Flood Cup 2002

Games Played

Feb 16

Peter Hiller 1 Stuart Wilson 0

Paul Evans 1 George Flitcroft-Smith 0

James Hiller 0 Doug Foster 1

Brian Willcock 0 Harvey Quaresmini 1

The club’s most prestigious tournament, the Flood Cup, has commenced and the upsets began in round one. Paul Evans has entered the tournament often, but never managed to reach his full potential. This time though, he has started well by defeating 2nd seed George Flitcroft-Smith in Round 1 with his English Opening. In other games, veteran Brian Willcock’s maverick style was not enough to overcome Harvey Quaresmini (moves 23 & 24 were his undoing), and Peter Hiller managed to survive an early onslaught from Stuart Wilson’s over advanced queen. James Hiller’s drought continued against Doug Foster.

Peter Hiller (1049) - Stuart Wilson (1130)

1 e4 g6, 2 d4 Bg7, 3 c3 e5, 4 d5 d6. 5 Be2 Nf6, 6 Bg5 0-0, 7 Nf3 Qe8, 8 Bxf6 Bxf6, 9 0-0 Nd7, 10 Nbd2 Nc5, 11 b4 Nc4, 12 c4 Nc3, 13 Qe1 Qa4, 14 a3 Qc2, 15 Bd1 Qd3, 16 Rc1 Nc2, 17 Be2 Qxa3, 18 Ra1 Qb2, 19 Rb1 Qd4??, 20 Nxd4 exd4, 21 f4 Nc3, 22 Ra1 Re8, 23 f5 g5, 24 Bd3 Bd7, 25 b5 c6, 26 bxc6 bxc6, 27 Ra6 Bd8, 28 dxc6 Bc8, 29 Ra1 Re5, 30 Nf3 Rc5, 31 e5 Rxc6, 32 Nxd4 Bb6, 33 Qxc3 Rc5, 34 exd6 Rc6, 35 Be4 Rxd6, 36 c5 Bd8, 37 cxd6 Bf6, 38 Bxd8 Bd7, 39 Rxa7 Be8, 40 d7 Bxd7, 41 Rxd7 Kg7, 42 Bd5 h5, 43 Rxf7+ Kh6, 44 Rxf6+ Kg7, 45 Ne6+ Kg8, 46 Nxg5+ Kg7, 47 Rg6+ black resigns 1-0

Paul Evans (1335) - George Flitcroft-Smith (1568)

1 c4 f5, 2 Nc3 Nf6, 3 e3 d6, 4 Nf3 e5, 5 Be2 Be7, 6 0-0 e4, 7 Nd4 c5, 8 Nb5 a6, 9 Na3 Nc6, 10 Nc2 Ne5, 11 b3 0-0, 12 d4 exd3, 13 Bxd3 Qa5, 14 Ne2 Rd8, 15 Bb2 Nxd3, 16 Qxd3 d5, 17 Nf4 d4, 18 exd4 Bd6, 19 Nd5 Ng4, 20 Bc3 Bxh2+, 21 Kh1 Rxd5, 22 Bxa5 Rd6, 23 Bc7 Rh6, 24 Bxh2 Nxh2, 25 Kg1 f4, 26 Rfe1 Bg4, 27 f3 Rf8, 28 dxc5 Kh8, 29 Re7 Bh5, 30 Qd4 Nxf3+, 31 gxf3 Rg6+, 32 Kf2 Rg3, 33 Rag1 Rxf3+, 34 Ke1 Rg8, 35 Rgxg7 Re3+, 36 Nxe3 black resigns 1-0

James Hiller (unrated) - Doug Foster (1209)

1 d4 d5, 2 Nf3 Nf6, 3 e3 e6, 4 Bb5 c6, 5 Bd3 Be7, 6 0-0 0-0, 7 Re1 b6, 8 c4 Nbd7, 9 Qc2 c5, 10 Ng5 g6, 11 cxd5 Nxd5, 12 Bd2?? Bxg5, 13 e4 Bxd2, 14 Qxd2 Nb4, 15 Bb5 a6, 16 dxc5 bxc5, 17 Ba4 Nb6, 18 Nc3?? Qxd2, 19 Rad1 Qxb2, 20 Rdc1 Nxa4, 21 Nxa4 Qxa2, 22 Nb6 Nd3, 23 Nxa8 Qxf2+, white resigns 0-1

Brian Willcock (1320) – Harvey Quaresmini (1417)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 Nc6, 3 d4 exd4, 4 Nxd4 d6, 5 Nxc3 bxc3, 6 Bc4 Bb7, 7 Nc3 g6, 8 Qf3 Qe7, 9 Bg5 f6, 10 Bh4 Bg7, 11 0-0 0-0-0, 12 Qe2 Nh6, 13 Ba6 Ke5, 14 Bxb7+ Kxb7, 15 f4 Qe6, 16 a4 Rde8, 17 a5 a6, 18 Qf3 f5, 19 Rfe1 Bd4+, 20 Bf2 Bxf2+, 21 Qxf2 Ng5, 22 Qg3 Qc4, 23 Qd3? Qc5+, 24 Re3?? Nxe3, 25 Kh1 Ng5, 26 Qe2 Re7, 27 h3 Nf6, 28 Na4 Qd4, 29 c3 Qxe4, 30 Qd2 Rhe1, 31 Qf2 Nd4, 32 b3 Nxf4, 33 c4 Nxh3, 34 Qg3 Nf4, 35 b4 Qxc4, 36 Nc3 Rc3, 37 b5 Rxg3, 38 bxa6+ Kxa5, 39 Kh2 Rxg2+, 40 Rh1 Re3, white resigns 0-1

Feb 23

Stuart Wilson 0 Gabriel Boross 1

Gabriel Boross 1 Harvey Quaresmini 0

Gabriel Boross played 2 Flood Cup games in a night and won them both.

Stuart Wilson (1130) - Gabriel Boross (1319)

1 d4 d5, 2 e3 Bf5, 3 f4 Nf6, 4 Nf3 e6, 5 Nh4 Be4, 6 Nf3 Nc6, 7 Bb5 a6, 8 Bxc6+ bxc6, 9 0-0 Bd6, 10 Nc3 0-0, 11 Na4 Qe7, 12 Ne5 c5, 13 Nc6? Qd7, 14 Nxc5 Qxc6, 15 b4 Bxc5, 16 bxc5 Rab8, 17 c3 Rb5, 18 Ba3 Rfb8, 19 Qa4 Qb7, 20 Bb4 Bd3, 21 Rf2 a5, 22 Rb2 axb4, 23 cxb4 h6, 24 Qb3 Ra8? 25 Qxd3 Rxb4, 26 Rb3? Rxb3, 27 axb3 Rxa1+, 28 Kf2 Ne4+, 29 Ke2 Qb4, 30 Kf3 Rf1…... (if 31 Qxf1 Nd2+…) … white resigns 0-1

Gabriel Boross (1319) – Harvey Quaresmini (1417)

1 d4 Nf6, 2 Nf3 g6, 3 Nbd2 Bg7, 4 e4 0-0, 5 c3 d6, 6 Be2 b6, 7 0-0 Bb7, 8 Bd3 c5, 9 Re1 d5, 10 e5 Ne8, 11 Qe2 c4, 12 Bc2 e6, 13 Nf1 Nc6, 14 Bf4 a5, 15 Qd2 Qd7, 16 Bh6 b5, 17 Bxg7 Kxg7, 18 Ne3 Rh8, 19 Ng4 h6, 20 h4 h5, 21 Nf6 Nxf6, 22 exf6+ Kxf6, 23 Qg5+ Kg7, 24 Ne5 Nxe5, 25 Rxe5 b4, 26 Re3 Rag8, 27 Rf3 Bc6, 28 Qe5+ Kf8, 29 Qb8+ Ke7, 30 Qe5 Ke8, 31 Qb8+ Ke7, 32 Qf4 Kd7, 33 Qf6+ Ke8, 34 Re1 Qe7, 35 Qf4 Kd7, 36 g3 a4, 37 b3 bxc3, 38 Rxc3 Qb4, 39 Ree3 axb3, 40 axb3 Bb5, 41 bxc4 Bxc4, 42 Bb3 Qb8, 43 Qf3 Bxb3, 44 Rxb3 Qa7, 45 Qf4 Rhg8, 45 Ra3 Qb6, 46 Ra3 Qb6, 47 Reb6 Qc7, 48 Qd2 Rb8, 49 Rc3 Qd6?, 50 Ra7 Ke8, 51 Rcc7 Rg7, 52 Qh6 Qf8, 53 Qg5 f6, 54 Qe3 Rxc7, 55 Rxc7 Qd6, 56 Rg7 Rb1+, 57 Kg2 e5, 58 Qh6 exd4?, 59 Qxg6+ Kf8, 60 Qf7# 1-0

Mar 1

George Flitcroft-Smith 1 James Hiller 0

Gabriel Boross 0 Paul Evans 1 (game brought forward from Round 7)

Also two games were awarded on forfeit:

Harvey Quaresmini 0 Andrew Robinson 1

Peter Hiller 0 Paul Evans 1

Two games were played over the board. Paul managed to win a close encounter with Gabby after restricting his space. Gabby said he could have accepted an exchange of queens offered and achieved a draw, however he played for the win, despite being a pawn down, and came unstuck. This matchscore should be available some time this week.

