So there we were propping up the bar Bells wondering what
to do now that the Chess season had finished.
Me, Keith, Todor, Eddie, Mickey, Michael and Lindsay.
The full squad of Bells 1 all at a lost what to do next.
Mickey: "Let's go up the West End and chat up some girls."
Eddie: "Let's go up the West End and pick a fight with someone."
Todor: "Let's stay here and drink some more."
Lindsay: "Let's stay here but not drink so much."
Michael: "Let's get the cards out and have a game of poker."
Keith : "Let's get the Chess set out, I'll show you a study."
All of us: "NO!"
Time passed and we started tossing about ideas
on how to fill in our spare time till September.
Eddie: "We had better think of something, else our wives and
girlfriends will expect to see on Sundays & Wednesday."
Mickey: "No way man, I need the Sundays and Wednesdays for a rest."
Michael: "If we got nowhere to go we won't be allowed out."
Todor: "Think of something Chandler, I don't want to drink alone."
Todor: "Good idea. I'm fed up with bottled beer."
Me : "No, draughts."
Lindsay: "I'll close the door."
Me: "Not a draught, draughts,checkers."
Eddie: "Chequers, that's the country home of the Prime Minister."
Michael: "What go and visit Chequers?"
Mickey: "Good idea, we can get a couple of girls..."
Me: "No you bunch of pratts. Checkers, Draughts the game.
We could enter a team in the Edinburgh Draughts League."
They all looked stunned.
Me: "We could call ourselves the Sandy Bells Draughts team."
They all looked uninterested.
Me: "They play in pubs."
Now they were interested.
Mickey: "Do women play?"
Eddie: "Are there arguments?"
Todor: We meet here to drink and play Chess on Sundays and Wednesdays.
We can meet here on Monday & Tuesday to play draughts."
Michael: "They only play on 32 squares - it will be easy."
Lindsay: "They only have two pieces - it will be very easy."
Keith: "I know some draught studies."
All of us: "NO!"
So anyway I did some research and found some fascinating stuff.
First I must tell you that about 20 years I did play some guys
who played in the Edinburgh Draughts league. I played about
20 games and lost them all.
Sadly it appears as though the Draught League no longer exists.
Older surfers will remember there was a regular draughts problem
in the Saturday Pink. (I'm sure there was a Edinburgh Draughts
League but I cannot find anything about it).
But first I shall inform you Chess players what my research has discovered.
Checkers is a very good game and has just about as much theory
on it as Chess. Scotland and indeed Edinburgh figures much in
it's history. The more I looked the more interested I became.
by Jim Loy
The first World Championship match was won by Andrew Anderson (Scotland)
over James Wyllie (Scotland) in 1847. They had played four previous matches.
The style of play was Go-As-You-Please (see below for an explanation GC).
Soon, Anderson retired, and Wyllie claimed the Title.
In 1859, Robert Martins (England) defeated Wyllie.
Wyllie regained the Title in 1864, and beat Martins again in 1872.
Wyllie won two matches over W. R. Barker (USA) in 1873 and 1874.
Robert Yates (USA) won the World Title in 1876.
Yates defeated Martins in 1877. Yates retired,
and later died at sea at the age of 24.
The Title went back to Wyllie. Wyllie won several matches
until his defeat to James Ferrie (Scotland) in 1894.
Richard Jordan (Scotland) defeated Ferrie in 1896.
Jordan defeated Robert Stewart (Scotland) in 1897.
About this time, Two-Move Restriction came into being,
in order to cut down on the number of draws.
In this style of play, the first two moves of the game
were chosen at random. Six of the Two-Move Openings were "barred"
as being too one-sided. Two of them lose a piece outright.
(Sounds like a Latvian Gambit GC).
In 1900 Charles F. Barker (USA), brother of W. R. Barker, tied a match
with Jordan. Jordan defeated Harry Freedman (Scotland) in 1902.
In 1903, Jordan resigned the Title, and Ferrie accepted it.
Jordan later died in a train accident in Edinburgh.
(This was infact a tram/cable car accident - see below GC)
In 1905, a team match, the First International Match
(there had been matches between England and Scotland),
was played between Great Britain and the USA. Great Britain won easily.
...and so it goes on till up to the present day.
If you want to find out more visit Jim Loy's web site.
