This is the entrance to The Dell Chess Club.
It's a private Chess Club run by 'Colour Blind' Bob McLurk.
There is no Dell league team, the rooms are hired out for £5.00
to the Edinburgh University, Wandering Dragons, Bells and Granton.
'Colour Blind' Bob is a brilliant character and failed author.
He wrote: 'Hunt for the Brown October.' and 'The Orange Pimpernel'.
I took £10.00 off him once at Tiddly Winks, he kept 'flippin in' my men.
He then challenged me to a game of snooker.
Inside it's very tiny, a reverse effect of the Tardis.
I'm not saying The Dell Club is small but if a player on board 1 wants
to castle Queen-side then the board 6 players have to leave the room.
But it's all good fun, except when Bob sets up the pieces.
If you want to hire the rooms then Bob can often be found
drinking Blue Horse Whisky in the Purple Lion.
I complained on the English Chess Forum that I dislike it
when CHESS magazine devote their whole magazine to the 4NCL.
Well I don't.
Somebody (well a few actually) mumbled and grumbled.
Think I got called a childish, big-headed, show-off somewhere
in one the post that was removed. All good fun.
Anyway my Mum said;
"Geoffrey stop eating worms."
Later she said:
"Geoffrey, never complain about anything unless you can do it better."
And here is the latest up to date 4NCL league positions.
(That is just Division III........ED)
Yup. Already it is better than CHESS
We are not interested in the Div 1 & II games.
Div III is where it's at. This is where the real man chess players hang out.
The backbone of British Chess, the forgotten few.
(at least show some Div II games........Ed)
Nix. 43% of the round 6 games Div II were draws including
P.Armour - S.Dilleigh after 10 moves.
None of this woeful stuff from the Div III boys.
Down there every point is fought over tooth and nail.
Team players, chess players you can trust your daughters with.
But first Egypt.
In 1827 the famous archeologist Dr. Hugo Yugofirst opened
the sealed tomb of Tookum Mukem III. They were too late.
(It was empty?...........Ed)
No he was dead.
But drawn in great detail on the tomb wall was this.
This translates to:
Stop Never take White's Queen's Knight's Pawn with the
Black Queen else the giant crocodile of the Nile will eat you.
B.Valentine (1962) - D.Tunks (2076) FCA SOLUTIONS 2 v WESSEX 2, 4NCL 2010
[Click here to replay the game]
B.Valentine - D.Tunks
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Ng5 e6 7.N1f3 h6 8.Nh3 b5 9.Bd3 c5 10.0-0 Qb6 11.a4 cxd4 12.Bxb5 Bc5 13.Nf4 0-0 14.Nd3 Rd8 15.Bf4 Bb7 16.Nxc5 Nxc5 17.Ne5 a6 18.Be2 Qxb2 19.Nc4
The Black Queen she is trapped. The giant crocodile is fed.
Dr. Hugo Yugofirst brought the sarcophagus back to London but lost it.
(A fool and his Mummy are soon parted...Ed)
V. Jones,(2073) - P. Webster,(2106) KJCA KINGS - WARWICKSHIRE SELECT 2 4NCL 2010.
How hard is it for the average chess player to look 5 moves deep.
Black played 14...Qc8 here. Can he take the d-pawn?
Yes. 14...Nxd5 is playable.
White missed it, because he allowed 14...Nxd5.
Black saw it, but convinced himself he could not play 14...Nxd5.
I never saw it till I saw 14...Qc8 and wondered why he did that.
(I quickly click through these things looking for an interesting game.
If I find one THEN I have a look at it. This one was nearly thrown out.)
14...Qc8 was played so he can take the d-pawn without a pin and win trick.
14...Nxd5 15.Nxd5 Bxd5 16.c4 gotcha!
Except on the fifth move there is the unpinning and winning trick.
16...Bxf3 double gotcha!
(I did not see it till I saw it on the board. I believed him.)
Black comes out of it with a central pawn in his pocket.
The Pirc player must be alert for such tricks against the centre pawns.
After that miss the d & e pawns advance and it's over.
[Click here to replay the game]
V. Jones - P. Webster
1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Na6 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 c5 8.d5 Rb8 9.e5 dxe5 10.Bxa6 bxa6 11.fxe5 Nd7 12.Qe2 Nb6 13.Rd1 Bb7 14.Bf4 Qc8 15.e6 Ra8 16.Ng5 f6 17.Nf7 c4 18.d6 exd6 19.Nxd6 Qc5+ 20.Kh1 Bc6 21.e7 Rf7 22.Qe6 Be8 23.Nxf7 Bxf7 24.Rd8+
E.Bromilow(1922) - T.Dickinson(2151), BRISTOL 3 - OXFORD 2 4NCL 2010
This is a glorious game of chess.
