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Chandler Cornered

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 (day 5)

Sportingly posing for the camera with the position where he made his last mistake
(50.Kc2 wins easily) is James R Montgomery (1620) Clown of the Round and now favourite
for the Chandler Howler Trophy.
Infact I may have to invent a new category just for this game.

J.Montgomery - A.McDonald, Round 4, Scottish Open 2009

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J.Montgomery - A.McDonald

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bg5 e6 5.e4 fxe4 6.Nxe4 Qa5+ 7.Bd2 Qf5 8.Nxf6+ Qxf6 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Qe5 Qxe5+ 11.dxe5 Bc5 12.f4 Bd4 13.0-0-0 c5 14.Nf3 Nc6 15.Nxd4 cxd4 16.g3 a5 17.a3 a4 18.Bg2 b6 19.Bb4 Ba6 20.Bxc6 dxc6 21.c5 bxc5 22.Bxc5 d3 23.Rd2 Rb8 24.h4 Rb5 25.Bd6 Rd5 26.h5 Kf7 27.hxg6+ Kxg6 28.g4 h5 29.gxh5+ Rxh5 30.Rg2+ Kf5 31.Rxh5+ Kxf4 32.Rd2 Bb5 33.Bb4 Ke4 34.Rdh2 c5 35.Bc3 c4 36.Kd2 Rc5 37.Rh8 Rc7 38.R2h7 Rxh7 39.Rxh7 Kf5 40.Re7 Bc6 41.Ke3 Bd5 42.Kd4 Kg4 43.Rf7 Kg3 44.Kc5 Bf3 45.Rxf3+ Kxf3 46.Kxc4 Ke3 47.b4 axb3 48.Kxb3 Ke4 49.a4 d2 50.Bxd2 Kxe5 51.Kb4 Kd6 52.Bf4+ e5 53.Bxe5+ Kc6 54.Ka5 Kb7 -

Nobody in the Analysis room could believe what had happened.
When I left they were still analysing the game.

Scottish Chess Suppliers will there on Saturday with their bookstall
They state they will be there early, about 9-9.30ish.

Meanwhile, if you want to spend some dosh then drag your weary butt to the West Port.

Main Point Books and Edinburgh Books have loads of 2nd hand books.

Out venue turn right, turn left at lights, cross road turn right
and go down Victoria Street, onto Grassmarket turn right and go up
the hill - you are there.

Latest pic from Main Point Books shop window.

Keith Ruxton has been receiving some rave reviews for commentary
on the top games. (There had to be talent somewhere).
Here is the link to latest effort. Rowson v McNab.

J.Rowson -v- C.McNab

And Here is Keith with WGM Myrtle Cohen from Golders Green (I think).

There a wee bit of mix up yesterday. I gave the Hookham - Green game
on here and Keith did his talking bit on that game as well. His fault.

He was to do the top boards and I get free range of the rest.
What happened was the top boards were dull draws so he went
fishing in my bit.

(opening traps is my field of expertise, it's the only chance I get to shine).


I'm going fishing in his bit. This is a board 4, round 4 game.

G.Kjartansson - M.Panchanathan, Scottish Open (4), 2009

Position after 4.g4.

Remember in a previous Corner, the Ewan Campbell game, the caveman attack?
"Put the Rook on g1, throw up the g-pawn and sac things."

Well I'm not going to stoop and call the GM games Caveman Attacks.
This is a bit more refined. The Bronze Age Attack.

OK quick synopsis.
White chases away the f6 Knight and attempts to open the centre
for the Q & B battery to hit h7 and force g6.
If g6 gets played then h4-h5 tears Black to bits.

Black thwarts that plan (the White h-pawn never moves). White 0-0-0 and
it's one of those K-side v Q-side games - first to defend losses.

Crucial part of game is at move 19. White to play.

Save the Knight or double on the g-file?
( first to defend losses - guess what White played).

White triples up the heavy pieces on the g-file. Mates all the place.
Black forced to give up Bishop and Knight for a Rook to stave off mates.

White keeps grip on position, brings off Queens winning with 3 central passed pawns.

Sit back and enjoy this one.

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G.Kjartansson - M.Panchanathan

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.g4 00 5.g5 Ne8 6.Qc2 d5 7.a3 Be7 8.d4 b6 9.e4 dxc4 10.Bxc4 c5 11.d5 Nd6 12.Ba2 e5 13.Rg1 f5 14.gxf6 Bxf6 15.Be3 Nd7 16.000 b5 17.Ng5 Bxg5 18.Rxg5 b4 19.Rdg1 bxc3 20.Rxg7+ Kh8 21.f4 cxb2+ 22.Qxb2 Ne8 23.Qg2 Ndf6 24.d6 c4 25.Bxc4 Bg4 26.Rxg4 Nxg4 27.Qxg4 h6 28.fxe5 Qc8 29.Qe6 Qxe6 30.Bxe6 Ng7 31.Bd5 Rac8+ 32.Kd2 Kh7 33.e6 Rb8 34.Bd4

Continuing is hopless against those pawns.
Black is going to have to give up his Knight and a Rook to stop them.

Here are the players looking at the position in the canteen after
White has tripled on the g-file. Magesh is still looking worried about it.

Scottish Championship Profile No.4 Dave Archibald

Dave Archibald once spent 18 years in solitary confinement.

He was arrested in 1975 for being drunk and placed in the cells at the
Edinburgh Pleasance St. Nick. Which then closed down.

Dave was discovered 18 years later when the knocking down men came
to knock it down to build Edinburgh another beautiful car park.

"I kept alive by eating cockroaches and spiders. I kept myself sane
by talking to my new friends, Mr Flippy Floppy Grimbles and Sumba the giant Squid.
They are in the picture with me."

Dave (and his friends) has so far scored 0 from 5 games.

Finally: it's this guy, Dave Clayton who is beaming the live games around the
world. We must be close onto half a million hits by now. Alex McFarlane quoted
some fantastic number of hits in his speech at the Lord Provost's do.

More tomorrow.

For the leader board and pairings and official stuff go to:

Scottish Championship Website

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