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Edinburgh Chess Club vs SK Kamraterna - April 1999

by Willie Rutherford

Whether they're attracted by the famous name and distinguished history, or by the convenient 
location of the dedicated clubrooms just off Princes Street, Edinburgh Chess Club has always 
welcomed visitors from far flung parts dropping in, from patzers to the likes of World 
Champions Alekhine and Karpov. Whoever they are we try to give them a good game down Alva St. 
A more recent phenomenon is "virtual visitors" dropping in on the club's web-site, 
which was developed by Bill Marshall(*). And sometimes the latter leads to the former. This 
was how the challenge match this year between Edinburgh Chess Club and SK Kamraterna of 
Gothenburg was initiated (helped with a wee pointer from DB). Through the modern wonder of 
email, making the arrangements for this match was surprisingly easy. Kent, the Swedish club's 
team captain explained that his club had a recent tradition of doubling up a bit of sightseeing
with a chess match. Last year it was Poland, this year they fancied "doing" Scotland.
	As Kent tried to finalise his team over the weeks leading up to the agreed dates, with the 
inevitable last minute call offs etc,, he was able to keep me well up to date so that I could 
try as far as possible to get a similar team to make a match of it (this became a bit easier
when two of their original four 2300+ players dropped out!). 
	So we ended up facing a Kamraterna team of eight players ranging from novice on Board 8 up to 
2 very experienced 2300+ veterans on 1 and 2.  The agreed format was that we'd play a "
serious" 8 board match on the Tuesday. This was to be followed the next night by a 
5-minute chess match (where the Swedish players each sit at a board and take on as many 
Edinburgh players as they can in the time available between eating, drinking and blethering). 
Before the  "Serious Match" a few words and gifts of welcome were exchanged. 
SK Kamraterna presented us with a handsome, quality wooden chess board and set with plaque. 
In return, we presented them with ornamental Lewis Chessmen and a book explaining the story 
behind these ancient Scandinavian chess predecessors. Thoughtfully, but somewhat curiously, 
we were also presented with some Swedish "Whisky" (we gave them some proper stuff). 
To the games themselves. Board 2 was always going to be tough for Edinburgh, and it got 
tougher when our intended star got held up at work and Richard had to step in as a last 
minute sub with a significant time handicap. However, the rest were fairly evenly balanced.

Edinburgh Chess Club		SK Kamraterna

1. Graham Morrison	2320	0 - 1	Gösta Svenn 	2360 (FIDE) 
2. Richard Kynoch	1805	0 - 1	Ingvar Andreasson	2345 (FIDE)
3. Obay Ali		1950e	1 - 0	Alf Björsson 	2025 (FIDE)
4. Peter Vangelov	1805	draw	Kent Jägerflod 	1945
5. David Robertson	1750	0 - 1	Marko Lehtovirta 	1924
6. Lynne Morrison	1745	draw	Harry Svenn 		1553
7. Steven Balmer	1705	1 - 0	Henrik Boustedt 	1530
8. Douglas Anderson	995	1 - 0	Filip Björsson  	899
				4 - 4

I think it is fair to say that some of the games were not the highest quality ever seen on the 
hallowed wood of Edinburgh CC, but I've included them below for the record. You can add your 
own ??'s. 

We also managed to hold our own against the Viking raiders in the 5-minute tournament - 
a 51:50 final score draw. Bottles of the proper stuff were presented to the Swedish players 
with the 3 best scores and also a booby prize. Ingvar was the star scoring something ridiculous 
like 13/13. However, the match score was pretty academic as the beer and friendly patter flowed.
 By sheer coincidence, the B&B I'd booked them into was run by Eamon Bannon and there was a 
football theme to some of non-chess banter. "So what do you Scottish think of Henrik 
Larsson as a footballer, eh?" "Oh, he's not too bad, probably better than 
average". Some of the Swedes could remember being at Aberdeen's night of triumph in 
their city and also talked fondly of Dundee Utd. (for those under 25, ask your Dad about when
 Scottish teams used to get past the preliminary rounds in Europe). Strangely, none of them 
recalled ever hearing of my team Dunfermline Athletic (ask your GrandDad). Anyway, I think 
everybody from both clubs genuinely enjoyed this not too serious match and the challenge has
 been laid down for Edinburgh to visit Gothenburg next year for the return. We certainly hope 
to keep in touch with these new friends we have made through the international language of 
chess.

