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A New Isle of Lewis Chess Piece!! + Danish Gambit

I had nothing to do on this cold afternoon but to go to the Museum.
Originally it was to visit the Salt of the Earth exhibition.

Brilliant by the way. Infact the whole Chambers St Museum is now
a really vibrant exciting place. When I used to go there skipping
school in the 60's it was rather dull.

Of course I could no go without paying another visit to some
Viking carved gaming pieces (idols) I'm rather fond of.

I noticed there was one missing so read the notice.
It's on loan somewhere, I cannot recall where,
I was too busy reading the whole note. It reads;

"...Kings, Queens, Bishops, Knights and Warders."

They have been calling them Rooks for the past 150 years.

So this is how they are going to it.
No confession they were mistaken, but a simply correction.

No apology for casting doubts on my sanity and research.
A simple flick of the wrist changing Rooks (back to) Warders.

Witness the great establishment at work.
I've argued with University professors, accademics with more
letters after their names than I have spots on my bum.

Old grey beards who smell of tobacco and peppermints dressed in
checked tweed jackets with leather patches sewn on their sleeves.

"He's right, they not chess pieces, change it - quietly."

So I went to the museum shop to see if they are still calling them
Chess pieces (the Trades Description act 1968 will be interested in this).

and Lo!

Where did that come from?

They have been to the Isle of Lewis, got a cow to dig up a
sand dune and look what popped out. a Rook!!.

Give them a few weeks and they will soon find a murdered cabin boy.
a shipwreck, and footprints leading to a cow herders croft.

Incredible. I thought I'd be happy to be proved correct.
They are NOT chess pieces. What more proof to do you need?

They have invented a Rook to fit the theory.


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Closing Date: 27th October

Got a good couple of games for you.

G.Alcock - W.Burt, Didcot v Cowley, October 2009.
In which Black Queens's Bishop, usually over shadowed by his black
squared brother, is the star of the show.

Black takes over the initiative and some threats appear.
We arrive here Black to play.

The readers first thought is hopefully 19...Nxg2 20.Bxg2 f3 0-1.

Well that's what I thought. But it was missed. Strange, Burt is a sharp lad.
Then we see the cunning retort. 19...Nxg2 20.Be7!

Even so after 19...Nxg2 20.Be7 Qxe7 21.Bxg2 Black is still in charge.

Black wanted more and saw a wee sneaky move (22...Bg4)
it wins the White Queen or mates White, so he went for it.

We reach here. White to play.

24.Raxd1 Rxf8 25.gxh4 and there is still some Chess left in this game.

But White wanted more, left the d1 Bishop on the board and took the harmless Rook.
The Bishop slipped back to f3 (wee sneaky move No.2) White resigns.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Alcock - W,Burt

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Bd3 dxe4 7.Bxe4 Bd6 8.0-0 0-0 9.d3 f5 10.Bd5+ Kh8 11.Ng5 Qe8 12.c3 f4 13.Re1 Qg6 14.Ne4 Ne7 15.Nxd6 cxd6 16.Be4 Qg5 17.b3 Nf5 18.Ba3 Nh4 19.Bxd6 f3 20.g3 Qg4 21.Bxf8 Qh3 22.Bxf3 Bg4 23.Bxb7 Bxd1 24.Bxa8 Bf3

N.Chapman - A.McHarg Dundee Major 2009.
A Danish Gambit.
Theory has pulled the fangs out of this opening, but be honest.
When was the last time you spent an hour as an e5 to 1.e4 player
brushing up on your defences to this nonsense.

After 1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 (3...d5!?) 4.Nxc3 d6.
Black has stumbled. 4...Bb4 or 4...Nc6 is the way.


Aye aye, Someone has been looking at the games of Alekhine.
5.Bc4 Be6 is fine for Black. 5.Qb3 prepares Bc4.

A typical Alekhine opening finesse. His games are littered with them.

Black is now left to own devices and non-existant threats appear.

7...Nc6 Development and if 8.Ng5 Ne5!

McHarg is no dope, but he drifting into a bad position. I'd bet this
would not have happened if this had been the first 7 moves of a Lopez.

And if Black does have a book on the Lopez I bet it does not steer
him towards a position like this after 13 moves.

Don't underestimate these 'olden golden' classical openings.
They can still nip you.

So the game goes on.
Black does nothing silly he is in trouble and defends like a rat
surrounding his King with a Rook and two Bishops.
White sacs another pawn but cannot find a way in.

So White looks and decides that as he is two pawns down and
Black is showing no signs of cracking, it's time for a piece sac.

28.Bxf6!? Well at least White gets his two pawns back.

White gets a 3rd pawn for his piece. And then another....
(Are you keeping count? White is now 2 pawns up and a piece down).

And a game that looked it was going to be fireworks
fizzles out and goes to sleep. A draw.

Could White have blasted his way in?

Well I could not see one, but with the pieces tied up on the Kingside
White perhaps should have switched attention to the Queenside. I was also
not happy when White moved the Knight off e6 and let the Queen out.,
See what you think.

[Click here to replay the game]
N.Chapman - A.McHarg

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Qb3 Nf6 6.Bc4 Qe7 7.Nf3 h6 8.0-0 Nc6 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.exd5 Ne5 11.Bd2 Nxc4 12.Qxc4 Qd8 13.Bc3 f6 14.Qe4+ Kf7 15.Nh4 Bd7 16.Rfe1 Kg8 17.Ng6 Rh7 18.Qd3 Qc8 19.Qg3 Qd8 20.Re3 Be8 21.Rae1 Bf7 22.Nf4 Kh8 23.Ne6 Qd7 24.Nf4 Qf5 25.Ne6 Bxe6 26.Rxe6 Qxd5 27.Qg6 h5 28.Bxf6 gxf6 29.Qxf6+ Rg7 30.g3 Qg5 31.Qf3 Rb8 32.Rf6 Be7 33.Rf5 Qg6 34.Rxh5+ Rh7 35.Rf5 Rg8 36.Re4 Rgg7 37.Ref4 Qe6 38.Qc3 Qc8 39.Qf3 Qe6 40.Qxb7 Rf7 41.Rxf7 Rxf7 42.Rxf7 Qxf7

And finally my Grandson done a drawing of me playing chess.

He is of course going to get a scud in lug for not putting more hair on me.

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