1982: Coup

Alastair Cargill writes: I remember the Cathedral Close venue with some fondness — although the air used to be solid cigarette smoke!

I was one of a number of pupils of Exeter School who gravitated towards the club. The first evening I went to the club with great trepidation but found a friendly club and welcoming faces. My favourite memory was of the very occasional matches when we used to play downstairs at Cathedral Close in the library — wonderful old leather armchairs and the smell of books — really felt to me like playing in some venue back in time!

Below are some games played at the club. 

 

Game Rigby,C - Cargill,A, Exeter CC Simul. , 1982

Coup

A game from the traditional simultaneous display given by the club champion against all comers. No more than a fun game, but I just liked my 29th move which I am not sure I would see now (old age and all that!). — AC

Torre Attack/Queen's Gambit

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 Be7 4. e3 d5 5. Nbd2 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. Bd3 Bd7 8. O-O Nc6 9. Rc1 Nb4 10. a3 Nxd3 11. cxd3 O-O 12. Re1 Rc8 13. e4 c6 14. e5 Be7 15. b4 b6 16. Nb3 Rc7 17. h3 Qc8 18. Nh2

+-----------------+
|.+q+.4k+|
|0.4bgp0.|
|.0p+p+.0|
|+.+p).+.|
|.).).+.+|
|)N+P+.+P|
|.+.+.)PH|
|+.$Q$.I.|
+-----------------+

18...c5 19. Qc2 Ba4 20. dxc5 bxc5 21. Qc3

Not easy to spot at speed, but this loses a Pawn. 

21...Bxb3 22. Qxb3 cxb4 23. Rxc7 Qxc7 24. axb4 Rb8 25. Ng4 Rxb4 26. Qa2 a5 27. Ra1 a4 28. Qd2 a3 29. Rc1

+-----------------+
|.+.+.+k+|
|+.1.gp0.|
|.+.+p+.0|
|+.+p).+.|
|.4.+.+N+|
|0.+P+.+P|
|.+.!.)P+|
|+.$.+.I.|
+-----------------+

29...Qxc1+ 30. Qxc1 a2 0-1

[Notes by Alastair Cargill]

Chess Quotes

"During a chess competition a chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk."
— Alexander ALEKHINE