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Chandler Cornered

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 (day 8)


Hi, and the Best Games Prize just took a giant leap when the red indian
philanthropist (Apache Jack) appeared and tossed the keys of the car below to Alex McFarlane.



"They must play a Latvian Gambit and not be in the US Cavalry."

(bet you were waiting for a King's Indian joke)



Donald Heron is the Scottish Seniors Champion



And here is Donald's last round win.

White to play.










11.Nb5 instead of 11.Nb5 looks good for White instead of the trappy 11.Nd5.
I think he was hoping Donald would play 11...Qa6 12.Nc7+
You will have to set them a bit deeper than that to catch an old dog like Don Heron.

After that missed chance Black took over and it ended 7 moves later.



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B.O'Gorman- D.Heron

1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.e4 Bxf3 6.gxf3 c5 7.Be3 Nc6 8.dxc5 Qa5 9.cxd6 Rd8 10.Bd2 Rxd6 11.Nd5 Qd8 12.c5 Rd7 13.Bh3 e6 14.0-0 Qh4 15.Nf4 Be5 16.Bxe6 fxe6 17.Qb3 Nd4 18.Qc4 Nxf3+


Donald was the first player I played against in the Edinburgh Chess League in 1975 (I won).
I then put together an unbeaten run of 29 games then one day I bumped
into this wee lad with a mop of curly hair and got hammered. (Colin McNab).

Here is another good game from The Seniors. M.Roth - H.Williams

Black played 17...g6 to chase a Knight off f5, then played 19...g5 to let it
back onto f5 again. Then the fireworks started. White to play.










21.Nxg5 fxg5 22.Nxd6 and the rout began.


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M.Roth - H.Williams

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 bxc6 5.0-0 d6 6.d3 e5 7.Nbd2 Nf6 8.Nc4 Be7 9.Bd2 Qc7 10.Bc3 0-0 11.Nfd2 Nd7 12.f4 exf4 13.Qg4 Ne5 14.Qxf4 f6 15.Ne3 Qd7 16.Qg3 Qe6 17.Nf5 g6 18.Nf3 Kh8 19.Ne3 g5 20.Nf5 Qf7 21.Nxg5 fxg5 22.Nxd6 Qxf1+ 23.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 24.Kxf1 Bxd6 25.Bxe5+ Bxe5 26.Qxe5+ Kg8 27.Qe8+ Kg7 28.Qxc6


Incident in the under 1500's Tournament

This actually happened.
One of the players was bemused to see his opponent get from the board
when it was his turned to move and walk out the room.

So he waited for a minute or two and then found him in the Analysis Room
actually looking at and analysing the position the were playing.

He reported this to the Controller who confronted the wanderer.

The lad admitted it right away and was awarded a loss.

Incredible.

Now a couple of games that appeared on the live transmisson.
D.Oswald - K.Aitkinson
As I have already shown a loss by my editor David Oswald...



....I thought I had better show one of his wins.
(I had to wait a few rounds but here it is).

Keith Atkinson came to the board with a new game plan

"I'll swap off my Bishops on a6 and h6." thinks he.

Well the first Bishop is traded on a6 but alas his second
attempt was a failure. 15...Bh6?? and Black lost a piece.


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D.Oswald - K.Aitkinson

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 g6 4.Nc3 h5 5.Be3 Bg7 6.Qd2 Be6 7.Nge2 dxe4 8.fxe4 Bc4 9.Ng3 Ba6 10.Bxa6 Nxa6 11.Rf1 Qd7 12.0-0-0 e6 13.e5 Ne7 14.Kb1 Nf5 15.Bg5 Bh6 16.Rxf5 exf5 17.Bxh6 0-0-0 18.Bg5 Rde8 19.Bf6 Rhg8 20.d5 cxd5 21.Nxd5 Kb8 22.Ne2 Re6 23.Nef4 Rc8 24.Nxe6 fxe6 25.Ne7


The square h6 is Keith's bogey square.
We played once and he played 15.Qh6?? and lost his Queen.

He did not resign (why should he?) So I cooked up a return Queen sac.
K. Aitchinson - G.Chandler, Presidents Cup, 1995
If I recall this a 30 minute allegro game.


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K. Aitchinson - G. Chandler

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nxd5 4.Bc4 e6 5.Qe2 Be7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.d4 b6 8.Bd2 Bb7 9.0-0-0 Nd7 10.Ne4 N7f6 11.Bd3 a5 12.Ne5 Nb4 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Bxb4 axb4 15.Qh5 g6 16.Qh6 Bg5+ 17.Qxg5 Qxg5+ 18.Kb1 Bd5 19.b3 Ra3 20.f4 Qxf4 21.Rhf1 Qxd4 22.Nd7 Rfa8 23.Nf6+ Kg7 24.Nxh7 Qa1+ 25.Kxa1 Rxa2+ 26.Kb1 Ra1+ 27.Kb2 R8a2


J.Hookham - M.Lyell Scottish Open 2009.
This one has a Latvian look about it.
It came from the Ponziani, an opening I've never quite trusted.

I don't think 3...f5 is the refutation but Black gets a perfect Latvian so
White misplayed it somewhere. 10.g4 looks false, White is surely OK till then.

What happened next was doubled Rooks on the f-file and conquer f2. It's a Latvian players dream.


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J.Hookham - M.Lyell

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 f5 4.d4 fxe4 5.Nxe5 Qf6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Be2 d5 8.Be3 Bd6 9.Nd2 Nh6 10.g4 Bf4 11.Nf1 0-0 12.h3 Rb8 13.Rb1 Bxe3 14.fxe3 Qh4+ 15.Kd2 Rf2 16.Qe1 Ba6 17.Rh2 Rbf8 18.g5 Bxe2 19.gxh6 Bd3+



Chess Suppliers Scotland turned up and sold Loads of RAMPANT CHESS



Chess Supplies Scotland

You can get all the official stuff, leader boards and other top board games.

Scottish Championship Website

And Keith Ruxton's analysis of the Round 8 Board 1 game is at:

Round 8 Board 1 Commentary



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