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The Rev. Steve Gowland


The Reverend Steve Gowland


So who is Steve Gowland?

Well he is an Edinburgh player who was one
of the founder members of the Wandering Dragons.

His style aggresive with snipets of imagination.
He is best remembered for his blunders.
These were known as 'Gowlers Howlers'.

If he were in Edinburgh today he would no doubt play
for Bells and be friends with Berty Burns & Gaffin Austin.


Burns & Austin

His sidekick Chris Donkin sent me a few obviously faked pictures.
One of Steve outside someone's large house in L.A.
Another of Steve standing beside someone else's wife next
too someone else's swimming pool.

Steve is a call centre clerk and lives in a one bedroom flat
in Hartlepool. He is not a Reverend. The story of how he
got this title is lost in the mist of time.

He did however send me some of the games he played when
he won a recent tournament whilst on holiday in the U.S.A.
He was awarded the holiday for doing the most out bound
calls in one week. 2,893 to be precise.

He's one of the guy's who phone you up at 7:30 every
night and tries to sell you shower curtains.

Game 1
The Rev is Black and his main stay against 1.e4
appears to be the Petroff. 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6.
White plays the (drawing) 5 Qe2 line and here
Black goes astray....



He should swop Queens (7...Qxe2+) and play 8...Be7. Instead
he plays 7....Bg5 and his K-side pawns get shattered.
OK not fatal but in this position at move 10.



White should have used the fact that f5 cannot be protected
by a pawn. (the result of the K-side pawn structure) and
played 10 Nd4 Bxe2 11 Kxe2 and the Knight settles down on f5
for an enduring positional plus.

The game went on with both sides making natural moves.
Suddenly White makes a slack ill thought out move
and Black plays 18...Bh5 which is a winning pin.



The more you look at the more realise White must lose
the exchange. (19 Rd3 Nb4! 20 Re3 f5) and following
the golden rule, one blunder will follow another.
White wriggles and losses a piece.



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Jose Ruelas (1700) - Steve Gowland

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nf3 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Qe7 6.d3 Nf6 7.Bg5 Bg4 8.Bxf6 Qxe2+ 9.Bxe2 gxf6 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Bg6 12.Nbd2 Nc6 13.0-0-0 f5 14.g5 Bg7 15.Nb3 a5 16.a4 0-0-0 17.d4 d5 18.Bb5 Bh5 19.Be2 Rhe8 20.Rhe1 Rxe2 21.Rxe2 Bxf3 22.Rde1 Bxe2 23.Rxe2 Nxd4



Game 2
Steve is White. He plays the Giuoco Piano.
Not a bad choice, it still has, even after
400 years of theory, it's cute points.

A lot of King Pawn players think they can tread through
this 'quiet' opening over-the-board.
There again, a lot of players think they are Grand Masters.
The game follows an accepted line till move 11 Ne4 (11 Qb3).
The jolly Reverend finds himself in trouble and once again
selects to defend a busted pawn formation.

Did he miss 15...Qg5. We find ourselves here...



If Black plays 16..Qf5 here then White is under a lot
of pressure and may well be lost. Instead Black played
16...Nh3+ and the transparent trap 17...Bxf3+

The game still looked dodgy for White with the King
floating around the middle of the board and here...



...White had a minor panic seeing only NxN and Rxd6.
He could have simply played 23 Rae1 as 23...Nxe4
24 fxe4 hits the Queen and f7.
However this scare past. Black swapped the Queens
and the Black pawns fell quicker than British
Tennis players at Wimbledon.
The game went on for far too long. Black forgetting to resign.



