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

"I find that chess is very useful when travelling alone in Turkey. ...Take yourself to the nearest teahouse. Order a glass of tea, and another or Raki, and set up a chess problem. Within seconds Turks will appear. they won't play chess with you, but it starts a conversation.

 "I did this once and someone asked, "Can I practise my English with you?" His first question was: "How many princesses have you slept with?" So now you see the point of chess."

— Bryan SEWELL