[Event "London League"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1979.10.19"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Philip Gasper, (White)"]
[Black "Gareth Thomas, (Black)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A42"]
[WhiteElo "187"]
[BlackElo "182"]
[Annotator "Philip Gasper"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "1978.04.13"]
[EventType "simul"]
[EventRounds "145"]
[SourceVersionDate "2020.02.28"]
[WhiteTeam "W&W"]
[BlackTeam "Willesden"]
{Notes by Philip Gasper.} 1. c4 g6 2. e4 Bg7 3. d4 d6 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. d5 Nd4 6.
Be3 c5 7. Nge2 Qb6 8. Qd2 Bd7 {In view of his next move, Black could here play
a waiting move, such as 8 ...a6.} ({A trap which is by now well-known is} 8...
Bg4 9. f3 $1 Bxf3 $2 10. Na4 Qa6 11. Nxd4 cxd4 12. Bxd4 Bxd4 13. Qxd4 Nf6 14.
c5 $1 Qa5+ 15. Nc3 dxc5 16. Qe5 Bg4 17. d6 O-O-O 18. dxe7 $18 {etc., as in
Timman v Suttles at Hastings a few years ago.}) 9. Rd1 {I didn't really
believe Black would move his bishop a second time, so took a risk. Objectively,
9 h3 is probably best.} Bg4 $5 10. h3 {After 10 f3,Black really can take the
pawn since White's KN would then be pinned.} Bxe2 {Interesting would be 10 ...
Bf3!? though it somewhat loses its point when there is no pawn to capture on
that square.} 11. Bxe2 Nxe2 {Black should not surrender his best placed piece
so readily. I expected ...e6 or ...e5.} 12. Qxe2 Bxc3+ $2 {Another poor
exchange from Black's point of view. He will now have to take the risky course
of castling Q-side.} 13. bxc3 Qa5 14. Qc2 Qa6 15. Rb1 $1 b6 16. Rb5 Nf6 17. Bh6
Nd7 18. f4 O-O-O {Here I anticipated ...f6 to discourage e5 and temporarily
box in the bishop on h6.} 19. a4 Qb7 20. O-O a5 21. e5 {Virtually deciding the
game - White threatens to drive away the knight on d7 and then gang up on
Black's Q-side. Black therefore decides to shed a pawn.} e6 22. dxe6 fxe6 23.
Bg5 Rdf8 24. exd6 Rf5 25. g4 Rxg5 {Desperation, but if the rook retreats White
takes control of the whole board with 26 Qg2.} 26. fxg5 Qc6 27. Qg2 {The
d-pawn is not too important, but since there is no immediate breakthrough it
may be simplest to defend it.} Qxd6 28. Rbb1 Kc7 29. Rbd1 Qe7 (29... Qe5 30.
Rxd7+ $18) 30. Qg3+ Kc6 31. Rd2 e5 32. Rfd1 Rd8 33. Qe3 Qe6 34. Qe4+ Kc7 35.
Qd5 Qxd5 36. Rxd5 e4 37. Rd6 ({And not} 37. Rxd7+ Rxd7 38. Rxd7+ Kxd7 39. Kf2
Ke6 {when despite the extra pawn, White cannot win as his king has no entry. (}
40. Ke3 Ke5 41. h4 Ke6 42. Kxe4 Kd6 43. h5 Ke6 $11 {)}) 37... e3 38. Re6 Rf8
39. Rxe3 {1-0} 1-0
[Event "London League"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1979.10.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alan Potter, (White)"]
[Black "Maurice Staples, (Black)"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C27"]
[WhiteElo "158"]
[BlackElo "207"]
[Annotator "Alan Potter"]
[PlyCount "46"]
[EventDate "1978.04.13"]
[EventType "simul"]
[EventRounds "145"]
[SourceVersionDate "2020.02.28"]
[WhiteTeam "W&W"]
[BlackTeam "Drunken Knights"]
{Notes by Alan Potter.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 c6 {More usual is
...Nc6 or ...d6.} 5. Nf3 d5 6. exd5 cxd5 7. Bb3 Nc6 8. O-O Bg4 {Probably ...
O-O is better as Black's central pawns are under pressure.} 9. h3 Be6 10. Nxe5
$1 Nxe5 11. d4 Bd6 12. dxe5 Bxe5 13. Ba4+ Kf8 {This is the point of White's
10th move:} ({If} 13... Nd7 14. Nxd5) ({Or if} 13... Bd7 14. Bxd7+ Qxd7 15. Re1
$1 {wins.}) 14. Qf3 Qc7 15. Re1 {I thought the 'two bishops' were worth
suffering doubled pawns. (In any event, 15 Ne2 d4 gives Black good play. - Ed.)
