23rd July 2009: The City of London Rapidplay League

23rd July 2009: The City of London Rapidplay League

 

Normally the period between the end of the chess season and the start of the next is a quiet one, with family summer holidays and the British Championships the only distractions. 

 

The idea for a new chess league to take advantage of the growing interest in rapidplay chess (half an hour per player for the whole game) was conceived by Joe Farrell (Metropolitan) and Shaun Tracey (Hackney).  As usual it takes a small group of people with big ideas to make events like this happen and, with the cooperation of the team captains and the London League, the rapidplay league was put together quickly and efficiently.  All matches (2 games per evening, with white and then black) are held on Wednesday evenings at the Barbican, the regular venue for the London League. There are four boards from each club, with the unique proviso that all but the top board in each match would have a grading limit to even the playing field. 

 

12 teams entered, including several grandmasters and masters, and are enjoying what they hope will be the first of many competitions.  Currently the league is being led by the team from Hendon Chess Club, with a 100% score. Half an hour per player is just enough time for games of high quality. But this game, from Hendon's latest match, is an example of the sort of tactic that often gets overlooked in time scrambles – but which the spectators saw! 

 

 

[Event "City of London Rapidplay League"]
[Site "http://citychess.blogspot.com/"]
[Date "2009.07.22"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Gary Senior"]
[Black "Rory O'Kelly"]
[Result "1-0"]


1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. Qg4!? (Gary's speciality) Kf8!? (now black's king has nowhere safe to run) 5. Qf3 Nf6 6. Nge2 d6 7. h3 Be6 8. Bxe6 fxe6 9. Na4 Nd4 10. Nxd4 Bxd4 11. c3 Qd7 12. b3 Bb6 13. Nxb6 axb6 14. O-O Qf7 15. d4 Nd7 16. Qd3 exd4 17. cxd4 Ke8 18. f4 Rf8 19. Be3 Qg6 20. f5 exf5 21. exf5 Qf6 22. Rae1 Kd8 23. Qe4 c6 24. Bf2 Kc7 25. Bh4 g5 26. fxg6 Qxg6 27. Qe7 Rxa2?   (DIAGRAM)

 

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28. g4? (28. Qxd7+!!) Raa8? (DIAGRAM)

 

 

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29. Rxf8? (a publishable position for your column; 29.Qxd7+!! mates in 4 moves) Rxf8 30. Qe6 Qd3 31. Qe3 Qg6 32. Bg3 Rf6 33. g5 Rf5 34. h4 h6 35. gxh6 Rd5 36. Kh2 Rh5 37. Qe6 Qc2+ 38. Re2 Qd3 39. Bxd6+

 

Gary Senior, appropriately, is Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie in the City of London and in the same match Gary's son Thomas scored 2-0 on both sides of the Dragon Sicilian!  Gary, Thomas and team mates Tomer Eden and Adam Raoof will all be competing at the British Championships in Torquay next week.

http://www.hendonchessclub.com/matches/hendon-mushrooms-20090722 for the full match report from Hendon's website.

 

This year there are no prizes, and a sponsor for next year's event would be most welcome! Contact Shaun Shaun.Tracey@simmons-simmons.com with offers!

 

Adam Raoof

 

FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
328 Watford Way
Hendon, London NW4 4UY


Website: http://www.goldersgreenchess.blogspot.com/
Hendon Chess Club: http://www.hendonchessclub.com
City of London Rapidplay League - http://citychess.blogspot.com/


Mobile: 07855 036 537

 

 

best wishes

 

Adam

 

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Student and Programmes Administator (Law)

Middlesex University,

The Burroughs, Hendon,

London NW4 4BT.

Room WG34 (Student Office), 0208 411 Ext. 5257

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Best wishes

Adam Raoof

FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter
328 Watford Way
Hendon, London NW4 4UY

Website: http://www.goldersgreenchess.blogspot.com/
Hendon Chess Club: http://www.hendonchessclub.com
City of London Rapidplay League - http://citychess.blogspot.com/
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