Now that is Richard the Lionheart.
King Dick was a bit of a chess player and by all accounts he was not too bad.
See those three heads hanging from his horse?
They are not war trophies, they are his chess thinking heads.
One for the openings, one for the middle game and one for the end game.
He would remove his own head, something they could all do in them days,
and put on a different head at each different stage of the game.
For this one he would have had on his end game head.
Mate in 3 by Ali-Adli (sometime in the 9th century)
Solution: 1.Nh5+ Rxh5 2.Rxg6+ Kxg6 3.Re6 mate
Ali-Adli was a Muslim who went around wagering punters they could
not solve his chess problems. He helped to popularise the game which
spread thoughout Europe via Spain. We owe this lad a lot.
Which brings me on nicely to those fake chess pieces claimed to
be found on the Isle of Lewis. The British Museum now admit...
(Shut up Chandler................Ed)
Missed Mates in One
Now if you recall a few Corners ago I went over a few junior games from the
Youth Tournament pointing out some simple (one hard) missed tactical shots.
I could not find any of the games by Jonny Scott.
And even though he knew he what he done, he sent me his games.
But first of all we have a wee chuckle at this one.
Jonny is Black here v V.Velioniskis.
Jonny was losing this but White messed it up missing a winning
combination by nicking a lonely 'b' pawn.
Black was still in trouble but wriggled and wriggled till
he finally tricked White into this drawn ending.
White did not realise this was a draw and tried to
win it playing it on for another 16 moves. What a shame.
In my 2nd ever tournament game (1972) I did exactley the same thing and
tried to win this very same ending so I know what this lad went through.
(I've just checked it with Fritz - it is a draw - phew).
Anyway here is the game. Look out for White grabbing the b-pawn when
he could invade the white squares with the Bishop & Queen battery.
Then watch Black very craftily bring about the drawn ending saccing
the Knight to get the important e-pawn. (good chess this)
You can then witness me and this wee lad trying to win this ending.
(I had the same, 2 h-pawns and the wrong Bishop except I was Black in my game)
[Click here to replay the game]
V.Velioniskis - J.Scott
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 0-0 6.Bb3 d6 7.0-0 Bg4 8.Nbd2 a6 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Nxf3 h6 11.Be3 Bxe3 12.fxe3 Qd7 13.Nh4 Ne7 14.Rf3 c6 15.Qe1 Nh7 16.Qg3 Ng5 17.Rf2 a5 18.a3 Kh8 19.Raf1 f6 20.Nf5 Nxf5 21.Rxf5 d5 22.exd5 cxd5 23.h4 Ne6 24.d4 Qb5 25.Ba2 Qxb2 26.Bxd5 Nc7 27.Be4 Qxc3 28.dxe5 Qxa3 29.exf6 Ne8 30.Bxb7 Rd8 31.fxg7+ Nxg7 32.Rxf8+ Rxf8 33.Rxf8+ Qxf8 34.Qg6 Ne8 35.Bc6 Nf6 36.Kh1 Qg7 37.Qf5 Ng4 38.Qxa5 Nf2+ 39.Kg1 Nh3+ 40.Kh2 Nf2 41.Bf3 Qf6 42.h5 Qh4+ 43.Kg1 Nh3+ 44.gxh3 Qg3+ 45.Bg2 Qxe3+ 46.Kf1 Qd3+ 47.Kf2 Qd4+ 48.Ke2 Qb2+ 49.Qd2 Qxd2+ 50.Kxd2 Kh7 51.Ke3 Kh8 52.Ke4 Kh7 53.Kf5 Kh8 54.Kg6 Kg8 55.Kxh6 Kh8 56.Kg5 Kh7 57.h6 Kh8 58.h4 Kh7 59.Be4+ Kh8 60.Kf6 Kg8 61.Ke7 Kh8 62.h5 Kg8 63.h7+ Kh8 64.Ke8 Kg7 65.h6+ Kh8 66.Kf8
So onto the missed mate in one.
Crincoli - Scott
Black to play.
Jonny played 20...Rxa2+? missing 20...Rf1 mate.
Luckily he did manage to mate his opponent 4 moves later.
I say luckily because Lady Luck has a nasty habit of spinning
games if you miss chances to put them away.
I too have a couple of these under my belt and again
on both occassions I was fortunate enough to win them.
Here is me v Gordon Morrison in the Preseidents Cup from 1981.
I'm coasting when suddenly I hear call of the wild and I sac my Queen.
Don't ask me why, I often took these mad turns. (still do).
I'm losing, Black has to give the Queen back but does so too late.
19...Qe6 leaves me very little.
I then use the three bits to mate the Black King but I do miss
a mate in one. See if you can spot it.
