Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

Bells do a double + Smash and Grab

Wednesday evening on the 17th of August Sandy Bells
won both the Summer Cup and the Summer Plate.

They beat Lasswade in the Cup and Civil Service
in the Plate. Both matches were played at the Polish Club.

Now with both matches being played at the same
venue Sandy's Chess kit was a bit stretched.
So they borrowed 6 boards, sets and clocks
from the Wandering Dragons.


Allow me to present exhibit 'A'.

And now exhibit 'B'.

We have a photograph of the perpetrator.

Who is he? Answer on a an email to
Bill Falconer or Jannic Konarski.

Keith Aitchinson playing Gaffin Austin.

Let us have a look at a couple of games.

P.Middleton - G.Brown

I do not like White's 2nd move 2 c4.
I know it's a move that is designed to cramp
Black and restrict the freeing d5 but White
sets out his stall far too early and it seems
(to me), to narrow down White's options.

White did have a chance to open it up
and should have played 10 cxd5 here which
would have sent the whole game into a different
direction not unfavorable to White.

The game losing blunder was 19 Bf3?

Black played 19...Bh4 and the pin on the Knight
proved too much for White. Black pushed
home without giving White a shred of a chance.

[Click here to replay the game]
P.Middleton - G.Brown

1.e4 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.d3 Nf6 5.Be2 e6 6.0-0 Be7 7.Nc3 a6 8.b3 d5 9.e5 Nd7 10.Bf4 d4 11.Ne4 Qc7 12.h3 Ndxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 14.Qd2 f5 15.Bxe5 Qxe5 16.f4 Qc7 17.Ng3 Bd7 18.Rae1 0-0-0 19.Bf3 Bh4 20.Qf2 g5 21.Bxb7+ Kxb7 22.Re5 Rhg8 23.Qf3+ Bc6 24.Rxc5 Bxf3 25.Rxc7+ Kxc7 26.Rxf3 Bxg3 27.Rxg3 gxf4 28.Rf3 Rg3 29.Kf2 Rxf3+ 30.Kxf3 e5 31.b4 Rg8 32.a4 Rg3+ 33.Ke2 Rxg2+ 34.Kf3 Rg3+

Two more players from the matches
On the left is Ian Spring on the right is David Pirie.

Crawford McNab v T. Dimitrov

This was a Latvian Gambit, White played the 3 Nxe5
line which is meant to give White a plus in all lines.
Perhaps in the analysis room. OTB it's different.

This is because the Latvian throws up positions
that are unique and the Latvian Gambiteer feels
more at home in the odd set up's that occur.

Todor played 3...Qf6 the mainline.

When I played this opening I would usually go
for the hairy scary line 3...Nf6.
3...Nf6 4 Bc4 Qe7 5 Nf7 d5

Game on. I use to score well with this against
under 2000 players. Nearly 100%.

If White wants to test the Latvian then 3 d4 or
3 Bc4 are the fun moves.

3 d4 comes very close to refuting the whole
opening and is the main reason I stopped playing it.

In this game, any hope White had of catching Black
in an undeveloped position evaporated with the
time he wastes with his Queen's Bishop. e3-f4-g3.

The game continues and White does have the makings
of a possible king side attack down the open h-file.
Black calmly nicks a pawn, 16...Qxg3 and White sacs
a pawn to set Black up in a neat trick to win it back.
(moves 21 - 23)

The game continues...
White doubles up on the h-file.
Black doubles up on the d-file.

Suddenly a pair of Rooks are swopped off.
The Queens come off and.... wait a minute.

I first saw this game in Bells and had heard
so much about the final position I just let
everything slide past till the final position arose.

Here on move 36 Black played 36...axb3+

but 36...Qe5 is very strong. it forces 37 Nd4
which loses a piece. (37 c3 Qf4!).

Never mind. If Todor had seen that we would
have been robbed of the lovely finish.

White to play. Can he play 40 Nxe3?

Play over the game and find out.

[Click here to replay the game]
C. McNab v T. Dimitrov

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5 3.Nxe5 Qf6 4.d4 d6 5.Nc4 fxe4 6.Nc3 Qg6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.Qd2 c6 9.Bf4 Nh5 10.Bg3 Be7 11.Be2 Nxg3 12.hxg3 0-0 13.Ne3 d5 14.Bh5 Qd6 15.0-0-0 b5 16.f3 Qxg3 17.Ne2 Qd6 18.Kb1 Be6 19.Bg4 Bg5 20.Bxe6+ Qxe6 21.f4 Bxf4 22.Nxf4 Rxf4 23.Nxd5 Rf7 24.Ne3 Nd7 25.d5 cxd5 26.Qxd5 Qe8 27.Rh4 Nf6 28.Qb3 a5 29.Rdh1 a4 30.Qb4 Rd7 31.g4 Rad8 32.a3 Qe5 33.Nf5 Rd1+ 34.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 35.Ka2 Qd5+ 36.b3 axb3+ 37.Qxb3 Qxb3+ 38.Kxb3 e3 39.Rh3 Nd5 40.Nxe3 Rb1+ 41.Ka2 Nc3

So we were looking at the game when a pretty girl
carrying an elephant appeared and sat at the board.

And then a pretty girl carrying a turtle.

And then this bloke appeared and netted all the pieces.

Just another night in Sandy Bells.

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