(Still no British Flag........Ed)
Still no British Flag..........Geoff.
If want all the news, pairings, games, (some of the PGNS) and pictures
of The British Championship, then go here:
British Championship 2009 Website
One must really feel sorry for Iain Gourlay.
Here he is proudly holding aloft the Scottish Chess Championship Trophy.
But at the end of the week he will no longer be the Scottish Chess Champion.
You see that title will automatically switch to the top placed Scottish player
in The British and Iain Gourlay is not playing in The British this year.
I know it's unfair but that's just how it is.
So what was the point of holding a Scottish Championship a few weeks ago?
Precisely. What was the point?
I'm starting a campaign, The Chandler Cornered Campaign,
to get this stupid ruling over-turned and allow Iain Gourlay
to remain Scottish Champion for the year 2009.
I've contacted Ian McFarlane and....
(two different spellings of Ian/Iain......Ed)
Iain is the correct Scottish spelling.
Ian is the English version.
I've contacted Mr. McFarlane and he says;
"It's the FIDE rules, you cannot argue with the FIDE rules and by the way
my Ian is the correct Scottish spelling. Iain is the Irish version."
OK. So ends The Chandler Cornered Campaign, but don't say I tried.
And now this...
Scams to Rip Off Chess Punters No.137
Look out for this one lads. It was on ebay. £2.99.
"A step by step guide to succesful chess."
What a rip. It's Staunton's Handbook in WORD Format.
I'm not kidding, give this a very wide berth unless you want
Staunton's Handbook in Word or PDF.
Here is the original from Staunton's Book, printed in 1847.
and here The Blue Book of Chess in WORD.
OK Let's look at some blunders.
All Positions from the British Championship, Torquay, 2009.
You cannot win a game unless your opponent makes a blunder.
So looking at positions where good chess players gaff should
help us recognise the road signs that lead to these train wrecks.
But they don't. You will, I will, and they will,
all play the same lemons again and again and again.
So why bother?
Well the next time we blunder (and we will) it's good to know we are not alone.
A.Galliano (2050) - J.Mueller,J (2149)
Black to Move.
30...Qxd4 is the move.
Instead Black took the Bishop and jumped into a mating net.
30...Kxh6 31.Qh8+ Kg5 32.f4+ Kh4 33.Kh2 f6 34.g3#
J.Littlewood (2188) - D.Lemoir
White to play.
Where does the Queen go? 28.Qf4 or 28.Qf3 and the game is still in the pot.
Instead White played 28.Qf2? thus allowing 28...Ng4+ 0-1.
(After 29.gxh4 hxg4+ it's mate next move.)
F.Ynojosa (2188) - A.Summerscale
This one is a missed shot by Black.
White has just played 33.Re2? Black to move.
Yup. 33...Nxd4 wins a pawn and the exchange.
34.Qxd4 Rxe2 or 34.Qxd7 Nxe2+ then 35...Rxd7.
Black missed it, he played 33...Ra1 and went onto win. 0-1 in 59 moves.
P.Littlewood (2358) - M.Surtees (2149)
White to play.
White had to accept the perpetual with 35.Kc1 Qe3+ 36.Kc2 Qe2+ 37.Kc1 Qe3+....
But why should he? He is the exchange up and he can get out of the perpetual.
He's right. After 35.Rd2 there is not a perpetual. There is a diabolical mate.
35.Rd2 b3+ 36.axb3 cxb3+ 37.Kc1 Qc4+
V.Jones (2076) - J.McDonnell (2023)
Another player refusing to accept the fact that his only choice
is to accept the perpetual. Black to play.
43....Kf8? (43...Kh7 44.Qxh5+ Kg8 45.Qg5+ Kh7 46.Qh5+ etc etc and etc)
44.Qd8+ (the check that Black totally missed)44...Kg7 45.Rg1+ Kh7 46.Qg8+ Kh6 47.Qh8 mate.
G.Taylor (2003) - J.Garnett (2059)
This one is tragic. Never relax. Black has a threat in this position.
All White has to do is spot it and stop it. White to play.
White with 1-0 already clocked up on the scoreboard was
no doubt wondering who he would be getting in the next round.
34.b6? Rb1+ and after 35.Kg2 Bd5+ the Rook on a1 goes.
Never relax, the Blunder Bogey man is under every board.
Games from The British Championship
In the blunders section I've just noticed that I roped in both Littlewoods.
I'll redress the balance. J.Littlewood - O.Hindle, BCF, Sunderland 1966
White is on the verge of crashing through and 20.g5 suggests itself.
But not yet. Littlewood senior knows how to attack correctly and
slipped in 20.Rd1! it's these wee moves that novice attackers miss out.
White uses ALL his pieces. The d8 Rook is lured off the back rank and...
Black resigned on move 21. I've added the mate that White was playing for.
[Click here to replay the game]
J.Littlewood - O.Hindle
1.f4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d5 6.d3 c6 7.e3 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nbd7 10.Nc3 Qb6 11.Kh1 d4 12.exd4 Qxd4 13.Be3 Qb4 14.Rab1 Rfd8 15.g4 Nb6 16.f5 Nbd5 17.Bd2 Nxc3 18.Bxc3 Qa4 19.fxg6 fxg6 20.Rbe1 Rd7 21.g5 Nh5 22.Qf7+ Kh8 23.Qf8+ Rxf8 24.Rxf8
Right that's it - rounds 7,8,9 in a few days.
(is that? one game and that from the BCF 1966...........Ed)
Yeah, if they want all proper stuff they can go to the British Site.
British Championship 2009 Website
They won't have all the rounds in PGN as I have just found out that it's Jack Rudd
who is entering the games. No wonder the lad is not displaying his usual talents.
I know what it's like have to record games into a Datebase.
He will be all chessed-out and as his style is over the board creativity he
is bound to play below par.
You cannot play against the calibre of opponents he is facing and help out
with the organisation as well. He's not giving himself a chance.
Anybody want the Blue Book of Chess - free.