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Chandler Cornered

The Fork with Captain Tactics + Games

Cap'n Tactics

Hello me old ship mates.
Today we talk about the Forks.

The basic Fork is an attack on two pieces. Your opponent cannot have two moves
on the bounce so he has to leave one of the attacked pieces to be taken.

All of your ship's crew can fork.

This be proper hand to hand fighting with the chess pieces.

Here are two games from that swab Chandler.
First is G. Chandler - D. Begg, Edinburgh Chess League 1988.

Black sacs the exchange for some very strong looking Knights. (14...Rxf3)
Chandler spots a chance to sac back the exchange with a Bishop fork. (23.Rxd5).

Then Chandler spies a King fork (37.Bxb5+) and although it's opposite
coloured Bishops that lucky swine Chandler wins.

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G. Chandler - D. Begg

1.e4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.e5 Nfd7 4.d4 e6 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Nf3 Qb6 8.Be2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Kh1 f6 11.Na3 fxe5 12.fxe5 cxd4 13.cxd4 Bxa3 14.bxa3 Rxf3 15.Bxf3 Qxd4 16.Qxd4 Nxd4 17.Bb2 Nc2 18.Rac1 Ne3 19.Rfe1 Nc4 20.Bc3 Nc5 21.Red1 Bd7 22.Bb4 Rc8 23.Rxd5 exd5 24.Bxd5+ Ne6 25.Rxc4 b5 26.Rxc8+ Bxc8 27.Kg1 Kf7 28.Kf2 Ke8 29.Ke3 Nc7 30.Be4 g6 31.Bc5 a6 32.g3 Be6 33.Bd6 Nd5+ 34.Kd4 Nb6 35.Bb7 Bxa2 36.Bxa6 Bc4 37.Bxb5+ Bxb5 38.Kc5 Ba4 39.Kxb6 Kd7 40.Kc5 Ke6 41.Kb4 Be8 42.a4 Kd7 43.Kc5 Kc8 44.a5 Kb7 45.Kd5 Kc8 46.Bc5 Bb5 47.Ke6 Kd8 48.Kf7 Bd3 49.e6 Bc4 50.a6 Bd5 51.a7

The next one, R. Douglas - G. Chandler, Summer Cup 1980.
we see Chandler win a piece with a skewer and then employ a Knight fork
hitting both Rooks and a Queen. Enough?
No White does some wriggling allowing the black hearted Chandler
to stick him with a very rare triple fork from a Bishop.

You are about to see a triple Bishop fork on both Rooks and a Queen.
This is a certificate 18 position. Ye have been warned!

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R. Douglas - G. Chandler

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.0-0 Rc8 8.Be3 e6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bd3 Qc7 11.Ne2 Be7 12.c4 0-0 13.Qc2 Qb8 14.Bf4 e5 15.Be3 d5 16.b3 d4 17.Bg5 Qd6 18.f4 Ng4 19.fxe5 Qxe5 20.Bf4 Qh5 21.Nxd4 Bc5 22.Qb2 Rcd8 23.Kh1 Bc8 24.Rad1 Bxd4 25.Qc2 g5 26.Bg3 Ne3 27.Be2 Bg4 28.Qd3 Bxe2

Edinburgh Chess League

Try not to die on a Lothian bus. I think they eat you.

I once fell asleep on the No. 16 coming home from work.

I woke up in the terminus with a cleaner hoovering around my stocking feet.

"I thought you were dead." she said and gave me back my shoes.

The woman who wipes the windows gave me back my coat and
the chappie who fills up the ticket machine returned my hat.

I got off the bus and bumped into two men dressed
in white overalls with green boots carrying a stretcher.

One of them shouted across the garage floor.

"He's not dead."

And a group of hungry disapointed looking people spilled out from a hut.
One of them let out a howl of despair and they started chasing me
waving their knives and forks in the air.

I managed to lose them by jumping over a wall and hiding in someone's garden shed.
I waited there for an hour before I sneaked out and walked home.

I passed the Polish Club and popped in to see some games of chess.
There were three league matches going on.

Wandering Dragons 3 v Civil Service 2.
Sandy Bells 2 v Bank of Scotland 2
Sandy Bells 3 v Badgers Brook.

Here are some moments from a few of the games.

Robert Burns v Robert Mills (Bells 3 v Badgers Brook)

Black has just played 30...d4 threatening the Bishop Fork 31...Bd5+

White, totally relaxed and completely unaware of the threat played 31.Kf3!

Usually a '!' denotes a good move.
In this case I use '!' because it gave me a good laugh.

