Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Spondon Summer Open 2007 Round 3

Last night in round 3 I was black against Mick Orridge. I resigned after around 29 moves. It wasn't a bad performance and I had quite a good middlegame position after playing the Scandinavian again. After discussing the game with Mick, he pointed out I missed a discovered double attack against unprotected rook and queen. So I could have been up at least a rook for a bishop from what I remember. I haven't had chance to input it in Fritz and analyse it yet, but will update this post when I do.

One thing which is grating me a bit about club chess players is what bad losers the majority of them are! Whenever they lose they think it's because they played badly, made mistakes, were unlucky etc. It's always too difficult for them to admit that their opponent simply played better on the night. I find it insulting especially to older players when the winner has obviously worked hard to get the win, but the brash youngster just dismisses it and doesn't even try to listen when the more experienced player tries to pass on some advice on where the game swung.

I think the game last night has taught me that there's still a long way to go before I'm proficient in basic tactics. I was getting a bit ahead of myself trying to learn openings and positional concepts, but I think I should stick to practicing tactics for now, and have more motivation to do so.

Here are the results and standings after Round 3:

Round 3

David Williams 144 ½ - ½ Steven J Burke 161

Herbert T Loomes 99 ½ - ½ Barry W Archer 94

David J Brown 120 1½ - 0 Gary Davison 80

Gethin T Bowes e80 0 - 1½ Ian Gregory 146

Mark Carter 123 1½ - 0 Graham J Pace 95

Howard Bradbury 84 0 – 1½ Richard Hilkling e75

Maitreya Thakur e120 1½ - 0 Phil Smith 75

Adrian Murfin e60 1½ - 0 Joseph A Pacitto e35

Douglas Bramley 99 1½ - 0 Martin J Gibson 46

Malcolm Somers 66 1½ - 0 Phillip Sheldon 97

Mick Orridge 80 1½ - 0 Dean Madden ug

Ted Pye 48 1½ - 0 Stuart Tabberer 61

Harry A J Ratner 70 1½ - 0 Nathan Atkins 94

Harry A J Ratner

Barry W Archer

Ian Gregory

Dean Madden


Gary Davison


Joseph A Pacitto

Howard Bradbury

Ted Pye

Gethin T Bowes

Phil Smith


David J Brown

Mark A K Carter


Richard Hilkling


Douglas Bramley


Graham J Pace

David Williams

Maitreya Thakur

Steven J Burke

Phillip Sheldon


Herbert T Loomes

Mick Orridge

Martin J Gibson


Malcolm Somers


Stuart Tabberer


Adrian Murfin


Nathan Atkins



Bert Loomes

Here's the game:

[Event "Spondon Summer Open 2007"]
[Date "2007.06.19"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Mick Orridge"]
[Black "Dean Madden"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B01"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d3 Nf6 5. Be2 c6 6. Nf3 Bf5 7. O-O e6 8. a3 Bd6 9. Bd2 Qc7 10. d4 Ng4 11. g3 Nd7 12. Nh4 Ndf6 13. Nxf5 exf5 14. Bxg4 fxg4 15. Re1+ Be7 16. Bf4 Qd7 17. Ne4 Nxe4 18. Rxe4 O-O-O 19. c3 f5 20. Re2 Rhe8 21. Qa4 a6 22. Qa5 g6 23. Rae1 Bd6 24. Rxe8 Rxe8 25. Rxe8+ Qxe8 26. Bxd6 Qd7 27. Be5 Qf7 28. Qb6 Qd7 29. Qa7 1-0

The position I missed was:

Interestingly, I could have forced a draw with perpetual check after I became a bishop down:

Qe1+, Qe4+, Qe1+ etc

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