1995: A miniature

A miniature

This game, played at a time control of 30 minutes each, I have shown to every club member I have been able to corner, and now it's your turn.  Bob, who defeated me comprehensively in my first game after joining the Exeter club, tries a provocative opening at the fast time limit, but gets driven back by Pawns, and is mated by Knights. — DR

English Opening, Flohr-Mikenas Variation

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 Nc6?!

[Regis,D - Lane,PC played in the same league that year went 3...Bb4? 4. e5 Bxc3 5. dxc3 Ng8 6. Qg4 Ne7 7. Qxg7 Rg8 8. Qxh7 Nbc6 9. Nf3 d5 10. Bg5 Bd7 11. O-O-O dxc4 12. Bxc4 Na5? 13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. Qh5+ Kf8 15. Bh6+ Rg7 16. Ng5 Qe8 17. Nh7+ 1-0]

4. Nf3 b6 5. e5 Ng4 6. d4 g6 7. h3 Nh6 8. Bg5 Ne7 9. Qd2 Nhf5 10. g4 Ng7 11. Ne4

+-----------------+
|r+b1kg.4|
|0.0phphp|
|.0.+p+p+|
|+.+.).G.|
|.+P)N+P+|
|+.+.+N+P|
|P).!.).+|
|$.+.IB+R|
+-----------------+

11...f5 12. exf6 Bb7 13. f7+ Kxf7 14. Ne5+ 1-0

After 14. Ne5+ Kg8 15. Nf6 is mate

+-----------------+
|r+.1.gk4|
|0b0ph.hp|
|.0.+pHp+|
|+.+.H.G.|
|.+P).+P+|
|+.+.+.+P|
|P).!.).+|
|$.+.IB+R|
+-----------------+
[variation]

[Notes by DR]

Chess Quotes

"I find that chess is very useful when travelling alone in Turkey. ...Take yourself to the nearest teahouse. Order a glass of tea, and another or Raki, and set up a chess problem. Within seconds Turks will appear. they won't play chess with you, but it starts a conversation.

 "I did this once and someone asked, "Can I practise my English with you?" His first question was: "How many princesses have you slept with?" So now you see the point of chess."

— Bryan SEWELL