Games played by club members in the 2018-19 season

25. Bedford Championship decider

In a thrilling final game Steve Ledger needed only to draw with Richard Bodily to clinch the Bedford Chess Club Championship.  After missing a good line in the middle game Steve found himself in a losing endgame. As usual he defended stoutly and in the end it was the clock that forced Richard to repeat moves and agree a draw. Preliminary analysis by Fritz strongly suggests that Richard maintained a winning advantage right to the end, but the correct line from the final position involves a bold piece sacrifice to force through the K-side united passed pawns.

24. Kingside attacks are quicker

Ravi scores a full point to help Bedford A beat MK.

23. James shares top spot in EACU Championship

Our own James Gardener continued his impressive season by sharing first place, with John Anderson and Graham Moore, at the EACU Closed Championship.

He shares a couple of his games.

22. EACU success

Another winning game from James.

21. Exploiting pawn weaknesses

Mindaugus demonstrates.

20. If you can’t castle…

Richard makes the most of a direct attack against the Sicilian.

19. The pendulum swings

Richard seizes on his opponents inaccuracy.

18. Derby captains clash

This was the last game to finish, with the match score poised at Bedford A 2.5-1.5 Bedford B.

17. More spectators than time

John:- “In my game a dodgy ‘theoretical novelty’ at move 5 led to a decent position where I eventually won a pawn. Disaster struck as I was coasting to victory, with more spectators than time.”

16. Captain’s draw

Paul’s draw  in his team’s match against Milton Keynes B.

15. Petroff novelty

Peter:-  “I have never seen this before. Despite my atrocious play I am publishing it as it may be of interest to other e4 players who enounter the Petroff.”

14. Collacott’s legacy

A number of players commented that they could “retire happily from chess” if they emulated Nick’s achievement here.

13. Missed opportunity

Paul misses a forced mate in a crucial match