Monday, June 04, 2007

Surrey Under 175s Knock-Out Yorkshire


Despite starting with only 14 players for a 16 board match and then soon facing a ½–5½ deficit, Surrey County eventually recorded a stunning 9½–6½ victory on Sunday over Yorkshire, in the Under 175 section of the National Stage of the County Chess Championships. The team thus qualify for the final, where they will face either Essex or Middlesex.

Two players from Streatham & Brixton Chess Club - Robin Haldane and Angus French - played, and both played their part too. Robin slowly ground his opponent down to take the full point, whilst Angus finished off a tense, manoeuvring middlegame against Trevor Braithwaite with a particularly suave pair of sacrifices (see diagram, white to play and win.) Perhaps the location in Leicestershire – a mere 275-mile round trip by car! - put other players off, but this seems rather a shame if so. The venue Syston and District Social Club has been nominated for CAMRA Club of the Year 2007 - whilst its hire and the excellent buffet from hosts Cyril and Julie Johnson cost a mere £3 per player.

So good luck in the final. And also in Surrey County chess news, next Saturday the Open team play Greater Manchester in their semi-final: best of luck to them too.

14 comments:

Jonathan B said...

Ah - I think I see the finish here.

Nice one Angus.

Dan said...

I was thinking 1. Rb1 Qa3 2. Rb3 and then Rxe7 followed by Qf6, but then I saw 1. Rb1 Qxb1 2. Rxe7 Qf5. What am I missing?

Anonymous said...

1. Rxe7 Qxe7 2. Rc7

Dan said...

Aha, nice.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jonathan,

But dare I ask: did you see the zwischenzug (if that's what it is - I'm a little confused now)?

Dan,

I didn't play 1 Rb1... White does have to be mindful, though, of the possibility of the Black queen getting onto the b1-h7 diagonal and then back to defend.

Angus.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

If 1. Rxe7 Qxe7 2. Rc7, what happens after 2... g5?

Angus.

Anonymous said...

Qf3

Anonymous said...

Or Bxg5.

Anonymous said...

So: 1. Rxe7 Qxe7 2. Rc7 g5 and then either 3. Qf3 or 3. Bxg5. In each case, what will White then play after 3... Qxc7 (when Black has achieved something by deflecting either the White Q or N)?

Angus.

Anonymous said...

Qf6 in the first instance (the q hasn't been "deflected" anywhere, Bf6 in the second

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

You are right, the Queen hasn't been deflected and 3. Qf3 looks perfectly good (especially after 3... Qxc7 4. Qf6).

The game went 1. Rxe7 Qxe7 2. Rc7 g5 3. Bxg5 Qxc7 4. Bf6 resigns.

Angus.

Jonathan B said...

ANGUS:
I admit I hadn't forseen ...g5 but think I probably would have found Qf3 over the board (after a bit of a panic perhaps) had it been played against me in a real game. I think Bxg5 is much prettier though.

I had originally, like Dan, wanted to play Rb1 but then it wouldn't work for the reasons you give.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think that after 3. Qf3 the White queen has been deflected as Black may play 3... f5 (which is much better than 2... f5 when White may play 3. ef and cover Rc7)... 3. Bg5 looks to be cleanest.

Angus.

Tom Chivers said...

Angus's nice win here was featured in Chess Today on 10th July 2007 or thereabouts as a puzzle btw.