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

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