1966: Polished off

Game Czerniawski,E - Jones,RH, Bremridge Cup, 1966


  [Untitled. Ink silhouette. Eddie Czerniawski, 1959.]


Polished off

Eddie Czerniawski left two records of his involvement in the club in the fifties: a fine ink silhouette and his name on the champions board. That was all most people knew of him until he returned in 1992 to entertain us with his cheerful and enterprising style. — DR

1.b4 e6 2.b5 a6 3.e4 Bc5 4.Nf3 c6 5.bxa6 Nxa6 6.d4 Bb4+ 7.c3 Ba5 8.Bd2 b5 9.a3 Bb7 10.Be2 Ne7 11.0–0 c5 12.e5 Bc6 13.Bd3 c4 14.Bc2 Nc7 15.Bc1 Ncd5 16.Bb2 0–0


17.Bxh7+ Kh8

[17...Kxh7 18.Ng5+ Kg8 19.Qh5 Re8 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Qh8+ Ng8 22.Nh7+ Ke7 23.Qxg7 d6 — much too risky for my liking.]

18.Bc2 f6 19.Nh4 Qe8 20.Qg4 f5 21.Qg5 Bd8 22.Bc1 Kh7 23.Bd1 Ng8 24.Qg3 Nh6 25.Nf3 Qg6 26.Qxg6+ Kxg6


Having fended off this attack, the action switches to the other wing.

27.Bc2 b4 28.Bb2 b3 29.Bd1 Be7 30.Nbd2 Bb5 31.a4 Ba6 32.Be2 Rac8 33.Rfb1 Nf4 34.Bf1 d5


35.Nxb3 cxb3 36.Bxa6 Rc6 37.Bb5 Rb6 38.Ba3 Bxa3 39.Rxa3 Rc8 40.Raxb3 Ng4 41.h3 Nh6 42.a5 Rbb8 43.a6 Rxb5 44.Rxb5 Ne2+ 45.Kf1 Nxc3 46.Rb8 1–0

[Notes by Bob Jones]

Eddie also relishes the memory of this game, played when Frank Kitto was champion of Devon:

Czerniawski,E — Kitto,F [C55] Exeter Club Championship,1960

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Bb5 dxe4 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 8.Ng1 Bd6 9.Qh5 0-0 10.Nh3 Bxh3 11.gxh3 Qd7 12.Rg1 f5 13.d3 exd3 14.Bh6 Rf7 15.0-0-0 dxc2 16.Kxc2

White has been determined to attack from the outset, but it looks insufficient. 16...Qe6 17.Qg5 Be7 18.Qg3 Qxh6 19.Qxe5 Bd6 20.Qc3 Re8 21.Qxc6 Re2+ 22.Kd3 Rfe7 23.Qa8+ Re8 24.Qd5+ Kh8 25.Rge1

According to Eddie's note on his scoresheet, Frank was in fearful time trouble for the latter part of this game. 25...R2e3+ 26.fxe3 Qxh3 27.Kc4 Re4+ 28.Kb5 Re5 29.Qxe5 1-0

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