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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:44 pm 
Geoff Chandler wrote:
Let's see some of the games from the kids.
I love seeing their fertile minds in action and how they
paint the trees red to get their ideas across.
Here's one my nine year old daughter played today at the Gigafinal. Not perfect by any means, but I was very impressed by her attacking prowess. At this level the attacker wins nine times out of ten.

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Bc5 4. O-O d6 5. d3 Bg4
6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Be3 Bxe3 8. fxe3 O-O 9. Qd2 Bxf3 10. Rxf3 Ng4
11. h3 Nf6 12. Raf1 Nh5 13. Bxf7+ Rxf7 14. Rxf7 Ng3 15. R1f3 Qg5
16. Qf2 h6 17. Rxg3 Qh5 18. Rgxg7+ Kh8 19. Rh7+ Kg8 20. Rfg7#


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:25 am 
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Jon D'Souza-Eva wrote:
Geoff Chandler wrote:
Let's see some of the games from the kids.
I love seeing their fertile minds in action and how they
paint the trees red to get their ideas across.
Here's one my nine year old daughter played today at the Gigafinal. Not perfect by any means, but I was very impressed by her attacking prowess. At this level the attacker wins nine times out of ten.

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nc6 3. Nf3 Bc5 4. O-O d6 5. d3 Bg4
6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Be3 Bxe3 8. fxe3 O-O 9. Qd2 Bxf3 10. Rxf3 Ng4
11. h3 Nf6 12. Raf1 Nh5 13. Bxf7+ Rxf7 14. Rxf7 Ng3 15. R1f3 Qg5
16. Qf2 h6 17. Rxg3 Qh5 18. Rgxg7+ Kh8 19. Rh7+ Kg8 20. Rfg7#


That was simple enough for me to play through in my head. Your daughter kept developing her pieces while her opponent aimlessly moved that f6 knight several times and left the f7 pawn under-defended (OK, en prise). I can't help but wonder, though, what such players in later years think when they find their early games on the internet like this... 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 1:47 am 
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Hi Jon.

The big triple up on the f-file, scared the hell out of me and I was
only playing over the game.

Smashing wrap up. I bet £50 that Anand could not find better
or improve upon White's last 5 moves. (tell her that then send me £50.) :)

You are right at that level 'Chess Luck' always favours the attacker
because the blunder ratio is so high. One mistake defending is usually curtains.

Now is a good time to start trading ideas.

Advise if you see a good move. STOP!
Never accept the first bid. Haggle with the position. Look for a better move.

Here White to play.

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I'm liking 13.Rxf7

Point out it threatens mate in one move. (now that is good haggling.)
And it takes full advantage of the unprotected Knight on h5.

13...RxR 14.BxR+ picks off the h5-Knight. Piece up.

It's not a moot point because Black had a clammy defensive move.

Here (Black to play move 14)

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14...Nf6 and White has to play 15.Rfxf6 giving back the exchange.
White is still on top and in cruise mode and to be honest I would
take either position. But given a choice I'd take the piece up.

Let her decide which one she likes.

Next lesson cover Discovered Checks. "The Dive Bomber of the Chessboard." (Ruben Fine).
and ½ a dozen easy combo's based on picking up loose pieces.
Unprotected pieces/pawns are at the root of 90% of all non-mating combinations.

Thanks.

Hi Chris.

Glad you enjoyed the game as well.
No name of the loser was given - perhaps best that way.
(though if their surname name was on a grading list I'd use it.)

Though the first Knight move 10...Ng4

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Carried the seed of Qg5 and with the Queen on g5 Nd4 is playable
because the e-pawn is pinned to the undefended Queen.
The player may have seen this when chopping the f3 Knight.
You have got to see their ideas and plans, sometimes they are beautiful.

PS:
Jon just emailed me the losers name. it was Christopher Kreuzer (age 9½)
(try denying that in 15 years time) ;)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:06 am 
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Geoff Chandler wrote:
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Jon just emailed me the losers name. it was Christopher Kreuzer (age 9½)
(try denying that in 15 years time) ;)


Touché! I nearly fell out of my chair laughing there. :lol:
Good point about the possibilities after 10...Ng4 .


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:11 am 
Thanks for the analysis Geoff. We did go over the game immediately after it was finished (best time to go over a game with a junior, though it's often not possible) and spent some time looking at the merits of 13. Bxf7+ compared with 13. Rxf7. I must admit I completely missed the 13. Bxf7+ Rxf7 14. Rxf7 Nf6 line.

