8-11 July 2002
held at the R.N.I.B. New College, Worcester.
Braille Chess Association (B.C.A.) held its under 21-Championship
at the Royal National Institute for the Blind (R.N.I.B.) New
College, Worcester on 8-11 July. Eight players, aged 13 to
17, took part. All were new to competitive chess. The Championship,
controlled by Peter Gibbs, assisted by his wife Celia, David
Spivey, master in charge of chess at the College, and Matthew
Hewitt, who competed in the Championship when he was a junior.
The tournament was in all-play-all format and each player
had 75 minutes for the game. Outright winner was 17-year-old
Yan Kit Chan, who won all his games.
was Simon Ledwith (aged 15) with 5/7, closely followed by
Robin Williams (aged 14) on 4.5.
was a very successful event and all eight players have joined
the junior section of the B.C.A. All players adapted well
to tournament conditions and use of chess clocks. We look
forward to building on this achievement and welcoming more
young players to the Association.
is a game won by Yan Kit Chan on his way to the Championship.
Analysis by Peter Gibbs.
Yan Kit Chan
e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5
move occurs in several variations of the Sicilian. Black accepts
a backward d-pawn in return for free piece play.
is 5...a6 pushing the N away. After the moved played White
should grab the pawn with 6. Nxd6+.
Bc4 Nc6 7. N1c3 Nf6 8. Be3 Be7 9. 0-0 0-0 10. Qd3 a6 11. Nxd6
Bxd6 12. Qxd6 Ng4 13. Bc5 Re8
interesting alternative is 13... Qh4 14. h3 Nf6 and White's
h3 pawn could become vulnerable to attack.
Rad1 Nf6 15. Na4 Be6 16. Nb6 Bxc4 17. Nxc4 Nxe4 18. Qd5
has a very comfortable game after 18. Qxd8 and 19. Bb6.
Qxd5 19. Rxd5 Nxc5 20. Rxc5 Nb4 21. Re1
is nothing wrong with Rxe5.
Nxc2 22. Rc1 Rad8 23. Nxe5
23. Rxc2 ends the game abruptly as there is a back rank mate.
Still best is 23. Rxe5. After 23. Nxe5 Black could play 23...
Nb4 24. Nc4
mild time pressure White begins to crack.
stronger is 24...Nd3 forking the two Rooks.
Ra1 b5 26. Ne5 b4 27. Re1 Rd2 28. Nf3 Rxe1 29. Rxe1 g6
Black soon won the ending.