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The latest Kingpin arrived.

I was preparing to go to work to do a 12-8 shift when it plopped
through my letter box along with a pile of Christmas junk mail.

So I blew the day by staying home and reading Kingpin.

Here are the contents.

It's Only Chess
Is a well written plea for the media to take chess more
seriously (sneaking in a sly poke at Raymond Keene).

Machiavelli on Ice
The whole Raymond Keene saga concerning Brain Games & The Mind Sports Olympiad.

The numbers are mind boggling. 50,000 was paid (it is claimed) to Alan Lubin
for financial advice.

His advice?

"An attempt should be made to aquire the rights of
the World Chess Championship with Gary Kasparov."

I've seen better advice on the many chess forums I visit and nobody
is getting 50,000 for that. Incredible.

There follows a detailed explanation how companies were set to sell
shares for 1p (bought by RK and AL) and moved on for 1 per share.
12 pages of some very incriminating evidence.

If I were you I get my copy right away (details below) before RK's
lawyers slap an injunction on it.

Gerrard Oswald of Sandy Bells has a few cartoons littered
throughout the mag and in this section on Keene we find....

A deep one this. Note the HSBC symbol on the King's crown
and the position before the King toppled.

You will note it is an illegal position. Illegal being the operative word.
It's impossible to be in check from both a Queen a Bishop at the same time
in that position.

Now I was getting the idea of the front cover (also Gerrard).
Two articles and two broadsides at Raymond Keene

Fortunately that is it as far as Keene bashing goes. A whole magazine
dedicated to RK's (alleged) chicanery would have been too much.

Searching for Shlomo Fishbein
Has far too much Poker in it for me.
Though I enjoyed the style and humour I have no interest in Poker.

Gary Lane Agony Column
Usual fun with fictitious letters and Gary's replies.
I like the one from the wife who writes to say her car broke down and went
back to her house to find her chess playing husband in the bedroom
with a pretty young woman. What should do?

Gary gives advice on how to repair a broken down car.

Nona Gaprindashvili, First Queen of Modern Chess
Smashing piece this with some great games and I got out my board and
pieces and played over a few for the first time in ages.

N.Gaprindashvili - R.Servaty, Dortmund 1974.

[Click here to replay the game]
N.Gaprindashvili - R.Servaty

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Nc3 Ng4 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 e5 10.Nb5 0-0 11.Be2 Qh4 12.Nxd4 exd4 13.Bxd4 Qxe4 14.Bxg7 Qxg2 15.Qd4 Qxh1+ 16.Kd2 Qxa1 17.Qf6

Tal told Nona years later he used her Qf6 idea in one of his game.
'Not many people can boast of having taught Tal a tactics."

No Longer Searching for Bobby Fischer
A Fischer friendly article with more than a hint of respect for the great man.

The Chess Artist at Play
I was a wee bit disapointed in this. The opening paragraph promised
to show us some positions that other players would find funny.
("Corner fodder here", I'm thinking).

But the positions, though instructive, are not Corner fare.
Positions were a player has trapped in his own Bishop with pawns.

May be odd at a certain level but in the Edinburgh Chess league
this is a standard set-up and White wins these positions. Now that's funny.

However I must thank Bartek Macieja for reminding me of the Bronstein quote.

"The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move."

Dating Advice from a Chess Player
Excellent and very amusing. Some of it very uncomfortably close to the truth.

Hack Attack
Always a good feature in Kingpin and this is no exception featuring
the Novelty of the Century. What is it?

Nah. You will have to buy the mag. But it's simply a superb idea
in a very entertaining and deeply analysed game.

Book Reviews
Always good and honest book reviews in Kingpin.
If the book is "Utter Crap" then the reader is told so.

It does not appear there are any classics in this batch though I
will look out for The Yiddish Policeman's Union in the 2nd hand shops.
It's a work of fiction with a certain Emanuel Lasker being
found dead in his hotel room in the first chapter.

Let's Play Techno-Chess
Whimsical tongue in cheek new rules for chess embracing the use of computers.

A nice way to close the fun side of the magazine
leaving the more serious item to the very end.

Nagesh Havanur writes a stiff rebuke to Kingpin for an article in a previous
magazine (Kingpin No.39). Insinuating (in the writer's opinion) that it
casts a slur on all Indian Chess players claiming that they are cheats.

Credit to Kingpin for publishing the letter in full.

So that's it. 5.95 and good value. Very entertaining and informative.

Go to the Kingpin website to get details of how to get your copy.
You will not be disapointed. The Keene revelations are bound to echo
off some lawyers wall and the Gaprindashvili interview with games
are the clinchers. The rest is also very good.

I lost a days wages to read it from cover to cover.
(I never read the review on that Endgame book).

Well worth it. You can work for years in an office and not remember anything
from one day to another. but I'll always recall the day I cried off with
a sickie to read and play over a Kingpin. Try it!

The Kingpin Website

And now this...

Fergus Skillen recently entered the Green Pencil Award, a creative writing
competition for school children in Edinburgh in the P4-P7 age range.

This year's theme was "Think Global, Act Local" with
entrants promoting a Scottish or local environmental issue close to their hearts.

Out of almost 900 entries, Fergus's poem, 'Pollution in Chess' came 2nd equal.

