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National Club Championship - 1988

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PETERBOROUGH SOFTWARE NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

by Larry Kirk

  

On an appropriately sunny Saturday in July, Glasgow Polytechnic became the first Scottish winners of the Peterborough Software British Chess Club Championship beating Bristol and Clifton 4-2 in the final. The match was held in the plush premises of the sponsors, along with seven other finals, a John Nunn simul and an English women v computers match that William Hartson seemed to think was the main attraction of the day.

A nervouse start left us with an uphill struggle, but as before in this competition, we managed to turn the tables in the later stages. The first result in was "Consultant Pyschiatrist" david Findlay's draw on top board, followed by Neil Reid drawing comfortably a position which, out of the opening looked lost. From the boards remaining, Iain Swan looked most likely to succeed and so it proved. Building on a firm kingside initiative he broke through to win the endgame. Shortly after my own game survivied a crisis or two and an attempted "blitzing" by my opponent, and ended in a draw by repetition. With time scrambles over we were able to calm down and look at the remaining 2 games. We required a deraw to clinch the Championship. Eddie Davis was clearly winning his endgame while Dougie Finnie seemed to be holding his opponent at bay. Eddie duly won and Dougie coasted to a draw.

Polytechnic Bristol & Clifton
D.J.Findlay .5 .5 C.R.Beaumont (206)
I.Swan 1 0 M.C.Truran (205)
E.Davis 1 0 R.Haydon (198)
L.G.Kirk .5 .5 T.Headlong (193)
N.Reid .5 .5 J.R.Boyce (183)
D.S.Finnie .5 .5 D.O.Collier (194)
4 2

Celebrations began with a civic reception and meal at the Town Hall, laid on by Peterborough Software, where Willie Rushton told jokes and presented prozes with a calm profressional buffoonery. They continued on through a large part of the night - the highlight being the sound of Eddie's dulcet tones wafting through the hotel lounge at 2 a.m.

For our effots the Poly bank balance is £1000 better off but the question of whether a Scottish club, by winning the British, can represent England in Europe (and therby earn a further £1000 sponsorship) remains unresolved.

White: M.C.Truran

Black: I.Swan

Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 cxd5 exd5 4 Nc3 c6 5 Bf4 Nf6 6 e3 Bf5 7 Nf3 Be7 8 Ne5 Nbd7 9 g4?! White begins a risky space gaining plan on the the Kingside.

9 ...Be6 10 f3 Nxe5 11 Bxe5 Nd7!? Offering a pawn which White should accept, since the game continuation allows Black to seize the initiative without loss of material. After 12 Bxg7 Rg8 13 Bh6 Bh4+ 14 Kd2 (If 14 Ke2 Rxg7 regains the pawn) 14 ... b5!? Black has the initiative but White's position is quite solid, and he is a pawn up.

12 Bg3 h5 13 gxh5 Rxh5 14 Bd3 Bh4 15 Kf2 Qf6 16 Ne2 g5 17 Bxh4 Rxh4 18 b4 Ke7 Castling queenside would only expose the king whish is quite happy on e7.

19 Ng3 Rah8 20 Kg1 Qh6 21 Qe2 g4 22 f4 Nf6 23 Rf1 Ne4!? Offering another pawn to bring the bishop into the attack.

24 Bxe4 dxe4 25 f5? Better is 25 Rc1 although after Black's f5 White is in a terrible bind.

25 ...Bc4! 26 f6+ Kd8 27 Qf2 Of course the bishop cannot be captured as Rxh2 would win immediately.

27 ...Bxf1 28 Nxf1 Qg5 29 Ng3 Re8 30 Nf5 Rh3 31 Nd6 Rf8 32 Nb7+ Kc7 33 Nc5 Qe3 The endgame is an easy win.

