Jack played Lee in the Knights Tournament Final (the knock-out tournament for members graded under 120)and despite losing a piece on move 8 won after Lee played a “decisive” combination, which was not so decisive.
Jack has now won this competition four times since 1994, more than anyone else.
The Club Championship is in full-swing. Games are played on a handicap basis, with the stronger players giving a time advantage to their opponents – for example when Ian McAllan (175) was taken-on by Jack Hollands (86) last night, Ian started with just six minutes on his clock whilst Jack began with 54 minutes. Although Ian eventually won the game with just seconds left, Jack missed his drawing chance in a King and pawn ending.
Ian’s win pushes him clear at the top with a 100% record of four wins from four games and he’ll be difficult to catch. That doesn’t mean that others won’t be trying to knock him off top spot in the coming weeks. They include Lee Brockwell who sits in second and the two Davids, Helps and Gilbert, who are tied for third. And it would be foolish to rule out Dennis Halton and Jim Appleton who both have perfect scores, or last year’s champion Leon Hopkins.
Latest table P W D L Pts Ian McAllan 4 4 0 0 4 Lee Brockwell 5 3 0 2 3 David Gilbert 3 2 1 0 2.5 David Helps 5 2 1 2 2.5 Dennis Halton 2 2 0 0 2 Jim Appleton 1 1 0 0 1 Leon Hopkins 2 1 0 1 1 Jack Hollands 4 1 0 3 1 C Cheeseman 4 1 0 3 1 Chris F-Jones 1 0 0 1 0 Ken Grist 1 0 0 1 0 D. Johnson 1 0 0 1 0 Ian Reeve 1 0 0 1 0 P Houching 2 0 0 2 0
The reason I call this my most unusual game is because the moves were identical to those of a game I had played some five years previously.
Both of my opponents were graded in the high 130s. The first game was played in the Stevenson against Chislehurst in 1984 and the second in the London Business House League in 1989.
Both of my opponents made the same bad moves and ended up being mated on move 12. When the team captain checked my clock in the second game he found that I had used less than 2 minutes of my time to my opponent’s 24 minutes.
I was playing the White pieces and the game went as follows, the opening was a variation of the two knights defence known as the Fegatello or more commonly the Fried Liver!
For two experiences club players to make exactly the same mistakes in a competition game is very unusual and I doubt it will ever happen to me again.