Champion vs Challengers 2017

On 10 October 2017, club champion Tim Paulden took on 13 challengers in Exeter Chess Club's traditional start-of season simul.

Results:
1. TP 1-0 Ken Bourne (w/d)
2. TP 1-0 Quillan Wilson (w/d)
3. TP 0-1 Giles Body [best game prize]
4. TP 0.5-0.5 Sean Pope
5. TP 1-0 Harry Walker
6. TP 1-0 Richard Player (w/d)
7. TP 1-0 Richard Scholes
8. TP 0.5-0.5 Will Marjoram
9. TP 1-0 John Guard
10. TP 1-0 Brian Aldwin
11. TP 0.5-0.5 Paul O'Neill
12. TP 0.5-0.5 Leif Hafstad (w/d - draw agreed)
13. TP 0-1 Ian Simpson

Final score:
Champion: 9 Challengers: 4

Board 9 (vs Guard) had a particularly exciting finish, with White's attack beating Black's rampant a-pawn by one tempo:

r-----k-
--n---qp
----p-p-
-bPpN---
p--P-PNP
-r-BR-Q-
--------
--B---K-

The game continued 1. Bxb5 Rxe3 2. Bxe3 Nxb5 3. f5 exf5 4. Nh6+ Kf8 5. c6 a3 6. Nd7+ Ke8 7. Nxf5 Qh8 (diagram below)

r---k--q
---N---p
--P---p-
-n-p-N--
---P---P
p---B-Q-
--------
------K-

8. Nd6+ Nxd6 9. Qxd6 a2 10. Qe6+ Kd8 11. Bg5+ Kc7 12. Bf4+ Kc8 13. Nc5+ Kd8 14. Nb7#

Many thanks to all who participated, and especially to Dave who MC'd the night and logged the scores!

Chess Quotes

> Does anybody know the etymology of skittles?
"Once in a Moscow chess club I saw how two first-category players knocked pieces off the board as they were exchanged, so that the pieces fell onto the floor.
It was as if they were playing skittles and not chess!
"
Think Like A Grandmaster by Alexander KOTOV

Michael Trent, michael@shogi.demon.co.uk