} Bxc3 16. Qxc3 Qxc3 17. bxc3 Rc8 18. Bb2 h5 19. Bb3 h4 20. Rad1 Rh5 21. Rd4
Ne4 22. c4 dxc4 23. Bxc4 Rxc4 {Draw agreed. Staples offered the draw and I
could not refuse!} 1/2-1/2
[Event "London League"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1979.10.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Philip Gasper, (White)"]
[Black "George Leyton, (Black)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A25"]
[WhiteElo "187"]
[BlackElo "180"]
[Annotator "Philip Gasper"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "1978.04.13"]
[EventType "simul"]
[EventRounds "145"]
[SourceVersionDate "2020.02.28"]
[WhiteTeam "W&W"]
[BlackTeam "Drunken Knights"]
{Notes by Philip Gasper.} 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. e3 f5 {A popular but rather
crude system. Black's main difficulty is where to put his KB.} 4. g3 {4 d4
would allow Black to solve one of his major problems with 4 ...Bb4, but in an
earlier game in which I allowed this, the soundness of White' position still
triumphed. (Game below.) In the present game, the same themes recur - control
of d5and the a1-h8 diagonal.} (4. d4 Bb4 5. Nge2 d6 6. g3 Nf6 7. Bg2 O-O (7...
exd4) 8. O-O Bxc3 9. Nxc3 Qe8 10. Nd5 Qf7 11. b3 Kh8 12. Bb2 exd4 $2 (12... e4)
13. exd4 Nxd5 14. Bxd5 Qf6 15. f4 Bd7 16. Qd2 Rae8 17. Bf3 Qf7 18. d5 Nd8 $2 (
18... Ne7) 19. Rae1 b6 20. Qc3 a5 21. Bh5 Rxe1 22. Rxe1 $1 Qf6 23. Qxf6 gxf6
24. Re7 {1-0.}) 4... Nf6 5. Bg2 Bc5 {On this square the bishop is liable to be
hit by a later b4 or d4, but e7 would be very passive square and it is too
late for the luxury of a K-side fianchetto. Finally, 5 ...Bb4 would now be met
by 6 Nd5.} 6. Nge2 e4 $6 {Premature and rather anti-positional. Black should
be trying for ...f4.} 7. d3 exd3 8. Nf4 d2+ 9. Qxd2 d6 10. a3 a5 11. b3 O-O 12.
O-O Ne5 13. Rb1 Kh8 14. Rd1 Ba7 15. Bb2 Qe8 16. Nfd5 {White's pieces
co-operate so well that the position virtually plays itself. In contrast,
Black's only decent bits are his knights. He now moves his bishop from a silly
square to an even sillier one.} Bb8 ({But he has to protect c7 somehow, e.g.}
16... Qf7 17. Nxf6 {followed by Nd5 and Qxa5.}) 17. Nxf6 Rxf6 18. Nd5 Rf8 (
18... Rh6 {would be a futile gesture which would only weaken Black's back rank.
}) 19. Qc3 {This embarrassing pin of Black's only active piece leaves his
position quite hopeless.} Qf7 20. c5 Ra6 21. Nf4 Ng6 22. Nh5 Ne5 23. Nf4 Ng6
24. Nxg6+ Qxg6 25. cxd6 Rxd6 ({Or} 25... cxd6 26. Rbc1 {and the b-pawn will
drop.}) 26. Rxd6 cxd6 27. Rc1 ({Not} 27. Qxa5 f4) 27... Be6 28. Qxa5 Bxb3 29.
Qb6 Be6 30. Qxb7 f4 31. exf4 d5 32. Bd4 Bxf4 {A last fling. I was hoping for
something like 32 ...Bd6.} (32... Bd6 33. Bxd5 Bxd5 34. Qxd5 Bxf4 35. Rc6 Qb1+
36. Kg2 Bb8 37. Qf7 $1 Qe4+ 38. Kh3 Rg8 39. Qxg7+ $1 Rxg7 40. Rc8+ Qe8 41.
Rxe8#) 33. gxf4 {Black Resigns. If 33 ...Bh3 34 Qxg7+ Qxg7 35 Bxg7+ Kxg7 36
Bxh3 etc.} 1-0
[Event "Essex League"]
[Site "Upminster"]
[Date "1979.11.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Simon Lee, (White)"]
[Black "A Steptoe, (Black)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B00"]
[WhiteElo "138"]
[PlyCount "39"]
[EventDate "1978.04.13"]
[EventType "simul"]
[EventRounds "145"]
[SourceVersionDate "2020.02.28"]
[WhiteTeam "Upminster 2"]
[BlackTeam "W&W 2"]
1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 e6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd5 6. a3 h6 7. c4 Ne7 8. Nc3 d5
9. exd6 cxd6 10. Bf4 a6 11. O-O Ng6 12. Bxg6 fxg6 13. Re1 Qf6 14. Qd2 Be7 15.
d5 e5 16. Nxe5 $1 dxe5 17. Bxe5 Qf7 18. Bd6 O-O 19. Rxe7 Qf6 20. Re6 1-0