The Gazette - February 2010

Sponsored by The Primary Club
Edited by Guy Whitehouse
The views expressed in the Gazette do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of the BCA, nor those of the editor.

BCCA Competition 2009

What was formally called the British Correspondence Chess League is now called the British Correspondence Chess Association (BCCA). Firstly I would like to thank Stan Lovell for stepping into the team on the death of Sir John Wall (board 3), which meant that the BCA did not have to default these two games.

The BCA team in the BCCA 2009 competition played in the premier division and scored 6.5 out of 16 points, obtaining 3 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses. This meant we finished eighth out of nine teams, but as you will see from the placings, there was only 4.5 points between first and eighth. Unfortunately, this has meant that we have been relegated this year.

The placings in the BCCA 2009 premier division were:

1. Team G, Seven Counties, 10 from 16 points;

2. Team D, Friends, 10 from 16 points;

3. Team C, Insurance A, 10 from 16 points;

4. Team B, CSC, 9 from 16 points;

5. Team I, Malvern, 9 from 16 points;

6. Team A, HHB, 7 from 16 points;

7. Team F, Notts Mechanics, 7 from 16 points;

8. Team H, BCA, 6.5 from 16 points;

9. Team E, CSD, 2.5 from 16 points.

BCA Members’ individual scores were as follows:-

Board 1. Peter C. Gibbs, 1.5 from 2;

Board 2. Tristram Cole, 1 from 2;

Board 3. Stan Lovell, 1 from 2;

Board 4. Les Whittle, 0 from 2;

Board 5. Michael McGuigan, 0 from 2;

Board 6. Alec Crombie, 1.5 from 2;

Board 7. David Hodgkins, 0.5 from 2;

Board 8. Norman Andrews, 0.5 from 2.

Our team for the 2010 competition shows one change, with Bill Armstrong taking over from Stan Lovell on board 3. Also Alec Crombie is kindly taking over from myself as captain.

By the time you read this article the new competition will have started. We are hoping to regain our place in the premier group.

David Hodgkins.

Editor’s note:

Peter Gibbs has sent in the two games he played in this competition for inclusion in the gazette; the game in which he is white has some theoretical interest (see the brief note at the end of the game on his 22nd move). Referring back to a debate that happened on the user group recently about the highest ever graded player in the BCA, people might be interested to know that an article in British Chess Magazine says that fifty years ago, Peter’s grade was in the 217-224 bracket. Certainly that’s something for today’s front-runners to aim at!

P. C. Gibbs-T. Slaughter (Insurance A)

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 e6 6 Ndb5 d6 7 Bf4 e5 8 Bg5 a6 9 Na3 b5 10 Nd5 Qa5+ 11 Bd2 Qd8 12 c4 Nxe4 13 cxb5 Be6 14 Bc4 Ne7 15 Be3 Rc8 16 Bb6 Qd7 17 bxa6 Rxc4 18 a7 Bxd5 19 Nxc4 Ba8 20 f3 d5 21 Nxe5 Qe6 22 fxe4 Qxb6 23 Qa4+ Nc6 24 Nxc6 Qxc6 25 Qxc6+ Bxc6 26 Rf1 Bb4+  27 Kd1 Ke7 28 Rc1 Bd7 29 Rc7 Bd6 30 Rb7 Ra8 31 exd5 Bc5 32 b4 Bxa7 33 Kc2 Bd4 34 Kb3 Rc8 35 b5 Rc5 36 Rd1 Be5 37 d6+ Bxd6 38 a4 Rc7 39 Rxc7 Bxc7 40 Kc4 Bg4 41 Rd4 Bf5 42 Kc5 Be5 43 Rd5 Ke6 44 a5 1-0

Notes: I thought my captain would not be too pleased if I took a draw by repetition at move 12.

At move 22 John Cox in his Everyman book 'Starting Out: Sicilian Sveshnikov' considers that the best way for White to play for an advantage is by 22 Bc7, and there is also 22 Bd4. However, I thought I would try 22 fxe4. A fascinating endgame ensues with White having a marvellous pawn phalanx.

Here is the other game.

T. Slaughter (Insurance A)-P. C. Gibbs

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 a6 5 Bd3 Bc5 6 Nb3 Be7 7 Qg4 g6 8 Qe2 d6 9 a4 b6 10 Be3 Nd7 11 N1d2 Ngf6 12 Bh6 Ne5 13 0-0 Nfg4 14 Bf4 Nxd3 15 Qxd3 Qc7 16 a5 Ne5 17 Qg3 Rb8 18 axb6 Rxb6 19 Be3 Rb8 20 Bd4 0-0 21 f4 Ng4 22 Bc3 f5 23 exf5 exf5 24 Qd3 Rf7 25 Nf3 Bf6 26 Nbd4 Ne5 27 fxe5 dxe5 28 Rae1 e4 29 Qd2 exf3 30 Re8+ Rf8 31 Rxf8+ Kxf8 32 Rxf3 Qb6 33 Qe3 Bd7 34 Ne6+ Qxe6 35 Qxe6 Bxe6 36 Bxf6 Kf7 37 Be5 Rb4 38 Rf6 Rxf4 39 Bxf4 Bd5 40 b4 Ke7 41 Kf2 Kd7

Agreed Drawn.