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Hamilton McMillan vs Geoff Chandler
Edinburgh Premier (2006), ?, rd 4, Apr-02
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Two Knights System (B08)  ·  0-1



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  Sally Simpson: A nice last round 'let's get down and boogie' game.

I liked this bit. Black to play.

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Knight sac, Knight sac, Rook sac, Queen check and mate.

He took both Knights but not the Rook so the Mona Liasa is still unpainted.

I then switched into ultra cheapo mode, fluked a win and scored 50.00.

I do recall my opponent saying this was one the most exciting games of chess he had every taken part in.

I replied, I'm afraid all my games tend to go this way.

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  keypusher: After 30....Nc3+, White had 31.Rxc3 bxc3 32.b3 refuting the combination (32....Qxc6 33.Nf6+; 32....Rb6 33.Nxe7+ Kf8 34.Nc8 threatening Rd8+; 32....Qa3 33.Qxc3.). Pretty hard to see all that.

Quite a few ups and downs after that, understandably. 36....f6 allows 37.Nxe7, winning. But after 37.Rb7, 37....Qd2 at once leaves White without a good answer to ...c2. I'd never spot that for either side, though. Instead Black quite sensibly tries to open the diagonal for his bishop, but White could have answered 37....fxe5 with 38.f5 since 38....gxf5 loses immediately to 39.Qxh5+.

I can see why White wanted to play 39.Qd3. Instead 39.Qe4 Bxe5 40.Qxe5 Qd1+ 41.Rb1 c2 leads to a perpetual.

Wonderful game, the kind of game that makes people fall in love with chess. Shame either one of you had to lose. Glad your opponent was a good sport.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi K.P.

"Quite a few up's and downs..."

The Sunday night 5th round of a weekender is always like that. Great fun.

Yes the final comment from my opponent iced the cake...and it's true a lot of my games swing about like that.

'Fall in love with chess.'

I'm 99% sure this game went a long way to winning me over. Look what chess pieces do - wow! (I wanna do that!)

H E Atkins vs H Jacobs, 1915

This game game and Morphy at the Opera were the first two games I committed to memory...(somehow the Evergreen and the Immortal never quite did it for me - these two did.)...these days apart from a bucket load of opening traps it's all I can recall.

These wee miniatures to deep wonderful studies. It is amazing what joy a chequered board and 32 pieces of felted plastic can bring and what you can create on it.

(Cue the Tarrasch quote about feeling sorry for those who do not know Chess.)


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