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Chandler Cornered

Bertie & Gaffin, Abe Lincoln & a Giant Rook

Here is shortie for you. All you have to do is name
the player of the White pieces. There is a clue.
Look at White's 18th & 19th move. It was played in 1961.

Another clue.The White player won the World Championship
in the 60's. (a choice of 4 players).

(Another clue. Neither player is Gaffin Austin or
Bertie Burns as the game is more than 15 moves.)

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Smith & Jones

1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.0-0 Bg7 5.d3 e6 6.e4 Nge7 7.Re1 0-0 8.e5 d6 9.exd6 Qxd6 10.Nbd2 Qc7 11.Nb3 Nd4 12.Bf4 Qb6 13.Ne5 Nxb3 14.Nc4 Qb5 15.axb3 a5 16.Bd6 Bf6 17.Qf3 Kg7 18.Re4 Rd8 19.Qxf6+ Kxf6 20.Be5+ Kg5 21.Bg7

Mate is unavoidable after 21 Bg7.

Heard in Bells. Gaffin Austin talking to Bertie Burns.

Gaffin: "Bob,When I lost my Queen against Gorgie you
were there to console me.
When I walked into a Knight fork against Balerno
You were also there.
I was mated in 11 moves at the Congress and again
you stood by my side."

Bertie: "It's what friends are for."

Gaffin: "Friends! You are a bloody jinx, stay away from me."

If you saw the last C.C. you will recall the trouble BCM and
CHESS had trying to drag it's readers into the 20th century
by way of algrbraic notation.

I was mailed this. It came from Edward Winter's site 'Chess Notes.'

It was an effort by CHESS to combine both descriptive
and algrbraic, they called it Combined notation.

Apparently it never caught on.

My own contribution to Chess notation is when I castle.
For castles King side I sometimes write rOOk, mOOn, dOOm, trOOn.
For Queen side castling I usually write zOOOm. I don't know why.

and talking of Rooks...
When I was wondering around graveyards taking pictures for my
piece on Richard Jordan. I took (tOOk) these two interesting

A giant Rook in the New Carlton Road Cemetery.

Remember the Fischer 'Playboy' interview?
Fischer said he wanted to live in house designed like a Rook.

"Yeah, I want to live in a giant Rook."

A statue of Abe Lincoln in the Old Carlton Road Cemetery.

I fired up my database of 12,313,913,656,1203 games looking
for a game by A. Lincoln. None.
Desperately looking for link between Abe and Chess I started
looking for games by anyone called Abraham.

I found this played in Arad, 1923.

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I. Abraham - Janny

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Be2 Bc5 4.Nxe5 Nxe5 5.d4 Bd6 6.dxe5 Bxe5 7.f4 Bd6 8.0-0 Bc5+ 9.Kh1 d6 10.Bc4 Qh4 11.Qd5 Be6 12.Qxb7 Bxc4 13.Qxa8+ Kd7 14.Rd1 Nf6 15.Qxh8 Ng4 16.h3 Be2 17.Qxg7 Qxh3+ 18.gxh3 Bf3

The ending is very similar to the famous Blackburne
Jerome Gambit game. I give it below for you to judge.

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Unknown - J. Blackburne

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Nxe5 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Qxe5 d6
8.Qxh8 Qh4 9.0-0 Nf6 10.c3 Ng4 11.h3 Bxf2+ 12.Kh1 Bf5 13.Qxa8 Qxh3+ 14.gxh3 Bxe4

Back to Abraham v Janny and I'm sure I've mentioned 'Janny' before.
I kicked off my database containing 897,456,232,459,110,7856 games
plus opening key, variations and pictures.

It found 7 games, the 1st played in 1898 and the last 1927.
Janny wins all the games under 22 moves. 3 of them under 13 moves.

Janny may mean "unknown, alias, amateur" but it is usually the
unknown player who losses these games. I feel I should know
more about Janny (I can recall using the obvious Janny at the
School joke on my old site).

Somebody will no doubt clear up who The Janny was.

The game at the beginning of this piece was

T. Petrosian - L. Pachman, Rd. 6 Bled, 1961

You have a choice of 4 players who won the World title
in the 60's Botvinik, Petrosian, Spassky and Tal.

The clue is the Queen sac on move 19. It can be played one
earlier. 18 Qxf6+ works just as well as 19 Qxf6+.
Tal & Spassky would have played it immediately.
Botvinik would have played it after a long deep thought.
Only Petrosian would have made the preparatory move.

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