1938: Decisive

Game Mallison,HV - Bruce,RM, Winter Wood Trophy Final (replay), 1938


Another Devon final, another replay, and another crunching miniature provides the decisive game. White's breezy development blows a hole in Black's set-up. — DR

Centre Counter (Scandinavian)

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nc4 Qc7 8. Qf3 g6

[8...e5? 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Qe2]

[8...Nb6! 9. Ne5! [9. Bf4 Qd8 10. Rd1? Bg4] 9...Nbd5? 10. Nxd5 cxd5 11. Bb5+ Bd7 12. Bxd7+ Nxd7 13. Qxd5]

9. Bf4 Qd8 10. O-O-O Nb6 11. Ne5 Nbd5?


[11...Bg7 12. g4 O-O 13. h4]

12. Nxd5 Nxd5

[12...Qxd5 (best) 13. Bc4 Qxf3 14. Bxf7+ Kd8 15. Nxf3 e6 16. Ng5 Ke7 17. Bxe6 Bxe6 18. Rhe1]

[12...cxd5 13. Bb5+ Bd7 14. Bxd7+ Nxd7 15. Nxf7]

13. Nxf7 Qa5 14. Bc4

Keeping the attack. 

[14. Nxh8 Qxa2 15. Qa3]

14...Rg8 15. Rhe1 Bd7?

[15...e6 16. Ng5+- ]

16. Nd6+

[16. Nd6+ Kd8 17. Nxb7+]


[Notes by HV Mallison]

Chess Quotes

The King himself is haughtie care,
Which ouerlooketh all his men,
And when he seeth how they fare,
He steps among them now and then,
Whom when his foe presumes to checke,
His seruants stand, to giue the necke.

The Queene is queint, and quicke conceit,
Which makes her walke which way she list,
Ans rootes them up, that lie in wait,
To worke hir treason ere she wist:
Hir force is such against her foes,
That whom she meets, she ouerthrowes...

— Nicholas BRETON (1542-1626), The Chesse Play.