Category Archives: Games

Graeme Buckley v Alan Scrimgour

Cavendish 2 v Wood Green, London League division 1 east, Millman Street Community Centre, London WC1, 7 April 2022

In a recent blog, Kingston stalwart Alan Scrimgour recounted his lifelong love affair with the Sicilian Defence. In this game, played for his London League team Cavendish, he demonstrated its potency by downing IM Graeme Buckley, who was playing for perennial London League champions Wood Green.

Thomas Villiers v David Maycock

Southend Easter Congress (Open), Round 5, 17 April 2022

David Maycock, whose arrival this season has been a big factor in the revival of the Kingston club, made the early running in the Southend Easter Congress, winning his first four (yes, four!) games, with a 2800+ Elo rating performance. This was his fifth game at the congress – as Black against the tactically ambitious, 2219 Fide-rated Tom Villiers – and was played on Easter Sunday as the four-day, seven-round tournament reached its critical final stages. Maycock played with great control against Villiers, who, looking to blast open Black’s kingside, lashed out with a piece sac. The Kingston star had to play more than a dozen moves on the 30-second increment, but kept his cool, traded pieces – each trade increasing his advantage – and, with a passed pawn motoring, forced White’s resignation. A terrific victory for Maycock, which took him to 5/5 and maintained his clear lead in the tournament. Not that any chickens – or indeed Easter eggs – were being counted yet.

David Maycock: One of Kingston’s brightest new talents

David White (Hounslow) v Vladimir Li (Kingston)

Kingston 1 v Hounslow 1, Thames Valley League division 2, Willoughby Arms, Kingston, 11 April 2022

This match against Hounslow was Vladimir’s first outing representing Kingston. We had no doubts that he would justify our faith in him. During our introductory chess sessions, he had beaten Kingston’s finest, so now it was time for some real competition.

David White v Vladimir Li (foreground) conducting a post-mortem

Tariq Oozerally (South Norwood) v Peter Lalić (Kingston)

South Norwood 1 v Kingston 1, Surrey League division 2, West Thornton Community Centre, 17 March 2022

This was the decisive game in the crucial match between Kingston and South Norwood that effectively determined who would win the second division title in the Surrey League. As ever Peter Lalić, playing black against the very capable Tariq Oozerally, proved nerveless, first building a small advantage, then losing it with an error, but finally outplaying his opponent in a time scramble after boldly turning down a draw to claim the vital point. Peter’s detailed annotations capture the ebb and flow of that critical game, and the visceral excitement of its final passage of play.

The crucial position around move 41

Michael Healey (Kingston) v Marcus Osborne (South Norwood)

South Norwood 1 v Kingston 1, Surrey League division 2, West Thornton Community Centre, 17 March 2022

This was the board one showdown for a crucial South Norwood – Kingston encounter, to see who goes up from a trio of ridiculously strong teams in Surrey’s division two (Epsom being the third). Mike is a former South Norwood player, and says it was good to see them fielding such a strong team.

Simon Lea (South Norwood) v Alan Scrimgour (Kingston)

South Norwood 1 v Kingston 1, Surrey League division 2, West Thornton Community Centre, 17 March 2022

This game was played on board six in the match South Norwood v Kingston which determined who won the Beaumont Cup (second division) of the Surrey League and hence which team was guaranteed promotion. Each game was tough and none resulted in a draw. This game gave confidence to the Kingston team. We didn’t know why Alan was the exchange down – maybe he sacrificed the exchange for an attack is always the best interpretation. White seemed to escape the king hunt but was not out of the woods. Kudos to Alan for a well-played game. In Alan’s annotations, he includes some possible lines which end in nice mating patterns which he only discovered in later analysis, so he is not claiming that he saw all these at the board.

Peter Andrews (Kingston) v Michael Dams (Epsom)

Epsom 1 v Kingston 1, Surrey League division 2, Willoughby Arms, Kingston, 21 February 2022

The Kingston v Epsom clash produced some notable games. This is one where the advantage was unclear to the casual observer until matters resolved themselves with both players in considerable time pressure. Peter Andrews was not originally meant to play in this match and only stepped in as a substitute at the last minute when our team captain became indisposed. A supersub is born.

Will Taylor (Kingston) v Marcus Gosling (Epsom)

Epsom 1 v Kingston 1, Surrey League division 2, Willoughby Arms, Kingston, 21 February 2022

This decisive game shows Will Taylor launch an unstoppable attack against Marcus Gosling in the promotion match played at Kingston. Marcus said that he had only just taken up this defence. There is no good time to try out a new opening and you would have thought that the Fort Knox variation of the French Defence sounded solid, but there is always another chapter to read.

Peter Andrews (Kingston) v Ronald Harris (South Norwood)

Kingston 2 v South Norwood 2, Surrey League division 4, West Thornton Community Centre, 17 February 2022

Peter Andrews, making his league debut for Kingston, won a dramatic game on top board against South Norwood veteran Ron Harris, who sac’ed a piece early on and launched an all-out attack, blitzing out moves in an effort to unsettle the Kingston debutant. Andrews, though, remained cool under pressure, neutralising the Harris onslaught and securing the win that set Kingston on their way to a 4.5 to 1.5 victory. After the game, Andrews, a league player of 40 years’ standing despite being a new member at Kingston, pointed out that he had last played Harris in the 1985-86 season for Hendon v Mushrooms in the London League “when I was rated about 100 points higher and he was about 450 points higher!”

Robin Haldane (Streatham) v David Maycock (Kingston)

Kingston v Streatham, Surrey League division 2, Willoughby Arms, Kingston, 31 January 2022

The experienced league player Robin Haldane and the up-and-coming David Maycock met on Board 2 of the Kingston v Streatham match.

Had it continued, 33.Re1 Rxg2 34.Qxg2 Bxg2+ 35.Kxg2 Qd5+ 36.Kg3 Qxc5 Black’s extra pawns guarantee a win. A victory for youth over experience.