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Chandler Cornered

It's Nigel Short! + A Mystery Girl

Chess Edinburgh - Chandler Cornered - It's Nigel Short!

Can Black take the Rook?
See Ruxton - Coffey later on.

But first this...

We were celebrating the hundredth anniversary of our church
and several former vicars and the bishop were in attendance.

At one point, our minister has the children gather
at the altar for a talk about the importance of the day.

He began by asking them, "Does anyone know what a bishop does?"

There was silence. But finally, one little boy answered gravely.
"He's the one you move diagonally."

Readers Digest, July 2003.

and now a correction.

In my Tribute to Tony Miles I stated I had found a 'bust' to an old trap.

after the moves; 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Ne7 5.Nxe5 c6 6.Nc4

Black cannot play 6...cxb5 because of the smothered mate 7 Nd6.
I expressed my glee at busting this with 6...d5 which wins a piece.

Well time passed and enter Joel Adolph from Canada.
Joel discovered that 6..d5 is actually a lemon because
6...d5 7 e5! and White does not lose a piece (check it out).

The move is 6...Ng6! which indeed does win a piece.

(I'll correct my Miles piece at the same time as I post this).

Cheers Joel. Glad to see someone is keeping an eye on me.

My day out at Glasgow.

Recently I was asked by Sam Collins (Scottish Chess Suppliers) and
John Dempsey to give a lecture at the Glasgow Montrose Chess Club.

John and Sam at 'work'.

We met at the Scottish Chess suppliers office where they
wined and dined me (2 pints of Guiness and a massive pizza).

It turned out to be a good fun night in a club atmosphere
not unlike Sandy Bells. It has just as many characters.

The play in the Glasgow RAF club which was decked out with
all sorts of RAF memorabilia including this wonderful painting
of a Lancaster, a Hurricane and a Spitfire.

(the fighter on the left looks like a Hurricane - it may
be another Spitfire.)

I asked for some games played by the club members and the 'show'
was built around these games with a smattering of cartoons
thrown in by me. Short games, traps etc.

We discussed some interesting positions.
Perkin v Woods (Black to play).

Can you see White's threat?
A clue.

Now look again at the diagram.

Yes Nb5 and the family fork on d6.
Black missed this and play 22...Nxc5.
White replied 23 Nb5 and the roof fell in.

S. Brown - S.Collins. Marymass open,2005. (white to play)

He we see the higher graded player S.Brown, playing
legal moves and waiting for his opponent to slip up.

This is usually a good tactic by the stronger player.
Leave them alone and they will make bad positional moves.

In this case it has not quite worked. Black has control
of the d-file and although White is going to get play
against the backward c-pawn (after 29 Rxc5) Black can
create counter play with Nd6 and g4. The position is tricky.

Instead white rolled the dice with 29 Bc4?!.

I'll give the full game later (Black played 29...Bg4?)
However things get very interesting if Black plays 29...Bxc4.
The following play is practically forced.

29...Bxc4 30.Rxc4 Nd6 31.Rxc5 Nxe4 32.Rc6 g4 33.Nh4 Rd2
34.Rxc7+ Kh6 35.Rf1 R8d3

36.Rc4 Rxg3+ 37.Kh2 Rh3+ 38.Kg2 Re2 39.Nf5+ Kg5 40.Ng7 Rg3+
41.Kh2 Nd2 giving us this wonderful position with white to play.

The beauty of it is that white is losing the exchange and
if white wriggles with 42 Kxg3 Nxf1+ when the King has to
go 43 Kg2 when 43...Ne3+ picks up the other Rook.
A nice piece of tactics that.

OK not 100% forced, but plausible and gives a hint what
tricks lay in the position. Black is certainly not losing.

Sometimes the so called weaker player nods to the superior
grade and believes the stronger player has seen everything
and what looks like a mistake cannot possibly be a mistake.

So, fearful of playing what they want to play. (in case
they have missed something), they play a move that does not
test the stronger player's analysis.

Here is the full game. Watch how quickly Black's game folds after 29...Bg4?

