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Chandler Cornered

Englund II + Chess in Nigeria +Knopfler

Four ex-caretakers from the Edinburgh Chess Club.
Graham Hamilton, Geoff Chandler, Shaun Harvard, Keith Ruxton.
Taken at the recent Dragons Allegro.
copyright J. Konarski. (and of course Fritz)

In a way it's a seasonal photograph.
Here we have the Three Wise Men & one other (sorry Shaun).

I've been mailed by Francesco Rinaldi from Italy
and Ireland's Mike Chisholm regarding my 'bust' against
the Englund Gambit. The exchange sac 8 Rxb4.

Both are of the opinion that they can improve
on Fritz'z play. After the moves;

1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Bf4 Qb4+ 5.Bd2 Qxb2
6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Rb1 Qa3 8.Rxb4!? Nxb4 9.Nb5 Qb2 10.Nfd4 Nd5
11.e4 a6 12.exd5 axb5 13.Nxb5....
Giving us this position.

I played Fritz 6 from here and it played 13...Qxe5+
which just opens lines for white. Mike Chisholm and
Francesco Rinaldi both point out that 13...Rxa2 is better.
Which is just another example of how naff Fritz is.

I still believe that the refutation of the Englund trap
is to fall into it. OK my exchange was a bit drastic
(but it did beat Fritz). So I gave it another look and
keeping in mind the Chisholm/Rinaldi variation I decided
not to sac the Rook and find an improvement.

So instead of 8 Rxb4 I found the stronger 8 Nd5.

1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Bf4 Qb4+ 5.Bd2 Qxb2 6.Nc3 Bb4
7.Rb1 Qa3 8.Nd5 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 Qxa2 10.Rd1 Kd8 11.Ng5 Nh6
12.e6 ...

This line is plus for white. Example.

[Click here to replay the game]
Englund Bust (part II)

1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Bf4 Qb4+ 5.Bd2 Qxb2 6.Nc3 Bb4
7.Rb1 Qa3 8.Nd5 Bxd2+ 9.Qxd2 Qxa2 10.Rd1 Kd8 11.Ng5 Nh6 12.e6 fxe6
13.Nxe6+ Ke8 14.Ndxc7+ Kf7 15.Qf4+ Kg6 16.Qg5+ Kf7 17.Qxg7

This looks better. What do you think lads?

Staying with Fritz. This position was posted on
the Scottish Chess notice board. White to play.

Fritz 6 & his brand new big brother Fritz 9 both give
as best play; 1.Nxe4 Kxb6 2.bxa8Q Rxa8.
Classing the position as equal.

After white plays 1 Nc8+ it states Black is winning
and only considers 1...Rxc8 2 bxc8=Q.

When you actually play 1...Rxc8 it then 'sees' 2 bc8=N mate.

So from the diagramed position the toy wonder missed mate in two.

I'm not enjoying this constant raging against Fritz.
I'm warning people that constant use will make you
a bad player. You will stop playing with the pieces
and wonder why you have started missing tricks.

It's because you are playing chess on a VDU and piece
recognition is not registering in your brain.
You will become a Stepford Chess Player.

League Sec Gordon Davis sent me an article that was
published in Scottish Chess in April 1992.

I do not want to infringe the Scottish Chess copyright
so I give just wee flavour of the article.

In Lagos, Nigeria, chess is played on Saturday afternoons
in the bloodhouse.

No not the local abattoir, but in the flat of the former
Nigerian chess champion, Dominic Nikemeh.
where some of the best players in Lagos gather to play BLOOD.

Blood is 5 minute chess for a 1.00 stake per game.

Gordon then relates an amusing incident.
He played in a local 6 round tournament and with one round to
go he had a score of 4 pts. However Gordon stated he would have
to leave the tournament before the last round because of the
travelling difficulties he faced getting home if he stayed for the end.

The player he beat in the fifth round asked if he (Gordon)
would resign the game he had just won and give him the point
so he could win some money in the sixth round.

Another player offered to play his last round game for Gordon.

(recruiting ground here for the Wandering Dragons I'm thinking).

One point Gordon touches on was the lack of chess sets in Nigeria.
Even in the Bloodhouse they only had two sets between 10 players.

Now I've had a couple of emails from Nigeria - don't ask me who.
My hotmail account blew up when I did the Tony Miles tribute.
I received in access of 700 emails from all over the world.
Hotmail thought I had been spammed big time and trashed 80% of them.
(After trying to get me to pay 19.95 to increase my account.)

