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Lothian Championship 2010 + Farewell David Bond



Held at the Wester Hailes Community Centre 9th-10th January, 2010.
(and this was written on the 11th Jan, 2010)

So the whole nation woke up this morning to no Terry Wogan on BBC2.
The end of a magnificent era dating back to 1973.

The Lothian Championship too has suffered a great loss.
This was the last Lothian to be overseen by Tournament Director David Bond.



For more than loads of years David has secured the playing hall,
designed and printed the entrance forms, advertised the event,
employed the controllers (including organising a supply of hamburgers for Big Alex),
carried the boards and sets into the playing hall (and back out again),
wound up the chess clocks and presented the prizes.

"I aquired my tournament director skills during the 2nd World war."

said David sipping tepid tea from a plastic cup.

"I was Captain of the submarine 'Fearsome'. We got stuck in the ice
whilst on patrol in the Artic Circle and stayed stuck for 15 years.

So to relieve the boredom of the men I taught them all how
to play chess and organised chess tournaments.
We stayed alive by eating our torpedoes."

Thank you David for all your time and effort.

This years event was won by George Neave with
Andrew Green and Danny McGowan coming in second equal.



That's George with the cup, Green on the left, McGowan on the right.

and this little lad...



...is the winner of the giant killer prize, Ronnie Milner.

(It says Ross Milner in the Lothian report but the lad has written 'Ron'
on his score sheet. I'll go with the lad, I think he knows his own name.)

And here is the game.

R.Milner - E.Gillespie
White plays a nice simple opening that seems beyond the grasp
of some players. Look at this White position after 14 moves.










King castled, ALL pieces in play and everything pointing towards the centre.
Black, the higher graded player, has to cook up something v this.

So a plan here would be to shuggle the bits onto better squares.
Nd7, (intending Nc5/Ne5) and then White has to start making middle game
decisions. Instead Black missed the e5 threat and played c5.

C5 is not too bad. The threat of c4 winning a piece could have caused a panic.
Instead White pushed e5 and Black panicked.
He should have continued with the c6-c5-c4 plan.
Instead he went all askew dropping the exchange and two pawns.

Askew turned into...wait a minute...

...how can you stay alive by eating torpedoes?....

....Askew turned into Skew-wiff, White struck true and Black crumbled.



[Click here to replay the game]
R.Milner - E.Gillespie

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nf3 d6 5.h3 g6 6.d4 cxd4 7.Nxd4 Bg7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Qf3 Bd7 11.Bf4 Qa5 12.Rad1 Rab8 13.Bb3 Be6 14.Rfe1 c5 15.e5 Nh5 16.exd6 exd6 17.Bxd6 Rfd8 18.Bxb8 Rxb8 19.Bxe6 fxe6 20.Rxe6 Nf6 21.Rxf6 Bxf6 22.Qxf6 Rf8 23.Qe6+ Kh8 24.Qe7 Kg8 25.Rd7


Running as a side line to this year's tournament was:

The Alan Tate and Alan Minnican Show

First Alan Tate, White to play.










22.Qxc7+ Qxc7 23.Rxc7 Kxc7 24.Nd5+ Kc6 25.Nxf4. Looks good.
White played 22.e5 and Black 22...Rc8 and the chances was gone.

Now Alan Minnican, Black to play.










26...Rc4 and then 27...Rxc2+ wins.
one line: 26...Rc4 27.Qe1 Rxc2+ 28.Kb1 Qb5 29.b3 Qf5.










And the roof caves in. Instead 26...Qxc3 was played
and this years Tate and Minnican show petered out to a draw.

Here are the two likely lads looking as this line in the analysis room.



The Rooks is on c2 (It's too late now) and 27.Qe3 has been tried as a defence.

I'll show them the win. 28...Rxb2+ 29.Kxb2 Qc2+ and Qxd1.
(it's great when the good guys miss shots. Gives us all hope).


[Click here to replay the game]
A.Tate - A.Minnican

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.Nf3 e5 5.g4 Nxg4 6.Rg1 Ngf6 7.dxe5 Nxe5 8.Nd4 Bg4 9.Be2 Bxe2 10.Qxe2 Qd7 11.f4 Nc6 12.Be3 a6 13.0-0-0 0-0-0 14.Nxc6 Qxc6 15.Bd4 Nd7 16.Qh5 Nc5 17.Bxg7 Bxg7 18.Rxg7 Kb8 19.Rxh7 Rhe8 20.Qxf7 Rf8 21.Qg7 Rxf4 22.e5 Rc8 23.exd6 cxd6 24.Qe7 Ne4 25.Qg7 Nxc3 26.Qxc3 Qxc3 27.bxc3 Rxc3 28.Rxd6 Rf2 29.Rd2 Rxd2 30.Kxd2 Ra3 31.Kc1


J.Mollison - D.McGowan
Danny McGowan can sometimes produce some wonderful instructive games.
He is a genuine Scottish talent. He is an artist.

Keith: When we do Rampant Chess II I bags McGowan games.
(you can do Neil Berry's or Martin Mitchell's. I'll do Clem Sreeves)

Editors note:
Geoff is talking about Rampant Chess.


Over 60 games by Scottish IM's and GM's annotated
in a style similiar to this Corner.
Instructive, entertaining and contains some brilliant games.

