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And today you dear reader are Alex Holowczak.

J.Crump - A. Holowczak, West Brom v WQ B'ham Div II.

You must win this match to win the Division II title.
You are the last game to finish in a 6 board match.
The score is 3-2 in your favour, a draw will do, but....

....You are lost.

In the bar you can hear the away team celebrating, you catch a glimpse of your
miserable looking team mates nursing half pints of stale beer.
Black to play what do you do?

Popped into the Edinburgh Chess Club today (Saturday 23rd Jan).
Place was full of some of Scotland's top chess players because
there was a double header Richardson cup match on.

Edinburgh v Cathcart and Edinburgh West v Hamilton

Keti studying the Craig Pritchett and Andy Muir game.

Keti and Steve Mannion.

Danny McGowan, good opening move.

Pat Coffey (Black) playing Neill Farrell

Clement Sreeves (nice shirt, good opening move as well ).

Alastair White, my sparring partner at the club for many years.

Joe Redpath and Jonathan Grant.

Also there was Roddy McKay, George Neave, Hugh Brechin, Neil Berry,
Andrew Green, Alan Bell, Calum McQueen, and other guys.

('and other guys'?........Ed)

one of the Tweedie's boys were there as well. (maybe both of them).

Final Scores Edinburgh 6 Cathcart 2 and Edinburgh West 3 Hamilton 5.

Don't forget about this. Black to play.

Now another Corner plea:
The club has been moving some of it's thousands of chess books about
and this fell out of one. Who it is it? Nobody appears to know.

Other Club Venues.
Ever wondered how the clubrooms in England compare to Scotland?

First is St Margaret's Institute, the home of Oxford City.

Cowley in Oxford. Their home venue is Rose Hill Methodist Church.

The clubrooms are much the same. See those dolls on the wall. They are effigies of
Cowley members who have fallen for the Blackburne Shilling Trap.

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The Blackburne Shilling Trap

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Nxe5 Qg5 5.Nxf7 Qxg2 6.Rf1 Qxe4+ 7.Be2 Nf3

Now it's called the Blackburne 'Shilling Trap because Henry Blackburne
used it to win shillings from amatuer chess players.

Or is it? No Game of Blackburne exists with him playing it.
But that is rather a weak argument. No game exists of Philidor
playing the Philidor Defence.

But the tiny Chandler mind has been twinging about this for ages.
Something has clicked.

This may be one of the great myths of Chess that Edward Winter always warns us about.

Someone somewhere may have picked up something wrong and ran with it and
the rest of us. me included, It's a regular trap on The Corner, copy the source.

Most good players look down on opening traps and people who play them.

For instance "swindlers, conmen, fraudsters, grifters are words used regarding traps
and trap-setters in his tongue in cheek into to Traps by David Le Moir in the latest
(January 2010) CHESS. (see last Corner).

Couple that with the fact that the word 'Shilling' can also mean:

To cheat or fraud. (check a good dictionary).

It's a rather an old term, certainly about in Victorian times.
Did someone write about the Trap in a derogatory manner and this has
been picked up, twisted about and passed on.

Imagine a line in a Victorian Chess publication.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 Bc4 Nd4?

This trap is 'Shilling Play' and often used by Blackburne to trap amatuers.

Now we know what the term 'to Shilling' is. We can work out what the writer means.

But to someone who does not, this can easily be seen as Blackburne is playing
for Shillings trapping amatuers.

It would not be the first time this has happened in Chess as Mr Winter, quite rightly so,
keeps reminding us.

Just a thought. The coincidence is there.

Now see bottom of this Corner

Solved this yet? Have you won the League?

Here is the whole game.
(I've been asking for 7 years for a PGN moving thing that can
start from a set position. It will appear on Corner 399).

J.Crump - A. Holowczak, West Brom v WQ Birmingham Div2.

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J.Crump - A. Holowczak

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 c6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Be2 Bd6 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nc3 Be6 9.c5 Bc7 10.Bg5 Nbd7 11.Qc2 Qb8 12.Bh4 b6 13.b4 Re8 14.b5 cxb5 15.c6 Nf8 16.Nxb5 a6 17.Nxc7 Qxc7 18.Bg3 Qc8 19.Bd3 Ng6 20.Rab1 b5 21.a4 Ne7 22.axb5 axb5 23.Rfc1 Bf5 24.Bxf5 Nxf5 25.Rxb5 Nxg3 26.hxg3 Ra7 27.Qb3 Rc7 28.Ne5 Nd7 29.cxd7 Rxc1+ 30.Kh2 Rh1+ 31.Kxh1 Qc1+ 32.Kh2 Qh6+ 33.Kg1 Qc1+ 34.Kh2 Qh6+

I added moves 32-34. A brilliant save.
Was it really a Division II decider?

