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Jacob Seminar + Edinburg FIDE Tournament + Bob


Grandmaster and 2007 British Champion JACOB AAGAARD

“When an Irresistible Force Meets an Immovable Object”
August 27 to August 30, 2009

Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championships in 2007,
runs the highly respected Quality Chess Publishing business
and has written a string of critically acclaimed books on how to improve one’s chess.

A deep thinker with many years training experience, Jacob is a speaker not to be missed.

This series of talks examine many fundamental questions about chess,

What is chess style and what does it consist of?
What are the various areas of chess and how does one study them?
Is it necessary to be an all-round player?

Refreshments will be provided free of charge and there will be a meal on the Saturday evening
at a local restaurant (alas, not free of charge) at which you will be able to pick Jacob’s
brains in a more informal setting.

The seminars will be held at the Quality Chess offices at

93 Hope Street
(Suite 45, Mezzanine),

This is in the very heart of the city only a few minutes
walk from Glasgow Central train station.

The schedule is:

Thursday August 27:: 7pm-10pm
Friday August 28:: 7pm-10pm
Saturday August 29:: 2pm-6pm
Sunday August 30:: 11.30am-3.30pm

We know times are hard so Credit Crunch Seminars are proud to present
this non-profit event at very special, one-off, reduced rates!

The cost for attending the seminars has been REDUCED TO ONLY £20 per session.
Plus if you book three sessions you get the fourth ABSOLUTELY FREE.

To reserve your place now, please email:

Mark your email Credit Crunch Seminar

Bob France in Prague

Our man in Europe played in a lower section of the recent Czech Open and sent in a few games.
Now although Bob is a grumpy old sod he is also one of the old school. (one of the very old school)
If he wins a game he does not give the name of his opponent.
So I got a load of scores without names.

However, I went to the tournament website and here is a list of the players he played against.

And here are two of his games.
(You can have hours of fun matching them up with who think is who. I've no idea).

[Click here to replay the game]
Bob is Black

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.f3 Bf5 5.Bb5+ Bd7 6.Bxd7+ Qxd7 7.Ne2 Qxd5 8.Nbc3 Qf5 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Ng3 Qg6 11.Bf4 0-0-0 12.Nce2 e5 13.Bd2 Nxd4 14.Nxd4 Rxd4 15.c3 Rh4 16.Be3 Bd6 17.Bf2 e4 18.fxe4 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 Bxh2+ 20.Kh1 Bg3+ 21.Kg1 Rh1+ 22.Kxh1 Qh6+ 23.Kg1 Qh2

And this one.

[Click here to replay the game]
Bob is Black

1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 d4 3.Nd5 c6 4.Nf4 e5 5.Nfh3 Nf6 6.Ng5 Bd6 7.Bc4 0-0 8.N1f3 h6 9.d3 hxg5 10.Nxg5 Bg4 11.f3 Bh5 12.Bd2 Nh7 13.Nxh7 Kxh7 14.Qc1 Qh4+ 15.g3 Qh3 16.Bg5 Bxf3 17.Rf1 Bh5 18.Bd8 Rxd8 19.Rxf7 Bxf7 20.Bxf7 Rf8 21.Bb3 Rf1+

Pretty good stuff (?). So Bob walked away with more Euro's than a Bankers Bonus. Incredible.

All Play All FIDE Tournament at Edinburgh

Quality Chess is sponsoring an international all-play-all tournament in which
IM norms will be possible. The event will be hosted by Edinburgh Chess Club.

Quality Chess publishes chess books and is based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Edinburgh Chess Club is one of the oldest chess clubs in the world,
and has been visited by many chess greats, including Capablanca*, Alekhine and Karpov.

Tournament Details:

10 player all-play-all

12-20 September 2009

Play will be from 1pm - 7pm each day.

Edinburgh Chess Club,
1 Alva Street,
Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Edinburgh Chess Club Website

International Arbiter: Alex McFarlane

Time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, then one hour to finish.

Prize money:
1st £500
2nd £300
3rd £150



And I'll be there to get pictures, games and to rifle through
the pockets of their coats in the cloakroom as they are playing chess.

I copied this word for word from the annoucement.
There is a slight error here and it does need clearing up.

When researching his book 'The Oxford Companion to Chess'
David Hooper came up to Edinburgh and was slightly
bemused when I showed him the club visitors book.

"Capa never gave a simul in Edinburgh." said David.

He gave one in Glasgow. P35. W.33 L.0 D2.

Well he should know, he and Dale Brandeth had just brought out:

Here is copy of a page from the book showing what Capa was
up to at the time and date he signed the visitors book.

And he is of course correct.
The Minutes of the Edinburgh Chess Club reveal all.

The enterprising Club Secretary (his name escapes me) knew that Capa was giving
a simul in Glasgow so took the book to Glasgow and got the man himself to sign it.
Capablanca never visited 1 Alva St. The club did not move there till the 1920's.

Alekhine certainly did but sadly not Capa.
He never had the time. Hooper reports in his book that in the month
of October 1919 Capa gave 17 simuls playing 656 games!

According to Hooper & Brandreth and you can bet they are 99% correct.
Capa played in his career 13,545 simultaneous games. W. 11,912 L.570 D.1,063.
Here is one of the 11,912 wins played in Birmingham, 9th October 1919.

[Click here to replay the game]
Capablanca - T.Bray

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Qe2 b6 8.e4 dxe4 9.Nxe4 Be7 10.Re1 Re8 11.Neg5 Bb7 12.Nxf7 Bxf3 13.gxf3 Kxf7 14.Qxe6+ Kf8 15.Bc4

And finally... should be able to buy this DVD at the Credit Crunch Seminar

(the bad news is I'm Black).

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