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Cheapo Man + (RHP Championship No.5)

Cheapo Man + (RHP Championship No.5)

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Cheapo Man + (RHP Championship No.5)

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First some pictures of me giving a recent lecture to twelve of Scotland’s
future strong players. Great fun.

Cheapo Man

“I’ll trick you, I’ll trap you, I’ll sac you….I am Cheapo Man!”

Where is Wally

“I cannot trick if you are going to play developing moves!”

Stats Update.

So far 3173 games completed.

White wins 1658
Drawn 86
Black wins 1429

The average grade is 1478 based on the grades of
the 795 players who have finished at least one game.

Opening Stats:

1.e4 has been played 2066 times.

White wins 1057
Drawn 59
Black wins 950

1.d4 has been played 709 times.

White wins 399
Drawn 18
Black wins 292

1.c4 has been played 135 times.

White wins 76
Drawn 3
Black wins 56

1.Nf3 has been played 86 times.

White wins 55
Drawn 4
Black wins 27

Ok let’s look at this weeks tales of woe and misery.

S0AP - Roller RHP Ch 2012.

Soap puts a piece of soap in the path of Roller to slip on. Roller spots it
but then forgets it’s there.

Afraid we have had another book draw shunned.

Ian John Campbell - LusoCanuck RHP Ch 2012 White to play.

White played 1.Kd5 and after 1…Kxf5 White resigned.
1.Kf3 and head for h1 draws. Black has the wrong Bishop for h1.
The White King laughs at Black’s extra piece.
Black has a left handed screw but a right handed thread.

We have had another Championship Stalemate.

shailen7 - fogie RHP Championship 2012.

White played 72. c8=Q Stalemate.

The bright-eyed players will be ahead of me by now.
“Why not promote to a Knight with Check?”
Yes indeed, why not?

And speaking of successful opening traps….
One well worth knowing in the Fritz variation of the Two Knights.
(one victim in the 2012 championship - 18 in the main 1400 DB.)

caissa100 - Avrelii RHP Ch 2012.

Welsh Witch - fudge RHP Ch 2012

I could wag lyrical here by saying the Welsh Witch put a spell on fudge. But I won’t.

Championship Endgame Errors No. 147

Quanto - Tequila RHP Ch 2012 Black to play.

1…Kxb8 then Rc7 and Rxb7 draws.
Instead Black took the b6 Rook and White could now win with:

2.Rc8! Threatening to promote 3.b8=Q+ and 3.Rxc5.
White missed it and played 3.Kd3 the game was drawn a few moves later.

Now how good are you at visualising Knight tours?

nelsongil - scottmd64 RHP Ch 2012 Black to play.

How about Ne4 - Nc3 - Nxa2 - Nc1 - Nxb3. Looks good.
So Black sets off 39…Ne4 and…

40.Nd7 Checkmate.

In the Chess Forum Patanjali posted a Majestic Fork. (not from an RHP game).

That is a Knight forking a King, A Queen and both Rooks. It is a very rare event.

A ‘Family Fork’ catching a King, a Queen and a single Rook is not
too uncommon. Here is a good game featuring a ‘Family Fork Mate.’.

drunkenmorphy - Chris S RHP Ch. 2012

Finally the problem that was set with at the opening of this Blog.

dsmith - funkydunky71 RHP Ch 2012

The thread accompanying this blog is Thread 145492
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 11:59
    Standard member aanepade said
    Hi Greenpawn...

    Just wondering - has anyone actually qualified for the second round yet? I'm two wins away from doing so in my group with the slowest mover appearing to be the lowest-rated player in my section. I'm *intending* to play more seriously in the second round...but it never seems to work out that way and I'll probably in a blitz style as usual....
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 12:35
    Subscriber greenpawn34 said
    Hi aanepade

    The lads with played more than 12 and 100% must
    favourites. (see previous Blog.)

    There are over 90 sections I'm not going to bother looking
    at who is leading. I'm just on a blunder/good combo hunt.
    Personally I think 60 days each is too long. (it equates to 120 days.).
    30 days each (60 days) I think is long enough.
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 14:11
    Standard member WanderingKing said
    In the drunkenmorphy game, how about 10. Bb4+? This gives the black king a flight square, and white has now to choose between giving up the idea of castling or withdraw his bishop from the attack.
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 14:28
    Standard member WanderingKing said
    I meant 10...Bb4+.

    Now that I think of that, maybe 9...Qg6 would be better? Now if 10.Nb5 Bb4 and black has to retreat his bishop, or 11.Kf1 Qxg5 12.Nc7+ Kd8 13.Nxa8 and white is an exchange down and I don't see how he can make up for it. Can he? Also 12.Qxf1+ is no longer mate because the bishop is gone.
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 14:41
    Standard member WanderingKing said
    For Heaven's sake, I need to take typing lessons. I meant 12.Qxf7+.
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 14:56
    Subscriber greenpawn34 said
    Hi Wandering King.

    I do say:

    "10...Bb4+ giving the King square f8 was the answer."

    I've not edited it. It was there all the time.
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 15:12
    Standard member WanderingKing said
    Drat. Not only can I not write, but also read. Sorry.
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 15:48
    Subscriber greenpawn34 said
    Don't worry about it.

    A blog full of so many bad moves is bound to affect you.

    I suspect the lads are doing it on purpose just to appear in the blog
  • Posted: Mar 04 2012 19:23
    Standard member Shallow Blue said
    That puzzle proves why I'm a dilettant at this game, and always will be.

    I immediately spotted 22 ...Ne2+, but I would have continued by taking the h4 knight with my rook. And then I would probably have blundered back the piece soon after 24. g3 Qc6+ (check one check) 25. f3 Rh5 (never notice the second check).

  • Posted: Mar 05 2012 02:02
    Standard member kingshill said
    The Fritz variation brought a smile to my face.

    Many years ago my son was playing in the Welsh junior champs and he was much stronger that all of his opponents. One of his opponents played the white side of the Fritz 2 knights and after taking on f7 and forking the queen he ran to get his father to see the game.

    Unfortunately by the time his father got to the board it was smothered mate and he'd lost the game.
  • Posted: Mar 05 2012 03:46
    Standard member Joseph Yu said
    That is intresting! I didn't really belive it.
  • Posted: Mar 05 2012 21:43
    Standard member tomtom232 said
    Hi GP

    The first stalemate I was actually thinking "why not promote to a rook with mate next move." I actually like underpromotions to pieces other than a knight which actually make sense especially to rooks since it almost never makes sense to promote to rook instead of a queen.
  • Posted: Mar 06 2012 23:55
    Subscriber greenpawn34 said
    Hi Tom Tom

    The reason why taking a Knight appeals is because it
    promotes with a check. When a guy is in stalemate territory
    you are on safe ground making a check.
  • Posted: Mar 08 2012 07:58
    Standard member andrew93 said
    Hi aanepade

    I haven't looked at every group, but I see scottmd64 in group 81 has qualified for round 2.
  • Posted: Mar 09 2012 16:23
    Standard member Robin Johnson said
    In shailen7-fogie, promoting to a rook gives a faster mate, unless I missed something: 72.c8=R Ka6 (Black's only legal move) 73.Ra8#. Maybe not as stylish though.
    The only time I've ever underpromoted (I think) was to a rook, when a queen would have been stalemate.
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