However, it was the other game that caught the imagination. George said he had never played a game like it. White managed to queen a pawn on c8 as early as move 12, and with no compensation to black! (Surely a Flood Cup record!!) Then , in a situation reminiscent of the late night transfer scene, George proceeded to deliver 13 consecutive checks between moves 11 and 23. Probably the only reason black wasn’t finished off by this sequence was that James made an unintentional ILLEGAL MOVE at move 24. As an independent observer this scribe can attest that what transpired was that black had first attempted the illegal Bb4+. White correctly pointed out that the bishop was pinned by the queen and then, noticing that James had descended into a NARCOLEPTIC SEIZURE, left the board for a while to recover his nerve from the tense situation. This scribe did likewise thinking that there was no way of stopping black being smashed open by Qxd6+. How surprised he therefore was to note the game continuing a few moves later with black’s house holding together on d6. After the game had concluded, the analysis team got to work and found that James had moved his knight diagonally two squares from h5 to f7. The FIDE Laws of Chess state that if an irregularity is found during the game then the game must be brought back to the situation prior to the irregularity. The error was not spotted during the game, but after completion, and therefore the result stood.

George Flitcroft-Smith (1568) - James Hiller (unrated)

1 c4 Nf6, 2 Nc3 d6, 3 d4 c6, 4 e4 d5, 5 e5 Bg4, 6 Qa4 Nh5, 7 Nxd5 b5, 8 Nf6+ exf6, 9 cxb5 fxe5?, 10 bxc6 Qe7??, 11 c7+ Qd7, 12 c8(=Q)+ Ke7, 13 Qb4+ Kf6, 14 dxe5+ Kxe5, 15 Qbc3+ Kf5, 16 Bd3+ Ke6, 17 Bc4+ Ke7, 18 Bg5+ f6, 19 Qe5+ Be6, 20 Qec5+ Kf2, 21 Qxd7+ Nxd7, 22 Be6+ Kxe6, 23 Qc6+ Bd6, 24 Rd1 Nf7 (from h5 !!!), 25 Nf3 Rhc8, 26 Nd4+ Ke7, 27 Nf5+ Kf8, 28 Qxd7 Re8+, 29 Kf1 Rad8, 30 Qa7 Nxg5??, 31 Qxg7# 1-0

Gabriel Boross (1319) - Paul Evans (1335)

1 d4 c5, 2 e3 d5, 3 c3 c4, 4 Nf3 Bg4, 5 Nbd2 Nf6, 6 Qa4+ Nc6, 7 Ne5 Bd7,8 Nxe7 Qxe7, 9 Nf3 g6, 10 Be2 a6, 11 0-0 b5, 12 Qc2 Bg7, 13 Re1 0-0, 14 Bf1 Ne4, 15 Nd2 f5, 16 f3 Nxd2, 17 Bxd2 e5, 18 Re2 e4, 19 fxe4 fxe4, 20 Be1 Bh6, 21 Bg3 Rf7, 22 Bf2 Raf8, 23 g3 Rf6, 24 Bg2 Rxf2, 25 Rxf2 Bxe3, 26 Raf1 Bxf2, 27 Rxf2 h5, 28 Rxf8 Kxf8, 29 Qf2+ Qf7, 30 Qe3 Ne7, 31 Qh6+ Kg8, 32 Qg5 Kg7, 33 Qe5+ Qf6, 34 Qc7? Kh6, 35 Qd8 e3, 36 Qc7 Qf2+, 37 Kh1 e2, 38 White resigns 0-1

Mar 8

Andrew Robinson ˝ Gabriel Boross ˝ (from Round 1)

Doug Foster 1 Brian Willcock 0 (from Round 2)

Paul Evans 1 James Hiller 0 (from Round 4)

George Flitcroft-Smith 1 Harvey Quaresmini 0 (from Round 6)

Tonight’s games featured three close encounters, while Paul Evans stormed on to continue his unbeaten run in the other game. Andrew and Gabby repeated the result their final round game last year that decided the Flood Cup in Andrew’s favour. George managed to grab the initiative in a kingside assault against Harvey. Doug managed to win by achieving the opposition in a pawn endgame that Brian seemed to be dominating earlier on (perhaps queenside castling was a mistake in this instance?).

Andrew Robinson (1568) - Gabriel Boross (1319)

1 d4 d5, 2 c4 e6, 3 Nf3 Nf6, 4 e3 Nbd7, 5 Be2 c6, 6 0-0 Bd6, 7 Nc3 0-0, 8 Qc2 Re8, 9 Nd2 e5, 10 dxe5 Nxe5, 11 cxd5 cxd5, 12 Nf3 Bg4, 13 Qd1 Rc8, 14 Nd4 Bxe2, 15 Ncxe2 Bb8, 16 Bd2 a6, 17 Bc3 Qc7, 18 Ng3 g6, 19 Nf3 Nxf3+, 20 Qxf3 Nh5, 21 Rfd1 Rcd8, 22 Rxd5 Rxd5, 23 Qxd5 Nxg3, 24 hxg3 Qe7, 25 Qf3 b5, 26 Qf6 Qxf6, 27 Bxf6 Re6, 28 Bd4 Be5, 29 Rd1 Rd6, 30 Kf1 Bxd4, 31 Rxd4 Rc6, 32 Ke2 Rc2+, 33 Rd2 Rc6, 34 a3 Kg7, 35 f4 h6, 36 g4 Kf6, 37 Kf3 Ke6, 38 e4 Ke7, 39 Ke3 draw agreed ˝-˝

Doug Foster (1209) - Brian Willcock (1320)

1 b3 e5, 2 Bb2 d6, 3 e4 Nf6, 4 d3 Nc6, 5 Nf3 Bg4, 6 a5 Qd7, 7 Be2 Nh5, 8 Ng5 Bxb2, 9 Qxb2 Nf4, 10 Qf3 Nb4, 11 Nd2 Nxc2+, 12 Kd1 Nxa1, 13 Bxa1 Be7, 14 h4 h6, 15 Nh3 Nxh3, 16 Rxh3 Bf6, 17 h5 Bg5, 18 Nc4 Qc6, 19 d4 0-0-0, 20 d5 Qc5, 21 g4 Kb8, 22 Bc3 b6, 23 Na5 Kc8, 24 b4 Qb6, 25 Nc6 bxa4, 26 Nxd8 Rxd8, 27 Qe2 Kd7, 28 b5 Ra8, 29 Rf3 f6, 30 Qc4 a3, 31 Qc6+ Qxc6, 32 bxc6+ Kd8, 33 Kc2 a2, 34 Ba1 Rb8, 35 Rb3 Rxb3, 36 Kxb3 Bh4, 37 f3 Bf2, 38 Kxa2 Ke7, 39 Kb3 Kf7, 40 Kc4 Bc5, 41 Bc3 Bb6, 42 Kb5 Ke7, 43 Bxa5 Bxa5, 44 Kxa5 Kd8 …… 1-0 (the position at the end of the notation was W: Ka5 c6 d5 e4b f3 g4 h5; B: Kd8 c7 d6 e5 f6 g7 h6, the game continued past this position fro a few moves, but white has a forced win in this position)

Paul Evans (1335) - James Hiller (unrated)

1 c4 c5, 2 g3 Nc6, 3 Bg2 Qb6, 4 Nc3 Nf6, 5 d3 d6, 6 b3 e6, 7 Bf4 Be7, 8 Nb5 a6, 9 Nxd6+ Bxd6, 10 Bxd6 Qa5+, 11 Qd2 Qxd2+, 12 Kxd2 Nb4, 13 Bxc5 a5, 14 Nf3 Nc6, 15 h3 Ra6, 16 a3 b6, 17 Be3 0-0, 18 Ng5 e5, 19 Bxc6 Rd8, 20 Bb5 Ra8, 21 Bxb6 Rd6, 22 Bc5 Re6, 23 Nxe6 Bxe6, 24 b4 e4, 25 Bc6 Rd8, 26 Be7 Rc8, 27 Bxf6 Rxc6, 28 Bc3 a4, 29 g4 exd3, 30 exd3 f6, 31 Rhe1 Kf7, 32 Re3 f5, 33 c5 fxg4, 34 hxg4 Bxg4, 35 Rg1 Rg6, 36 Reg3, Bh5, 37 Rxg6 Bxg6, 38 Rxg6 Black resigns 1-0

