Thursday, 30 July 2015

Club Championship Final

After numerous replays in the semi-finals, Brian Remmer and Phil Daley contested the final of the 2014/15 season club championship. Phil, playing Black, won the match and becomes club champion; Brian wins the Club Shield for best performance by a player graded under 120. The game is shown below, with brief annotations. The Club Honours page has been updated to include the results of this year's competitions.

Club Championship Final
[Event "Colchester Club Championship"] [Site "Colchester"] [Date "2015.07.22"] [White "Remmer, Brian"] [Black "Daley, Phil"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A00"] [Annotator "Barnes, Nathan"] [PlyCount "40"] [SourceDate "2015.07.25"] {A00: Irregular Openings} 1. g4 e5 2. Bg2 Ne7 {A rare, but not bad, line to play against The Grob.} 3. c4 Ng6 4. Be4 Bc5 5. e3 O-O 6. Qc2 d6 7. h3 { Protecting g4} Nd7 8. Nf3 $6 {The wrong square for the knight as it gets in the way of the bishop on e4.} (8. Ne2 Nf6 9. Bxg6 hxg6 $15) 8... Nf6 9. Nc3 Nxe4 $17 10. Nxe4 Bb6 11. b3 $2 (11. Ng3 $5 $17) 11... f5 $19 12. c5 $2 (12. gxf5 $142 Bxf5 13. Rg1 $19) 12... fxe4 13. Qc4+ (13. cxb6 Qf6 14. Ng5 Qxg5 15. bxc7 $19) 13... d5 14. Qc3 exf3 (14... Rxf3 $142 {is even better} 15. cxb6 axb6 16. d3 $19) 15. cxb6 axb6 16. Bb2 Qe7 17. a4 d4 18. Qc2 c5 19. O-O (19. Kf1 $19 {there is nothing better in the position}) 19... Qh4 20. Kh2 (20. Qc4+ {just delays the inevitable} Kh8 21. Rfe1 Qxh3 22. Qf1 Qxg4+ 23. Kh2 Rf5 24. Qh3 Rh5 25. Qxh5 Qg2#) 20... Bxg4 {White resigned} (20... Bxg4 21. Qc4+ Rf7 22. Qxf7+ Kxf7 23. Kg1 Qxh3 24. exd4 Qg2#) 0-1

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