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Edinburgh Congress (part 2)

Hello Again,
More Games from the recent Edinburgh Congress.

C. McNab - A. Burnett. Premier

Andrew Burnett showed no fear against GM Colin McNab.
Colin admitted this was a tough game and he had to play
very accurately to squeeze out the win.

The diagram shows the position after 16...g3
and proves that Andrew was going for it.

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C. McNab - A. Burnett

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.a3 e4 5.Ng5 Qe7 6.e3 h6 7.Nh3 g5 8.f3 d6 9.Nf2 exf3 10.gxf3 Nd4 11.Bd3 c6 12.b4 Rg8 13.h3 h5 14.Nce4 Nxe4 15.fxe4 g4 16.exd4 g3 17.Qf3 Qh4 18.Bb2 Be7 19.0-0-0 gxf2 20.Kc2 Qg3 21.Qxh5 Be6 22.d5 cxd5 23.exd5 Bd7 24.b5 a6 25.Qe2 Kf8 26.Rdf1 Bh4 27.Bd4 Qg2 28.Qh5 Qg5 29.Qxg5 Rxg5 30.b6 Rc8 31.Bf6 Rh5 32.Bxh4 Rxh4 33.Rxf2 Rc5 34.Rhf1 Be8 35.Rf3 Ba4+ 36.Kc3 Be8 37.R1f2 Ra5 38.Kb2 Rc5 39.Bf1 Rc8 40.Rf4 Rxf4 41.Rxf4 Bd7 42.Rf3 Ke7 43.Kc3 a5 44.d4 f5 45.Bd3 Kf6 46.h4 Rh8 47.c5 dxc5 48.dxc5 Rxh4 49.c6 bxc6 50.Bxf5

A. Tate - N. Berry. Premier

Oh Dear. Neil won't thank me for showing this.
He appears to have a couple of systems mixed up
and plays by his standards a very bad game.

But let us not take it away from Alan Tate. He snatched
his chance well and put together some nice moves.
White to play and mate in three.

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A. Tate - N. Berry

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 Bc5 5.e5 Nfd7 6.c3 f6 7.d4 Be7 8.Bd3 0-0 9.h4 f5 10.g4 c5 11.Ng5 Bxg5 12.hxg5 g6 13.gxf5 exf5 14.Qf3 Nc6 15.Qxd5+ Kh8 16.Bc4 cxd4 17.Rxh7+ Kxh7 18.Qh1+ Kg7 19.Qh6

L. Lawrence (1123) - A. Roy (515). Knights

I enjoyed playing over this game. There are all sorts of
tricks and trappy things happening for White in the opening.

But somehow the chances go by and the 'combo' 14 Rxe6 really only helps Black.

The threat - 23..Bxf2+ winning the Queen has been spotted so
24 Bxe6+ was played to get the Queen off the d-file with a tempo.

However 24 Rc1 works. because if Black goes into the Bxf2+ line
he ends up a piece down because the Bishop in b3 takes the Rook.
24 Rc1 Bc5 (best) and THEN Bxe6+.

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L. Lawrence (1123) - A. Roy (515)

1.e4 c6 2.Bc4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bb3 e5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.0-0 d4 7.d3 Nf6 8.Ng5 Nd5 9.Qf3 Be6 10.Re1 Qd7 11.c4 dxc3 12.bxc3 0-0-0 13.d4 exd4 14.Rxe6 fxe6 15.Nf7 Bc5 16.Nxh8 Rxh8 17.Bd2 dxc3 18.Nxc3 Nd4 19.Qd1 Nxc3 20.Bxc3 Rd8 21.g3 Qc6 22.Bxd4 Bxd4 23.Bxe6+ Qxe6 24.Qc2+ Qc6 25.Qf5+ Kb8 26.Rb1 Qg6 27.Qf4+ Ka8 28.Kg2 Qxb1

A. Howie - W. Hynd. Major

There is at least one in every tournament.
Back rank mated from a clear blue sky.

