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Geoff Chandler vs Grant W Bucher
Edinburgh Congress (2007), Edinburgh SCO
Latvian Gambit: Mason Countergambit (C40)  ·  1-0



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  Fusilli: Fun game. Nice punishment for 2...f5.
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  Sally Simpson: Hello Again Fusilli,

As Black I played the Latvian on and off for 40+ years. It was one of my main defences to 1.e4 and I won a whole lot more than I lost. A lot more. Something like 30+ more.

The game G Chandler vs J B Henderson, 1994 is me trying to get a pure Latvian Reversed. 1.e4 Nf6 2.f3 Nf6 3.f4!!

The 3.d4 line gave me the most trouble OTB. If they play the book move 3.Nxe5 that is often all they know and soon come unstuck having to work things out OTB so early on in the game. (that is based on experience and loads of under 25 move Latvian wins.)

With 3.d4 (basically White is playing a reversed Vienna a tempo up - 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5.

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the difference being in the 3.d4 line...

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...Black has no Knight on c6 which cannot be bad for White.) Any reasonable player of the White pieces can wing it.

The piece sac I got from note in a small article in a 1981 Shakhmatny ( Russian Chess Magazine) in those days I use to live, eat and breath Chess.

Here about halfway down... the article.

It was an idea I stored for a later date. I had to wait 26 years!

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  Fusilli: That's pretty cool. Sometimes we learn something and indeed we can't apply it until much later. For example, GM Becerra taught me something here: J Becerra Rivero vs M Sana, 2004. And I was able to recycle it, in my favor, here: M Sana vs A Roach, 2014, 10 years later.

Hey, as for the picture for your player page, why not the painting at the bottom of this page: It looks really neat.

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  Sally Simpson: Better would be the picture above it of me holding up my 'Player of the Year' award. My name is on that shield right after Jonathan Rowson and Jacob Aagaard!

It was probably worth quite a bit of money before they added my name.


It's good swapping games where we know there are solid links with another game. Everybody has them but some tend to stick more than others.

Also you might not have to wait years before an idea is recalled.

I had been playing through Tartakower's Best games (what a great player and writer he was.) and a day or two before a tournament went over.

Tartakower vs S Kohn, 1927

And in my next game I got to here. (a position I'd never had before)

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Still fresh in my mind was Tartakower playing 13.Ne4 here and doing some wondrous things with that Knight.

So I played 13.Ne4 and later my f3 Knight went to e5. We got to here. It was time to put my Tartakower Knight into action.

G.C - Baberton 1994. (A Wednesday/Thursday POTD)

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I played a nice combo complete with an intermezzo where I actually saw I was winning an exchange or a piece in 8-9 moves.

18. Nxf6+ gxf6 19. Qg3+ Ng6 20.
Nxg6 Qxg3

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Now the wee in-between-move.

21. Ne7+ Kf7 22. hxg3 Rb5 23. a4

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Wins a piece or the exchange. My opponent allowed me to win the piece for a pawn or two and the game finished a few moves later.

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30.Rc5 Rxg4 (A Monday POTD)

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Mate in two...sac a Rook.

And it was all Tartakower inspired a day or two before I sat at the board.

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  Fusilli: <Sally Simpson> <It was probably worth quite a bit of money before they added my name.> lol

Good story and lesson. Yes, 18.Nxf6+ qualifies as a Thursday puzzle. Maybe even Friday.

The rook sac at the end is a cute Monday one.

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  Richard Taylor: Your games are like watching fireworks!
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Richard,

Some are, some are more like damp squibs. I'll hit C.G. with another half dozen of the brighter ones, the lads could do with a cartoon every now and then.

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