Worthing Chess Club Simultaneous - 17th June 2019

Worthing Chess Clubs’ traditional end of season events kicked-off with the joint simultaneous by Dominic Miller and Dave Graham.

Chris Jones took a year off and Dom took the reins for his first ever simul. The first few moves were quite amusing as Dave and Dom’s opening repertoires are very different and they both looked confused each time they reached a board!

Wins 8, Draws 3, Losses 4

A special welcome to Hector Glyn-Jones and Richard Campbell, 2 strong players from the junior club who we hope will be joining the senior next season.

The games were incredibly hard fought and complex.   Unable to secure any wins inside the first 2.5 hours, Dave and Dom found the going extremely tough and the simul players were causing all sorts of difficulties with sharp play and determined defence.

Congratulations to Peter who won the opening and played a strong middlegame before converting to a technically won endgame.  Kevin Walsh and Keith Guinness defended brilliantly before taking advantage of errors from the duo. More stubborn defence from Timmy and Paul saw them get draws and Matt was very unlucky to draw when the duo’s desperate exchange sacrifice proved very hard to refute

Lawry Rhodes was desperately unlucky in a rollercoaster game which went into a 4th hour of play.

Star prize however went to Don Banks for a brilliant swindle:

BBlack has just played 1….Rg3.

In an effort to simplify Dave came up with

2. Rg1?

Which incredibly throws away the win (Qd8+ was winning).  Don came up with

2….Qa7!!

And now 3. Rg3 loses to Qf2+ 4. Kh1 f4xg3 so instead

3. Qd8+Kh7
4. Rg3? (Rg2 would draw) lost brilliantly to
4…fg+
5. Kg3 Qg1+ 6. Kh4 Qf2+!! – the move missed by Dave – and Black has a mating attack, e.g. 7. Kg4 Qg2+ 8. Kh5 Qh3 9. Qh4 g6