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The 400th and Last Chandler Corner (updated)

400 is a good knock. Time to leave it.

It was brilliant fun and I really enjoyed doing them all.

A Big Thank You to Chess Edinburgh for letting me on their official site.

Howard Key (It was his idea I do this back in 2001). Bill Marsahll for all
the technical stuff. Keith Ruxton for being there and all the 1,000's
(yes 1000's) of emails saying how much you liked it and the ideas
and games you sent in.

Don't know what I'll do now. I won't do a blog, perhaps write
a chess book, perhaps not. Who Knows.

Thanks Again.


Updated 5th April.

This was posted at various places around the 2010 Edinburgh Congress.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of that esteemed
chess column, Chandler Cornered.

Geoff has taken the decision to euthanize his column as it has reached the
landmark number of 400. He claims to have decided on this number as it was the
total number of runs scored by England in all test series last summer.

The picture opposite shows Geoff in typical pose about to threaten
a GM who refused to give him a copy of his scoresheet for publication.

This picture is of course taken from our archives and shows
Geoff when he still had some hair left.

The Corner itself attracted world wide interest.

The main topic of emails was people enquiring as to what Geoff really looked like.

They felt that the picture could not possibly be accurate
no-one could look like that without having had several collisions with
a double-decker buses.

We in Scotland know to our cost that it was actually very flattering.

Geoff researched all of his articles meticulously.

Indeed he was often to by found on Lewis with shovel in hand digging away
on the sand saying to anyone who would listen;

"Im going to find more of these ivory men and prove
once and for all that they are real chess pieces!

I'm not sure who wrote it. Looks like the heavy hand of Alex Mac.

I was asked to judge the best game prize at the Congress.

Very easy to do this year.

IM. Andrew Greet had two games which clearly beat the rest of the entries.

A.Greet - A.Green
Andrew sacced a piece for two gargantuan passed pawns.

(that are both called Andrew.....Ed)

What, the two passed pawns are called Andrew?

(No, both players are called Andrew......Ed)


IM Andrew Greet sacced a piece for two gargantuan passed pawns.
Andrew Green's two Rooks trembled as they marched forward.

[Click here to replay the game]
A Greet - A.Green

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 c6 7.0-0 Bf5 8.Ne1 Qc8 9.e4 Bh3 10.Nd3 Bxg2 11.Kxg2 Nbd7 12.f4 a6 13.c5 b5 14.Be3 dxc5 15.dxc5 Rd8 16.Qf3 Nf8 17.Rad1 Qg4 18.Nb4 Rdc8 19.a4 a5 20.Nxc6 Rxc6 21.axb5 Rcc8 22.e5 Qxf3+ 23.Kxf3 Ne8 24.Nd5 Rcb8 25.b6 Ne6 26.Nxe7+ Kh8 27.Nc6 Rb7 28.Rd5 Bf8 29.Ra1 a4 30.b4 Ra6 31.Na5 Rb8 32.Rxa4 N8g7 33.b5 Raa8 34.c6

A.Greet - M.Orr
Two IM's here and after 25 moves White had won a pawn.
But White's superb positional play leading up to this meant
that Black can do nothing at all to generate any counter play
despite the fact that all the pieces are still on the board.

[Click here to replay the game]
A.Greet - M.Orr

1.e4 c5 2.Be2 Nc6 3.f4 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.e5 Nd7 6.Nf3 e6 7.0-0 Be7 8.c4 d4 9.Nbd2 b6 10.Ne4 Bb7 11.Bd2 Qc7 12.a3 a5 13.Qe1 0-0-0 14.Qg3 f6 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Qh3 Nf8 17.f5 e5 18.Bh6 Rg8 19.Nfd2 Nd7 20.Bh5 Bf8 21.Bf7 Rh8 22.Be6 Kb8 23.Rf3 Ka7 24.Rg3 Ndb8 25.Nxf6

SO you can take your pick which won should have won the
Best Game Prize. Andrew won it for either game.

So the last game of The Corner will be this mighty 1193 v 790 clash.

G.White(1193) - R.Milner (780)
Black drops 3 pawns in quick succession as his King gets chased from
e8 along the back rank to b8 so you get the impression Black has 0-0-0.

We reach here White to play.

White has forced Black to castle by hand and the worse
move White can now make is to 0-0-0. He did and lost.

Later we reached here with Black to play.

He took the pawn on e3 (33...Qxe3) missing 33...Bb2+ winning the Queen,
the Knight (and the pawn on e3).

No serious harm done. Black played a few cute moves after that to wrap it up.

[Click here to replay the game]
G.White(1193) - R.Milner (780)

1.d4 d5 2.f4 Nf6 3.e3 a6 4.Nd2 Nc6 5.Be2 Bf5 6.c3 e6 7.h4 Bd6 8.g4 Be4 9.Rh3 h6 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bf3 f5 12.gxf5 exf5 13.Bxe4 fxe4 14.Qh5+ Kf8 15.Qxd5 Qe7 16.Bd2 Rd8 17.Qf5+ Ke8 18.Qg6+ Qf7 19.Qxe4+ Kd7 20.Rg3 g5 21.hxg5 hxg5 22.Qg2 Kc8 23.Rxg5 Rde8 24.Ne2 Reg8 25.Rxg8+ Rxg8 26.Qh3+ Kb8 27.b3 Qe8 28.0-0-0 Ba3+ 29.Kb1 Qe4+ 30.Ka1 Qc2 31.Rb1 Qxd2 32.Qf1 Re8 33.Qd1 Qxe3 34.b4 Qxe2 35.Qb3 Qf3 36.Qxa3 Nxd4 37.Qc1 Re1 38.Qb2 Rxb1+ 39.Qxb1 Qxc3+ 40.Qb2 Nc2+ 41.Kb1 Na3+

Right. That's it.

Thanks for everyone who told me how much they would miss The Corner.

So will I.


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