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The 2005 British Chess Championships (the juniors)

2005 British Chess Championships (the juniors)

I went to the BCF site and downloaded 254 games from the Junior Section
of the current British Championship being held at the Isle of Man.

This is where the fun is. This is where ideas leap from uncluttered imaginations,
This is where pawns don't count, Kings don't castle, the idea behind every
opening is attack attack attack and resignation is for wimps.
What a great pity that some 'trainer' will get their hands on the talented ones
and turn them into bland wood pushing clones.

Of the 254 games, 40 ended in mate. Not your middle game mate but the
play on till the bitter end mate. The I fear nobody mate.
Look at the final position from M. Owens (white) and S. Waring.

A Queen, 2 Rooks and a Bishop down. A mere flesh wound.

Here are six more final positions that ended in mate.
Each one is a picture of hopeful despair.

I love the last one. (C. Whitfield v Miss P. Lambert in the under 10's).
Down by two Rooks, two Knights and two Bishops. It gives the
impression it was a beginners game. No. The proceeding play by both sides was OK.

It was going along normal Ruy Lopez lines until Black played 15...d5.
(15...c5 was the move). Suddenly Black has a few bits hanging and by
move 30 she was half a Chess Set down. Undeterred she heads for stalemate
and starts dropping the spare material like a tree shredding it's leaves in Autumn.
Such hope is only found in the young. Keep faith Miss Lambert, Caissa shall
smile on you one day and you will snatch a draw from such positions.

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C. Whitfield v P. Lambert

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 d6 7.h3 0-0 8.c3 b5 9.Bc2 Qd7 10.d4 Rd8 11.Nbd2 Qe8 12.a4 Rb8 13.Bb3 h6 14.Nf1 Na5 15.Bc2 d5 16.Nxe5 Bd6 17.exd5 Qf8 18.axb5 Rxb5 19.c4 Rb6 20.c5 Bxc5 21.dxc5 Rxd5 22.Qe2 Re6 23.Bf4 Qxc5 24.Rac1 Qe7 25.Bf5 Rb6 26.Bxc8 g5 27.Bh2 Nb3 28.Rc3 Rd2 29.Nxd2 Nd4 30.Qd1 Qd8 31.Bg4 h5 32.Bxh5 Rxb2 33.Bxf7+ Kf8 34.Ndf3 Rb4 35.Nxg5 Rb5 36.Qxd4 Qxd4 37.Ne6+ Ke7 38.Nxd4 a5 39.Nxb5 a4 40.Rxc7+ Kd8 41.Rd1+ Nd7 42.Rdxd7

J. Foster v S.Lydiard
White showed he was alert to stalemate tricks and also induced
a bit humour into the occasion. His opponent, sought
sanctuary in the stalemate but his opponent saw it.

Here White played 48 b6 stalemating the King.

With a heart full of cheery hope Black played 48...h4.
You can imagine the scene...

Black sitting there trying to look all desolate and lost.
Onlookers, open mouthed ready to rush off and tell their
chums what they have just witnessed.
The controller hovering. Worried parents too scared to look..
White moves his hand to the King... An awful hush fills the room.
"This will end in tears." thinks the controller.
But at the last moment White plays 49 b7 checkmate.

D. Groves v R. Johnson (black to play)
Inside every position there lurks the big blunder.
Sometimes a player has to work hard to find it.
Sometimes a player stumbles across it with no thought at all.
Black is mesmerised by the White Knight on d4.
"You ain't staying there horsey." and Black played 16...e6.

Before 16...e6 the Knight had 3 other squares it could land on.
b6, c3 and e3. After 16...e6 f6 became available. 17 Nf6+ 1-0

S. Turner v M. Rabbitte (white to play)

A harmless even position? No, there is no such thing.
The loose unprotected Knight on e2 should have tickled
an alert brain cell. White played 26 Bb2 and he may well
have seen Black's reply thinking he was getting two pieces for the Rook.
26...Be4 27 Bxe5 Bxb1 28 Rxb1 giving us this position...

...and we can argue all night what tactical ploy was used next.
28...Rae8. winning either the Bishop or the Knight and
Black won a few moves later.

Now remember a Knight and Bishop are worth about the same.
So is it a pin, a skewer, a fork or a double attack?

R. Hughes v C. Goodship
Have you seen It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World?
If you have then you will remember the big 'W'.
Master Hughes saw the big 'W'. in this Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad game.
In only 9 moves the Black Queen popped out and carved the big 'W' on the board.

[Click here to replay the game]
R. Hughes v C. Goodship

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.Ng5 Qxg5 5.d4 Qxg2 6.Ke2 Bxd4 7.Qg1 Qxe4+ 8.Be3 Qxc2+ 9.Bd2 Qxc4+

So will young master Hughes be having nightmares about the big 'W'?
No. He will toss and turn in sleepless nights as he is being chased
by pawns. Big White Pawns. Seven Big White Pawns.
Here is the final position of his game v A. Sivakumar.

White has seven passed pawns.
There must be a gag in there somewhere about
Snow WHITE and the seven dwarfs but I fear young master
Hughes has suffered enough at my hands for one day.

("HI-Ho Hi-Ho It's up the board we go")

I've seen some of his other games. He has the makings of a good
player. He has ideas and has an attacking style that does not appear
to have been dented by these few losses. He is playing against some
very good players.

J. Thomas vs. S. Anandajeyarajah
We end with this little beauty. White comes out of the blocks
with but one thought. Sac a pawn and get at the Black King.

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J. Thomas vs. S. Anandajeyarajah

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Be3 dxe4 4.Nd2 Nf6 5.f3 exf3 6.Ngxf3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 c5 8.c3 Be7 9.0-0 Ng4 10.Qe1 Nxe3 11.Qxe3 cxd4 12.cxd4 Nf6 13.Ne5 0-0 14.Rf3 Bd7 15.Rh3 Bc6 16.Rf1 g6 17.Rxf6 Bxf6 18.Qh6 Qxd4+ 19.Kh1 Bxg2+ 20.Kxg2 Qd5+ 21.Ndf3

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