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A Bad Move + Help Me Mates

A Bad Move

(I should have noticed the clock)

I recently won a Chess tournament run by my work with a score of 5/5.

It was serious affair controlled by David Stewart,
(who is very cheap and did not charge much either).

The time control was one hour each. Three
games on a Thursday and two the following day.

I notice that the Hamilton Congress used this two
day formula (a different time control). Surely this
is the way forward for weekend tournaments.
I use to hate the Friday night game and although
you are always offered a point bye, you still
have to pay the full entrance fee, do a full days
work and travel there and back.

A two day Weekender is easier on everyone.
The organisers only need book the venue for two days.
The players need only accommodation for the one night.

Here are some pics from my company website about the tournament.

Every tournament has a 'shortie' and I found this one.
I have left the names off as I could not make out the
names and nobody owned up to being Black.

[Click here to replay the game]
White v Black

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 d6 6.Bb5+ c6 7.Bc4 Be7 8.Qxg7 Bf6 9.Qxf7

That game was not typical of the games played
75% of the 35 player field had grades.

Look at this following game. White blundered a pawn but this
just forced him to play aggressively. (how often does that happen?)
And it is a real pity his 23 Ne6?? (!) failed.

Before playing the 'winning' move. STOP!
Consider why your opponent has allowed you to play it.

[Click here to replay the game]
J. Turner v J. Kilgour

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Be3 a6 7.Be2 d6 8.0-0 Nf6 9.f4 0-0 10.f5 Ne5 11.h3 Qc7 12.Qd2 b5 13.a3 Bb7 14.Nf3 Nxe4 15.Nxe4 Bxe4 16.fxg6 Bxg6 17.c3 Nc4 18.Bxc4 bxc4 19.Rae1 Rab8 20.Bh6 Bxh6 21.Qxh6 Rxb2 22.Ng5 Qc6 23.Ne6 Qxg2

Now as I was being presented with the trophy I was told
that it was traditional for the winner has to buy a round.

So I did.

.. and here is the receipt.

Now the bit that will give you all a laugh - look at the time. 13:45.
If I had waited 15 minutes then it would have been 'Happy Hour'
and I would have saved myself 12.75 (yes, I actually worked it out).
This is what you call a bad move in normal time.


Black moves first and helps White to mate him.

I love the symmetrical idea behind these three Helpmates.
Black to Black and Helpmate in 2 moves.

1...b2 2 Kb3 b8=N 3 Nc2 mate.

1...b2 2 Kb3 b8=B 3 Bc3 mate.

1...b2 2 Kc2 b8=R 3 Ra3 mate.

What spoils the last one it that there are a dozen
different ways White can mate. 2 Rook 'anywhere'
except a3 and takes on b2 and he mates next move.

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