1967: Wild West
This game is from Exeter’s terrific run in the National Club Championship in 1966-67. The fourth round match saw us winning by the narrowest of margins against a strong Islington and London team. — RVMH
1.e4 c5 2.b4
The wild openings I used to play in my youth!
[DR notes that Richard now steers for the calmer waters of the Danish Gambit – see page http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/1995-97-gambit-variation !]
2...cxb4 3.Bc4 e6 4.a3 d5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb3 Nf6 7.Nf3 Qe7+ 8.Kf1 Bg4 9.d3 Nbd7 10.Bb2 Qe6 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Qxf3 Bd6 13.axb4 Bxb4 14.Nc3 Bxc3 15.Bxc3 0-0 16.g4 h6 17.Rg1 Qc6 18.Bd4
White has the two Bishops and is looking to open lines with g4-g5.
[18...Nc5 is much safer]
19.h4 Nh7 20.Bxd5 Qxc2 21.Be4 f5 22.Bd5+ 1-0
[Notes by Richard Hall]