[Click here to replay the game]
S. Brown - S. Collins

1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 Nc6 7.e4 e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.Qxd8 Rxd8 10.c3 Be6 11.Bg5 Rd3 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.h4 h6 14.Na3 a6 15.Nc2 Rad8 16.Ne3 Be7 17.Bf1 R3d7 18.b4 f6 19.a4 Na7 20.b5 a5 21.Nd5 Kg7 22.Nxe7 Rxe7 23.c4 b6 24.Be2 Red7 25.Rec1 g5 26.hxg5 hxg5 27.c5 Nc8 28.Kg2 bxc5 29.Bc4 Bg4 30.Nh2 Bh5 31.Be6 Rd4 32.Rxc5 Nb6 33.Rxc7+ Kf8 34.Bf5 Nxa4 35.g4 Be8 36.Nf3 Rb4 37.Rh1

The Mysterious Girl

She wafted into Bells with her Mona Lisa smile.
She drank 80 shilling and a whisky chaser.
She hammered us all at 5 minute chess.
Then she left, "...see you all later..."

Who was she?

Now a nice piece of tactical play from the recent
Lothian's Allegro won by Douglas Bryson & Ian McNab.
(Dougie won on tie break).

Keith Ruxton - Patrick Coffey.

On the same day as the Allegro, Hearts were playing Rangers at Tynecastle.
Before the game there was a fireworks display and around about the same time,
in this position, Keith lit the fuse paper and we all watched the show.

8 Be2 is the 'safe' move. Keith played 8 Bxc4!? which losses the
a1 Rook. 8 Be2 Bxf3 9 Qxf3 Nc2+ 10 Kf1...

Black now played 10...Nd7. Why not take Rook?
If he had then both players had this position in mind.
(analysis positions in yellow).
10...Nxa1 11 e5 Nd7 (11...Qb6!?) 12 e6 fxe6 13 fxe6.

And you can see what Black avoided. Mate on f7 and
if the d7 Knight moves then Bb5+. Not pleasant.

So 10...Nd7 threatens 11...Ne5. The game continued
10...Nd7 11 Bf4 a6 stopping Nb5 and Bb5.

Does Black need to stop for 11...a6? can he
pinch the Rook this time? Well again both players
were looking at this possible continuation.

11...Nxa1 12 Nb5 Rc8 13 Bc7 Rxc7 14 d6

I can tell you, if you are Black and you start reaching
these positions in your mind you see all kinds of nasty
things. Sometimes threats and tricks that don't exist.

Here Black can defend and win with 14...Ne5 (it just holds).
But a very difficult defensive move to see 4 moves ago.
Patrick must have been going cross-eyed staring at lines where
a Knight or a Bishop lands on b5 so decided to prevent it.

(OK Chandler you can say it again...Ed)

I've said it once and I'll say it a million times.
All together now;

It's easier to attack than defend.

Defenders are in blunderland where one
slack move brings the house crashing down.

We are programmed to attack!
When was the last time you saw a page full of
diagrams with the heading "White to play and defend."

So we are back here.

Keith now can save his Rook with 12 Rc1 or Rd1 but he is
obviously enjoying himself so he decides to squeeze a bit
more out of the position. So he played 12 e5!?

Well that's what Keith will tell you.

The truth is he knew I was watching and if he saved
his Rook and I found a win then his life in Bells
would be miserable for months.

I would show the position to all the punters.
I would drag in passers by to show them the game.
I would publish the game world wide.
I would make the game more famous than Karpov's Nb1
against Spassky, Leningrad 1973.
I would.....


Black took the Rook.
Play continued with White playing the easy
attacking moves and Black defending as best he can.

White played the most awkward moves for Black to
defend against but his attack does need a Black error.

It came in this position.

Black played 21...Rc8? (21...Qf5! and I cannot find a win).
21...Rc8? the Queen on Rook are on the same diagonal.
White played 22 Nxf6 and 23 Be6. It was all over.

[Click here to replay the game]
K. Ruxton - P. Coffey

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.d4 dxc4 6.d5 Nb4 7.e4 Bg4 8.Bxc4 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nc2+ 10.Kf1 Nd7 11.Bf4 a6 12.e5 Nxa1 13.e6 Nf6 14.exf7+ Kxf7 15.d6+ Ke8 16.Qxb7 Qc8 17.d7+ Nxd7 18.Qd5 Nf6 19.Qf7+ Kd8 20.Nd5 Qh3+ 21.Kg1 Rc8 22.Nxf6 gxf6 23.Be6 Qxe6 24.Qxe6 Nc2 25.Bd2 Nd4 26.Ba5+

And finally....
A few Sundays nights ago after Bells closed we all ambled along
to The Royal Oak. Look who plays the piano in The Royal Oak.

It's Nigel Short!

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