1965: The Devonian Attack

Game Gray,DJP - Brocklesby,SH, Devon vs Somerset, 1965

The Devonian Attack


Dr. D.J.P. Gray, who has cultivated a strong attacking style, and is especially dangerous with the White pieces, was one from whom a win was expected. How quickly he pressed his opponent, with threat following threat, the following game illustrates. So preoccupied with attack was the Devon player, that it was not until the endgame was reached that time was found to castle. — J.E. Jones

Pirc Defence, Austrian Attack

1. e4 g6 2. d4 d6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 c5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. e5 Ng4 8. e6 Bxb5 9. exf7+ Kf8

This line is still theoretically crucial.

10. Nxb5 Qa5+ 11. Nc3 cxd4 12. Nxd4 Nf6 13. Bd2 Kxf7


14. Ne4 Qd5 15. Ng5+ Kg8 16. Qe2 Nc6 17. Nxc6 bxc6 18. Rd1 Bf8 19. Bc3 Qf5 20. Qc4+ d5 21. Qxc6 Rc8 22. Qe6+ Qxe6+ 23. Nxe6 Kf7 24. Ng5+ Ke8


And, at last…

25. O-O h6 26. Ne6 Kf7 27. Rfe1 Rg8 28. Bxf6 exf6 29. Rxd5


29...Rxc2? 30. Rd7+ Be7 31. Nd4 1-0

[Notes by DR]

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