David Maycock (Kingston) v Zain Patel (Epsom)

Epsom v Kingston, board 1 in the Lauder Trophy final, played at the Adelaide pub, Teddington on 30 April 2024

David Maycock (pictured above) played this minor masterpiece against the rapidly improving Zain Patel. The game was played in the final of the Lauder Trophy. David departed from his usual king pawn opening and headed towards a simplified position out of the London System. His young opponent was tempted to grab some free pawns on the queenside. With Black’s queen hideously misplaced, David launched a vicious attack which proved decisive.

Zain Patel was unfortunate to meet Kingston’s David Maycock in prime form:. Photograph: John Saunders