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December CHESS has just been delivered.
'Wot no Christmas Quiz' - yes it comes in January.

November CHESS was good.

The cover has a game with being played with 9 pawns...

...count them. 9 Black pawns.

Must be a version of Fischer Chess.

What a breath of fresh air the November issue was.
11 pages devoted to the kids tournament THE TERAFINAL.
A whole bundle of enjoyable games with tricks, traps and
blunders behind every corner. We should get more of these games.

The usual fare is GM and IM games where nothing seems to
happen until move 40 when somebody misses a shot in time trouble.

one game that caught my eye in the November issue was Mirzoeva-Gore. (page 57).
The opening note stated; Alan (Gore) was planning to play "Reprintev's Surprise"
as advocated by Andrew Martin in the April Chess.

I've seen this. It's Naff.
After the opening moves:
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4?!

Andrew looks at 6 Bd3. 6 Qd3 and 6 Bd2.

Morphy must be sloshing about in his watery grave.
Black cannot start moving Knights about chasing half threats
in the opening. The remedy is always the same.
Whack f7. So the move must be 6 Bc4.

[Click here to replay the game]
6.Bc4 v Reprintev's Surprise

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.Bc4 Nxc3 7.Qd2 e5 8.Nxe5 Bb4 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.0-0 Nd7 11.bxc3 Bxc3 12.Qf4 Bxa1 13.Nxd7+ Bxd7 14.Ba3+ Qxa3 15.Be6+ Ke7 16.Qf7+ Kd6 17.Qxd7

Not Convinced? Try this....

This one has a nice Knight sac Queen sac.

[Click here to replay the game]
6.Bc4 v Reprintev's Surprise

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4 6.Bc4 Nxc3 7.Qd2 e5 8.Nxe5 Bb4 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.0-0 Ne4 11.Qf4 Nf6 12.c3 Bd6 13.Re1 Nc6 14.Bc4 Nd8 15.Nd7+ Bxd7 16.Qxf6+ gxf6 17.Bh6

Reprintev's Surprise indeed.
The only surprising thing is how come Andrew Martin missed this?

See when these guys get good, they forget how to play Chess.

Talking of Fischer Chess...
I was messing about with the chess playing program Gromit.
It has a Fischer Chess feature. It sets up the pieces
randomly on the back ranks for you. One set up was this.

There is a Fool's Mate here.
1.b3 e6 2.a4 Qa3 mate.

How long will be it before the books start appearing
with openings dedicated to Fischer Chess?
I've found the first 'trap.'

M.Taimanov v E. Gufeld, Moscow 1961
I still dip into 'The Search for Mona Lisa' by Gufeld
and a few days ago I played over the game on page 90.

At first I thought I had done something wrong and
played out the game again - no it's there...

Taimanov misses a mate in 3 and losses.
(mate in 4 if Black gives up his Queen).
Gufeld does not mention it and nor have I
seen this fact mentioned anywhere.

I expected it to see it in 'Blunder & Brilliancies'
which was a well researched book. It's not
so perhaps it's unknown,
Surely someone somewhere.....

Gufeld classes the game as one of his most
unforgettable encounters. It should have been.

Thinking that perhaps Gufeld had got the move order
wrong I fired up my database (987 million games and rising)
and found the score of the game.
No. It's there too. Exactly as Gufeld gives it.

I'm not joking - here is the game.
Play it over and see if you can spot the mating moves.
To prove I'm not joking - (nobody believes me anymore.)
I'll give 10.00 to anyone who can prove there is
no forced win for White in the following game.

And if you think I've tampered with the game,
(I would never stoop so low as to carve up a masterpiece).
Fire up you own meager databases and look
at the game - it's quite a famous game
so you should have it even on the smallest DB.

And don't simply paste the game into Fritz.
Put it on auto play and see if your chess instinct
give you a tweak. I got tweaked.
I never ignore a 'tweak' when I get one. Never.