There was a huge difference in the numbers of girls and boys at the Gigafinal. For example my son's under 12 boys section was one of two, with perhaps forty players in each. The girls under 12s had so few entries that it had to be combined with the under 13s just to make a section of about twenty players. And whilst a couple of these were of a very high standard (I wouldn't fancy my chances against either Anna Wang or Katherine Shepherd in a rapidplay game), some of the others were complete beginners. Here's the start of one game from the girls U12/U13 section:

(the Oxfordshire girl who played White was reading out the moves to me)
1. e4 Nd6
Me: Is that knight cee six or knight eff six?
Girl (giving me a disdainful look): Knight DEE six
Me: OK
2. Nc3 Nf6
3. e5
etc.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:43 pm 
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Hi Jon.

I got tripped up with that Nf6 idea breaking the communication
between the Rooks in my murky past. You never forget wee tricks like that.
Despite all the books, vid's and coaching I think still think the best
way to learn the game is to play the game. Things stick when you play.

I know what you mean about the ' look of disdain.
A few years back I was watching a 1900+ 14 year old going over a
game he had just lost when he played what seemed to me a very odd move.

"Why did you play that?" I asked.

"The computer." He replied.

"I see...But why did you play that?"

Then came the look of disdain, "The computer...."

Obviously a member of the Stepford Chess Club.

Looks like Sabrina and her gang are doing something to re-dress
the lack of girls and.....

...Hey Carl I'm dragging the thread back on track....do I get bonus points?

...and that can only be a good thing.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:33 pm 
Geoff Chandler wrote:
I got tripped up with that Nf6 idea breaking the communication
between the Rooks in my murky past. You never forget wee tricks like that.
I think I've discovered why I missed Nf6. Do you remember this position that I showed you a few years ago?
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Black to move

I was Black against Roger de Coverly and broke the communication between his rooks in order to win the exchange...
28. ... Nd4
29. Bxd4 Kxd6
30. Bb6+ Ke7
31. Bc5#

Whoops.

Perhaps understandably I obviously have some sort of psychological block when it comes to this particular tactic.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 4:57 pm 
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Jon

Just want to say congrats to Chloe on becoming Ultima! I heard she performed beautifully! I look forward to see how she gets on at the Teras :)

Sabrina


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:14 pm 
Sabrina Chevannes wrote:
Just want to say congrats to Chloe on becoming Ultima! I heard she performed beautifully! I look forward to see how she gets on at the Teras :)
Thanks Sabrina. Chloe dodged a bullet in round 2 after achieving a completely lost position in eight moves, but having swindled that one she seemed to become invulnerable. In the last round the father of the girl she was playing said to Chloe "You know you've won the tournament even if you lose, don't you?". Luckily I was within earshot and when he left I leant over and told her that although she would get the trophy, she would have to share the prize money with four or five other girls if she lost that game. At the thought of losing all that dosh I saw the steely look of detemination cross her face again and that's when she played the game I posted above.


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Haha love it :) Great efforts!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:30 am 
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Hi Jon.

Your tale about Chloe pulling out the stops chasing the cash perhaps belongs in that thread
about playing in tournaments for no money. Get her logged on here so she can say no.

It was you that broke the Rooks umbilical cord and lost. Not your opponent doing it to you
and winning. I think this matters in pattern remembering.

You need to get out more and lose more games. :)

My loss was in the same bones of the position as Chloe's game.

I nicked the f7 pawn with the forward Rook and suddenly this Knight from h5 moved backwards! to f6.
I lost the exchange and the game. It's always the losses that stick.

Richard Kynock's name came up yesterday because he walked into a trap in the King's Indian.

I've played Richard loads of times but apart from one glorious win
and a few opening traps. (He walked into the same one twice!).

All I can really remember are my three losses.

A Sicilian where I sacced the exchange on c3 to nick the e4 pawn only to realise upon closer inspection I could not take it.

A St.George where I got my winning combo all mixed up

A Blackmar where I was just out-played.

The one glorious win is the famouse triple pin game.

G.Chandler - R.Kynoch Edinburgh Club Champiohsip 1981.

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Three pieces can take the Knight on f6 and all three are pinned to the King.

I've taken this thread off line again.....

I bet none of the girls in the National Girls' Chess Championships pulled a mate like that out of the bag.

........Back on track Carl.

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