Thursday, 24 November 2016

Dane vs Nigel, Game 9 of the First DeVour Cafe Match-up Tournament

Let's start this off with a puzzle... what's Black's best move?



Maybe you got that easily enough. I didn't. It would have changed the game completely. Ah well.

Dane takes the First DeVour Cafe Match-up Tournament after being half a point to my 3.5 and winning every game since...

First to 5 points: 
  • Dane: 5.5 
  • Nigel: 3.5

1. e4 d6 2. f4 e5 3. Nf3 Nd7 4. Bc4 h6 5. d4 exd4 6. K-O Ngf6 7. Qxd4 Be7 8. e5 K-O 9. exf6 Bxf6 10. Qd1 Nb6 11. Bb3 Bf5 12. Nc3 c6 13. Be3 Qc7 14. Nd4 Bd7 15. a4 Rae8 16. Qf3 c5 17. Ndb5 Qb8 18. Rad1 Bc6 19. Qg3 c4 20. Nxd6 Re6 21. Nxc4 Rfe8 22. Bxb6 axb6 23. Ne5 R6e7 24. Nd5 Bxd5 25. Bxd5 Bxe5 26. fxe5 Qc7 27. e6 fxe6 28. Bxe6+ Kh8 29. Qxc7 Rxc7 30. Bf5 Rf8 31. Bg6 Rf6 32. Rd8+ Black resigns 1-0




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Monday, 14 November 2016

Nigel vs Dane, Game 8 of the First DeVour Cafe Match-up Tournament

Dane offered me a draw at one point. I don't want to talk about it.

Current standing (first to 5 points): 
  • Dane: 4.5 
  • Nigel: 3.5

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. g3 Nc6 4. Bg2 e5 5. d3 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. Nc3 a6 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. a3 Ne7 11. e4 d6 12. b4 b6 13. Qc2 Be6 14. Rfb1 Qc7 15. bxc5 bxc5 16. a4 Rab8 17. Rxb8 Rxb8 18. Rb1 Rxb1+ 19. Qxb1 g6 20. Qc1 Bg7 21. Nd2 f5 22. exf5 Bxf5 23. Nd5 Nxd5 24. Bxd5+ Kf8 25. Ne4 Bh3 26. Qe3 Qd7 27. Qf3+ Qf5 28. Qxf5+ Bxf5 29. Kg2 Ke7 30. h3 a5 31. g4 Bd7 32. Nc3 e4 33. Nxe4 Bxa4 34. Kf1 Bc2 35. Ke2 a4 36. Kd2 a3 37. Nc3 Bb3 38. h4 Be5 39. Be4 g5 40. Nd5+ Kd7 41. Nc3 gxh4 42. Bf5+ Kc6 43. Be4+ Kb6 44. Nd5+ Ka5 45. f4 Bxf4+ 46. Nxf4 a2 47. Kc3 a1=Q+ 48. Kxb3 Qd1+ 49. Kc3 Qc1+ 50. Kb3 Qxf4 White resigns 0-1




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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Dane vs Nigel, Game 7 of the First DeVour Cafe Match-up Tournament

An onslaught from Dane after my (Black) unsound 12th move.

Current standing (first to 5 points): 
  • Dane: 3.5 
  • Nigel: 3.5

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 exd4 4. e5 Ne4 5. Qxd4 d5 6. exd6 Nxd6 7. Be2 Nc6 8. Qe3+ Qe7 9. O-O Qxe3 10. Bxe3 Bf5 11. c4 g6 12. Nc3 Ne7?? 13. Bd4! Rg8 14. Rfe1 O-O-O 15. Bxa7 b6 16. c5 Kb7 17. cxd6 Rxd6 18. Nb5 Rd8 19. Ne5 f6 20. Nc4 Nc6 21. Bf3 Bd3 22. Rac1 Bd6 23. Ncxd6+ cxd6 24. Bxc6+ Ka6 25. a4 Bxb5 26. Bxb5+ Kxa7 27. Rc7+ Kb8 28. Ree7 Rge8 29. Bxe8 1-0




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Monday, 7 November 2016

Second game on the board I made

A guy turned up on my doorstep yesterday holding a car battery and charger.  His name was Carlos and he was originally from Chile. He'd left his lights on in the Monkey Bay carpark across the road and flattened his battery.

I set up up the charger inside and started chatting with him, and before long asked whether he played chess. He did, so I offered him a small goblet of vino tinto and we had a game while waiting for the battery to charge.


1. Nf3 b6 2. b3 e6 3. Bb2 f6 4. e4 Nc6 5. Nh4 Ne5 6. Bxe5 fxe5 7. Qh5+ Ke7 8. Qxe5 d6 9. Qh5 g6 10. Nxg6+ hxg6 11. Qxh8 Kd7 12. Bc4 c6 13. Nc3 a5 14. e5 Ba6 15. exd6 b5 16. Bd3 Rb8 17. Ne4 Qb6 18. Qh7+ Ne7 19. Nf6+ Kxd6 20. O-O Qd4 21. Ne4+ Kd5 22. Nc3+ Kc5 23. Rfe1 Nd5 24. Qxg6 Ra8 25. Rxe6 b4 26. Rxc6# 1-0

Friday, 4 November 2016

First game on the board I made


I caught up with Dane to christen my new board yesterday at the Grovetown Hotel.

Lovely spot. Not sure why I've never been in there before - I pass it almost every time I go in to Blenheim.

I didn't start off that great, and my blunder on move 8 prevented my white-square Bishop from having an escape route if the pawn on f4 advanced, which Dane didn't miss...

I tried not to make the win easy for him, but he won nonetheless.

It appears I might be better at making chessboards than playing chess.


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 d5 4. exd5 Nxd5 5. Nxe5 Be6 6. O-O Bc5 7. d4 Bd6 8. f4 Nd7?? 9. f5! Nxe5 10. dxe5 Bxe5 11. fxe6 Bxh2+ 12. Kxh2 Qh4+ 13. Kg1 Qxc4 14. exf7+ Kf8 15. b3 Qc5+ 16. Rf2 b5 17. c4 bxc4 18. Ba3 Nb4 19. Bxb4 Qxb4 20. Qd5 c6 21. Qxc4 Qe1+ 22. Qf1 Qe3 23. Nd2 Rd8 24. Re1 Qg5 25. Qe2 g6 26. Nc4 Kg7 27. Qb2+ Kh6 28. Rf3 Qc5+ 29. Kh1 Rd5 30. Rh3+ Rh5 31. Qxh8 Rxh3+ 32. gxh3 Qd5+ 33. Kh2 Qxf7 34. Kg1 Qf3 35. Qe5 Qxh3 36. Qh2 Qxh2+ 37. Kxh2 {Black Resigns} 1-0