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HBOS Chess Championships + Woodbridge C. C.


The venue for this event has been moved to the Jurys Inn which is right next to
Waverly Station. The above picture is a view of Edinburgh taken from the playing rooms.

This years event produced a tie with seven players all finishing on 4 pts.

International Arbiter, Dave Stewart had to sort this one out.
Here he is...sorting it out.

He used sum of progressive scores and some other jiggery-pokery
to work out the final winner. It all seemed above board and
everyone accepted his decision.

Mark Simmons 3 + 3.5 + 3 + 4 + 4 = 17.5 points. (Champion)

Tim Mather 3 + 3.5 + 3.5 + 3 + 3.5 = 16.5 points.

Philip Hopkins 2.5 + 3.5 + 3 + 3.5 + 4 = 16.5 points.

Graeme Russell 4 + 3.5 + 2.5 + 3 + 3 = 16 points. (St Andrews Trophy)

Thomas Grundy 3 + 2.5 + 2 + 4 + 4 = 15.5 points.

Andrew Hards 3 + 2 + 2 + 3.5 + 4 = 14.5 points.

William Westerman 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 3 = 13 points. (Book Grading Prize)

So here is the winner Mark Simmons with his trophy.
(I don't know what that silver cup is for?)

He admits to having his fair share of luck during the tournament.
In this position he showed me how he could have and should have lost a piece.
P.Hopkins - M.Simmons White to play.

Yes 1.Bxd5 Qxa5 2.Bxe6+! and the take back the Queen.

But you need a slice of luck to win these things.
M.Simmons - P.Whitehouse
Black nicks a pawn but one cannot claim Black is winning
as White has all the play. White soon restores the balance
and sinks a beautiful Knight on d6.

Black realises this Knight is going to cause him all kinds
of trouble so gives up a Rook to remove it before White
can bring up the reinforcements.

Though the exchange up, the win is not easy and this proves so
when White blunders away his d & e pawns and suddenly Black is on top.

Black then makes things very difficult from himself
with a slack 40...Bc7 when 40....Bf6 hold the position together.

White's only chance to win this game was to pile up on the pinned
Bishop and all Black need do was move the King.

Black refused to unpin his Bishop, White's played 46.Be5. 1-0

[Click here to replay the game]
M.Simmons - P.Whitehouse

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.e3 a6 6.c5 g6 7.Be2 Bg7 8.0-0 0-0 9.b4 Nbd7 10.Rb1 Re8 11.Bb2 Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Nd2 Nf6 14.f3 Nd5 15.Nc4 exf3 16.Rxf3 Nxb4 17.e4 a5 18.Nd6 Re7 19.Bc4 b5 20.Be2 Raa7 21.a4 Ba6 22.axb5 Bxb5 23.Bxb5 cxb5 24.Nxb5 Rab7 25.Nd6 Rbd7 26.Qb3 Rxd6 27.cxd6 Qxd6 28.Rd1 Qc6 29.e5 Bf8 30.Rc1 Qd5 31.Qxd5 Nxd5 32.Rc8 Rc7 33.Ra8 Kg7 34.Rxa5 Bb4 35.Rb5 Rc2 36.Rb3 Be1 37.Ba3 Bf2+ 38.Kh1 Bxd4 39.Rb7 Bxe5 40.Rf3 Bc7 41.g3 Rc6 42.Ra7 f5 43.Bb2+ Kf7 44.Rb3 g5 45.Rbb7 g4 46.Be5 Rc1+ 47.Kg2 Ne3+ 48.Kf2 Nd1+ 49.Ke2 Nc3+ 50.Bxc3

And this is Simon Menzies, Head of HBOS Payment services,
presenting Will Westerman with the Book Prize.

A good book that - have to get a copy.

This next game is very interesting, instructive and amusing.
It features the winner of Rampant Chess and is infact a rampant game.
W.Westerman - S.Tullet
We pick up the game at move 23 with White to go board blind.

White played 23.Qc3 thinking his Bishop is safe as the g-pawn is pinned.
23.Qc3? Rxh4 OOPs!

A piece down White threw himself into the attack trying to create problems.

