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Sales have far exceeded expectation with yet another sell out
at the Chess Supplies bookstall. (they are getting more).
If you like The Corner, you will like the book.
If you enjoyed Keith's Commentary, you will enjoy the book.
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If you don't have it then your chess library is incomplete.
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I bought the old b/w THE THING video for 25p.
I noticed that the Associate Editor was none other than Edward Lasker.
"There will be Chess in this." I thought, and I was right.
As early as the second scene you see this.
Bet you never knew Edward Lasker was an Associate Editor of
'B' flicks from the 1950's.
I wonder if Edward Lasker and Edward Winter are related?
OK onto more games and blunders from the recent Scottish Open.
There were a lot of silly blunders of which I am going to show just a handful.
These are the unforced errors. There were loads of two moves tricks and missed
threats taking place.
Why so many?
I speculate it was the time control of 40 moves in 2 hours.
This is OK for the GM's who are used to this time control and can pace themselves.
The average guys race along at 1½ for 30. The length of the game tires them out.
The 5 hour playing session took it's toll.
You will have seen a whole horde of such errors in my Championship Reports.
So because chess players love lauging at other players mishaps...
....Here are some more.
Where players are bored having so many men so they simply give them away.
L.Ingram - R.Giulian. White to play.
C.Sykes - N.Berry White to play.
Arakhamia-Grant -v- G.Neave. Black to play.
38...Rb1+ and then resigned (39.Nxb1).
J.Warren - M.McDonald. White to play.
John Warren sadly slipped up here as well. Black to play.
Black moves the c6 Knight to threaten a pawn fork on the Q & B.
And now a double Blunder. K.Aitkinson - S.Hayes White to play.
41.Qd7 (41...Nxd7 now looks good). Black missed it! 41...Qc2+
Black went on to lose.
G.Pyrich - P.Roberts Part I. Black to play.
36...Ng4. (36...Qa1+ and mate next move looks good)
These two must have been in mutual time trouble because a move later.
G.Pyrich - P.Roberts Part II. White to play.
37.Qc5+ and then resigned. (37...Qxc5+).
More craft required here. Simply giving away a piece means you
have to rely on your opponent having the required technique to
finish you off. But with a Self Mate you end the game in one move.
G.Pyrich - C.McIntee. Black to play.
19...Ng8 20.Nxg6 mate.
W.Burnett - E.Campbell. Black to play.
White is threatening Nh6 Mate, better give the King some running room.
25...f5 26.Nh6 Mate.
A.McHarg - M.McDonald. Black to play.
32...Qd4 to stop a Queen check on the diagonal. 33.Qe8 Mate.
L.McGregor - P.Rabindra. White to Play.
37.Rb1 Rf2 Mate.
N.Thomson - D.McKerracher
This one is funny. White is winning easily but finds the
only move (30.Nd4) that allows Black to escape with a perpetual.
[Click here to replay the game]
N.Thomson - D.McKerracher
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Bf5 7.Bd2 e6 8.Nd5 Qd8 9.Nxf6+ gxf6 10.Bb3 Nd7 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.0-0-0 0-0-0 13.Nh4 Bg6 14.g3 Kb8 15.Ng2 Bd6 16.h4 h5 17.c4 c5 18.Bc3 cxd4 19.Bxd4 Rc8 20.Ne3 Be5 21.f4 Bd6 22.Qf2 Be4 23.Rhe1 Nc5 24.Bxf6 Nxb3+ 25.axb3 Rhg8 26.Rxd6 Qa5 27.Be5 Ka8 28.Nc2 Bf5 29.Bc3 Qa2 30.Nd4 Qb1+ 31.Kd2 Qd3+ 32.Kc1 Qb1+ 33.Kd2 Qd3+ 34.Kc1 Qb1+
Enough is enough.
Here is a really good game of Chess. A.Greet v N.Farrell
This was the pivotal position.
Black has a good position and White is very
nearly at the wait and see what my opponent does stage.
White to play.
Black has the plans, Rc8, Nd4+, roll the a-pawn.
White needs to faze and fluster his opponent.
If he waits then Black will get a grip on the game by improving
his position and when White tries to mix it Black will absorb the blow.
So White sacced the exchange. 31.Rxg5!?
I doubt if this stood up to examination in the analysis room. Who Cares?
Black then appeared to do nothing wrong.
If you have an extra Rook than take the open file.
He moved to get control of the h-file.
Meanwhile White was cooking up a devious plot on the Queenside.
White sacced a piece.
Black is still OK.
He can take it and give his Queen up for the Knight and Rook.
I know this because it seems to be the only way not to lose.
(Keith Ruxton calls such analysis - Mr Harry Hindsight.)
But then Black failed to see the strength of the 2nd piece sac
and it was a forced mate.
I've no idea about the clock situation. The forced mate appeared on move 39!
Neil is usually a dogged defender. He can take solice in the fact that when
other people play over the game they won't see the attack coming either.
A lovely piece of Chess from Andrew Greet.
The sticklers will moan that the exchange sac can be defended with correct play.
OK the sticklers can have the Analysis Room win. Andrew Greet will take the point.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Greet - N.Farrell
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Qd7 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 b6 7.Qg4 f5 8.Qg3 Nc6 9.a4 Bb7 10.Bb5 a6 11.Bxc6 Bxc6 12.a5 Bb5 13.Nh3 0-0-0 14.Nf4 Nh6 15.axb6 cxb6 16.Ba3 Rhg8 17.h4 Kb7 18.Kd2 Rc8 19.Rhb1 Nf7 20.h5 g5 21.hxg6 hxg6 22.Rh1 g5 23.Nd3 Qc7 24.Bb2 Rg7 25.Rh5 Rcg8 26.Rah1 a5 27.Qh2 Qc4 28.Qg1 g4 29.Nf4 Bd7 30.Qe1 Ng5 31.Rxg5 Rxg5 32.Qa1 g3 33.f3 Qc8 34.Ba3 Rh8 35.Rb1 Ka6 36.Bc5 bxc5 37.Nd3 cxd4 38.Nb4+ Kb5 39.Nc6+ Kxc6 40.Qa4+ Kc7 41.Qxa5+ Kc6 42.Qb6
But we end with a Andrew Greet loss.
He tried just that bit too hard to faze and fluster in this game.
G.Kafka - A.Greet Black to play.
Black had to go into the ending with 30...Rxe8.
Instead he opted for 30...g4? and after 31.g3!
Black resigned, he is going to lose a whole Rook.
31...Qf6 32.Qxf6 gxf6 33.Rxd8+.
OK, you have been entertained now off you go and order RAMPANT CHESS