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

Good positions don't win games, good moves do.
[Gerald ABRAHAMS]

I've wasted a Black.
[ABRAHAMS, after drawing a game with the Black pieces]

You can retreat pieces... but not pawns. So always think twice about pawn moves.
[Michael STEAN, in Simple Chess]

Open files can be used by both players. The chess player, not being an unselfish advocate of equal opportunity, naturally prefers a one-way system.
[Michael STEAN, in Simple Chess, on half-open files]

— -- all from Peter BALLARD