35. Qais Conquers Codger (Old).
This is a decent example of Qais’s style – more interested in making threats than conventional ideas such as “develop your pieces” and “get your king safe”.
Fritz has him the best part of a pawn down for the whole game, since Fritz knows all about piece development and king safety.
34. Idiot of the year award?
As part of the general call for games of the year, Gerry has nominated a new category and submitted a game for it! (Typically (?), it involves that recently departed Hickman bloke! )
33. Losing the County Championship with style!
Steve Ledger was deposed as County Champion (by our own Paul Habershon) at the weekend but he still managed a pretty final round victory over the county captain. Steve himself takes up the story ….
My 3 year reign as Beds County champ had come to an end in round 4, when I left a mate in 1 on against Graham Borrowdale, in fact I had a fairly miserable CC this year with this last round game being the sole high point.
Now find the spectacular winning move (or moves!) for White
32. The oldest ever county champion ?
The clinching game!
31. Triumph of wisdom over youth
Here is a nice little triumph of wisdom over youth, played in Division 2 – apologies to both players, neither of whom have given me permission to publish it!
30. Top board struggle
The top board game in the C v D match was a tough struggle; White got an initiative, Black defended rather well; White went for one simplification too many and Black emerged with the better ending, but the “old Russian proverb” eventually reasserted itself.
29. English senior success (and defeat)
Paul scored (3/5) in the English Seniors. Typically modest, he shows us his loss.
This was when I lost in the following game. It’s worth a look just for the aesthetic formation of the four bishops on two occasions. It also ends in mate!
28. A funny thing happened on c6 !?
Joe explains how to “self-mate your queen in 9 easy moves”
27. A team decider
26. Youth over experience in the county individual
An interesting struggle where Jan holds on during a difficult game to ultimately show better endgame appreciation (although time trouble probably had a part in this!).
25. Thrills and spills in the county individual
A topsy turvy game where both players missed opportunities.
Some comments from the original post:-
24. Good king hunting
When White snapped off Ravi’s b-pawn on move 7, he may not have suspected that his King would be forced to seek and fail to find refuge on a1 – a pretty attack.
23. Game of three thirds
This was not so much a game of two halves as a game of three thirds; first third pretty much book, second third chaotic, as John Harbour aptly observed; final third the game runs like clockwork…
22. Division 1 clash
Chris and John slug it out …
21. 4NCL missed opportunity
I played this game today at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport, and missed a drawing chance.
20. Lessons to be learnt
At first sight, there wasn’t much to say about the game that Nigel and I had in Division II. Black got a difficult opening and lost material, White won, apparently without too much fuss. But it turns out there were lessons for both players…
19. What might have been
By ‘popular’ demand, I reluctantly share the following for which I can only apologise!
18. “Nice ideas” in the McCutcheon
Not quite as bad a game as I (NH) first thought, and quite a nice little idea “in the notes” though I’m slightly annoyed with myself for missing it:
17. Top seed clash
Notes by Paul.
Well it was short and I won without any obvious clangers so it might as well be my publication for the season.
I would describe this as a typical game of mine around Christmas time, aggressive, not always sound and careless which should have cost me.