Birmingham League II 2009 final placings.

West Brom1118
Fred's Chumps1112
Midnight News1111
Wung Fu's Take Away1110
The Red Rooks119
The Green Rooks118
The Colour Blind Rooks117
Sutton Mutton116
Conservative Club112
HeinzKat and Friends110

Pulled this example from the RHP site a few days ago.
Chandradi v barstudd White to play.

White played 51.Rxh7+ Kxh7? and the Knight gives perpetual check.

(invented my own moving thingy).

Now a moment of inspiration from John Hickman.
White conjures up a combination the first move being to leave a Rook hanging with CHECK.

John Hickman - Moshan Abedian Metropolitan Major, 2008

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John Hickman - Moshan Abedian

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 d6 6.Re1 Bg4 7.c3 Be7 8.h3 Bh5 9.d3 0-0 10.Nbd2 Nd7 11.Nf1 Nc5 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Ng3 Bg6 14.d4 Nd7 15.dxe5 dxe5 16.Be3 Bd6 17.Qa4 c5 18.Rad1 Nb6 19.Qc2 Qe7 20.c4 a5 21.a4 Nd7 22.Bd2 Nb8 23.Nf5 Bxf5 24.exf5 Re8 25.Qe4 Nd7 26.Bg5 f6 27.Bd2 Reb8 28.Re3 Nb6 29.b3 Qe8 30.g4 Be7 31.h4 Nc8 32.g5 Qh5 33.gxf6 gxf6 34.Nxe5 Qxd1+ 35.Kg2 Nb6 36.Rg3+ Kf8 37.Bh6+ Ke8 38.Rg8+ Bf8 39.Rxf8+ Ke7 40.Nc6+ Kd7 41.Qe6

Coming around the bend and onto the Corner we now meet Rob Thompson.

Hi Rob.

Rob donated two games. One where his opponent misplayed a Bishop ending
and one where he lost his Queen in 13 moves against Sheila Dines.

I cannot quite make up my mind which one to show. A Bishop ending or an Opening trap?

You decide.

Dines Shelia - Robert Thompson, Liverpool , 2008

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Sheila Dines - Robert Thompson

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 Qb6 8.Nf5 Qxb2 9.Nxg7+ Kf8 10.Na4 Qa3 11.c3 Kxg7 12.Bc5 Qxc5 13.Nxc5

Sorry about that Rob. But I feel that Chess players should be shown the
dangers of taking that b2 pawn with a Queen.
The same order of moves and the same trick was seen in 2003.
R.Soelter - L.Braeu, Lipperland Seniors open, 2003.

Actually Rob's other game was a nice example of hanging in there and how
to make winning a won game very difficult for your opponent.
And originally it was appearing next.

However an email arrived with a 'cracker' of a game.
So a hasty re-write was in order with a wee joke or two added.

Salvatore Pepe - Robert Kane, Hendon 2 v West London 2, 2010.
White appears to be getting pasted but Black cannot find the killing move.
The win slips through his fingers like a wet eel.
White takes over, no mercy is shown.

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Salvatore Pepe - Robert Kane

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Qe7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Qc2 d6 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Nc6 9.g3 e5 10.d5 e4 11.Ng5 Ne5 12.b3 Nd3+ 13.Kd2 Nxf2 14.Bg2 Bf5 15.e3 Nxh1 16.Rxh1 Nxd5 17.Nxh7 Nxe3 18.Kxe3 Kxh7 19.h4 Rfd8 20.Rf1 g6 21.Qb2 d5 22.Bf6 d4+ 23.Bxd4 Qd6 24.Be5 Qd3+ 25.Kf4 e3 26.g4 e2 27.Re1 Be6 28.Be4 Qh3 29.Qxe2 Qxb3 30.h5 Kg8 31.hxg6 fxg6 32.Rh1 Kf7 33.Bxg6+ Kf8 34.Rh8+ Ke7 35.Rh7+ Kf8 36.Bg7+ Ke7 37.Bf6+ Kd6 38.Qe5+ Kc6 39.Qxc7

That game was played a day ago.
Yet again The Corner out scoops the chess world by showing you this masterpiece first.


After posting this Corner I contacted Edward Winter
to see if he could throw any light on the 'Shilling Gambit'.

He has since posted a press cutting on Chess Notes which to me clears the whole thing up.

Link to Chess Notes - look for Note No.6470

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