Black should have played Rh2+, Qh7+ and Rh8. It wins.
Instead I draw the readers attention to the Queen on b3,
the Rook on g8 and the crossed fingers in White's right hand.

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A. Howie - W. Hynd

1.d4 f5 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.exf5 Bxf5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bd3 Qd7 7.0-0 0-0-0 8.Be3 Kb8 9.a3 Bg4 10.Be2 e5 11.d5 Ne7 12.Ng5 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 Nexd5 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Qc4 Nf6 16.b4 d5 17.Qb3 h6 18.Nf3 Bd6 19.h3 g5 20.b5 d4 21.Bd2 g4 22.hxg4 Qxg4 23.Nh2 Qg7 24.a4 Rdg8 25.g3 h5 26.Kh1 Ng4 27.Nxg4 hxg4+ 28.Kg2 Rh3 29.Rh1 Qh7 30.Rag1 Qe4+ 31.Kf1 Rxh1 32.Qxg8

"How on earth did Black miss that?" I hear you ask.
It's easy.
G. Chandler - G. McKay. Rd3. Challengers.

Me to play and I'm concentrating so much on the attack and so pleased
with myself for finding 23 Rxf5! Neg4 (diagram) I missed the attack on h2.
I played 24 Qf3?? and resigned after 24..Qxh2+ (24 Qf4 was the move.)

There is an old saying that one blunder will follow another blunder.
I do it differently. One brilliant move followed by a blunder.
It's the old Chandler trouble. My score book is littered with them.

I don't mind too much. I had lost positions in 3 of my other 4 games
and turned them into a win and 2 draws. Such is Chess.

I had an amusing incident before the start of my 2nd round game.
I'm off collecting games for this column and I'm late for the
start. A wee chappie sat in my seat (he sat on board 4 instead of
board 5) and started playing Black against my future opponent.

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5.

I ambled along and sat in the only vacant seat and tried to play
the board 5. He recognised me and said. "I'm not playing you."
It took a wee while and lots of shuffling about before it all
got sorted out. Simon Gillam (controller) appeared, saw it was me
causing all the trouble and took my photograph.

The wee chappie on my right was the lad who cannot tell a 4 from a 5.

J. Smalls - L. McGregor. Major

When Lindsay suddenly pulled this out of his pocket in Bells
late on Sunday night we all guffawed thinking White had
resigned in a won position.

This is the position when Black decided to 'roll the dice.'
He played 12...Nf3+ and White resigned after 14...Qd7
White can defend and stave of the mate on g2 but I can't find
anything really clever for him to come out of it with a plus.
He certainly has to give the piece back.

So the sac is sound after all?
If we pull it back one move before resignation we find the bad
move was 14 d4? Better and winning was 14 Bxf6 because it frees
g5 for the White Queen and that holds everything.

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J. Smalls - L. McGregor

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Be3 Nd4 6.Nge2 c6 7.a3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.Ba2 0-0 10.0-0 a5 11.Bg5 Bg4 12.Qd2 Nf3+ 13.gxf3 Bxf3 14.d4 Qd7

There is one lovely variation showing how strong Black is

15.Nxd5 Ne4 16.Qe1 Qh3 17.Ne3 exd4 18.Nf4 Nxg5!

Dave Stewart. Controller.

And finally this from the Knights.

Anon - Anon

I promised I would keep White's name a secret and
Black (who supplied the game) also wished to hide.

Play it over before reading the next note.

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Anon - Anon

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.d4 d5 6.Bf4 Be7 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Nb5 Bb4+

Black played Bb4+ with the idea of playing Ba5 covering c7.

Whilst White was pondering on his next move Black suddenly stated:

"I thinks It's checkmate!"

And it was!!!

Before the start of the game neither player had noticed
that the Black King and Queen were on the wrong squares.

Isn't Chess a wonderful game.

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