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Chandler Cornered

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 (day 7)

The Playing venue of The 116th Scottish Championship. Picture taken from Princes Street.

Big sigh of relief for David Fowler because he played so bad.

In this position he has just played 17...Kg7 and then resigned.

In the analysis room he and his opponent could not quite see the winning
variation and David thought he had resigned in a won position.

The win is there, he should have played on and made Jimmy Doyle find the
winning moves. I'm sure OTB he would have found it but it's tricky and one mistake.....

Here is the game, Black resigned at move 17. I have added the longest mate

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J.Doyle - D.Fowler

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.e3 c6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.e4 b4 10.Ne2 e5 11.Ng3 0-0 12.Nf5 Bc7 13.Qd2 c5 14.Qg5 g6 15.h4 Bb7 16.h5 Nxe4 17.Ne7+ Kg7 18.Qh6+ Kf6 19.Bg5+ Nxg5 20.Qxg5+ Ke6 21.Bc4+ Bd5 22.Bxd5+ Kd6 23.dxe5+ Nxe5 24.Qxe5+ Kd7 25.Bc6

J.Mollison - M.Lunn Scottish Open 2009
In this game Black was doing fine. In this position.

If he had played 15...exf3 he would have been on top.
Instead he saw a harmless Rook sitting on a1 and aimed at it. 15...Qe5.

The Queen took the Rook then found herself isolated and unable to
help defend her King.

Then Jamie Mollison missed his shot at the 250 Brilliancy prize.
Mathew was showing a friend how he lost this game and in this position...

....White played the 'mundane' 19.Qxc6.
Quick as a flash I retracted that and played the better move 19.Rf7.
Even saccing the b1 Knight with a check and the Rook it's mate.

The slow naffo 'unforced' mate which was played is in the notes.

The Queen & Bishop always force the King into a mating net in them positions.
I know these things, trust me.

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J.Mollison - M.Lunn

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 d5 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.f4 Qh4+ 6.g3 Qe7 7.Nf3 f6 8.fxe5 fxe5 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Qe2 Nf6 11.c4 Bg4 12.c5 e4 13.cxd6 Qxd6 14.Ba3 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qe5 16.Qf4 Qxa1 17.0-0 Qxa2 18.Qxc7 Nd7 19.Rf7 [19.Qxc6 Rb8 20.Qe6+ Kd8 21.Be7+ Kc7 22.Rc1+ Kb7 23.Qc6#] 19...Qxb1+ 20.Kg2 Kxf7 21.Qxd7+ Kf6 22.Be7+ Ke5 23.Qd6+ Kf5 24.g4+ Kxg4 25.Qf4+ Kh5 26.Qg5# 1-0

And now enjoy the white knuckle ride of the round.
J.O'Neil - W.Burnett Scottish Open 2009.
Some imaginative stuff going on here.
The last five Black moves are the product of horrendus time pressure,10 seconds for 7 moves.
Walter is playing KP openings for the first time in 20 odd years and picked his
way into a good position but it cost him time. Precious time.

But let us not detract White's play, he pulled some rabbits out of the hat in this game
setting Black problems and was not phased at all by a sweating Walter trying to
reach move 40. He calmy wrapped it up without trying to cheap him in time trouble.

I've sneaked a variation in the notes pointed out by Walter that he was angling for.
It starts with 23...c3.

I sat in on the analysis of this one and for the first time since the tournament
began I wished I was playing. I loved these positions and games of this type.

A good game from two players who rarely play boring chess.

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J.O'Neil - W.Burnett

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Be7 5.c3 Na5 6.Bd3 dxc3 7.Nxc3 d6 8.0-0 Be6 9.Qa4+ c6 10.b4 Nc4 11.b5 Nb6 12.Qc2 c5 13.e5 d5 14.a4 c4 15.Bxh7 d4 16.Be4 dxc3 17.Bxb7 Qd3 18.Ra2 Rd8 19.Bc6+ Kf8 20.a5 Nd5 21.Qa4 Nb4 22.b6 axb6 23.axb6 Nxa2 24.Qxa2 c2 25.b7 g6 [25...c3 26.Qa7 Qxf1+ 27.Kxf1 Bc4+ 28.Ke1 Rd1#] 26.Qa8 Kg7 27.b8Q c3 28.Qxd8 Bxd8 29.Be4 Qd1 30.Bxc2 Qxc2 31.Qxd8 Rh5 32.Ba3 Bc4 33.Rc1 Qa4 34.Qf8+ Kh7 35.g4 Rh6 36.Ng5+ Kh8 37.Be7 1-0

I've had a complaint that I'm not giving all the details about who is
winning the Championship and how the good guys are getting on.

Well you will get all that gubbings from the official site.

Scottish Championship Website

But if it's tables of the Scottish Championship you want then it's
tables of the Scottish Championship you get. I aim to please.

Final Placings of the 2007 Scottish Championship

1 A. Muir*11111118
2 A. Grant0*1111117
3 C. McNab0*1111117
4 D. Bryson*11116
5 E. Spencer0000*11114
6 M. Fraser00*00113
7 A. Nisbet00001*3
8 J. Stevenson000001*2
9 S. Hilton000000*12
0 I. Marks0000000*1

Happy now?

And finally.

This is Clare Summerscale who is the wife of one the English GM's playing.
But I cannot remember which one. (Clare has 0 pts from 7 games).

Keith Ruxton's commentary on a top Round 7 game can be found at:

Keith's Chatty Bit

(Keith Ruxton has 0 pts. from 7 games).

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