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Chisholm v Nisbett

From the 2005 Marymass tournament where they tried
the 3pts for a win formula. The jury is still out
on whether or not it worked.

(3pts for a win. pt for a draw. -3pts for a loss,
a stiff kick in the head for playing the Caro Khan).

Joking aside, I've often thought it might be an
idea to introduce a rule where you get 2 pts for
win in the last round. This will stop the quick
draws as the top two carve up the prize money.

He we see one player simply seeing his own
combination and totally ignoring any sensible
reply by his opponent. This type of blunder
carries lessons for us all.
I've done it, you have done it and
countless players after us shall do it.

If 7 fxe5 then 7...Qh5+ gives Black some play.
Instead it's White who checks on h4 and the
game ceased to be a contest.

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Chisholm v Nisbett

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ng4 4.e6 fxe6 5.e4 Ne5 6.f4 Bc5 7.Qh5+ Ng6 8.Qxc5 d6 9.Qg5 Qd7 10.Nf3 0-0 11.Bd3 Nc6 12.a3 e5 13.f5 Nf4 14.Bxf4 exf4 15.Qxf4 Ne5 16.Nxe5 dxe5 17.Qe3 b6 18.Nc3 Bb7 19.Rd1 Qc6 20.0-0 Kh8 21.Qg3 Qc5+ 22.Kh1 Rad8 23.b4 Qe7 24.Nd5 Bxd5 25.cxd5 Rd6 26.Rc1 a5 27.bxa5 bxa5 28.a4 Rh6 29.Bb5 Qf6 30.Rc6

Reinless v Stepbrothers

This game was played in Germany in 1944.
With war, poverty and misery all around them,
two souls sit down to play a game of Chess.
Between them they create a mini work of art.

(Gosh I've come all over Reinfeldy)

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Reinless - Stepbrothers

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 8.Nf3 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 10.Nf4 Kh8 11.Be2 Rg8 12.Qd3 Nf8 13.dxc5 Bxc5 14.Ng5 Nxe5 15.Qxh7+ Nxh7 16.Nxf7+ Nxf7 17.Ng6

And now a masterpiece.

G.Chandler v Mr.Downloader

This game has a wee story.
I was waiting for ages for someone to come along
and play me at 5 minute Chess on the YAHOO web site.
My Tag is R.L. Stevenson
I got so fed up waiting I went looking for an opponent.
The only other vacant board was a lad sitting there
with the White pieces waiting for a ten minute game.

I cannot recall 'his' tag - I don't think it was a girl,
something like 'Spacehopper2004'. Anyway...

I dislike 10 minute games. It's too long and if you
are crushing the guy, they up and leave. You then have
to sit there and watch the last 4 or 5 minutes go past.
(sometimes the cunning rats pop back with a minute to
go to see if you are still there.)

Anyway...I played a Pirc (1e4 d6) and won.
My opponent offers to swap sides(!) and I play the
following great game.
My opponent congratulated me(!) and told me my move
6 Bc4 was a new move. (I don't believe this, It's a natural move).

He then told me he got the idea of 5...Ne5 from Andrew Martin
on the TWIC site - it was one of the free downloads.

I declined the offer of another game and went off to the
TWIC site. My opponent was right. A free article which I
think I saw in a CHESS this year (can't be bothered looking which one).

The TWIC site is:

Andrew only gives 6 Bd2 or Bd3 here with dozen examples.

(Don't you think Andrew Martin looks like the
Leyton Orient football player Martin Andrew?)

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4

I played 6 Bc4 and my opponent replied 6...Bg4
(6...Nxc3 7 Qd2 looks OK). 6...Bg4 is a TRAP.
if 7 Bxf7+ Kxf7 8 Ne5+ Qxe5! and it ends with Black a piece up.

I ignored the trap with 7 0-0 forcing Black to waste
another move with 7...Nxc3. 8 bxc3. My opponent then
decided to cover f7 with 8...Bh5 another loss of tempo.

He cannot play 8...Qxc3 because 9 Bxf7+ & Ne5+ (if 9...Kd8 10 Be3)

Every 50 or so games my brain works wonders.
Here I found a lovely idea. How is Black going
to develop his f8 Bishop? With g6 and Bg7?
If he goes for e7 I can tear open the position
with d5. Also I don't want him playing Bxf3.
So 9 Qd3 inviting 9...Bg6 10 Qe2. and Black
is going to toil to get his Bishop out.

Black decided to take a couple of pawns allowing
me to revel in the joys of superior development.

10...Qxc3 11.Bd2 Qxc2 12.Rac1 Qf5 13.Rfe1

I did not even spend 5 seconds on my 13th move 13 Re1.
There can be no better move to play in the opening than 'APA'.
(APA = all pieces in action).
APA on move 13! here we go, here we go, here we go.

See Black's problem? If 13...e6 then 14 d5.
The tempo gained with 9...Bg6 will cost him
three moves to develop the King's Bishop.
So he attempts to stop me from playing d5.

13...c6 14 d5! cxd5 I'm three pawns down but on
the board I am a Chess Set up. (note 14 d5
also vacates d4 for the Knight - everything clicks)

15.Bb5+ Kd8

You win such positions by hitting the weak spots, make every
move a threat and never give your opponent a breather.
Eventually the defender just simply cannot cope.
All you need do then is find the final combination.

16.Bg5 Qe6 17 Qd2 Be4

The moment this was played I just knew sometime
very soon I'd be saccing the exchange on e4.

18.Nd4 Qg6 19.Qf4 Na6

Look at the pinned pawn on e7.
This means d6 is weak. (when I played 19 Qf4 I
noticed then weakness of d6 - everything clicks)

20.Rxe4 opening the d-file. Black cannot capture back with
the Queen due to Qd6 mate. 20...dxe4 21.Ne6+ Qxe6 22.Qd2+
and again if 22...Qd6 23 Qxd6 mate. 1-0

A good game that. A study in development. Here is the full game.

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G. Chandler v Mr Dowloader

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.Bc4 Bg4 7.0-0 Nxc3 8.bxc3 Bh5 9.Qd3 Bg6 10.Qe2 Qxc3 11.Bd2 Qxc2 12.Rac1 Qf5 13.Rfe1 c6 14.d5 cxd5 15.Bb5+ Kd8 16.Bg5 Qe6 17.Qd2 Be4 18.Nd4 Qg6 19.Qf4 Na6 20.Rxe4 dxe4 21.Ne6+ Qxe6 22.Qd2+ Qd6 23.Qxd6

Right, I'm off to play another 49 bad games
so I can play another golden fiftieth.

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