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The Scottish Chess Championship - Oban 2005

The 2005 Scottish Chess Championship was held
in Oban from the 2nd to the 10th of July.

The winner was Jacob Aagaard with 8/9.
Though he is not the Scottish Champion.
Craig Pritchett is the Scottish Champion with 6/9.
Apparently Jacob does not yet satisfy the residential
requirements necessary to win the title.
(he has not lived in Scotland long enough).

So how long in Scotland do you have to be? Pretty long.
Over 6 foot long. Craig Pritchett is long so he won.

Short people do not win the Scottish Championship.

(Paul Motwani, Douglas Bryson...? Ed)

Short people can only win the Scottish Championship
if longer people do not play in it.

Jacob Aagaard is not too unhappy.
His name is first in the phone book.

So the final table looks like this:

Tournament Winner: Jacob Aagaard 8/9
Scottish Champion: Craig Pritchett 6/9
3rd= Jonathan Grant, Ed Spencer, Andy Muir 5.5/9.

I bought a model of the Titanic... sinking.
Yes. True. look...

It comes complete with a model Iceberg .

Where was I? Ah yes the Scottish Championship.
You can go to the Scottish Chess site and download
all the games. 63 games with only 18 draws!

The shortest draw was Alastair Burnett v Graeme Kafka,
12 moves. And here is the incident of the tournament.
In this position Alastair has just played 12 h5

His mobile went off. Now Joe 'ringtone' Middleton
lost a game at Edinburgh because his mobile went off.
What happened here? Sanity prevailed. A warning.
(Andy had switched off his phone in front of his
opponent - the noise was it switching itself back on -
I think it was Kafka's King screaming for help.)

I was not there but after the discussion perhaps
both sides were not in the mood to play Chess.
It's a pity because it was shaping up to be quite a game.

Down the Meadows, next to the tennis court,
across the path from the playground, 50 miles
from Glasgow, is a giant chess board.

I took this photograph.

Where was I? Ah Yes the shortest draw...

...the shortest win was Tate v Jamieson.
Theme? The unprotected piece and a backward Knight move.

16 Nc4 1-0

Andrew Muir had a good Scottish. He beat both Aagaard
and Pritchett. Here is his game v Aagaard.

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A.Muir - J.Aagaard

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5 7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3 Bb7 12.Bg2 Qb6 13.exf6 0-0-0 14.0-0 c5 15.d5 b4 16.Na4 Qb5 17.a3 exd5 18.axb4 cxb4 19.Be3 Nc5 20.Qg4+ Rd7 21.Nxc5 Bxc5 22.Bxc5 Qxc5 23.Rfe1 Kc7 24.Re5 a5 25.Rae1 b3 26.Re7 Bc6 27.Qg7 Rhd8 28.Qxf7 c3 29.bxc3 Qxc3 30.Rxd7+ Rxd7 31.Qe6 Rd6 32.Qe7+ Rd7 33.f7 Rxe7 34.Rxe7+ Bd7 35.f8Q b2 36.Rxd7+ Kxd7 37.Bh3+ Kc7 38.Qc8+ Kd6 39.Qxc3 b1Q+ 40.Bf1

and just to prove how fair I am. Here is Andrew's win v Craig

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A.Muir - C.Pritchett

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.Nge2 cxd4 6.exd4 0-0 7.a3 Be7 8.Nf4 d5 9.cxd5 Nxd5 10.Ncxd5 exd5 11.Bd3 Bg5 12.0-0 Nc6 13.Re1 Bxf4 14.Bxf4 Qf6 15.Be5 Nxe5 16.Rxe5 Be6 17.Qd2 Rad8 18.Rae1 Rd6 19.R1e3 g6 20.Rf3 Qh4 21.Rf4 Qh6 22.Qe3 Rc8 23.h4 Rb6 24.h5 Rcc6 25.Qg3 Rb3 26.Rh4 Rc1+ 27.Kh2 Qg7 28.hxg6 hxg6 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Qb8+ Kf7 31.Qf4+ Ke8 32.Qxc1 Rxd3 33.Qc8+ Kf7 34.Rf4+ Ke7 35.Qc7+

So how come Andrew Muir did not win the Scottish?
Well he lost his Queen in an even position against
Jonathan Grant...

