You go up the stairs, open the door,
and the first thing you see is large picture of Paul Morphy.
Welcome to the Edinburgh Chess Club.
If you can tear yourself away from the intense look that Morphy gives you.
(Never again will you neglect your development after staring into those eyes)
You will look at the board.
Morphy has a Black King on f7, there are black pawns on d6 and e5.
So using the above position as a base.
Construct for me a White to play and mate in 2 position.
One condition: Morphy makes the White moves.
Both White's moves must have been moves played by Morphy.
Here is crude example.
White to play and mate in 2.
White moves must be moves played by Morphy from any of his games.
1.Qg6+ as in 19.Qg6+ Morphy - J.Thompson, New York, 1859.
2.Re8 mate as in 24.Re8+ Morphy - Avery, Birmingham, 1858.
The 2nd move need not be a mating move from the original Morphy game.
But if the move to solve your problem is a capture then it must
be a capture made in the original Morphy game.
So if this was the positions after Black's move.
The solution would be:
2.Rxe8 mate as 18.Rxe8+ Morphy - D.Harrwitz, Paris 1858.
The person who constructs what I consider the best will get
the bestest ever Chandler Cornered Goody Bag sent anywhere in the world.
You know what a big Morphy fan I am. This will be a something special.
2009 European Team Championships
Look at this:
Teams are turning up with their own strips whilst our lads are
having to sit at the board freezing in their threadbare clothes.
I think that some of the girl international players, Donna, Ali,
Keti, Siegrun, Heather, Carey and Rosie should form a knitting club and
make our boys sensible snug cardigans.
It will make our guys play better. Well it's works for the other teams.
A New Improvement to the Current Grading System
OK joking aside. Here is semi-serious proposal to fine tune gradings.
Computers are so good and powerful these days let's use them to
look at players games and deduct points for blunders.
Grades are all good and fine for a very rough guide to a player's strength.
But if we have one of these beasts looking at the game and knocking off
points for blunders we will get a better idea of the player's ability.
I downloaded 2 rounds from the European Team Championship and got Fritz
to do a blunder check on them. This was the biggest 'jump' I found.
D.Stellwagen(2630) - I. Rees(2336). Black to play.
Black played 20...Nd7? turning an evaluation from 1.39 to 10.06.
(21.Nxf7 1-0. 20...Nd5 was far better though White is winning.)
A difference of 8.67. Round down to 8 multiply by 10 and Black
should have lost 80 grading points for such a move.
(sorry about this Rees, you can use one of my games for your new grading idea).
Now of course that was a ballpark formula but you can see where I'm going.
Instead of x 10 then make it x 5 so Black in the above example would lose 45 points.
Or 1 point lost for every blunder 'jump'.
It would need tuning, for instance tell the computer to ignore 'jumps' under 2.
It would need discussing and agreeing on at the top level but rather than looking
at who a player plays to work out their grade this system actually looks at
the moves they played. This is surely a more accurate guide.
In the past this idea would have been nonsense, but today with these computers
being so strong and fast it is close to a sound proposal for players who play
in these electronic recorded tournaments.
Good idea yes?
Nah. Imaginative players would lose grading points going for swindles.
Something to mull over though. I'm just trying to find a use for these computers,
they are no good for improving your play, it's totally pointless playing them.
They are simply just taking up space on player's hard drives.
(You are now saying don't do this?........ED)
I just wanted to put the word Grading in the title.
If you want to sell a chess book, put opening in the title.
If you wnt someone to read an article on the net slip in the word GRADING.
Totally grade mad some of them,
I've actually seen them writing their grades after their names on a score sheet.
Dundee & Angus Open
Open Seas Engineering Open
1st - FM Gunnar Jacob
2nd = David Findlay, Ed Spencer
Under 2000 = Edward Ferry, Jamie Hookham, Ian McLean
Junior - Andrew Green
The Winner Gunnar Jacob.
And here is a critical win v Andrew Green.
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Jacob - A. Green
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nge2 c6 6.Ng3 a6 7.a4 a5 8.Be2 Na6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Be3 e5 11.f4 exd4 12.Bxd4 Nd7 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Qxd6 Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Kg8 16.Rab1 Qb4 17.Qd4 Nac5 18.e5 Nxa4 19.Nxa4 Qxa4 20.Ne4 Qb4 21.Bg4 c5 22.Qd6 Ra6 23.Qe7 Qxc4 24.Nd6 Rxd6 25.Qxd6 Nb6 26.Bxc8 Nxc8 27.Qc7 b6 28.f5 gxf5 29.Rxf5 Qe4 30.Rbf1 Qc4 31.Rf6 h6 32.e6 1-0
I went off looking for warm clothes to send to the players when they were in
colder climes. I found a site that sells giant chess sets with a board that doubles
up as a blanket.
I like their jingle.
The kids play.
The kids get sleepy.
The kids snuggle up to their chessboard and dream of kings & knights
Mega Chess Blanket