Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

Positional Latvian + Teasers + Art Work

Hello again Wood Kickers,
As you know I always grab any mention of Chess no matter
where it appears and this puzzle appeared in The Metro
on Tuesday the 19th of April. It's by D. J. Bodycombe.

Fill in the blanks.

Andrew --------------
Gladys --------------
------- Berkeley
Ellery --------------
Don --------------
Anne --------------
Ronnie --------------
Roy --------------

And this was in Puzzlers and Teasers for the Easy Chair.
You have to land on or glide over every square on the board
and finish back on d5. What is the least number of moves?

Now here is a good one by D. Feinstein.
White to pay and mate in five moves.

The wee puzzlers are proving popular and I'd
like to thank all the people who sent some in.

So I'm walking around Edinburgh wondering why I feel so healthy
when I discover I'm out of fags. A dirty habit I know but everytime
I give up I meet Eddie Perry who gives me fags. I Blame Eddie.

I'm in a News agents waiting to get served and I notice
some 'doodles' on the counter. Some Chess doodles.

"These are good. Can I have them for my website?"

"OK" said the girl behind the counter. "put my email address on the site."

So the artwork doted about this piece is from Art Student,
Rhiannon and her email address is

Ain't they good and original.

Max Lange (1832-99) was, according to the Oxford Companion,the inventor
of the helpmate problem. In this game he plays with a capped Queen's Knight.
That means he must deliver mate with the Queens Knight on b1.

[Click here to replay the game]
Max Lange v A. N. Other

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.Nf3 g5 5.Bc4 g4 6.0-0 gxf3 7.d4 fxg2 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Qh5+ Kg7 10.Rxf4 Nh6 11.Be3 d6 12.Ne2 Qe7 13.Kxg2 Be6 14.Raf1 Bf7 15.Qxh6+ Kxh6 16.Rg4+ Kh5 17.Ng3+ Kxg4 18.Rf5 h6 19.h3+ Kh4 20.Rh5+ Bxh5 21.Nf5

The main game is from one of the controllers at the recent Edinburgh Congress.
Simon Gillam. When Simon was in London he played for the Streatham Chess Club.
They produced there own Chess magazine and Simon contributed an article called
'The Positional Latvian' This game is taken from that article.

Look at this position from the game. White is winning yes?
No he is close to being lost. Play on McDuff, look and learn.
After White takes the Rook. (swapping Queens fares no better).
The knight will be lost and the extra pawns just get in the way
of the Rooks. Play it over. It is not a swindle. It's good Chess.
White's position was just about cave in when he blundered with
20 Bd4 which loses a piece. It was played at Grangemouth in 1977.

[Click here to replay the game]
T. Hutton v S. Gillam

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Bc4 fxe4 4.Nxe5 d5 5.Qh5+ g6 6.Nxg6 Nf6 7.Qe5+ Be7 8.Nxh8 dxc4 9.Qb5+ c6 10.Qxc4 Qd5 11.Qxd5 cxd5 12.Nc3 Be6 13.b3 Nc6 14.Bb2 Kd7 15.0-0-0 Rxh8 16.Nb5 Rg8 17.g3 Bg4 18.Rde1 Bf3 19.Rhg1 Ng4 20.Bd4 a6


1) It's the bank rank of a Chess set.

Andrew Castle (GMTV presenter)
Gladys Knight (and the Pips)
Bishop Berkeley (Philosopher)
Ellery Queen (Author)
Don King (Boxing Promoter)
Anne Bishop (Authoress)
Ronnie Knight (former gangster)
Roy Castle (former performer)

and I have emailed the METRO to tell
them that it is a Rook and not a Castle.

2) The Rook's Tour. The least is 16 moves.

3) The D. Feinstein mate in 5

1.Ng4+ Kh1 2.Kf1 f3 3.Kf2 h2 4.Kf1 f2 5.Nxf2 mate.

Back to Chandler Cornered

Creative web design and Search Engine Optimisation by Spiderwriting Web Design