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Wolf of Badenoch 2009


The Wolf of Badenoch Tournament


This tournament organised by Robert Burns for under 1450 players
has proved very popular. 18 players took part in this one and was
won by Bill Platts with a score of 4 pts from 5.



Bill getting his prizes from Jonny Marr.

The prizes were really good and Bill's to keep.

An original wolf painting by Peter Middleton.



Here is Peter with his artwork.

And a wolf sculpture which I made at the weekend.



(you made this?.................Ed).

Yeah. A piece of clay, a lick of paint, it was easy.

(you really made this?.................Ed).

No.

At this moment I would like to show you a game by the winner.
I did get two score sheets but the scores are wrong.

I did salvage this last round game.

At first sight it looks like White has blundered into a Rook
and Queen pin and Black did indeed play to pin and win.

But White had it all worked out and Black fell for the pin and lose.


[Click here to replay the game]
I.Hope - R.Burns

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Nf3 Qe7 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 0-0 9.cxd5 exd5 10.c4 c6 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Bd3 h6 13.Bh4 Qd6 14.Bg3 Qe7 15.Qb3 Nb6 16.Rc1 Nc4 17.Bxc4 dxc4 18.Rxc4 Be6 19.Qb4 Bxc4 20.Qxe7


Black resigned a few moves later.

Jim Crawford got a t-shirt make up for the event.



A close up of the crest.



Have a Jim Crawford game for you.

Black goes for the Blackburne Shilling Gambit.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 5.Nxe5 Qg5










White did not fall for the mate with 6.Nxf7 instead he played 6.Bxf7+.

This move has put forward as a possible bust of this trap.
However here White misplayed it and lost a piece without any counter play.
6.0-0 Qxe5 7.c3 and d3 looks very double edged and interesting.
White has two pawns and an uncastled Black King as compensation.

In the game Black is heading for a standard win when he suddenly has a mating idea.
So leaving all the pawns on the 7th rank to be gobbled up by a Rook,
Black heads deep into White territory to mate him.

There is no mate and if White has used his King a bit better he would
have had serious winning chances. It does appear that time trouble took
over and the game ended in an agreed draw with Black on top but perhaps
not enough time on the clock to convert it to a win.


[Click here to replay the game]
D.King - J.Crawford

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Bxf7+ Kd8 6.Ng4 Nh6 7.d3 Qxg4 8.Qxg4 Nxg4 9.Bg5+ Be7 10.Bxe7+ Kxe7 11.Bb3 Rf8 12.0-0 Ne2+ 13.Kh1 Nxf2+ 14.Rxf2 Rxf2 15.Nc3 Nd4 16.Nd5+ Kd6 17.Kg1 Rd2 18.Ne3 Nxb3 19.axb3 b5 20.Re1 Bb7 21.Nf5+ Kc5 22.d4+ Rxd4 23.Nxd4 Kxd4 24.Rd1+ Kxe4 25.Rxd7 Rf8 26.Rxc7 Bd5 27.Rxg7 Ke3 28.Rxh7 Be4 29.Rxa7 Ke2 30.Ra1 Bxc2 31.b4 Bd1 32.h4 Rf1+ 33.Kh2 Kf2 34.Ra6 Bc2 35.Rf6+ Ke2 36.Rxf1 Kxf1 37.h5 Bf5 38.Kg3 Be4 39.h6 Bh7 40.Kf3 Ke1 41.g4 Kd2 42.g5 Kd3 43.Kf4 Kd4 44.Kg4 Bg6 45.Kf4 Kd5 46.Ke3 Ke5 47.Kd2 Kf5 48.Kc3 Kxg5 49.Kd4 Kxh6 50.Kc5


And finally I had an email regarding the Morphy Mate Competition.

"The piece that Morphy is holding looks like a Queen."

It's a King. Whilst at the Edinburgh Chess Club I borrowed
a chess set from the Morphy period and took a picture of it.



You can see it is clearly a King Morphy is holding.



The Queen in them days was a thin stick with a ball on top.
It is infact a larger version of the pawn.

The standard Staunton design did not emerge till 1849 (designed by N.Cook)
made of ivory or wood. It took a while for them to be adopted everywhere.

*******stop press********

Iain Hope just emailed me his loss v Bill Platts so here is a game by the winner.


[Click here to replay the game]
I.Hope - B.Platts

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Nf3 O-O 7. Rc1 c6 8.Bd3 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nd5 10. Bxe7 Qxe7 11. O-O Nxc3 12. bxc3 e5 13. Re1 e4 14.Nd2 Kh8 15. f3 exf3 16. Nxf3 Nb6 17. Bd3 Bg4 18. Qe2 f5 19. e4 fxe4 20.Qxe4 Qxe4 21. Bxe4 Rae8 22. Ne5 Be6 23. Bb1 Re7 24. Rf1 Rfe8 25. Rf2 Nc4 26. Re1 Kg8 27. Rfe2 Bg4 28. Re4 Bf5 29. R4e2 Bxb1 30. Rxb1 Nxe5 31. Rxe5 Rxe5 32. dxe5 b6 33. Re1 Kf7 34. Kf2 Ke6 35. Ke3 Kd5 36. Kf4 Rf8+ 37. Kg3 Ke6 38. Re4 Rf5 39. Kg4 Rxe5 40. Rxe5+ Kxe5 41. Kg5 a5 42. g4 b5 43. h4 b4 44. cxb4 axb4 45. h5 c5 46. h6 g6 47. Kh4 Kf4



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