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Chandler Cornered

The Movie & The Cartoon

So while the rest of you were sleeping and stinking in your pits.
I was up at 08:30 am shuffling my way around the New St. Car Booty.
And look what fell into my lap for 50p.

I often seen this film mentioned in various books and magazines.
It has footage of Torre, Marshall, Reti, Ilyin-Zhenesvsky,
Yates, Baksheev, Grunfeld and Spielmann playing in Moscow 1925.

Capablanca has a active part in the film.

I've just watched it. It's good (for a B/W silent movie).

I thought Capa's acting was a bit wooden. He kept staring at
the camera and looked liked he thought it was all a bit of a laugh.

I've just read the blurb inside the video case. He did not know
he was taking part in a film. He was asked to talk to a woman
and then escort her to a car.

So that explains that.

I was thinking about transferring it to CD and seeing if clever
Bill Marshall can rig up something so you can view it online.

(Er... what about copyright?..... Bill)

That means it's alright to copy it. Isn't?
Isn't that what copyright means?

I also picked up this for 20p.

I'm surprised I don't see more of you guys there.
I turned down scores of other Chess books including
one of the Kasparov 'Learn from my Predecessors' series.
(they wanted 5.00 - too much, far too much).

I also gleefully turned down a BCO and half a dozen or
so other opening books and a handful of Chess computers.

Chess sets where everywhere. A lot of those glass things are
turning up including a 'Drinking Chess Set' (Naff).

I have 8 sets including one very good wooden Staunton
for which I paid 10.00 (ten pounds!!) a few years ago.
And yes it has the stamped on the Rook & Knight.
This is the sure sign it is a genuine Staunton.

I also have sets behind various bars in Edinburgh. Bells, The Royal Oak,
The Tynecastle Arms, Jims Inn (The Arcade) and The Claremont Hotel.
I've not been to the Claremont for years. it should still be there.

I wonder if Alice the barmaid is still there - she was the reason why
I started going to the Claremont in the first place. She wore low cut
dresses and played Chess. I can't remember what type of player she was,
I was not concentrating on the games. I do recall they were nice Rooks.

When she castled she had to (...CENSORED!)

(Enough Chandler, there may be children watching.....Bill)

Does anybody in Edinburgh know of any other pubs where there are
sets behind the bar? We could draw up a list and then do a pub crawl.
One pint and one game of 5 minute Chess in each bar.
You bring the money. I'll bring the clock.

The latest edition of...

is out.

This really is a good magazine and at 2.50 a steal.
It's usually full of interesting games that would
otherwise never see the light of day.

email Editor Chris Rice,

They occasionally take a game from here. I don't mind.
Perhaps they can use this which was sent to me by Chris
Donkin (White). He wants to know where he went wrong.

C. Donkin vs. M. Kelly
Without delving too deeply into analysis I think 12 e6+
is the move that keeps the White attack going.
Black played well. Note how vulnerable the uncastled King was.
Black's whole defensive plan was based around this.
12 e6+ Kg8 13 Nc3 would have allowed White to 0-0.
This is from a League Match - Boston v Grimsby.

[Click here to replay the game]
C.Donkin vs. M. Kelly

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.cxd4 bxc4 8.Qa4+ Bd7 9.Qxc4 h6 10.Nxf7 Kxf7 11.dxe5 Qe8 12.d4 Bb5 13.Qxc7+ Kg8 14.Nc3 Bb4 15.Bd2 Bxc3 16.bxc3 Nxd5 17.Qc5 Nb6 18.Rb1 Bd3 19.Rb4 Qg6 20.Rg1 Qe4+ 21.Be3 Rc8 22.Rxb6 Rxc5 23.Rb8+ Kh7 24.Rxh8+ Kxh8 25.dxc5 Bb5 26.Kd2 Qd3+ 0-1

Well I started with a movie. Now the cartoon.

T. Coolick vs. A. Lipson
White's 6th move is very good. It's the only move that really puts
the finger on Black's odd play. It wins a pawn by force. It really does.
Testament to the fact that the openings principles are rules of thumb.
How many of us would consider 6 Qh5 here?

You can see the thinking behind Black's 8...Nh6. It hits the cheeky
Queen and protects the Bishop. (8...Nf6 was the move.)
It is incredible how many mates are missed because the mating piece
is not threatening anything. If there was a Knight on d8 I bet Black
would not have missed the mate in one. The game was played in 1996.

[Click here to see the cartoon]
T. Coolick vs. A. Lipson

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nc6 4.d5 Ne5 5.Nxe5 dxe5 6.Qh5 Qc7 7.Bb5+ Kd8 8.Qxf7 Nh6 9.Qe8 1-0

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