The Champagne moment 2012/13

The Champagne Moment prize for the 2012/13 Club Championship is intended to reward the best or most entertaining one-off individual performance which may present it itself in any number of ways.  Examples by way of illustration could be the biggest upset, the best game, the best finish to a game (sacrifice, combination), the best swindle.  This is not intended to be an inclusive list, but you should get the idea.

If you think one or more of your games in any of the rounds or part of them would justify popping a cork then please present it to the Tournament Secretary.  Submissions are posted below for peer enjoyment, review & comment, though the ultimate decision will rest with the majority vote of the Committee at its meeting the week after the scheduled round 9.

Six submissions were received, with the prize being awarded to Naomi Wei.

Sweeney,Kevin – Siddo,Charlton [B07]
Wanstead Club Championship round 6, 13.02.2013

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bg5 Qa5 5.Bxf6 exf6 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Be2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.Nh4 Bxe2 10.Nxe2 g6 11.Ng3 Qg5 12.Nf3 Qh6 13.Qd3 Na6 14.c3 Nc7 15.d5 c5 16.Rae1 Rfd8 17.h3 Rd7 18.Nh2 Qg7 19.Re3 Kh8 20.h4 h5 21.f4 Rf8 22.f5 a6 23.Kh1 Bd8 24.Ne2 g5 25.g4 Qh6 26.Rh3 Kg7 27.hxg5 fxg5 28.Rxh5 Qf6 29.Qh3 Rg8 30.Nf3 Kf8 31.Rf2 b5 32.Rh2 b4 33.Rh6 Qg7 34.Ng3 bxc3 35.f6 Bxf6 36.Nf5 cxb2 37.Qf1


It looks hopeless for Black as Charlton is losing his queen, but he finds a way to lose it that retains swindling chances and a swindle duly occurs.

37…Qh8 38.Rxh8 Rxh8 39.Rxh8+ Bxh8 40.Nxg5 Ne8 41.Kg2 Rb7 42.Qb1 c4 43.Nf3 c3 44.N5d4 Nf6 45.Nc2 Nxe4 46.Nfd4 Nd2 47.Qh1 Bg7 48.Nb3 b1Q 49.Qxb1 Nxb1 50.Kf3 Rb5 51.Ke4 a5 52.Nbd4 Bxd4 53.Kxd4 Kg7 54.Ke3 a4 55.Ke2 0-1

Burns,Sid – Kay,Matt [C70]
Wanstead Club Championship round 6, 05.03.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nge7 4.Nc3 a6 5.Ba4 d6 6.h3 g6 7.d4 exd4 8.Nxd4 Bd7 9.Nxc6 Bxc6 10.Bb3 Bg7 11.0-0 Bxc3 12.bxc3 Bxe4


After Black’s unwise pawn grab, Sid’s attack crashes through.

13.Re1 Bc6 14.Bg5 Qc8 15.Rxe7+ Kf8 16.Rxf7+ Ke8 17.Qe1+ Qe6 18.Qxe6# 1-0

Wei,Naomi – Gailans,Voldi [A42]
Wanstead Club Championship 2013, round 9, 30.04.2013

1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nf3 c5 4.d5 d6 5.e4 Nd7 6.Nc3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Qa5 8.Qc2 Ne5 9.Nxe5 dxe5 10.Be2 Bd7 11.0-0 Nf6 12.f4 Bg4 13.Bxg4 Nxg4 14.h3 Nh6 15.fxe5 Ng8 16.Bf4 0-0-0 17.Rab1 Qa6 18.Rb5 b6 19.Rfb1 e6 20.d6 Qb7 21.Be3 Qc6 22.Bf2 f6 23.Qa4 Rd7


Naomi’s next produced an exclamation of “good move” from her opponent, which brought the playing room to a halt.

