Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

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Musselburgh 1 v Edinburgh West 1


The first question one must ask is what Looney arranged
a chess match in Scotland on the 5th of January?

Iain Hope that's who...and did our warm hero play in the match?

Iain took of advantage of the ECF grading system which had just
increased the grades of anyone with a pulse.
(and some ficticious players that obviously do not have a pulse).

You can read the whole sorry episode here on the ECF Forum.

546 broken hearted posts about gradings

"Yah Beauty" Screamed Iain as he headed south for Hastings
where his low Scottish grade saw him play and beat these
confused people..."But my grade is higher I must be good."

Here is a picture of our warm Edinburgh League Secretary.

Pocketing cash for playing in a tournament where he was graded 2nd bottom.
(I don't know who the lady is, but the ECF computer has given her
a grade of 212 just for presenting the prizes.)

And here is the snowed-in Venue where the match took place that warm Iain organised.

The smartest guy out of everyone was Micahel Pollard who failed to turn up.
(he was a late replacement only getting the call that afternoon)
His would be opponent, Kevinn Mayo did not mind too much.

He joined me in the bar where we discovered that warm Iain Hope had a tab.
So I scored two pints of Belhaven and Kevin swigged four Jack Daniels.
The barmaid chalked them up on warm Iain's slate. Cheers mate.

Later Kevin got bored and start playing himself at darts
till the other players told him to stop it.

Board 1. J.Grant - M.Fraser Musselburgh 1 v Edinburgh West 1, 2010.

Dutch Stonewall. Black had this wretched c8 Bishop and wriggled it
around onto e2 to swap it off.
Meanwhile White was making plans to double Rooks on the g-file
and tie Black down to defence.

We ended up with a Queen & Rook each and this central pawn structure.

No doubt Kmoch will have a name for it. The Static Diamond....?

Toiled on this one. Could not see any way in for Granty though he kept trying.

Fraser played his part by defending the critical squares keeping him out.
If there is a sneaky way in then it must involve a subtle placing of the White King,
perhaps a run to the Queenside.

Anyway Jonathan could not find a way in so took it to a Queen ending.

He's good at these, I recall him turning a loss into a win in a Queen ending.
Even turning down a draw when he was worse on the board.

But this route made no effect either. Martin Fraser created counter-play
with his passed h-pawn. It's not the number of pawns in Queen endings,
in this particular situation it is all about passed pawns.

As you will see in the game with two extra Queens limering up on the
side of the board White is forced to take a perpetual as Black gets in
the all important 1st check.

This postion never happened, I've lifted the King from e2 and put it on b2
and White is in command even with Black to play.
This was the only idea I could come up with when looking at the game.

Of course Black can do things as well. As I said I toiled to find something meaty.
But so did Granty so no shame there. A good defensive game by Martin Fraser.

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J.Grant - M.Fraser

1.c4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.Nf3 d5 5.0-0 Bd6 6.d4 c6 7.Qc2 0-0 8.Bf4 Bxf4 9.gxf4 Bd7 10.Nbd2 Ne4 11.a4 Be8 12.a5 Bh5 13.e3 Nxd2 14.Nxd2 Qe7 15.Kh1 Na6 16.Rg1 Be2 17.Bf3 Bxc4 18.Nxc4 dxc4 19.Qxc4 Nc7 20.Rg5 a6 21.Rag1 g6 22.h4 Nd5 23.h5 Kf7 24.R1g2 Rh8 25.Kg1 Rag8 26.Kf1 gxh5 27.Bxd5 cxd5 28.Qe2 Rxg5 29.Rxg5 Qf6 30.Qxh5+ Ke7 31.Qd1 Kf7 32.Qc2 Qe7 33.Qd1 Qf6 34.Qh5+ Ke7 35.Ke2 Kd6 36.Qh1 h6 37.Rg1 h5 38.Rc1 Kd7 39.Qd1 Rc8 40.Qa4+ Rc6 41.Rxc6 bxc6 42.Qb4 h4 43.Qb7+ Kd6 44.Qxa6 h3 45.Qb7 Qh8 46.a6 h2 47.Qb4+ Kc7 48.Qb7+ Kd6 49.Qb4+

Bd.3 .A.Campbell - A.Small Musselburgh 1 v Edinburgh West 1, 2010.

