Chess Edinburgh lewischessmen2-75h 

Chandler Cornered

Edinburgh 1 v Lasswade (Amazing things)

I woke up this morning and thought I'd gone deaf.
Then I discovered the wife had gone out.

She's off buying a new dress for her annual works party.
She works as a stoker on a Leith tug.

I said there was nothing wrong with the dress she already has.
"Lower the sleeves and remove the swastikas, it'll be fine."

Anyway following my wonderful night out watching The Tiger Cubs
(see previous C.C.). I thought I would catch a Premier match.
Edinburgh 1 v Lasswade 1.

What a match.
These guys really take their Chess seriously.

Board 1: Berry (Edinburgh) v Kilgour.

This position arose with White refusing to resign.
"A gentleman would resign, I can mate you no matter where you go." said Black.
"Anywhere I go?" asked White.
"Pick a square and I'll mate your King on that square." stated Black.

So Neil Berry played 1 Kg2 and walked away.

Try it yourself dear reader. You cannot set up a mate position with
the King on g2 (or b7). Draw agreed.

Board 2 Farrell v Kafka (Edinburgh)
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 Now an incredible thing happened.
Neil Farrell touched his King.
Graeme Kafka insisted he move it. so... 3.Ke2 Qe4 mate.
Here is the complete game.

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Farrell v Kafka

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Ke2 Qe4# 0-1

Board 3: McGowan (Edinburgh) v Cornes.
McGowan arrived late and noticed that board 2 had finished.
"What happened on board two?" he asked his opponent?
"White played 1.e4" replied Cornes.
So McGowan played 1.e4. Cornes played 1…d5.
McGowan took the pawn 2 exd5. Cornes paid 2…Qxd5
McGowan then played 3 Nc3.
"No," stated Cornes. "White played 3 Ke2."
So McGowan took back 3. Nc3 and played 3 Ke2.
"Thank you." Said Cornes and promptly played 3 Qe4 mate.
He then recorded his win on the score card and walked out.
Er… Here is the complete game.

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McGowan v Cornes

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Ke2 Qe4# 0-1

Board 4: Chapman v Grassie (Edinburgh)
This was a extraordinary game.
1.Nf3 Nc6 2 Ng5! to tempt forward the h-pawn. 2…h6?
And White mated brilliantly using the weakened g6 square.
Here is the complete game.

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Chapman v Grassie

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.Ng5 h6 3.Nf3 e5 4.e4 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.e5 Nh7
7.Bc4 Bc5 8.Qd3 0-0 9.c3 dxc3 10.Nxc3 a6 11.Qg6 d5
12.Nxd5 fxg6 13.Ne7+ Kh8 14.Nxg6# 1-0

Board 5: Robertson (Edinburgh) v Sykes.
White to play. He cannot stop the mates on g2 and h2.

White waited…
White waited…
Eventually his opponent left the board to stretch his legs.
Robertson got up and sat in Black's seat.
Sykes came back to the board and played.

1.Rxa8+ Kxa8 2.Ra1+ Kb8 3.Nbc6+ Nxc6 4.Nxc6+ bxc6 5.Qb1+
and mate next move.

Board 6: Flockhart v Hayes (Edinburgh)

White to move. He played 1 U-U which is uncastles.
The White King goes to e1 the Rook goes to h1.

"What are you doing?" asked Black.
"Uncastling." replied White.
"You cannot do that?" pleaded Black.
"Of course I can. You can uncastle as well!" stated White
"Oh" replied Black. "Thank you."

Black then noticed if he uncastled he would lose both Rooks.
He cannot stop Qh8 mate so Black resigned.

Final score: Edinburgh 1. 2½ Lasswade 1. 3½

Now I know some of you won't believe me and some of the
above players will hotly deny that any of this happened.

I direct you to the bulletin board.
There you will see the result posted by Neil Berry himself.

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