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Chandler Cornered

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 (day 4)

GM John Shaw, GM Colin McNab, CSM Thomson, Neil Farrell and GM Jonathan Rowson
quaffing the wine at the Lord Provost's do.

Mr & Mrs Grant.

Some say George Anderson is the double of the Lord Provost.

I cannot see it myself, mind you I did not drink as much
as the rest of them as I had to leave early and do this.

Andrew Masters - Daniel Rocks Round 3.

White to play his 37th move.

White played 37.Nf5 allowing 37...e4 winning the b2 Rook.

This position arose a few moves later. White, now a whole Rook down, to play.

The game continued 40.Qxh6 Re8 41.Qxg5+ Kf8 42.Qh6+ Kg8 perpetual.

However my 'check all checks' eye grumbled and as I don't have the
time to look properly at every game I'm entering I dropped it into Fritz.

It spotted the flaws right away.
The only way to get a perpetual from the diagram is with 40.Nh6+ Kg7 41.Nf5+ Kg8 42.Nh6+

In the game after 40.Qxh6

Black can play 40...Bxd5+ (my grumble).
if 41.cxd5 Qe2+ wins and 41.Kh3 Rxf5 and Black is winning.


This game too caused me to pause when I was entering it in the database.

J.Doyle - S.Murdochy Scottish Open Rd.3
The exchange sac 16.Rxf6 was worth a try OTB.

White played 16.Rxf6!?

Play went along the lines pretty much as I expected it too.
I clocked the 1-0 on the scoresheet and waited till I saw
the defensive slip. (I'm sure the attack needed a Black slip)

Here Black to play.

Black can see the Rf3-g3 or Rf6 ideas so played 25...Qd6.
Missing the other White idea 26.Rxf7! and the unprotected Queen on d6 falls.
(see the game).

So Black had to play 25...Re6 26.Rf3 Qg7.


Well as I'm typing this I've noticed that 25...Re6 26.d5! Rd6
27.Rf3 Qg7 28.Qe7 and I'm not sure anymore.

I've had to delete all my usual prattle about all unsound attacks
work under 2000 because defenders cannot defend at that level.
This is getting 100% messy and I can see loads of good things for White.

I'm about to post this so cannot be bothered firing up Fritz again.
(it's had it's moment of glory in the Masters/Rocks game). I'll let you decide.

Here is the game.
According to the scoresheet Black offered a draw on move 22..Bg4
White, then the exchange down, declined. Good decision, good game.

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J.Doyle - S.Murdochy

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.f3 c5 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.Ne2 Qc7 10.Bb2 Nf8 11.0-0 Ng6 12.Ng3 0-0 13.f4 Ne7 14.e4 e5 15.fxe5 dxe5 16.Rxf6 gxf6 17.Nh5 Kh8 18.Nxf6 Qd6 19.Qf3 Ng8 20.Nxg8 Kxg8 21.Rf1 Qg6 22.Bc1 Bg4 23.Qg3 Rfe8 24.h3 Bd7 25.Qh4 Qd6 26.Rxf7 Kxf7 27.Qxh7+ Kf6 28.Qh6+ Kf7 29.Qxd6

See previous report.
Mark Hepden beat Katie Martin.
Here is a better picture of the two during the postmortem.

On the score sheet for the Round 3 game Black has written
in the section for Openings 'Failure'.

Here it is. G.Pyrich - C.McIntree

Black's position was grim and gruesome. The question we have to ask ourselves.
Did he miss the mate in one, or did it depress so much he committed hari-kari.

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G.Pyrich - C.McIntree

1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 c6 4.e3 Nd7 5.Bd3 Ndf6 6.Nf3 Ne4 7.Bxe4 fxe4 8.Ne5 g6 9.f3 Nf6 10.fxe4 dxe4 11.0-0 Be6 12.Qe1 Bg7 13.Ne2 0-0 14.Qh4 Qc7 15.Ng3 b5 16.Bh6 Bd5 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Qg5 Kh8 19.Qh6 Ng8 20.Nxg6

In Round 4 Andrew Green fell into a Opening Trap. It's pawn steal
that gives Black a very uncomfortable and most likely indefensible OTB position.

I first encountered the move 7...cxd2+ (safer is 7...Qxf6) in Barden & Heidenfeld's
book 'Modern Chess Miniatures' Porch-Dorrer, Vienna 1957.

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1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Nxd4 exd4 6.e5 dxc3 7.exf6 cxd2+ 8.Bxd2 Qxf6 9.0-0 Be7 10.Bc3 Qg5 11.Re1 0-0 12.Re5 Qf6 13.Bd3 h6 14.Qg4 Qh4 15.Qxg7+ Kxg7 16.Rg5

The very first article I wrote for Capatal Chess which was then being
run by Alastair White & Ian 'Spike' Mullen was based on that game back in 1976.

Ahh....the memories.

Here is J.Hookham - A.Green. Rd4. Scottish Open.
(Black offered a draw on move 12 - which was declined).

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J.Hookham - A.Green

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Nd4 5.Nxd4 exd4 6.e5 dxc3 7.exf6 cxd2+ 8.Bxd2 Qxf6 9.0-0 Be7 10.Bc3 Qg5 11.Re1 0-0 12.Re5 Qh4 13.Rh5 Qf4 14.Be5 Qb4 15.Bd3 f5 16.Bxf5 Rxf5 17.Rxf5 Qc4 18.Qh5 h6 19.Qe8+

Scottish Championship Profile No.3 Jim O'Neil

Jim was born and still lives in England. He has been entering
Scottish tournaments since 1981 and is a regualr on the Scottish circuit.

"I seem to always to do well in Bonnie Scotland."

Said Jim in a broad Yorkshire accent. Jim is currently on 0 out of 4.

More tomorrow.

Spotted this clown having a fag outside the playing venue.
(The rest of the clowns are inside playing chess).

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