1995: Brilliancy

Game Willis,R - Williams,L, Dartington Congress, 1995

The Brilliancy Prize

In 1993 MacGregor Buchanan instituted a brilliancy prize to commemorate the birth of his daughter Alexandra. The first winner of the Alexandra Buchanan Brilliancy Prize was Rex Willis, the longest-serving current member of the Club. — DR

King's Indian Defence

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Bg5 O-O 5. Nc3 d6 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bd3

After a solid opening by White, Black tries to make progress on the King's and then the Queen's side. 

7...Bg4 8. h3 Bd7 9. O-O h6 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. Qc2 Bg7 12. a3 f5 13. Nh4 Qe8 14. Nd5 Rc8 15. f4 a5 16. Qf2 e6 17. Nc3 e5 18. Qg3 Kh7 19. d5 Ne7 20. Bc2 b5 21. b3 c6 22. Rad1 b4 23. axb4 axb4 24. Na4 cxd5 25. Nb6 Rc5 26. Nxd5 Nc6 27. Rd2 Qf7 28. Rfd1


The position is rather unclear, but Whites' pressure on the d-file is substantial. 

28...Rg8 29. Nc7 Bf8 30. Nb5 g5 31. fxg5 Rxg5 32. Qf2


Black sacrifices the exchange to mix things up a bit; he gets a fine pair of central passed Pawns and has hopes on the King's side. 

32...Rxb5 33. cxb5 Nb8 34. e4 Bxb5 35. Qb6 Qe8 36. exf5 e4 37. f6 Nd7 38. Qa7 Bc6 39. Rf1 Qf7 40. Qc7 Ne5 41. Qxf7+ Nxf7

With Queens off it's harder for Black to show that he has sufficient play. 

42. Nf3 Ra5 43. Nd4 Bb7 44. Ne6 Kg8 45. Rd4 Re5 46. Nxf8 Kxf8 47. Rxb4 Nd8 48. Re1 d5 49. Rb6 Kf7 50. g4 Bc6 51. b4 h5 52. Kf2 h4 53. Ke3 Rg5


White has shored things up enough to start the counter-attack. 

54. Ra1 Be8 55. Ra7+ Kf8 56. Ra8 d4+ 57. Kxd4 e3 58. Kxe3 Re5+ and resigns

...Not much of a game? What you have to know is that Rex's grade is BCF 113 and his opponent's is BCF 204)! Rex's characteristic huge grin was even wider than usual after this one...

[Notes by DR]

Chess Quotes

There is, of course, a very famous saying from Rueben Fine:
"I'd rather have a pawn than a finger."

  It's often quoted during analysis.

  One of my favorite sayings, though, came as a response to this.

  About 40 players were watching an online broadcast of a major match.

  One of the players was a pawn down, and there was some argument as to how much compensation the other had.

  One of the masters present quoted Fine, "As Reuben Fine said, "I'd rather have a pawn than a finger."

— -- Duif