The Gazette - May 2020

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Edited by Julie Leonard
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12th BCA Email Tournament

Philip Doyle and Eamonn Casey write:

Our 12th BCA Email Tournament began on the 1st of March. There are 19 participants on this occasion, five down on the initial entries for our previous event. We decided to go with three divisions of five players and four players in division 4. The divisions were based on BCA grades, performance in previous email tournaments where applicable, and where possible, incorporated promotion and relegation. All players in the top 3 divisions have two whites and two blacks, whereas in division 4 two players have two whites, and the other two players have two blacks. Divisions 1 and 3 are controlled by Philip, and Eamonn is responsible for divisions 2 and 4.

The composition of divisions and the results and scores so far are set out below. Division 1 has been won by Rod MacDonald and Division 2 by Philip Doyle. In Division 3, where Gill Smith is performing very strongly, there are still three games outstanding. Tony Lawton and Malcolm Jones are joint winners of Division 4. Congratulations to all the winners but especially Malcolm who is a newcomer to our tournament.

Division 1

Peter Gibbs, Rod MacDonald, Malola Prasath, Steve Burnell, Colin Chambers.

Gibbs lost to Chambers

Burnell drew with Chambers

Chambers beat Prasath

Prasath lost to Gibbs

Macdonald beat Chambers

Burnell lost to MacDonald

Prasath beat Burnell

Gibbs beat Burnell

Macdonald beat Prasath

Gibbs drew with MacDonald

Final scores: MacDonald 3.5, Gibbs and Chambers 2.5, Prasath 1, Burnell 0.5

Division 2

Philip Doyle, Mark Kirkham, Eamonn Casey, Randy Kruzeniski, Voldi Gailans.

Kruzeniski drew with Gailans

Doyle drew with Kruzeniski

Casey drew with Doyle

Kruzeniski drew with Kirkham

Gailans lost to Doyle

Doyle beat Kirkham

Casey drew with Kruzeniski

Kirkham drew with Casey

Gailans beat Casey

Kirkham beat Gailans

Final scores: Doyle 3, Kirkham and Kruzeniski 2, Casey and Gailans 1.5

Division 3

Steve Thacker, Mark Hague, Tony Elbourn, Michael Flood, Gill Smith.

Flood lost to Hague

Elbourn beat Flood

Flood lost to Smith

Smith beat Thacker

Thacker drew with Hague

Smith beat Elbourn

Elbourn lost to Thacker

Current scores: Smith 3/3, Hague 1.5/2, Thacker 1.5/3, Elbourn 1/3, Flood 0/3,

Division 4

Denis Warren, Anthony Borg, Tony Lawton, Malcolm Jones.

Borg lost to Jones

Borg lost to Lawton

Warren beat Borg

Jones drew with Lawton

Warren lost to Jones

Lawton beat Warren

Final scores: Jones and Lawton 2.5, Warren 1, Borg 0

Here are a couple of games from Division 1.

Rod Macdonald v Malola Prasath, Nimzovitch Defence

1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 e5 3. d5 Nce7 4. Nf3 Ng6 5. h4 h5 6. Bg5 Nf6 7. Nc3 Bc5 8. Qd3 d6 9. Nd2 a6 10. g3 Bd7

11. a3 Qb8 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Qf3 Ke7 14. Nd1 Qa7 15. Bh3 Nf8 16. Bxd7 Nxd7 17. Nc4 Rag8 18. b4 Bb6

19. Nde3 a5 20. Nf5+ Kd8 21. 0-0 a4 22. Rfc1 Rg4 23. Nxb6 Qxb6 24. c4 Qa7 5. c5 dxc5 26. Rab1 Rhg8

27. Kh2 Re8 28. Qe3 b6 29. Rb2 Rg6 30. Qd3 Rgg8 31. Qb5 Qa8 32. bxc5 bxc5 33. Rxc5 Qa7 34. Rcc2 Qa8

35. Rc6 Black Resigns

Malola Prasath v Peter Gibbs

Peter has kindly annotated this game for us because it had many interesting features and showed the complexity of chess for both sides.

1. e4 c5 The Sicilian Defence is the most popular reply to White's open games. Moreover, it avoids the dreaded Ruy Lopez.

2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6

5. Nc3 e5 Years ago it was considered a drawback to voluntarily accept a backward pawn on an open file. Today's chess is more wily. This opening is a great favourite of mine which I have played in OTB and correspondence chess. I am not alone since it is favoured by the World Champion and leading grandmasters! Its name is the Sveshnikov Defence. I had already studied the move since I possessed two books 'Grandmaster Repertoire - The Sicilian Sveshnikov' by Vassilios Kotronias and 'The Sicilian Sveshnikov Move by Move' by Cyrus Lakdawala. Coincidentally during the game an admirer (yes I do have them) sent me an 'Opening Repertoire' on it also by Cyrus.

6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5

9. Bxf6 This is a very sharp double-edged move. Personally I prefer the positional 9. Nd5.

9. … gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 11. Bd3 Be6

12. Qh5 This may look strong but it puts the Q in a precarious position.

12. … Rg8

13. 0-0 It might be better to castle on the other wing. White is getting into time trouble from now on.

13. … f4 14. c3 Bg4 15. Qxh7 Rg6 16. Rfd1 Rh6 17. Qg8 Be6 18. Bxb5 axb5

19. Nxb5 Kd7 It took a sleepless night for Black to come up with this move.

20. Ndc7 Qxc7 White resigned. If 21 Nxc7, Kxc7 and Black wins that position.