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  1. 10 Jul '11 03:23 / 3 edits
    The 118th Scottish Championship have started with the first ten boards ‘live’ .
    It is the world's oldest continuous chess event first contested in 1884.

    http://www.sncl.org.uk/scotchamps2011/index.html

    All 10 produced a positive result with all but two games going the way of the grade.

    So no Manhattan Dodge’s here. (a quick draw in the first round is the Manhattan Dodge.)
    See Thread 140532
    These losses could be a bash at going for the Spanish Shuffle.
    (which is not to be confused with the Donald Duck).

    So for Hugh Brechin the circle of circumstance is now complete.
    The last time I wrote about him was when showing his win against
    Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard. Today he losses to a 1799 player.

    Chess is like that.

    M. Sanderson (1799)- H. Brechin (2052)



    Next we see a ex-Scottish Champion Jonathan Arakhamia-Grant, husband of the
    tournament favourite GM Keti Arakhamia-Grant underestimating White’s attack.

    E. Campbell (1876) - J. Arakhamia-Grant (2204)

  2. 10 Jul '11 11:31
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    The 118th Scottish Championship have started with the first ten boards ‘live’ .
    It is the world's oldest continuous chess event first contested in 1884.

    http://www.sncl.org.uk/scotchamps2011/index.html

    All 10 produced a positive result with all but two games going the way of the grade.

    So no Manhattan Dodge’s here. (a quick draw in the first r ...[text shortened]... 6 33. Rxa7+ {The smart wrap up was 33.Qxb8 and mate in a few. Black resigned.} [/pgn]
    wow, second game was awesome
  3. 10 Jul '11 18:12
    Round two and a couple of games from the lower boards.

    D. Will (1946) - D. Heatie (1587)



    J. O'Neil (1980) - J. McCrae (1744)

  4. 11 Jul '11 00:20
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    So for Hugh Brechin the circle of circumstance is now complete.
    The last time I wrote about him was when showing his win against
    Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard. Today he losses to a 1799 player.

    Chess is like that.

    M. Sanderson (1799)- H. Brechin (2052)
    The first game was interesting and I like your annotations. What did what White open with against 1 . . . c5.
  5. 11 Jul '11 02:43 / 1 edit
    White was heading for a Grand Prix Attack (an early f4).
    Going for this pawn formation.


    2.f4 can be answered with 2....d5 so to save memory cells White plays
    2.Nc3 first (also to disguise the Grand Prix Plan.)

    The above pawn formation does no do any favours to the f1 Bishop
    so White likes to play Bb5 (before of course d3) to chop it for the c6 Knight,
    also White does not want that Knight landing on d4.

    However.... (I hope you are taking notes)

    They both play in and for the same club so Black knew White played
    the Grand Prix Attack v The Sicilian so slipped in 2...a6 to stop Bb5
    to cross him up.

    In the game the c6 Knight did go to d4 and it ended up taking the Bishop.
    I was speaking to Hugh today and he agreed taking on g5 was a baddie
    but added right away that White played well.
  6. 11 Jul '11 10:46
    I see it's the same rate of play as in the Belgian
    Think I'll be rooting for Andrew Green.If I'm not mistaken he has an attractive attacking style.

    Do they post the games somewhere?Or just the live site?
  7. 11 Jul '11 13:04
    You can pick up the first two rounds here

    http://rs7.blueapricot.com/scottish/2011/r1/r1.pgn
    http://rs7.blueapricot.com/scottish/2011/r1b/r1b.pgn
    http://rs7.blueapricot.com/scottish/2011/r2a/r2a.pgn
    http://rs7.blueapricot.com/scottish/2011/r2b/r2b.pgn


    Then, apparently, simply change the last bit r3/r3.pgn etc.