Meet the Champion
Geoff Carlin has once again won the B.C.A. Postal Championship and so for
the third time has carried off the “Tylor”
Memorial Shield, a feat only equaled by Hans Cohn
and John Wall who also won three consecutive Championships. Geoff also holds the B.C.A.
over-the-board championship for the blind and the “Horrocks” Trophy which was first competed for in
1978. Taking all this into account,
plus the fact that Geoff represented the UK in the World Championship
for the Blind, it was a very successful 1978.
Since joining the B.C.A. in 1956 he has also won the Best-Played Game and
best End-game competitions. Which adds up to almost every prize that can be won by members
of the B.C.A.
Aged 46, Geoff works as a piano tuner in his home town of Leicester, and was taught to play Chess
by his father, a County player, at the age of eleven.
Geoff played his first Club game at the age of 13 for Braunstone
and still plays for them. While
playing for Braunstone in the Leicester League he
joined his father in the County team at the age of 18 and played alongside
his father who died at the very early age of 47. Says Geoff: “teaching me Chess was
the best thing my father did for me, it has brought me many friends, mostly
from the B.C.A. Ruth and I look
forward to meeting them at tournaments and also in their homes where we
have many happy memories of week-ends spent in their company. We look forward to the future and more
new friends and more new homes for us to visit and for them to visit us in
Ruth, Geoff’s wife, with their children Helen, Ian and Clive, often
make up the Carlin contingent at Chess tournaments. No doubt the most notable of
Geoff’s achievements that can be attributed to him is that while
still only a junior at the RNC he started the Chess club at the College,
and some of our members will have memories of these days.
The Club grew to be the largest organization within the College and
external matches were arranged.
Geoff has represented us on many occasions in the international sphere: his
best performance being in Finland,
for while playing on board 1, he had a score of 6.5 out of 10. His biggest disappointment was last year
in Bruge, while representing the UK in the
World Individual Championship for the Blind, he only manage 4 points out of
11 games. Also he did not say that
he was suffering from ‘flu at the time. I asked Geoff which game had given him
most satisfaction, and this was his reply:
“I cannot answer that question, I enjoy all my games and many of them
have given me satisfaction, and also great pleasure. In Britain
the game that won me the “Porter” memorial prize for
correspondence play, and abroad my game for the B.C.A. against the USSR, any
win against the Russians is bound to be very memorable, but as both these
games have already appeared in the “Gazette” I will give you a
game I played in the BCCL”.
Geoff is a great asset to the B.C.A. and also a great credit to us
all. Here is Geoff’s choice of
G. Carlin - L. Vallans (Gruenfeld)
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5
Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3
Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 0-0 9. 0-0 Nc6 10. Be3 Qc7 11. Rc1 Rd8 12. f4 Na5 13. Bd3 f5 14. exf5 Bxf5
15. Bxf5 gxf5 16. Ng3 e6 17. Nh5 Nc4 18. Rf3 Kh8 19. Bf2 Nd6 20. Bh4 Rf8
21. Rg3 Ne8 22. Nxg7 Nxg7 23. Bg5 Rf7 24. Rd3 Re8
25. Qe1 Rc8 26. Rcd1 Re8 27. Rh3 h5 28. Qh4 Kh7 29. Bf6 Rh8 30. d5 Qd7 31. Bxg7 Kxg7 32. Qg5+ Kf8 33. Rxh5 Rg8 34. Qh6+
Ke7 35. Rg5 Rgf8 36. Rg6 Qa4 37. Rxe6+ Kd7 38. Rb1 Kc8 39. Re7 1-0