In the beginning....
Man invented Chess.
Man played Chess
Man became good at Chess.
Man invented a computer.
Computer played Chess.
Computer became good at Chess.
Computer became better than man at Chess.
Computer built a man.
The January 2010 CHESS arrived.
Usual excellent value for £3.95, at the time of posting McColls on Nicholson Sq. have 2 left.
Often give CHESS a mention - it's good. I was asked once why I don't mention the BCM.
I would, but my dear little lilly of the north, won't let me buy two mags a month.
Which is a bit unfair, she get's her copy of 'Gun Monthly' & 'Autopsys for Everyone' delivered
I chose CHESS because it always has glossy coloured pictures of chess players.
I cut them out and stick the picture opposite my chessboard and play them at chess.
This is the opening moves of me v the current British Champion David Howell.
Here is the game. G.Chandler - D.Howell's picture.
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Chandler v D.Howell's picture
1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Bb4 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.e5 d5 8.exf6 dxc4 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.fxg7 Re8+ 11.Be3 Bc5 12.0-0-0+ Bd6 13.Nd5 Be5 14.Nf6+ Ke7 15.g8N+ Kf8 16.Bh6
A snazzy mate that one.
David congratulated me after the game. (My son does the voices.)
In the latest CHESS is this:
I draw your attention the chapter title:
David then tells us he was approached by a publishing company to
write a book about Chess TRAPS & SWINDLES.
"My answer was a polite 'No'."
He then goes on to explain that Swindlers are dishonest.
"Winning or drawing this way is not respectable, let alone admirable."
He adds the writer of the book would never be able to hold his head up in public again.
"As an author I want to be respected and not suspected." (italics his).
He then explains he needs the money so is going to show traps from his own games.
I got the joke intro quite quickly - but was he joking?
I fear not.
First of all the joke went on for ages. It reads like an apology.
I do believe he turned down the chance to write such a book.
But the clincher is when we are offered a dozen or so traps where
he has left out the name of the players who fell for the traps.
Bar one. Bouaziz v Miles, Riga 1979.
"I will show due sensitivity and not name my opponent,
just rest assured I was the trapper and not the trapped."
I am now resting safely assured that David does not fall for traps.
But what happened to:
Not only does he refuse to name and shame but in a few cases
he goes on to brush up the victim's ego.
"....this was no patzer blunder...he acquitted himself well in the Major Open."
Who did? When did he do it? What Major open was this?
Winter would flush this boy down the toilet and round the bend
if he tried to pull this stunt in a real book.
So what will next month's follow-up article look like?
'Hi. In this position I accidently set a trap in time trouble.
My opponent did not speak to me for 10 years, but I forgive him."
cue diagram with no names, place or year....
...and no pieces.
I played 34.Rh3 ???? a move for which I am deeply ashamed.
My opponent, who later went on to get a creditable third place in
a chess competition some years later, took the Rook. 34...Nxh3!!!
Someone at the back of gallery whispered the word 'Trap.'
The clocks were stopped as the over 2200 players were ushered
out of the playing hall less their reputations had been tarnished
for playing in a tournament where a trap had been set.
I later found out that two gave up chess for good, another threw himself in the sea
and swam to France and the Sponsors threatened to kill me for disgracing their
tournament by setting a trap.
What was I to do?
My clock was ticking, I had mate in one, but I had set a trap...
Above I highlighted shame. There is no shame in falling for a trap.
There is certainly no shame in setting a trap.
David pads out his article telling us why we fall into traps.
One sentence would have sufficed.
They have clocked up 1-0 in the mind, they think they are too good to fall into a trap
and a modern trend, computers have robbed players of their sense of danger.
Trap setters are Cheats?
You could say, it's we, the paying 'trap-setting' public, who have been cheated
by not knowing the names of these fragile individuals who fell for these traps.
(By the way David's version of a trap and mine differ, some of his
are very good moves and a player has missed it. It's what chess is all about.
If nobody blundered Chess would be dead.)
Send the publisher to me. I'll give them Traps and Swindles...AND NAMES.
Infact I'll do a David Le Moir in reverse.
I'll give the names without giving the trap.
A. Mug was a piece up v S. Pete when he fell for a back ranker in Eastbourne, May, 2002.
T. Jerker (2200) walked into a Knigth Fork when clearly winning v I.M. Cunning
in the Liverpool League 1992.
In Halifax 2009, A. Polupmyass was swanning around the tournament hall working out
his new grade when he missed a simple Rook fork and lost 15 grading points.
And speaking of traps. Remember this?
Chandler on YouTube
Well Hugh told me the other day someone actually fell into this trap.
It was Jack O'neil.
