The Midland hotel, Derby,
once again proved ideal, not least because of the kind and practical
staff. Friendliness dominated the whole occasion, right from
when John Gallagher joined me at Wakefield in the seats we
had booked. As those who were there will remember, the hotel
is next to the station, and the
kind help John obtained at the station found us
escorted right to reception. It seems inevitable that dinner
service makes the meal overlap the evening
rounds, but this was the only hotel problem, except
my own, when I missed a discussion by taking the wrong route
and having a lost wander round. It is
always a delight to meet up with chess friends and
the atmosphere precludes any of the current rough stuff of the
football world. I continue to learn the lessons of the clock. I used to think of the clock
as a friend to winners and an enemy of losers. In this tournament,
I dithered and was flagged down in
two very strong positions.
thanks of all ordinary and associate members and me must go
to the officers who organise these events; and this must include
thanks to Gerry Walsh
Leonard who conducted the chess with masterly skill,
and to Sheila Milsom for another raffle.
Dimbleby could learn much from Jim
Lidstone about how to chair a meeting
graciously and keep it moving along!
again, Stan and Jan Lovell have picked a winner in promoting
this tournament weekend.
(first prize) 4.5 – 5.
(second prize) 4.
Ross (sharing third prize) 3.5.
Hodgkins, Thacker, Wragg (sharing
grading prize A) 3.
Plechaty (grading prize C) 3.
(grading prize B) 2.
Price, Sobers, 2.
Gailans, Perham, 1.5.
(first prize) 4.5.
(second prize) 4.
Hall (third prize) 3.5.
Brown, Watkins, 3.
Lidstone, 2.5 winning the grading
Collisson, Patching, 2.5.
Busbridge, Harrington, Osborne, 2.
Brown, Hodges, 1.
The A.G.M. 2002
By Stan Lovell
Those who attended this year’s AGM
shared a feeling of sadness when we stood in silent memory of
the late Stephen Eastwick-Field who
died during the year.
received with acclaim the proposal from the committee that we
dedicate a trophy to be played for in the BCA Minor Tournament,
which will be known as
the Stephen Eastwick-Field Memorial
Trophy. We also said "thank you" to Sean O’Brien who
had announced that he did not wish to stand for re-election
Postal Tournament Director. In presenting an English pewter
tankard to Sean on behalf of the members Stan Lovell recalled
that Sean had served on the committee
for 25 years with wisdom and great dedication, and that his
ready wit had often defused those moments of tension that can
occur on any committee.
addition to such poignant moments there was praise for Wendy
Holmes our treasurer who has converted
the chaos she inherited into excellent good order, and
for our fund-raiser Julia Scott
who has put our finances into a healthy position.
were also some landmark decisions taken which will influence
the course of BCA development. The setting up of "Junior
BCA", it is hoped, will not only
bring more young people into our association but will also ensure
that they have a real voice in the decision making process.
The British Championship will
revert to a straight forward seven round Swiss tournament in
2003 open to all visually handicapped UK
residents. It is hoped that the abolition of a
complicated qualification process may encourage more players
introduction of our own dedicated website should give impetus
to our recruitment drive, particularly the drive to recruit
young members, and it should also
give us a much better platform to advertise ourselves and the
services we offer.
of the existing committee members were re-elected and we were
pleased to welcome Guy
Whitehouse onto the committee as Postal Tournament Director
of the retiring Sean O’Brien.
member may receive the full minutes of the AGM recorded onto
tape by applying to our cassette librarian.
Lovell May 2002
is a most instructive game played at the above tournament:
Defence – Scheveningen
e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 d6 6 Be2 Be7 7 00 a6 8 a4 Nc6 9 Be3 00
10 Nb3 Qc7 11 f4 b6 12 Qe1 Rb8 13 Qg3 Na5
now retreats his knight to d2 to prevent black Nc4.
Nd2 Rd8 15 Bd3 d5 16 e5
e5 looks good, but black is ready with another curious knight
… Nh5 17 Qh3 g6 18 Ne2 Nc4
cannot really allow black to take the bishop on e3 but now black
has the better position on the queen’s side, and control of
the open d file.
… dxc 20 Be4 Bb7 21 Bxb7 Qxb7 22 Nc3
preventing black Qe4 with an interesting duel between
the white knight and the black queen for the rest of the game.
relocating to a stronger square on f5. If white plays
23 g4 to prevent this then black replies h5.
black’s pawn advance in front of his own king proves how weak
is white’s pawn in front of his own king.
Rad1 Nf5 24 Bf2 h5
the position of the knight on f5 by ruling out g4
regroup the queen via g2 but this is rather weakening.
same idea as before: exchanging bishops gives black pressure
down the b file, and in this instance also improved central
control. Black controls d5,
d4 and d3 all with pawns, and after the elimination
of the dark-square bishops, white has to be wary of allowing
Qg2 Bxf2+ 27 Rxf2
… Rxd1+ 28 Nxd1 Qd7
the knight on d1 and the pawn on a4 and securing permanent control
of the d file.
Nc3 Rd8 30 Qe4 b5 31 axb axb
now has the advantage on the queen’s side, and in the centre;
while white’s weakening king-side is cause for concern.
Qe2 Qd4 33 Qe4 Qc5
does not want to exchange an active queen. Now
black Ne3, b4 and Rd1+ loom.
Qe2 Ne3 35 Ne4 Qd4 36 Nf6+ Kg7 37 c3 Qd1+ 38 white resigns