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Edinburgh Quality Chess Fide Event. Report 1

The Quality Chess FIDE All Play All.

12-20 September 2009
Play will be from 1pm - 7pm each day.
Edinburgh Chess Club, Alva Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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

Quality Chess Website

I understand ALL the games will appear in a PGN download so keep an eye on
that website.

The Participants.
GMColin McNabScotland
IMAndrew Greet England
IMNikolaj Mikkelsen Denmark
FMMads Andersen Denmark
FMDavid EgglestonEngland
FMCraig ThomsonScotland
FMNeil BerryScotland
Jonathan GrantScotland
Alan Tate Scotland
Martin MitchellScotland

Mr Ed the talking horse was invited to play but he said: "Naaaaaaaay."

Day One. Saturday 12th September 2009.

A.GreetN.Berry -
J.Grant M.Andersen -

D.Eggleston v. C.McNab looked as if it could go either way for a while
But Colin took a grip on the game. 0-1

M.Mitchell - A.Tate looked to be drawn at 1:30.
4 hours later Martin Mitchell pulled this trick out of the bag.

Black to play.

Got it? 49...Bb2+ and if 50.Nxb2 then 50...a3 wins.

A.Greet - N.Berry The first 15 moves were all known theory.
A few moves later the games was drawn. Both players putting some points on the board
and easing themselves into the tournament. It's going to be a long week.

J.Grant - M.Andersen
Jonathan and Mads found an odd looking set to look at their game.

An interesting game involving a position me and Jonathan have
played with in the past. Jonathan was White in that game as well
so Black is batting on a sticky wicket if he plays something I play.

Young Mads showed a lot more restraint than I did and
held the position. (I sacced a piece for a check).

Latter in the game and close to the agreed draw
this position appeared. White to play.

White played 22.e5 which is OK. Moves like this have to be well timed.
Too soon with you pieces not on the correct squares then you may have
fired your best weapon into the air.

But 22.g5 fixing f6 as an enduring weakness was a try.

Also setting the trap 22...Qxg5?? 23.Rxf7+ winning the Queen.

I think Mads would have fallen for this trap because he is young.

(OK it was a wee joke. Mads himself who pointed out the possibility.)

N.Mikkelsen C.Thomson

This was a good game.
An advanced Caro Kann where White set in motion his castled kingside
pawns looking to disrupt the Black cramped but solid position.

The pawns ran aground and between moves 12-24 how Black restrained
himself from playing h5 I'll never know.

In the analysis Nikolaj said he was looking at h5 at practically every move.
But the restraint of CSM paid off. White made a bad 32nd move.
Black nicked a pawn attacking two loose pieces.

White then followed the well known rule that one blunder produces
another and his 33rd move though it looks tricky left the door wide open.

And with the door wide open Craig stopped to wipe his feet.
Black to play his 33rd move.

Craig played 33...Bd5 missing 33...Nh3+ and 34...Rxf2 winning.
But 33...Bd5 was not a game turning move, the game was still Black's.

It was here. Black to play his 34th move....

The winning move is always the hardest to play. 34...Rxf4.
Instead Black played 34...Bxc4 missing 35.Be3!
The door is shut, Craig is locked outside, and it's raining.

Black has lost a piece and worse, the initiative.
The game only lasted a few more moves.

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N.Mikkelsen C.Thomson

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 Nd7 6.0-0 Bg6 7.Nbd2 Nh6 8.Nb3 Nf5 9.g4 Nh6 10.h3 f5 11.Ng5 Qe7 12.c4 Nf7 13.Nf3 fxg4 14.hxg4 dxc4 15.Na5 Nb6 16.Nxc4 Qd7 17.Qb3 Nd5 18.Na5 Nd8 19.Nh4 Bf7 20.Nc4 Be7 21.Qh3 b5 22.Na5 Bxh4 23.Qxh4 Bg6 24.Bd2 0-0 25.Qg3 Nb7 26.Nb3 Rf7 27.a4 b4 28.a5 Raf8 29.a6 Nd8 30.Bg5 Nf4 31.Bc4 Be4 32.Nc5 Qxd4 33.Rac1 Bd5 34.Bxf4 Bxc4 35.Be3 Qxb2 36.Rxc4 Rf3 37.Qg2 b3 38.Nd7 R8f7 39.Nf6+ R3xf6 40.exf6 Qxf6

And now a wee cartoon break.

Remember that trap I put on Youtube?

The YouTube Trap

[Click here to replay the game]
The YouTube Trap

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 Nf6 4.h3 Nxe4 5.Qa4+

Well someone on liked it so much they put
on a link to it on their home page. (marked with red arrow).

Look at the game that is being played. Black has fallen for the trap!
I love the irony.
He apparently has a grade of 1964, looks like ECF do the grades for ChessWorld.

Day Two.
M. MitchellJ.Grant1-0

I left before the C.Thomson -v- A.Greet & M.Andersen -v- N.Mikkelsen finished.

(What kind of reporter are you?......Ed)

It's OK I'll update later.

C.McNab - Tate Alan was doing OK and then came
two odd looking pawns 19...h6 & 20...c6 and it was all over.

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C.McNab - A.Tate

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 d6 6.Nge2 f5 7.d3 Nf6 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nd5 Be6 10.Bg5 Qd7 11.Qd2 Rf7 12.Rac1 Raf8 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Bxf6 Rxf6 15.d4 Nxd4 16.Nxd4 exd4 17.exf5 Bxf5 18.Qxd4 b6 19.Rfe1 h6 20.Re3 c6 21.Rce1 R6f7 22.Qh4 Kg7 23.Re7 Qc8 24.Qd4+

There was still some play left when Alan resigned but Black is a dire position,
material down, no counter play and facing a hungry GM in the shape Colin McNab.
Resigns was the correct decision.

M. Mitchell J.Grant Black lost/sacced a pawn early on.
And it did seem he was making progress in the middle game.
One or two not exact moves and White took over.
Then Black found his Knight trapped on the h-file and it that was that.

N.Berry - D.Eggleston

This was a good game by Neil Berry. One pawn move 10...e5.

A hole on d5 and a backward pawn on an open file (d6).

Now Eggleston is no dope so he must have known what he was doing.
What he perhaps underestimated was how well Neil would use d5 for
his Knights and Bishop.

Black put up great resistance by holding the weak d6 pawn
with latteral Rooks, much better than holding the thing from the rear.

And it did look as if he may have had the makings of a good attack.

But Black sacced a pawn to get the attack going to soon, then he let
White down onto the back rank. White wrapped it up. A good game this one.

[Click here to replay the game]
N.Berry - D.Eggleston

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.g3 0-0 7.Bg2 c5 8.0-0 cxd4 9.Nxd4 Nc5 10.Bd2 e5 11.Nf5 Be6 12.Ne3 a5 13.Rfd1 Qb6 14.Ncd5 Bxd5 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.Bxd5 Bxd2 17.Rxd2 Kh8 18.Qf5 f6 19.e3 g6 20.Qc2 f5 21.Rad1 Rf6 22.Bg2 g5 23.Rd5 Re8 24.Qd2 Ree6 25.b3 Qc7 26.Qc3 g4 27.a3 Qf7 28.Qxa5 Ne4 29.Bxe4 fxe4 30.R1d2 Qh5 31.Qd8+ Kg7 32.Rxd6 Rh6 33.Rd7+ Kg6 34.Qg8+ Kf5 35.Qf7+ Ref6 36.Qxh5+ Rxh5 37.R2d6

I'll have some reports about this event during the week, it lasts for another 7 days.

Meanwhile he is a picture of two elephants playing chess.

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