24.Rxc5 Qxc5 25.Bxc5 bxc5 26.Qc6+ Kd8 27.Rb8# 1-0

Lu,Andy – Nickals,Peter [A00]
Wanstead Club Championship 2013, round 9, 07.05.2013

1.c3 e5 2.Nf3 e4 3.Nd4 c5 4.Nc2 d5 5.d3 exd3 6.exd3 Nf6 7.Be2 Bd6 8.Bg5 0-0 9.Nd2 Nbd7 10.Ne3 Qe8 11.Nf3 b6 12.Qd2 a5 13.0-0-0 b5 14.Rde1 c4 15.Nf5 Ra6 16.Nxg7 Kxg7


Andy misses his chance here – 17.Bxf6+ Nxf6 18.Qg5+ Kh8 19.Qxf6+ Kg8 20.Qg5+ Kh8 21.dxc4 should be a win for White. Instead the game continued:

17.Bh6+ Kh8 18.Bxf8 Qxf8 19.dxc4 bxc4 20.g3 Rb6 21.Bxc4 dxc4 22.Re2 Bb7 23.Qe3 Bc5 24.Qf4 Nh5 25.Qf5 Qh6+ 26.Kc2 Rf6 27.Re8+ Kg7 28.Qxd7 Bxf3 29.Qc8 Qg6+ 30.Kc1 Qg5+ 31.Kc2 Be4+ 32.Rxe4 Rxf2+ 0-1

Philpott,John – Hunnable,Ian [A29]
Wanstead Club Championship Wanstead House (3), 20.11.2012

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Nc3 Nb6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.0-0 Be7 8.a3 a5 9.d3 0-0 10.Be3 Be6 An improvement over 10…f6 which I played against John in our previous outing with this line. 11.Na4 Nxa4 12.Qxa4 Bd5 13.Rac1 Re8 14.Nd2 Bxg2 15.Kxg2 Nd4 Botvinnik-Flohr, 1958, went 15…Qd5+ 16 Qe4 Rad8 17 Qxd5 Rxd5 1/2-1/2 (after-game research). 16.Bxd4 White probably has to make this capture or the knight is a dominating presence, but the pawn that arrives on d4 is big too. 16…exd4 17.Nf3 Bf6 [17…c5 might be even stronger. White can only remove the d4-pawn (e.g. after organising e3) at the expense of central pawn weakness(es).] 18.Rc2 c6 19.Re1 Re6 20.Qc4 Qd7 21.Qc5 g6 This takes away the f5 and h5 squares from the queen so that it has no way of transferring to the K-side and now is in danger of being trapped.22.h4 John is fighting for some space with the threat of Ng5, or perhaps h5. [If 22.Nd2 Black makes progress with 22…Be7 23.Qc4 b5 24.Qa2 a4 25.Ne4 Re5 with the threat of …Rh5.] 22…Rd6 23.Nd2 [Now 23.Ng5 loses to 23…Rd5 24.Qc4 Bxg5 25.hxg5 Rxg5 etc.] 23…Rd5 24.Qc4 Be7 25.Qa2 Bxh4! 


