Martin Simons reflects on an extraordinary 6 move game….

Back to the chess, perhaps even more comical, or very unfortunate, was the game below.  It was towards the end of the day when we were all becoming very tired and all logical thinking had been thrown out of the window …

1st Dorset Blitz – Furzebrook Village Hall, Wareham

17th September 2017

White: Ian Clark (183) Black: Martin Simons (193)

  1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. dxe6 Bxe6 5. Nf3 Qe7

Blitz - Simons v Clark 170917

Black has sacrificed a pawn and with the last move and threatens Bxc4.  Ian spent a while considering his options and lent forward a couple of times feigning to play 7. Be2 but this still allows me to play 7… Bxc4 as the Bishop is then pinned to the Queen on e7.  Ian realised this and then, because he was perhaps spending too much time, chose an ‘in-between’ move which defends his pawn on c4 whilst also checking the Black King.  All very logical, after all, what harm can be done by playing a move which gives check?

6. Qa4+??

Ian announced ‘Check’.  It shows how badly I was playing as I too was taking my time, and was trying to to make 6… b5? to work but then it became obvious …. 

6… Bd7+!

I could not resist temptation, it also shows my untimely poor sense of humour, I announced ‘Out of check’ and ‘Check’.

Luckily, Ian saw the funny side as he had to resign (the Queen on a4 is lost!).

Perhaps the shortest game in the tournament but it shows how we can feel all the pressure of the clock ticking in such short time controls and even when digital clocks are being used!