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The Rook+Potter+Lexx+Kynoch v Prince

The Rook. (Corus frugilegus)
Typical crow size. Black, with velvet blue lustre.
Light unfeathered skin at base of beak.

Voice: deep short 'Kaw' or protracted 'Crow',
sometimes a high pitched 'Kirrr.'

The Rook (Movus Sideeyways)
Typical rook size, Black with plastic polished finish,
green felt tipped base with lead weight in bottom.

Voice: Has been known go 'Wheeeee' when castling Q-side.

Saturday nights are dull without Dr Who.
And when it does come back I'm not too sure
if I'll like the new Doctor. He looks to cute.
Why did they not pick a proper Dr Who?

I picked this up at the Car Boot sale for 1.00.

I've often read about this film in various Chess books.
It won loads of awards and is deemed to be a classic.
A knight plays Death at Chess for his life.

It's naff. It's next appearance will be on E-Bay.

Edinburgh has currently gone potty with the latest
release of the new Harry Potter book.
The Castle has been decked out to like Hogwarts.

A few weeks back they had a 'Make Poverty History'
banner drapped across the battlements.

Now that this magnificent building is being used to advertise
various causes and stunts I fully expect to see a McDonalds logo
flying from the main tower with guards asking visitors if
they want fries with their postcards.

There was a game of Chess in the first Potter book and I believe
it was Gary Lane in Kingpin who stated that the game used
was Jovanovic v Manzardo, Imperia 1967

[Click here to replay the game]
Jovanovic v Manzardo

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.dxc6 Nxc6 5.Nf3 e5 6.d3 e4 7.Qe2 Bb4+ 8.Bd2 0-0 9.dxe4 Nxe4 10.Qd3 Qe7 11.Be2 Re8 12.a3 Nxd2 13.Nbxd2 Bf5 14.Qe3 Qf6 15.Qb3 Bxd2+ 16.Kf1 Nd4 17.Nxd4 Qxd4 18.Rd1 Rxe2 19.Kxe2 Re8+ 20.Kf1 Bd3+ 21.Kg1 Re2 22.Rf1 Qxf2+ 23.Rxf2 Re1+ 24.Rf1 Be3

This was later denied by Jeremy Silman the player who was
asked by the film makers to come up with the critical position.

Apparently J.K.Rowling was a regular in Bells in the mid 80's.

These JK rumours are all over Edinburgh.
The same thing happens with Sean Connery.
He was an Edinburgh milkman and everyone
over 60 you speak to had their milk delivered by 007.

But speaking of Chess in films.... of the Lexx episodes is devoted solely to Chess.

Lexx used to be on late at night on ch4.
It's a Sci-fi programme set onboard a space ship that
is infact a living being. A giant hornet/ant thing.
It's OK and had a cult following.

So if you are out there and have a copy of this episode,
then I want to see it. I'll give you the 7th Seal.

There is no question about the game they use for this programme.
it's the 21st game from Labourdonnais v McDonnell 1834.

This is a classic game. Labourdonnais attacking
on the King side, McDonnell attacking on the Queen side.
Both sides refused to be distracted.

In the end McDonnell sets up a mate with two Knights that
cannot be stopped. Labourdonnais under promotes in vain
to gain a tempo with a check. here is the game.

[Click here to replay the game]
Labourdonnais v McDonnell

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Bc5 3.Qe2 Nf6 4.d3 Nc6 5.c3 Ne7 6.f4 exf4 7.d4 Bb6 8.Bxf4 d6 9.Bd3 Ng6 10.Be3 0-0 11.h3 Re8 12.Nd2 Qe7 13.0-0-0 c5 14.Kb1 cxd4 15.cxd4 a5 16.Ngf3 Bd7 17.g4 h6 18.Rdg1 a4 19.g5 hxg5 20.Bxg5 a3 21.b3 Bc6 22.Rg4 Ba5 23.h4 Bxd2 24.Nxd2 Ra5 25.h5 Rxg5 26.Rxg5 Nf4 27.Qf3 Nxd3 28.d5 Nxd5 29.Rhg1 Nc3+ 30.Ka1 Bxe4 31.Rxg7+ Kh8 32.Qg3 Bg6 33.hxg6 Qe1+ 34.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 35.Qxe1 Nxe1 36.Rh7+ Kg8 37.gxf7+ Kxh7 38.f8N+ Kh6 39.Nb1 Nc2

R. Kynoch v A. Prince.

This weeks game is one I found amongst the old
score sheets from this years Lothian Championship.

Richard takes the game up a forgotten footpath with
3 b3. Black ignores what White's up to and plays
classical Sicilian type moves.

Round about move 14-17 Black tries to steal the initiative
and in hindsight I can safely say he should have castled
first then opened up the Queenside.

The big moment arrives on move 16 when Black is offered
a pawn with a check. He realise's he is behind in
development and declines it.

16...Qxc2+ 17 Kb1 and the open c-file favours White.
Black has to scuttle back with 17...Qc7 18 Rac1 and
the Rooks come off, another Rook comes to c1 and the
Knight goes to b6 hitting c8. Simple to see but when
he should have carried on developing, he opened up the
Q-side with 17...b5 going into the above variation.

This put White into mad sac mode. ("you can't do that!").
And in this position White offers Black his Knight.

Black declined it with 18...Bh6.

I cannot see anything rock solid for White if Black accepts the sac.
Yes awkward moments but nothing Black cannot wriggle out of.
(I even stooped and put it into Fritz - nothing)

However over the board the human sees all sorts of spooks
so he opted for safety first. Well it's here when Black shrugs
his shoulders and thinks 'I'll castle first and figure it out later.'
He lowers his guard, castles and drops the e-pawn.
He then misses the desperado Rook combination and it's over.

[Click here to replay the game]
R. Kynoch - A Prince

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b3 d6 4.Bb2 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.d4 Bg4 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.Qd2 Qxc5 9.Be2 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 Nd4 11.0-0-0 e5 12.Na4 Nxf3 13.gxf3 Qc6 14.Rhe1 g6 15.Qe3 Rc8 16.Kb1 h5 17.c4 b5 18.cxb5 axb5 19.Rc1 Qb7 20.Rxc8+ Qxc8 21.Qa7 Bh6 22.Nb6 Qd8 23.Rd1 0-0 24.Bxe5 Qb8 25.Qxb8 Rxb8 26.Rxd6 Ne8 27.Rxg6+ fxg6 28.Bxb8 Kf8 29.a4 bxa4 30.bxa4

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