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Geoff Chandler vs Raymond Alfred William Ratcliff
Edinburgh League Match (1983), Edinburgh Chess Club
Italian Game: Evans Gambit (C51)  ·  1-0



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  Sally Simpson: This was good fun. League match. Time Control 1½ hours for 36 moves.

6.Bxf7+ and 7.Nxe5+ looked OK but my castle first and worry about what I'll do later approach was a huge blunder.

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('Castle because you have to, not because you can.' - Richard Reti.)

Under normal circumstancs I'd let the Rook go and save the developed piece. But I saw I was going to get the pawns rolling by hitting the Bishop so saved the Rook.

Some other moments.

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I was wondering how I was going to develop that b1 Knight. 14.g4 Bxb1 solved that problem.

I liked this bit.

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I'm three pieces down and sac my Queen 21.Qxe3.

Jul-26-14  Xeroxx: respect.
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  Sally Simpson: Thanks. Though I feel I should have bought a lottery ticket that day.

Lady Luck was smiling at me the moment I plyed 1.e4.

Black's name was actually Raymond Alfred William Ratcliff - correction form sent

Nov-16-14  WJW147: Hacker you say. Tell me another one.
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  Sally Simpson: OK. That was me playing positional chess.
Nov-16-14  john barleycorn: Geoff, you were born to have adventures, weren't you?

Just one remark <('Castle because you have to, not because you can.' - Richard Reti.)> is not a Reti quote:

<18. ‘Once I asked Pillsbury whether he used any formula for castling. He said his rule was absolute and vital: castle because you will or because you must; but not because you can.’>

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  Sally Simpson: Hi John,

Thanks, I picked up that non Reti quote from somewhere.

Just did a trip on google to find out where it came from.

Me - Here, RHP and The Corner. A hat trick!

There is something here:

"Richard Reti therefore exhorted players to "castle because you must, not because you can".

And they probably got it from me :)

Maybe Reti was actually quoting Pillsbury in Modern Ideas, or Masters of the Chessboard. Looks like I have my reading material sorted out for work tomorrow.

I read a lot at work, I'm not meant to but I get bored.

Air traffic control pays well, but pilots get annoyed if your not paying 100% attention.

Anyway glad you spotted it and not Mr. Winter. I've had a couple of very polite emails from The Master pulling me up over certain things.

Thanks. So it was Pillsbury. The Austrian Morphy. ;)

Take care,


May-29-17  ChessHigherCat: Hi <Geoff>. Good job, 20. fxg7 was much better than f7+, which is probably what the sheep rather than the goats would have played. Now that you are immortal, you may be interested in my bottle-cap collection, I'm sure it will be worth millions in 5 or 6 millennia and I'm willing to part with it at half price!
May-29-17  Iwer Sonsch: Those Bishop moves 18 and 19 by Black were just terrible moves. 18...Bg5? was bad, and 19...Bxc1?? shouldn't even occur in Blitz.

Actually, 8.0-0!? turns out to not even be that much of a blunder, given that White was already a pawn down - 9.Nc3 Bxe5 10.d4 Bf6 11.e5 wins back the piece and development for a pawn (-1.51 @depth 24). 11...Be7 12.Qf3+ Ke8 13.Re1 is being rated -0.40 at depth 24.

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