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Chandler Cornered

The Law Society Secondary Schools Congress




The Law Society Secondary Schools Congress


The Secondary Allegro Team and Individual Championship

A super day out in Dunfermline at a very well attended event sponsored by;
The Law Society of Scotland, Lindsays Solicitors and Legal Post





The team event was won by....



...Dollar Academy



Individual prize winner...



Seamus Herron from James Gillespie



The prizes were presented by the representatives of the three sponsors.
Eileen Sempter, John Elliot and Alan McDonald.

Come the very last round I realised I had not got any games.
So I headed for the bottom boards where Nichol and Robert from
Woodmill and George Watsons agreed to let me score their game.



I'm often lucky when I do this and this was no exception.
A typical Chandler Cornered game. An f7 Scholars Mate attack
and an illegal move.


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Nichol and Robert

1.e3 e5 2.Bc4 d6 3.Qf3 Qg5 4.Qxf7+ Kd8 5.Qxf8+ Kd7 6.Bb5+ Ke6 7.Qe8+ Kf6 8.Qd8+ Ne7 9.Qxh8 Be6 10.Qxh7 Kf7 11.h4 Qf6 12.h5 Nd5 13.h6 a6 14.Qxg7+


Now Black played 14...Kf8.










Which of course is illegal as the King is still in check.

I was wondering if I should say something but White made up my mind
for me by quickly playing 15.Qxf6+ Kg8 16.Qg7 mate. Brilliant.

Of course at the top boards the play was of a rather higher standard.
(Though not as much fun for this spectator).
A few junior International players were present including
Jamie Hookham who as White v Fraser Drylaw in this position...










...played 1.Re7 Expecting 1....Kh5 2.Rxh7 mate. Alas. 1.Re7 is stalemate!

Ex Scottish Champion IM Craig Pritchett was collecting the scores of some
very good games and they will most likely appear on the event web site.

Law Society Secondary Schools Congress website

I picked up this score sheet with no names on it.
It was played by one of the kids but it's a good game so I'm taking credit for it.


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I played this

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.Be3 Bg4 6.f3 Bh5 7.Bxc4 e6 8.Nge2 Bb4 9.0-0 Qd7 10.a3 Bxc3 11.bxc3 0-0 12.Rb1 Rab8 13.Bd3 a6 14.a4 h6 15.Nf4 g5 16.Nxh5 Nxh5 17.f4 gxf4 18.Qxh5 fxe3 19.Rf6 Nxd4 20.Rxh6 Nf3+ 21.gxf3 Qxd3 22.Rh8+ Kg7 23.Qh6


It was really good to see so many juniors really into chess and
the sponsors and organisers must be thanked.

Thank You.





and last but not least. Scottish International Player



Lyndsay Shovlin who put it all together.



Then this arrived...



No games, not even a diagram. Just some quite amusing ideas and tales.
It's aimed at players who play in each others houses or coffee shops.
Good bedtime reading and not to bad.



There are two players called John Dempsey

And they are both driving me totally insane.

I never knew there were two John Dempsey's till one day I
received emails on the same day from both of them.
One was about chess in Glasgow the other telling me he was in Hong Kong.

I thought. "Aye aye, John's been at the SCA sherry again."

Days later I figured out there were two John Dempseys
and I have now met both chess players called John Dempsey.

Recently one John got married and is on honeymoon in America
and then I get an email from the other John Dempsey who is also
in America playing chess.

John played in the Carlisle (USA) Open and sent the following game.
John also reminded me that in America all players must bring their
own chess sets and clock.

It was this sentence that has me convinced that John II is also
in America becuase who takes a chess set & clock on their homeymoon.

I did, but I'm kind of odd.

Jeff Hoskavich - John Dempsey
An entertaining scrap. You just knew when the Rook went sniffing
around on the Kingside if it did not work then the Rook was a goner.


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Jeff Hoskavich - John Dempsey

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 d5 5.Nbd2 Nc6 6.Bd3 Qc7 7.0-0 Be7 8.Re1 0-0 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Nb3 Bd6 11.e4 dxe4 12.Bxe4 Nxe4 13.Rxe4 e5 14.Ng5 Bf5 15.Rh4 Be7 16.g4 Bg6 17.Rh3 Rad8 18.Qe2 Qd7 19.Be3 h6 20.Nc5 Qc8 21.Nf3 b6 22.Nb3 Qxg4+ 23.Rg3 Qh5 24.Qc4 Rc8 25.Qg4 Qxg4 26.Rxg4 e4 27.Nfd4 Ne5 28.Rg2 Kh7 29.Nd2 f5 30.Ne6 Rf6 31.Nf4 Bf7 32.Nb3 g5 33.Ne2 f4 34.Bd4 Nf3+ 35.Kh1 Rg6 36.Ng1 Nh4 37.Rg4 Be6 38.Rxh4 gxh4 39.Ne2 Bd6 40.Nd2 Bd5


I wonder if there are two Jeff Hoskavich's?

Ideas in Action No.394

D.King - A.McHarg Edinburgh Chess League 2010.
A good piece of fun from the Hungarian Defence.



Edinburgh is a beautiful city.
It inspires creativity.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
'Treasure Island' in Edinburgh.

Long John Silver, Black Dog,
Skeleton Island, Israel Hands,
The Admiral Benbow, Blind Pew,
Ben Gunn,Billy Bones,
The Hispaniola, Red Ruth....

My favourite book and
I have 6 DVD versions.
(The Walt Disney one is the best).


White to play and proof that Danny King sleeps with the window open.
This plan has the stimulating air of old Edinburgh all over it.










Don't even bother trying to figure it out. This plan is beyond mere mortals.

White came up with idea of 12.Qb1 13.Qa2.

The Queen never moved again and White resigned 7 moves later.


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D.King - A.McHarg

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.a3 d6 7.b4 Bg4 8.Nbd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Bb2 Nf4 11.Re1 Bd6 12.Qb1 Re8 13.Qa2 Qd7 14.Ng5 Re7 15.Nde4 h6 16.Nxd6 cxd6 17.Ne4 Bf3 18.Bd5 Bxg2 19.Nf6+ gxf6 20.Bxg2 Qg4


Good game. Black threaded together some good moves
to take advantage of the Queen's trip to a2.

Corner Problem No.374


White never moved and won.
Black, rather stupidly, moved and lost



OK what has happened here?

Finally me and Lyndsay who has recently been asked to
represent Scotland in the next Chess Olympiad in Siberia.



Siberia...? We won't see her again.


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