Games
[Event "Teesside League St.Peters v Darlington "] [Site "?"] [Date "1968.02.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Donnelly, M.J."] [Black "Rusk, D."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C66"] [Annotator "MJDonnelly"] [PlyCount "49"] [SourceVersionDate "2008.05.10"] {[%evp 0,49,34,13,13,14,25,12,60,46,57,29,76,0,13,18,15,23,56,10,54,1,-3,6,22, 24,22,20,118,61,68,49,41,41,55,48,41,64,302,125,118,129,123,131,168,141,159, 161,212,221,29989,29990]} {The background to the two games which form the article "An Inadvertant Simultaneous Display" is as follows and explains how, this perhaps unique over-the-board event, arose. Firstly, some comments on game number two. It is from the Durham County U-18 Championship the first "major" event that I competed in. It was due to be played by a specific date and I had been drawn against a very keen young player named E.A.Elliott from Hartlepool. Negotiations by post and phone had failed to find a suitable date and venue for this game to be played. Evenually though it was agreed to play at my chess club, St.Peter's Chess Club , in a region of Middlesbrough known as the South Bank which is very close to the docklands. The club played its league games and club championship in one of the classrooms, or for larger events such as simultaneous displays, or the more important inter-club matches, in the main hall of the school named after St.Peter. The club was some distance from my home town which at that time had no chess club. It required two bus journeys followed by about a 15 minute walk so took around 75 minutes to reach from home and nearly always meant I arrived just moments before or a little after play was due to begin. For my opponent, travelling from Hartelpool, it was not practical to do this journey by public transport as it was about double the distance of my journey. He had somewhat vaguely claimed he would get there somehow. I arrived a few minutes late to find something of a heated discussion going on in the main hall of the school. This involved my young opponent, his father who had made special arrangements to give his son a lift , Ged Walsh (who was the St.Peter's Club Secretary and Team Captain), and several players who I recognised as from my club but also several others who I did not know. Gradually it was revealed that an important cub match, that of St.Peter's Chess Club versus Darlington Chess Club had been arranged at the same time and venue as my U-18 Championship match. No problem was my first thought but then it was revealed that I was listed in the St.Peter's team at board 3 !! Clearly an error had been made but somehow Ged Walsh resolved the issue. Ged who later helped organise several major simultaneous displays by some of the the World's elite players, the World Junior Championship and several Grandmaster events in Teesside, and later still became the British Chess Federation President, now revealed his considerable diplomatic and persausive skills. There was several issues. Firstly, the Darlington team, who had travelled some distance would obviously not be willing to re-arrange the match and wished to claim the board 3 game if I played my young opponent instead. The other issue was that my young opponent would also not re-arrange his game and stated he would claim the game if it was not played on the agreed date. After much persausive talk from Ged it was agreed that there was only one solution-I would have to play both games simultaneously! So all the games started in total silence and in a more than usually tense atmosphere. The only sound for about the initial 30 minutes or so was me getting out of my chair, striding quickly across the room on creaking floor boards and sitting on the chair arranged for my second game. The clocks for both of my games were started at the same time and the first opening move was played against D.Rusk: } 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 {The defence to the Ruy Lopez opening originating from the great chess thinker and World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz. The key idea is to hold the centre by guarding the important e5 pawn and not exchanging it too early for a White pawn on d4 which would "give up" the centre to White.} 4. O-O (4. d4 {is the main alternative trying to exploit the pinned knight but then Black has} Bd7 5. Bxc6 (5. Nc3 {is a stronger continuation, known as the Showalter Attack when White can aim to castle queen's side following} Nf6 6. Bxc6 Bxc6 7. Qd3) 5... Bxc6 6. dxe5 dxe5 7. Qxd8+ Rxd8 8. Nxe5 Bxe4 {and material equality has been re-established.}) 4... Nf6 {The best reply avoiding the Showalter Attack . Instead} (4... a6 {has been known for over a century to be inaccurate due the famous game Capablanca-Marshall, Match New York 1909 in which the tactical wizard Marshall was brilliantly crushed. Very surprisingly the move has been played recently as Black by Nakamura against Duda albeit in an Internet Blitz game on Chess. com in 2019.