IM TOM RENDLE visits Worthing Chess Club

MASTERCLASS AND SIMULTANEOUS, 8th July 2019

Worthing Chess Club were delighted to have IM Tom Rendle at the club for the evening.

Tom started with an explanation of the following line in the Petroff Defence:

1.

E4

E5

2.

Nf3

Nf6

3.

D4!?

 

and then illustrated the potency of the line with a couple of his games.

Tom’s comments were insightful and well received by the audience.  Plenty of suggestions came from the club members (some good and some not so good!) and were deftly analysed by Tom.  A hugely enjoyable hour with many useful tips and strategies illustrated.

The 21 club members were then lined-up for the simul.

What followed was really special, Tom getting through all the games in a couple of hours not stopping for more than a few seconds over any move. This gave big chances to the simul players and was so refreshing – I’ve watched many simuls where the top player plays obsessively to win taking significant time over his moves, particularly where the positions get complex.

Huge thanks go to Tom for the spirit in which he played the event and for making it so enjoyable.

Simul Opening – First 45 Mins

The club players started really well with precious few, if any, significant errors. Tom was solid on all boards and had picked off a pawn or 2 but no games were clearly won. Ben, Alec, Matt and Max had all gone for it in the opening creating unbalanced positions which are tough to play against in a simul.

Simul Middlegame – Next 30 Mins

Many of the club players started to suffer in this phase as Tom built up some significant strategic advantages and some winning material advantages. As I wandered around my eyes went to Max Bennett’s game where Tom had sacrificed his Queen to reach the following position:

Tom could find nothing better than a perpetual and Worthing picked-up their first ½ point, brilliant play from Max.

 

Further hope came from Nick who was a pawn up and Tim who’d got into an ending where he had R & 7 pawns vs. N, B & 6 pawns.

 

Simul Endgame – Final 45 Mins

Plenty of wins for Tom but the club players fought back:

Dave Bennett and Alec were the last to fall and Alec picked up the best game prize having bravely declined a draw in an effort to win.

 

Final Score: Tom 16.5 - 4.5 Worthing

Big thanks to all who took part – see you for the new season in September.

Tom

0

1

Matt

 

1

0

Rakesh

 

0.5

0.5

Max

 

0

1

Nick

 

1

0

Don

 

1

0

Darren

 

0.5

0.5

Tim

 

1

0

Alec

 

1

0

Lawry

 

0

1

Paul

 

1

0

Phil

 

1

0

Thomas

 

1

0

Dave Bennett

 

1

0

Charlie

 

1

0

Dave Bradley

 

1

0

Robin

 

1

0

Mark

 

0.5

0.5

Hector

 

1

0

Richard

 

1

0

Ben

 

1

0

Matthew

Total

16.5

4.5