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Chandler Cornered

Tiger Cubs 3 v Edinburgh 3 (a great night out)




Nothing on the telly. Thought I'd amble down to the
Edinburgh Chess Club and see the Tiger Cubs in action.

What a great night. The Tigers score comes first.

Board 1: A Rook sac, a missed Bishop sac. Intriguing game.1-0
Board 2: White a piece up keeps missing the killer touch. -
Board 3: Piece for three pawns sac. 1-0
Board 4: Swindle of the year. -
Board 5: Just a normal game (I was too engrossed in the other 5 games) 0-1
Board 6: Rook sac that's wins, Attacker slips up, defender slips up. 1-0

Tigers Cubs 1. 3
Edinburgh 3. 3

Here are 5 of the games.

Board 1. H. Brechin (Tiger Cub) v CA. Hutchison.



This was the first big moment in the game.
Does black move the c5 Knight or Take the White Knight.
Preferable would be Nd7 keeping the Kingside closed and
preparing to rip open the Queen side with a5.
13... Nd7 14 Nf3 a5 15 b4 Nc5.

Instead Black opened up the K-side and allowed his
Bishop to be forced back onto c8 burying the a8 Rook.

13...hxg5 14.bxc5 gxh4 15.c6 Bc8



Here White confessed to nearly playing 22 Ne4 allowing Qa1 mate.
He played 22 Kb1. Black should have tried untangling his q-side
22...a6 planning b5.or defending with 22...Rf8.
Instead he came up with an elaborate plan of
Qh6 and Qh5. I'm not too sure what that all about.



White now throws in a Rook to punish Black
for taking the Queen away from the action.
25 Nxc6!. Good. White could not possibly fathom out
all the variations but he gets three passed pawns and
a massive attack for the Rook. He trusted his judgment and dived in.



Here White could have capped it all with
30 Bc4 Qxc4 and it's mate in 3.
White actually misses Bc4 on the next move as well.
Fortunately the win is still there.
Black saw it, that is why he played 31..Rxd3

Here is the complete game.



[Click here to replay the game]
H. Brechin - CA. Hutchison

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 g6 4.e4 Bg7 5.Be3 0-0 6.Qd2 Nbd7 7.Bh6 b6 8.h4 e5 9.Bc4 Bb7 10.d5 Nc5 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.Ng5 h6 13.b4 hxg5 14.bxc5 gxh4 15.c6 Bc8 16.0-0-0 Rh8 17.f4 Ng4 18.Rdf1 f5 19.Bd3 exf4 20.exf5 g5 21.Re1 Qf6 22.Kb1 Qh6 23.Ne4 Qh5 24.Qc3+ Ne5 25.Nxd6 cxd6 26.Rxe5 dxe5 27.Qxe5+ Kg8 28.d6 Qf7 29.Re1 h3 30.gxh3 Rxh3 31.Qd4 Rxd3 32.cxd3 Bxf5 33.Re7 Qg6 34.d7 Bxd7 35.cxd7 Rd8 36.Qd5+ Kf8 37.Re6 Qf7 38.Qd6+ Kg8 39.Re7 Qh5 40.Qe6+ Kf8 41.Qf6+



Board 2. M. Sanderson. v D. Oswald (Tiger Cub)

Black played a dodgy looking opening.
I thought we discussed this variation of the Winawer
on the site a few weeks back.
We decided then that White gets a good attack going.

(It was actually at a lecture in the Montrose club this variation came up.
I'm having trouble separating fact from fiction - I getting too old for this game.)



Anyway, in the above position Black played 11... Nh5? losing a piece
11...Qf7 was better though the position is still difficult to defend.
12 Qg5! and the piece has to go because of the mate on d8.

The game continued with Black a pieces down and White
pushing and probing looking for the knockout punch.
In this position White should be looking for mating patterns.



If the Queen can get onto d5 it's mate.
Therefore. 33.Bxe4 Nxe4 (33...fxe4 34.Qd5#) 34.Rxe4+ Kf7
35.Re7+ Qxe7 36.Qxe7+ Kg8 37.Rd7

In the following position White hastily took off
the Queens.instead he can pick up the a8 Rook.



39.Bd4+ Nxd4 40.Qxd4+ Kf7 41.Qd5+ Kf6 42.Qxa8



Finally we got to this position.
Black offered a draw. The score was 2-2.
Black looked at the remaining game (coming next)
and decided his guy was winning.
We are in an allegro finish.The Clocks:
White 4 minutes left - Black 6.
Draw agreed.

Here is the complete game.


[Click here to replay the game]
M. Sanderson. v D. Oswald

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nge2 dxe4 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Nxc3 f5 7.f3 exf3 8.Qxf3 Qxd4 9.Qg3 Qd7 10.Bf4 Nf6 11.Rd1 Nh5 12.Qg5 Qe7 13.Qxh5+ g6 14.Qh6 Nc6 15.Nb5 e5 16.Bg5 Qf7 17.Be2 a6 18.Nc3 Be6 19.0-0 Nd4 20.Rd2 c5 21.Ne4 Qc7 22.Nf6+ Kf7 23.Nh5 Ke8 24.Bf6 Rg8 25.Ng7+ Kf7 26.Nxe6 Kxe6 27.Bh4 b5 28.c3 Nb3 29.Rdd1 c4 30.Qg5 Rgf8 31.Bf3 e4 32.Rfe1 Nc5 33.Bg3 Qg7 34.Rd6+ Kf7 35.Bf2 Ne6 36.Qd2 Rfd8 37.Rd7+ Rxd7 38.Qxd7+ Kf6 39.Qxg7+ Kxg7 40.Be2 Rd8 41.Rd1 Rxd1+ 42.Bxd1 Nf4 43.b3 cxb3 44.Bxb3



Board 4 (I know I've skipped a board but this
game influenced the draw in the previous game).