}) 5. Re1 (5. d4 {can now be met by} Bd7 6. Nc3 Be7 {giving, for instance, the position of another famous game Bernstein-Lasker, Moscow 1914 won by Black. Emmanuel Lasker also played this line against Capablanca in their 1921 World Championship match and Bernstein at St.Petersburg in 1914.}) 5... Bg4 6. c3 Be7 7. Bxc6+ (7. d4 {is another option as chosen by TImman in his Bundesliga game versus Staeter 1999 after which White is also slightly better.}) 7... bxc6 8. d4 (8. h3 {has been played just once when after} Bh5 9. d4 Nd7 10. Be3 O-O 11. Nbd2 {each side made errors} f5 $2 (11... Qb8 $1) 12. exf5 d5 13. Qc2 $2 {Kirschenhofer-Noebauer, Zwettl open 2012.} (13. g4 $1)) 8... O-O {The most frequent move although more valid is} (8... Nd7 $11 { Langlotz-Mosig, Germany Corr. 1992.}) 9. h3 (9. dxe5 {is more often played, for example, in Mamedov-Jega, Albena Open 2017 and White breaks up Black's pawn structure by} Bxf3 10. Qxf3 dxe5 {although Black has compensation in open files for the rooks.}) 9... Bh5 (9... Bxf3 {looks best for Black who showed exemplary play in the following game} 10. Qxf3 Nd7 11. Nd2 Bf6 12. Nb3 a5 13. Be3 Qb8 {with a good game in Kratky-Vodicka,LSS E-mail 2011.}) 10. Qd3 (10. dxe5 {is again often favoured here and play can get very complicated:} dxe5 $6 (10... Bxf3 11. Qxf3 dxe5 {is sounder transposing to the above note.}) 11. Qxd8 Rfxd8 12. Nxe5 Nxe4 13. Nxc6 $2 (13. g4 {refutes the idea}) 13... Bc5 14. Be3 Bxe3 15. fxe3 Rd6 $15 {Morlana Varo-Martinez Gonzales, Mallorca-ch 2000.}) 10... Nd7 {The correct implimentation of the Steinitz idea-Black overprotects the central e5 pawn. Also fine for Black is the preliminary} (10... Bxf3 11. Qxf3 {and then} Nd7 {transposing to the Kratky game given earlier.}) 11. Nbd2 Bxf3 {A little compliant. Black can play} (11... a5 {here gaining space on the queen-side and removing the a-pawn from any danger when, and if, White plays Be3 (as in fact occurs later in the game). Then if White chases the bishop with a typical Ruy Lopez manoeuvre} 12. Nf1 (12. Qc4 {attacking the weak c6 pawn achieves nothing after} c5) 12... a4 13. Ng3 Bxf3 14. Qxf3 {then Black has } g6 {not allowing the common, and often strong, attacking idea of Nf5 from White.}) 12. Nxf3 Bf6 13. Be3 {With some pressure on Black due to eyeing a7 and c5.} d5 {Black breaks up his fine Steinitz pawn formation and begins to get into difficulty.} (13... a5 {is here less effective as now} 14. Qc4 { is strong when to avoid loss of a pawn Black must play} exd4 15. cxd4 c5 16. dxc5 Bxb2 17. Rab1 {and White has a very good game after} Ba3 ({or} 17... Bf6 18. Red1) 18. c6) 14. exd5 $5 (14. dxe5 $1 {is even stronger as White obtains a good attacking game with gain of tempo via} Nxe5 15. Nxe5 Bxe5 16. f4 Bf6 ({ not} 16... dxe4 {as} 17. Qxd8 {wins a piece.}) (16... Bd6 17. e5 Be7 18. f5) 17. e5 Bh4 18. Re2) 14... cxd5 ({Worst is} 14... exd4 15. cxd4 cxd5 16. Bf4 c5 17. Bd6 c4 18. Qf5 {which is very strong for White simultaneously attacking d5 and f8.}) 15. dxe5 Nxe5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. Re2 {Black underestimated this quiet move with the simple idea of doubling rooks on the e-file.} (17. Bc5 Re8 18. Re3 {is another implimentation of the same idea.}) (17. Bxa7 {at first sight appears to win a pawn but Black is OK after} Bxc3 18. Qxc3 Rxa7) 17... Re8 18. Rae1 (18. Bxa7 {is once again no use to White after} Rxa7 19. Rxe5 Rxe5 20. Qd4 Rxa2) 18... c6 $2 {A fatal error. Black has to defuse the potential pin on the Re8 with} (18... Re6) 19. Bd4 {Winning comfortably but} (19. Bc5 {is even more emphatic eg} Qg5 ({if} 19... Qb8 20. f4 {wins the bishop.}) 20. h4 {overloads the Black queen} Qh5 21. f4 Qxh4 22. g3 Qg4 23. Rxe5) (19. Bxa7 {is for the final time not optimum but no doubt Black had to keep considering this capture from White} Rxa7 20. Rxe5 Rxe5 21. Rxe5 Rxa2) 19... f6 20. Bxe5 fxe5 21. Rxe5 Rxe5 22. Rxe5 {Not only winning a pawn but leaving White's heavy pieces much more active. White may control the e-file with Qe2, or force further weaknesses in Blacks kings-side with Rh5. In addition White can press on c6 with Qa6 and Re6. Also possible is c4 attacking Black's central pawns.} Qb6 23. Qe2 Rf8 (23... a5 {with a queens-side demonstration is immediately fatal as White has the straightforward winning move of} 24. Re8+ {then} Rxe8 ({or} 24... Kf7 25. Qe6#) 25. Qxe8#) 24. Re8 h6 {An error that allows White to finish the game quickly. However, Black has in fact little better as his king is, perhaps surpisingly vulnerable, to the White heavy pieces. For example,} (24... Qb7 25. Re7 Qb5 26. Qe6+ Kh8 27. Qf7 Rg8 (27... Rxf7 28. Re8+ Rf8 29. Rxf8#) 28. Re8 { mates.}) (24... Qc7 25. Qe6+ (25. Re7 {is also winning due to the presence of the rook on the seventh following} Qf4 26. Qe6+ Kh8 27. Qe3) 25... Qf7 26. Rxf8+ Kxf8 27. Qxc6 {and White has won two pawns with his king still secure from checks by the Black queen.}) 25. Qe6+ (25. Qe6+ {wins the rook so Black's pressure on f2 had led to nothing at all.}) 1-0