Chess

THE 23RD Richmond Rapidplay, organised by Richmond Junior Chess Club, took place on Sunday 18 April with 95 players in four sections.

The Open was stronger than usual, with a grandmaster and six international masters among the 27 entrants. While GM Aaron Summerscale was bombing out on just 4/6, it was left to the six IMs to fight it out. Andrew Ledger took the event by the scruff of the neck, winning his first five games including consecutive defeats of fellow IMs Alex Cherniaev (Russia), Saevar Bjarnarson (Iceland) and Richard Bates before a quick draw in the last round with Gavin Wall to romp home on 5.5/6. He was followed by Bjarnarson 5 and Gavin Wall and IM Simon Williams 4.5.

In the small Major - 14 players - Andrew Bigg was first on 5/6; David Bates made 5/6 in the Intermediate and Trevor Pettit and Ivan Sayer shared first place in the Minor on 5/6.

The next Richmond Rapidplay will be on 6 June (Richard James, 0181-898 0362/1190, or rjcc@globalnet.co.uk).

By its very nature, you can get away with a lot more at Rapidplay than at a slower time limit. Take this extraordinary game from the Major.

I'd never seen this amazing gambit before but it obviously packs a serious punch at a fast time limit. In fact I did find four games in a big database, all with a Mr D. Frank as White in the Pinneberg (which, I discovered is a little north of Hamburg) Open in different years.

My feeling would be to return a second pawn as soon as possible and somewhat churlishly (I hope I'm not spoiling Mr Faldon's fun too much either) N. Meyberg did so in a game against D. Frank in the Pinneberg Open 1992 with 7 ...d5 8 Bxd5 c6 9 Bb3 Bb4 10 Qf3 Be6 11 Bd2 Bxc3 12 bxc3 N8e7 13 0-0 0- 0 14 Qd3 c5 15 f4 Rc8 16 Bc4 Bxc4 17 Qxc4 cxd4 18 Qxd4 Qxd4+ 19 cxd4 Rxc2 and Black won easily.

8 ...d5 9 Bxd5 (9 exd6 Nf6) 9 ...Be6 10 Bxb7 Rb8 11 Bc6+ Kf8 is also possible. As played, though, White got a huge attack. If 13 ...c6 14 f5 d5 15 exd6 Qxd6 16 fxg6 hxg6 17 Rae1 White is better. 14 ...d5? lost. 14 ...Nf8 also looks bad after 15 f6 Qa3 16 Rf3! Ng6 17 Rg3 Qf8 18 Rxg6+ hxg6 19 Qxg6+ Kh8 20 Bxf7 and there seems to be no defence to Ra1-f1-f4-h4xh6+. So perhaps 14 ...Nh4 or 14 ...Nh8 to leave f8 free for the queen; but I still believe White.

White: Dave Faldon

Black: Douglas Hogan

Four Knights

1 Nc3 e5

2 Nf3 Nc6

3 e4 Nf6

4 Nxe5?!? (see

diagram)

...Nxe5

5 d4 Ng6

6 e5 Ng8

7 Bc4 Bb4!?

8 Qf3 Qe7

9 0-0 Bxc3

10 bxc3 Nh6

11 Qd3 0-0

12 Bxh6 gxh6

13 f4 Rd8!?

14 f5 d5?

15 exd6 cxd6

16 fxg6 hxg6

17 Qxg6+

1-0

Arts and Entertainment
Shades of glory: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Glastonbury Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will perform with Paul Weller as their warm-up act

Arts and Entertainment
Billie Piper as Brona in Penny Dreadful
tvReview: It’s business as usual in Victorian London. Let’s hope that changes as we get further into the new series spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
No Offence
tvReview: No Offence has characters who are larger than life and yet somehow completely true to life at the same time spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
The Queen (Kristin Scott Thomas) in The Audience
theatreReview: Stephen Daldry's direction is crisp in perfectly-timed revival
Arts and Entertainment

Will Poulter will play the shape-shifting monsterfilm
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

    'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

    In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
    VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

    How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

    Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
    They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

    Typefaces still matter in the digital age

    A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
    Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

    'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

    New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
    The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

    Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

    Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
    Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

    Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

    Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
    Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

    Crisp sales are in decline

    As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
    Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

    Ronald McDonald the muse

    A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
    13 best picnic blankets

    13 best picnic blankets

    Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
    Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

    Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

    Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
    Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

    Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

    Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
    General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

    He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
    General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

    On the margins

    From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
    Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

    'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

    Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
    Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

    Why patients must rely less on doctors

    Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'