There were two of the latter last weekend in London alone. Adam Raoof (phone/fax: 0181-202 0982; e-mail: email@example.com) is nowadays better known for his multifarious international events. He started out, though, with one-day tournaments in Golders Green, north London, and still keeps these going regularly.
The latest, last Saturday, was won by Danny Gormally on 5.5/6, ahead of Richard Tozer on 5/6. The next will be on 12 December.
The Kensington Rapidplays held by Barry Gale (0181-316-4132; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) at Imperial College, in Kensington, central London, are another regular fixture. The Premier section in this Sunday's (restricted to players rated less than 215) was won by Abimbola Adelaja and Mark Lyell, equal first on 4.5/6. The next Kensington Rapidplay is on 13 December - but there is a weekend congress on 28-29 November.
The indefatigable Mr Gale also found time to send out the entries for the best game prize in last weekend's tournament, and I very much liked this powerful win by the 30-year- old Nigerian joint winner
In the Taimanov variation Black almost always keeps a good structure as a higher priority than mechanical development. 15.0-0-0 was very bold and after 17.Nf6+ White got a dangerous attack along the g file.
The intuitive piece sacrifice 22.Bxf5! was splendid, if quite impossible to calculate out at this speed. In the diagram 26...Bxg3? made it easy for White - the vicious 30.Rg6! ended matters. Instead 26...Qe6! is much tougher though, in fact ,White can win with 27.Rg7 Ba8 28.Qh3 Qh6 29.R7g5! Rc4! 30.e6+! Rxd4 31.e7 when the main line goes 31...Bxg5 32.Rxg5 Qf6 33.exf8Q+ Qxf8 34.Qc3 Qf6 35.Qc8+ and mate next move.
White: Abimbola Adelaja
Black: Richard Tozer
Kensington Rapidplay 1998
26.Qe3 (see diagram) Bxg3?
34.Rb6 Black resignsReuse content