|A N Other v Simon Smith
||A game played for Holly Lodge in
1977. Not a masterpiece, but illustrating Phildor's legacy.
Unfortunately my opponent resigned before I could play it out to the
smothered mate finish. What a spoilsport !
|Laszlo Szabo v Ken Lloyd
||An old Warley player uses the Modern Defence when it was relatively more Modern. The
computer frowns upon Ken's queen sacrifice, but he is playing a human
being, and does eventually win against his distinguished Hungarian
|Dave Jeffs v Gideon Vecht
||Another game from Dave. A nice strategic squeeze followed by a very visual checkmate.
|Dave Jeffs v Martin Smith
||This is a game played by Dave
when he was at Mercia. Both players are no slaves to opening theory and
manage to diverge very early from standard Kings Indian praxis. Dave's
enigmatic play eventually triumphs over Martin's usual orginal and
unique brand of chess.
|John Crump v Alex Holowczak
||Alex plays a fine combination
leading to a perpetual check possibility that forces John Crump to
accept the draw. Can you see why? The game features an exchange French
and an early c4 from white - the so called 'Monte Carlo' variation that
often leads to interesting middlegames.
|John Wheeler v Andy Southall
||This game goes back to 1997 and
the Paignton Open. Andy plays a close game against John Wheeler a very
strong county player. Andy has black and as usual prefers a game where
chances or counter chances are more important than safety. An approach
that has been very successful for him in his chess career.
|Wendell Rawlings v Brian Whitehouse
||This was the first game of the
2016/17 Birmingham league season. Warley Quinborne 'A' were looking
forward to promotion with some optimism to div one and Warley Quinborne
were looking forward to securing their position in div two.
This match saw old sparring partners Wendell and Brian paired against each other. Wendell won the game convincingly, but the 'A' side nevertheless scrapped home against the 'B' side. The game itself features an imaginative king move from the first player.
|Mike Wildboar v Tony Hickey||Former Warley Quinborne player Mike Wildboar sent me this game played
in 1987. Mike had a reputation for enterprising opening systems and was
never afraid of travelling paths many wouldn't. Tony Hickey is a strong
county player and attributes increasing ability in recent years to playing through and
trying to understand master games.
This is a kings gambit accepted. Mike remarks after black's 13th move:
White is 2 pieces down but has a great centre and better development with blacks King stuck in the firing line.
|Amrik Singh v Simon Smith||An old game from 1983 long before Mik Singh became a Warley Quinborne player. A nice exchange sacrifice.|
|Tony Miles v Phil Maybury||
'I know it was only a simultaneous and there were around 30 people also playing him but it was one of my finest moments, with the result on the day, if memory serves me well Tony Miles lost 2 games and drew 1 winning the rest.
After the game Mr Miles turned to me and said....."if you're that good why did you bother to sack your Bishop?" '
My commentary: This is interesting as Phil plays the Chigorin. Did Miles takes this defence up subsequently because of this encounter ? : -) Despite the reference to the bishop, Phil, according to Fritz claws back his disadvantage to a winning one over time.
|Alan Burnet v Tim Lane||Alan is one of Warley Quinborne's longest serving
members. He has also represented Warwickshire many times.
Here, he beats a very solid opponent in Tim Lane.
The games is satisfying as it shows how an opening advantage translates into a middlegame advantage which then translates into an endgame win
|Nathan Paul v Simon Smith||It was highly satisfying to win a game against a good player such as Nathan Paul. I can't recall delivering a more aesthetically pleasing checkmate either !|