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As is normal I start with a Chess quiz or an
off beat mention of Chess in some periodical.

Here is a mixture of both.

This is from the cryptic crossword in the
Edinburgh Evening News, Monday, May 16th 2005.

17 Down
'Top Grandmaster with scope for a Chess ploy.' (6)
(answer as usual at the bottom).

Well after years of going around 2nd hand shops I finally found one.

My book. One of the earlier Pergamon Press editions from 1985.

Gosh! Has it really been 20 years?
A lot of pawns have been pushed since then.

I actually autographed this one.

"To Jock, I hope this book inspires you to better play."

One of my earlier signing's.
I usually signed them all with:

"To (whoever) whose bad play inspired the need for this book."

And sadly I saw some bad play when I visited the Polish Club
a few nights ago to support two Bells teams in the Summer Cup.

Playing tit-for-tat, 'you take my man, I'll take yours,'
has to be analysed very carefully. Especially if you are
the second player. In the following position...

Black played 11...a6? (11...Ke7 is best).
White played 12 Bxc6 and the Knight on f6
has to be left to it's fate as the Queen hangs.

Lesson learnt? Not yet, Black needed convincing.
A couple of moves later in this position...

Black committed the same error and played 19...h4?
(19...exf4) and another piece went West after 20 exf5.
And to prove the old saying that errors come around in 3's.
Black managed to get to his Rooks forked by a Knight.

[Click here to replay the game]
S.Howard - G.Austin

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Bf5 4.Bg5 e6 5.a3 Nc6 6.e3 h6 7.Bh4 Bd6 8.Bb5 g5 9.Bg3 Qd7 10.Ne5 Bxe5 11.Bxe5 a6 12.Bxc6 Qxc6 13.Bxf6 Rg8 14.Qe2 Rg6 15.Be5 0-0-0 16.0-0-0 f6 17.Bg3 Rh8 18.f3 h5 19.e4 h4 20.exf5 exf5 21.Bf2 Re8 22.Qd3 Rg7 23.Qxf5+ Kb8 24.Qxd5 Rd7 25.Qxc6 bxc6 26.Ne4 Re6 27.Nc5

So a glum Mr. Austin made his way back to the bar.

"Aw Geoff mon, I hate being first to lose."

"Your not, I am!" exclaimed a proud Robert Burns.
"...and" he added triumphantly, "I was checkmated!"
He then gleefully showed us his game.

[Click here to replay the game]
J. Harris - R. Burns

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Bd6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Nbd2 0-0 7.e4 dxe4 8.Nxe4 Nxe4 9.Bxe4 Bd7 10.Bxh7+ Kh8 11.Ng5 Be7 12.Qh5 Bxg5 13.Bd3+ Kg8 14.Qh7

Of course Black should have taken the Bishop and ran his King
along the 6th rank and onto e7. The Bishop sac looks tempting
but the conditions for the Classic Bishop are not quite there.

The accepted setting for a Classic Bishop sac to work are;
A Bishop must hit h7.
A Knight must be able to safely check on g5.
The Queen must have access to the h-file.
The above three conditions are met.

What's missing and usually crucial, is a white pawn on e6
(which stops the King from running to e7 via f6.)

After 10.Bxh7+ Kxh7 11.Ng5+ Kg6 12.h4 Kf6 13.Nh7+ Ke7
I can find no White win. Hairy moments, yes, but no win.

Also, Black had no need to get mated so quickly.
In this position...

He could have played 13...Bh6 14.Bxh6 g6
but after 15.Qf3 White is a pawn and position ahead.

I hope you students of the game are paying attention
and acknowledge the pains that Messrs Austin & Burns are
going through in the hope that you learn from their errors.

In the coming months, both players have promised, for your benefit,
to get back rank mated and lose their Queens in spectacular fashion.
Watch this space.

Continuing the theme of 'tit-for-tat' here is another example
finishing with a pseudo Queen sac that wins a piece.

This time the 'tit for tat' is the taking of the Rooks on
h1 and a8. White's happy because Black cannot castle.
Black's happy because the Knight is trapped.

White to play and win a piece. A nice example of alert Chess.

position after 12...Qd5?

[Click here to replay the game]
E. Perry - E. Sloan

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.Nb5 Bxe3 7.fxe3 Qh4+ 8.g3 Qxe4 9.Nxc7+ Kd8 10.Nxa8 Qxh1 11.Qd6 Nge7 12.Nd2 Qd5 13.Qc7+ Ke8 14.Qxc8+ Nxc8 15.Nc7+ Kd8 16.Nxd5 Re8 17.0-0-0 Re5 18.Nf3

So what happened here?
Well this position is well known to theory.

Instead of 11...Nge7?! which is perfectly logical as it
protects the Knight on c8, Black should play 11...Nf6.
and then 12...Ne8. Both MCO and BCO rate this as OK.

The line with 6 Nb5!? in not mentioned at all
in Gary Lane's book 'Winning with the Scotch.' Why?

The Title. 'Winning with the Scotch.
These Winning with the .... series are not meant
to cover the whole opening. They give you what the author
considers is the best line. The winning line.

They all tend to be a bit one sided and after reading one
it's easy to get the impression that you have just stumbled
upon a refutation to the game of Chess.

Remember to see them for what they are.
Usually a collection of well annotated games
covering one opening where that particular opening
wins most, if not all, the games.

I think I'll slip into Dylan mode.

Opening books con you into thinking your the one,
that can win what's never been won,
that can do what's never been done,
Gives you hope where once there was none,
meanwhile people grades rise all around you.

(sorry Bob)

Answer to 17 down.
Gambit (I didn't get it either).

Perry, Ruxton & Chandler

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