David Faldon’s match report for last week’s Millar Cup match against Bridge made it clear that defeat isn’t everything and that every now and then you witness an “I was there!” game. Rather like the old story of London buses, you wait for one great performance and two come along at once. It’s a shame that the draw between Paul Carfrae (133) and Richard Eales (195) – which I hope we may yet feature on this site – was lost in the celebration of John Couzens’ victory over Alan Atkinson which provides us with this week’s Game of the Week. In the final position Black lost on time but by then the game was John’s. If you weren’t there – and I wasn’t! – play through the game below and see if you agree with John who said that it was ‘probably the best game I’ve ever played!’

White:   John Couzens (116)     Black: Alan Atkinson  (175)

Millar Cup v Bridge B

                               Broadstairs  1½         Bridge B   5½ 

1 David Faldon (174) 0-1   Vishnu Singh (205 )
2 Paul Carfrae (133) ½ -½   Richard Eales (195)
3 John Couzens (116) 1-0   Alan Atkinson (173)
4 Reg Pidduck (107) 0-1   Robert Collopy (156)
5 Andy Flood (106) 0-1   Emily Green (156)
6 Bob Cronin (104) 0-1   Bill Tracey (125)
7 Michael Doyle (81) 0-1   Graeme Boxall (99)

David Faldon writes:

You had to be there at the end. If you weren’t … it was great! Yes, we were already 0-4 down after being steamrollered on the bottom four boards, but the last hour or so was brilliant. John on board three survived a somewhat dodgy position (2 pawns down for not much?) by counterattacking in his usual hyper-aggressive style. He got a pawn to the seventh rank, then his highly-rated opponent began a desperate pawn rush of his own. Would John work out how to defuse the rush? Of course he could, and we had a point on the board. Paul’s game on board two was almost as spectacular, in a completely different way. His almost-200-rated opponent put the pressure on early and got a passed pawn on the sixth rank, supported by bishop, rook and queen. Paul had to go into total defence mode, but it worked. His opponent could find no way through and as time ran down, a draw was agreed. The board one game was an anti-climax after John and Paul’s games, but it was fun while it lasted. I sacrificed for a huge attack, but my opponent held on for a hard-fought win. A 1½-5½ loss might sound bad, but just look at the grades of our opponents compared with ours. Many thanks to everyone that played, and especially to our two heroes, Paul and John, who drove the team to the match.

                        Broadstairs  3½         Woodnesborough  ½ 

1 Reg Pidduck (107) ½-½    Steve Garrett (e82)
2 Bob Cronin (104) 1-0    David  Seunarine (e53)
3 Josh Vaughan (98) 1-0    Daniel Allen (36)
4 Michael Doyle (81) 1-0    George Allen (36)

Reg Pidduck writes:

BOARD 4. Captain Michael put his opponent’s king under threat from the start, even stopping him from castling. Finally young George resigned after a fierce attack from Michael’s knight and queen. 1-0 up.

BOARD 2. Our Bob also had a young opponent (they certainly bring them on well at the Woody club). Always in control, Bob duly won. 2-0 up.

BOARD 1. Steve Garrett’s estimated grade of 82 looked about correct after 15 moves as I was well in control. But then he played like a 110 and parried and found all the right moves to stop me breaking through and by move 37 I offered a draw which was agreed. Lovely game, Steve. Hope we play again soon. 2.5-0.5 up

BOARD 3. Daniel Allen also played well above his grade as he kept his game with Josh tight till quite late in the evening. Finally, Josh found a knight fork and Daniel’s position crumbled.

Result: a 3½-½ victory for Broadstairs. Now we have played 2 won 2.

For those of you who can’t get enough top quality Broadstairs chess, here is one more from our world famous victory over Margate on Monday. Paul Carfrae was another who was outgraded by his opponent and this is a very different game from the last. Here Paul is under the cosh for most of the game, forced to ditch his normal swashbuckling style by an unorthodox White opening that ultimately backfires.

White:   John Thorley (145)     Black: Paul Carfrae  (133)

Millar Cup v Margate

Monday’s terrific win over Margate must have been a bitter blow to our local rivals who brought with them the strongest team they have put out against us for some years. Needless to say, there were some fine performances from the home side with several contenders for Game of the Week. Bob Cronin is first out of the traps with this excellent win against Clive Le Baigue who, along with Colin Gregory, having lost against Broadstairs in the Hargreaves last week, returned only to lose again.

White:   Clive Le Baigue (118)     Black: Bob Cronin  (104)

Millar Cup v Margate