Thursday, 29 July 2021

HOCCC: 1904 correspondence match part 2

In the 1903-04 season two correspondence games were played between the chess clubs of Colchester and Tunbridge Wells. The first match can be found here. According to a newspaper article about the match "In game two White (Colchester) lost a pawn in the opening, but by using the knights to best advantage regained the pawn on move 20, and capturing two pawns shortly afterwards secured a winning advantage, black resigning on the 35th move. The Tunbridge Wells Chess Club is a strong one, having won the county trophy in Kent two years in succession. They also drew against Hastings, a notably strong club."

[Event "Correspondence match"] [Site "?"] [Date "1904.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Colchester"] [Black "Tunbridge Wells"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D37"] [Annotator "Barnes, Nathan"] [PlyCount "69"] [SourceVersionDate "2021.07.29"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bf4 Nbd7 6. e3 O-O 7. c5 Ne4 8. Rc1 (8. Nb5 {is a meaningless threat.} c6 9. Nc7 e5 $1 10. Nxa8 Qa5+ 11. Nd2 exf4 { White's knight is trapped on a8 and will eventually be captured.}) 8... c6 9. Bd3 f5 10. O-O (10. h3 {Giving the bishop the option of retreating to h2 seems sensible.}) 10... g5 11. Be5 $6 (11. Bg3 {is the computer's suggestion to roughly maintain equality. On the surface it looks like it just loses a piece but an unbalanced material balance is the result.} f4 12. Bxe4 dxe4 13. Nxg5 Bxg5 14. exf4 Be7 15. Qg4+ Kf7 16. Qh5+ Kg8 17. Qg4+ Kh8 18. Qxe6 {White has lost a bishop but has a lot of pawns to compensate.}) 11... g4 12. Bxe4 dxe4 13. Nd2 Nxe5 14. dxe5 Qc7 15. b4 Qxe5 16. Nc4 Qg7 17. Ne2 Rd8 18. Qc2 e5 19. Qc3 $17 b5 $2 (19... Rd5 {holds onto the extra pawn and maintains black's advantage. Be6 and Rd3 are also fine.}) (19... Be6 20. Nxe5 $4 (20. Qxe5 $2 Qxe5 21. Nxe5 Bxa2) 20... Bf6) 20. Nxe5 $16 Bd7 $2 {Temporarily protecting the pawn on c6 but it doesn't work.} 21. Qb3+ $1 Kf8 22. Nxd7+ Rxd7 23. Qe6 Bf6 24. Qxc6 Re8 25. Nf4 Qf7 26. Qxb5 Rb7 27. Qc4 Be5 28. c6 Rc7 29. Qxf7+ Kxf7 30. a4 Bxf4 31. exf4 Rd8 32. Rc5 Kg6 33. b5 Rd3 34. a5 Rb3 35. g3 1-0

Sunday, 25 July 2021


Details are not confirmed just yet, but it is likely that we will be back playing chess in early September. As soon as we know more an update will be posted!