London League 2000/1


Date Opponents Venue
4/10/00 Streatham 2 Golden Lane 6 4
20/11/00 King’s Head 2 Exmouth Arms
7/12/00 Wimbledon 1 Golden Lane 6 4
14/12/00 Barbican 2 Golden Lane
11/1/01 Lewisham Golden Lane 4 6
1/2/01 Cavendish Cavendish
15/2/01 Metropolitan 1 Bishopsgate
5/3/01 Albany Golden Lane
29/3/01 Richmond Golden Lane
25/4/01 Woodbridge Golden Lane

John Philpott v Barry Blackburn, Wanstead & Woodford v Streatham 2, Board 8, 4.10.2000.

1.c4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.e4 g6 4.Nge2 Bg7 5.g3 e6 6.Bg2 f5 7.d3 d6 8.0-0 Nd7 9.Be3 Ngf6 10.e5 Bxg2 11.exf6 Qxf6 12.Kxg2 g5 13.Qd2 h6 14.Nb5 Kd8 15.a4 e5 16.a5 f4 17.axb6 f3+ 18.Kh1 fxe2 19.bxc7+ Ke7 20.Qxe2 a6 21.Nc3 Kf7 22.Qh5+ Qg6 23.Qxg6+ Kxg6 24.Nd5 Rhe8 25.Ra2 e4 26.dxe4 Rxe4 27.Rxa6 Rf8 28.Rxd6+ 1-0

David Helsby v Ian Hunnable, Wanstead & Woodford v Lewisham, Board 5, 11.01.2001 [notes by Ian Hunnable].

1.e4 e6 2.b3 Reti’s move, apparently. I’ve been playing the French for 40 years; I do not remember ever meeting this before. 2…d5 3.Bb2 dxe4 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Qe2 “Book” up to here, apparently, but now I vary. The book gives 5…Bb4 6 0-0-0. 5…Nc6 6.Nxe4 Nd4!? I suppose I was a bit paranoid about White’s Reti bishop. 6…Be7 is probably best, but the text aims at the game continuation forcing the exchange of the said bishop and securing the bishop pair, in return for which White gets a lead in development. 7.Nxf6+ Qxf6 8.Qe4 Nf3+ 9.Nxf3 Qxb2 10.Bb5+!? I had* not noticed this possibility until after my last move, hitherto anticipating 10.Rd1. The text forces a sac on c6, since 10…Bd7 11.Bxd7+ Kxd7 and 10…Kd8 both lead to a loss of castling rights with no compensation after 11.O-O. But does White get enough? 10…c6 11.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.Qxc6+ Kd8 13.0-0 Rb8 14.d4 Bb7 15.Qb5 Qc3 16.d5 Bd6 I had a difficult choice: 16 …exd5 regaining one of the pawns, but closing the diagonal for the b7 bishop, or the text move aiming for rapid development with the prospect of retaining the b7 bishop’s diagonal. I went for the latter, but objectively, 16…exd5 is probably better. 17.dxe6 I spent a little while debating 17…Bxf3 before waking up to the fact that there is a mate threat on d7! 17…fxe6 18.Rad1 Kc7 19.Rd3 Qc5 20.Qa4 Bxf3! 21.Rxf3 Rhf8 22.Rd3? Wasting time and allowing a pile up against f2. 22…Rf4 22…Rb4 and 23…Rbf4 would amount to the same thing. 23.Qa6 Rbf8 24.b4 Although I had anticipated 24 b4, I had intended to respond with 24 …Rxb4, but then thought to have a look at the position regarding f2.24…Rxf2! Obviously, 25 bxc5 is met by 25…Rxf1 mate. Black has no saves: 25.Qxd6+ Qxd6 26.Rxf2 Qb6 etc., or 25.Qa5+ Qxa5 26.Rxf2 Qb6 etc., and, finally, 25.Rf3 Rxf3+! 26.bxc5 Rxf1+ 27.Qxf1 Rxf1+ 28.Kxf1 Bxc5 all win for Black. Therefore… 0-1

Michael Franklin v Julian Winkworth, Wanstead & Woodford v Richmond, Board 1, 29.03.2001 [Notes by Julian Winkworth]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 b6 3.Bf4 Bb7 4.e3 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0 7.h3 d6 8.Nbd2 Nbd7 9.a4 Re8 10.Nc4 a6 11.c3 Ne4 12.Bh2 e6 13.Ne1 e5 14.f3 Nef6 15.Nc2 Qe7 16.Re1 Red8 17.Bf1 Ne8 18.Qd2 f5 19.b4 Nef6 20.Rac1 Bh6 21.Qf2 Rf8 22.Nb2 g5 23.c4 Qg7 24.d5 g4 25.Kh1 Nh5 26.Qe2 Ndf6 27.Rcd1 Kh8 28.Nd3 Rg8 29.e4 Bc8 Remarkably, there have been no exchanges so far. 30.exf5 gxf3! 31.gxf3 [31.Qxf3 has to be better, as after… 31…e4 White can sacrifice the exchange, although he should still be lost.] 31…Bxf5 32.Nf2? A blunder in a difficult position, but what else is there for White? 32…Nf4 [32…Ng3+ is also good, but does not involve a queen sacrifice.] 33.Qd2 Nxh3 [33…N4xd5 wins a “mere exchange”, although if 34.Qe2 Nc3 wins the queen] 34.Ne3 [If 34.f4 then… 34…Bxf4 is strong] 34…Qg1+ The Coup de Grace 0-1


Date Opponents Venue
29/9/00 London Deaf London Deaf
24/10/00 GLCC GLCC
16/11/00 Ateneo Monarchs Golden Lane 10d 0
27/11/00 Kings Head 3 Exmouth Arms
25/1/01 Streatham 3 Golden Lane 2 8
21/2/01 DHSS Golden Lane
12/3/01 Capablanca Golden Lane
2/4/01 Barbican 3 Golden Lane 6 4

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