George Flitcroft-Smith (1568) - Harvey Quaresmini (1417)

1 e4 e5, 2 Bc4 Bc5, 3 c3 Nf6, 4 d4 exd4, 5 e5 Qe7, 6 cxd4 Bb4+, 7 Kf1 Ne4, 8 a3 Ba5, 9 b4 Bb6, 10 Be3 0-0, 11 Qd3 Ng5, 12 h4 Ne6, 13 Nc3 c6, 14 d5 Bxe3, 15 d6 Qe8, 16 dxe3 f6, 17 Nf3 fxe5, 18 Ke2 Qh5, 19 Qe4 a5, 20 g4 Qf7, 21 Ng5 Qf2+, 22 Kd3 g6, 23 Raf1 Qxf1, 24 Rxf1 Rxf1, 25 Ke2 Rf8, 26 Qxe5 axb4, 27 Nce4 bxa3, 28 Nf6+ Kg7, 29 Nxe6+ dxe6, 30 Nh5+ Kf7, 31 Qg7+ Ke8, 32 Qe7# 1-0

 

Mar 15

Andrew Robinson 1 Doug Foster 0 (from Round 3)

Gabriel Boross 1 Brian Willcock 0 (from Round 9)

Two games were played tonight. Gabby defeated Brian earlier in the night after a bishop sac at move 22 that went awry. In the other game, Doug seemed to have the initiative with a well placed rook and could certainly have forced a draw after move 29. Then a mistake by black at move 37 let Andrew back into a game that took over 3 hours to complete.

Andrew Robinson (1568) - Doug Foster (1209)

1 d4 d5, 2 c4 e6, 3 Nf3 Nf6, 4 e3 Be7, 5 Bd3 c6, 6 0-0 0-0, 7 Nc3 Nbd7, 8 Qc2 g6, 9 e4 dxe4, 10 Nxe4 Nxe4, 11 Bxc4 Nf6, 12 Bd3 Bd6, 13 Bg5 Be7, 14 Rad1 a6, 15 Rfe1 b5, 16 c5 Nd5, 17 Bxe7 Nxe7, 18 a3 a5, 19 b4 axb4, 20 axb4 Nd5, 21 Qd2 Ra4, 22 Rb1 Qf6, 23 Ne5 Qf4, 24 Qxf4 Nxf4, 25 Be4 Nd5, 26 Bxd5 (if 26 Nxc6 Nc3, 27 Rc1 Nxe4, 28 Rxe4 Bb7) cxd5, 27 Nd3 Bb7, 28 Ra1 Rfa8, 29 Rxa4 Rxa4, 30 Kf1 Kf8, 31 Ke2 Ke7, 32 f4 f6, 33 h3 Ra2+, 34 Kf3 h6, 35 Re2 Ra3, 36 Re3 Rb4, 37 g4 Kf7?, 38 Ne5+ fxe5, 39 Rxb3 exd4, 40 Rd3? (Ra3 better) Kf6, 41 Rxd4 g5, 42 Ke3 e5, 43 fxe5 Kxe5, 44 Rd1 Bc6, 45 Ra1 d4+, 46 Kd2 Bg2, 47 Ra3 Kf4, 48 Rd3 Kd5, 49 Rg3 Be5, 50 Ra3 Bg2, 51 Ra6 Bxh3, 52 Rxh6 Bxg4, 53 c6 Kd5, 54 c7 Bc8, 55 Rh8 Bg4, 56 c8=Q Bxc8, 57 Rxc8 g4, 58 Rg8 g3, 59 Rxg3 Kc4, 60 Rg4 Kxb4, 61 Rxd4 Kc5, 62 Rd3 b4, 63 Kc2 Kc4, 64 Rh3 Kb5, 65 Kb3 black resigns 1-0

Gabriel Boross (1319) - Brian Willcock (1320)

1 d4 d5, 2 Nf3 e6, 3 e3 Bd6, 4 Bd3 Nf6, 5 c3 Ne4, 6 Nbd2 Nxd2, 7 Bxd2 Nd7, 8 0-0 Nf6, 9 c4 c5, 10 cxd4 Nxd4, 11 e4 Nb4, 12 Bxb4 cxb4, 13 Re1 e5, 14 dxe5 Bc5, 15 Bb5+ Bd7, 16 Qa4 Qe7, 17 Rad1 0-0-0, 18 Rc1 Kb8, 19 Bxd7 Rxd7, 20 h3 Rc7, 21 Rc2 Rhc8, 22 Rec1 Bxf2+, 23 Kxf2 Rc5, 24 Rxc5 Rxc5, 25 Rxc5 Qxc5+, 26 Kg3 Kc7, 27 Qb3 Qe7, 28 Qc4+ Kb8, 29 Qd4 Kc8, 30 Qxa7 f6, 31 Qd5 fxe5, 32 Qxe5 Qf7, 33 Qf5+ Qd7, 34 Qxd7+ Kxd7, 35 a3 bxa3, 36 bxa3 h6, 37 e5 Ke6, 38 Kf4 g5+, 39 Ke4 black resigns 1-0

Mar 22

Paul Evans 1 Stuart Wilson 0

James Hiller 0 Peter Hiller 1

Brian Willcock 0 George Flitcroft-Smith 1

Doug Foster 1 Gabriel Boross 0

On the night that saw the return of 1980s club stalwart Ray Adams, Paul Evans’ perfect run continued, and Doug pulled off a brilliant victory. Brian (Sammy), James (cricket tragic extraordinaire) and Stuart also maintained their perfect records (alas!).

Paul Evans (1335) - Stuart Wilson (1130)

1 c4 g6, 2 Nc3 Bg7, 3 d4 Nc6, 4 e3 Nf6, 5 Nf3 d6, 6 b3 a5, 7 Bb2 Bf5, 8 Bd3 Bxd3, 9 Qxd3, 10 Qd2 Bh6, 11 a3 Na6, 12 0-0 c5, 13 d5 Qb6, 14 Nb5 0-0, 15 Qc3 Bg2 16 Rfe1 Rfe8, 17 Rab1 e5, 18 Nd2 Nc7, 19 a4 Na6, 20 f4 Nb4, 21 h3 Na2, 22 Qc2 Nb4, 23 Qc3 Na2, 24 Qd3 e4, 25 Qf1 Nb4, 26 f5 Nd3, 27 fxg6?? fxg5, 28 Re2 Nxb2, 29 Rxb2 Nh5, 30 Qb1 Ng3, 31 Rf2 Qd8, 32 Rc2 Qg5, 33 Nf1 Nf5? (33..Nxf1, 34 Qxf1 Qxe3+ better), 34 Nc7 Re7, 35 Ne6 Rxe6, 36 dxe6 Nxe3, 37 Rxf8 Bxf8, 38 Nxe3 Qxe3+, 39 Kh1 Qf4, 40 Qc1 Be7??, 41 Qxf4 Black Resigns 1-0 * Commentary– the move to open up the f/g file by white was an error that should have seen black go at least a piece up. However black was too concerned with the possibilities caused by this risky play and failed to claim a rook advantage a few moves later. This resulted in white ending up with a win despite some unsound play.

James Hiller (unrated) - Peter Hiller (1049)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 d6, 3 d3 Bg4, 4 Be2 Bxf3, 5 Bxf3 Be7, 6 Nc3 Nf6, 7 0-0 0-0, 8 Be3 c6, 9 d4 exd4, 10 Bxd4 c5, 11 Bxf6 Bxf6, 12 e5 Bxe5, 13 Bxb7 Bxc3, 14 Bxa8? (Bxc3 better…) Bxb2, 15 Rb1 Bd4, 16 Be4 f5, 17 Bd5+ Kh8, 18 Qc1 Nd7, 19 Qf4 Be5, 20 Qf3 Nf6, 21 Rbd1 Ng4, 22 g3 Nh6, 23 Rb1 f4, 24 gxf4 Bxf4, 25 Be4 Be5, 26 Qh3 d5, 27 Bf3 d4, 28 Rb5 Qd6, 29 Qg2 Nf5, 30 Re1 Nh4, 31 Qh3 Nxf3+, 32 Kg2 Nxe1+ white resigns 0-1

Brian Willcock (1320) - George Flitcroft-Smith (1568)

