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Chandler Cornered

Hamilton Congress Games + Lego Chess Set

I was sent 32 games from the Hamilton Congress.
(rounds 2-6 from the top five boards).

My job was to enter them all in Chess Base format so
they could get downloaded from the Chess Scotland site.
(The things I do just to get my hands on a few games).

I have selected 4 interesting games to show you.

R. Wiltshire - J. Redpath

White's tepid opening encouraged Black, who started off
intending to play a Pirc set up, to attack down the h-file.

In this position White should have seen the coming sac on g3
and played 20 Qf2. Perhaps White thought he could handle it
and 'tempted' Black to go for it.

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R. Wiltshire - J. Redpath

1.e4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e5 dxe5 5.Nxe5 Nbd7 6.Nxd7 Bxd7 7.Be2 Bf5 8.0-0 e6 9.d3 Bd6 10.Bf3 Qc7 11.g3 0-0-0 12.Qe2 h5 13.Bg5 Rdg8 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.dxe4 Bh3 16.Rfe1 f6 17.Be3 h4 18.Bxa7 hxg3 19.fxg3 Rh7 20.Bd4 Bxg3 21.hxg3 Qxg3+ 22.Bg2 Rgh8 23.Qf3 Qd6 24.Bf2 Bxg2 25.Qxg2 Rh2 26.Qg3 Qd2 27.Rf1 R2h5 28.Qg2 Rg5 29.Bg3 Qe3+

A. Burnett - D. McGowan

Thank God for Andrew Burnett, his games cheer up any Chess column.
This time he does a classic Bishop sac on h7. Again I'm sure Black
saw it and again thought he could he could handle it. And he could have.
When I first played this over my gut was telling me this was wrong.

In this position Black played 21...exf4? and it was all over.
21...Kf7 and White still has to prove it. I can find no clear win.
This and the previous game help prove what I've always said.
"It's easier to attack than defend - sac and wait for the blunder."

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A. Burnett - D. McGowan

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.Qe2 0-0 9.c3 b6 10.Bg5 Bb7 11.0-0-0 a5 12.h4 a4 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Bxh7+ Kxh7 15.Ng5+ Kh6 16.Qe3 Bxg5 17.hxg5+ Kg6 18.d5 e5 19.Qe4+ f5 20.gxf6+ Kxf6 21.f4 exf4 22.Qxf4+ Kg6 23.Qe4+ Rf5 24.g4

D. McGowan - P.Coffey

Here is a good instructive game. White get saddled with a weak
a & c pawns and Black ties down White to defending them using
c4 as a staging post to triple up on the a-file.

White was mesmerised by the whole idea and played along with it.
The seeds of self defeat were planted on move 20 (Rab1). Black was
not threatening Bb2 and Bxc3 because of Rc1 pinning & winning.
White had to defend c3 actively at the same time probing the undefended
Black King. 20 Rfe1 - Re3 holds c3 and has annoying ideas of sliding
along to f3 & g3.

When a player has a ready made plan one don't just sit there and marvel
at it. Do everything you can to upset it. Some players find it hard to
re-adjust their thinking and don't like to get their hands dirty fending
off 'cheap shots' when they are in positional mode and have a plan.
White should have been thinking along these developing lines.

Right or wrong White had to set his opponent some problems. Defending
tamely in such positions is fatal. McGowan is good enough to know that
inactivity in these situations against a reasonable player is doomed.

When the three major pieces were lined up on the a-file the Black king
looked all alone. White should have seen this position coming and have
set up a counter attacking position, defending c3 from active squares.
Either that or let it the pawn go with a timed c4.
Nothing new here, read Dynamic Chess Strategy by M. Suba.

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D. McGowan - P.Coffey

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 e6 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.exd6 Bxd6 8.Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Qc7 10.Bd2 Nd7 11.Bd3 b6 12.0-0 Bb7 13.h3 0-0 14.Qe2 Rfe8 15.Ng5 Nf6 16.Ne4 Bxe4 17.Bxe4 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 Ba3 19.Rab1 Rac8 20.Qf3 Qc4 21.Rb3 Be7 22.Re1 Qa4 23.Ra1 Rc4 24.Qg3 Qc6 25.Rc1 Rd8 26.Qe3 Ra4 27.Ra1 Qc4 28.Qe1 Rd5 29.Qf1 Qc6 30.Be3 Rda5 31.Qb1 Qc4 32.Qb2 Qa6 33.Qc2 Rxa2 34.Rxa2 Rxa2 35.Qe4 Ra1+ 36.Kh2 Bd6+ 37.Bf4 Bxf4+ 38.Qxf4 h6 39.Qb8+ Kh7 40.Qc7 Qa2

C. McDonald - A. Burnett

I know Andrew is writing a chess book, I have seen a brief snapshot of it.
It is full of his best games written in a gutsy right in your face style.
Just how he plays. This following game will almost certainly find it's way
into the book. It is a typical weekend tournament game played by someone
who at the moment is at the top of their creative ability.

Black sacs a piece for a whole cluster of centre pawns. Look at this diagram.

You can almost sense the fear in the White army as this horde of pawns
threatens to start advancing. White should have ruined Black's fun and
sacced back a piece for a couple of pawns. When and where is up to you.

White seems to be getting himself set up to prove the sacrifice
was unsound when he gets hit again with another piece sac.

