1965: Gambit style

Game Napier,IR - Kitto,FEA, Devon vs Cornwall, 1965

Gambit style

Chess Notes


The return match ... began with bad news for the Cornish players.  Four of their team were stranded on the far side of the river, the Torpoint ferry having ceased operating at 2 p.m.  In the top board game, I.R. Napier tried an unusual fifth move and F.E.A. Kitto replied in gambit style, sacrificing a Pawn for an open file against the enemy King.  However for a long time, his attack seemed hardly sufficient, but the quick time limit did not allow his opponent to find the best defence, and the Devon player achieved the following neat finish. — J.E. Jones

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Qe2 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Qxe5+ Be7 8. Qxg7 Bf6


9. Re1+ Be6 10. Qg3 Qd7 11. Ng5 O-O-O 12. Nxe6 fxe6 13. d3 Rdf8 14. c3 Nf5 15. Qh3 Rhg8 16. Re4 Bh4 17. Bf4 Kb8 18. Nd2 h5 19. Rae1 Rg4 20. Qf3 Nd6


21. Nc4 Nxe4 22. Ne5 Qg7 23. Nxg4 Ng5! 24. Qe3 hxg4 25. Re2


25...Rxf4!! 26. Qxf4 Nh3+! 0-1

and White resigns, in view of the continuation:[26...Nh3+ 27. gxh3 gxh3+ 28. Kf1 Qg2+ 29. Ke1 Qg1+ 30. Kd2 Bg5 winning the Queen]

[Notes by JE Jones]

Chess Quotes

"Pawn endings are to chess what putting is to golf."
— -- PURDY