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Chandler Cornered

The ASDA trap + The Resource (all blindfold)

Hello Glum People,

First of all play over this wee game. It's from Division 1
in the Dumbarton and District League, played in January 2005.

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J.McLatchie vs. G.Alomenu

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3 Bc5 6.Bc4 Bxf2+ 7.Kxf2 Qd4+ 8.Ke1 Qxc4 9.d4 Bg4 10.Qd2 0-0-0 11.e5 Rhe8 12.h3 Rxe5+ 13.Kf2 Rxd4

All good fun and I'd like to thank Jonathan McLatchie for
sportingly sending it to me. Let's have a look at it.

Here Black has just played 12...Rxe5+(?).
Far better was 12...Rxd4 and wins easily.

White should play 13 dxe5 as it turns out to be
an expensive Queen. White gets two Rooks and piece for it.
Even then Black can scrounge a perpetual.

13.dxe5 Rxd2 14.Bxd2 Bh5 15.exf6 (15.g4!) 15...Qh4+
16.Kf1 Qxf6+ 17.Ke1 (if 17.Kg1 Qd4+ and Qxd2) 17...Qh4+ 18.Kf1 Qf6+

How did White miss 13 dxe5?
Perhaps he was to dismayed at his position and had
already resigned himself to a loss.
Possibly White has been playing against a computer for far too long
(even the cheapest computer would not have missed 12...Rxd4)
and was not expecting an error.

Humans under calculate, humans get excited, humans make errors.

So what about the interesting 3rd. move by Black. 3...Nc6!?

And why not? it's a shot.
A true gambit. Blacks sacs an important centre pawn
for a freer position, a lead in development and lays
a few landmines in the process.

Of course with sensible play White should see out the
next 5 or 6 moves when he will have consolidated and
Black will simply be a pawn down.

I checked my database of 648 million games and found
it was first played by Staunton against 'Allies'.London 1875.
Staunton lost. Just for the record here is the game.

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Allies v H. Staunton

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bc5 6.Be2 h5 7.h3 Qd4 8.Rf1 Be6 9.c3 Qd7 10.e5 Nd5 11.d4 Bb6 12.Bxh5 0-0-0 13.Bg4 c5 14.Bxe6 Qxe6 15.Be3 f5 16.Bg5 Rd7 17.Qb3 cxd4 18.cxd4 Bxd4 19.f4 Qc6 20.Na3 Nc3 21.Qc2 Be3 22.bxc3 Bd2+ 23.Kf2 Qc5+ 24.Kg3 Qxa3 25.Rf3

And in Eskilstuna (where on Earth is that?) in 1915
Black won with a Legal* type mate.

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V.Elldin vs. G. Anderson

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bc5 6.Bg5 Nxe4 7.Bxd8 Bxf2+ 8.Ke2 Bg4

(I wonder if G. Anderson is our own George Anderson.
What was George Anderson doing in Eskilstuna in 1915?)

Best for White are simple moves like 5 Nc3 or 5 d3, Be2 and 0-0.
keeping the extra central pawn. However...
"before the endgame, the God's have placed the middlegame." - Tarrasch

So don't sit back and wait for Black to fold.
Develop, tuck his nibs in the corner and start attacking.

Enterprising players from the lower tables,
board 5 & 6 from the premiership downwards,
will scare White with 0-0-0 and h5. Give it a try.

What to call it. It has no name.
I do not want to call it the Staunton's other Gambit.

We could call it The Gilbert which is a great name
for a dodgy gambit. Or how about the ASDA.


This game was among the pile of games I had recently sent on
Friday night. I was on the bus going to ASDA to browse their
Saturday Morning car boot sale and pick up the messages.
(that's shopping for all you non-Scots).

I was thinking about this game and was playing over in my head
what happens after the very plausible 5 e4 Ne4.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6
5.e5 Ne4 6.d4 Be6 7.Be2 Qh4 8.0-0 0-0-0 9.f3 Rxd4!

Of course not forced but a good credible piece of fun.
I continued with 10 g3 Nxg3! (holds the Bishop on d4).
Then it was getting all too complicated for my little
brain to work out unseen. But Black must be winning.

I then considered what if White plays the tempo
gaining 6 d3 Nc5 7 d4 Ne4 now he has the same position
as the previous line after move 6 but with White to move.

90 minutes later I'm laden with car boot sale junk
(A Tony Hancock CD and the Shirelles greatest hits)
and the week's shopping.

The game popped in my brain again...

"After 6 d3 Black can play 6...Bc5!"

7 dxe4 Bxf2+ wins the Queen.

What a wonderful wee trick

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nc6 4.Nxc6 dxc6
5.e5 Ne4 6.d3 Bc5! 7.Be3 Bxe3 8.fxe3 Qh4+ 9.g3 Nxg3

So having discovered this little beauty we should
call it the ASDA trap. I'll contact them - they might sponsor it.

Now remember this position?

It's Ruxton v Oswald from the previous article.

In Bells last night Keith showed me an amazing
defensive resource.

Well he never showed me, I had to find it.... in my head!
The bar set was being used my Mickey Rattray and some
guy who looked like John Mayall (he of the Blue Breakers).

If you do not know who John Mayall is. Run to the
mirror - stare at the reflection and shout "Dip Stick Loser."

Here is the position again - follow it in your head.

If you cannot follow it in your head. Run to the
mirror - stare at the reflection and shout "Walnut Brain."

Black looks beat but is infact winning.
Black played 1..Qf5 and resigned after 2 Nxg6+.
He should have played...
1...Re1+ 2 Rxe1 Nxf4 3 Rh1 Ng6.

Here I left the analysis stating Black wins.
Keith asked me what would happen if now 4 Rgh7 ....

Threat 5 Rh8+ Nxh8 6 Rxh8 mate.

4....Ke8 5 Rh8+ Nf8 6 Rxf8+ Kxf8 7 Rxh8 mate.
4....Kg8 5 Rg7+ Kf8 6 Rgh7 draw.

The winning move after 4 Rgh7 is .....

I ain't gonna tell ya.... You find it, it will do you good.

OK people, I'm off to my mirror - stare at the reflection
and simply admire myself.

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