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Chandler Cornered

Edinburgh Congress (part 1)

I had the sincere pleasure of picking the Best Game Prize.
So in 'Part 1' I am going to show some of the entries.

I also put up a 10.00 cheapo/swindle/gimme a laugh game.
I must thank the response I had to both the best game and
swindle requests. I discovered years ago that in every tournament
there are hundreds of amusing, brilliant and shockingly bad games
played that will never ever see the light of day.

They are tucked away in score books or tossed in the bin.
Some of the funniest things I have seen on a Chess board
I have found laying around in the analysis room or in the
waste paper basket. Yes I dive in bins looking for these
little gems of creativity. Let's kick of with the Best Game.

Andrew Burnett v Chris McDonald.

The move 4...Bd7 is, if my memory serves me well, was analysed
by Andrew Martin in CHESS a few years ago. It was suggested as
a rock solid defence. One of those 'come and refute me and over
extend yourself' type of ideas. Black played Bd7, Bc6, b6, and Bb7.
This is too time consuming. White sacs a pawn. 12 d5! based on
intuition guided by the fact that Black cannot waste time like this.

We reach this position. White to play.

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A. Burnett vs. C. McDonald

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bd7 5.Nf3 Bc6 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.0-0 Ngf6 8.Ng3 Be7 9.c4 b6 10.b3 Bb7 11.Bb2 c5 12.d5 exd5 13.Nf5 0-0 14.Re1 Re8 15.cxd5 Bxd5 16.Bb5 Be6 17.Nxg7 Kxg7 18.Rxe6 fxe6 19.Ng5 Nf8 20.Qh5 e5 21.Qf7+ Kh8 22.Bxe5 h6 23.Bc4 1-0

A nice game that one. The Knight on f6 is holding the position
together. White cannot chase it away so forces it into a dead-wood pin.

A dead-wood pin is a term I use. If anything is pinned to the King
then it's stumped. Pins against Queens & Rooks etc do not fully immobilise
the piece. I know what I'm talking about. I'm King of the Pins.

This mate is from me v Richard Kynoch, Edinburgh Club Championship 1981.
The diagram was published in the British Chess Magazine quoting...
"Three pieces can capture the piece giving the mate but all three are
pinned to the King. Outside the field of composition we can find no
other game that ends like this. A world record!"

(I've been waiting for years to find an excuse to show that diagram.)

Yes the Andrew Burnett game was good but I really wanting an excuse
to find a better game. Andrew was joint first in the Premier and
pocketed a cheque for approx 200. I was wanting to spread the money
around. (30 was the Best Game prize).

Milne v Selwyn

I liked this game from the Knights section. I only have the surnames.
Look at this position after White's 12th move. Black to move.
A nice piece of Chess. Black's reply looks like a blunder. it's
a trap and White falls into it. White's King is in danger.
If it had been entered for the Cheapo prize then it would
have been in with a healthy chance.

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Milne v Selwyn

1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.d4 Bg4 4.Be2 Nd7 5.Nc3 e6 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Bxe7 Qxe7 9.0-0-0 Ngf6 10.h3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Nb6 12.e5 Nc4 13.exf6 Qb4 14.b3 Qa3+

R. France vs. ? Anderson

Bob France playing in the Major was shooting for the Brillo Prize.

In this position he could have played 15.Rxd6 Bxe2 16.Rxd8+ Rxd8 17.Qxa7
with a comfortable position. Instead with one Rook hanging he sacs the
other one. Black's 19...Bb4? is the blunder. Black has to try the ugly
19...c6 which will probably invite another Rxc6 at some stage.
Pity Bob could not find a way to wrap it up neatly. It would have
been a contender. I've no idea who ?. Anderson is. Bob's score sheet
is something Picasso himself would have been proud off.

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R. France vs. ? Anderson

1.e4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.c3 d5 5.exd5 Qxd5 6.cxd4 Bg4 7.Be2 0-0-0 8.Be3 Nf6 9.Nc3 Qh5 10.Qa4 Nd5 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.0-0 Bd6 13.Rfc1 Qh5 14.Rxc6 Bxf3 15.Bxf3 Qxh2+ 16.Kf1 Qh1+ 17.Ke2 Qxa1 18.Rc2 Qb1 19.Qb3 Bb4 20.Rc1 Qg6 21.Qxb4 Qa6+ 22.Ke1 Rhe8 23.Be2 Qe6 24.Kf1 f5 25.Bf3 Qa6+ 26.Kg1 h6 27.Bf4 Rd7 28.Qc5 Ree7 29.Qxf5 Rf7 30.Rxc7+ Kd8 31.Rxd7+ Rxd7 32.Qf8# 1-0

R. McCord (1331) - M. McDonald Cooper (1485)

This one I enjoyed. Black allows White to keep the Scandinavian
pawn and calmly develops. When his King is tucked away he starts pushing
and probing. Then in this position he sees the Bishop on e3 has no squares
so plays 19...Rxe4. (19...f5 is the same idea and just as much fun).