R. Hughes (Tiger Cub) - I. Haswell-Smith

This game developed into an allegro
finish so the full score was not kept.

This game swung back and forth. White was winning,
Black had the edge, it was level, White was winning.

In this position White was winning.



In this position Black played 1 Rf3! draw!
1...Rc6+ 2.Kb5 [2.Kxc6 stalemate.]
2...Rxa6 3.Kxa6 Kc7 4.Kb5 Kb7 it's a draw.

The kind of drawing idea you only see in books. Brilliant!
Black is not your hardened club player,
the veteran of a thousand games.
She is 12 years old. Queen of the Swindlers

Board 3 L. Hughes (Tiger Cub) - D. Anderson



Black forgot all about his King and has just played
14...Nc5.Yes White played 15 Qh5 and the fun began.
White sacced his Knight for 3 pawns and Black always
appeared on the back foot. It's Hard to defend against
an imaginative attacker.



Here White could have had a great deal of fun with
22.Bh7+ Kh8 23.Bg5 Qg7! A difficult move to find with
the clock ticking.

Ah yes the clock. A talking point.

In this position with White to move.



All he need do is play 31 Qg3+ to guard f2 and then 32 axb3 winning.
But Black after playing 30...Kg7 forgot to press his clock.

The Tiger Cub noticed this and went into a deep huddle.
a minute later the flag fell. These Cubs play for real.

Was this bad sportsmanship or gamesmanship?
Should White have told his opponent he forgot to press his clock?
No. The clock is your 17th piece. It's your job to press it.
The Rutherford's have taught these kids well.

Here is the complete game.


[Click here to replay the game]
L.Hughes - D. Anderson

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nd5 Nxd5 5.exd5 d6 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Ba4 0-0 9.0-0 Bb7 10.c3 Ba5 11.Re1 Nd7 12.d4 Re8 13.dxe5 dxe5 14.Ng5 Nc5 15.Qh5 h6 16.Qxf7+ Kh8 17.Qh5 Qf6 18.Bc2 Bb6 19.Nf7+ Kg8 20.Nxh6+ gxh6 21.Bxh6 Re6 22.Bg5 Qf7 23.Qg4 Qg7 24.Bb3 Rae8 25.Rxe5 Nxb3 26.Rxe6 Rxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kh7 28.Bf6 Bc8 29.Qxc8 Qxf6 30.Qh3+ Kg7



Board 6 L. Harvard - A. Taylor (Tiger Cub)

Original opening play by White and he has built up a
reasonable position with fair prospects. Still Black
should be able to defend this and create some chances
of his own. 19...Bc6 to stop any g4 ideas.
Then c4 with the Knight perhaps leaping to c5 and b3.



I'm afraid to say that in this position Black
opened the g-file with 19...Bxf3? and a few moves
later this position arose. Is Rxg7 sound?



Well White thought so and I agree. 22 Rxg7!
I was wandering around the club with all these fantastic games
being played at the same time. I scared to stay too long at a
board in case I missed something on another board.



Now all White need to do is play 25 Qg4 and it's all over.
Instead he played 25 Rg3? and Black can defend with 25...Qe6.

But Black missed his chance (he played very quickly 25..b5).
25...Qe6 and there are no mates, no attack - White is a Rook down.
The Gods smiled on White. He was given another chance to find Qg4.
This time he did. 26.Qg4 Bc7 27.Qg7 mate
Here is the complete game.



[Click here to replay the game]
L. Harvard - A. Taylor

1.a3 e5 2.Nf3 e4 3.Nd4 Bc5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.c4 c5 7.Nc3 0-0 8.d3 exd3 9.Bxd3 d6 10.Qc2 Be6 11.Ne4 h6 12.Bd2 Qe7 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Bc3 Qe7 15.Nd2 d5 16.cxd5 Bxd5 17.0-0-0 Nd7 18.Bh7+ Kh8 19.Nf3 Bxf3 20.gxf3 Nf6 21.Rhg1 Bc7 22.Rxg7 Kxg7 23.Rg1+ Kh8 24.Qf5 Bd8 25.Rg3 b5 26.Qg4 Bc7 27.Qg7


Well that was a good night out.
When I left the club my head was reeling looking at
all of the possible tricks, shots and traps.
(there are dozens of complicated winning moves in
game 2. It could have had a complete article all to itself).

You stayed home and watched the telly.

I saw two Rook sacs, A Knight getting blundered away
and then a battling defence. A piece for 3 pawns sac.
A cunning star move to draw.
Two missed chances to finish the game quicker.
Note in both cases the attacker still won.

I've said it once, I'll say it again...

AT OUR LEVEL (UNDER 2000) THE ATTACKER ALWAYS WINS.
(except in game 2 where Black blundered a piece defending.
and of course Game 4 the swindle.)

OK I'll rephrase that.

AT OUR LEVEL (UNDER 2000) THE ATTACKER USUALLY WINS.


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