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Christmas Quiz

Non-Readers of the Scotsman missed a treat on
the 23rd December edition. I sent a game to
John B Henderson ages ago and have been waiting
to show it here but I said I would wait until JB printed it.

This game was a 5 minute skittles played late in Bells
on Sunday 23rd October 2005. This was about the 10th
game. Mickey was hammering me. (we had both had a skinful).

Usually what happens in Bells is the winner stays on,
but the punters were enjoying the sight of me playing
whilst 'tipsy' they let me stay on till I won one.

I had been sac happy for the past 4 or 5 games,
Mickey was taking everything and winning. Then this happened.

In this position after playing 11..Bc5+ I did not realise
that the Bishop was protected with the Knight fork on e4.

I had some daft idea about getting the Queen of
covering c8 so I could 0-0-0.
and in this position I said aloud.

"If I could get your Queen off g4 I've got a mate."
"uh uh" said Mickey, and the way he said it....
I looked and found it. 17...Qa5+ (MIckey saw it first).
He also wanted to resign after 17..Qa5+ but I made
him play on to the mate.

Bells rang last orders so we ambled along to the Oak
and managed to record the game on the Oak set before
the memory cells were obliterated.

Here is the game.

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M. Rattray vs. G. Chandler

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3 Nf6 5.dxe4 Nxe4 6.Qe2 Bf5 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.Qb5+ Nc6 9.dxc6 Nxc3 10.Qxf5 Qd1+ 11.Kf2 Bc5+ 12.Kg3 Qe1+ 13.Kh3 Ne4 14.Qd7+ Kf8 15.cxb7 Nf2+ 16.Kh4 Be7+ 17.Kh5 Qa5+ 18.Bb5 Qxb5+ 19.Qxb5 g6+ 20.Kh6 Ng4

The Scotsman column was mainly taken up with a minor tribute
to Hugh Courtney who used to do the Christmas Quiz in CHESS.
Hugh now lives in Inverness (let's all pile around to his house
on Christmas Day and demand problems).

JB then adds the reason why Hugh stopped doing the Quiz.

"Regretfully a combination of old age and the Ghost of Chess future
in the guise of sophisticated chess software such as Fritz...."

So Fritz has now ruined Christmas...

I suppose Fritz told CHESS to drop Hugh's Christmas Quiz
because it took up valuable space in the magazine which could
be used for telling the world how great Fritz was.

Also it was fed up getting embarrassed when the punters
put in positions like the one below. Fritz misses mate in 2.

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.

(you showed this last week - Ed)

Yeah I know. (apologies to Little Britain)

And I'm going to show it next week as well.

Fritz is nowt but a spreadsheet with diagrams.

I dug out a couple of old CHESS'S to look at some Christmas Quizzes of the past.

No1. Is a mate in 3.

No2. Is also a mate in 3.

I've gone a bit Christmas potty here.
All the flashing bits are white pieces.
It's mate in 4 (1st move is a check).

(answers at the bottom)

In the 1970 edition there is a small obituary
to Dr Joseph Seitz adding that he once won a
2 Knights v lone pawn ending.

I fired up my database of 120 million games
and found it - it's long but (dare I say) instructive.

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E. Znosko-Borovsky vs. J. Seitz,J