1 e4 e6, 2 d4 d5, 3 exd5 exd5, 4 Nf3 c5, 5 Be2 Nf6, 6 Nc3 Nc6, 7 0-0 cxd4, 8 Nxd4 Bc5, 9 Be3 Bxd4, 10 Bxd4 Be6, 11 Bf3 Nxd4, 12 Qxd4 0-0, 13 Rad1 Qa5, 14 b4 Qc7, 15 Bxd4 Rac8, 16 Bxe6 fxe6, 17 Ne4 Ng4, 18 Qd6 Qc4, 19 Nc5 Qxa2, 20 Nxe6 Rf6, 21 Qd7 Qxe6, 22 Qxb7 R8f8, 23 Qxa7 Rh6, 24 Rd7 Qe5, 25 g3 Rxh2, 26 Qa2+ Kh8, 27 Qc4 Rh1+, 28 Kg2 Rxf2+, 29 Rxf2 Rh2 white resigns 0-1 (if 30 Kg1 Qxg3+ 31 Kf1 Qxf2#, if 30 Kf1 Rxf1+, 31 Kg1 Qxg3+, 32 Kh1 Rh2#, if 30 Kf3 Rxf2+, 31 Kxg4 Qf5+, 32 Kh4 Rh2#)

Doug Foster (1209) - Gabriel Boross (1319)

1 Nf3 d5, 2 d4 Nf6, 3 Nf3 Bg4, 4 Ne5 Bh5, 5 Qd3 e6, 6 e3 a6, 7 Be2 Bxe2, 8 Qxe2 Bd6, 9 e4 c6, 10 Bg5 Be7, 11 exd4 cxd4, 12 0-0 0-0, 13 Ng4 Nbd7, 14 a3 Qb6, 15 Ne5 Rae8, 16 Nxd7 Nxd7, 17 Bxe7 Rxe7, 18 Nxd5 exd5, 19 Qxe7 Nf6, 20 Qb4 Qc7, 21 Qc5 Qf4, 22 f3 h5, 23 Rae1 h4, 24 Qc3 Nh5, 25 Qe3 Qf5, 26 Qe5 Qg6, 27 f4 Nf6, 28 f5 Qg5, 29 Qf4 Qh5, 30 h3 Ne4, 31 Qg4 Qh6, 32 Rf4 Qf6, 33 Qxh4 Qd4, 34 Kh2 Qd2, 35 Ref1 Nf6, 36 R1f2 Qc1, 37 c3 Re8, 38 Rf1 Qxb2, 39 Re1 Rf8, 40 Rb4 Qxc3, 41 Rxb7 Qxa3, 42 Reb1 Qd6+, 43 Qg3 Qc5, 44 Qc7 Qa3, 45 Rb8 d4, 46 Rxf8+ Kxf8, 47 Qd8+ Ne8, 48 Re1 Qd6+, 49 Qxd6 Nxd6, 50 g4 a5, 51 Rd1 Nb5, 52 Kg2 Ke7, 53 Ra1 d3, 54 Kf2 Nd4, 55 Rxa5 d2, 56 Ra1 Nb3, 57 Rd1 Nb3, 58 Ke3 Ke5, 59 h4 f6, 60 h5 Na5, 61 Kxd2 Kf4, 62 Rg1 Nc4+, 63 Ke2 Ne3? (Ne5 better), 64 g5! fxg5, 65 f6 gxf6, 66 h6 black resigns 1-0

 

Mar 29

Stuart Wilson 0 Harvey Quaresmini 1

George Flitcroft-Smith 0 Andrew Robinson 1

Doug Foster 1 Paul Evans 0

Paul Evans unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of giant killer Doug Foster. According to Paul, he spent 20+ minutes on a move, came up with a combination, and then (as so often happens) played the wrong move. Hence, instead of being 2 pawns up, he was a piece down! A pawn endgame developed after pieces were forced to be exchanged with white having an extra bishop due to black's fateful move 19.

Andrew, seeking to be the first to retain the Flood Cup since the ‘Great Joe’ (1995-1996), beat George in the showdown between the top two seeds in the tournament. The game lasted 249 minutes (finishing at 12.26am) making it the longest game of the 2002 Flood Cup so far. George had Andrew pinned down early on in an f4 Sicilian with a knight on e4 and black still to castle. By move 11 white’s kingside pawns were on f4 g5 h4. However the storm was weathered by black and after castling, then exchanging some pieces, black had a strong rook on the f-file with much counterplay that threatened to open white up altogether. White finally removed his king from immediate danger, but at the expense of continuing with a 2 pawn deficit. Black gave up a pawn at move 34 to exchange off a rook, and then effectively won the game by virtue of a passed pawn on the g-file.

Harvey knocked over Stuart in time to face him again in the 45 minute tournament.

Stuart Wilson (1130) - Harvey Quaresmini (1417)

1 d4 Nf6, 2 e3 g6, 3 Bd3 Bg7, 4 f4 c5, 5 c3 cxd4, 6 cxd4 0-0, 7 f5 d5, 8 fxg6 fxg6, 9 Nf3 Nc6, 10 a3 Bg4, 11 0-0 e5, 12 Qb3 e4, 13 Ne5 exd3, 14 Nxg4 Nxg4, 15 Rf4 Rxf4, 16 exf4 Bxd4+, 17 Kh1 Nf2+, 18 Kg1 Qd7, 19 Nc3 Re8, 20 Bd2 Ne4+, 21 Kh1 Nxd2, 22 Qd1 Be3, 23 g3 Qf5, 24 Nb5 Qe4+ white resigns 0-1

George Flitcroft-Smith (1568) - Andrew Robinson (1585)

1 e4 c5, 2 Nc3 Nc6, 3 f4 e6, 4 Nf3 d5, 5 exd5 exd5, 6 Bb5 Nf6, 7 Qe2+ Be7, 8 Ne5 Qc7?, 9 g4 Qd6, 10 g5 Nd7, 11 h4? 0-0, 12 g6 fxg6, 13 Nxd5 Ndxe5, 14 fxe5 Nxe5, 15 Nxe7+ Qxe7, 16 d4 Nf3+, 17 Kd1 Qxe2+, 18 Bxe2 Nxd4, 19 Bc4+ Be6, 20 Bd3 Bg4+, 21 Kd2 Rad8, 22 Kc3 Ne2+, 23 Kb3 Nxc1+, 24 Raxc1 Rf6, 25 a4 Bf5, 26 Bc4+ Be6, 27 h5 Bxc4+, 28 Kxc4 b6, 29 c3 a5, 30 Rce1 Kf6, 31 h6 gxh6, 32 Rxh6 Rh8, 33 Rd1 Ke7, 34 Rdh1 Rf2, 35 Rxh7+ Rxh7, 36 Rxh7+ Ke6, 37 b3 Rf7, 38 Rh8 Kf5, 39 Kd5 Rf6, 40 Rh1 g5, 41 Rf1+ Kg6, 42 Rg1 Rf3, 43 Kc4 Kf5, 44 Kb5 Rxc3, 45 Kxb6 Kxb3, 46 Kxa5 c4, 47 Rc1 c3, 48 Ka6 g4, 49 a5 g3, 50 Ka7 g2, 51 a6 c2, 52 Ka8 Rb1, 53 Rxc2 g1=Q, 54 Rc8 Qg2+, 55 Ka7 Qf2+, 56 Ka8 Qf3+, 57 Ka7 Qe3+, 58 Ka8 Qe4+, 59 Ka7 Qd4+, 60 Ka8 Qd5+, 61 Ka7 Qd7+ white resigns 0-1

Doug Foster (1209) - Paul Evans (1335)

1 b3 d5, 2 e3 e5, 3 Bb2 e4, 4 d3 Nf6, 5 dxe4 Nxe4, 6 Bd3 Bb4+, 7 c3 Qf6, 8 Bxe4 dxe4, 9 Qd4 Qxd4, 10 exd4 Bd6, 11 Ne2 0-0, 12 0-0 f5, 13 Nd2 b5, 14 a4 bxa4, 15 Rxa4 Bd7, 16 Raa1 Nc6, 17 Nc4 Rab8, 18 b4 Nxb4!, 19 Nxd6 Nd3? (should have been Nc2), 20 Ba3 Rf6, 21 Nc4 f4, 22 Ne5 Be6, 23 Nxd3 exd3, 24 Nc8 Bc4, 25 Rd1 f3, 26 g3 Re8, 27 Nxd3 Rfe6, 28 Ne5 Be2, 29 Re1 Rb6, 30 Bb4 a6, 31 Nxf3 Rbe6, 32 Ne5 Bb5, 33 Nf3 h6, 34 Rxe6 Rxe6, 35 Ne5 g5, 36 h3 Kg7, 37 c4 Be8, 38 Re1 Ba4, 39 Bc3 Kf8, 40 d5 Re8, 41 Ng6+ Kf7, 42 Rxe8 Kxe8, 43 Ne5 Ke7, 44 c5 Bb3, 45 Nc6+ Kd7, 46 Nb4 a5, 47 Na6 a4, 48 c6+ Kd6, 49 Nb4 Bxd5, 50 Nxd5 Kxd5, 51 Kf1 Kxc6, 52 Ke2 Kc5, 53 Kd3 a3, 54 Ba1 Kb4, 55 Kc2 Kc4, 56 Bd2 (notation error, from a1???) a2, 57 Kb2 Kd3, 58 Be3 a1=Q, 59 Kxa1 Ke4, 60 Kb2 Kf5, 61 Kc3 h5, 62 Kd4 g4, 63 hxg4+ hxg4, 64 Kd5 c6, 65 Kxc6 Ke6, 66 Kc5 Ke5, 67 Kc4 Ke4, 68 Bb6 Kf3, 69 Kd3 Kg2, 70 Ke4 Ka3, 71 Kf4 black resigns 1-0 black resigns 1-0

