Sunday, 21 August 2016

A game from the past 3

The Essex & Suffolk Border League was formed in 1950 and ran for twelve seasons. When it finished there were just five member clubs: Colchester, Chelmsford, Clacton, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds. The North Essex Chess League was formed a couple of years after the Border League stopped and covered a smaller geographical area.

D Brown, with the Black pieces, is the Colchester player in the game below.

[Event "Essex & Suffolk Border League"] [Site "?"] [Date "1959.11.09"] [Round "?"] [White "Smith, M. C."] [Black "Brown, D."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A50"] [PlyCount "67"] [EventDate "1959.11.09"] [WhiteTeam "Ipswich"] [BlackTeam "Colchester"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 b6 3. d4 Bb7 4. d5 d6 5. e4 c6 6. Nf3 g6 7. Be2 Bg7 8. O-O O-O 9. Bf4 cxd5 10. cxd5 Ba6 11. Bxa6 Nxa6 12. Qe2 Nc5 13. Rfe1 Re8 14. Nd4 $2 Qd7 $2 (14... Nfxe4 $1 15. Nxe4 Bxd4 {Black has won a pawn}) 15. b4 e5 16. dxe6 Nxe6 17. Nxe6 fxe6 18. Rad1 e5 $6 (18... Nh5 $142 $11 {with a discovered attach on the c3 knight} 19. Rxd6 $2 (19. Bxd6 Bxc3 20. Be5 Qc8 21. Rc1 Bxe5 22. Rxc8 Raxc8 $17 {Black has a clear edge with a rook and two minor pieces for the queen.}) 19... Qe7 $19 {White has no way of protecting both his minor pieces}) 19. Bg5 Kh8 {There was an error in the game record at this point. The moves Qd2 Rec8 were missing but make sense based on the subsequent moves so have been added. It is possible that Qd3 was played instead of Qd2 and that a different rook move was made (though the latter is unlikely).} 20. Qd2 Rec8 21. Qxd6 Qxd6 22. Rxd6 Rf8 $2 (22... Rxc3 {was much better, though white would still be much better, Black's chances of holding for a draw would be improved.} 23. Bxf6 Bxf6 24. Rxf6 Rd8 25. Re6 $16) 23. f3 Ng8 24. Red1 h6 25. Be3 Bf6 26. b5 Rad8 $2 {While Black already had a lost position this makes things easier for White.} 27. Rd7 $1 Rxd7 28. Rxd7 Rd8 29. Rxa7 Rd3 {The fork of the two minor pieces is easy to deal with.} 30. Nd5 Bg5 31. Bxg5 hxg5 32. Kf2 Rd2+ 33. Kg3 Nh6 $2 34. Nf6 {Resigns, mate can't be stopped Board 5 Ipswich (5) - (1) Colchester 36 moves in 90 minutes Played at Ipswich Chess Club} 1-0

See also, a game from the past: 1, 2

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