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

Good positions don't win games, good moves do.

I've wasted a Black.
[ABRAHAMS, after drawing a game with the Black pieces]

You can retreat pieces... but not pawns. So always think twice about pawn moves.
[Michael STEAN, in Simple Chess]

Open files can be used by both players. The chess player, not being an unselfish advocate of equal opportunity, naturally prefers a one-way system.
[Michael STEAN, in Simple Chess, on half-open files]

— -- all from Peter BALLARD