Apr 5

James Hiller 0 Stuart Wilson 1

Andrew Robinson 1 Peter Hiller 0

Gabriel Boross 0 George Flitcroft-Smith 1

On a night when tragedy struck - the urn broke down and there was no tea or coffee - 3 Flood Cup games were played. Perhaps the most amazing of these was the battle for the wooden cutlery between James and Stuart. James thought he had missed an opportunity to score a whole rook advantage after a gross blunder by Stuart (16..Rd2), when a backward bishop could have captured. Playing through the game later, it was revealed that he could have captured the rook with his other bishop the following move!

Andrew managed to obtain a huge positional advantage as early as move 11 against Peter Hiller, with a well posted bishop on d6. After that, the game ran itself for white with a flurry of forced exchanges down the queenside obtaining a pawn advantage. At move 27 white skewered black’s rook and knight, and although Peter overlooked a better continuation the result was sealed at this juncture.

George said after his game that, following last week’s effort, he had decided to curb his natural instinct to attack and try to win in 12 moves. This paid dividends with a controlled performance against Gabriel Boross.

James Hiller (unrated) - Stuart Wilson (1130)

1 d4 g6, 2 e3 Bg7, 3 Nc3 Nf6, 4 Nf3 d5, 5 Bd3 Nc6, 6 0-0 0-0, 7 Re1 Nh5, 8 e4 Nxd4, 9 Nxd4 Bxd4, 10 Nxd5 Be5, 11 Bh6 Re8, 12 c3 e6, 13 Nb4 Qh4, 14 g3 Qf6, 15 Bb5 Rd8, 16 Qb3 Rd2, 17 Rf1 Re2, 18 Nd3 Rxe4, 19 Nc5 Rg4, 20 Kg2 g5, 21 Rae1 Nf4+, 22 Kf3 Qf5, 23 Re4 Nd3+, 24 Ke3 Nxc5, 25 Rc4 Nxb3, 26 axb3 Bd6, 27 f3 Rxc4, 28 Bxc4 Qe5+, 29 Kf2 Qf6, 30 h4 Qxh6, 31 hxg5 Qh2+, 32 Ke3 Qxg3, 33 Bd3 Qxg5+, 34 f4 Qg3+, 35 Ke4 Zf5+, 36 Kd4 Qg2, 37 c4 Qxb2+, 38 Ke3 Qxb3, 39 Rg1+ Kh8, 40 Rg5 Bc5+, 41 Kf3 Qxd3+ white resigns 0-1

Andrew Robinson (1568) - Peter Hiller (1049)

1 d4 d5, 2 c4 e6, 3 Nf3 Bd6, 4 Nc3 Bb4, 5 Qc2 Ne7, 6 a3 Bxc3+, 7 Qxc3 0-0, 8 Bf4 c6, 9 c5 f5, 10 e3 Ng6, 11 Bd6 Re8, 12 Be2 b5, 13 0-0 Nd7, 14 a4 bxa4, 15 Rxa4 Nf6, 16 Nd2 Ne4, 17 Nxe4 fxe4, 18 Rfa1 Qd7, 19 Qa3 Qf7, 20 Rxa7 Rxa7, 21 Qxa7 Qb7, 22 Qxb7 Bxb7, 23 Ra7 Ba8, 24 b4 Nh4, 25 b5 cxb5, 26 Bxb5 Rd8, 27 Be7 Rb8, 28 Bxh4 Rxb5? (..Bc6 is a better attempt, leading to 29 Bf1 Rb1, but then 30 Ra5 holds the piece for white), 29 Rax8+ Kf7, 30 h3 h6, 31 c6 Rb1+, 32 Kh2 g5, 33 Bg3 h5, 34 c7 h4, 35 Be5 Rc1, 36 c8=Q Rxc8, 37 Rxc8 black resigns 1-0

Gabriel Boross (1319) - George Flitcroft-Smith (1568)

1 d4 h5, 2 e4 d6, 3 Nf3 Nf6, 4 Bd3 h4, 5 h3 d5, 6 Nc3 dxe4, 7 Nxe4 Nd5, 8 Bc4 Bf5, 9 Qd3 e6, 10 Bd2 Nc6, 11 c3 Nb6, 12 Bb5 a6, 13 Bxc6+ bxc6, 14 Ne5 Qd5, 15 f3 c5, 16 dxc5 Qxd3, 17 Nxd3 Nc4, 18 Bf4 0-0-0, 19 0-0-0 f6, 20 b3 Bxe4, 21 fxe4 Na5, 22 Be3 Be7, 23 Nb4 Kb7, 24 Nd3 g5, 25 Rd2 Rhf8, 26 Rhd1 f5, 27 e5 f4, 28 Bf2 f3, 29 Bg1 fxg2, 30 Rxg2 Rf3, 31 Nf2 Rxc3+, 32 Kb2 Rxd1, 33 Kxc3 Rc1+, 34 Kb2 Rxc5, 35 Ng4 Rb5, 36 Kc2 Nc6, 37 Rd2 Nb4, 38 Kb2 Rd5, 39 Rd4 Nd3+, 40 Kb1 Rxd4, 41 Bxd4 Nf4, 42 Nf2 c5, 43 Bb2 Kc6, 44 Kc2 Kd5, 45 Kd2 c4, 46 bxc4+ Kxc4, 47 Kc2 Bc5, 48 Ne4 Nxh3, 49 Nxc5 Kxc5, 50 Kd2 Kd5, 51 Ke3 g4, 52 Ke2 Ke4, 53 Kf1 white resigns 0-1 (final position: W Kf1 Bb2 a2 e5; B Ke4 Nh3 a6 e6 g4 h4)

Apr 12

Brian Willcock ˝ Paul Evans ˝

Harvey Quaresmini 1 Doug Foster 0

Peter Hiller 0 Gabriel Boross 1

Andrew Robinson 1 James Hiller 0

The Hillers put up strong performances tonight, and while both lost they can gain some joy from their play. Gabby managed to obtain a pawn advantage early on and was able to shield this through to the endgame where it proved decisive. James managed to last 23 moves before going a piece down, and had Andrew tied down at one stage in the game.In other games Harvey gained a piece adavntage and quickly overcame Doug, while Paul & Brian ended up with a draw from a seesawing game that could have gone either way.

Brian Willcock (1320) - Paul Evans (1335)

1 e4 c5, 2 f4 Nc6, 3 c3 b6, 4 d3 Bb7, 5 Nd2 e6, 6 Ngf3 Nge7, 7 Be2 Ng6, 8 Nc4 Qc7, 9 0-0 Nxf4, 10 Bxf4 Qxf4, 11 Nfe5 Qh4, 12 Nxf7 Rg8, 13 Nfd6+ Bxd6, 14 Nxd6+ Ke7, 15 Nxb7 Rab7, 16 Nxc5 bxc5, 17 b3 Rgf8, 18 Qd2 Rf6, 19 Qe3 d6, 20 d4 Qh6, 21 Qd3 Qg5, 22 Rf3 Rxf3, 23 Bxf3 Rf8, 24 Rf1 Kd7, 25 d5 Ne5, 26 dxe6+ Ke7, 27 Qe2 Nxf3+, 28 Rxf3 Rxf3, 29 Qxf3 Kxe6, 30 Qd3 Qc1+, 31 Kf2 Qf4+, 32 Qf3 Qd2+, 33 Kg3 Qxa2, 34 Qf5+ Ke7, 35 Qg5+ Kf7, 36 Qd5+ Ke7, 37 e5 Qa6, 38 e6 Qe2, 39 Qb7+ Kxe6, 40 Qxg7 Qe5+, 41 Qxe5 Kxe5, 42 Kf3 d5, 43 Ke3 d4, 44 Kd3 dxc3, 45 Kxc3 Kd5, 46 h3 h5, 47 g4 h4, 48 g5? Ke5, 49 Kc4 Kf5, 50 Kd5 Kxg5, 51 Ke4 a6, 52 Ke5 a5, 53 Ke4 c4, 54 bxc4 a4, 55 c5 a3, 56 c6 a2, 57 c7 a1=Q, 58 c1=Q Qe1+, 59 Kd4 Qf2, 60 Kd5 Qf5+, 61 Qxf5+ Kxf5, 62 Kd4 Kf4, 63 Kd3 Kf3, 64 Kd2 Kf2, 65 Kd1 Kg2, 66 Ke1 Kxh3, 67 Kf1 Kh2, 68 Kf2 h3, 69 Kf1 Kg3, 70 Kg1 draw agreed ˝-˝

