The Ashburnham summer series

Jul 27, 2012, 12:04 PM |

It was a ten-game G7+3 series, during - my opponent was Mark Jackson, Oxford University chess captain -

I had just re-read a book of the Short-Kasparov match and this felt similar - a bit. We alternated black and white and found that we both played the Centre-Counter and the Benko - but I knew less, or at least so it seemed.

Going into the final game I was 7-2 down and my Centre-Counter had been comprehensively demolished by my stronger opponent. So for the final game I switched to the Petroff - the first opening I learnt... and I was strategically lost after ten moves.

I was both relieved and delighted - three wins out of ten was quite respectable.