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S. Gowland - Brian Hansen (1685)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.0-0 0-0 11.Ne4 Bg4 12.Nc3 Nf4 13.d5 Ne5 14.Qd4 Nxf3+ 15.gxf3 Qg5 16.Ne4 Nh3+ 17.Kg2 Bxf3+ 18.Kxf3 Qf4+ 19.Ke2 Rfe8 20.f3 Rad8 21.Kd3 c6 22.d6 Ng5 23.Qe3 Rxd6+ 24.Ke2 Qxe3+ 25.Kxe3 Nxe4 26.fxe4 Re7 27.Rad1 Rxd1 28.Rxd1 g5 29.Rg1 h6 30.h4 Re5 31.hxg5 hxg5 32.Rf1 Re7 33.Rf5 Kg7 34.Rxg5+ Kh6 35.Rg2 f5 36.Bd3 c5 37.Kf4 fxe4 38.Bxe4 b6 39.Rh2+ Kg7 40.Rh7+ Kf6 41.Rxe7 Kxe7 42.Ke5 Kd7 43.Kd5 Kc7 44.Bd3 a5 45.Bb5 Kb7 46.Kd6 Ka7 47.Kc7 a4 48.a3 c4 49.Bxc4 b5 50.Bxb5 Ka8 51.Bxa4 Ka7 52.b4 Ka6 53.Bc6 Ka7 54.a4 Ka6 55.Bd7 Ka7 56.b5 Ka8 57.Bc6+ Ka7 58.b6+



Game 3
So we established the Petroff was Steve's defence against 1.e4.
Yes weeks before the tournament Steve has locked himself away
studying his latest buy. 'Win Things with the Petroff' written by
some feckless twerp who has printed out the latest Petroff games
and got Fritz 214 to analyse them.

The time spent cramming page after page of
theory into his brain was not wasted.

Steve fell for a trap older than God's
dog and lost a piece after 4 moves.



Black to play. He elected to save the Bishop and
after 6...Ba5 7 exf6 Qxf6 8 Qe2+ White should win easily.

But it takes two to create an anti-masterpiece.

Steve's brain now freed from the shackles of relying on it's
memory kicked into action and with the help of White who clocked
up 1-0 after 4..Bb4+ Black had enough pawns for the
piece to reach this winning position.



White tried to steal a draw by giving up the Knight for two pawns
but the whole thing blew up in his face and he found himself
in a lost Rook v Queen ending with the inevitable result.

One amusing point. In this the final position.



Steve's original score had another 6 moves to go;
51.Kf3 h5 52.Re2 g4+ 53.hg hg 54.Kg3 Kg5 55.Re5 Qd4 56.Re1 Qf4++
It appears both players missed the fact the Black had been mated.

It would have been even funnier if the Reverend had lost after 51 Kf3.

I'd play over this one.
A good example of fighting it out and shrugging off a bad move.
And what not to do with a won position.



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Jeff Sundell (1736) - S. Gowland

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.d4 exd4 4.e5 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.bxc3 Ba5 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.Bd2 0-0 9.Be2 b5 10.Na3 Bxc3 11.Rb1 a6 12.0-0 Bxd2 13.Qxd2 Bb7 14.Qd4 Qe7 15.Qe3 Qxe3 16.fxe3 Re8 17.Nc2 Be4 18.Rfc1 c5 19.Kf2 Nc6 20.Nd2 Bg6 21.Bf3 Rad8 22.Rb2 Ne5 23.Be2 c4 24.Nf3 Ng4+ 25.Kg1 Nxe3 26.Nxe3 Rxe3 27.Bf1 d5 28.Rd2 f6 29.Kf2 Re4 30.Rcd1 Bf7 31.Rd4 Rde8 32.Rxe4 dxe4 33.Nd4 e3+ 34.Kf3 c3 35.Nc2 Bxa2 36.Nxe3 b4 37.Rc1 a5 38.Bc4+ Bxc4 39.Nxc4 a4 40.Nb6 a3 41.Nd5 Rb8 42.Nxc3 bxc3 43.Rxc3 a2 44.Ra3 Rb3+ 45.Rxb3 a1Q 46.Re3 g5 47.Kg3 Qg1 48.Re2 f5 49.Kf3 h5 50.g4 hxg4




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