Harvey Quaresmini (1417) - Doug Foster (1209)

1 e4 d6, 2 d4 Nf6, 3 Nc3 g6, 4 Bc4 Bg7, 5 Bd2 0-0, 6 f4 e6, 7 Nf3 Nd7, 8 0-0 b6, 9 e5 dxe5, 10 fxe5 Ne8, 11 Ne4 Bb7, 12 Nfg5 Bxe4, 13 Nxe4 c6, 14 Qg4 b5, 15 Bb3 h5, 16 Qh3 Nc7, 17 Bg5 f6, 18 Bxe6+ Nxe6, 19 Qxd6+ Kh7, 20 exf6 Bxf6, 21 Nxf6 Nxf6, 22 Bxf6 Qc7, 23 Be5 Qb7, 24 Rf6 Qg7, 25 Qxc6 Rac8, 26 Qd6 Rcd8, 27 Qa6 Rd7, 28 Raf1 Rxf6, 29 Rxf6 Qh6, 30 h3 Rg7, 31 Qxb5 Qg5, 32 Qd5 Qh6, 33 Qd6 Qg7 black resigns 1-0

Peter Hiller (1049) - Gabriel Boross (1319)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 Nc6, 3 Bb5 a6, 4 Bxc6 dxc6, 5 Nxe5 Qd4, 6 Ng4 Qxe4+, 7 Ne3 Bc5, 8 Nc3 Qe7, 9 0-0 Nf6, 10 Re1 0-0, 11 d4 Bd6, 12 Nc4 Qd7, 13 Nxd6 Qxd6, 14 f3 Bf5, 15 Ne4 Nxe4, 16 fxe4 Bg6, 17 e5 Qd7, 18 b3 Rad8, 19 c3 c5, 20 Bg5 Rde8, 21 d5 Qf5, 22 Be3 b6, 23 e6 fxe6, 24 dxe6 Qxe6, 25 Bf2 Qf6, 26 Bg3 Qc6, 27 c4 Be4, 28 Re2 Rd8, 29 Qe1 Rde8, 30 Bxc7 Bxg2, 31 Rxe8 Rxe8, 32 Qg3 Be4, 33 Be5 Bg6, 34 h4 h5, 35 Rf1 Qe6, 36 Rf6 Qxe5, 37 Qxe5 Rxe5, 38 Rxe5 Re1+, 39 Kf2 Ra1, 40 a4 b5, 41 Rax6 bxa4, 42 bxa4 Rc1, 43 a5 Rxc4, 44 Rc6 Kh7, 45 a6 Rxh4, 46 Rxc4 Ra4, 47 Rxh5+ Kg8, 48 Rh1 Rxa6, 49 Kf3 Rf6+, 50 Ke5 Rc6+, 51 Kd5 Rg6, 52 Rf1+ Kg8, 53 Ke5 Kh7, 54 Rh1+ Rh6, 55 Rf1 Rh5+, 56 Kf7 g6, 57 Rf6 Rf5, 58 Rxf5 gxf5 white resigns 0-1

Andrew Robinson (1568) - James Hiller (unrated)

1 d4 b5, 2 e4 Nf6, 3 e5 Ne4, 4 Bxb5 Bb7 (4 f4 wins knight), 5 Nf3 c6, 6 Bd3 d5,7 exd6 Nxd6, 8 0-0 e6, 9 Nc3 Be7, 10 Ne5 g6, 11 Ne4 0-0, 12 Bh6 Re8, 13 Qf3 Nf5, 14 Be3 Nd7, 15 Nxd7 Qxd7, 16 c3 c5, 17 Rad1 Rad8, 18 dxc5 Bxe4, 19 Bxe4 Qb5, 20 b4 Qa4, 21 Bc6 Nh4, 22 Bxa4 Nxf3+, 23 gxf3 Rf8, 24 Bh6 Rxd1, 25 Rxd1 Rb8, 26 Rd7 Bf6, 27 Rxa7 Bxd3, 28 b5 Bd4, 29 Be3 Be5, 30 b6 Kg7, 31 b7 f5, 32 c6 f4, 33 Bb6 Kf6, 34 c7 Bd6, 35 c8=Q black resigns 1-0

 

Apr 19

Peter Hiller 1 Brian Willcock 0

Stuart Wilson 0 Doug Foster 1

Harvey Quaresmini 1 James Hiller 0

Highlights from tonight’s 3 games:

– Brian Willcock maintained his shockiinng run of form. Peter continues his good form from last week when he almost toppled Gabriel;

– Doug Foster managed victory in one of the club’s oldest rivalries;

– James maintained his record, but keeps improving.

Brian’s game finished prematurely after a blunder at move 35 conceded a two move mate, however after the game it was demonstrated to everyone’s satisfaction that white’s extra pawn on the b file would be enough to ensure victory with correct play.

Peter Hiller (1049) - Brian Willcock (1320)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 d6, 3 d4 exd4, 4 Nxd4 Nf6, 5 Bg5 Be7, 6 Bxf6 Bxf6, 7 c3 0-0, 8 Bd3 Nd7, 9 0-0 Ne5, 10 f4 Bg4, 11 Be2 Bxe2, 12 Qxe2 Nc6, 13 Nxc6 bxc6, 14 Nd2 Qb8, 15 Rb1 Qb6+, 16 Kh1 Rfe8, 17 a3 Rab8, 18 Rfd8 c5, 19 Nf3 Qc6, 20 e5 dxe5, 21 fxe5 Qe6, 22 Rde8 Qf5, 23 Qc4 Bxe5, 24 Qxc5 f6, 25 Qxa7 Red8, 26 Nxe5 fxe5, 27 Qxc7 Rde8, 28 b4 Rc8, 29 Qd6 Rxc3, 30 Qd5+ Kh8, 31 Rf1 Qg6, 32 Rbe8 h6, 33 Rxe5 Rxa3, 34 Rxe8 Qxe8, 35 h3 Qg6??, 36 Rf8+ Kh7, 37 Qg8# 1-0

Stuart Wilson (1130) - Doug Foster (1209)

1 d4 d5, 2 e3 Nf6, 3 Bd3 g6, 4 f4 e6, 5 Nf3 Bg7, 6 0-0 0-0, 7 Bd2 Nbd7, 8 Be1 c5, 9 c3 c4, 10 Bc2 b5, 11 Bh4 Bb7, 12 Ne5 Qc7, 13 Nd2 Nxe5, 14 fxe5 Ne4, 15 Nf3 a5, 16 a3 a4, 17 Bf6 Bxf6, 18 exf6 Nxf6, 19 Ne5 Ne4, 20 Bxe4 dxe4, 21 Rf6 Qe7, 22 Qf1 Kg7, 23 Ng4 h5, 24 Ne5 Qxf6, 25 Qxf6+ Kxf6, 26 Nd7+ Ke7, 27 Nxf8 Kxf8, 28 Rf1 f5, 29 h4 Kg7, 30 Kh2 Rf8, 31 Rf4 Re8, 32 Kg3 e5, 33 Rf2 exd4, 34 cxd4 Rf8, 35 Kf4 Kh6, 36 Rd2 Re8, 37 d5 Kg7, 38 Kg5 Re7, 39 d6 Rd7, 40 g3 Bc6, 41 Rd4 Kf7, 42 Rd2 Rd8, 43 Kh6 Be8, 44 Rd5 Ke6 white resigns 0-1

Harvey Quaresmini (1417) - James Hiller (unrated)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 Qe7, 3 Bc4 Nf6, 4 0-0 Nxe4, 5 d4 Nc6, 6 dxe5 Nxe5, 7 Nxe5 Qxe5, 8 Qf3 Nd6, 9 Bb3 Be7, 10 Bf4 Qxb2, 11 Nd2 Qf6, 12 Rae1 0-0, 13 Ne4 Nxe4, 14 Qxe4 d6?, 15 Qxe7 Qxe7, 16 Rxe7 b6, 17 Rxc7 Ba6, 18 Re1 Rfd8, 19 Bxf7+ Kf8, 20 Bb3 Rac8, 21 Rf7+ Kg8, 22 Rxa7+ Bc4, 23 Ree7 Bxb3, 24 cxb3 d5, 25 Rxg7+ Kf8, 26 Rxh7 Re8??, 27 Rh8# 1-0

 

Apr 26

Andrew Robinson ˝ Stuart Wilson ˝

Tonight had the distraction of finding our venue overrun by a fashion show. This meant that play convened in the library, but only until 10.30. The game that was played had to be adjourned and recommenced 15 minutes later at N Block, causing a distraction to both players.