Taking advantage of the White pieces being hemmed in on the Q-side to strike out against the lightly-defended king. It takes Fritz 11 several minutes to find this move, but then it does do the calculations first; I played the move intuitively (at least I’m honest about it), on the basis that, after 26 gxh4, I am attacking the exposed king with Queen and Rook, while White has only a Knight for defence, trusting to find the winning continuation should White accept; of course, he can’t, so I get away with winning a pawn. 26.Rh1 John valiantly attempts to mount counterplay on the newly-opened h-file. Against this, what calculations I did make, suggested that …h5 will be a stout defence if and when necessary. [If 26.gxh4 Qg4+ 27.Kf1 Qh3+ 28.Kg1 Qxh4 29.Ne4 (or 29.e4 dxe3 30.Ne4 Rxd3 31.Qc4 Rad8 32.Rc3 Qg4+ 33.Kh1 Qf3+ 34.Kg1 Re8 35.Nf6+ Qxf6 36.Rxe3 Rexe3 37.Rxd3 Qg5+ 38.Kf1 Rxd3 39.Qxd3 Qb5-+) 29…Rh5 30.Ng3 Qh2+ 31.Kf1 I think I had got this far (without the sub-variation) when contemplating 25…Bxh4. Fritz provides the rest: 31…Re8! …threat …Rf5. 32.e4 (if 32.Rc4 Rf5-+) 32…dxe3 33.Rxe3 Rxe3 34.fxe3 Qxg3 winning.] 26…Be7 27.Qb1 Kg7 28.Qg1 Re8 At move 28, I complete my development! 29.Rh2 [Undoubtedly, John intended initially 29.Qh2 or he would have played Rh2 and Qh1 rather than Qg1 first, but then realised his efforts would be repulsed by 29…Rh5 e.g. 30.Qg1 Qd5+ 31.Nf3 Re5 32.Qd1 h5 etc.] 29…h5 30.Kf1 b5 In the next phase of the game, since I couldn’t work out a winning attack, I decided on expanding my Q-side where I have a majority, the irony being that the White Q and a R have fought their way out of the Q-side to rush to the aid of the king, leaving me the opportunity to advance on the other wing, recently vacated. 31.Nf3 The first of seven consecutive moves with this piece, White’s only active unit. 31…a4 32.Ne1 Bd6 33.Ng2 Rf5 34.Nh4 Rf6 35.Nf3 c5 36.Ng5 c4! 37.Ne4 [White cannot capture on c4 as after 37.dxc4 Qf5 forks Knight and Rook.] 37…cxd3! Ignoring the knight! 38.exd3 [If 38.Nxf6 dxc2 39.Nxd7 c1Q+ 40.Kg2 Qc6+ wins the exhausted beast.] 38…Rfe6 39.Rc1 f5 40.Nxd6 Qxd6 41.Qg2 f4 42.gxf4 [If 42.Rh4 fxg3 43.Qxg3 Qd5 44.Rc7+ Kh8 45.Rc1 Rf6 46.Qg4 Re3! 47.Rc8+ Kg7 48.Rc7+ Kh6 49.Rc8 Re5 50.Rc2 Ref5 etc.; Or 42.g4 f3 43.Qg3 Qc5! 44.Qc7+ Qxc7 45.Rxc7+ Kf6 46.Rc1 hxg4 etc.] 42…Qxf4 43.Rd1 Qf5 [Here, 43…h4 was better.] 44.Qg3 Re3 45.Qc7+ R8e7 46.Qd6 Rd7 47.Qc6 Rxd3 48.Rxd3 All as planned, but I hadn’t noticed that the game continuation allowed John the chance for getting two rooks for his queen with 48 Qxd7+. However, Black should still win. [If 48.Qxd7+ Qxd7 49.Rxd3 Qc7 50.Rhh3 Qc1+ 51.Kg2 Qf4 Black’s two extra pawns prevent the rooks from combining effectively, the advance of the g and h-pawns being difficult to meet.] 48…Qxd3+ 49.Kg2 Rf7 50.Rh3 Qe2 The best John now has is Rf3 and after the exchange of all pieces, Black has passed d and h-pawns, so John resigned. 0-1

Philpott,John – Murrell,Mark [A10]
Wanstead Club Championship 2012/13 round 7, 28.03.2013

1.c4 f5 2.g3 e6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf3 c6 5.0-0 Nf6 6.d3 Be7 7.b3 0-0 8.Bb2 Nbd7 9.Nbd2 h6 10.Qc2 Bd6 11.e4 e5 12.exf5 d4 13.Rfe1 Nh7 14.Nh4 Ng5 15.Ne4 Bb4 16.Re2 Nxe4 17.Rxe4 Bd6 18.Re2 Nc5 19.b4 Na6 20.a3 Bxf5 21.Nxf5 Rxf5 22.Rae1 Rf8 23.Re4 c5 24.b5 Nc7 25.R4e2 Rb8 26.a4 b6 27.Bc1 Ne8 28.Bd2 Nf6 29.Ra1 Qc7 30.a5 Qd7 31.axb6 axb6 32.Be1 g5 33.Qd1 h5 34.Rea2 Qf5 35.Qe2 Rf7 36.Ra8 Kg7 37.Rxb8 Bxb8 38.Ra6 Bc7 39.Ra7 Re7 40.Qf3 Qxf3 41.Bxf3 g4 42.Bc6 Kg6 43.Bd2 Kf5 44.Kg2 e4


“A vintage corking moment” (Mark Murrell).

45.dxe4+ Nxe4 46.Bxe4+ Kxe4 47.Bf4 Bd8 48.Rxe7+ Bxe7 49.Bc7 Kd3 0-1

6 Responses to The Champagne moment 2012/13

  1. My swindle game was not a position that i would like to be in again, but I think those 2 passed Pawns really helped.
    Charlton Siddo

  2. Hi,

    I think in Andy & Peter’s game, White(Andy) resigned too soon. 33 Kb1 Qd2 34. Qb8 can hold the game.

  3. 34….Rf1+! Missed that moved. Well spotted.


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