So if any Nigerian chess player is out there then email me.
If chess is still being played in the Bloodhouse and you are
still short of sets. Email me. I'll organise a whip round
in Bells and we will send you a standard tournament set & board.

In return you mail me a game and a picture from the Bloodhouse.

My foreign surfers may have missed a very interesting
article in the 'Scotland on Sunday' by Dougie Bryson.

Dougie noticed that the player who came 2nd to
Dr Aitken in the 1953 Scottish Championship was
named Erwin Knopfler.

A quick piece of detective work and Dougie discovered
that Mr E. Knopfler was the father of the Dire Straits
brothers, Mark and David Knopfler!
Sultans of Swing, Walk of Life etc.

Dougie then found an E.Knopfler game v I. C. Kirkwood.
played in the 1953 Scottish Championship.

[Click here to replay the game]
E. Knopfler - I.Kirkwood

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nge2 e6 6.d3 Nge7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Nf4 d6 9.Nce2 b5 10.c3 Rb8 11.Qc2 Bb7 12.Be3 e5 13.Nh3 Qd7 14.Ng5 Kh8 15.Rad1 f6 16.Nf3 Qc7 17.Qd2 Rfd8 18.Ne1 a5 19.f4 f5 20.Qc2 Bc8 21.Nf3 b4 22.Ng5 Rf8 23.fxe5 Nxe5 24.Nf4 Rf6 25.cxb4 axb4 26.Bc1 h6 27.d4 hxg5 28.Nd5 Nxd5 29.dxe5 dxe5 30.Rxd5 Rc6 31.exf5 Bxf5 32.Qd1 Re6 33.Bxg5 Qa7 34.Be3 Qxa2 35.Rd8+ Rxd8 36.Qxd8+ Kh7 37.Bd5 Qxb2 38.Qh4+ Kg8 39.Rxf5 Qa1+ 40.Rf1 Qa6 41.Qe7

A good game by white. However when I first played it over
on a wee pocket at work something tugged at me around about
move 27 d4. It just did not seem right. It took a while
but I found it. In this position with Black to play move 29.

Black can play 29...b3. If 30 axb3 then Nb4 and Black
is winning. If white moves the Queen then bxa2 gives
black a mighty pawn on the seventh and should not lose.

Black was Ian Candlish Kirkwood who later became
Lord Kirkwood. The Scottish Who's Who states:
Lord Kirkwood, who is a former international chess player,
served on the Parole Board for Scotland from 1994 to 1997.

So these two met over the board in 1953.
One was the father of a rock and roll duo.
The other sat in judgement of those who later
pirated their records.

Interesting and well researched by Dougie.

I found a picture of Lord Kirkwood. He was one of the
team that won the Richardson Cup for Edinburgh in 1958.

W.S. Smerdon, I.C. Kirkwood, D.S. Clunie, A.G. Laing, R.W. Baxter
sitting J.A. Smith, D. Simpson, I. McRobbie

Twenty four years later and two of the above are
again in the 1982 Richardson Cup winning team.

R. Baxter, J. Henly, G. Weeden, C. Morrison, W. Smerdon
sitting D. Smith, M. Condie, D. Kopec, G. Chandler

Look at the lapels on that suit. I got married in that suit.
(I still have it).

Here is an W.A. Fairhurst game.
W.A. won the Scottish Championship 11 times.
Here he is in action at the 1956 Moscow Olympiad
against a young Bent Larsen.

I played Larsen's brother once. You know the one
who always told truth...Straight Larsen.

Larsen had two other brothers who represented
Demark at archery in 1954 Olympics.
Arched Larsen and Bowed Larsen.

His cousin, Twisted Larsen, had a stage act
where he would invite members of the audience to...

(enough of the Bent Larsen jokes.....Ed)

In the game Larsen could have nicked the e-pawn with
24 Bxe4 but 24...Re8 or 24..Bh3 gave Black counter play.
Perhaps Bent had a hunch it was crooked...(groan Ed)

In the final position Black's mating attack starting
with 27...Qxf2 cannot be stopped. A good game.

[Click here to replay the game]
B. Larsen - W. Fairhurst

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.0-0 g6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Bg7 7.Nb3 Nc6 8.Nc3 e6 9.Bf4 e5 10.Bg5 d4 11.Ne4 h6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.Nxf6+ Qxf6 14.Qd2 Bf5 15.c3 dxc3 16.Qxc3 0-0 17.Rac1 Rac8 18.Qe3 Kg7 19.Rfd1 e4 20.Rc3 Rcd8 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.h3 Nb4 23.Qxa7 Rd1+ 24.Kh2 Nd5 25.Rc4 b6 26.Qa4 Bd7

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