Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

Justice League of America + Keeno + Games

We played against this lot once. It's a fact.

The Justice League of America had a team in
the 4th Division of the Edinburgh Chess League.

I took along a team of Bells punters to play at their venue.
'The Golden Glowing Super Hero Palace' (13 Scroggs Lane).

G. Chandler 0 - 1 Brainiac 
E. Perry 1 - 0 Flash
T. Dimitorv 1 - 0 The Hulk
M. Rattray - Wonderwoman
R. Burns 1 - 0 The Invisble Man
M. Chisholm 1 - 0 Aquaman
Sandy Bells Select 4 Justice League of America 1

Match report.

Flash. Don't talk to me about Flash. He lost on time!

The Invisible man did not turn up and lost by default.
They claimed he was there but we could not see him.

Aquaman stank of fish, and the Hulk....
Gosh! what a sore loser, I've never seen anything like it.

Most players knock over their King.
This nutter knocked over the building.

I played Brainiac on board one.

As soon as I saw the size of this guys head I knew I was in trouble.
He looked like he was chewing three basket balls.

Quite a memorable match. Mickey Rattray pulled Wonder Woman.

What no Keith Ruxton?

He mailed me and said he does not want to be mentioned in anymore
of my ' daft fairy stories' as he is a serious type of guy.

(I think he was scared of Brainiac.)

Keano Keano Keano

I picked this up 2nd hand a few weeks ago.

I was flicking through it and came across Keene v Botvinnik Hastings 1966.
Keene won(!) because Botvinnik blundered big time in a drawn position.

I've been showing blunders made by players in the Edinburgh Congress
so why not show an ex World Champion blundering. It happens to us often
enough. So when players of such calibre do it, it gives us all hope.

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R. Keene v M. Botvinnik

1.Nf3 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.d4 Nf6 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 c6 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 a6 8.a4 a5 9.b3 Na6 10.Ba3 Nb4 11.e4 Bg4 12.Qd2 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Nd7 14.Rab1 Qb6 15.Rfd1 Rad8 16.Ne2 e5 17.Bb2 Rfe8 18.d5 Nc5 19.Nc1 Rf8 20.Bg2 cxd5 21.cxd5 f5 22.exf5 gxf5 23.Re1 Rc8 24.Bc3 Ne4 25.Bxe4 fxe4 26.Bxb4 Bh6 27.Qxh6 Qxf2+ 28.Kh1 Qf3+ 29.Kg1 Qf2+ 30.Kh1 Rc2 31.Qh3 Qf3+ 32.Kg1 axb4 33.Ne2 Qe3+ 34.Kh1 Rxe2 35.Qg4

Keene writes about the final position... (after 35 Qg4+)

"At which point Botvinnik gasped, raised his hand to forehead, and resigned."

At the Edinburgh Congress they gasped, raised their hands to their forehead...
Meanwhile their opponents punched the air and gave me the score sheet.

So after deciding to post this game, instead of copying it out
I fired up my database with 1 million games and went looking for it.

I was watching these Raymond Keene games flick past when my
eyes suddenly caught Tal - Keene 0-1 Londen (sic) 1964.

Did Raymond Keene really beat Botvinnik and Tal in the 60's!

He did!

It does not say so, but this must have been from a simultaneous display.

It's an entertaining game. Keene picks up the two Rooks
for a Queen, Tal tries to trick his way to a perpetual,
Keene finished it nicely. He was 16 years old.

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M. Tal v R. Keene

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.N1e2 e6 7.h4 h6 8.Nf4 Bh7 9.Bc4 Nf6 10.0-0 Nd5 11.Qg4 Nxf4 12.Bxf4 Nd7 13.Be5 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Qc7 15.Rad1 Bxc2 16.Rd2 h5 17.Qh3 Bh7 18.Rfd1 Bb4 19.Rd7 Qxd7 20.Rxd7 Kxd7 21.Nxh5 Kc7 22.Nxg7 Rag8 23.Nh5 Bf5 24.Qf3 Rg4 25.Nf4 Bd2 26.Qa3 Bxf4 27.Qd6+ Kc8 28.Ba6 Be4 29.Qc5 Bxg2 30.Qxa7 Bh2+

I'll end with two more games from The Edinburgh Congress.
First notice the 316 difference in grading points.

