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Colin McNab Robbed! + Rowson Appeal

I'll tell you what is really a crime.
When a chess player plays a good a chess.
People play over it and get enjoyment from it.
The player(s) concerned do not get a penny for it.

It just seems wrong.
I can do a drawing of a daft cartoon in five minutes
and it's mine - forever. If you want to publish it
I get paid. Even if it's 5.00. I get paid.

Some tone deaf bozzo with a guitar can make up a
tune in a recording studio in ten minutes and get paid
for it. If that tune is used in an advert up to 30 years
later he will still get paid.

The chess player can spend 1 hours creating a chess game that
will bring enjoyment and admiration from all who play it over
for years and years to come.

Add to that the years of study one must endure to
get good enough to turn out such masterpieces.

The player gets nowt.

The person reproducing it will get paid. It's wrong.

So what has prompted this?

Well Colin Mcnab played two good games at Oban.
He sent them to John Henderson in the USA.

Colin McNab

This, by the way is not a dig at JB or anybody
else who gets paid for reproducing other peoples
games. Let me make that clear.

JB prints one (he may well print them both) in the Scotsman.
Good. That's his job. To spread the word and show good games.
JB sends the games back across the Atlantic to me
stating these are good enough for Chandler Cornered.

(JB either knows what I like, or is fed up seeing cheapo's.)

I had already seen the Berry-McNab game in the Scotsman.
It was when I saw the McNab-Grassie game. I suddenly felt
a twinge of sorrow for Colin because apart from helping him
to a prize fund. This game will not bring him any further reward at all.

It's one of those games I really enjoy and I've added it to
the stock of games I have when I need an instructive entertaining
game to show at a lecture.

(I'll get paid for the lecture. Colin will get nowt.)

Colin sacs a Knight, the exchange, a Bishop and then a Queen.
It just seems such a pity that the following game, which you
will now enjoy will bring nothing else to Colin McNab but the
sheer satisfaction of knowing he played it. It's wrong.

[Click here to replay the game]
C. McNab v D. Grassie

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 c6 6.d4 d5 7.Nbd2 Nbd7 8.b3 Re8 9.Bb2 dxc4 10.Nxc4 Nb6 11.Nce5 Bf5 12.Re1 Nfd7 13.Nxf7 Kxf7 14.e4 e6 15.exf5 exf5 16.Qd2 Qf6 17.Qa5 a6 18.Ne5+ Nxe5 19.dxe5 Qd8 20.Rad1 Nd5 21.Rxd5 cxd5 22.Bxd5+ Re6 23.Bxe6+ Kxe6 24.Qb4 b5 25.Qd6+ Kf7 26.Qc6 Kg8 27.e6 Bxb2 28.e7 Qe8 29.Qxa8

Here to complete the set is the Berry-McNab game.
The purists will most likely appreciate this one more.
I prefer the first one but that it no way detracts
from the second one. Two excellent games of chess.

[Click here to replay the game]
N. Berry - C. McNab

1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.d5 g6 4.e4 a5 5.Nc3 Nd7 6.Nf3 Nc5 7.Be3 b6 8.Be2 h5 9.a3 Nf6 10.Bg5 a4 11.0-0 Be7 12.Qc2 Kf8 13.Rad1 Kg7 14.Rfe1 Bd7 15.h3 Nh7 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Nb5 Rac8 18.Bd3 h4 19.Qd2 Nf6 20.Qg5 Ng8 21.Qxe7 Nxe7 22.Na7 Ra8 23.Nb5 Bxb5 24.cxb5 f5 25.exf5 gxf5 26.Nd4 Kf6 27.Nc6 Nxc6 28.bxc6 Ra5 29.Bc2 Rb5 30.Rb1 e4 31.f3 Ke5 32.fxe4 fxe4 33.Kf2 Kxd5 34.Ke3 Ke5 35.Rf1 d5 36.Rf7 d4+ 37.Kf2 d3 38.Bd1 Kd4 39.Bg4 e3+ 40.Kf3 Ne4 41.Rf4 Re8 42.Bd7 Re7 43.Bc8 e2 44.Bd7 Rxb2

In the above game this position arose.

Note how McNab's King is leading his army.

On the Scottish Chess Notice board a few days before
this game arrived I mentioned a Fischer-Petrosian game
where Petrosian nurses home a pawn with a King whilst there
is still an attacking force on the board.

Petrosian's King is leading the army.
I said I would reproduce this game. Here it is.
What a treat for you guys. Three excellent games already.

(don't worry I slip back into cheapo mode soon - I
have a Todor game coming up! But at least Todor will get a pint.)

[Click here to replay the game]
R. Fischer v T. Petrosian

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 Bg4 4.h3 Bxf3 5.Qxf3 Nf6 6.d3 e6 7.g3 Bb4 8.Bd2 d4 9.Nb1 Bxd2+ 10.Nxd2 e5 11.Bg2 c5 12.0-0 Nc6 13.Qe2 g5 14.Nf3 h6 15.h4 Rg8 16.a3 Qe7 17.hxg5 hxg5 18.Qd2 Nd7 19.c3 0-0-0 20.cxd4 exd4 21.b4 Kb8 22.Rfc1 Nce5 23.Nxe5 Qxe5 24.Rc4 Rc8 25.Rac1 g4 26.Qb2 Rgd8 27.a4 Qe7 28.Rb1 Ne5 29.Rxc5 Rxc5 30.bxc5 Nxd3 31.Qd2 Nxc5 32.Qf4+ Qc7 33.Qxg4 Nxa4 34.e5 Nc5 35.Qf3 d3 36.Qe3 d2 37.Bf3 Na4 38.Qe4 Nc5 39.Qe2 a6 40.Kg2 Ka7 41.Qe3 Rd3 42.Qf4 Qd7 43.Qc4 b6 44.Rd1 a5 45.Qf4 Rd4 46.Qh6 b5 47.Qe3 Kb6 48.Qh6+ Ne6 49.Qe3 Ka6 50.Be2 a4 51.Qc3 Kb6 52.Qe3 Nc5 53.Bf3 b4 54.Qh6+ Ne6 55.Qh8 Qd8 56.Qh7 Qd7 57.Qh8 b3 58.Qb8+ Ka5 59.Qa8+ Kb5 60.Qb8+ Kc4 61.Qg8 Kc3 62.Bh5 Nd8 63.Bf3 a3 64.Qf8 Kb2 65.Qh8 Ne6 66.Qa8 a2 67.Qa5 Qa4 68.Rxd2+ Ka3