34 Qxe3 Rxe3 35 Kf2 Rf3+ 36 Ke2 Rxf6 37 Nxe4? Re8 38 Kd3 Rf3+ 0-1

(first published Scottish Chess 106 September 1988)

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PETERBOROUGH SOFTWARE NATIONAL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

by Larry Kirk

  

On an appropriately sunny Saturday in July, Glasgow Polytechnic became the first Scottish winners of the Peterborough Software British Chess Club Championship beating Bristol and Clifton 4-2 in the final. The match was held in the plush premises of the sponsors, along with seven other finals, a John Nunn simul and an English women v computers match that William Hartson seemed to think was the main attraction of the day.

A nervouse start left us with an uphill struggle, but as before in this competition, we managed to turn the tables in the later stages. The first result in was "Consultant Pyschiatrist" david Findlay's draw on top board, followed by Neil Reid drawing comfortably a position which, out of the opening looked lost. From the boards remaining, Iain Swan looked most likely to succeed and so it proved. Building on a firm kingside initiative he broke through to win the endgame. Shortly after my own game survivied a crisis or two and an attempted "blitzing" by my opponent, and ended in a draw by repetition. With time scrambles over we were able to calm down and look at the remaining 2 games. We required a deraw to clinch the Championship. Eddie Davis was clearly winning his endgame while Dougie Finnie seemed to be holding his opponent at bay. Eddie duly won and Dougie coasted to a draw.

Polytechnic Bristol & Clifton
D.J.Findlay .5 .5 C.R.Beaumont (206)
I.Swan 1 0 M.C.Truran (205)
E.Davis 1 0 R.Haydon (198)
L.G.Kirk .5 .5 T.Headlong (193)
N.Reid .5 .5 J.R.Boyce (183)
D.S.Finnie .5 .5 D.O.Collier (194)
4 2

Celebrations began with a civic reception and meal at the Town Hall, laid on by Peterborough Software, where Willie Rushton told jokes and presented prozes with a calm profressional buffoonery. They continued on through a large part of the night - the highlight being the sound of Eddie's dulcet tones wafting through the hotel lounge at 2 a.m.

For our effots the Poly bank balance is £1000 better off but the question of whether a Scottish club, by winning the British, can represent England in Europe (and therby earn a further £1000 sponsorship) remains unresolved.

White: M.C.Truran

Black: I.Swan

Opening: Queen's Gambit Declined

1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 cxd5 exd5 4 Nc3 c6 5 Bf4 Nf6 6 e3 Bf5 7 Nf3 Be7 8 Ne5 Nbd7 9 g4?! White begins a risky space gaining plan on the the Kingside.

9 ...Be6 10 f3 Nxe5 11 Bxe5 Nd7!? Offering a pawn which White should accept, since the game continuation allows Black to seize the initiative without loss of material. After 12 Bxg7 Rg8 13 Bh6 Bh4+ 14 Kd2 (If 14 Ke2 Rxg7 regains the pawn) 14 ... b5!? Black has the initiative but White's position is quite solid, and he is a pawn up.

12 Bg3 h5 13 gxh5 Rxh5 14 Bd3 Bh4 15 Kf2 Qf6 16 Ne2 g5 17 Bxh4 Rxh4 18 b4 Ke7 Castling queenside would only expose the king whish is quite happy on e7.

19 Ng3 Rah8 20 Kg1 Qh6 21 Qe2 g4 22 f4 Nf6 23 Rf1 Ne4!? Offering another pawn to bring the bishop into the attack.

24 Bxe4 dxe4 25 f5? Better is 25 Rc1 although after Black's f5 White is in a terrible bind.

25 ...Bc4! 26 f6+ Kd8 27 Qf2 Of course the bishop cannot be captured as Rxh2 would win immediately.

27 ...Bxf1 28 Nxf1 Qg5 29 Ng3 Re8 30 Nf5 Rh3 31 Nd6 Rf8 32 Nb7+ Kc7 33 Nc5 Qe3 The endgame is an easy win.

34 Qxe3 Rxe3 35 Kf2 Rf3+ 36 Ke2 Rxf6 37 Nxe4? Re8 38 Kd3 Rf3+ 0-1

(first published Scottish Chess 106 September 1988)

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