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nge2 d6 6.d3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.h3 Bd7 9.Kh2 Rb8 10.Be3 h6 11.Qd2 Kh7 12.Nd1 b5 13.f4 Ng8 14.e5 Qc7 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.Nec3 f5 17.a4 a6 18.axb5 axb5 19.Ra6 e6 20.Qf2 Bd4 21.Bxd4 cxd4 22.Ne2 Nge7 23.Nxd4 Qxd4 24.Qxd4 Nxd4 25.Rd6 Nxc2 26.Rxd7 Rfe8 27.Rf2 Nb4 28.Re2 Rbd8 29.Rxd8 Rxd8 30.Rxe6 Ng8 31.Re2 Rxd3 32.Nc3 Nf6 33.Nxb5 h5 34.Bf1 Kh6 35.Nc3 h4 36.Rg2 hxg3+ 37.Rxg3 Rd4 38.Ne2 Rd2 39.Rb3 Nd3 40.Kg3 Ne4+ 41.Kf3 Ne1+ 42.Ke3 Nc2+ 43.Kf3 Rxe2 44.Kxe2 Nd4+ 45.Kd3 Nxb3 46.Kc2 Nd4+ 47.Kd3 Ne6 48.Ke3 Kg7 49.b4 Kf6 50.Bd3 Nd6 51.Be2 Nc8 52.h4 Nb6 53.Bf3 Ke7 54.h5 gxh5 55.Bxh5 Nd5+ 56.Kf3 Nd4+ 57.Kg3 Nxb4 58.Bg6 Ke6 59.Kf2 Nd5 60.Ke1 Nf3+ 61.Kd1 Nh4 62.Bxf5+ Nxf5 63.Kd2 Nf6 64.Kc3 Kd5 65.Kb4 Kc6 66.Kc4 Ne4 67.Kb4 Ned6 68.Kb3 Kc5 69.Kc3 Ne4+ 70.Kd3 Kd5 71.Ke2 Kc4 72.Kf3 Nf6 73.Ke2 Kc3 74.Kd1 Ng4 75.Ke2 Nge3 76.Ke1 Kd3 77.Kf2 Nd5 78.Ke1 Nc3 79.Kf2 Ke4 80.Kf1 Kf3 81.Ke1 Ke3 82.Kf1 Nd1 83.Ke1 Nf2 84.Kf1 Nd3 85.Kg1 Ke2 86.Kg2 Nf2 87.Kg1 Ng4 88.Kg2 Nge3+ 89.Kh2 Kf2 90.Kh3 Kf3 91.Kh2 Kg4 92.Kh1 Kg3 93.Kg1 Nh4 94.f5 Nf3+ 95.Kh1 Nd1 96.f6 Nf2

My best Christmas present to myself this year
was getting re-united with...

So to make up for that long last game here
is wee piece of chess poetry.

In this position Capa played 18 Nxd7 with this
variation in mind: 18...dxe3 19.Nxf6+ Kh8
(19...gxf6 20.Rg4+ Kh8 21.Bxf6 mate) 20.Rh4 h6
21.Rxh6+ gxh6 22 Nd5+ and Nxc7.

Later in the same game this very instructive position arose.

The moves from this position were;
27.c5 bxc5 28.Qe4 Rd5 29.bxc5 g6.

Quite a lot of thought went into
to these simple looking moves.

Capa pushes the c-pawn 27 c5(not hard to see) but
28 Qe4 is the class move stopping Qc6 blocking the pawn.
This also masks the real idea. Black cannot take the
c-pawn (29...Rxc5?? 30 Qb4). Some nice ideas on how to
squeeze the most out of a advantageous position.

The finishes is cute and wraps up a lovely game
that deserves to be played over again and again
till every idea has been absorbed.
It was played in Buenos Aires 1914.

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J.Capablanca vs. B.Villegas

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c6 4.Bd3 Bg4 5.c4 e6 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.0-0 Be7 8.Qc2 Bh5 9.b3 Bg6 10.Bb2 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 0-0 12.Rae1 Qc7 13.e4 dxe4 14.Nxe4 Nxe4 15.Rxe4 Bf6 16.Qe3 c5 17.Ne5 cxd4 18.Nxd7 Qxd7 19.Bxd4 Bxd4 20.Rxd4 Qc7 21.Rfd1 Rfd8 22.b4 Rxd4 23.Qxd4 b6 24.g3 Rc8 25.Rc1 Rd8 26.Qe3 Kf8 27.c5 bxc5 28.Qe4 Rd5 29.bxc5 g6 30.c6 Kg7 31.a4 Rd6 32.Qe5+ Kf8 33.Qxd6+

1) 1.Rf4 Kxg3 [1...Kxh1 2.Kf2 Kh2 3.Rh4 mate] 2.0-0 Kh3 3.R1f3 mate.

2) 1.Be8 Kd1 2.Ba4 c2 3.Rb1 mate

3) 1.e3+ Kc5 2.Bd7 Kd5 3.c4+ Kc5 4.Rc6 mate

I've been knitting again.
Here is my Christmas effort.

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