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler - G.Morrison
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 c6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bc4 Bh4+ 6.g3 fxg3 7.0-0 gxh2+ 8.Kh1 Be7 9.d4 Nf6 10.e5 Nh5 11.Bxf7+ Kxf7 12.Ng5+ Ke8 13.Qxh5+ g6 14.Nce4 gxh5 15.Nd6+ Bxd6 16.exd6 Qa5 17.Bf4 Qd5+ 18.Kxh2 Na6 19.Rae1+ Kf8 20.Re5 Qxe5 21.Bxe5+ Kg8 22.Nf7 c5 23.Nxh8 cxd4 24.Rg1+ Kf8 25.Bg7+ Kg8 26.Bf6+ Kf8 27.Be7+ Ke8 28.Rg8
(I missed 23.Nh6 mate).
OK Missing a mate in one is bad but allowing a mate in None is worse.
M.Zhang - D.Edwards Oxford Chess League, 2008.
And White in this position....
.....played 10.Nxd6!! mate. 1-0.
And that night when White was trying to enter the game in his database....OOPS!
(Game from The Chequered Board the club magazine of Cowley Chess Club).
2008-9 Winton Capital Junior British Chess Solving Championship.
Whilst the rest of Scotland's juniors were off getting suntans and missing mates in one,
a wee hardy lad who lives in a cold bleak shepherds croft in the very North of Scotland
was restoring my faith in Scottish Junior Chess.
Adam Bremner, by day a Shepherd fighting off wolves and otters, at night
he solves chess problem by the dim light of a kerosene lamp he made from
the wreckage of a WWII Messerschmitt he happened upon whilst tending his flock.
(is this all true...................Ed)
Of course not, he comes from Bon Accord.
Anyway, look at this:
He tied first equal. Well done.
And also to Clement just ½ a point behind.
Adam told me his hardest problem was this study by A. A. Troitzky & L. Kubbel from 1936.
White to play and win.
The one Adam enjoyed the most was this:
Aleksandr Kalinin 1991
White to play and mate in 4.
Try them (I never got the study but I did finally get and
also enjoyed the mate in 4.) for the solutions and the other problems
Adam had to solve, then go to here.
Problem Solving site
I remember Adam from about 4 years ago. He won one of my Swindle prizes.
A.Dierrick-A.Bremner Edinburgh 2005.
20.Rxc6 wins. 26.Nxf7+ and 28.Nxf7+ both lead to a mate. 32.Nh8 and 36 Qh8+ win easily.
White missed the lot (remember what I said about games spinning around
if you do not take your chances) White resigned after Black's 36th move.
[Click here to replay the game]
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Qe2 e6 8.0-0 Nge7 9.h3 0-0 10.Rd1 a6 11.e5 b5 12.Bb3 Bb7 13.Bf4 Qc7 14.Rac1 Rfd8 15.Ne4 Nf5 16.Bh2 Qb8 17.Nf6+ Kh8 18.Ng5 Nh6 19.Ngxh7 Bc8 20.Ng5 Qb6 21.Rd6 Rb8 22.h4 Bf8 23.Rdd1 Nd4 24.Qd3 Nxb3 25.axb3 Bg7 26.h5 Bxf6 27.exf6 Ng4 28.Bg3 Rg8 29.Qf3 gxh5 30.Nxf7+ Kh7 31.Qe4+ Rg6 32.Ng5+ Kh6 33.f7 Bb7 34.Qf4 Rf6 35.Qxb8 Rxf2 36.Kh1 Bxg2+
I went down to Cardiff to see some mates I had I not seen in 35 years.
A brilliant super time (I think - a lot of it is a blur).
The 6 hours there and back on the train were also good.
I took this to while away the journey.
Chess Tips for the Improving Player by Amatzia Avni
and a full size magnetic chess set with roll up magnetic board (£2.00 Oxfam).
I looked out the window and realised the colour of the sunset matched the cover
of the book so I took a picture.
A good book by the way, very enjoyable and instructive.
I picked up something I know I can use. If you can get just get one
thing from a book that helps you improve then it has been worth it.
Jacob & John (Quality Books) gave it to me for the coverage I did on their FIDE tournament.
I thought that was brilliant of them. First time anyone gave me anything for a C.C. coverage.
What has Chess Edinburgh given me? Nothing but grief.
I wanted to show you pictures of some the faces I can pull I when
I have my teeth out but I'm not allowed to post them. Huh!
Where was I.....?
This is the first time I've actually owned a Quality Chess book.
I've had a few from the library - remember that time I said I was
not going to return them? These wee librarians laid siege to my house
threatening to suspend to my glasses. What a carry on. - it was a joke!
I'm pretty tough on my chess books. I bend them, scribble things,
fold the pages. rest cups of coffee on them...
This book has had all of that plus getting tugged in and out
of a rucksack all weekend and getting beer spilt on it.
It's back home and it still looks as goods as new. They really are put together well.
Some of these books from other publishers shed their pages at the first twist of the spine.
They should put that on the back cover of Quality Books......and Chandler proof.