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Talking Chess Books + C.J. + Mouse Slips


My chess books have started talking to me.


I've no idea what set this off.

One minute I'm laying on my bed picking bit's of blue fluff
out my navel when all of a sudden they started talking to me.

Usually they chat amongst themselves.

Alekhine's Best Games 1911-1921: "My games are the best."

Fine's Basic Endgames: "Your endgames are shocking."

Capablanca's Fundementals: "And your positional play...pwah!"

And on and on they would go. I just ignored them but recently
they have been passing comments about me when ever I pass by.

"Tidy us up.", "You are a weirdo.", "Slob."

I don't know if any of you have been called a 'Slob' by Tarrasch's, 'Game of Chess'
but it can have a pretty demoralising effect and I've taken to avoiding my bedroom.

One of the more consistant abusive books, Nunn's, 'New Ideas in the Pirc.'
I sold on EBAY. It took them a few days to discover where it had gone.
( I think 'The Mammoth Book of Chess' has internet access.)

The sale caused an outcry amongst the paperbacks and soon the hardbacks joined in.
The only way to calm them down was to buy it back.

I'm not mad.

I brought round a few friends to listen to the books talking.
But they pretended they could not hear them.

Why is navel fluff blue?



Steve Hilton liked the coverage of the Div III 4NCL (see last Corner)
and sent in a game. (Benko players should skip past this bit)

White hung onto the Benko pawn. Stiched up the Queenside and then
transfered the play to the centre of the board.

Black reacted too slowly, White built up an impressive position
and with a passed a-pawn he could play for the attack knowing
Black would be reluctant to start swapping the pieces.

Then Black dropped a piece on f6 1-0.
S.Hilton - A.Pleasants, Braille Team-Wessex2. 4NCL Div III 2010


[Click here to replay the game]
S.Hilton - A.Pleasants

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 d6 7.g3 g6 8.Bg2 Bg7 9.Nf3 Nbd7 10.Rb1 Qa5 11.Bd2 0-0 12.0-0 Rfb8 13.Qc2 Nb6 14.b3 Bb7 15.a4 Nbd7 16.Rfd1 Ba6 17.Be1 Qc7 18.e4 Ne8 19.Bd2 Qb7 20.Re1 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Bxe5 22.Nd1 Qd7 23.Ne3 Nc7 24.h4 Ra7 25.Kh2 Rab7 26.Bh3 Qe8 27.Nc4 Bxc4 28.Qxc4 Na8 29.Qc2 Nc7 30.Bf1 e6 31.Bc4 exd5 32.exd5 Qd8 33.f4 Bd4 34.Bc3 Qf6 35.Bxd4 Qxd4 36.Re4 Qf6 37.Rbe1 Rb4 38.Qg2 h5 39.Qh3 Qg7 40.f5 Rf8 41.Qf1 Rbb8 42.Qf4 Ne8 43.Re7 gxf5 44.Qxf5 Nf6 45.Kg2 Qg4 46.Qxf6


Steve is off to Rumania soon representing the UK in the World Braille team Championships
and at the end of August he's off to Serbia for the World Individual Blind Championships.

He has asked me to mention Everyman Publishers for they have donated some
e-books for his use. (I wonder if they talk?)


C.J. De Mooi


C.J. is the President of the English Chess Federation.
But you will know him from the BBC programme Eggheads.

This is C.J.



(that is Daphne........Ed)

Sorry!. This is C.J.



and this is C.J. in the centre wearing his Star Trek top when
the BBC tried a spin-off programme. EGGHEADS IN SPACE



They flew around the universe challenging other life forms to quizzes.
As all of the questions were about Earth the aliens did not stand much of a chance.
(A bit like the original Eggheads.)

Anyway. I thought I would show you C.J. in action from the Islington Open 1998.

White plays it too tame v the Pirc and soon Black takes over.
The Minor pieces come off and Black triples up on the g-file.