The game follows the way the way grader intended it too.
The weaker player gets out played in the opening and when
he plays his winning shot 24...c5 (24...Qg4 was better) he
allows a pin breaking check and finds himself doomed by a pin.

Black sacs the exchange and his all his pieces
end up jammed in the top right nine squares.

Then suddenly White loses the complete thread of the game.
He starts defending pawns, tries saccing back the exchange
and then walks into a mate (time trouble?) - all good stuff.

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J. O'Neil (1791) - D. Oswald (1475)

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 dxe4 5.dxe4 Bc5 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.h3 e5 8.Nc4 Bd6 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 Be6 11.0-0 g5 12.Bg3 g4 13.Nfxe5 Bxe5 14.Nxe5 gxh3 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Bh4 Qd4 17.c3 Qe5 18.f4 Qc5+ 19.Bf2 Qf8 20.g3 Rd8 21.f5 Bc4 22.Bd4 Qg7 23.Rf3 Bxd3 24.Qxd3 c5 25.Qb5+ Kf8 26.Qxc5+ Kg8 27.Qe7 Rxd4 28.cxd4 Kh7 29.e5 Ne4 30.Qh4 Ng5 31.Re3 Rd8 32.Rd1 Re8 33.Qf4 Qf8 34.f6 Qb4 35.Qf5+ Kh8 36.b3 Qa3 37.Qc2 Qa6 38.Kh1 Qb6 39.Rc3 Qe6 40.Re3 Qd5+ 41.Kh2 Rg8 42.Qd2 Rg6 43.Rf1 c5 44.e6 Nxe6 45.Rxe6 Qxe6 46.d5 Qd6 47.Kxh3 Qxg3

This last one was handed to me by the White player
with a huge grin."You will enjoy that." he said. And I did.

White wins a pawn early doors, sacs it back to open files on the
Queenside and builds up a position that looks like quite impressive.

Black's 27...Bh6 gives White an idea to set up and play a
combination which wins a whole Rook. Then to avoid mate
Black has to give up the Queen. White is a Queen and Rook up....

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M. Wallace - Y. Lou

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bd3 Qa5 5.Bd2 c4 6.Bc2 g6 7.Nf3 e5 8.Na3 Be6 9.d5 Bg4 10.Nxc4 Qc5 11.Ne3 Bg7 12.0-0 h5 13.Nxg4 Nxg4 14.h3 Nf6 15.Be3 Qc4 16.Bd3 Qc7 17.c4 a5 18.b3 Na6 19.a3 Nc5 20.Bxc5 Qxc5 21.b4 axb4 22.axb4 Rxa1 23.Qxa1 Qxb4 24.Rb1 Qc5 25.Qa8+ Ke7 26.Qxb7+ Nd7 27.Qa6 Bh6 28.Rb5 Qc8 29.Qa4 Nc5 30.Qa3 Qa8 31.Ra5 Qb8 32.Qc3 g5 33.Bc2 Qc8 34.Nxe5 Kf8 35.Nd7+ Qxd7 36.Qxh8+ Ke7 37.Qxh6 g4 38.Qxh5 gxh3 39.Qxh3 Qb7 40.Qh4+ Kf8 41.Qd8+ Kg7 42.Qxd6 Qb2 43.Qxc5 Qc1+ 44.Kh2 Qxc2 45.Qd4+ Kf8 46.Qf6 Qxe4 47.Ra8+ Qe8 48.Qh8+ Ke7 49.Qxe8+ Kf6 50.Ra6+ Kf5 51.Qxf7+ Ke5 52.Qe6+ Kf4 53.Ra3 Kg5 54.Rf3 Kh4 55.Qh6+ Kg4 56.Qf4+ Kh5 57.Rg3

Was White in time trouble? I very much doubt it. The game came from White,
it's the actually score sheet, the moves are clearly written down.
No player in T.T. does that. White missed a mate in 1 (56 Rf4).

A terrible game of Chess? Not at all, I hung on every move.
I just did not know what to expect next. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

Eddie Perry & Jannic Konarski

There was a 30 second silence before the start of the
Congress in honour of a 5.00 note that Jannic had lost.

Although there were Jambo's in the hall everyone remained quiet.
We all knew what serial No. BR899160 meant to Jannic.

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