1970: The Sicilian Landslide

Game Winterburn,AGH - Jones,RH, Bremridge Cup, 1970

The Sicilian Landslide

The only game I took from Winterburn did not start auspiciously, when I faced a sharp position with my King exposed, Winterburn having sacrificed a piece for the attack. At about this point that Mrs. Winterburn came into the room and whispering urgently into her husband's ear, explained that she'd just set fire to their car on the sea-front by dropping a cigarette end in the upholstery, and it was now a burnt-out wreck. This did little for my opponent's concentration on the matter in hand, and he just lost heart and shortly resigned. Although I felt sorry for my opponent's plight, I was glad to win our third encounter after two severe maulings.

Here is Archie in better form. When the Sicilian Defence goes wrong, you get the impression of never having been in the game; that was my experience here! — RHJ

Sicilian Dragon

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 d6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.Nc3 g6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.e5 Nh5 9.Qf3 d5

+-----------------+
|r+b1kg.4|
|0.+.0p+p|
|.+p+.+p+|
|+.+p).+n|
|.+B+.+.+|
|+.H.+Q+.|
|P)P+.)P)|
|$.G.I.+R|
+-----------------+

10.Nxd5 e6

[10...cxd5 11.Bxd5]

11.Nf6+ Nxf6 12.Qxf6 Qxf6 13.exf6 Rb8 14.0–0 Bd6 15.Be3 Rb4 16.Bb3 Be5 17.c3 Rb7 18.Bd4 Bxd4 19.cxd4 Rb4 20.Rfc1 Rxd4 21.Rxc6 0–0 22.Rac1 Bb7 23.Rc7 Rb4 24.Rd1 h5 25.Rdd7 Bc8 26.Rxf7 Resigns. 1–0 [26...Rxf7 27.Rxc8+ Kh7]

[Notes by Bob Jones]

Chess Quotes

A quote from Richard RETI's Masters of the Chessboard(p 395):
"In general, it can be established that there are two defenses against 1. e4, which make it absolutely impossible for the first player to take any initiative, and which give Black such an even game, without any difficulties at all, that it has now become useless in practice, since these defenses are generally known. They are the Caro-Kann Defense and the variation of the French Game: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4."
Glad that's settled! :-)
— Randy Pals