Andrew Robinson (1568) - Stuart Wilson (1130)

1 d4 g6, 2 c4 Bg7, 3 Nc3 d6, 4 e4 Nc6, 5 Be3 e5, 6 d5 Nce7, 7 Be2 Nf3, 8 h3 Bd7, 9 Nf3 Nh5, 10 Qd2 Ng8, 11 0-0 Bf6, 12 Nh2 h6, 13 Bg4 Bg5, 14 Bxg5 Qxg5, 15 Qxg5 hxg5, 16 Bxd7+ Kxd7, 17 Be2 Nf6, 18 f3 Nf4, 19 Nxf4 gxf4, 20 Rfc1 Nh5, 21 Nf1 Ng3, 22 Kf2 Nh1+, 23 Ke2 Ng3+, 24 Nxg3 fxg3, 25 Rc3 Rh4, 26 Rac1 b6, 27 b4 Rb8, 28 c5 bxc5, 29 bxc5 f5, 30 cxd6 fxe4, 31 dxc7 Rb2+, 32 R1c2 Rxc2+, 33 Rxc2 Kc8, 34 fxe4 Rxe4+, 35 Kf3 Rd4, 36 Kxg3 Rxd5, 37 Kf3 Rd4, 38 Re2 Rf4+, 39 Kg3 Ra4, 40 Rc2 g5, 41 Kf3 Rf4+, 42 Ke3 Ra4, 43 g3 Ra3+, 44 Kf2 e4, 45 Kg3 Rf3, 46 Rc4 Re3, 47 a4 Re2+, 48 Kf1 Re3, 49 Kf2 Rf3+, 50 Kg2 Re3, 51 h4 g4, 52 h5 Re2+, 53 Kf1 Re3, 54 Kf2 Rf3+, 55 Kg2 c3, 56 Rxg4 Rf2+, 57 Kg1 Rf3, 58 Re4 Rxg3+ draw agreed ˝-˝

May 3

James Hiller 0 Brian Willcock 1

Brian defeated James ensuring that James will have a new implement to stir his soup with during the coming winter months !!

James Hiller (unrated) - Brian Willcock (1320)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 d6, 3 Bc4 Be7, 4 d3 Bg4, 5 h3 Bxf3, 6 Qxf3 Nf6, 7 Nc3 Nc6, 8 0-0 Nd4, 9 Qg3 Qd7, 10 Bb3 b5, 11 Bg5 b4, 12 Nd5 Ne7+, 13 Kh2 Nxg3, 14 fxg3 0-0-0, 15 Nxb4 h6, 16 Be3 Qb5, 17 Nd5 Nxd5, 18 Bxd5 f6, 19 Be6+ Kb8, 20 Rab1 Qa4, 21 c4 Qc2, 22 b4 Qxd3, 23 Bf2 Qxe4, 24 b5 d5, 25 Bxd5 Rxd5, 26 Rfe1 Qd3, 27 Red1 Qxd1, 28 Rxd1 Rxd1, 29 a4 Ra1 white resigns 0-1

May 10

Brian Willcock 0 Stuart Wilson 1

Harvey Quaresmini 1 Peter Hiller 0

Doug Foster 0 George Flitcroft-Smith 1

Of the 3 games played tonight, the most exciting encounter was the Willcock-Wilson clash. Brian won a piece early with some truly dreadful play from Stuart, and held this for most of the game. But as the evening wore on he found he could not put Stuart away, as the black king avoided mating traps skipping merrily around the board. Somehow Stuart managed to retrieve a piece by forking Brian’s K + R (post-scoresheet) and queened a pawn to set up mate. Brian’s disgust with the scenario was amply displayed in the crumpled remains of a scoresheet he reluctantly pulled out of his pocket to hand the DOP after the game.

Brian Willcock (1320) - Stuart Wilson (1130)

1 e4 g6, 2 Bc4 Bg7, 3 d4 d6, 4 Nf3 Nf6, 5 Nc3 Nbd7, 6 Bg5 c5, 7 Qd3 Ng4, 8 Nd5 f6?, 9 h3 Nde5?, 10 dxe5 Nxe5, 11 Nxe5 fxg5, 12 Ng4 Bxb2, 13 Rb1 Bd4, 14 c3 Bg7, 15 0-0 Bxg4, 16 hxg4 Qc8, 17 Bb5+ Kd8, 18 Ne3 h5, 19 Bc4 hxg4, 20 Bd5 Rb8, 21 Qb5 b6, 22 Qc6 Qxc6, 23 Bxc6 Rc8, 24 Bd5 Bxc3, 25 Be6 Rb8, 26 Bxg4 Rh4, 27 g3 Rh7, 28 Nc4 Kc7, 29 Kg2 Bd4, 30 Rh1 Rf7, 31 f3 Bc3, 32 Rh6 Rf6, 33 Rh7 Re8, 34 Rbh1 Kd8, 35 Rh8 Ref8, 36 Rxf8 Rxf8, 37 Rh6 Rg8, 38 Be6 Rg7, 39 Rh8+ Kc7, 40 Ra8 Kb7, 41 Bd5+ Ka6, 42 a4 Bf6, 43 Rb8 e5?, 44 Nxd6 Ka5, 45 Rc8 Rb7, 46 Nc8 Kb4 etc etc 0-1

Position after move 46: White Kg2 Ra8 Bb5 Nc8 a4 e4 f3 g3; Black: Kb4 Rh7 Bf6 a7 b6 c5 e5 g5 g6.

The scoresheets were incomplete or eligible beyond this point, however it is known that white somehow contrived to allow black's c pawn to queen resulting in an eventual queen + rook mate in the corner.

Harvey Quaresmini (1417) - Peter Hiller (1049)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 d6, 3 Bc4 Be7, 4 c3 Bg4, 5 Qb3 Bxf3, 6 Bxf7+ Kf8, 7 gxf3 b6, 8 Rg1 Nh6, 9 Bc4 Bg5, 10 Ra3 Qf6, 11 Be2 Nd7, 12 Qd5 Re8, 13 Nb5 Qg6?, 14 f4 exf4, 15 Rxg5 Qxe4, 16 Qxe4 Rxe4, 17 d3 Re5, 18 Rxe5 Nxe5, 19 Bxf4 Nf5, 20 Nxc7 Kf7, 21 0-0-0 Ng6, 22 Bg3 Rc8, 23 Nb5 Nxg3, 24 hxg3 Rd8, 25 a3 a6, 26 Nc7 a5, 27 d4 Ne7, 28 Rh1 h6, 29 Bh5+ g6, 30 Bd1 h5, 31 g4 hxg4, 32 Bxg4 Kf6, 33 Re1 Kg5, 34 f3 Nc6, 35 Ne6+ Kh4, 36 Rh1+ Kg3, 37 Rh3+ Kf2, 38 Nxd8 Nxd8, 39 Rh6 Nf7, 40 Rxg6 b5, 41 Rf6 Ng5, 42 Rxd6 Nxf3, 43 Rf6 black resigns 1-0

Doug Foster (1209) - George Flitcroft-Smith (1568)

1 Nf3 g6, 2 d4 d6, 3 b3 Bg7, 4 Bb2 Nc6, 5 Nbd2 Nh6, 6 e4 Bg4, 7 Bb5 0-0, 8 Bxc6 bxc6, 9 0-0 f4, 10 h3 fxe4, 11 Nxe4 Bxf3, 12 gxf3 Qd7, 13 Kg7 Nf5, 14 Ng3 Bxd4, 15 Bxd4 Nh4, 16 Kh2 e5, 17 Bxe5 Nxf3+, 18 Kg2 Nh4+, 19 Kh2 Qe6, 20 Bb2 Re8, 21 Qg4? (perhaps f4?! Would have been a better try) Nf3+, 22 Kg2 Qd5, 23 c4 Ne1+ white resigns 0-1

May 17

Peter Hiller 1 Doug Foster 0

James Hiller 0 Gabriel Boross 1

Congratulations go to Peter Hiller who managed his first major trophy win of his career in snaring the Handicap Trophy. His game with Doug Foster amounted to a play-off for the Handicap, with a draw being good enough for Doug. And indeed the game appeared headed for a draw in a rook & pawn endgame, until Doug somehow contrived to be mated on the side of the board (perhaps 3 question marks are warranted against his 46th move!!). Nevertheless, plaudit goes to Peter on the night. Gabby managed to beat James, an occurrence precipitated by James’ rash move 7.