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Taimanov v E. Gufeld

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.0-0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.b4 Nh5 10.g3 f5 11.Ng5 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.b5 fxg3 14.hxg3 Nh5 15.Kg2 Nf4+ 16.gxf4 exf4 17.e5 Bxe5 18.Nge4 Nf5 19.Rg1 Ng3 20.Bd2 Bxc3 21.Bxc3 Nxe4 22.fxe4 Qg5+ 23.Kf1 Bh3+ 24.Kf2 Qh4+ 25.Kf3 Qh5+ 26.Kf2 Qh4+ 27.Kf3 g5 28.Bf1 g4+ 29.Ke2 f3+ 30.Kd3 g3 31.Bxh3 Qxh3 32.Qd2 Qg4 33.Qf2 g2 34.Rae1 Rae8 35.Kc2 Qf4 36.Kb3 Rxe4 37.Rxe4 Qxe4 38.Qxa7 Qg6 39.Qf2 Qg4 40.Qa7 Re8 41.Be1 Qe4 42.Bf2 Qd3+ 43.Kb4 Qd2+ 44.Kb3 b6

If you still cannot see it I'll give
the key move at the bottom of this piece.

Which brings me on nicely to Helpmates.
Black to play and black helps white to mate him in two moves.
So black moves, white moves, black moves, white mates.
Recognise the position? (two solutions).

Solution at the bottom.

Mark Condie sent me a very old picture when
he was 11 or 12 wearing a CAPITAL CHESS T-SHIRT.

A Capital Chess T-Shirt. A collectors item.

I'm often asked about Mark and I've heard a
few different stories about why he has all but
given up the game.

You know what people are like.
If they don't know the facts - so they make them up.

Mark has been fighting his own private battle
against Wilson's Disease since 1997.

He has been taking various forms of medication
and these have had various side affects.

His appearance would change, sometimes he would
have difficulty making himself clear and he would
tire very quickly.

His Chess brain is still there but at the moment
the body is unhealthy.

A few years back Mark played for Bells I and
helped us win the First Division.
Helped is the wrong choice of words.
He won us the 1st Division title.

E. Perry, G. Chandler, G. Oswald,
R. France, M. Condie, T. Dimitrov.

The same thing happened last season we won
Division 1 with Keith Ruxton on board 1.

it would be great to get a fit Mark and Keith
in the same team. Then we could take on the World.

All through this dark period Mark has not made himself
a victim or sunk into a state of deep depression.
He has fought the thing every step of the way.

I was speaking to Mark the other day and he seems quite
hopeful and upbeat about a new form of medication from America.

He asked me how my chess was going.
I replied I had an exciting, possibly flukey win
against Alan Andrews of Wandering Dragons.

Something I said reminded him of game he played
against Tal which in turn led to a discussion of
a Spassky game and a missed win v Short.

These guys are just names in print to me.
Mark has locked horns with them.

In the Short game Mark remembered it was at Brighton 1984
he missed a Bishop sac and the game ended in a draw.

This was the critical position.

22...Bxc3 gives black a winning position.
Mark played 22...Rxa3 which also looks good and
has the 'Bonus' of having an easy to see perpetual.
A hard move to resist, one can sac with impunity.

Here is the full game.

[Click here to replay the game]
N. Short - M. Condie

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Nc3 Nxc3 6.dxc3 Be7 7.Be3 Nc6 8.Qd2 Ne5 9.Nd4 0-0 10.f4 Ng4 11.0-0-0 c5 12.Nf3 Be6 13.Kb1 Qa5 14.a3 b5 15.Bd3 Rab8 16.Rhe1 Bf6 17.Bg1 b4 18.cxb4 Rxb4 19.c3 Rb3 20.Bxh7+ Kh8 21.Rxe6 fxe6 22.Bc2 Rxa3 23.bxa3 Rb8+ 24.Ka2 Bxc3 25.Qc1 Qb5 26.Qb1 Qb2+ 27.Qxb2 Rxb2+ 28.Ka1 Rb3+ 29.Ka2 Rb2+ 30.Ka1 Rb3

I'm not alone in hoping that his recovery is very soon.

Right I'm off to read the latest CHESS.

Helpmate 1...Kh8 2 Ne5/g5 Rg8 3 Nxf7 mate.
M.Taimanov v E. Gufeld the key move is 36 Rxg2+

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