(Tap in 'Jim Loy' on any search engine)
I wanted more information on the Edinburgh player
Richard Jordan. I came across this from the
Scottish Draughts Association
(type in Draughts + Edinburgh in any search engine.
Or try SDA. The Scottish Draughts Association).
The Life and Draughts Career of Richard Jordan
The greatest draughts player of all time was probably Richard Jordan
who was born in Edinburgh on the 4th of November 1872.
(the 4th November! The Edinburgh Chess Club
was founded on the 4th November 1822. GC)
His study of the game began when he was 15, and within
three years he won the championship of his native city.
With his abilities now recognised, a match was arranged over
20 games and £20 with James Wyllie, to be played in Edinburgh
during May of 1892. Richard surprised the World by defeating
the old master 2-1 with 17 draws.
Richard won the Scottish Tournament of 1896 narrowly
defeating the then World Champion James Ferrie.
From this a World Title match was arranged, Jordan won this by 4-3
and 33 draws. He then went on to successfully defend his title against
Robert Stewart, Charles Barker (America), and Harry Freeman before
retiring from World Championship Matches in 1903.
This did not mark the end of his career for in 1905 he played against
the USA, achieving the outstanding score of 13-0-27. It was in 1911
and while still fairly young he was struck by a tram car near his
home in Edinburgh resulting in his death, sadly missed he was buried
at the New Calton Cemetery, Edinburgh.
So. Richard Jordan was the World Champion when he died.
A Scottish Alekhine! How come this has been kept quiet?
I surfed some more and found this on another site.
Draughts (or Checkers) is a much under rated and neglected
game, often derided as a 'kids' game, and looked down upon
by exponents of games like chess.
(I certainly don't)
This view is unjustified, as the game offers characteristics
and subtleties simply not found in any other board game.
And despite of over 200 years of research and analysis of the game,
there is still plenty of new play to be found by the adventurous player.
(200 years is about the same as Chess - though Chess is a much older
game it is only the past 200 that the game has actually been studied)
In a way, the virtue of the game is actually in its limited piece movement
and mobility, since this forces you think in terms of warding off threats
at a much deeper level than you would do in a game like chess.
(I don't quite agree with that)
I found some opening advice.
11-15 - Considered to be Blacks strongest dominating the center.
23-19, 8-11, 22-17 often follow.
11-16 - The BRISTOL also good for black, often followed by 24-20,
16-19 with black attacking 19.
9-14 - The DOUBLE-CORNER - often followed by 22-18,5-9,25-22
with many traps awaiting white.
(This is the opening for me... The Double Corner.
Hey! Chandler Double Cornered!!!)
10-15 - The KELSO - While superficially looking strong,
it does tend to jam up Black's single corner 10-14 -
The DENNY, an even opening, often followed with 22-18, 11-16.
12-16 - The DUNDEE - weak for black, since 24-20 cramps his Single Corner.
9-13 - The EDINBURGH - while traditionally considered weak for black since
White's 22-18 grabs the center, modern analysis reveals later counterplay
for Black if played correctly.
The 11-15 move deserves special consideration it is draughts equivalent
to E2-E4 in chess!
(11-15 best by test - Bobby Fischer)
White has 7 replies, all of them good! In descending order of strength
they are 23-19, 22-18, 22-17, 23-18, 24-19, 24-20, 21-17.
Here is a game illustrating a trap from the 11-15 opening.
11-15,22-18, (Single corner opening) 15-22,25-18,8-11,29-25,4-8,25-22,
This is the Draughts equivalent of 'Scholar's Mate' its called the Goose Walk.
15-19! 24-15,16-19,23-16,9-14, 18-9,11-25,28-24,5-14, and Black wins.
(The Goose Walk! a brilliant name, better than Scholar's Mate)
The position after the last move 5-14.
Here are the key positions of some Checkers traps
I cannot wait to Steamroller some Goose walking Tourist
from Chicago in a Blindfold Fool's Mate.
The Edinburgh Opening
So 9-13 is the Edinburgh Opening. There is no Edinburgh
Opening in Chess. One could claim the Scotch Game/Gambit
as it was named after the Edinburgh v London match 1824-1829.
The only problem with that is that it was London club
who played it first in game No. 1. Edinburgh liked it so much
they used it in games 3 & 5. Winning the match 2-1 with 2 draws.
We have to invent an Edinburgh Opening. How about...
