27. Ng3 1-0

Clement Sreeves (white) v Michael Timms.
And so to prove to you that Clement Sreeves is a better attacker
than defender (aren't we all). Witness this one.

Today's wee quiz.(no prizes). White to play.
White wants to play 21.Rxe6+ Qxe6 22.Nxe6 but cannot...

...because after 22.Nxe6 Rd1 mate.

White's solution is humerous and instructive.
A good game this and apparently White's first attempt at a Ruy Lopez.

[Click here to replay the game]
C.Sreeves - G.Saxton

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 exd4 7. Re1 d5 8. Nbd2 Bb4 9. c3 dxc3 10. Nxe4 dxe4 11. Rxe4+ Be6 12. Qe2 b5 13. Bg5 cxb2 14. Qxb2 Qd5 15. Rxb4 bxa4 16. Qxg7 Rf8 17. Rb2 Qf5 18. Rc1 f6 19. Rxc6 fxg5 20. Nd4 Rd8 21. Rxe6+ Qxe6 22. Qxf8+

Simon Gillam the tournament controller.

Another Rd.4 game.
Andrew Green (there are 5 Andrew's playing in this tournament,
don't go in the Edinburgh club and shout 'Andy' what ever you do).

Andrew Green v Miroslav Plchot. Black falls well behind in development,
gets himself all cramped and White opens him up with a Knight sac.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Green - M.Plchot

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Be3 e6 5. Nd2 Nd7 6. Nb3 Qb6 7. Nf3 h6 8. Be2 Rc8 9. O-O c5 10. c4 Qc7 11. cxd5 exd5 12. dxc5 Be6 13. Rc1 Ne7 14. Nbd4 a6 15. Bf4 g6 16. Nxe6 fxe6 17. Nd4 Kf7 18. Bg4 Nf5 19. Bxf5 gxf5 20. Nxf5 Rh7 21. Qh5+ Kg8 22. Qg6+

Chris Sykes (white) v William Hulme.

A round 4 game. Same theme as game 1. Kingside attack v Queenside attack.
One exception. There was no kingside attack.
Black 0-0-0 and White shoved up Q-side pawns and opened the files. 1-0.

Nice piece of chess to look out for here is White getting
his Bishop from f1-f3 with tempo gains on the Black Queen.

[Click here to replay the game]
D.Archibald - N.Chapman

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. d4 c6 6. Bc4 Bf5 7. O-O e6 8.Ne2 Qc7 9. Ng3 Bg4 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Bd6 12. c3 Nbd7 13. Re1 O-O-O 14. b4 h6 15. b5 c5 16. Be3 Nb6 17. Bf1 Nbd5 18. dxc5 Bxc5 19. Bxc5 Qxc5 20. c4 Nb6 21. a4 Kb8 22. a5 Nc8 23. a6 Rd7 24. Red1 Rc7 25. Ne2 Qf5 26. axb7 Rxb7 27. Qg3+ Ka8 28. Nd4 Qg5 29. Qf3 Qc5 30. Nc6 Qf5 31. Qe3 Qg5 32. f4 Qf5 33. Bd3 Qh5 34. Be2 Qf5 35. Bf3 Qc2 36. Na5

Ali Roy sitting at my favourite table next to the display cabinet.

I used to look up the Scotch Gambit Cup and seek inspiration.
(I also use to admire how handsome I am in the reflection.)

We end with a nice one. Black's King is facing a Queen and a Rook
on the h & g files and a monster of a Knght on e5. A Bishop scurries
back to defend. Meanwhile White cooks up a Queen sac.
Black resigned after White 19th move. I've carried it on to the mate for effect.

[Click here to replay the game]
W.Hulme - S.Murdochy

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 c5 4. Bd3 b6 5. O-O Bb7 6. Nbd2 d5 7. b3 Be7 8. Bb2 O-O 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. Qf3 Qc7 11. Qh3 h6 12. f4 Ne4 13. Rad1 Ndf6 14. Rf3 Rfd8 15. Bxe4 Nxe4 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. Rg3 Bf8 18. Ng4 Kh7 19. Qxh6+ gxh6 20. Nf6+ Kh8 21. Rg8

A nice game that one. Rook and Knight mating patterns.

So they resume play on Saturday the 6th of June. D-Day.

The lending library of the Edinburgh Chess Club.

Back to Chandler Cornered

Creative web design and Search Engine Optimisation by Spiderwriting Web Design