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Scottish Chess Championship 2009 (day 2)

Day two: Sunday the 12th July 2009.

For the sensible stuff you may like to go to the Official site.

Scottish Championship Website

Ah good you are staying here.

As always we start with some pictures.
Neil Berry, Paul Motwani and Jonathan Grant.

Jonathan and Paul getting down to Rd.2 business.

Magnus Carlsen deep in study.

(you sure that is Magnus Carlsen....ED)

Well it looks like him.

(Looks like Mathew Lunn.....Ed)


Ali Roy v Fan Zhang (Germany)

Alex McFarlane reminding everyone that the 3rd round on Monday the 13th July starts at 1pm.

We have a private bet on that someone will turn up late.

Free coffee, tea & biscuits laid on for the players.

Me at the demo board. I appear to be discussing The Scotch Game.

I did not get past showing them M.Grabek - R.Wedel, Seefeld Open, 1996.

Black wants to get the Queens off. White refuses.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Qf6 6.e5 Qb6 7.Qc3 Bb4 0-1

Black succeeded in getting 50% of the Queens off.

Scottish Championship Profile No.2 George Pyrich

George (23) had been playing chess for 36 years.
When he is not pushing pawns George is pulling pints in his Ayrshire pub 'The Fruit Bat & Donkey.'
A little known fact about George is that he use to play in Goal for Berwick Rangers
and still holds the national record for letting in the most goals in one season. 398 in 1968/69.
(he asked me not to mention that so I won't).

Second Round Games

Play started at 2pm and I had to wait till 3.44pm for the first
positive game to finish. Keith Emery - Danny McGowan.

After some loose White opening play Black nicks a central pawn.
White then assisted Black as much as he could by swapping
off into a clear lost ending.

White should have kept the pieces on and made Black work for his win.
His position was very bleak but not hopless. The way he played it
appeared he had given up the moment the e-pawn was lost.

One defending strategy was to swap off the Queenside pawns and
then chuck a Knight for the e & f pawns and see what develops.
At least it's a defensive plan, you must fight fight fight.

[Click here to replay the game]
Keith Emery - Danny McGowan

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 b6 3.d4 Bb7 4.Bd3 c5 5.Bf4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Nf6 7.Nb5 d6 8.f3 a6 9.N5a3 d5 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.c3 dxe4 13.Bxe4 Bxe4 14.fxe4 Qh4+ 15.Kf1 Qf4+ 16.Ke1 Qxe4+ 17.Qe2 Qxe2+ 18.Kxe2 Nd7 19.Nc2 0-0-0 20.Nd2 Be7 21.Nd4 Kb7 22.Rhf1 Ne5 23.N4f3 Nxf3 24.Nxf3 Bf6 25.Rad1 Kc7 26.Rxd8 Rxd8 27.Rd1 Rxd1 28.Kxd1 Kc6 29.Kc2 Kd5 30.Kd3 b5 31.b3 e5 32.Nd2 Be7 33.c4+ bxc4+ 34.Nxc4 Bc5 35.a3 f5 36.b4 e4+ 37.Kc3 Bd4+ 38.Kb3 e3

Next we have fun and games from. Lyndsay McGregor v Ewan Campbell.

White's 6.Be3 7.Bg5 8.Be3 had me totally baffled, God only knows
what it did to Ewan. And if flaunting the opening principles was not enough,
White then embarked on an imaginative unsound Knight sac (16 Nxe6?!) that worked!

The cool 16...Rfe8 and I fear White has nothing except a sympathetic
smile from me and pat on his opponent's back.

Instead....Well I'll let you see what happened.

[Click here to replay the game]
L.McGregor - E.Campbell

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Be3 Ng4 7.Bg5 Qb6 8.Be3 Nxe3 9.fxe3 e6 10.Bc4 Be7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Kh1 Bd7 13.Bb3 a6 14.Qg4 Ne5 15.Qh3 Rac8 16.Nxe6 Nc4 17.Bxc4 Rxc4 18.Nd5 Qxb2 19.Nxe7+ Kh8 20.Ng6+ Kg8 21.Ngxf8

Here are the two players looking at the game in the analysis room.

I like the wee Mcgregor's games and attitude.
In the latest Scottish Chess

I annotate Lyndsay's win v Eddie Ferry in the Perth Open.
That game too featured some enterprising play.
I give it here so you will rush out and buy the mag just
to see my 4 pages of analysis. Keep your eye on the Black Knight on h2.

[Click here to replay the game]
E.Ferry - L.McGregor

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Bc5 5.c3 0-0 6.d4 Bb6 7.dxe5 Ng4 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.Nbd2 Ncxe5 10.Nd4 c6 11.Ba4 Bc7 12.h3 Nh2 13.Re1 Nd3 14.Re2 Qe5 15.Bh4 Qh5 16.Re3 Qxh4 17.Rxd3 d5 18.exd5 cxd5 19.N2f3 Qf4 20.Bc2 Bd7 21.Qd2 Qd6 22.Re1 Rfe8 23.Rde3 g6 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Rxe8+ Bxe8 26.Ne1 Qa6 27.Bd3 Qxa2 28.g3 h5 29.Kxh2 h4 30.Qe2 Bd7 31.Qe7 hxg3+ 32.fxg3 Qxb2+ 33.Ne2 Bb5 34.Qxc7 Bxd3 35.Qd8+ Kg7 36.Nxd3 Qxe2+ 37.Kh1 Qxd3 38.Kg2 Qxc3

OK. Where was I?

Ah Yes....The Scottish Championship 2009.

Competition Time
This is a picture of Neil Berry before the start of his 2nd round game.

How did he break his arm. Don't email me, just tell me when
you see wondering about. The one who comes up with the best
reason wins things. (Neil Berry you are excluded).

I'll be in this building for the next few days. The playing venue.

More of this stuff tomorrow.

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