Here Andrew played 22...Qg4??
and resigned after 23 Ng5+

Against Edwin Spencer, Andrew was outplayed.
Edwin had the chance for a lovely mate.

Here the move must be 34 Qb6 and if 34...Qxb6
35 Nh6+ and Ng5 mate. If Black declines the
Queen swap then 35 Qxe6+.
The game went 34 Qg2 Rd5 and White soon won.

Edwin Spencer had a big say in who was Scottish Champion.
In the last Round Jonathan Grant was a point ahead
and with the white pieces against Edwin, had a great
chance to be Scottish Champion.

Sadly it went wrong. Edwin came out of his corner
firing from both hips and before Granty could gather
himself and re-adjust to the fact he was involved in a
tactical melee, it was too late and he found himself
in a lost ending. Spencer won so Craig Pritchett was Champion.

[Click here to replay the game]
J.Grant - E. Spencer

1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 f5 4.e3 Nf6 5.d4 e4 6.Bg2 Nb4 7.Bf1 c6 8.a3 Na6 9.d5 Bd6 10.b4 b6 11.Nge2 Ng4 12.Nd4 Qf6 13.Be2 c5 14.Ndb5 Be5 15.Bxg4 Bxc3+ 16.Nxc3 Qxc3+ 17.Bd2 Qxc4 18.Bxf5 g6 19.Rc1 Qxd5 20.Bc3 Qxf5 21.Bxh8 cxb4 22.Qb3 Nc5 23.Qg8+ Qf8 24.Qxf8+ Kxf8 25.0-0 bxa3 26.Rc3 Ba6 27.Ra1 Bd3 28.Rcxa3 a5 29.Be5 Ke7 30.Bd4 d6 31.f3 Ke6 32.Bxc5 dxc5 33.fxe4 Bxe4 34.Rb3 Ra6 35.Kf2 Kd6 36.Ke2 Kc6 37.Rba3 c4 38.Kd2 Kc5 39.Kc3 Bc6 40.R3a2 Ra7 41.e4 Bxe4 42.Re1 Bd5 43.Re8 b5 44.Rc8+ Bc6 45.Rf2 b4+ 46.Kc2 a4 47.Rf4 Ra6 48.Kb1 a3 49.Rd8 b3 50.Rb8 Bb5 51.Rc8+ Kb4 52.Rf1 a2+ 53.Ka1 Ka3 54.Rf2 Re6 55.Ra8+ Ba4

Whilst Jonathan was losing that, Craig was winning this...
This is a nice no nonsense game from White.
First he makes an aggressive feint on the Kingside.
Black must seek counter play on the Q-side.
White leaves the K-side alone and joins Black on the Q-side.
A break for freedom by Black results in a white passed pawn.
The Black Queen's Bishop is swapped off. Then the Queens.
The White squares on the Q-side get invaded.
Black 35...Rbc8 is an effort to lose the exchange but keep the a7 pawn.
36 d6 and White gets both the exchange and the a7 pawn.

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C. Pritchett- J. Stevenson

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 c5 7.Bb5+ Nd7 8.Rb1 Be7 9.Nf3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 11.Re1 Rd8 12.Bd3 Nf8 13.Qe2 b6 14.h4 Bb7 15.h5 f6 16.Be3 Rac8 17.Nd2 Kh8 18.a4 Bc6 19.Bb5 Bb7 20.Ba6 Rb8 21.Bxb7 Rxb7 22.Qb5 Rbb8 23.Nb3 Nd7 24.Qa6 e5 25.d5 Bd6 26.Nd2 Rb7 27.Qb5 Rbb8 28.Nc4 Rdc8 29.Qa6 Bf8 30.Red1 Rd8 31.Na3 Qb7 32.Qxb7 Rxb7 33.a5 Rdb8 34.a6 Rc7 35.Nb5 Rbc8 36.d6 Rc6 37.Nxa7 Nb8 38.Nxc8 Rxc8 39.d7 Rd8 40.Rxb6

OK now you can print this out and amuse yourself for hours.

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