Peter Lalić (Kingston) v Bertie Barlow (Richmond)

Kingston 1 v Richmond 2, Thames Valley League division 2, Willoughby Arms, Kingston, 24 January 2022

Peter Lalić offers an in-depth analysis of a vibrant victory against the ever combative Bertie Barlow. If you read through these detailed annotations, you will get a remarkable insight into both the complexity of his concrete analysis and the playful spirit in which Peter plays his games – putting pawns on a4 and h4 on move eight in the game in part because he couldn’t resist the symmetry of the position. Chess as both science and art, war and aesthetic exercise, eventually leading here to an overwhelming attack conjured up after a sustained period in which Peter had been playing on the 10-second increment.

Kingston take on Richmond B, with board one titans Peter Lalic and Bertie Barlow in the foreground