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Bournemouth School Old Boys - 2012

The long-trailed event finally arrived - at 11pm on Friday, after the first round of the Bournemouth Grand Congress http://www.bournemouthchesscongress.org.uk. Given the late hour, the time control was G15 - an increment would have been nice, but the clocks weren't up to it.

The 80s Boys were missing Ben Hirsch who, at 179 ECF four years ago, would have been on board three. The Boys of '79 were at full strength, although even so were heavily outgraded - pointing to a 3.5-1.5 result...

...which proved to be optimistic. The 5-0 whitewash broke down as follows:

Board 1 - Mark Potter had the most predictable loss - against Bruce Jenks, 206 ECF and therefore just outside the top 100 English players.

Board 2 - Darren Wimbleton suffered the quickest loss - against Martin Simons.

Board 3 - I lost the shortest game, see below - to Andy Heard.

Board 4 - Richard Sutton lost to Tony Pritchard, in the biggest upset

Board 5 - Alan Graham was the unluckiest - losing on time to Mike Pownall in a winning position.

It was great to see everyone again, the gap being 26 years in some cases. What made it different from, say, a rugby reunion 25 years on, was that we played chess - and continue to play chess. We are therefore creating new history to talk about when we next meet. This is not a fossil.

So, here's my loss. Was it worth Andy waiting 27 years for this revenge? Perhaps - it was brutal and short.

See http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150664559502791.382795.570982790&type=1&l=e173a20cc9 for more pictures.

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Ah ok I see, Is it something you going to do every few years then yeah? And yeah I will be at the Bournmouth even next year. ;)  If I keep improving as much as I am I may have a go in the Masters  ;)

  • 2 years ago

    ArnesonStidgeley

    Hello, Lee

    It was a question of getting everyone together at a time that suited us all. One of the 80s team, Martin Simons, organised the Bournemouth Congress so he wasn't particularly free and three of the ten were competing - so it seemed a good occasion to get together, but not allowing us much time.

    In the end we settled for G15 at 11pm since that meant that people didn't have to devote a whole day to it - for example, the 79ers' boards one and three lived in Salisbury and London respectively, so they came down just for the evening and could get back to other stuff later on.

    It seemed to work well since - at just four weeks' notice - the whole five-person '79 team managed to make it, despite only two still living in Bournemouth.

    It was a blast seeing everyone again - we gathered mid evening to chat in the bar and look at the first round (and seeing GM David Howells win). The match itself could have been better but it was still a great event.

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Yeah it sure is. How come you lot only played 1 game and why such a short time control? Seems very odd?

  • 2 years ago

    ArnesonStidgeley

    Oops - I see that you're right, Lee. Thanks. I shall have to overhaul my standard Black defence from as early as move 5. Still it's all good learning stuff.

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Na Nc6 is met by Nb5 blocking protection on the bishop so black loses bishop, and c6 is met by b4 also losing the bishop. Shame you guys could not have played more games. Like 1 white 1 black. Or had a little Tournament.

  • 2 years ago

    ArnesonStidgeley

    Hello, Lee - 6Qf3 can be met by Nc6 or c6 - both seem fine. Gah - there were so many other good ways to have played it.

    The game was a pity since we had prepared this event for a little while and to have a couple of games ending so quickly was pretty poor. Still it was a great evening catching up with people.

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Also Im quite sure Bf5 that you played is wrong? That loses to Qf3 surely? Well not loses but black surely now needs to play Bishop back to c8. 5 Qb6 I thinik is the best move or Bg4.

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Omg Alan lol, I dont play the Center Conter so dont know the theory behind it much but yeah that was bad, but in 15 mins its so quick that this kind of blunder happens alot, especially if your not used to fast time controls. Will be showing this game to your students on why its not great to bring queen out early  ;)

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