End of Editors note.

Black to play.










White is on the verge of creating nasty threats with g5.
But Black has been activating his pieces with tempo by
hitting undefended targets forcing White to defend.

Then came 25...Nxe4! The sac is sound.
A good position this to play around with.
It's a sound sac based on all the loose pieces and the sudden
exposure of the White King along the diagonal.

White sprang into action with a sac attack and on another day v another player
this may well have worked but not against Dan Mac in this mood.

A good game this. Sensible 'no tricks' to equalise play by Black.
Watch him spot the targets to improve his pieces and position.
Then came the Knight sac.


[Click here to replay the game]
J.Millison - D.McGowan

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nf6 3.e3 c6 4.f4 Bf5 5.Nf3 e6 6.g3 Nbd7 7.Bg2 h6 8.0-0 Bd6 9.d3 0-0 10.Kh1 Qc7 11.Nfd2 Bg4 12.Bf3 Bxf3+ 13.Qxf3 e5 14.Nc3 Rae8 15.Rae1 Qa5 16.a3 Re7 17.Qf2 Rfe8 18.f5 b5 19.b4 Qb6 20.e4 d4 21.Nd1 c5 22.bxc5 Nxc5 23.Nb1 Rc8 24.g4 Na4 25.Bc1 Rec7 26.Re2 Nxe4 27.Rxe4 Rxc2 28.Bd2 Nc5 29.Qh4 Nxd3 30.Bxh6 gxh6 31.g5 Qb7 32.Rg1 h5 33.g6 f6


J.Scott - D.Oswald
David Oswald is the Editor of the Scottish Chess Magazine, a magazine I have
the greatest pleasure of writing for. (and getting paid for it.)

So I don't mind showing one of his wins. I don't mind at all.

Johnny Scott, on the other hand, is not the editor of a famous chess magazine

so I don't mind showing one of his losses. I don't mind at all.

It's positive thinking to look at good juniors games,
you get a chance to brush up on the latest opening lines.

So this is what the latest theory is in the Benko. 4.a4.
Never had to face it myself and I've Benko'd a few b-pawns in my time.

An interesting set-to between the two teenagers, and by the time
the game had reached it's teens the lines had been drawn.

White's battering his through the centre and Black,
as expected, is causing grief down the b-file.

Then suddenly, Black found the holes in the centre,
White's King is in danger. White to play.










White slips in a natural enough looking move 19.h3 but missed the checks.
19.exf7+ was better and missing 19....Bd4+ was worse.
After 19...Bd4+ it's mate in 3.


[Click here to replay the game]
J.Scott - D.Oswald

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.a4 bxc4 5.Nc3 d6 6.e4 Ba6 7.f4 Nbd7 8.Nf3 g6 9.a5 Bg7 10.Qa4 0-0 11.Bxc4 Bxc4 12.Qxc4 Rb8 13.0-0 Rb4 14.Qe2 Qb8 15.e5 dxe5 16.fxe5 Ng4 17.e6 Nde5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.h3 Bd4+


Lets us finish with a win from the tournament winner.
G.Neave - A Green
And this game went a long way to deciding wether or not the Lothian
title stayed in Edinburgh with George Neave or went to...
actually Andrew Green comes from Edinburgh as well.
So forget that bit. I'm still trying to figure out
how torpedoes can keep one alive.

And this game went a long way to deciding who was the 2010 Lothian Champion

It's a good time to win a title, at the beginning of the year.
It's no good winning a title for 2010 in say October.
You would only be the 2010 champion for a few months.

George nicked loads of space in the opening.
The question he was asked by Andrew was how are you going to get in?










So what cunning plan did George come up with - see the game.
It is White to play his 34th move.

Note to students of this fine game.

Watch how a good player defends a Black position like this.
No Pawn moves. Black made 2 (forced) pawn moves between moves 11 and 37.
Moving pawns create a weakness and targets for our Boy George to hit.


[Click here to replay the game]
G.Neave - A.Green

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Nf3 dxe5 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Be2 Bf5 7.0-0 Nd7 8.c4 Nb4 9.Ng4 Nc2 10.Ne3 Nxe3 11.fxe3 e6 12.Nc3 Nf6 13.Bf3 Qb6 14.e4 Bg6 15.e5 Nd7 16.c5 Qc7 17.Ne4 Be7 18.Bg5 Nxe5 19.dxe5 Bxe4 20.Bxe7 Bxf3 21.Bd6 Bxd1 22.Bxc7 Bh5 23.Bd6 Rd8 24.Rf4 Kd7 25.Ra4 Ra8 26.Rb4 Kc8 27.a4 a5 28.Rb6 Rd8 29.b4 axb4 30.Rxb4 Be2 31.Rab1 Ra7 32.R1b2 Bd3 33.Rf2 Rd7 34.h4 Kd8 35.h5 Ke8 36.g4 Ra6 37.Rd2


(Andrew: Pawn moves, You should have played h6 and given the Bishop a flight square).

So that will be my last report on the Lothian Championship.
Hope you enjoyed reading them as much I did doing them.

I'm going to get old Captain Nemo up there to tell me more
seafaring stories and write a book on his life. 'Torpedoes for Breakfast'.

You can get all the other Lothian results from here.

Lothian 2010 Championships


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