Saturday, 20 March 2010

Bristol League Congress

All of the games from the minor of the Bristol League Congress are now available to download and play through. Clicking on the title to this post takes you to the relevant page. The games from the other sections have yet to be posted.

This is one of the games from this section. It's a pretty simple tactic, but amused me nonetheless.

Well done to Mike Richardt for being the first to spot 10. Nxe5 when 10...Bxe2 allows 11. Bxf7++ and 10...dxe5 allows 11. Rxd8+.


  1. Just take the knight.
    10.Nxe5 if black takes the Queen white will mate with Bxf7++ (10.Nxe5 Bxe2?? 11.Bxf7++)

    Looks like best option after blacks blunder is ti retreat the Bishop back to e6 but black has lost a piece.

  2. It's also worth looking out for this tactic in related positions where the knight just moves to e5 without taking anything.

    It reminds me of a game I once played against Dave Egginton in the Bristol League (2005). This went 1 e4 c6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Nf3 de4 4 Ne4 Nf6 5 Nf6 gf6 6 Bc4 Rg8 (6...Bg4 7 Ne5 is another version of the tactic) 7 g3 Bh3. In this position I couldn't resist playing 8 Ne5 which turned out very well after 8...e6 9 Qh5 fe5 10 Qh3 Qd4 11 d3 Bb4+ 12 Kf1 Rg6? 13 c3 Bc3 14 Be3 1-0.

    Unfortunately the computer points out that 8...Rg7 is better when 9 Qh5 runs into 9...Qd4 (where the threat of Qe4+ is problematic) and 9 Nf7 can be met by 9...Qa5. So it looks like my 8 Ne5 doesn't quite work, but it made for a fun game!

  3. Graham Mill-Wilson21 March 2010 at 16:29

    Hi Ben, As Congress secretary for the Bristol league I appreciate your comments and coverage of the league congress. However, I must point out in all modesty that Dave Tipper is the webmaster, and he it is that has placed the games on the website. We don't normally see games from the Minor section, this is an advantage of using duplicate score sheets! I have to express my thanks to Kevin Markey of Gloucestershire who volunteered to control the congress, thus allowing me to take part. For the record, the Open section was won by Chris Beaumont, ahead of Jim Sherwin, David Buckley and Dominic Bennett. The games will no doubt appear on the site, but it was a bigger section, so presumably is taking longer.

  4. I've edited out the first part of this entry. Congrats on your win!