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Corner Christmas Quiz (and things)

Another bloody Christmas.
Seems like only 365 days since I did the last one.

So it's another....

Chandler Corner Christmas Quiz (and things)

First we will now do a HOW GOOD IS YOUR CHESS.

You know the rules.
I give a game and you have to guess the Black moves.
For every move you get right I give you points and at the end
of the game you add up your points and I tell you how good your are.


1.e4 ...

Now guess Black's reply.


If you chose 1...e5 then you get 10 pts.
If you chose anything else give yourself minus 10 pts.

Bored? Yeah so am I.

If you are bored give yourself 10 pts.
If you are not bored then give yourself minus 5 pts.

If you are not bored and disapointed because you expected
to see a real HOW GOOD IS YOUR CHESS then gives yourself
minus 20 pts and go and slam your head in a door.

Chess Charades

OK what am I and where on the board should I be?

I'm a Black Pawn and I am playing a g7 chord.

(it's not a real g7 chord, it looks like a g major....Ed)

Never mind that, It sounds like a g7 when I play it.

so I'm a g-pawn and belong on g7.

Do you want see a quick mate with the g-pawn going from g7-g6? Well here is one.
I've no idea what the Troy Classic is. Some kind of Helpmate tournament I guess.

J.Thurman - M.Venia Troy Classic, 1993

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J.Thurman - M.Venia

1.e4 c5 2.f4 e5 3.fxe5 Qh4+ 4.Ke2 Qxe4+ 5.Kf2 c4 6.Nf3 Bc5+ 7.Kg3 Qg6+ 8.Kf4 d5 9.h3 Bf2 10.g4 Qe4+ 11.Kg5 h6+ 12.Kh5 g6

I have a better g7-g6 mate.
Good play by both players in this one. White offers a Bishop on b2 which
cannot be taken, instead Black goes for a perpetual. White tries to squirm
his way out of it but walks into a mate.
M.Bus (2380) - Z.Wieczorek (2270),Katowice, 1993

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M.Bus - Z.Wieczorek

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bb4 5.0-0 0-0 6.d3 d6 7.Bg5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Ne7 9.Nh4 Ne8 10.d4 h6 11.Bc1 exd4 12.cxd4 Nd5 13.exd5 Qxh4 14.Bd3 Nf6 15.c4 Re8 16.Bb2 Bd7 17.Qf3 Bg4 18.Qf4 Nh5 19.Qd2 Qf6 20.f3 Bd7 21.Rae1 Qf4 22.Qf2 Qf6 23.Rxe8+ Rxe8 24.Re1 Nf4 25.Rxe8+ Bxe8 26.Be4 b5 27.Qf1 a6 28.g3 Ng6 29.Qc1 bxc4 30.Qxc4 Qe7 31.Qxa6 f5 32.Bxf5 Qe3+ 33.Kg2 Qd2+ 34.Kh3 Qf2 35.Qc8 Nf4+ 36.Kg4 h5+ 37.Kg5 Nh3+ 38.Bxh3 Qe3+ 39.f4 Qe7+ 40.Kf5 g6

An old Trap and Something to Ponder

Saw this wee trick on the RHP site the other day. White to play.

18.Qxh6! gxh6 19.Bh6+ and Rg3+ mates.

Reminded me of the famous old trap....

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old trap

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 b6 4.e4 Bb4 5.e5 Ne4 6.Qg4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 Bxc3+ 8.Kd1 Kf8 9.Rb1 Nc6 10.Ba3+ Kg8 11.Rb3 Bxd4 12.Qxg7+ Kxg7 13.Rg3+ Kh6 14.Bc1+ Kh5 15.Be2+ Kh4 16.Rh3

And speaking of Chess Forums, you often see a position akin to this...

...and the question. How can this be a checkmate.
The piece giving the checkmate is pinned to the King so it would
be illegal for their Rook to 'take' the King next move.

The explanation is that once the King is taken the game is over
and that's it. Black will not have time to take the White King.
The game is over once the Black King is taken.

However.....This position, White has just played 1.Nd7-c5 checkmate.

Next move White will take the Black King.

Only problem with that is Black has no move to make.
Look at the position. Black cannot make any move at all.

White is not allowed to have two moves on the trot
so he cannot take the Black King next move.

So is this checkmate?

This has been lifted from an old Hugh Courtney Christmas Quiz (1982)
White to play and mate in 3. (Two solutions.)

I checked my solution with a box and it found another solution.
Hugh has 1.Nd4-e6 mating in 3. Which I found (eventually)
The box has 1.Nd4-f5 which also mates in 3.

It lay there for 28 years waiting for a box to cook to it.
I toyed about with it. This is a droll mate in 4.
Every Knight is moved once the 4th to move gives checkmate.

Solution: Just keep checking the King with a different Knight.
You will end up mating the Black King.

Right that's the quiz over. Now the Christmas joke. It's crap but it's original.

One day Robinson Crusoe is wandering along the beach and he sees
washed ashore a Black Rook.
The next day his finds a White Rook, The following day a White Knight...
After 32 days he has a full chess set and on day 33 a chessboard arrives.

One week later a bottle turns up with a note inside it.


The educational smarty pants bit
Did Philidor really say "Pawns are the soul of Chess."

I picked up a ist edition (1749) Analyze des Eschecs at the Westside Car Boot Sale. (1.00)

I found a French lad in Bells who translated the introduction on pawns.

"My principal aim is to make my reputation by a novelty which no one has observed,
or perhaps no one has been capable of observing; that is, how to play the Pawns well:
They are the soul of chess. It is they alone which form the attack and the defence,
and on their good or bad placing depends entirely the win or a loss of the game."

Not bad for 1749. I don't think you will get modern master arguing with him.
I like that bit. "..,perhaps no one has been capable of observing."

I suppose I had better show a game or two from this event.
So here two from the FIDE event. M.Franklin - C.Posylek, Fide Open, London, 2009.

Black is happy he has got the Queens off in 10 moves and can now relax.

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M.Franklin - C.Posylek

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.Nbd2 e6 5.c4 c5 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Qa4+ Nc6 8.Ne5 Nb6 9.Nxc6 Nxa4 10.Nxd8 Rxd8 11.Bb5+

10...Kxd8 was the move.

D.Cork - F.Sabin, Fide Open, London 2009.
Black's pawn winning combination on move 9 is unsound.
And with one foot in the quicksand he could have pulled it out
going down a piece for central pawn mass. How about:

10...Qxe7 11.Ncxe4 d5 12.Ng3 e4 13.Be2 f5

I've won worse positions as this as Black.

Instead Black jumps right into the mire with both feet
and the more he wriggles the deeper in he goes.

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D.Cork - F.Sabin

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 a6 6.N5c3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Nd2 0-0 9.Bd3 Nxe4 10.Bxe7 Nxc3 11.Bxh7+ Kh8 12.Qh5

That's it...Merry Crimbo and a Happy New Year.

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