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Hastings 2009/10 + The Sad Rook

Hello People,

Last Corner was about Agatha Christie. This one features one of her characters.

Hastings the perfect foil for her Belguim detective, Hercule Poirot.

So we track back to Agatha's time and visit Hastings 1919
and then we play out the game W.Berryman - E.Straat

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W.Berryman - E.Straat

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Nxe4 6.Re1 Nc5 7.Nc3 Nxa4 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.Rxe5+ Be7 10.Nd5 0-0 11.Nxe7+ Kh8 12.Qh5 d6 13.Qxh7+ Kxh7 14.Rh5

A cute trick that one and that is nearly as old as Ruxton's jokes.

So we fast forward to Hastings 2009/10. Round 3. S.Collins - T.Spanton. Spot the similarity.

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S.Collins - T.Spanton

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Re1 Nd6 6.Nxe5 Nxe5 7.Rxe5+ Be7 8.Nc3 Nxb5 9.Nd5 0-0 10.Nxe7+ Kh8 11.Qh5 g6 12.Qh6 Re8 13.Rh5

13...gxh5 14.Qf6 mate.

Next, and it does not take a master detective to figure out what happened here.

Scottish players should not play Chess on the 1st of January.

M.Dean -T. O'Neil, Hastings Masters, 1st January, 2010. Black to play.

Black played 9...Qh4+ Happy New Year.

10.Nxh4 1-0.

Staying with the detective theme I now have to don my Sherlock Holmes hat.

Was this a minor blunder that turned out well or was this a roll of the dice?

C.Sreeves - I.Sanders, Hastings Masters 2009/10. White to play.

22.c5!? it now seems Black can get a good position with 22...Rhc8.
Black instead uses the move to get an ultra active King in the ending.
so 22...Nxd5 23.Rxd5 Kc6 24.Rxd6+ Kxc5

A good plan this, an active King in the endgame is very often a winner.


The active King is in a mating net. 1-0.

On another previous Corner we discussed PINS with Captain Tactics.
Look at this Black to play.

See that Rook on e6? Well after this game the Rook had to seek
pin-counselling and rumour has it that it may never be the same be same again.

I tracked down the Rook living in a single bed-sit in Stoke.
It told me it's life story.

"Hi, I started off in chess as an f-pawn. I enjoyed that, the e and g-pawns
became great friends of mine, we still email each other.

Then I was promoted to the b1 Knight. That too was good but when the
opportunity to become a Bishop came up I jumped at it. (pun intended).
Every pawn dreams of becoming a Bishop.

I was the c1 Bishop for 6 years and nine times I won the piece of the game award.
I thought I'd stay a Bishop for the rest of my life and I was really settled.
Then I was convinced I would make a good Black a8 Rook.

So I gave up the diagonals and played on the files.
I was adapting to the change of colour, just finding my feet when 'that' game happened.

I can still hear the taunts of the White Rooks as they pinned me on e6."

All this is very sad.
What happened? Well play out the game and see for yourself.
G.Kjartansson - J.McKenna, Hastings Masters, 2009/10.

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G.Kjartansson - J.McKenna

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 c6 5.Qd2 Nf6 6.f3 b5 7.a4 b4 8.Nd1 a5 9.Nf2 Ba6 10.Bxa6 Nxa6 11.Ne2 Nd7 12.Bh6 Bxh6 13.Qxh6 e5 14.0-0 Qe7 15.c3 Rb8 16.c4 c5 17.dxe5 dxe5 18.Rad1 Nc7 19.Ng4 Ne6 20.f4 exf4 21.Nxf4 Nxf4 22.Rxf4 Rb6 23.e5 Re6 24.Re4 f5 25.exf6 Nxf6 26.Nxf6+ Qxf6 27.Rd6

And the hapless Rook on e6 is cross pinned to the King and Queen.

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