Black of course played 31...Bd5+ and White resigned.

Good to see Chris Donkin and his son Brian playing for the Dragons.
Chris started the Dragons in 1983 before his son was born.

That's Chris on the left and his son is in the background.
Although the picture is poor quality, I do not use my flash when a
game is in progress, you can see both adopt the same at the board pose.

Brian had a bit of a disaster in his game I caught the final act of tragedy.
In this grim two piece down position....

...he played 33.h4 allowing 33...Qh1 mate.

E.Gillespie v A.Jakimiak
Featuring and interesting attack, a missed strong counter attack and a blunder.

The fun starts here.
Black to move has sacced a piece and must have had this promising
looking position in his mind when he hit the sacrificial trail.

However analysis after the game showed that Black's
best appears to play 17...Nxc2 and take the perpetual.

He chose instead 17...d4!? and why not. Fortune favours the brave.
White replied with the incorrect move 18.Qg2?

Much better was 18.Rg1. WIth the idea of a crash sac with the Rook.

Black has to deal with the threat of Rxg7+ and Rxh7+ mating.

So 18...g6 19.fxg6 fxg6 20.Rxg6+

Black cannot take the Rook due to 21.Qg4 winning easily.
So 20..Kh8 21.Rg7

and the threat of Rxh7+ and Qh5+ win no matter what Black tries.

White missed this strong variation but it was not mortal.
What lost White this game because he let his Queen do all the work.
He had her defending against the mate and trying to mate Black at the same time.

In this position, White to play, his position is defendable.

21.Bc4+ followed by 22.Bc1 holds White together.

Instead he played 21.Qe6+ Kh8 and blinded by mate on g7 22.Qe7??

Guess what Black played next?

Here is the complete game.

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E.Gillespie v A.Jakimiak

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nf5 d5 7.f4 Bxf5 8.exf5 e4 9.Qe2 Bb4 10.Bd2 0-0 11.0-0-0 Qa5 12.a3 Bxa3 13.bxa3 Qxa3+ 14.Kb1 Nc6 15.g4 Rac8 16.g5 Nb4 17.gxf6 d4 18.Qg2 g6 19.fxg6 fxg6 20.Qxe4 dxc3 21.Qe6+ Kh8 22.Qe7 Qb2

Then this arrived sent in by a sharp eyed Ebayer.

Looks like the British Museum are now trying to off load these fake
chess piece on EBAY. $30.00 is far too much. $1 each sounds fair.

I been playing over a few games from this event recently held in Turkey.
(Who named Turkey Turkey?)

I cannot leave this swindle by the wee English girl Anna Wang in the under 10's.

A.Wang - T.Choladze, Black to play.

Many ways to win as Black 21...Qf3+ or 21...Nxd5 or even 21...Rxe4.
One way to lose it and Black found it.

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A.Wang - T.Choladze

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 Nc6 6.Nf3 d6 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bb3 g6 9.0-0 Bg7 10.Re1 0-0 11.Nc3 Bg4 12.Bf4 Qd7 13.exd6 exd6 14.d5 Nd4 15.Ne4 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Qf5 17.Bxd6 Nxf3+ 18.Kh1 Nxe1 19.Qxe1 Rfe8 20.Bc2 Rac8 21.Rc1 Rxc2 22.Nf6+ Bxf6 23.Qxe8+ Kg7 24.Bf8+ Kg8 25.Bh6

A classic and White even missing a mate in one.

This one is instructive in showing how in certain situations players
automatically follow principles instead of looking at the board.

A.Pachon - D. Premanath under 14. Black to play.

10...exd5 and Black is still in the game.
But that would give Black an isolated pawn. Oh No! Not an isolated pawn.

10....Nxd5 11.Ne5 and either the Knight on d7 or the Bishop on g5 is lost. 1-0.

S.Sop - R.Abylkassymova, under 16
White's in check, This is a draw.
Black can only win if the King is trapped on the back rank and Black
cannot force the White King to a rear rank.

White knows it is a draw as long as he keeps his King off the back rank.
Again we see principles applied without looking at the board.
90.Ke5? Ra8! the Bishop is lost. 91.Bd6 Re8+ 0-1.

90. Ke3 or 90.Kd3 or 90.Kc3 all draw.

Finally, C.Gundogan - O.Murchadha, under 14.
Black to play. Check all checks - especially the silly ones.

28...Qe2 as played looks OK. Hits a loose Rook, sets up a few tricks.
Alas 29.Qxh7+ and White mates. 1-0

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