Pollution in Chess

I was playing chess one wet afternoon,

When I saw the board as the world with pieces coming alive,

The bishop is a holy man,

But his Churches and Cathedrals will crumble,

The rook is a strong sturdy castle,

Old buildings like castles will tumble,

The knight is a strong handsome horse,

Animals like him will die out.

The King and Queen are rulers,

Their lively, fun kingdom will collapse.

The pawns are their trustworthy people,

Will choke on fumes and die.

The chess board is a beautiful planet,

Where all these great things once lived.

That planet is an empty ball floating in space.

Who has the planet got to thank?


It must be stopped now,


Fergus Skillen, South Morningside Primary School.

2nd equal...Huh! should have won.

It appears Sandy Bells has a sister club in Madison County USA.
Here is the lead story.

to read it all follow the link.

The Banned Chess Club

Got a handful of nice recent games to show.

F. Landry - M. Ferlatte Jean Robert Memorial, Dieppe, Canada , 2009
Black was doing OK when he suddenly decided to embark on an unsound
piece sacrifice. He is close to resignation but has an idea. Black to play.

It's crafty and should never have worked. Play out the game and see what happened.

[Click here to replay the game]
F. Landry - M. Ferlatte

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.Bc4 e6 10.Bf4 Ngf6 11.Bd3 Bxd3 12.Qxd3 Qa5+ 13.c3 Be7 14.Qc2 0-0 15.Qb3 Qb6 16.Qxb6 axb6 17.a3 Nd5 18.Bd2 b5 19.0-0-0 Ra4 20.Kc2 N7b6 21.Ne5 Nc4 22.Nxc4 bxc4 23.Ne4 b6 24.g4 Rfa8 25.g5 Kh7 26.gxh6 gxh6 27.Rdg1 f5 28.Ng3 Bxa3 29.bxa3 Rxa3 30.Rb1 b5 31.Ne2 Ra2+ 32.Rb2 Rxb2+ 33.Kxb2 Rg8 34.Nf4 Nxf4 35.Bxf4 Rg4 36.Be5 Rg2 37.Rh2 Rg1 38.Ka3 Ra1+ 39.Kb4 Rb1+ 40.Kc5 Rc1 41.f4 Kg8 42.Kxc6 b4 43.cxb4 c3 44.Kc5 c2 45.Kc4 Kh7 46.b5 Rg1 47.Rxc2 Rg2 48.Rxg2

Apparently White laughed when he played his 42nd. move and thought the
handshake was Black resigning. The thud was his jaw hitting the back rank.

Two games from Gavin Saxton, one win and one loss.

G.Saxton - J.Brooke, Richardson Cup 2009.
First the win. Black has to play 8...Qxd7 in this line. 8...Nxd7?
encourages the e-pawn to advance and the seed of Black's defeat has been planted.

This position had to be forseen and calculated carefully before it
arrived on the board. White to play.

White can take the g4 Knight and allow the harmless discovered check.
Black perhaps went into this line thinking the discovery was going to
cause White some bother.

Later in the game you will see Black playing 18...Kh6 walking the King into
a mating net to avoid losing a piece. It was lost in any case.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.Saxton - J.Brooke

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 c5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.e5 Ng4 8.Bxd7+ Nxd7 9.e6 Ndf6 10.exf7+ Kf8 11.Ng5 Qa5 12.d5 Nxd5 13.Ne6+ Kxf7 14.Nxg7 Nxc3 15.Qxg4 Ne4+ 16.c3 Kxg7 17.Qe6 d5 18.Qe5+ Kh6 19.f5+ g5 20.h4 Kh5 21.hxg5+

Gavin loss features a double Bishop sac played in the Edinburgh Chess league.

G Saxton - P Bozinakis
Gavin writes:

"As far as I can recall it's the first time I've lost to a
Greek Bishop sacrifice, and guess what? My opponent was Greek!

[Click here to replay the game]
G Saxton - P Bozinakis

1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.Nf3 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Be7 6.Bc4 Nf6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Ne4 9.Qf3 d5 10.exd6 Nxd6 11.Bb3 0-0 12.0-0 Rb8 13.Nd2 c5 14.Re1 Rb6 15.Nc4 Nxc4 16.Bxc4 Bb7 17.Qe2 Bd6 18.b3 Bxh2+ 19.Kxh2 Qh4+ 20.Kg1 Bxg2 21.f3 Rg6 22.Qe7 Bxf3+ 23.Kf1 Qh3+ 24.Kf2 Qg3+

And finally this one. S.Marchbank - A. McHarg, SNCL 2009.

This interesting game hinged on this position. White to play.

24.Ng5! with the severe threat of 25.Qg6 looks very good.

White missed it TWICE. because 25.Ng5 is also good and the best move.

Two chances gone. Chess usually only gives you one.
Black is unforgiving in the wrap up.

[Click here to replay the game]
S.Marchbank - A. McHarg

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 c5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e3 cxd4 7.exd4 Bb4 8.Bd2 0-0 9.Rc1 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Ba3 11.Rb1 Nc6 12.Bb5 Ne7 13.0-0 b6 14.Bg5 Bb7 15.Bxe7 Bxe7 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.Rc1 Rfd8 18.Bd3 Bd6 19.f4 f6 20.Ng4 Bxf4 21.Nxf6+ Kh8 22.Nxh7 Bxc1 23.Qh5 Bh6 24.Qg6 Qxc3 25.Nf8 Qxd4+ 26.Kh1 Qxd3 27.Qf7 Rxf8

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