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Chandler Cornered

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 (day 6)

The Three Amigos

Donald Wilson (President of Chess Scotland), Andy Howie and Neil McFarlane.

It's these three hard workers(and a few others who did not want their picture taken)
who are making sure the whole event runs smoothly. And it is.

(That's it lads. You have been jinxed by The Corner)

All three have 0pts from 6 rounds.

Oh yes the Curse of the Corner exists. A few days ago we (there are two me's)
did a profile on Welshman Jim O'Neil. Here he is playing his Rd6 game with Neil Berry.

What happened next?

Jim's mobile phone went off. (the WOmbles theme tune) 1-0.

When I entered the building prior to round 6 starting I was advised
to look out for Paul Motwani's shirt. Quite a picture.

This game between Paul and Peter Poobalasingham was an exciting & instructive affair.

I had the great pleasure to sit with the players for most of the after game analysis.

Peter took more away from that loss than he ever would studying that game
by himself for a year. Paul is wonderful at explaining his and his opponents ideas
and wringing dry every possible trick in a position.

He had so many kind words for his opponent that though young Peter lost, his confidence
was in no way undermined. An absolute treat watching this great player and teacher in action.

Most of the strong player's do not mind if you sit in on their postmortem.
The rule is STAY SILENT. Do not say anything.

I broke this golden rule just once when I was watching Paul going over this game.
I got the sympathetic look from those all seeing deep brown eyes as Paul flicked out a refutation.

Even if you see what you think is a brilliant move - bite your tongue and say nothing.

When you have read the rest of this do yourself a favour and go to the official website.

Scottish Championship Website

And play over the game.

Of course I could have given the game here but that would rob the main site
of hits and Alex McFarlane gets all excited about hits to the official website.
He counts them.

There is a way to download the pgn from the site but when I followed the
instructions on how to this all I got was the first three moves of board 1-7.

Nothing works.

The Chandler Howler Trophy.

Here is the cute Lynsey Shovlin (Miss Kilmarnok 2008) modelling The Trophy.

Now in the day 5 report you will see Angus McDonald swindling James Montgomery
thus setting up James for this coverted award that nobody wants.

What goes around comes around.

Today Angus McDonald put himself in the pole position with this game.

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L.Ingram - A.McDonald

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd8 4.d4 Bf5 5.Qf3 Bd7 6.Qxb7 Bc6 7.Bb5 Qd7 8.Bxc6 Qxc6 9.Qc8# 1-0

The players went over it in the analysis room and Angus had to see it all again.

And here (again) is the final position.

There was also another contender from Round 6. 17...Nd8??

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D.Rocks - J.Warren

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.Nf3 Bg4 5.Be2 Nc6 6.0-0 e6 7.Re1 Be7 8.c3 0-0 9.Nbd2 Re8 10.Nc4 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Bg5 12.Ne3 Nxe3 13.fxe3 Rb8 14.Qa4 Qd6 15.Qb5 Bh4 16.Rf1 e5 17.Bd5 Nd8 18.Qxe8+ 1-0

We finish with this disaster.

Why do players refuse to castle? Why?
Black had ample opportunity to castle in this game on moves 12,13,14 and 15.
But instead went off seeking complications against an International player.

Joe got himself deeper and deeper in trouble with every move

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R.Giulian - J.Parks

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nf3 e6 6.cxd4 b6 7.Bd3 Bb7 8.0-0 d6 9.a3 Nd7 10.Qe2 dxe5 11.dxe5 Be7 12.g3 Qc7 13.Re1 a6 14.b4 Qc6 15.Nbd2 Nc3 16.Qf1 f5 17.exf6 Nxf6 18.Bb2 Na4 19.Rac1 Qd7 20.Be5 Nd5 21.Bxg7 Nf4 22.Bb1 Rg8 23.Be5 Nd5 24.Bxh7 Rg4 25.Qh3 Nf6 26.Rc7

The b7 Bishop falls.

Finally catch Keith Ruxton's commentary on today's Board 1 game at;

Ruxton's Rampant Ramblings

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