1975: En route

Game Boniface,S - Potter,A [B06] Woodbury vs. Exeter, 1975

En route

In the 1970's the Wanstead and Woodford Club used to up sets and travel down to Paignton for the annual DCCA Congress. On the way they would stop off at clubs and play a match. I believe Exeter were the hosts on several occasions. — SRB

[When soliciting games for this book, I didn't

particularly

seek defeats of Exeter players, but when an affable West Country organiser accompanied the enclosed game with a stack of splendid stories, I felt more indulgent. But my apologies are offered to Mr. Potter. — DR]

Sicilian, Grand Prix Attack

1.e4 g6 2.f4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.d3 c5 7.h3 Nc6 8.Be3 a6 9.a3 b5 10.Ba2 Bd7 11.0-0 Rb8 12.Qd2 b4 13.axb4 Nxb4 14.Bc4 Qc7 15.f5 gxf5

+-----------------+
|.4.+.4k+|
|+.1b0pgp|
|p+.0.h.+|
|+.0.+p+.|
|.hB+P+.+|
|+.HPGN+P|
|.)P!.+P+|
|$.+.+RI.|
+-----------------+

Perhaps this is asking for trouble. Black had no weaknesses so would probably do better to sit tight on the king's side and plan to hit back in the centre.

16.Bh6 Bxh6

Black seems determined to attract the White pieces into his king's position.

17.Qxh6 Qc8 18.Ng5 Be6 19.e5

At last White does something for himself, clearing e4.

19...dxe5 20.Nce4

Not really a sacrifice as it clearly can't be taken.

+-----------------+
|.4q+.4k+|
|+.+.0p+p|
|p+.+bh.!|
|+.0.0pH.|
|.hB+N+.+|
|+.+P+.+P|
|.)P+.+P+|
|$.+.+RI.|
+-----------------+

20...Re8 21.Nxf6+ exf6 22.Nxh7 1-0

...and being unable to stop 23. Nxf6 Black resigned.

[Notes by Steve Boniface]

Chess Quotes

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