1 e4 e5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 a3 The Edinburgh variation - play the game
as though you had Black in a King Pawn opening without have to
worry about the Ruy Lopez or any of the Bb5+ lines in the Two Knights.
Also you know all those traps that Black has because White castles
too early in those Giuoco Piano variations. Well when I was going
through my Vienna phrase (2 Nc3) in the 1980's I tried 3 a3 a couple of times.
(I think we are being set up for you to show an old brilliancy...Ed)
Of course. I played all these great games (a massive collections
of cheapo's) I must get rid of them somehow.
I have just racked out an old note book. It took me 25 minutes.
20 minutes longer than it did to find info on Richard Jordan.
G. Chandler - J. Blaikie, Edinburgh, 1979/80
This was a skittles game. Underneath I have written in a different pen
'book position' which means the position before the mate was intended
to be included in the book I wrote with Danny Kopec. It must have been
rejected for being too easy. Black should have played 26...Qf4+ to
get the Queens off. But then the pawn on d6 wins easily.
The big pity is he did not fall for the double Rook sac (16..Qh1+)which is
something I have only managed twice under tournament conditions (and won).
6..Bd4 is awful and if I had a Knight on f3 it would never have
entered Jackie's head. Strange how a wee change in the move order
tends to bring out the best/worst in people.
[Click here to replay the game]
G. Chandler vs. J. Blaikie
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.a3 Bc5 4.Bc4 Nc6 5.d3 0-0 6.Bg5 Bd4 7.Qf3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 b6 9.Ne2 Bb7 10.Ng3 Ne7 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Qxf6 Ng6 13.Qf3 Qg5 14.h4 Nxh4 15.Rxh4 Qxh4 16.Nf5 Qg5 17.Ke2 Kh8 18.Rh1 Qg6 19.Rh6 Qg8 20.Qh5 d5 21.Qh4 f6 22.exd5 Rf7 23.d6 Raf8 24.Rxf6 Qxg2 25.Bxf7 Qf3+ 26.Kd2 cxd6 27.Qxh7+ Kxh7 28.Rh6 1-0
The above article had only been up an hour or so when I received this
from Mike (the Bells 1 player).
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Qb6 "The Edinburgh Variation" very recent too (well, in chess terms) Got its name from the 1985 Brittish Championship held in, well, Edinburgh. I've looked at the chess games archived on http://www.chessscotland.com/games.htm from that tournament but there is only one game that ended in a draw. Well, according to Schiller anyway, info from his UCO published 2003, so whether this is the universal name or not who's to say?
So it looks like Eric Schiller has already given Edinburgh it's own variation.
A poxy Qb6 in the Caro-Khan after one game that ended in a draw.
How can one individual just up and name a place
after a variation, a duff variation at that?
This is war!
Well two can play at that game.
1 e4 e5 2 Ke2 I am naming this 'The Schiller attack'.
(5 minutes later)
I've just surfed the net and tapped in "Edinburgh Variation + Chess"
It took me to Schillers Unorthodox Openings
The Book that Tony Miles said was "Utter Crap"
Below is a reprint of some of the Index - The Edinburgh Variation
is there alright. So is the Woozle?? the Mokele Mbembe?? and
the Kitchener Folly. Avoid this book and don't play the Qb6 line.
Well don't do it in Edinburgh.
Alekhine Defense 38
Brooklyn Variation 38
Krejcik Variation 39
Mokele Mbembe 40
Welling Variation 43
Zaire Defense 44
Amar Opening 45
Paris Gambit 46
Anderssen Opening 48
Baltic Defense 50
Argentinian Gambit 50
Barnes Opening 50
Benoni Defense 52
Cormorant Gambit 52
Hawk Variation 52
Nakamura Gambit 54
Snail Variation 55
Vulture Defense 55
Bird Opening 60
Batavo-Polish Attack 60
From Gambit 61
Hobbs Gambit 63
Horsef ly Defense 64
Lasker Attack 65
Sturm Gambit 66
Bishop’s Opening 67
Kitchener Folly 67
Lewis Gambit 67
King’s Gambit Reversed 68
MacDonnell Gambit 69
Borg Defense 71
Troon Gambit 71
Budapest Defense 73
Assorted Variations 73
Canard Formation 76
Double Duck Variation 76
Caro–Kann Defense 77
Advance Variation: Bayonet 77
De Bruycker Defense 78
Edinburgh Variation 79
Goldman Variation 80
Gurgenidze Counterattack 81