Peter Lalić (Kingston) v Gavin Wall (Richmond)

Thames Valley Knockout Cup quarter-final, Willoughby Arms, Kingston, 6 December 2022

Peter Lalić (centre, right) takes on IM Gavin Wall in a key game in the Kingston v Richmond TVL Knockout match

This game, between Kingston star Peter Lalić and IM Gavin Wall, was board 2 in the Thames Valley Knockout quarter-final between Kingston and Richmond, which Kingston won 5.5-0.5. Peter’s victory was a crucial one in laying the foundation for the team’s success. John Saunders, associate editor of Chess Magazine and founder of the BritBase games archive, kindly agreed to annotate the game. He said this about it: “Quite an educational game. Gavin’s moves tallied closely with engine suggestions, because he’s a good player, but there was an element of risk there which was exemplified when he overlooked Peter’s clever and unusual tactic.”