I type this on the 18th June 2005, today is my 28th wedding anniversary.
I remembered the date very easily because last year I forgot and
I've been taking flak for the past 12 months.
I bought her a diamond necklace.
When Keith Ruxton found out he said,
"I thought you were going to buy her a horse?"
and I replied,
"Where on earth can I buy a fake horse?"
So that is one important date out of the way.
The next is the 30th June and I'll be 54.
Last year at my work I got nowt!
I've dropped that many hints, this time I'll get something.
And I bet you £1.00 to a pocketful of pawns I get one of these...
Watch this space...
We start with a nice tale of woe.
Bernard v Adrian France 1987.
White played 1 a5 and offered a draw.
Black accepted. Who was right?
(answer at bottom)
That was easy. Well I do get requests for
some morale boosting easy ones. Now try this.
Mate in 7. Not a real toughie but good
enough to give you a workout.
(Sokholov USSR - answer at bottom)
Whilst browsing through an old 1973 CHESS
I came across this position from the
Dorking Chess Club. White to play.
The game was abandoned as a draw.
And it is. Neither player can escape
from their respective straight jackets.
The Rook has to flit up and down the a-file.
The Queen has to stay on the a2-g8 diagonal.
The Shilling Gambit (The 5p Trick)
Rick Kennedy from Columbus, USA, mailed me with a handful
of games containing 4 Bxf7+ against the Shilling Gambit,
the old trap that Blackburne used to take shillings from
weaker players in the mid 1800's.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4
(Actually there is no hard proof that Blackburne ever did
snare rabbits with this move. I see that Rick has contacted
Edward Winter and Chess Notes in an effort to uncover the
mystery of why it's called the Shilling, or Schilling gambit).
I recall about a year ago Todor and me had a dozen or so
games playing 4 Bxf7+ at 5 minute Chess in Bells.
Todor won 10%, I won 10% and the alcohol took the rest.
I'm sure sometime in the past I quipped that 4 Bxf7+ must
be OK and compared it to the Cochrane in the Petroff.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7.
One of the games that Rick sent caught my eye.
M. Backes v N. Tovmasian, German U-12 CH. 2001.
Yes folks an under 12 game. This column leaves no
stone unturned in the quest for the truth.
Black sacced his King Rook in Latvian style and
reaching this position played 8...Nxc2!+ leaving
the Knight on g8 to it's fate.
Then, a few moves later Black played 12...Nc2?+
missing the obvious 12...Qxe4+ which wins.
These German under 12's are not all they are cracked up to be.
After 12...Nc2+ the game dragged till move 43 (0-1).
Infact inside 12....Qxe4+ there lurks a nice mate.
[Click here to replay the game]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Nxe5+ Ke8 6.Qh5+ g6 7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.Qxh8 Nxc2+ 9.Kd1 Nxa1 10.Qxg8 Qg5 11.g3 Qg4+ 12.Ke1 Qxe4+ 13.Kd1 d5 14.h3 Qf3+ 15.Ke1 Nc2+ 16.Kf1 Qxh1+ 17.Ke2 Qe1+ 18.Kd3 Qe4+ 19.Kc3 Qc4
Did I say Latvian?
If the Ruy Lopez is the King of the
openings then the Latvian is the Joker.
After just a handful of Latvian moves one
can be treated to all kinds tactical wizardry.
How is this for a study in Knight forks.
If 7...Kxc7 then 8 Nd5+ and if 8...Qxg5
then 9 Ne6+ (the d-pawn is pinned). Wonderful.
[Click here to replay the game]
Latvian Trap No. 396
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Qf6 6.Ndb5 Kd8 7.Nxc7 Rb8 8.Bg5
Tale of woe. White can win the Rook with 1 Qb8+ and Qb1+
Mate in 7: 1.Ne7 Nf8 2.a6 Nxh7 3.a7 Nf8 4.a8B Ne6 5.Bd5 Nf8 6.Bf7 N any 7.Ng6
STOP PRESS: THIS JUST ARRIVED
Steve Gowland and I recently (Chris Donkin) played in the US Open Chess Congress U-1800 event in Las Vegas. I scored 3/6 and the Reverend scored 5/6, finished equal 2nd and hence trousered $350.
More info if you want it
I want games - I mailed him back I want games.
Below the Rev Steve Gowland in action.
Good to see the coloured bangle 'look at me' craze has caught on in America.
When is Steve goona get that Knight out?