1967: Wild West

Game Hall,RVM - Reuben,S [B20] Exeter vs. Islington, NCC, 12 th Feb 1967

Wild West gunfight

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

Sicilian Wing Gambit

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

+-----------------+
|r+.+.4k+|
|0p+n+p0.|
|.+q+.h.0|
|+.+p+.+.|
|.+.G.+P+|
|+B+P+Q+P|
|.+P+.).+|
|$.+.+K$.|
+-----------------+

White has the two Bishops and is looking to open lines with g4-g5.

18...g5?

[18...Nc5 is much safer]

19.h4 Nh7 20.Bxd5 Qxc2 21.Be4 f5 22.Bd5+ 1-0

[Notes by Richard Hall]

Chess Quotes

(another personal favourite)
" A combination composed of a sacrifice has more immediate effect upon the person playing over the game in which it occurs than another combination, because the apparent senselessness of the sacrifice is convincing proof of the design of the player offering it.
— Richard RETI, Modern Ideas in Chess.