T. Dimitrov v Some guy from Edin West
I strolled into Bells on Friday for my weekly after work pint.
I met Todor Dimitrov who tossed this game at me.
No such thing as a boring Todor game.

As usual it's nameless (he never puts name on score sheets).
A quick look at the score sheet - white is pawn down after
five moves.... so Todor is white.

The critical moment arose here. Black to play.
Black has the choice: aggressive or defensive.
21...Bf7 or 21...Bg4

Black chose the defensive 21...Bf7? which
gave white a target to develop his attack on.
After 21...Bg4 (always go for the aggressive move).
I can find nothing for white but I can see all
kinds of good move for black. After 21...Bg4!
white has no attack and needs a blunder to win.

On the previous Cornered I found a missed mate in a Gufeld game.
Incredibly Todor misses a mate in one.
(he must be getting old - or I may be getting better)
See if you can spot the mate in one.

[Click here to replay the game]
T. Dimitrov - Edin West

1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 g6 5.f3 exf3 6.Nxf3 Bg7 7.Bc4 e6 8.Qd2 0-0 9.h4 Qe8 10.0-0-0 d5 11.Bd3 Nh5 12.Ne2 Nc6 13.Rdf1 e5 14.dxe5 Nxe5 15.Nxe5 Qxe5 16.Rxf8+ Kxf8 17.Qb4+ Kg8 18.Re1 c5 19.Qxc5 Qxb2+ 20.Kd2 Be6 21.Qe7 Bf7 22.Rf1 Rf8 23.g4 h6 24.gxh5 hxg5 25.hxg6 Be8 26.Rxf8+ Bxf8 27.Qxe8 Qb4+ 28.c3 Qb2+ 29.Bc2

S. McKinney - N. Suess.
Corstorphine v Gorgie/Dalry.
Stuart e-mailed me this very entertaining game.

Nigel Suess has had a bad day.
Winter is here and his shoes leak, his coat is too thin and he can only find one glove.
His telly is on the blink and is permanently stuck on BBC 653 (the test card).
On the 4th of November he put 4.00 on dog No.4 in the 4th race. It came in fourth.
And to cap it all. His football team. East Stirling, are at the bottom of the bottom league.

That night he takes it out on his Rooks.
He simply throws them at his opponent. Bang Bang. Take that.
His luck changes.

In this critical position white played 28 Ng4 losing the Queen to 28...Nh5+
(I wonder if 28 Ng4 was an error)

28.Kf2 Qh4+ 29.Ke3 Ng2+ 30.Kd3 Bf5+ 31.Kc3 and Black has nothing.
Though I have to admit if you were looking at the position from the
white side with the clock ticking your first reaction must be that
black surely has a winning trick.
Fortunately white had enough for the Queen and black had to take a perpetual.

I've tried wriggling out of the perpetual.
I'm finding white wins, black wins and draws.

What does Fritz think? I've no idea.
Fritz does not think. It is an expensive pocket calculator.

[Click here to replay the game]
S. McKinney - N. Suess

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Nxd5 4.c3 c6 5.Bd3 Nd7 6.Nf3 g6 7.Qc2 Bg7 8.Bg5 N7f6 9.Nbd2 Be6 10.0-0 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Rfe1 Qd7 13.Ne4 b6 14.Nxf6+ Nxf6 15.Ne5 Qd6 16.Qe2 0-0-0 17.f3 Rde8 18.Nxg6 Rhg8 19.Ne5 Nd5 20.Qd2 Bh3 21.g3 Qf6 22.Be4 Kc7 23.c4 Nf4 24.Bxc6 Rxg3+ 25.hxg3 Rg8 26.Kh2 Rxg3 27.Kxg3 Qg5+ 28.Ng4 Nh5+ 29.Kxh3 Qxd2 30.Ba4 Nf4+ 31.Kg3 Nh5+ 32.Kh3 Nf4+ 33.Kg3

And finally...
BBC are looking for their sporting personality of the year.

It will go to the Tennis player Andrew Murray.
Nothing against him. It's just I hate tennis. No. I loathe tennis.
It'a a toff nob sport and is the only sport I know where if
you make a mistake your can have your move back and try again.

'First Service' is obviously an upper class rule to prove people
of that ilk do not make mistakes. They get another shot.

Let us all vote for Jonathan Rowson.
He won't win. The result has already been decided.
But at least they will know Jonathan Rowson exists
and on the night he and chess will get a mention.

go to this site:

I say again the result has already been decided.

Remember when Bob Nudd won the world angling championship?
He got more votes than anyone - The BBC admitted it.
but claimed it was not...
"in the spirit of the event to give him the award."

Never heard of Bob Nudd. Well he got a mention on the night.
He could not be ignored. Angling is the top sport in Britain
and the angling magazines ran a vote for Bob campaign.

Who outside of Chess has heard of Jonathan - let us at least change that.

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