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Unsolved Chess Problems +Traps from the Chaps

Michael Jackson has passed away.

I Googled 'Jackson + Chess', it took me to his chess set.

Note the board is the wrong way around.
Maybe he did it on purpose as some kind of surrealist thing.
(or maybe it makes no difference if h1 is black or white.)

The Boat
I bought a yacht at a car boot sale a few months ago.
A proper yacht, not a toy yacht. A sailing yacht made in 1928.
I took it sailing on St Margarets's Loch.

St.Margarets's loch, which is a 20 minute walk from Princes Street.

Me in clobber I also bought from the car boot sale.

OK onto this weeks chess book review.

Unsolved Chess Problems by Prof.Hugo Humperdonk BSA BGA and other things.

These chess problems were discovered in a cave not far from
where the Dead Sea Scolls were discovered. I think.

Even though modern computers can beat Grandmasters they
have yet failed to solve these problems.

Look at this: White to play and mate in 3

There is no mate in 3 moves. Pretty mysterious eh?

Prof. Humperdonk is of the opinion that this problem is dedicated
to Samson and the pillar of pawns represent the columns of the Babylon
temple that Samson pulled down because the senate assassinated Julious Ceaser.

and this one.

There are 9 white pawns. Where did the extra pawn come from?
There is no record in history of a chess set with a pawn missing.
The Spanish Monk Ruy Lopez certainly makes no mention of it
in his book "Winning with Ruy Lopez. ISBN 000-000-000-001"

And this one.

(enough of this nonsense...Chess...Show a Chess game...Ed)

Simultaneous Displays
8 year old Sammy Reshevsky v Doery, Berlin, 1920. Simultaneous display.
The opening has many names, The Cunningham Gambit, the Bertina Gambit,
The Sailors Gambit or the Three Pawns Gambit.

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Reshevsky v Doery

1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 Be7 4. Bc4 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6. O-O gxh2+ 7. Kh1 Nh6 8. d4 Qe7
9. Bxh6 gxh6 10. Ne5 Bf6 11. Qh5 Rf8 12. Nxf7 Qxe4+ 13. Kxh2 Qxc2+ 14. Kg3 Bh4+ 15. Qxh4 Qxc4 16. Qd8

Next we see Lasker (the weak one) in Chicago 1922 pulling off the
famous QxNf3/f6 & Bh3/h6+ trick against Sparrow & Dittus who were in consultation.

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The weaker Lasker - Sparrow & Dittus

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qh4 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Nxc6 Qxe4+ 7. Be2 Qxc6 8. O-O Nf6 9. Bf3 Qc4 10. Re1+ Kf8 11. a3 Bxc3 12. bxc3 d6 13. Rb1 Bg4 14. Rxb7 Bxf3 15. Qxf3 d5 16. Rxa7 Rxa7 17. Qxf6

That trick is well worth knowing, it crops up quite often.

1...Qxf3 2.gxf3 Bh3+ 3.Kg1 Re1 mate is it in it's rawest setting.
If you cannot get the Rook to e1 to give mate then try the Rook lift Re8-e6-g6.

Also note this: remove the Rook from g6 and place a Knight on f3 or e2.

We get another two mating patterns.

In this game we see the QxNf3 sac with the Rg6 and Ne2/f3 mating patterns in action.

G.MacDonnell - S. Boden,London, 1869.

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G.MacDonnell - S. Boden

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.b4 Bxb4 4.c3 Bc5 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Kf1 Ba5 8.Qh5 d5 9.Bxd5 Qe7 10.Ba3 Nf6 11.Bxf7+ Qxf7 12.Qxa5 Nc6 13.Qa4 Nxe4 14.Nf3 Bd7 15.Nbd2 Nxd2+ 16.Nxd2 0-0-0 17.Rb1 Qd5 18.Nf3 Bf5 19.Rd1 Rhe8 20.Bc5 Qxf3 21.gxf3 Bh3+ 22.Kg1 Re6 23.Qc2 Rxd4 24.Bxd4 Nxd4

A wonderful final position.

White cannot stop Rg6, Nf3 or Ne2 mate

25.Qe4 Ne2+ 26.Qxe2 Rg6 mate. or 25.Qd3 Rg6+ 26.Qxg6 Ne2 mate.

Same idea only this time it nets a piece. An old trap which has I know I have
caught a few with in blitz. They see Bc5+ winning the Queen so play 12...d6.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.c3 dxc3 6.Bxf7+ Kxf7 7.Qd5+ Ke8 8.Qxc5 Qe7 9.Qxc3 Qxe4+ 10.Be3 Nf6 11.0-0 Kf8 12.Re1 d6 13.Qxf6+ gxf6 14.Bh6+ Kf7 15.Rxe4

And that last trap brings me nicely onto...

Traps from the chaps.

This happened in an OTB game sent in by an American viewer.
No surnames I'm afraid, we must protect the innocent.

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Derek - Victor

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.Nc3 Ne7 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Bc4 b5 7.Bxf7

After the game Black said he was playing for a trap
but forgot it only worked if White played 4.d3.

An important piece of advice this.
If you are setting an opening trap it's a good idea
to actually remember the moves of the trap.

Here is what Victor was trying to do.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Ne7 5.Nxe5 c6

And you can see that when the Bishop moves to 6.c4 or 6.a4
then 6...Qa4+ wins a piece. However White can try 6.Nc4.

and if 5...cxb5 then 6.Nd6 mate.
But here Black plays 6...d6 and then 7...b5 wins a piece.

So today we salute Albertos Gambai who caught two players
with this trap in the same tournament. The prestigious Patras Open.
Here is his first victim.
Note Albertos nearly blows it by getting his own Bishop trapped and if
White had played 25.a4 instead 25.Nf5 then he would have had the initiative.

G.Athanasiou (1315) - A.Gambai (1470) Patras Open, 2002.

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G.Athanasiou - A.Gambai

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Ne7 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Ba4 Qa5+ 7.Nc3 Qxe5 8.d4 Qc7 9.Bg5 Ng6 10.0-0 Be7 11.d5 h5 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Qf3 Qe5 14.Qg3 Bd6 15.Qxe5+ Bxe5 16.Nd1 Rg8 17.c3 Nh4 18.g3 b5 19.Bc2 cxd5 20.exd5 d6 21.f4 Bb7 22.fxe5 fxe5 23.Ne3 Bc8 24.Bd3 a6 25.Nf5 Nxf5 26.Bxf5 h4 27.Bxc8 Rxc8 28.Kh1 hxg3 29.hxg3 Rxg3 30.Rf2 Ke7 31.Kh2 Rg7 32.Rf3 Rcg8 33.Raf1 f5 34.Rh3 f4 35.Re1 Rg2+ 36.Kh1 R8g7 37.Rb1 e4 38.Re1 e3 0-1

Next week........
.................I have not got a clue what's coming next week.

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