Angus Ruthven (1208) - Steve Kirk (1365) Edinburgh Chess League.
This arrived from Angus Ruthven and it's his is first discovered mate.
Black opts for a St.George.
Players develop and the piece shuggling starts.
Black gets himself all cramped up and feeling the squeeze he plays an unsound
combination perhaps missing (or forgetting) that Bishops can move backwards.
So at move 29 Black is two pieces down and 3 pawns up. (Game on!).
By move 40 White has liquidated by swapping down and is looking for the wrap up.
He goes astray here, wanders a bit and nearly repeats the postion allowing a 3 fold rep.
By move 60 Black has finally abandoned all hope of winning and is going for a stalemate.
I love this eternal optimism. (in a way it's a shame the lad never got it).
White is alert to this and produces his star turn
[Click here to replay the game]
Angus Ruthven - Steve Kirk
1.e4 a6 2.d4 b5 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Bd3 e6 5.Bf4 c5 6.c3 c4 7.Bc2 Nf6 8.Nbd2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.b3 cxb3 11.axb3 Nh5 12.Be3 g6 13.Bd3 d5 14.e5 Ng7 15.Bf4 Nd7 16.Qc2 Rc8 17.Rfc1 Rc6 18.Qd1 Qc7 19.c4 bxc4 20.bxc4 Rc8 21.c5 Nxc5 22.dxc5 Bxc5 23.Nb3 Bxf2+ 24.Kxf2 Qb6+ 25.Nbd4 Qb2+ 26.Kg1 Rxc1 27.Rxc1 Rxc1 28.Qxc1 Qxc1+ 29.Bxc1 Kf8 30.Nb3 Bc8 31.Bd2 Ne8 32.Ba5 f6 33.Nc5 fxe5 34.Nxe5 Nf6 35.Bxa6 Bxa6 36.Nxa6 Ne4 37.Nc7 Ng5 38.Bb4+ Kg8 39.h4 Nf7 40.Nxf7 Kxf7 41.Bc3 Ke7 42.Be5 Kf7 43.g4 Ke7 44.Kf2 Kd7 45.Ke3 Ke7 46.Nb5 Kd7 47.Nd4 Ke7 48.Kf4 h6 49.Bb8 Kf6 50.Be5+ Kf7 51.Bh8 Kg8 52.Be5 Kf7 53.Nc6 Kg8 54.Ba1 Kf7 55.Ke5 h5 56.g5 Kg7 57.Kxe6+ d4 58.Bxd4+ Kh7 59.Kf6 Kg8 60.Kxg6 Kf8 61.Kxh5 Kg8 62.Kg4 Kh7 63.h5 Kg8 64.h6 Kh7 65.Kf5 Kg8 66.g6 Kf8 67.Kf6 Kg8 68.h7+ Kh8 69.Kf7
If David had resigned, and I'm sure a few reading this felt he should have,
then Angus would not have got his first discovered mate.
G.Neave - W.Burnett Lothian Championship 2010.
George emailed on another matter but did mention he was perhaps lucky
in this game. I recalled entering it, saw Black had a good attacking position
but misplayed it at a critical position with the g3 Knight getting itself pinned.
Went back to look for the trick. Fished around here.
21...Qh4 instead of 21...Rxe1+ keeps the pot boiling. Sac on h3 looming.
22.Qd4 which is perhaps the reason why Black pulled the Queen to e1
is threat but it can be handled.22...Nh4 and Black has the bite.
Certainly looks grim and perhaps George had lines like this in mind.
In the game White put it all back together and the piece up won.
[Click here to replay the game]
G.Neave - W.Burnett
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.exf5 0-0 7.Nxe5 Nxe5 8.d4 Bxd4 9.Qxd4 d6 10.f4 Nc6 11.Qd3 Kh8 12.Nc3 Nb4 13.Qe2 Bxf5 14.Ba4 c6 15.a3 Re8 16.Qd1 Na6 17.h3 Nc5 18.b4 Nxa4 19.Nxa4 Ne4 20.Bb2 Ng3 21.Re1 Rxe1+ 22.Qxe1 Qh4 23.Kh2 b5 24.Nc3 Qxf4 25.Qxg3 Qxg3+ 26.Kxg3 Bxc2 27.Ne2 Be4 28.Re1 d5 29.Rc1 a5 30.Rxc6 axb4 31.axb4 Kg8 32.Nc3 g5 33.Rc7 h6 34.Nxe4 dxe4 35.Re7 Ra2 36.Bd4 Rc2 37.Bc5 Rc3+ 38.Kg4 Rc2 39.Kh5
Right I'm off to play some chess and proudly set traps.
Infact I'll go out of my way to set traps.
(that's all you do anyway..........Ed)
Back in your box you.