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Chandler Cornered

A Cake + Caledonian Chess + Perth 2010




Hi.

Picked up this for 1.00 at a junk shop.



All the pawns have unique funny faces.



And here it is in pride of place in my bedroom.

And this....



...was the cake baked by Derek Ward for son Horatio.

(His name is Samuel...........Ed).

No. It's definetly Derek Ward.

The position on the cake pulled from something from the old Chandler brain.
I cannot recall the composer but I have seen this somewhere recently.

White to play and mate in 2 moves.










Not 3 moves, 2 moves (in passing I reckon I'll get 10 emails saying it's wrong).

I popped into the Edinburgh Chess Club mid-week and
stumbled upon the Edinburgh 1 v Lasswade 1 League match.

I watched Oliver Penrose...



...slip in a win against Andrew Green.

The postion looked drawish and we can add Andrew's name to the
never ending list of people who press too hard in drawn positions.

(is your name on the list?.....Ed)

My name is on the list.

Then I saw my boss, David Oswald, the Editor of Scottish Chess
win a piece early doors by setting a crafty wee trap.

In this position J.Watkins (Black to move) has an idea.










"The c3 Knight is protected by the b-pawn. If I can deflect the b-pawn...."

10...Bxa3? 11.Bd4!










And that people is an cute way to win a piece.

Want to see another diagram of it? OK.

I took this picture moments after Black played 10...Bxa3?



Young David is just about to spring his unpleasant surprise.

Black then put up a brilliant fight and should have presented White
with a return trap to avoid. In this position he played he played 25...Qf7.










Instead a decent shot was 25...f4 26.Qxf4 Qe2+ 27.Nxe2 dxe2+ 28.Ke1 Nd3 mate.










After the game David said he saw the f4 trick.

Aye right! We are all wiser after the event and that trap was a ....

(He is your boss.......Ed).

And I believe him, he is a great wee player.
25...f4 26.Qf3!! was what he had planned.

Edinburgh won the match something-something.

(something-something?..........Ed)

I asked Neil Berry... here he is....



....playing Black v George Neave on board 1.

I asked Neil what the final score was.

And he said "Why, you will only get it wrong when you report it."

I think it was Edinburgh 27 Lasswade 18. But I'm on safer ground with something-something.

So let us have a look at the current Edinburgh Chess League Table.
And for a change I have put all the teams into one big league.

PWDLForAgaPts
Edinburgh 18611331513
University 17610291313
Edinburgh 36600251012
Bank of Scotland 17601291312
Edinburgh West 17511271411
Wandering Dragons 3651026911
Wandering Dragons 17502261510
Badgers Brook642026910
Sandy Bells 27502241710
Civil Service 2732225168
Edinburgh 2640218178
Civil Service 1623118177
Lasswade 1731321217
Edinburgh 4531119117
Corstorphine 1730419226
Gorgie Dalry730419226
Corstorphine 2722315276
Sandy Bells 3620415204
Musselburgh 2612314214
Musselburgh 1720513284
Sandy Bells 1620416204
Tiger Cubs620413234
Lasswade 2711514273
Wandering Dragons 2710614282
Pentland Hills 1710613292
Edinburgh West 2602413232
Bank of Scotland 2602411252
Balerno701615261
Pentland Hills 2601512241


I will probably get a row if I leave it like that.
Here is the proper (old fashioned) Edinburgh Chess League Table.

Premier Division
PWDLForAgaPts
Edinburgh 18611331513
Wandering Dragons 17502261510
Edinburgh 2640218178
Lasswade 1731321217
Wandering Dragons 2710614282
Pentland Hills 1710613292
Division 1
PWDLForAgaPts
University 17610291313
Edinburgh West 17511271411
Civil Service 1623118177
Sandy Bells 1620416204
Musselburgh 1720513284
Balerno701615261
Division 2
PWDLForAgaPts
Bank of Scotland 17601291312
Edinburgh 36600251012
Corstorphine 1730419226
Gorgie Dalry730419226
Lasswade 2711514273
Pentland Hills 2601512241
Division 3
PWDLForAgaPts
Wandering Dragons 3651026911
Badgers Brook642026910
Sandy Bells 27502241710
Civil Service 2732225168
Edinburgh 4531119117
Corstorphine 2722315276
Sandy Bells 3620415204
Musselburgh 2612314214
Tiger Cubs620413234
Edinburgh West 2602413232
Bank of Scotland 2602411252


The Latest Caledonian Chess is out.



This one has been in my pocket for a few days.