It never really looked on especially as mid-attack White has to
waste a tempo with his King to prevent Black from swapping Queens.
In this position White wants to play 29.hxg6 but cannot because the
Rook on h1 hangs with a check.

So 29.Rh2 is the move.
Yes as the Rook can go as long as it's not check.
With the Rook on h2 29.hxg6 Qxh2 30.Qxf7+ wins.

But look at the position again - can you see it. 29.Rh2.

29...Qxf4+ 30.Qxf4 Ne2+ Queens off 0-1.

So White saw this variation and played 29.Kd2 which stops the Rook
from going with a check and prevented the Knight fork trick.
A good move. it should not have been good enough to win, but it did.

Black could have squashed the game with 29...Qg7
but took the sharp double-edged option instead.

Then this appeared. Black to play.
What a position. I'm glad I was not Black here.
(No I lie - this is a chess player's fly by your pants position, I love it).

Here you can imagine Black looking at all the White mating threats.
Black has the move - what does he do?

There are actually a couple of forced mates in here.
31...Qc1+ 32.Ke2 Nd4+ 33.Kd3 Qxc2+ 34.Kxd4 Qd2 mate. is one.

Black misses it and appears to going to for a perpetual check.

He cannot take the Rook on h1.

32...Qxh1 33.Qxf7+ Kh8 34.Qxe8+ Kg7 35.Qf7+ Kh6 36.Qh7+ Kg5 37.Qxh1.

And that is an easy White win.

so After 32...Qf4+ White shuns 33.Ke1 when Black will most likely
take the perpetual with Qe4+ and Qf4+. White played 33.Kc3

And again there are mates here, here is one.

33...Qd4+ 34.Kb3 Qc4+ 35.Ka3 Qc5+ 36.Ka4 Qa5+ 37.Kb3 Nd4 mate.

Black misses it and 34.Qf4+ would have given the draw
as the King cannot escape the checks.
Instead Black chases the King to safety and then had to look
at his own King's position - Black is doomed.

The final position. White has too many severe threats 1-0.

Here is the full game.

[Click here to replay the game]
W.Westermann - S.Tullet

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 0-0 6.Qd2 b6 7.0-0-0 Bb7 8.e5 Ne4 9.Nxe4 Bxe4 10.Bh6 e6 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.h4 Bxf3 13.gxf3 h5 14.Bd3 d5 15.Rdg1 Qe8 16.Rg5 Rh8 17.Rhg1 Rh6 18.f4 Nc6 19.Bb5 a6 20.Be2 Ne7 21.Bxh5 Qh8 22.Qb4 Re8 23.Qc3 Rxh5 24.Qg3 Rxg5 25.Qxg5 Nf5 26.Rh1 Nxd4 27.h5 Qh6 28.Qf6+ Kg8 29.Kd2 Nf5 30.hxg6 Qxf4+ 31.Ke1 Qe4+ 32.Kd2 Qf4+ 33.Kc3 Qc4+ 34.Kd2 Qd4+ 35.Kc1 Qf4+ 36.Kb1

At the same time as the HBOS chess tournament was being held a chess
team from a London appeared to play a match v a scratch Edinburgh C.C. team.

Woodbridge Chess Club are London based team and I think I'm right in saying there's no
such place (they're from Woodford and Redbridge).

They arer also a splendid crowd who make Bells look like a bunch of temperance fanatics.

The boys thought it would be a grand idea to spend the weekend in Edinburgh
so why not take in a game v the oldest club in the world.

Woodbridge Chess Club presented Edinburgh C.C. with an engraved digital clock
and played a two game 30 minute allegro with The London Club winning 9 - 4.

I wanted to take a few more pictures but my camera packed up. (batteries).

A good Friday that. Pints in the Jurys Inn, Pints in Bells,
then pints at the West End and back to Bells for more pints.

Then a headache on Saturday morning, got worse Saturday afternoon
and reached dynamic proportions when Mrs C came home and found
out how much money I had spent the night before.
I'm now grounded.

I got sent this:

Anybody else got a pub near them with a chess logo/name on their sign.

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