1934: Excommunicated

Game Mallison,HV - Wood,BH, BCF Congress, Major Open Reserves, 1934


I cut my chess teeth on Barry Wood's magazine CHESS and it is a poor return for the enjoyment his magazine afforded me to offer this game where he is given short shrift by HVM. Here Mallison plays a sideline in which Wood improvises rather too freely, which only serves to offer scope for Mallison's raking Bishops. — DR

French Defence, Winawer Variation

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. Bd2 a6


6. a3 cxd4


7. axb4 dxc3 8. Bxc3 Nh6 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Bd3 f5

"rather risky"

[10...Nd7 was better, but not 10...Nc6 11. b5]

11. exf6 gxf6 12. Qd2 Nf7

[12...Kg7 13. Qg5+]

[12...Nf5 13. Bxf5 exf5 14. O-O-O]

[12...Ng4 13. h3]

[12...e5 13. Qxh6 e4 14. Ng5 Qe7 15. Nxe4 dxe4 16. Bc4+]

13. Qf4 Nd6

[13...e5 14. Qg3+ Kh8 15. Qh4 h6

[15...e4 16. Bxf6+]

[15...f5 16. Qxd8 Rxd8 17. Nxe5 Re8 18. O-O Nxe5 19. Rfe1 Nbc6 20. f4 d4 21. Bd2]

16. Qh5 e4 17. Qg6]

14. Qg4+ Kh8


Overlooking the threat, but if

[14...Kf7 15. Bxh7 e5 16. Qh5+ Ke7 17. Nh4 wins]

15. Bxh7 Kxh7 16. Ng5+ Kg6 17. Nxe6+ Kf7 18. Nxd8+ Rxd8 19. Qh5+ Ke6 20. O-O-O 1-0

[Notes by HV Mallison]

Chess Quotes

On advanced ideas:
"After giving a student the basic mating patterns and strategies you must begin giving them advanced concepts. At first these ideas will not make sense, many players will have a vague idea of what you are talking about but nothing more. Even a fragmented understanding of these concepts will prove useful though, and eventually they will improve as these lessons are assimilated by repetition and example."
— Jeremy SILMAN, The Amateur's Mind, 1995


"We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development. ... (The "spiral curriculum") ... Is it not possible ... to introduce them to some of the major ... ideas earlier, in a spirit perhaps less exact and more intuitive?"