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Chandler Cornered

Scottish Chess Championship 2009 - The Final Day

So that's it - it's finished.

Angus McDonald won the much coverted Chandler Howler Trophy.

and of course the Chandler Cornered 'goodie bag'.

A chess book of positions to study, a pocket set to study with,
a postcard of Edinburgh to remind him of the day, a ruler.....comes in handy,
a CD of 70's hits to listen to on his journey back to Aryshire and a
Blues tape to play when he plays over the game that won him the prize.

And here it is again!

The best worst game of the whole Congress.

[Click here to replay the game]
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#

That's it. Bye.

(Who won...the prizes....Ed)

Oh yeah. Forgot that bit.

People won things and people clapped.
That's it. Bye.


If they want to know the official stuff they can visit the official website:

Scottish Championship Website

And the latest link to Keith Ruxton's Rampant Rambings is:

(I don't know, he has not posted it yet - that;'s cos me and him got drunk last night.)

(Here it is......Ed)

Keith Ruxton Comments on Round 9 game

I'm knacked, I've been doing this nonsense for 9 days on the trot.
That's it. Bye.

The Scottish Champion...who won the 2009 Scottish?....Ed)


Before the start of the final round a crowd of women came in to sniff
the armpits of the chess players.
I've no idea why. Must be a new FIDE ruling.

The Congress Report proper.

Ian Gourlay is the 2009 Scottish Champion.

OK here is Ian with the trophy.

I'm taking 50% of the credit.
During the week Ian borrowed my pen and won his game. He brought it back
but I said keep it till you lose one. He never did.

So after he won The Scottish with my magic pen I got him to
write down the lottery numbers and these are the numbers I am
putting on this Wednesday.

3 - 6 - 9 - 26 - 29 - 35.

Oh boy are you going feel a right clot if these numbers come in
and you never put them on.

Keith said:

"Geoff if everyone who reads the Corner puts these numbers on then
you will share will loads of people and you will get a pittance."

My reply:

"They won't believe me."

The winner of the SCOTTISH OPEN was Arun Prasad from India.

He clinched the first prize by beating fellow countryman Magresh Panchanathan.

This was the game that had everyone in the analysis room rubbing their eyes.

GM Panchanathan walked into an opening trap that is older than God's dog.

Infact it's so old it was played before chess was

it has scalped a few names.
Ludeck Pachman fell for it in exactly the same position in 1967.
So did Imre Varasdy (2350) in 1986 as did Krystyna Dabrowska(2240) in 1998.

Here it is.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Prasad - M.Panchanathan

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.Qxc3 0-0 9.0-0 c5 10.Rd1 Bf6 11.Qc2 cxd4 12.Ng5

I went along to the playing hall after I saw 12.Ng5 and met Magresh in the corridor.

He was stunned, devastated, dumbfounded and in a minor state of shock.
GM's don't do for these things.

"I fell for a trap like that 10 years ago." he said after the game,
I did not think I could I ever fall for the same thing again."

He pulled himself together and made Arun work for his win.
But being the exchange down with no compensation was not part
of the opening prep and the result was never really in doubt.

Here is Magresh now smiling at his is blunder.
If these guys can do it and smile, there is hope for us all.

Now a Chandler Cornered dilemma.
Do we award the Howler Trophy AND the Game Prize to the same player?

Because Magresh's win v Jonathan Rowson won the Best Game Prize of 250

(and a Ferrari donated by Apache Jack?......Ed)

No that was a joke, though I fear some people thought it was true!

Here is the Magresh best prize v Rowson game.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Panchanathan - J.Rowson

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.0-0 d6 8.c4 Nf6 9.Nc3 b6 10.f4 Nbd7 11.Qe2 Bb7 12.Kh1 Qc7 13.Bd2 h5 14.Nd4 g6 15.f5 gxf5 16.exf5 e5 17.Ne6 fxe6 18.fxe6 Nf8 19.Bg5 Rg8 20.Bxf6 Bxg2+ 21.Qxg2 Rxg2 22.Nd5 Qc5 23.Bxe7 Nxe6 24.Kxg2 Kd7 25.Bf5 Qa5 26.Bxe6+ Kxe6 27.Rf6+ Kd7 28.Rxd6+ Ke8 29.Rf1 Qd2+ 30.Kh1

This game was handed into the Best Game Box.
It does not stand up to severe scrutiny, but for OTB inspiration,
the difference in grades White (1760) Black (1588) and entertainment
value then this must get a mention.

I like to see and play over these wee sparks of creativity produced by the so called
weaker players. And of course there is the wee pawn check at the end winning the Queen.

Chess Tip No.189
If ever your opponent threatens to take your QNP with a Queen,
do not defend it with Ra2. DO NOT DO THIS TO ROOKS.

[Click here to replay the game]
L.Ingram - S.Murdochy

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.Bb3 a5 9.f3 d5 10.exd5 Nb4 11.a4 Nfxd5 12.Nxd5 Nxd5 13.Bf2 e5 14.Nb5 Be6 15.Bc5 Re8 16.Nd6 Bf8 17.Nxe8 Bxc5 18.Bxd5 Bxd5 19.Qxd5 Qh4+ 20.g3 Qb4+ 21.Ke2 Rxe8 22.Ra2 e4 23.f4 Re6 24.c3 Qb6 25.Qc4 Bf2 26.Kd1 Rd6+ 27.Ke2 e3 28.Rd1 Rxd1 29.Kxd1 Qd6+ 30.Qd4 e2+

Paul Motwani gave an imformative and entertaining lesson whilst the organisers
were sorting out the prizes. (more about this later)

This is always a treat.
It's no easy thing standing infront of a crowd of mixed strength players
and holding their attention. Paul loves doing it and it comes across.

You cannot learn to teach. It's a gift.

The Thank You bit:

Alex McFarlane has asked me to do a serious bit to say thanks
all the people who made this event possible.
(I guess that is because he fears after today nobody will visit the Official Site).

City of Edinburgh Council, Lord Provost Grubb, Quality Chess, Jonathan Grant,
Donald Wilson, Andy Howie, Dave Clayton, Anne & Peter Woods of Scottish Chess Supplies,
Staff at the City Chambers, Keith Ruxton, me. (and Apache Jack).

If I have missed someone out then it's his fault.

The father of one of the foreign players stopped the prize giving to
make a short speech to say what a brilliant tournament it was and what
a wonderful time he had had in Edinburgh.

He then presented Alex with a jazzy snazzy robe and hat.

To my great shame I did not get the name of the player.
I was so shocked at this sudden interuption and jealous
at the gift the thought did not cross my mind - this will be
rectified at on a future Corner.

(Alex has been in touch;)

"The palyer who gave the gift was Ravshan Khamoreov from Uzbekistan.
The coat us a traditional Uzbek costume.

There was minor McFarlane moment at the prize giving.

Alex gave out the prizes to the joint second girl players
Rhian Hughes and Katie Martin and then realised this was a mistake
as Fan Zhang was the sole second ladies player so he had to ask
for the money to be returned from Rhian and Katie and gave the sole prize to Fan.

These things happen - here is Katie after the cheque was snatched from her hand.

This girl has an incredible and fantastic array of funny faces to pull.
I think I'll dedicate a whole Corner to the funny faces of Katie Martin.

And that was it.

Then it was off to Bells to beat up the GM's at blitz.

(I got hammered)

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