This was the the last competitive game I played before the Covid pandemic. It was played in the World Senior Team Championships in Prague on March 11, 2020 in the 65+ match between Scotland and the team from Ukraine, Kiev Europa 2020. My opponent was the international master Viktor Dovzhenko. The match was shortly before Czechia closed its borders in response to COVID-19. The tournament was truncated after seven rounds with Russia in the lead just ahead of France. Scotland came 11th and England came 30th.
You catch me on my fifth game as Black (out of six). I have decided to show this game in a slightly unusual way – from the perspective of my trusty steed, the King’s knight, which moved 14 times. It is also a response to ‘Ask the Pieces, a Chessbase DVD by Müller and Becker. This is the Knight’s Tale.
British Boys’ Under-18 Championship, Hastings, April 1953
The 1953 British Boys’ Under-18 Championship attracted 38 entries and was run on the Swiss System, with nine rounds between Monday evening, 13 April, and Friday night, 17 April. The winner, K. F. H. Inwood, of Tiffin’s School, was the London Chess League’s nominee; he beat T. A. Landry, of William Ellis School, in the last round, by a good king’s-side attack, after the latter had overlooked the winning of a pawn earlier. Landry and G. Jessup, also of William Ellis School, shared the second and third prizes with 6½. M. F. Collins, Sandbach School, Crewe, P. Gough, King Edward VI School, Norwich, J. T. Farrand, Haberdasher’s Aske’s, Hampstead, and A. Hall, of the same school, with P. Starling, of Middlesbrough, all scored 6. Amongst the also-rans was Anthony Leggett, who went on to win the Nobel prize in physics. In the opinion of Sir George Thomas, the general standard of play was higher than last year, but there was no boy outstanding.
Thomas Anselm Landry (19 August 1935 – 11 January 1996) went to Pembroke College, Oxford and played in the Varsity match of 1955. Tom Landry was a noted draughts/checkers player, who held the record for winning the London Championship 11 times in all and also the 1983 Northern Ireland Championship. He was president of the English Draughts Association and personally financed (and played in) the 1973 Great Britain vs America draughts match. He wrote books on the subject. He was a stockbroker and insurance consultant.
Here is the key game from the last round with both players on 6.6/8. The game shows the Inwood hallmark: first a period of calm and balance in which he is always the equal of his opponent and then an inexplicably easy finish against a defence that disintegrates.
The top four members of the England team in the Glorney Cup 1953 were recruited from the event. Ken was on top board with Landry on Board 2.
Ken, who is 86 and has been a member of Kingston Chess Club for more than 70 years, recently entered a nursing home in Woking. We wish him well.
The top board in a match is very often the last to finish and this game was no exception. The players were totally engrossed in this titanic struggle and were playing on the increment for most of the complex ending. The advantage changed hands several times, both players having eschewed a chance to take the drawing option. This win was Epsom’s only win in this knockout match and was very well deserved.
In this Torre attack, Black plays passively and White induces some pawn weaknesses leading to the destruction of Black’s queenside. The outcome of this game was not important to the match as Kingston had already won.
John Saunders, erstwhile editor of Chess magazine, thought this win by John Bussmann was the game of the match. He writes: “Admittedly his opponent made a couple of positional howlers in the opening, but John’s exploitation of the opportunity was immaculate. If someone had shown me the score of this game and told me that Mickey Adams or Keith Arkell had been Black, I would have believed them.”
Surbiton B v Kingston A 2 November 2021 Surrey League Division 2
The Budapest Gambit
Peter Lalic takes the opportunity in this superbly annotated game to delve deeply into the Budapest Gambit following his game with Liam Bayly from the match against Surbiton in the Thames Valley League. He reflects on reading his father’s book on the gambit and on the benefit of detailed game analysis as a way to develop chess understanding.