Edward Bromilow and Tim Dickinson I salute you.
When Mike Truran needs an advert for the 4NCL then he just need give
the bare score of this game. "Look at this." he will say.
(Mike Truran is a man of few words).
So instead of sitting in watching re-runs of b/w movies on a Sunday
and Saturday afternoon you could be involved in a game like this.
It's starts here. Black to play.
The White d-pawn is the first chord in this masterpiece.
Can Black take it? White has a Bxh7+ discovering a defence to d4. A tit for tat sac.
But Black tastes the sweet smell of creativity.
He has but one thought. I must get a game on Chandler Cornered.
And so it began...
In years to come everyone who was playing in that tournament will curse this day.
The day the Goddess Caissa drifted amongst her players and touched Tim Dickson on shoulder.
"Why not me?" they will howl, "Why did she not choose me?"
So we reached here. Yes this diagram is correct.
White, whose part in this game will break your heart, played 21.Bxf6+
Black cannot take it. 21...gxf6 22.Qh5 mate. so Black is forced to play 21...g5.
Remove the pieces and we see this.
Any check is doom and White still has a Queen and a black squared Bishop on the board.
Now look away. Go no further.
Black to play.
24...Qd3+ and then...Rxd4 and it is over.
Instead Black kicked the Queen with 24...b6.
Caissa smiles. She giveth and she taketh away.
She crosses the board and drops the dice of fate into the lap of White.
She whispers in his ear. "Roll them."
White ignored the attack on the Queen and played 25.Rxf4.
Black sees that 25...gxf4 is mate with 26.Bf6 or 26.Qh5.
Black can still win with 25...Qd3+ but taking the Rook with
check cannot do any harm. so 25...Qxf4+
White plays 26.Bf2 (also a check).
And Black is mated.
The pieces used in this game went back into the box.
But the final position will remain in both players minds forever.
[Click here to play over this masterpiece]
Bromilow - T.Dickinson
1.d4 c5 2.e3 cxd4 3.exd4 d5 4.Bd3 Nf6 5.b3 Bg4 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Bb2 e6 8.0-0 Bd6 9.c4 0-0 10.Nc3 Nxd4 11.Bxh7+ Kxh7 12.Ng5+ Kg6 13.Qxd4 Kxg5 14.h3 Bf5 15.g4 Be4 16.Nxe4+ dxe4 17.f4+ Bxf4 18.Qc5+ Kh4 19.Kg2 Qd2+ 20.Rf2 Qd3 21.Bxf6+ g5 22.Rh1 Qg3+ 23.Kf1 Rad8 24.Bd4 b6 25.Rxf4 Qxf4+ 26.Bf2+ 1-0
and finally this picture of Luke McShane.
We end thus:
Last few Corners I featured a mouse slip in a net Blitz game.
I have another for you. Guess What Black played here?
It's a TN. Just click play and see what happens. It has a cute ending.
[Click here to enjoy the game]
chickens0003 - TonyRo
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Ke7 7.N1c3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be6 9.Qd2 a6 10.Na3 h6 11.Bxf6+ Kxf6 12.h4 g6 13.h5 Kg7 14.hxg6 fxg6 15.Nc2 Be7 16.Ne3 Bg5 17.Bd3 Rf8 18.0-0 Nd4 19.Ne2 Qf6 20.Qc3 Qxf2+ 21.Rxf2 Bxe3 22.Raf1 Rxf2 23.Rxf2 Rf8 24.Nxd4 Bxd4 25.Qb4 Rxf2 26.Qxd6 Bxc4 27.Kh1 Bxd3 28.Qd5 Rxb2 29.Qd7+ Kf6 30.Qd8+ Ke6 31.Qe8+ Kd6 32.Qxg6+ Kc5 33.Qxh6 Bxe4 34.a4 Rxg2 35.Qf8+ Kb6 36.a5+ Ka7 37.Qa8+ Kxa8
Well...? Better than Chess?
Thanks to Meri Grigoryan who emailed me a few pics and Steve Connor.
who posted some pics on the 4NCL main site and I took them.
Should now add link to 4NCL site but it's easier if you simply Google 4NCL
it takes you straight there.
You will see a contact for every team so if you fancy a game.....