In this position, 1 move before time control, Black played 29..Ng4+
This is a very difficult position to defend. The more one thinks they
can see a hole another ghost pops up. Andrew kicks the King across to
a2 and finishes it with the quiet move 38..Qb5.
A wonderful entertaining game. Hurry up with that book Andrew.
(it must be nightmare trying to put it together - every weekend he
plays another brilliancy and has to find room for it.

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C. McDonald - A. Burnett

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 d6 4.g3 e5 5.Bg2 Nbd7 6.0-0 g6 7.c4 Bg7 8.Nc3 a6 9.e4 0-0 10.Ne1 Ne8 11.Nd3 f5 12.h3 Nef6 13.Kh2 b5 14.cxb5 Nxe4 15.Bxe4 axb5 16.Bg2 b4 17.Ne2 g5 18.f4 gxf4 19.gxf4 e4 20.Ne1 Nf6 21.Nc2 Kh8 22.a3 Rg8 23.axb4 Rxa1 24.Nxa1 Ba6 25.bxc5 dxc5 26.Nb3 Bf8 27.Bd2 h6 28.Bc3 Kh7 29.Na5 Ng4+ 30.hxg4 Qh4+ 31.Kg1 Qxg4 32.Kf2 Qh4+ 33.Ke3 Rxg2 34.Re1 Qf2+ 35.Kd2 Qxf4+ 36.Kc2 Bd3+ 37.Kb3 Qb8+ 38.Ka2 Qb5 39.Nf4 Bc2 40.Qxc2 Rxc2 41.Ne6 Rxc3 42.Nxf8+ Kg8

When these games go on the Chess Scotland site I recommend down loading it.
I have only picked the games that suit me and this column.

There are some other excellent and entertaining games played.
Loads wee blunders and neat tactical tricks.
This must have been the 3 games a day format.
I've only seen the top five boards. I'd love to see the lower
boards of the lower sections. I bet there are some classics there.
Here are the plain moves of a few other good top five games.

W. Burnett - C. McNab
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Qc7 7.Be2 b6 8.Be3 Bb7
9.f3 Be7 10.Rc1 0-0 11.Qd2 d6 12.0-0 Nbd7 13.a3 Rac8 14.b4 Qb8 15.Nb3 Bd8
16.Rfd1 Bc7 17.Bf4 Ne5 18.Bxe5 dxe5 19.c5 Qa7 20.Kh1 Bc6 21.a4 bxc5 22.Nxc5 Rfd8
23.Qa2 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 a5 25.Nxe6 axb4 26.Nb5 Bxb5 27.Bxb5 Ba5 28.Ng5 h6 29.Nh3 Rc3
30.Qf2 Qc7 31.Ng1 Bb6 32.Qb2 Ba5 33.Ne2 Rc2 34.Qb3 g6 35.Bd3 Rc5 36.Bb5 Kg7 37.Qe3 Rc2
38.Qb3 h5 39.Qb1 h4 40.Rc1 Rxc1+ 41.Qxc1 Qb6 42.Qe1 Qe3 43.Qc1 Qb6 44.Qe1 h3 45.gxh3 b3
46.Qg1 Qe6 47.Kg2 b2 48.Qb1 Qb3 49.Bd3 Nh5 50.Bc2 Qb4 [50...Qe3 51.Qf1 Qd2 winning.]
51.Bd3 Bb6 52.Qc2 Bd4? We are now 19 moves into an allegro finish. I have no idea of
the state of the clocks. White resigned here but 52...Qe1 forces mate.

J. Redpath - E. Frew
1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 g5 4.d4 g4 5.Ng5 Bh6 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Bxh6 Nxh6 8.e4 Qg5
9.Bc4+ Kg7 10.0-0 Qe3+ 11.Kh1 d6 12.exd6 cxd6 13.Nc3 Qxd4 14.Qe2 Qe5 15.Rad1 Be6
16.Bxe6 Qxe6 17.Rd5 Rhe8 18.Rfd1 Rad8 19.Qb5 Rd7 20.e5 a6 21.Qb6 Nxe5 22.Ne4 Nc6
23.Ng3 Qxd5 0-1

S. Mannion - C. McNab
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Be7 7.Qg4 g6 8.Qe2 d6
9.0-0 Nd7 10.Nc3 Qc7 11.Be3 b6 12.f4 Ngf6 13.Kh1 Bb7 14.Bd4 0-0 15.Rae1 Nh5
16.f5 Bh4 17.Rd1 exf5 18.exf5 Ndf6 19.Qe3 Qc6 20.Qh3 g5 21.Be2 Rfe8 22.Bf3 Qc7
23.Bxb7 Qxb7 24.Kg1 b5 25.g4 b4 26.gxh5 Nxh5 27.Qg4 bxc3 28.Qxh5 Re4 29.bxc3 Rae8
30.Qf3 Qb5 Having made time control Black resigned. 1-0

C. Wilman - A. Tate
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bd3 a6 7.0-0 Be7 8.dxc5 Bxc5
9.a3 0-0 10.b4 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Ba7 12.e4 Qc7 13.Qe2 b5 14.e5 bxc4 15.exf6 gxf6
16.Qxc4 e5 17.Nd5 Qd6 18.Qxc6 1-0

And finally here is me modeling the new Sandy Bells T-Shirt.

(What about the Lego Chess set?.....Ed)

That was just something I made up.

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