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Geoff Chandler vs Richard Kynoch
"On Pins and Needles" (game of the day Jul-12-2014)
Edinburgh Club Championship (1981), Edinburgh SCO
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1-0



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Jul-12-14  kungfufighter888: wow what a checkmate
Jul-12-14  Thumbtack2007: Prettiest smothered mate I've ever seen (well, almost completely smothered). And the triple pin is indeed a gem.
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  Sneaky: I think you could in theory have one more piece, like if there was a rook on g6 pinned by a queen on h5 (and the queen on g8 could be a rook, if two queens bothers you). My intuition tells me that four is the absolute limit? Or can somebody prove me wrong?
Jul-12-14  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,

I never knew it had made it to a Wiki page on Chess Records. If I had I would have given a link, I'm that kind of shy and retiring type of guy.

It does indeed look like my sole contribution to chess. (if they ever find that game where I miss a mate in one by playing another move I thought was a mate in one then I may make two contributions!)

It was not until after the game had finished a player called Johnny Marr pointed out the three pinned pieces. I was not counting....just calculating...Good of Richard to play it out.

Jul-12-14  faulenzer: <Sneaky>, I think you could add a fifth pinned piece if you move the whole position up the board by two ranks (so that Ke8 becomes Ke6, Rf8->Rf6, Be7->Be5, etc. To do this, you would need to replace the pinned rook at f6 with a knight at g6 pinned along the rank, and then you could add a new rook at f7 pinned along the diagonal by a piece on g8.
Jul-12-14  morfishine: Breathtaking finish! This must be a record

Does <16...Nf8> improve? (covering <e6> & <g6>)


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  Phony Benoni: <Fauternzer> Without promoted pieces, there can only be four possible absolute pins (pinning a piece against the king) for the simple reason that only four pieces are capable of absolutely pinning a piece: queen, both rooks, and the bishop of the same color as the king.

With promoted pieces, here's a five-pin situation:

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Working in more pins would be difficult because of the requirement that the pinned piece would have to be attacking the checkmating knight if it could move. There needs to be another square where a Black piece can both "guard" e4 and be pinned without interfering with the protective line of a different pinned piece.

Without that requirement, and using promoted pieces, eight pins are a snap as well as the maximum, since absolute pins can only exist over eight lines.

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  kevin86: What a fantastic finish! Three pins at once seal black's fate!

I guess you could have pins in ALL directions in a crazy, impossible position.

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  kevin86: How about this:

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Jul-12-14  Sally Simpson: Hi Morfishine.

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Yes 16...Nf8 looks better. Richard could see I was threatening Rxg6 and Nxe6 with hits on the Queen and g7+. So he chopped the d4 Knight. Like most of my wins I do require some help from my opponent in critical positions.

This position is quite funny. Black to play.

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Three pieces are pinned. Black played 22...Kf8

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The same three pices are now unpinned with one move.

Jul-12-14  BOSTER: Fifth column, and only four pieces: Rc8,Nd7,Be7,Rf8.
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  FSR: <Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,
I never knew it had made it to a Wiki page on Chess Records.>

It hadn't until this morning. I added it to that article after seeing your comment. Do you perchance have the exact citation to the British Chess Magazine? I would like to add it to the article.

Jul-12-14  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,

Wow! Thanks. No doubt someone will find a four pinned piece mate. Surely this is not the only three pinned piece mate on record. (though with all three piece being unable to take mating piece it will be rare.)

I'm off out in a few minutes. I'll go though my stack of BCM's later. If I don't have it The Club has all the bound BCM's since time began.

It was in the 'Quotes & Queries' section, if I recall I am asking or they are asking if this 'mating piece attacked by three pinned pieces' is a record.

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  Annie K.: <Sally Simpson: <Is this my sole contribution to chess?>>

I don't know why you're complaining. ;p

Beautiful, very well played! :)

Jul-12-14  morfishine: <Sally Simpson> Every great win has some "help" as you call it, whether one labels the "help" a slip, inaccuracy or oversight. How do you think we got Anderssen's Immortal, Evergreen or Morphy's Opera gem? Somebody somewhere didn't see far enough or didn't quite calculate accurately enough and thus was a victim of a brilliancy, however it happened. The flip side is where we too often don't recognize proper credit: you did see far enough and it was you that calculated more accurately, thus he was vanquished and you get to drink beer out of the cup, or something like that.

Whats wonderful is how this is exploited and thats the beauty of OTB play: a merging or co-mingling of counter-ideas; the ideas or technique one employs to fend off or blunt attacks. Has the defender seen my attack? or perhaps more importantly, have I calculated what he may do in response to my threat? If I force an exchange, does he still have counterplay? Or is "stuff" simply not seen at all until its too late?

I spend a lot of time trying to find improvements in all sorts of lost games. I think its a useful exercise. For example here, if Black tries 20...Rxd5 he's crushed by 21.Qg8+ Bf8 22.Re1+ and that nagging pin on the d7 Knight is killing him. This is what led me to 16...Nf8 (move the d7 Knight and leave the c6 Knight where it is)

This is a great win, very impressive! And at this event no less!


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  FSR: Here is a position with non-promoted pieces where Black has four pieces other than his king, each of which is unable to capture the checkmating knight because of a pin:

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Jul-12-14  The Last Straw: <Sally Simpson> What a amazing game! Congratulations on your wonderfully-played game, ending in a brilliant checkmating position.
Jul-13-14  Sally Simpson: Thanks for all the kind words, some lad emailed me saying it was GOTD yesterday. (I never noticed) Considering all the great games that have made GOTD it's quite a thing. Thank You.

All normal players, of which I consider myself one, have wee goodies tucked away in their score books.

We play in league matches, club championships and (usually) on the bottom boards in tournaments. But our chess is not too bad and sometimes, if lucky and everything just falls into place then we get to play a game like this.

I have spent a large part of my chess life seeking out these games and giving them the light of day in magaizines and on the net.

Often unearthing a wee gem that the player's peers can enjoy and maybe learn from.

It is not just from GM games we can learn things. Infact:

"Masters can always learn something from amateurs!"

A Tartakower note in the game Marshall - Tartakower, Leiger 1930 - Tartakower's Best Games.

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  Alex Schindler: That is one spectacular finish
Jul-01-15  landogriffin: Brilliant stuff!
Congrats, Geoff - a real champion of us chess "little guys"! Great to see you getting recognition in return.

*Big up Sandy Bells chess massive*

Apr-22-16  ketchuplover: The pin is mightier than the sword-not me
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  Honza Cervenka: One quite picturesaque alternative exploitation of pin tactics here could have been 21.Bf6 (diagram)

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White is threatening with 22.Qg8+ Bf8 23.Re1+ and after 21...Rxf6 (21...gxf6 22.Qg8+ Bf8 23.Qxg6#) white can continue 22.Nxf6+ gxf6 23.Qg8+ Bf8 24.Qxg6+ (Of course, 24.Re1+ wins easily too but quick checkmate is better) 24...Ke7 25.Qh7+ Ke6 26.Bc4+ Ke5 27.Qe4#.

Jul-31-16  Whitehat1963: Wow! A pin cushion!
Oct-21-20  Whitehat1963: Picturesque finish!
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