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Chandler Cornered

1969 + Chess is a Struggle + Jerome 1 year old

The coat of arms for the Earl of Shrewsbury.
I've been to Coventry a few times. I still recall one fine Saturday in '68
when I went to Coventry to buy a pair of Beatle Boots and Jumping Jack Flash by the Stones.
I still have them.

The Boots have been re-soled/re-heeled 3-4 times but
alas the record has laid unplayed for about 20 years.

So I pulled out an old CHESS from 1969 to.....

(none of this linking....Ed)

What do you mean-linking?

(Shrewsbury to Coventry, 1968 to 1969.....Ed)

They won't notice.

So I pulled out an old CHESS from 1969 to play over a game
that I bet has not been played over since 1969.

Flicking through it I noticed this letter and a piece
of scribbling by me from 1969.

Note my added 'improvement' is in descriptive/algebraic.
I was in the middle of learning algebraic because I'd seen someone else
using it. I went back to descriptive for the next 10 years.

I like this bit in the letter.

And it is because of the back rank mate Black losses a piece.

The game in the letter reaches this position - White to play.

16.Bc4 (16.Bf1) and f4 win a piece according to Chandler '69.
It looks like it - but it's wrong. 16.Bc4 d6 17.f4 Be6!

White ends up with a good position but NOT a piece up.
And 16.Bf1 wins just the exchange. So even back in '69 I was blundering in my analysis.
That's cos I was listening to Jumping Jack Flash and my Beatle Boots were pinching my toes.
Here is the game with 16.Bf1.

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Letter in Chess

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nc3 e6 5.Nxd5 exd5 6.d4 Nc6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qxd5 Qa5+ 9.Qd2 Qxd2+ 10.Bxd2 0-0 11.Be2 Re8 12.Bc3 Bb6 13.0-0 Bc7 14.Rfe1 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Bf1 f6 17.Bc4+ d5 18.Bxd5+ Be6 19.Bxe6+ Rxe6 20.f4 Bxc3 21.Rxe6 Bxb2 22.Rd1

And White is easily winning.

I wonder when I wrote that if it ever crossed my mind
that 40 years later I would be correcting my own analysis.

So here is a game from CHESS that has laid unplayed for 40 years.
It was played in the Islington Open in 1969.

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Carelton - Karlsson

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Ng5 d5 6.exd5 Qe7+ 7.Kf1 Ne5 8.Qxd4 h6 9.Nc3 Nxc4 10.Qxc4 hxg5 11.Bxg5 Qc5 12.Re1+ Kd8 13.Qf4 Be7 14.h4 a5 15.h5 Ra6 16.g3 Bd7 17.Re5 Kc8 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Bxe7 Qc4+ 20.Kg2 Nd6 21.Qxc4 Nxc4 22.Rg5 Rh7 23.Bf8 g6 24.b3 Nd2 25.hxg6 Rxg6 26.Rxg6 Rxh1 27.Rg8 Re1 28.Bb4+ Be8 29.Bxd2 Re2 30.Bxa5 Kd7 31.c3 Rxa2 32.Bxc7 Ra3 33.d6 Rxb3 34.Rg4 Rxc3 35.Re4 Rc6 36.Re7+

And this arrived from Canada.

50 games played by Neil Sullivan. Akiba Publishing 2005.

The author got in touch with me and Andrew Burnett after seeing
Rampant Chess and Street Fighting Chess.

I jokingly said Keith and I's next project will be to write a
book about Canada's best games. Neil sent me his book. (it's been done!!).

Neil has taken 50 of his most interesting games from 1974-2004 and
annotated them in am analysis free style that is surely the way to go.

NOBODY plays out the long analysis you see in notes. NOBODY.
Yet year after year we see books churn out this junk analysis
that will never ever see a chessboard.

Neil, inpired by 'The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played'
has produced a delightful book that is both pleasant to read and play over.
What more do you want from a chess book other than to be entertained.

Oh you want to learn about the game? Then play the game.
Books will give you ideas but the best lessons are from actually playing.

This book talks to you in honest (very honest) notes so you do get
the feeling that the author is sitting beside you showing you his latest
game telling you about sub plots, other ideas and his feelings.

Here is an example, I've chosen one of the shortest games in the book
purely to save space, but you get the idea. The notes can easily be followed
in one's head thus allowing the game to flow:

And here is the game in full.

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D.Khaziyeva - N.Sullivan

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 d5 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.0-0-0 Qa5 11.e5 Nd7 12.f4 Rb8 13.Kb1 Qa3 14.b3 Nc5 15.Qd4 Na6 16.Qxa7 Bf5 17.Bc1 Rxb3+ 18.axb3 Bxc2+ 19.Kxc2 Nb4+ 20.Kd2 Qxa7 21.Be2 Qd4+

The games are instructive (full of ideas) and playing over them in this
setting makes the whole effort a pleasant way to spend a spare hour.

One thing I like is at the end of the book Neil goes through the books in
his current chess library given you a very brief review on each one.

A good chess book and a plesant surprise. You can read another review here.

Chess is a Struggle Review

You can order it from or Well worth it.

The review I sent you to was written by Rick Kennedy and just by
coincidence Rick too has been in touch with me.
He reminds me that on the 10th June he will have updated his site
on the Jerome Gambit everyday for a full year.

Jerome Gambit website

He has sent me his database full of Jerome Gambits.
Here is one played this year. (look away now before you damage your Chess).

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Perry Pawn Pusher - Marble Chess

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ Ng6 7.Qd5+ Kf8 8.Qxc5+ Qe7 9.Qe3 Nf6 10.d3 d5 11.f3 dxe4 12.fxe4 Ng4 13.0-0+ Ke8 14.Qg3 Qc5+ 15.Kh1 Be6 16.Nc3 Kd7 17.h3 N4e5 18.d4 Qxd4 19.Rd1 Qxd1+ 20.Nxd1 Rad8 21.Bf4 Kc8 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.Qxe5 Bd7 24.Nc3 Rhe8 25.Qg3 g6 26.Nd5

And finally. The End

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