Lenny & Benny
A new feature where I put faces to the names
of the people who write about Chess. This week:
Bernard Barden & Leonard Cafferty.
Is it Leonard Bernard & Barden Cafferty?
The cryptic clue in the 3rd. June SUN crossword.
6 Down. Board-Game involving the man on board cold ship (5)
'HE' is the man and 'SS' is the ship. Chess.
other clues I've seen over the years relating to Chess.
'Cuban fighter plays game on ship.'
'Gestapo Captain is in Czech game.'
'Chop up cheese's on square board.'
'A noble game for he's and she's.'
Now a couple of interesting positions.
First a task that was presented to the readers of BCM 1994.
'Construct a position where White has a King, Knight & Bishop
but cannot win unless you remove either the Knight or Bishop.'
Here is one solution. it's rather an amusing position.
White to play and he cannot avoid stalemate 1 Nxc3.
1 Nd2 actually losses after 1..cxd2+.
But remove either Knight or Bishop and it's mate in 2.
Now look at this. It's a polished up version of a Sam Loyd problem.
White to play and mate in 2.
Yes it is one of those... can Black castle?
1 Qxc7 0-0 and no mate.
1 Qg7 0-0-0 and no mate.
But if you study the position you realise that because
the pawns have not moved either the King or one of the
Rooks must have moved.
So if the h8 Rook has moved the 1 Qxc7 is mate next move.
if the A8 Rook has moved then 1 Qg7 is mate next move.
If the King has moved then either 1 Qg7 or 1 Qxc7 will do.
(note 1 Qf3 is mate in 3 irrespective if Black can castle or not).
Bronstein v M. Gurevich,
Belgium 1993, 30 minute allegro.
One player I admire is David Bronstein.
When you can play over a Bronstein game, with his notes,
it's like listening to an enjoyable piece of music.
Only Bronstein can annotate a Bronstein game.
Others who try fail to catch his flights of fancy and they
never criticise his bad moves with the same ferocity as he does.
Bronstein's notes are clean, frank and always instructive.
Playing over a game with some other chump annotating is
like listening to The Beatles being played by a Boy Band.
Naff, fawning and totally inept.
It starts off as an advance French with Bronstein admitting
he is making an anti-positional move 8 b4 to disrupt the Q-side
to take the pressure off the e-pawn by kicking the Knight on c6.
He then trots the a1 Rook along to e2 to hold the e-pawn at
the same time stating that this an optimistic idea and
possibly bad. (moves 12 & 13).
He leaves the c-pawn as bait willing to accept an
interesting position in return for the pawn.
22...Rxc3 23.f5 exf5 24.e6 fxe6 25.Nxe6
However Bronstein adds when the c-pawn is finally taken
Black will certainly win so he complicates things before
Black can fully consolidate his position.
He admits he has the worse position and starts hacking.
Few players would admit to taking such a course.
Even fewer would show a game where they thought they stood worse.
(then again even fewer than that could a play like this)
On move 28 he allows Black to have a discovered check
on a near open board. 99% of us would have played 28 Kh1.
Black to play. The discovered check is harmless.
Later, after move 35 Rf7 he say's 35 h6 was a good possibility
but from an aesthetic point of Chess Beauty 35 Rf7
is the perfect solution.
He had this mating pattern in mind.
A mate, he said, he had never had in his life before.
Finally after 38 Qxg7+ he admits that 38 Ng6+
mates quicker but 38 Qxg7+ is more beautiful.
Other annotators would have jumped on this move
at the same time plugging their beloved Fritz.
"Fritz found 38 Ng6+ which mates quicker!!"
There is a crowd of us down at Bells who are convinced
that if your are part of the 'writers cliche' and everytime
you mention Fritz, you pocket a bung from the manufacturers.
The idea of going the long way round to
show a beautiful idea is totally beyond them.
[Click here to replay the game]
D. Bronstein - M. Gurevich
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.dxc5 Bxc5 7.Bd3 Nge7 8.b4 Bb6 9.b5 Na5 10.0-0 Ng6 11.a4 Rc8 12.Ra2 Nc4 13.Re2 a6 14.bxa6 bxa6 15.Na3 Nxa3 16.Bxa3 Bc5 17.Bxc5 Rxc5 18.Bxa6 Qa5 19.Bb5 Bxb5 20.axb5 Qxb5 21.Nd4 Qd7 22.f4 0-0 23.f5 exf5 24.e6 Qa7 25.exf7+ Rxf7 26.Re8+ Rf8 27.Rxf8+ Nxf8 28.Nxf5 Ng6 29.Kh1 Qd7 30.Qg4 Kh8 31.h4 Rc4 32.Qg5 Rc8 33.h5 Nf8 34.Ne7 Re8 35.Rf7 Ne6 36.h6 Rg8 37.hxg7+ Nxg7 38.Qxg7+
A nice game of Chess with Beautiful Ideas.