White watches Black set up a telegraphed double Rook sac. (27...Qd7)
and thinking he has it covered or simply not getting the message, he allows it.

If on move 30 White had played 30.fxg3 the planned
C.J. finish was 30.fxg3 Rxh3+ 31.gxf3 Qxh3 mate.










Good game.
If you scan the DB's of Pirc players then you will find wins similiar to this.
I have a couple in my locker. White goes down to a K.I.D. type attack.
J.Fernandez - C.J. De Mooi


[Click here to replay the game]
J.Fernandez - C.J. De Mooi

1.e4 d6 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Ng5 e6 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Bf4 Na5 8.Bb3 Nxb3 9.axb3 Bd7 10.0-0 0-0 11.Be3 a6 12.Nf3 e5 13.h3 Nh5 14.Nd5 f5 15.exf5 gxf5 16.Bg5 Nf6 17.Nh4 c6 18.Ne3 f4 19.Nef5 Bxf5 20.Nxf5 Qd7 21.Nxg7 Qxg7 22.Bxf6 Rxf6 23.Qf3 Raf8 24.c4 Rg6 25.Kh1 Kh8 26.Rg1 Rg8 27.b4 Qd7 28.Rae1 Rh6 29.c5 Rg3 30.Qxg3 fxg3 31.Rgf1 Rxh3+ 32.gxh3 Qxh3+




We have been seeing a few of these mouse slips in recent weeks.
These two however these are slightly different.
Mouse slips taken from OTB games played in the Division III section of the 4NCL.

M.Ludbrook - D.Woodruff 4NCL (Div III) 2010

White to play.










Yup. Check all checks. 20.Rf8+ Kg7 31.Rg8 mate

White intended to play 30.Rf8+ but the Rook
slipped out of his hand and landed on f7.










Would it not be funny if White lost this?
Black played 30...Qd8 and THEN came 31.Rf8+ and mate next move.

And then there was this. J.Stewart - S.Hewitt (Div III) 4NCL 2010.

Black to play.










Black picked up the Knight intending 25...Nf6
when the game is still in the pot.

Buttered fingered Black allowed the Knight to slip out of his hand and
it landed on g7. Before Black could say "OOPS!" White played 26.Nf6 mate.










End of Mouse Slpis.

(you have spelt 'slips' wrong....ED)

That was a finger slip.

Robert Thompson - Andy Dunn was not, you will glad to hear,
played in Div III of the 4NCL. This was from some local league semi-final.

Black allows 14.Qf7+ when 13...0-0 was better.
Black most likely feared 13...0-0 14.Ng6.










This was one of them cases where the player sees
a threat and gives it priority over everything else.

After 14.Qf7+ Kd8 15.Ng6 came anyway.
White calmly castles! Black is lost


[Click here to replay the game]
Robert Thompson - Andy Dunn

1.d4 c5 2.d5 Nf6 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.f3 b5 5.e4 b4 6.Nb1 e6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Nh3 h6 9.Bf4 exd5 10.e5 Nh5 11.Qxd5 Nc6 12.Bc4 Nxf4 13.Nxf4 Bb7 14.Qxf7+ Kd8 15.Ng6 Re8 16.0-0 Nd4 17.e6 d5 18.Nxe7 Rxe7 19.Qf8+ Re8 20.Qd6+ Kc8 21.Qd7+


CHESS PRESENTS FROM HELL (part 62)
This was given to me yesterday by my scatter brained daughter.



The board is metal and 5 inches by 5 inches.



The 'non-magnetic' pieces are held in this stiff rubber base
and it is impossible to get them out. Totally useless.

So that is this week's prize and as this Corner has C.J. featured
here is an Egghead type question.

After the Perth Open Scotland's chief grader Dougles Bryson has
1475 grading points to award between 30 and 100 players.

All the players were awarded the exact same number of points.
How many players were awarded these points?

So email me the answer with your address and I'll send
this piece of junk to who ever lives in the UK.

(Dougie you are not allowed to enter).




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