The board comes alive with tricks, traps and forks.
The Black King ends up g4 and Black finds a cute mate.
This would have walked my entertaining prize but again
it was in the Best Game box. If I was not so impressed
with the Burnett - McDonald game then this would have won it.

(looks like I determined to have a McDonald in the best game somewhere.)

If Dave Stewart had let me I would have split the Best
Game Prize. I'm sure Andrew Burnett would have agreed.

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M. McDonald-Cooper - R. McCord

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Re8 7.0-0 e6 8.dxe6 Bxe6 9.d4 Nbd7 10.Bg5 Nb6 11.b3 h6 12.Bf4 c6 13.Qd2 Kh7 14.Rad1 Nh5 15.Be3 Qe7 16.Bd3 Rad8 17.Rfe1 Qf8 18.Ne4 Bg4 19.Bb1 Rxe4 20.Bxe4 f5 21.Bb1 f4 22.Bxg6+ Kxg6 23.Nh4+ Kg5 24.Bxf4+ Qxf4 25.g3 Qxd2 26.Rxd2 Rxd4 27.f4+ Nxf4 28.Rxd4 Bxd4+ 29.Kf1 Bh3+ 30.Ng2 Bxg2

S. Tweedie vs. J. Redpath
Steven Tweedie Misses a Mate in 3

Of course some of the games that were handed
in were not quite up to the same high standard.

Joe Redpath handed in his 5th round game v Steven Tweedie.
This is a typical Redpath/Tweedie effort. 100% theory and
no original thought at all. The moves you will find in any
BCO & MCO. And what happens when one them plays a non-book
move 9...Kg6?! Steven has to think for himself and runs for
a draw. Infact he stalemates his opponent.
There is a mate in 3. 10.Bb5 f5 11.Qe6+ Nf6 12.Be8 mate.

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S. Tweedie vs. J. Redpath

1.e3 a5 2.Qh5 Ra6 3.Qxa5 h5 4.h4 Rah6 5.Qxc7 f6 6.Qxd7+ Kf7 7.Qxb7 Qd3 8.Qxb8 Qh7 9.Qxc8 Kg6 10.Qe6

(I understand the two of them got a bit of a row for this masterpiece.)
check out and see the debate this game has caused.)

J. Middleton - D. Nisbet

Ok then what happened next? White to move.

White's mobile rang! White lost by default.
Joe Middleton is a Sandy Bells player.
We now call him Joe Ringingtone.

Alex Stewart (1520) - Hugh Calder (1048)

This was funny. White played the 'winner' 34 Rxd3 cxd3
and then suddenly saw that 35 Rxc8 d2 and the pawn Queens.

Check it for yourself. The Knight covers the Queening square
but the back rank hangs. If 36 h3 then Rxe3.
Black hung onto the exchange and went onto win.

A. Dierrick (1120) - A Bremner (1387)

This won my cheapo,trappy entertaining prize.

In this position White has a mate in 4 starting with 28 Nxf7+
This missed win allows Black to sneak very slowly back into
the game. White misses loads of wins. He just cannot find the
crunch move when it matters. He played well to get there but
kept finding the 2nd best move.
(31 Nh8 was the killing shot he was looking for)

Suddenly he has the win and Black does a suicide attack.
It works. White resigned. It's a shame but it happens.

There is no win for Black here. There is no win for White either.
It should end with a perpetual. However after 37 Kg1 I found
a lovely plausible finish 37.Kg1 Qxb8 38.Bxb8 Kxg5 39.Rxd7 Bf3
40.f8=Q Rg2+ 41.Kf1 Ne3+ 42.Ke1 Re2 mate.

Now that would have won the Best Game Prize & the Best Swindle.

So I settled on this game for The Swindle Prize because it's fun,
unclean, clumsy, classy, funny, tragic and it made me laugh.

[Click here to replay the game]
A. Dierrick - A Bremner

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 g6 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Qe2 e6 8.0-0 Nge7 9.h3 0-0 10.Rd1 a6 11.e5 b5 12.Bb3 Bb7 13.Bf4 Qc7 14.Rac1 Rfd8 15.Ne4 Nf5 16.Bh2 Qb8 17.Nf6+ Kh8 18.Ng5 Nh6 19.Ngxh7 Bc8 20.Ng5 Qb6 21.Rd6 Rb8 22.h4 Bf8 23.Rdd1 Nd4 24.Qd3 Nxb3 25.axb3 Bg7 26.h5 Bxf6 27.exf6 Ng4 28.Bg3 Rg8 29.Qf3 gxh5 30.Nxf7+ Kh7 31.Qe4+ Rg6 32.Ng5+ Kh6 33.f7 Bb7 34.Qf4 Rf6 35.Qxb8 Rxf2 36.Kh1 Bxg2

In Part 2 more games and some pics. (When I find my Camera - I left it in Bells).

FOOTNOTE: About 4 weeks ago I mentioned that the late Pope John Paul II
was a problem composer and showed one of his problems (see previous CC's).

I was today mailed a piece of information that whole story about Pope
John Paul II being a Chess player may indeed be a 'joke.'

I took my Pope Problem from Evans in 'Chess Beat.'

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