Peter Hiller (1049) - Doug Foster (1209)

1 e4 d6, 2 d4 Nf6, 3 Bd3 g6, 4 c3 Bg7, 5 Nf3 0-0, 6 0-0 Nc6, 7 d5 Ne5, 8 Nxe5 dxe5, 9 Bg5 h6, 10 Bxf6 Bxf6, 11 Nd2 e6, 12 c4 exd5, 13 cxd5 c6, 14 Bc4 b5, 15 Bb3 c5, 16 Bc2 a5, 17 b3 Ba6, 18 Bd3 Rc8, 19 Rc1 Bg5, 20 Rc2 Bxd2, 21 Qxd2 c4, 22 bxc4 bxc4, 23 Be2 c3, 24 Qxh6 Bxe2, 25 Rxe2 Rc4, 26 f4 exf4, 27 Qxf4 Qb6+, 28 Qe3 Rb8, 29 Qxb6 Rxb6, 30 Rc1 Rb2, 31 Rec2 Rxe4, 32 Rxc3 Ree2, 33 Rg3 Kf8, 34 h4 Red2, 35 Rg5 Kg7, 36 d6 Rxd6, 37 Rxa5 Rdd2, 38 Rg5 Rxa2, 39 h5 Kh6, 40 Rcc5 Ra4, 41 hxg6 fxg6, 42 Rg3 Rd1+, 43 Kh2 Rh4+, 44 Rh3 Rxh3+, 45 Kxh3 g5, 46 Rc6+ Kh5??, 47 g4# 1-0

James Hiller (unrated) - Gabriel Boross (1319)

1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 Nf6, 3 Bc4 Bc5, 4 0-0 0-0, 5 Re1 d6, 6 Ng5 Nc6, 7 Nxf7? Rxf7, 8 Bxf7+ Kxf7, 9 Nc3 Bg4, 10 Ne2 Nd4, 11 f3? Nxf3+, 12 Kh1 Nxe1, 13 Qxe1 Kg8, 14 d3 Qd7, 15 Ng3 Rf8, 16 Bg5 h6, 17 Bxf6 Rxf6, 18 Qc3 Qb5, 19 Rf1 Rxf1+, 20 Nxf1 Bb6, 21 Ng3 Qe8, 22 Qb3+ Kh8, 23 c4 Qf8, 24 h3 Qf2, 25 c5 Qxc5, 26 d4 Qxd4, 27 Qxb6? Qxb6, 28 hxg4 Qxb2, 29 a4 Qa3, 30 Nf5 Qxa4 white resigns 0-1

May 24

Stuart Wilson 1 George Flitcroft-Smith 0 (forfeit)

Paul Evans 0 Harvey Quaresmini 1

Brian Willcock ˝ Andrew Robinson ˝

(All Round 8 games)

Paul Evans managed to lose a queen for a rook and this hastened his demise against Harvey after an early promising position. Meanwhile on the other board Brian had built up a considerable positional advantage which more than compensated for the pawn material advantage held by Andrew, who had been restricted by his own pawns all game. Then at move 25 Brian offered a draw as a ‘psychological ploy’. Possibly to his astonishment, Andrew noted Paul’s predicament (he was just about to fall on his sword) and George’s inexplicable absence for the past 2 weeks (hence the forfeit), and agreed to Brian’s offer. Brian then ventured how he would have continued had the draw not been accepted, and Andrew regretted his decision somewhat!

Paul Evans (1335) - Harvey Quaresmini (1417)

1 c4 c5, 2 Nc3 Nc6, 3 g3 a6, 4 Bg2 g6, 5 e3 Ng7, 6 Nge2 d6, 7 0-0 e6, 8 Bxc6?! Bxc6, 9 d4 cxd4, 10 Nxd4 c5, 11 Nf3 Bb7, 12 h4 Ne7, 13 Ng5 Nc6, 14 Nge4 Ke7, 15 f4 Qc7, 16 Qg4 h6, 17 h5 Rag8, 18 hxg6 Bxc3, 19 bxc3 Rxg7, 20 Qh4+ Kf8, 21 f5 exf5, 22 Rxf5 Ne7, 23 Rf2 d5, 24 Nf6 Rxg3+, 25 Kf1 Rg6, 26 e4 dxe4, 27 Nxe4 Bxe4, 28 Qxe4 Qg3, 29 Bb2 Qh3+, 30 Ke1 Re6, 31 Qxe6 Qxe6+, 32 Re2 Qxc4, 33 Kd2 Rg8, 34 Rae1 Qd5+, 35 Kc2 Qf5+, 36 Kb3 Qg5, 37 c4 Rg6, 38 Rd1 Rb6+, 39 Kc2 Qf5+, 40 Kc1 Qf4+, 41 Kc2 Qxc4+, 42 Kb1 Nd4 (42…Qxe2?? 43 Rd8#), 43 Rc2 Nc3+, 44 Rxc3 Qxc3, 45 Rd8+ Ke7 white resigns 0-1

 

Brian Willcock (1320) - Andrew Robinson (1568)

1 e4 c5, 2 f4 d5, 3 e5 e6, 4 c3 Nc6, 5 Nf3 Be7, 6 Be2 Nh6, 7 0-0 0-0, 8 Kh1 b6, 9 d4 Bb7, 10 Qd3 f5, 11 Ng5 Bxg5, 12 fxg5 Nf7, 13 Qg3 g6, 14 Qh4 Qe7, 15 Rf3 Nfd1, 16 Rh3 Qg7, 17 Na3 a6, 18 Nc2 cxd4, 19 cxd4 Rc8, 20 Be3 Nxe5, 21 dxe5 Rxc2, 22 Bd3 Rc6, 23 Bd4 b5, 24 Qf4 Nf7, 25 Rf1 draw agreed ˝-˝

Jun 3

Paul Evans ˝ Andrew Robinson ˝

This game was played midweek (3 June 2002). The result saw Andrew win the Flood Cup for the third time, and retain the title he won last year. The draw also ensured that Paul would achieve his highest final position in the Flood Cup (second).

Paul Evans (1335) - Andrew Robinson (1568)

1 c4 e5, 2 Nc3 Nf6, 3 Nf3 Nc6, 4 e3 Bb4, 5 Qc2 Bxc3, 6 Qxc3 Qe7, 7 a3 d5, 8 d4 exd4, 9 Nxd4 Nxd4, 10 Qxd4 0-0, 11 cxd5 Rd8 draw agreed ˝-˝

Jun 7

George Flitcroft-Smith 1 Peter Hiller 0

George beat Peter in the final game of this year’s Flood Cup programme. Amazingly, this games saw George on the receiving end of a second illegal Hiller move, this time, Peter’s 21st – somehow his king must have slipped across to b8 of its own volition between moves 18 (queenside castling) and 21!

George Flitcroft-Smith (1568) - Peter Hiller (1049)

1 h4 e5, 2 h5 d5, 3 h6 Nxh6, 4 Rxh6 gxh6, 5 Nf3 e4, 6 Nd4 c5, 7 Nb3 c4, 8 Nd4 Bc5, 9 c3 Bd7, 10 d3 Bxd4, 11 cxd4 cxd3, 12 exd3 Bf5, 13 g4 Bg6, 14 Bxh6 Nc6, 15 dxe4 Bxe4, 16 Nc3 Qa5, 17 f3 Bg6, 18 Bg7 0-0-0, 19 Bxh8 Rxh8, 20 Qd2 Re8+, 21 Kf2 Ka8 (from Kc8??????), 22 Bb5 a6, 23 Bxc6 bxc6, 24 a3 Qc7, 25 Rh1 f5, 26 g5 f4, 27 Ne2 Rxe3, 28 Nxf4 Re7, 29 Nxg6 hxg6, 30 Qb4 a5, 31 Rh8+ Ka7, 32 Qc5+ Kb7, 33 b4 a4, 34 b5 Re6, 35 bxc6+ Qxc6, 36 Rh7+ Kc8, 37 Rf7 Qxc5, 38 dxc5 d4, 39 Rf4 d3 (George suggests Re3 is better), 40 Rd4 Re2+, 41 Kf1 Re3, 42 f4 d2, 43 Rxd2 Rxa3, 44 Rf2 Rb3, 45 f5 a3, 46 f6 Rb2, 47 f7 Rxf2, 48 Kxf2 Kc7, 49 f8=Q a2, 50 Qd6+ Kc8, 51 c6 a1=Q, 52 Qd7+ Kb8, 53 Qb7# 1-0

 

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