Bells I played that re-arranged match v Livingston I a few
nights ago (see '...and then the phone rang...')
Bells won 5-1 and so stumbled through the league with a
100% score. Played 9 won 9. Here is the final table.
Well I won't bother putting a table in - if you want to
see a laegue table then there is a perfectly good spot
on the Edinburgh site which shows all 4 laeague tables.
Instead I'll show this... It was sent by Gus(?)
The Red Book has fallen into the hands of the strange looking people.
Her in the yellow coat looks dead chuffed.
The match threw up some incredible, but understandable
blunders and one classic class of a snatched opportunity.
First the Blunders.
L. McGregor v D. Marshall
Black has just 0-0-0 so White nicked the a-pawn.
Shades of Fischer - Spassky 1972. King Bob took such
a pawn and after b6 the Bishop was trapped. so....
12...b6? 13 Ba6 mate.
Next we have Jimmy Gordon from Livingston v Bells player, Mike Chisholm,
Now this is not the exact position. It's close, the main
actors for this mini tragedy are in the right place.
Black has just played N(e5)g6 thinking...
"This is OK, f8 is covered twice." True but...
1 Qf7+ Kh8 2 Qe8+ 1-0
F. McDonald - M. Rattray
This was nice a instructive game. White appears to be doing
all the right things you should do against the Najdorf but
has about 3 different systems mixed up. This game really shows
the spirit of the Najdorf. Sit behind a 'come and get me position'
always on the alert for a tactical strike.
Waiting for the inaccurate move.
Can you see the stroke in this position. Black to play.
Need a wee bit help?
Here are the ingredients of the combination.
The c-pawn is overloaded, the King is exposed.
15...Bxd5 16.exd5 Nxd3 17.cxd3 Qb6+ wins the b3 Knight.
Here is the complete Game. Note also the Back
Rank combo. This was the theme of the match.
[Click here to replay the game]
F. McDonald vs. M. Rattray
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.a4 Be6 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.0-0 0-0 11.f4 Ng4 12.Qf3 Nxe3 13.Qxe3 exf4 14.Qxf4 Ne5 15.Nd5 Bxd5 16.exd5 Nxd3 17.cxd3 Qb6+ 18.Rf2 Qxb3 19.Qe4 Rae8 20.Raf1 Bf6 21.Qg4 Qb6 22.Kh1 Qxf2 0-1
So after the match we carried on drinking till the polite guy
in the Polish Club threw us out. We then went to this bar that
never closes and with the place full of creatures that shun the sun
we set up the Chess Set and Keith Ruxton hit us with more studies.
These two are fantastic. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of
playing over these positions. They are really brilliant!
White (going up the board as usual) to play and win.
Black's defensive ideas are hogging the back rank
or pinning the pawn to the King and taking it.
I am only going to give the best play by Black.
1.c7 Re2+ 2.Kf6 Re8 3.Ba4 Rg8 4.Kf7 Rh8 5.Kg7 Ra8
So the back rank has been taken away from the Rook.
(Rc8 then Bd7+) But it can still pin the pawn.
6.Bc6 Ra7 7.Bd7+ (the point) Kg3 8.c8=Q 1-0
This next one, we thought Keith had set the position up
wrong. White to play and draw. The idea is really clever.
1.a6 Kc8 2.Kb6 Kb8 3.a7+ Ka8 4.Kc7 h5 5.Kxd6 h4 6.Kxd7 h3
7.e5 h2 8.e6 h1=Q
A draw? We got this far and stopped - White losses this.
Do you see the idea now? Think C & F pawns. Now every Russian
schoolboy knows that C & F pawns draw against a Queen if they
get to the 7th rank due to the stalemate trick.
Now what this study has done is turn the White e-pawn
into a c-pawn. White uses the same defensive trick.
9...Qd5+ 10.Kc7 Qe6 11.Kd8 Qd6+ 12.Kc8 White
cannot take the pawn, it's stalemate.
Credit: The first study was by Alf Tupper 1951
the 2nd was Hans von Lotto Bluebottle 1957.
I'm sorry but I donít know who composed these two
classics. There they were, spending hours putting
together these gems of creativity and I have belittled
(actually Keith said he would email the composers - he has not.
That's cos his wife won't let him use the computer after 9 pm.)
And finally, you will notice I always print anything
that mentions Chess in a comic.
This was from the Daily Record Monday, March 14th.