It carries a report of the recent Perth Congress

The Open attracted no fewer than 8 masters, including GMs Alexander Baburin (Russia),
now living in Ireland, Jacob Aagaard (Denmark), Sabino Brunello (Italy), Andrew Greet (England),
Colin MacNab (Dundee), John Shaw (Kilmarnock), Craig Pritchett (Dunbar) and Steve Mannion (Paisley).

In a tense finish the Russian Baburin defeated Italian Brunello to tie for first
prize of 500 with Scotland's John Shaw, in the International Open.

The prize winners were as follows.

International Open: 1st= GM Alexander Baburin and GM John Shaw 4 pts.
Grading prize: Walter Burnett 3 pts. Junior: Clement Sreeves 3 pts.

My mate Stuart Hayes won the Challengers with 4 pts.

David Gillespie, Randhir Koli, David Hewitt also very good friends. (me and David a have
a quarter share in a boat on the Clyde) tied equal in the Minor with 4 pts.

(A boat on the Clyde....? Ed).

Yes, The Morose Mackeral I've only been out on it once.

I found this gun that shoots fireworks into the sky and
makes helicopters flown by angry looking pilots appear.

Here is a game from Caledonian Chess.

Walter Burnett - GM. John Shaw
A Reverse Pirc. With Walter sucking all his pieces to Kingside to attack.
John centralised, held the postion and picked up the exchange.

Game over? Not yet, Walter's 2nd wave was sent in. 31.Nf5! and I think,
(good analysis yes?...'I think'), John returned the exchanged to stump the attack.

Hindsight tells me Walter then should have calmed down
but he was still burning with the heat of the battle and pushed on 38.e5?

It nearly worked but John kept it together, off came the big bits and
suddenly a won ending appeared with the passed c-pawn winning the day.


[Click here to replay the game]
W.Burnett - J.Shaw

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Bg4 3.Bg2 Nd7 4.d3 e5 5.h3 Bh5 6.0-0 Ngf6 7.Nbd2 c6 8.e4 dxe4 9.dxe4 Be7 10.Qe1 0-0 11.Nh4 Re8 12.Nf5 Bf8 13.Nf3 Nc5 14.N3h4 Qc7 15.Bg5 Nfd7 16.g4 f6 17.Be3 Bf7 18.Kh1 Ne6 19.Rd1 Rad8 20.Qd2 Nb6 21.Qe2 Nf4 22.Bxf4 exf4 23.Nf3 Bc4 24.Rd3 Bxd3 25.cxd3 c5 26.b3 g6 27.N5h4 Rd6 28.Rg1 Red8 29.g5 Be7 30.Bf1 Nd7 31.Nf5 Re6 32.d4 Kf8 33.Qc4 Qb6 34.d5 Rd6 35.Nxd6 Qxd6 36.gxf6 Bxf6 37.Rg4 Re8 38.e5 Bxe5 39.Nxe5 Nxe5 40.Qxf4+ Kg7 41.Bg2 b5 42.Rg3 Nf7 43.Qxd6 Nxd6 44.Re3 Rxe3 45.fxe3 c4 46.bxc4 bxc4 47.Bf1 Kf6 48.Kg2


This next game is a wee cracker from the 2007 4NCL Division 4. Oxford 2 vs Cheddleton.

Tim Dickinson - William Armstrong
But first we must see opening trap No. 212


[Click here to replay the game]
Trap No. 212

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 Ng4 7.d4 exd4 8.cxd4 Nxd4 9.Nxd4 Qh4 10.Nf3 Qxf2+ 11.Kh1 Qg1+ 12.Rxg1 Nf2


Got that one OK. Good.
You can learn things from opening traps.
(I won a game with it Black just a few days ago on the net).

White sacs the exchange on e6, Black was ready to chop the Knight when
it landed on f7 and then put up stiff resistance in a very difficult position.
But White knew his opening traps and it was all over.


[Click here to replay the game]
T.Dickinson - W.Armstrong

1.e4 c5 2.c3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.cxd4 d5 5.exd5 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd5 7.Bc4 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bg7 9.Nf3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Bb3 Bg4 12.h3 Bf5 13.Ba3 Nc6 14.Re1 Rad8 15.Qe2 Rfe8 16.Qc4 Be6 17.Rxe6 fxe6 18.Qxe6+ Kh8 19.Ng5 Rf8 20.Qg8+ Rxg8 21.Nf7


This next game is possibly the best game I've have ever put on The Corner.
Both sides sacs both their Rooks. White sacs his Bishops and Black in return sacs his Knights.

Then the White King is chased all over the board picking up no fewer than 7 Black pawns.
And with the axe about to fall White pulls out his hat one the greatest moves ever
seen on a chessboard and produces an incredible stalemate.

What a great game.


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