Keith and I have each been awarded the Presidents Award 2009
for services to Scottish Chess.
The picture is us getting the award from ex-president Donald Wilson.
I'm so pleased. Nothing like this has happened to me before.
We would like to thank everyone who thought we were worthy.
And everyone who bought Rampant Chess and the Masters for
letting us use their games.
I really am very chuffed. (and so is Keith).
It's a cracking thing. I'm not too sure where to display it.
My mantlepiece, my trophy cabinet, under my pillow...
The Civil Service Chess Club
The Civil Service have been celebrating it's 100 years Centenary.
(well Centenary is a 100 years.....Ed)
On the 14th February they had the Centenary Allegro.
(February 14th. That's St. Valentine's Day - that's unromantic)
And on the 23rd September a Simultaneous by International Master Craig Pritchett
(September 23rd. That's VE Day - that's unpatriotic)
For more information on these events plus more,
take a wee visit the Civil Service website.
The Civil Service Website
I have a cracking game to show you from the Craig Pritchett simul.
Alan Prince - Craig Pritchett
here is a picture of Craig hugging a tree.
(He then chopped that tree down and made a chess set out of it).
Now it's not too often I have to bow to Fritz and say look
fellah I do need you on this one. Usually I take a stab at these things.
(and then the idiot gets emails correcting him the following day....Ed).
Anyway one look at the final position told me I'd still be here
at the next Civil Service Centenary in 3009 working it out.
He is the final position where Alan (White) resigned.
Perhaps he could have played on a bit but remember this was a simul.
So when Craig comes around you must move.
I'm sure Craig would have allowed passes but there would have been a limit
and the average Joe (no disrespect Alan) would need 20 passes.
Also when Craig is in the 'lets sac everything' mood you are in big trouble.
If you have read Craig's section in Rampant Chess then you will know
this style of sharp aggresive chess is not alien to Craig's games.
(Not a plug by the way. Most/All of you by now have a copy.)
So as you know I never clutter up the Corner with analysis.
Suffice to say that Fritz agrees White is busted.
So I have continued the game after the resignation and followed
one of the many the critical lines. Feel free to look at other lines yourself.
Infact to see all the wonderful things we saw (me and Fritz),
then I urge you to give this game a work out.
Now watch and marvel at the attacking power of a Queen and Knight in action.
Tal called them 'The Deadly Duo.' This line is practically forced
if the King tries to run towards the Queen for protection.
[Click here to replay the game]
A.Prince - C.Pritchett
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nf6 6.Bg2 g6 7.0-0 Bg7 8.c3 0-0 9.Re1 b6 10.Nf1 a5 11.e5 Nd7 12.Bf4 Ba6 13.h4 b5 14.N1h2 b4 15.Ng4 bxc3 16.bxc3 Rb8 17.Qd2 Ne7 18.Nf6+ Nxf6 19.exf6 Bxf6 20.Bxb8 Qxb8 21.Rab1 Qc7 22.Rb2 Nf5 23.Reb1 h5 24.Rb6 Ra8 25.c4 dxc4 26.Ne5 c3 27.Qe1 c2 28.Bxa8 cxb1Q 29.Qxb1 Bxe5 30.Rxa6 Bd4 31.Kg2 Bxf2 32.Kxf2 Qxg3+ 33.Kf1 Qh2 34.Bg2 Ne3+ 35.Kf2 Ng4+ 36.Ke1 Qg1+ 37.Bf1 Qf2+ 38.Kd1 Ne3+ 39.Kc1 Qe1+ 40.Kb2 Qb4+ 41.Ka1 Qc3+ 42.Qb2 Nc2+ 43.Kb1 Na3+ 44.Ka1 Qe1+ 45.Qb1 Qxb1
A wonderful piece of chess by Craig.
There are a other lines in this juicy position to look at and to do this postion
and game the full justice it would need a full Corner and that would send
me Round the Bend (geggitt? Corner...Bend???).
How much of this did Craig see?
Well remember that he was playing others as well so getting to the crucial
position would have been intuition backed up with years of experience
which makes it all the more credible.
When Craig finally gets around to writing his best games, this must be included.
Neither Craig Pritchett or Alan Prince have won the President's Award.
The Lothian 2009 Allegro
Held at the Wester Hailes Community Centre.
This was won by George Neave, Alan Tate 2nd and John McLay 3rd.
(all three of them have never won The Presidents Award).
Here is George with the Bill Smerdon Trophy for being the
top player living in the Lothian Region and the Allegro
Championship Trophy for being the player who scored the most points.
(It's wonderful how they work these things out.)
Nobody keeps a score at these allegro's events because time is precious
and only a fool would waste valuable time by writing down the moves.
So here is a game from a score sheet handed in by Robert Burns.
R.Burns - P.Armitage
(another two non-winners of the Presidents Award).
This game produced a position I've never seen before after 5 moves.
And they are not odd daft moves, all perfectly logical.
So it looks like massive centre exchanges, open d & e files
and everything swapped off. Well that did not happen.
Incredibly at the end of the game 18 moves later there are still two centre pawns.
Both sides castle on opposite sides and then proceed to capture the pawns
opposite their King opening up files against their castled positions.
This is the skeleton of the position with the pieces removed.
With Queens and Rooks still on the board this is not recommended
and indeed one of them got mated due to the open files.
[Click here to replay the game]
R.Burns - P.Armitage
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Bg4 6.Be2 Bxf3 7.Bxf3 exd4 8.Nxd5 h6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.0-0 Qd6 11.Re1 0-0-0 12.Bg4+ Kb8 13.Qf3 Ne5 14.Qh3 Nxg4 15.Qxg4 h5 16.Qf3 Be7 17.Rad1 Qc5 18.Nxf6 Qxc2 19.Nxh5 Qxb2 20.Qxf7 Bb4 21.Rb1 Qd2 22.Qb3 Bd6 23.Qxb7
Ex-Bells player Flo Konig flew from Austria to Edinburgh
just to see me and bring me presents.
A book of puzzles for you to solve.
Weis am Zug (I'll do the translation - It's not Black to move)
Clue: Morphy Mate in a mirror. (mate in 4 moves - first move is 1.Bg5).
It's apparently from a game by Adolf Anderssen.
It's a book on the King's Indian by Taimanov, published in the
old East Germany and bought from a 2nd hand shop in Moscow!!
I love it and have put it next to all my other 2nd hand books.
Flo Konig has never won the President's Award.
Ah look at that. A Pint of Guiness, A Chess Set and a seat in Bells.
(Solution: 1.Bg5 Qxg5 2.Qf5+ Qxf5 3.Rxd8+ Kxd8 4.Re8 mate.)