Monday, 22 March 2010

A connection with the past

One of my opponents in the Dubbo Open was John Pascoe. I first met John at the 1999/2000 Australian Championship, where he attempted to alert me to an illegal move played in the Zhao - Rujevic game (a story I will relate in another post).
John, who is approaching his 80th birthday, also happened to be the Secretary of the Canberra Chess Club way back in the late 1940's. A couple of my old Chess World magazines mention him in this role, which he maintained until moving to Sydney in 1951.
Against me he played a solid opening but fell for a paradoxical tactic where his d pawn was better off being protected by a piece, rather than a pawn.

Pascoe,John - Press,Shaun [E60]
Dubbo Open (4), 21.03.2010

1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.b3 0-0 5.Bb2 d6 6.Nd2 c5 7.d5 Qa5 8.Qc2 a6 9.Bc3 Qc7 10.a4 Re8 11.Be2 e6 12.Bf3 exd5 13.cxd5 Bf5 14.Qb2 Nbd7 15.Ne2 Ne5 16.0-0 Nd3 17.Qa2 b6 18.Ng3 Bd7 (D)
19.e4 Nxd5 20.Bxg7 N5b4 21.Qb1 Kxg7 22.Be2 Ne5 23.Nf3 Nxf3+ 24.Bxf3 Rab8 25.Qd1 b5 26.Qd2 bxa4 27.bxa4 Nc6 28.Rfd1 Nd4 29.Rac1 Bxa4 30.Qxd4+ cxd4 31.Rxc7 Bxd1 32.Bxd1 Rb1 33.Nf1 Rxd1 34.f3 Rb8 0-1

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice tactic... - Pete