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Chandler Cornered

The Trap and The Frenchman




Whilst skimming through my note books looking for that Jackie
Blaikie game (see previous CC). I came across these 3 games and a trap.
I know I mentioned the Frenchman on the previous site but the coincidence
was quite incredible so I'll resurrect it with the new play over the games thingy.

First something that is quite amusing.

It was 1980, I was playing the Cochrane Gambit every chance
I got. (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7) with mixed results.
I felt I knew enough about the Black side to start playing the
Petroff myself. So I did... With mixed results.

I had worked out a wee trap and waited... and waited.. and waited.
Eventually I got fed up waiting and reverted back to my Latvian.
Nobody sacced on f7. So here is the trap. In this position.



This position is reached with a perfectly plausible move order.
White has to be a reasonable player and plays 7 Qf3+ to set
the trap up.
White thinks "Brilliant I sac the Queen and play Bc4 which mates."
There is a neat counter trick. I don't know if there is any theory
on 5...d5!? (the Chandler trap) but surely it can't be bad.



[Click here to see the trap]
WHITE vs. BLACK

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7 Kxf7 5.d4 d5 6.e5 Ne4 7.Qf3+ Kg8 8.Qxe4 Bb4+ 9.c3 dxe4


8...Bb4+ gives the king a flight square so it's OK to take the Queen.


This next game fits in with the same theme. (taking advantage of
the King on g8 with Bishop check coming on the long diagonal).
There is one very instructive moment. In this position Black to play.



This was from a 5 minute tournament held in the Edinburgh Chess Club
in the mid 80's. I did not know my opponents name but I can remember
his face when I played 11 Ne4 (11...dxe4 12 Bc4+ and mate).
He sort of sneered, looked at me and raised his left eyebrow.
The move he played was 11...Qe8. Whilst was he raising his eyebrow
I realised he can now play 11...Qe7. You see on e7 the Queen is protected.
This matters because after 14 Qxe4 the Bishop on e6 is pinned.



After that I win both Bishops in the same amusing manner.
18...Qd7 is a big mistake which players often make. The Bishop on
d7 is protected by both The Queen and King and miss the fact
that Queen in pinned and the king cannot move into check.
After 19 Bxe7+ both eyebrows were raised.




[Click here to replay the game]
G. Chandler vs. The Eyebrow

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7 Kxf7 5.d4 Nxe4 6.Qh5+ Ke7 7.Qe2 Kf7 8.Qxe4 d5 9.Qf3+ Kg8 10.Nc3 c6 11.Ne4 Qe8 12.Qe3 dxe4 13.Bc4+ Be6 14.Qxe4 Kf7 15.Qf5+ Ke7 16.Qxe6+ Kd8 17.Bg5+ Be7 18.Qd6+ Qd7 19.Bxe7+ Kc8 20.Be6



So onto the Frenchman. This was a man who visited the Edinburgh Chess every
year in Autumn. He stopped round about 1990. In the first game I intended to
play 25 Rh8 mate but then saw it was more artistic to mate with two Bishops..

The second game was played immediately after Game 1. I had planned
25...Nf2 mate. I then saw the Queen sac and mate with the two Knights.

I can date these games to around about 1981. Because I spent 6 months
around then playing 1 d4.... with mixed results.



[Click here to replay game 1]
G. Chandler vs. The French Lad

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Nbd2 0-0 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.c3 h6 8.Bh4 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Nxe5 Bxe5 11.Nf3 Bg4 12.Qc2 Bxf3 13.gxf3 g5 14.Rg1 Bxh2 15.Rg2 Qd6 16.0-0-0 Bf4 17.Rh1 Qe5 18.exf4 Qxf4+ 19.Qd2 Qxf3 20.Rxg5+ hxg5 21.Qxg5+ Kh8 22.Qh6+ Kg8 23.Qh8+ Kxh8 24.Bxf6+ Kg8 25.Bh7




[Click here to replay game 2]
The French Lad vs. G. Chandler

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 c6 5.Be3 Qb6 6.Rb1 f5 7.Bc4 fxe4 8.b4 d5 9.Be2 Nh6 10.Na4 Qc7 11.Nc5 Nf5 12.Qd2 0-0 13.Bf2 b6 14.Nb3 Nd7 15.Nh3 Nf6 16.Ng5 h6 17.Nh3 e3 18.Bxe3 Ne4 19.Qd3 Ba6 20.Qxa6 Nxe3 21.Rc1 Rxf4 22.Nxf4 Qxf4 23.Bf3 Nxg2+ 24.Ke2 Qe3+ 25.Kd1 Qd2+ 26.Nxd2 Nc3


So I mated with 2 Bishops in Game 1
and mated with 2 Knights in Game 2.
On both occasions I never intended too.


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