Queens Gambit Exchange Variation.
White is shaping up for a Minority Attack spotting the c6 pawn.
Black shoves it to c5 giving him an IQP and a Tarrasch set up.
Game swings with two off key Bishop swaps.

White to play his 11th move.

11.Bxf6 freeing Black's game cannot right. 11.0-0 was OK.

Black to play his 13th. move.

13...Bxc3 this unprovoked exchange will have the purists sobbing.

I don't like it soley for the simple ROT. "don't chop wood if you have an IQP."
(My whole game is made up of Rules of Thumb - ROT's).

White used this move to win the a-pawn virtually by force.
Black gave up his IQP to give White a passed IQP to stop White
from having a Queenside majority.

Here Black played 21..d4

I'll go with that. It's brings the e6 Bishop to life.
Black does not want to be tied down to that d-pawn whilst
White creates a 'passer' on the Queenside.

The game progressed and White, his 11th move forgiven and forgotten, played
it rock solid not giving Black no sniff of counterplay.

But this was the last game to finish and the weather was getting worse.
So Alastair, still his pawn up, agreed a draw.

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A.Campbell - A.Small

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Nbd7 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 Qa5 8.Qc2 Bb4 9.Nge2 c5 10.dxc5 Qxc5 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.0-0 0-0 13.Rac1 Bxc3 14.Qxc3 Qxc3 15.Rxc3 Bd7 16.Nd4 Rfc8 17.Rfc1 Rxc3 18.Rxc3 Rc8 19.Rxc8+ Bxc8 20.Nb5 Be6 21.Nxa7 d4 22.exd4 Bxa2 23.Nb5 Bd5 24.Nc3 Bc6 25.f3 Kf8 26.Kf2 Ke7 27.Ke3 h6 28.Bc4 g5 29.d5 Bd7 30.Ne4 Ne8 31.Kd4 Nd6 32.Bd3 b6 33.Nxd6 Kxd6 34.g4

Bd.4 V.Barron - M.Robinson Musselburgh 1 v Edinburgh West 1, 2010.
White feels uncomfortable in this one.
It does appear as if Vince left the room, someone else sat down, made a few
moves and then let Vince make a few moves.

Bad play? Yes chopping and changing plans always is.
Reason? Well this is the unfortunate grim side of what happens
in league chess if one of your players do not turn up.

Players have to sometimes make strange OTB decisions to get the point back.
Couple that with that fact that while this game was still in the opening
the Musselburgh board 5 made one pawn move too many in the opening, got mated
and Vince (the captain) realised his team were now 2-0 down.

So we get this defensive/aggresive theme running through White's game.

Black got on with his job and played well inflicting irreparable
damage to White's pawn structure splitting them into 4 'pawn islands'.

White rushed his King into action to help plug the gaps.
Cleverly Black coaxed it forward into a Black minefield and caught it
with a deadly material gaining discovered check.

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V.Barron - M.Robinson

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.h3 0-0 8.Nc3 d6 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bd2 Na5 11.0-0 Bb7 12.Nd5 Nxb3 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.axb3 d5 15.exd5 Bxd5 16.c4 Bxf3 17.Qxf3 Qxf3 18.gxf3 Rfd8 19.b4 Be7 20.cxb5 axb5 21.Rxa8 Rxa8 22.Bc3 f6 23.Re1 Bd6 24.Kf1 Kf7 25.Ke2 Ra4 26.d4 exd4 27.Bxd4 Rxb4 28.Kd3 Rb3+ 29.Ke4 f5+ 30.Kxf5 Rxf3+ 31.Kg4 Rf4+

Bd.5 W.Deans - J.Louden Musselburgh 1 v Edinburgh West 1, 2010.

