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There is a Dog on the 2009 Scottish Grading List

A screen dump from the Chess Scotland site.

And who is Ralph Barker?

This is Ralph Barker. (I'm the twat in the hat).

Sandy Bells entered a dog into their Club Championship.
Of course we tried to teach him chess but failed.
So he lost all his games by default.
Kenny Garland was sporting enough to let him win one.

So when we submitted the results we 'forgot' to tell the
chief grader Dougie Bryson (now to be known as Doggy Bryson)
that the win and losses were by default.

A scan from the 2009 Scottish Grading list.

(I've just noticed the name of the player below Ralph!).

I am most likely going to get in hot water for this act of sabotage but
it was all the idea of Robert Burns who actually sent in the bogus results.
And Mike Wallace paid the grading fees.

All I am doing is reporting the facts.

(Ruxton too was involved, strip him of his FM title.............please).

Introducing to the Corner Ken Bloodworthy.

Ken is currently a youthful 95 year old player
and is almost certainly the oldest active player in Britain.

Watch him trick a then 12 year old Robert Thompson at Painton in 2006.

Robert (who sent me the game) says he had intended to win
back the piece here with 11...a6 (OOPS).

11...a6 12.Bxc6+
This is one of them where if Black had been a bad player he would
never have fallen for it. The idea of winning back the piece via a pin
would never have occurred to him.

It's only when chess players start thinking that they get into trouble.
(see previous Corners - The Secret of Chess).

[Click here to replay the game]
K.Bloodworthy - R.Thompson

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Nc3 d4 4.Ne2 c5 5.c3 Nc6 6.cxd4 cxd4 7.Qa4 Bc5 8.b4 Bxb4 9.Nexd4 Nge7 10.Bb5 Qb6 11.Qxb4 a6 12.Bxc6+

That famous game M.Horace - Z.Hoffmann, Miroslav Open, 1992.
Saw the same faulty idea.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Horace - Z.Hoffmann

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.c4 h5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.Qb3 Qb6 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.Bd2 Nc6 10.Bb5 Nge7 11.Qxb4

Black had planned 11...a6 but now realised 12.Bxc6+ lost the Queen.

And in H.Rasmussen - A.Grigorian Copenhagen 1999.
(That game where Black runs up the h-pawn) we see the same motif.
Black thinks the pinned Bishop on b5 will fall.
Alas the back rank weakness rules

[Click here to replay the game]
H.Rasmussen - A.Grigorian

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.d4 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 Nb6 8.Bd3 c5 9.0-0 cxd4 10.Nxd4 Nbd5 11.Nxd5 Nxd5 12.Qb3 Bd6 13.Bd2 h5 14.Bb5+ Kf8 15.Ne2 h4 16.e4 h3 17.g3 Ne7 18.Bb4 Bxb4 19.Qxb4 a6 20.Rfd1 Qb6 21.Ba4 Qc7 22.Qc5

The Edinburgh Public Library has had it's Autumn delivery.
16 (sixteen!) new books - I've taken the good ones and left behind...

..the naff stuff. (circled - I have deliberatly 'fuzzed' the names.)

Yes they are Opening books.
So off you go and drag your peppered wobbly butts to the Library and
stuff your brainwashed minds with variations you will never see
because you think you have too.

Yes! There are 12 new opening books at the Library.
( are drooling all over your keyboard).

I took out this...

...and they ain't getting it back.

I'm going to tell them I left it on a bus and pay the paltry 5.00 fine
and keep the book. It retails at 19.95. Chandler: 1 The System: 0

Now all you pasty faced do-gooders are going to email me saying it's theft
and I'm robbing others of reading this book. Well if you feel so upset
about it then buy a copy and donate it to the Edinburgh Library
because they ain't getting this one back.

First of all, I really don't care.
And secondly, I pay rates. The rates sub the Library...ergo it's mine.

A review of MY Book
Everything that has written about this book is true.
It is going to take a year to read and everything what
I have read so far is brillo.

Every game has been dissected with care and explained in
terms that even I can understand. To get the full benefit of
this one book be prepared to put some work in.

I spent over an hour on the one game I wanted to see.
Game 33. Svidler - Kasimdzhanov. 15 pages. 28 diagrams. 6 colour pics.
Enjoyed every minute. Last time I threw myself into a game like
was when I reviewed Street Fighting Chess.

My one complaint is the colour pictures.
When I'm looking at the game and playing out the variations I
found the colour pics a bit off-putting. I really did.
Not use to them I guess.

Written by Alik Gerhon & Igor Nor. A wonderful piece of work. And it's MINE.
(I wonder if Alik had the same trouble with Igor as I did with Ruxton?)

Now who remembers this...

In the 60's we all wore one of these so we could recognise a
fellow chess player at railway stations, bus queues, doctors waiting rooms,
and Man from U.N.C.L.E conventions.

Sadly no longer available but I want to start something new.
We can recognise a fellow Chess player by how we tie our scarves.

Here are other standard scarf tying methods and there matching personalities.
(for the purpose of this demonstration I am using my Leyton Orient Scarf)

The Under Flip Over. (UFO for short)

Loose and relaxed, open-minded, possibly a football fan.

The Neck Wrap Around.

A University type, clever, possibly a Russian Spy.

Tucked Through the Loop. (The proper knob look).

People who tie their scarves like this are sad goops!

The Chess Player.

Tied in a neat bow. Easy recognisable.
Say 'Hi' when you see me.

Well that's it for another Corner.

We started with a dog on the Scottish Grading List.
We end with a gorilla playing chess.

I'll see if I can get the ape an FM title.
(I'll borrow Keith Ruxton's...wait a minute it is....)


This week's Corner coincidence. PNUM's and Grades.
Steve Davies - snooker break 147
William (Bill) Haley - one o'clock, two o'clock three o'clock rock etc...
Tom Robinson Band - 2468 Motorway.
Manfred Mann - 54321
Pauline Morphy - Morphy's date of Birth 1837.
Chris Garland - 111973 = 1/1/1973. An 'in' joke aimed at Robert 'the Jambo' Burns.
(Chris/Kenny? Garland was the Hearts keeper that let in 7 goals on that day).
Robert Bruce - 1314 Battle of Bannockburn. (To appease Burns).
Julia Verne - 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (toiling for gags by then).
P.Bassett was an actual coincidence, it's where Barker would go.

(the book goes back on the 14 September.........................2015!).

I keep forgetting to put on the Chandler & Ruxton YouTube links:

A Game from the Scottish - a right cock up

The Morphy Game - the Duke's view (turn up the volume for this one.).

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