You have most likely seen this in all the National
newspapers. They use the numbers 1 to 9 on 9x9 board.
I, yes me, have invented CHESSDUKO (pat pending).
Complete the board so every row, each column
and each 2 by 3 box contains every chess piece.
There should be no 'doublers' in any row or column.
As usual the solution is at the bottom.
Has anybody seen this?
If so what's it like - can I buy it anywhere?
I found the advert in an old CHESS and my searching
on the NET only succeeded in taking me to some
very dodgy (and disgusting) website's.
One of the greatest joys of hacking around 2nd Hand shops
is when you find a classic instead of all the usual junk.
I picked up this for £1.50. One of the greatest Chess books
ever written. This is Book One with 237 games covering
opening with 1.e4 e5. The remaining 263 are, funnily enough,
in Book 2. You can now buy it with all 500 in the one book
in algebraic notation. If you ain't got it then your a sap
and sucker devoid of spirituality.
This book sets the standard that from
which all other books should be judged.
Sadly only 10% of the total crap that gets pushed out
in the guise of a Chess book comes up to that standard.
The recipe is simple. Fill a book with a collection of good
games and annotate them in a witty and instructive manner.
Let us pick a game at random.
No 64 the number of squares on a chessboard.
All notes are from the book.
Showalter Pillsbury match 1897
Every manoeuvre in chess, be it in attack or defence,
should have, as far as possible, a basic idea.
In this game, white's main idea is the exploitation
of the fact that Black's QB is shut in on both sides.
Thus Black is playing up to the end without his Q side pieces
and White takes advantage of this circumstance by bringing
about a series of brilliant combinations.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4
This 'Berlin Knight' is very enterprising.
This advance is more energetic than 5 Re1 or 5 Qe2.
There is too much risk attached to 5...exd4 (because of 6 Re1),
whilst 5...a6 means loss of time (6 Bxc6 dxc6 7 Re1 etc.).
The most solid continuation is 5....Be7.
An original retreat, The classical continuation is Bxc6,
whilst the modern line is 6.dxe5 Nxb5 7.a4 and White
recovers his piece. (the Magdeburg Attack).
Intent on gain. The more solid line is 6....e4
7 Re1 Be7 8 Ne5 0-0 with equality.
In 'gambit style'.
Even after the more prudent 7....Be7 8 cxd4 etc,
White's pressure more than makes up for the missing pawn.
8.Nxc3 Be7 9.Nd5 0-0 10.Re1 Bf6 11.Bf4
A direct threat 12 Nxc7 Qxc7 and Bxd6.
A crucial moment.
If left alone, Black will consolidate his position (12..d6),
but the attacker will not remain idle.
An eliminating sacrifice.
Or 12....Rxe8 13 Bxc7, trying to 'mate the Queen.
But White now regains with heavy interest the material engaged in this encounter.
13.Nxc7 Qe4 14.Bd6 ....
All goes well with White:
now both adverse Rooks are attacked and the Black QP remains blockaded.
14...Rb8 15.Bc2 Qg4 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.Qd6+
The final assault.
An episode of great beauty (18...Bxd6 19 Re1 mate).
A necessary if undesirable measure.
19.Qd2 Qh5 20.Nd5 Bd8
If, trying to evade the threat 21 Nxe7 Nxe7 22 Qd6.
Black plays 20...Bd6, the same reply by 21 Qc3 settles matters.
21.Qc3 f6 22.Nxf6 Ba5
Mate in 5 (beginning with 23 Nxd7+).
Here is the full game in the moving pieces thingy.
[Click here to replay the game]
Showalter - Pillsbury
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Ba4 exd4 7.c3 dxc3 8.Nxc3 Be7 9.Nd5 0-0 10.Re1 Bf6 11.Bf4 Ne8 12.Rxe8 Qxe8 13.Nxc7 Qe4 14.Bd6 Rb8 15.Bc2 Qg4 16.Bxf8 Kxf8 17.Qd6+ Be7 18.Re1 g6 19.Qd2 Qh5 20.Nd5 Bd8 21.Qc3 f6 22.Nxf6 Ba5
I GOT ONE (part 1)
I told you I would get one of those glass chess sets.
They gave it to me at work and I told
them all how naffy theses Chess Sets are.
They now all think I'm an ungrateful B******.
I GOT ONE (part 2)
£5. Yes five lousy squid from a car boot sale.
A Giant Chess Set! I took it to Bells.
You cannot have enough Chess Sets.
I now have a spare e-pawn...
...and some new house decorations.
The CHESSDUKO solution.