At the recent Edinburgh Chess League meeting ex League Sec.
Willie Grant brought along 40-50 old BCM's to give away.
I took a handful and read them on the bus going work.
Here are a few items of interest which I know you will enjoy.
First note the new F.I.D.E. rule comes into effect next season.
It will be illegal to write down your move before playing it.
Not too sure yet what the penalty will be. An automatic loss?
A couple of warnings then a loss? Have your pen confiscated?
You are not allowed to play the move you have written down?
'Quotes & Queries' BCM December 1975.
Mr. Wesley Turner asks. 'May a player write down his move
on a score sheet before making the move on the board.'
The answer was, F.I.D.E. ruled 'It was the players choice.'
A few pages later I found this charming quote.
'A Chess optimist is one who thinks he
will never do anything as stupid again.'
Inside the shocking pink September 1974 BCM (above)
I found a game that will bring a wry smile to those
who know me and read this column.
If you don't want to hear me ranting then don't get
me started on modern Chess books. 90% of them should
never have been written. They authors copy from each
other, sometimes word for word. And if they need an
example to highlight a point then out comes the old
Morphy at the Opera, Lasker's exchange Lopez v Capa,
Marshall's gold coin game, Capa v the first Marshall
attack in the Lopez. etc etc etc and even more etc.
Of course the most reproduced game in modern times
is Karpov v Spassky 1974 and 24 Nb1!!!!!!!!!
Yes. In the shocking pink BCM, on page 319.
Karpov v Spassky, Leningrad 1974.
This could be the first time it appeared in
English print. I have found the source!
It was annotated by Bill Hartston and I'd love
to say that 24 Nb1 was skipped past without comment.
No. It got the now obligatory !!
Helen of Troy was the face that launched 1,000 ships.
(my wife's face sent them back again).
Karpov v Spassky 1974 launched 1,000 chess books.
Also in the 'Pink' was this.
It's piece from The Express reporting that Jim Slater
was putting up £1,000 as a reward to first person to
become a British Grandmaster.
Featured was the favorite Raymond Keene. it reported...
'Keene, 26, who shared a landing with Prince Charles
at Trinity, Cambridge, is halfway there.'
Keeno and Chas sharing a landing. A landing!
Me and Prince Charlie went to different schools together.
January 1975 and the BCM is still using descriptive notation (1 P-K4).
They were trying to sneak algebraic onto their readers but as with
CHESS magazine they met with a few haughty letters.
CHESS eventually produced two copies of the same
magazine, one in descriptive, one in algebraic.
The review for the book Karpov - Korchnoi 1974 by Hartston
and Keene stated "the notation is algebraic - Bravo!"
Onto July 1976 and the BCM is in algebraic. (Bravo!)
D.J. Morgan is still doing "Quotes & Queries"
A Mr George Harris complained about women members in
his Chess Club. He was answered by D. J. Morgan saying
his tirade sounded 'unnatural.' and ending with;
"Are you one of those who wish Adam had died with all his ribs?
I really think BCM should bring out a book covering
all the Q & Q's when it was run by D.J.Morgan.
He had a wonderful turn of phrase.
Here is nice position from Roycroft's Studies.
White to play and win.
1.Bb7! Kc7 2.Ba6 Kxb8 3.Kd6 Ka8 4.Kc7 d5 5.Bb7 mate
In The December 1975 BCM this position was discussed but
unfortunately it's not as pretty as the analysis suggests.
It's Matulovic v Malich 1968 Olympiad. Black to play.
1...Nxf7+ 2.gxf7 Kxh7 3.f8=R! and there is no stalemate.
Analysis gives 3 f=Q two '??' But White can Queen.
3 f=Q a=Q 4 Qf5+ then Nxa1. It's ugly but it's a fact.
From the same edition a game played at Hastings in 1964-65
[Click here to replay the game]
ARB. Thomas - M. Basman
1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Nc3 Nxc3 8.bxc3 dxe5 9.d5 e4
10.dxc6 Qxd1+ 11.Kxd1 exf3 12.Bb5 Kd8 13.Bf4 Bg4 14.Kc2 Bf5+ 15.Kb2 Kc8 16.Rhd1 g5
17.Rd8+ Kxd8 18.cxb7
and this is from the England v West Germany match 1974
[Click here to replay the game]
Nunn - Schiffer
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c3 d6 4.d4 Nd7 5.Be2 e6 6.Nbd2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Ngf6 8.0-0 Be7
9.Re1 0-0 10.e5 dxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.Bf1 Qb6 13.Qe2 Nxf2 14.Nc4 Nh3+ 15.Kh1 Nf2+
Sticking with Knight draws.
White to play and draw. Halberstadt 1937
11.Kf3 g2 12.Nxh3 g1=N+ (g1=Q 13.Nf2+ Qxf2+ 14.Kxf2=)13.Kf2 Nxh3+ 14.Kf1=
The Knight cannot lose a tempo, the King goes from f1-f2-f1.
An instructive turn worth knowing, all the more so because this
position has been known to be a draw for more than 200 hundred years.
and finally David V. Jones in the BCM 1975.
Make your own Chess set.
'When a pear-tree died in the garden, I saw in my mind's
eye it springing to new life in the shape of a Chess set.'
Mr. Jones then shows you how to make each Chess piece.
I will not give the whole article. Here is how to make a King.
'Work your timber to a round column, then shape the neck and head
with two surform files. The cross is rudimentary, to avoid damage
in so weighty a piece. Shape it with you junior hacksaw.
The two lines round the base are saw cuts 1/8 inch deep.
Sand to a finish.'
(Next week - Make you own Chess Computer from an
old alarm clock and a transistor radio.)
Right I'm off to chop down a pear-tree and attack the
corpse with two surform files and my junior hacksaw.
Thanks for mags Willie.