(*) Bill Marshall's web site for Edinburgh Chess Club is at www.jthin.co.uk/ecc.htm. 
Unfortunately, due to other pressures, recently Bill has not been able to keep the site as 
regularly updated as in the past. Indeed, whilst still an active club member, Bill has found it
 necessary to step down as Club Secretary after many years of outstanding effort, for which the 
club is extremely grateful. Until a new Secretary is appointed, anyone wishing to contact the 
club can phone the ClubRooms on 0131 220 6073 (evenings best) or email me at 
mailto:willier@ruther1.demon.co.uk.
 
G Morrison - G Svenn

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4 Bg7 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Nc6 7. Be3 Ng4 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 
9. Qd1 Ne6 10. Rc1 O-O 11. Bd3 d6 12. O-O Nc5 13. Bb1 a5 14. Qd2 Bd7 15. Bh6 Bc6 
16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. Rfe1 Re8 18. Re3 e5 19. Rd1 Re6 20. Rh3 h5 21.Nd5 Bxd5 22. cxd5 Re8 
23. b3 Qf6 24. Bc2 Rec8 25. a3 Rc7 26. b4 axb4 27. axb4 Nd7 28. Rc3 Rac8 29. Rxc7 Rxc7 
30. Bd3 Qf4 31. Qe2 h4 32. g3 Qg5 33. Kg2 Nf6 34. Ra1 Nh5 35. Kf1 h3 36. Qe1 f5 37. f3 Nf6 
38. Kg1 fxe4 39. fxe4 Ng4 40. Bf1 Rc2 41. Bxh3 Nxh2 42. Bg2 Ng4 0-1

I Andreasson - R Kynoch

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. d4 Bg4 5. Ne5 Nxe5 6. dxe5 e6 7. c4 Ne7 8. O-O Qc7 
9. Nc3 Qxe5 10. Qa4+ Nc6 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Qxg4 1-0

O Ali - A Bjorsson

1. c4 d6 2. Nc3 e5 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 Be6 5. d3 Qd7 6. Rb1 g6 7. b4 Bg7 8. b5 Nd8 9. a4 Nh6 
10. Ne4 Ng8 11. Bd2 h6 12. Qc1 f5 13. Nc3 Ne7 14. h4 Rb8 15. Be3 b6 16. Nd5 c5 17. bxc6 Nexc6 
18. Bxh6 Bxd5 19. cxd5 Bxh6 20. dxc6 Qc7 21. Qc4 Rc8 22. e3 Qf7 23. Bd5 Qe7 24. Ne2 Nf7 
25. Nc3 O-O 26. a5 bxa5 27. Rb7 Rc7 28. Rxc7 Qxc7 29. Nb5 Qe7 30. Ke2 Kg7 31. c7 Qd7 
32. Be6 1-0

D Robertson - M Lehtovirta

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. h5 Bh7 8. Nf3 Nd7 
9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Ne4 Ngf6 12. Nxf6+ Nxf6 13. Bf4 Bd6 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. O-O-O O-O 
16. Kb1 Rfd8 17. Rh4 c5 18. dxc5 Qxc5 19. Qxd8+ Rxd8 20.Rxd8+ Kh7 21. Rdd4 Nxh5 22. g4 Nf6 
23. g5 e5 24. Rd2 e4 25. gxf6 exf3 26. Rdd4 g5 27. Rhe4 h5 28. Rd7 Qxf2 29. Rxf7+ Kg6 
30. Rfe7 Qg1+ 31. Re1 f2 0-1

K Jagerflod - P Vangelov

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. g3 O-O 5. Bg2 d6 6. Nf3 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8. e3 a5 9. Qc2 c6 
10. b3 Re8 11. Bb2 Qc7 12. a3 h6 13. Rfd1 Nb6 14. c5 dxc5 15. dxc5 Nbd7 16. b4 axb4 
17. axb4 Rxa1 18. Bxa1 Nf8 19. Qd2 e4 20. Nd4 Bg4 21. Nde2 Qc8 22. Na4 Qf5 23. Qe1 Ne6 
24. Qf1 Qh5 25. Rd2 Bxe2 26. Qxe2 Qxe2 27. Rxe2 Rd8 28.Re1 Ng5 29. Bd4 Ng4 30. Rd1 Ne5 
31. Nc3 Nef3+ 32. Kh1 Bxd4 33. exd4 Rxd4 34.Rxd4 Nxd4 35. Nxe4 1/2-1/2