As I stated earlier this was just one of them nights when
Black decided that 'Pawns were indeed the Soul of Chess.' so kicked
off by playing a Philidor but took Phil's quotation just that bit too far
and let f7, the traditional 'soft spot' fall.

5...Qc7 or anything that holds f7 would do.

But before you see the game I have to explain the beauty of the idea
behind White's very strange 7th move. (7.Bd5).

In the car glide home I was expressing my doubts about this
move and kept saying."Why?...Why?".
Playing over the game I now see it.....Willie Deans is a flawed genius.

In this position White played 7.Bd5!!?

You see if White plays 7.Bxg8 Black can slip in 7...c4.

So White pulls the a8 Rook to a7 to undefend the b8 Knight
and then plays 8.Bxg8. Giving us the postion from the game.

Now you see it. 8...c5 then 9.Bxc5! bxc5 10.Qxb8.

(Things then get hairy and amazing after 10...Rb7 and Qc7 trapping the Queen.
I had loads of fun mostly in White's favour looking at giving her up for the Rook.)

Of course all this is by-the-by if Black had played 7...c4
in reply to 7.Bd5 which was what threw me.
White retreats the Queen and has a wonderful postion with a pawn plus.

However, despite Willie's anti c5 efforts Black did not play it
prefering instead to move the b8 Knight allowing mate in one.

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W.Deans - J.Louden

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 c5 4.c3 a6 5.Qb3 b5 6.Bxf7+ Ke7 7.Bd5 Ra7 8.Bxg8 Nc6 9.Qf7

Bd.6 D.King - J.Mowat Musselburgh 1 v Edinburgh West 1, 2010.

Sicilian Najdorf.
The Najdorf, White wins the miniatures - Black wins the ending.
Here we have the latter.
Nice game by Black this. Everything goes according to plan.
He kills the White initiative, nicks (gets given) a pawn
and plays a flawless text book ending.

Two head scratchings.
Why did White simply give up the pawn with 24.c7?
Was he expecting 24...Bxc7 25.Kf1! and then winning the pinned Bishop with Bb6.

And here, Black to play.

Black did not play 27...f4+ winning the Bishop.
I've triple checked the score sheet this position arose.

Never mind. Jim converted his pawn plus in an instructive merciless fashion.
Look and learn boys.

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D.King - J.Mowat

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 Nc6 7.Be3 e6 8.Bb3 Nxd4 9.Bxd4 b5 10.a3 Bb7 11.Qd3 e5 12.Be3 Be7 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.Bxd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 0-0 16.0-0 f5 17.f3 Qc8 18.Rac1 Qc4 19.b3 Qxd3 20.cxd3 Rfc8 21.Rc6 Rxc6 22.dxc6 Rc8 23.Rc1 Bd8 24.c7 Rxc7 25.Rxc7 Bxc7 26.Kf2 Kf7 27.Kg3 d5 28.f4 exf4+ 29.Bxf4 Bxf4+ 30.Kxf4 Kf6 31.d4 g5+ 32.Kf3 h5 33.g3 g4+ 34.Kf4 a5 35.b4 a4 36.Ke3 Kg5 37.Kf2 f4 38.Kg2 f3+ 39.Kf2 Kf5 40.Ke3 f2 41.Kxf2 Ke4 42.Ke2 Kxd4 43.Kd2 Kc4 44.Kc2 d4 45.Kb2 Kd3 46.Kc1 Ke2 47.Kc2 d3+

So that was that.
Thanks for having me lads.
I'll be visiting a few more clubs (when the weather gets better).

(The warm Iain Hope picture was lifted from the Hastings 2009/10 site.)

Hastings 2009-1010 Website

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