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The Gazette - February 2008

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Edited by Guy Whitehouse
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Report on the BCA Team in the BCCL

Our team in the British Correspondence Chess League (BCCL) in 2007 played in the premier division and we have maintained our place in this division for the 2008 season.

The BCA team in 2007 scored six points out of a possible sixteen, obtaining four wins and four draws.

Individual scores were as follows:

Board 1, Duncan Chambers, 1.5 from 2;

Board 2, Peter Gibbs, 1.5 from 2;

Board 3, Steve Hilton, 0 from 2;

Board 4, Les Whittle, 1.5 from 2;

Board 5, Michael McGuigan, 0 from 2;

Board 6, Alec Crombie, 0 from 2;

Board 7, David Hodgkins, 1.5 from 2;

Board 8, Norman Andrews, 0 from 2.

Competition was strong with some of our teams facing IMs.

Our team for the 2008 competition is the same except that John Wall has replaced Steve Hilton on board 3. By the time you read this article the 2008 competition will have started. We are hoping to make a better challenge next year.

At the end of this report there are a couple of games from the 2007 competition.

If anybody is interested in competing in the BCCL 2009 competition or in taking over the captaincy from myself, please do not hesitate to contact me.

David Hodgkins, Team Captain.

D. Beresford - P. Gibbs (board 2, French)

1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nd2 c5 4 exd5 Qxd5 5 Ngf3 cxd4 6 Bc4 Qd6 7 0-0 Nf6 8 Nb3 Nc6 9 Re1 Bd7 10 Nxd4 Nxd4 11 Qxd4 Qxd4 12 Nxd4 Bc5 13 Nb3 Bb6 14 Bf4 Rc8 15 Bd3 Ba4 16 Bd6 Kd7 17 Ba3 Rhd8 18 Rad1 Ke8 19 Bb4 Rd5 20 c4 Rd7 21 Rd2 Rcd8 22 Bf1 Bxb3 23 Rxd7 Nxd7 24 axb3 Nc5 25 Bc3 Nxb3 26 Bxg7 Rd2 27 Re2 Rd1 28 Bc3 Bd4 29 Bxd4 Nxd4 30 Re3 Rb1 31 f4 Rxb2 32 Rh3 a5 33 Rxh7 Nc2 34 Bd3 Ne3 35 Rg7 Rd2 36 Be4 b6 37 c5 bxc5 38 Rg3 Nd5 39 Bxd5 exd5 40 h4 Rd4 41 h5 Rxf4 42 h6 Rh4 43 Rd3 Rxh6 44 Rxd5 Rc6 45 Kf1 a4 46 Rd3 Re6 0-1.

D. Hodgkins - M. J. Gifford (board 7, Ruy Lopez)

1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nge7 4 d3 d6 5 Bg5 Bd7 6 c3 a6 7 Ba4 h6 8 Be3 b5 9 Bc2 Na5 10 b4 Nb7 11 d4 Bg4 12 dxe5 Bxf3 13 Qxf3 dxe5 14 Bb3 f6 15 0-0 c6 16 Rd1 Qc7 17 Nd2 c5 18 a4 c4 19 Bc2 Qb8 20 Nf1 Qc8 21 Ng3 Rb8 22 axb5 axb5 23 Sf5 Nxf5 24 Qh5+ Ke7 25 Qxf5 Qxf5 26 exf5 Kf7 27 Be4 Nd6 28 Bd5+ Ke8 29 Be6 Be7 30 Bc5 Nc8 31 Rd5 Bxc5 32 bxc5 Rf8 33 Rad1 Ne7 34 Rd6 h5 35 c6 Nxc6 36 Rxc6 Rd8 37 Rxd8+ Kxd8 38 Rc8+ Ke7 39 Rxf8 Kxf8 40 Bd7 b4 41 cxb4 c3 42 Ba4 Ke7 43 Kf1 1-0