H Svenn - L Morrison

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 g6 4. Bg2 Bg7 5. d3 d6 6. Nf3 e6 7. O-O Nge7 8. Nh4 O-O 9. f4 a6 
10. a4 b6 11. Nf3 Rb8 12. Bd2 Bd7 13. Re1 Qc7 14. Rb1 b5 15. axb5 axb5 16. h3 b4 17. Ne2 Ra8 
18. c3 Qb6 19. Kh2 Ra6 20. Ra1 Rfa8 21. Rxa6 Rxa6 22. Qc2 Qa7 23. Be3 bxc3 24. Nxc3 Nb4 
25. Qd2 Nec6 26. Rd1 Nd4 27. Bxd4 cxd4 28. Nb1 Qb6 29. Na3 Qb8 30. Qf2 Nc6 31. Rd2 Rb6 
32. Nc4 Rb3 33. Bf1 Bc8 34. Kg2 Ba6 35. Ne1 Qc7 36. g4 f5 37. gxf5 gxf5 38. exf5 exf5 
39. Qe2 Qd7 40. Qh5 d5 41. Na3 Rb8 1/2-1/2

S Balmer - H Boustedt

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 
9. Qxh7 cxd4 10. Kd1 dxc3 11. Nf3 Bd7 12. Ng5 Rf8 13. f4 Ba4 14. Rb1 Nbc6 15. Bd3 Na5 
16. Rb4 Bd7 17. Qh5 Nac6 18. Nh7 Nxb4 19. axb4 Qc8 20. Nxf8 Kxf8 21. Qh8+ Ng8 22. h4 Ke7 
23. h5 f6 24. Qg7+ Ke8 25. Qg6+ Kd8 26. Qxg8+ Kc7 27. Qxc8+ Rxc8 28. exf6 Rf8 29. f7 Kd8 
30. b5 Ke7 31. Ba3+ 1-0

F Bjorsonn - D Anderson

1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d3 e6 4. Nf3 h6 5. Bf4 Bd6 6. Ne2 Bxf4 7. Nxf4 dxe4 8.Nd2 e3 
9. fxe3 e5 10. Ne2 Ne7 11. Nc4 e4 12. Nf4 exd3 13. cxd3 Nd5 14. Qa4 Nxf4 15. exf4 Qe7+ 
16. Be2 Bg4 17. Qc2 O-O 18. h3 Bxe2 19. Qxe2 Qxe2+ 20. Kxe2 Re8+ 21. Kd2 Nd7 22. Rhe1 Rxe1 
23. Rxe1 Nb6 24. Nd6 Rb8 25. Re8+ Rxe8 26. Nxe8 Kf8 27. Nd6 Nd5 28. g3 Nb4 29. a3 Ke7 
30. Nxb7 Nd5 31. b4 f5 32. d4 Nf6 33. Kd3 Ne4 34. Ke3 Nxg3 35. Kf3 Nf1 36. a4 Nd2+ 37. Ke2 Nc4 
38. b5 cxb5 39. axb5 Kd7 40.Nc5+ Kc7 41. Ne6+ Kb6 42. Nxg7 Nd6 43. Ne8 Nxe8 44. Kd3 Kxb5 
45. h4 a5 46. Kc2 Kc4 47. Kb2 Kxd4 48. Ka3 Ke4 49. Ka4 Kxf4 50. Kxa5 Kg4 51. h5 Kxh5 
52. Kb6 f4 53. Kc6 f3 54. Kd7 f2 55. Kxe8 f1=Q 56. Kd8 Kg6 57. Kc7 Qd1 58. Kc6 h5 59. Kb5 h4 
60. Kc4 h3 61. Kc5 h2 62. Kb5 h1=R 63. Kb6 Rh2 64. Kc6 Rc2+ 65. Kb6 Qb1+ 66.Ka6 Ra2# 0-1