Keith Gregory was a convincing Dorset Blitz Champion – Martin Simons analyses one of his wins against Grzegorz Sawicki (Southbourne)

Doret Blitz Keith Gregory Winner


Martin writes “here is one of the many good games from Keith Gregory who scored an excellent unbeaten 9 out of 10 in the top section, a worthy Dorset Blitz champion!”


Picture  – Keith Gregory (left) is presented with the Dorset Blitz trophy by Organiser Steve Peirson




1st Dorset Blitz – Furzebrook Village Hall 17th September 2017

White: Keith Gregory (180) Black: Grzegorz Sawicki (165)

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 d5 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 dxc4 5. Na3 a6 6. Nxc4 b5?

This move looks too ambitious as it opens up the long diagonal for Keith’s Bishop on g2.

7.  Nce5 Bb7?

This allows a nice sacrifice but Keith doesn’t spot it immediately.

8. O-O? Nbd7?

Keith Gregory Blitz 1
9. Nxf7!
But he does now after 3 minutes thought … time well spent!

9… Kxf7 10. Ng5+ Kg6 11. Nxe6

Due to the short time control Keith plays the ‘safer’ winning move.  Had he had more time I am sure he would have noticed that he could sacrifice the Knight on g5 with 11. Qc2+!

11… Qc8 12. Qc2+ Kf7 13. Ng5+ Ke8

Keith Gregory Blitz 2

4 of Black’s last 5 moves have been to move the King to g6 and then back to e8!  However, his material advantage is not relevant as he is so weak on the light squares.

14. Qb3! Nc5 15. Qf7+ Kd8 16. d4!

White’s pressure is relentless.

16… Bxg2 17. dxc5 Bh3?

Keith Gregory Blitz 3

The Bishop had to go back to d5 but this would have only prolonged the agony and game.

18. Rd1+ Nd7

Keith now has many ways to finish the game, perhaps 19. Ne6+ and 20. Bg5+ would have been the quickest but with only 10 minutes for the whole game, Keith chooses an equally effective way.

19. Nxh3 Be7 20. Bg5 Re8 21. c6 h6 22. Nf4!

It’s mate in 2 so Black resigns.  Simple but effective chess from Keith.  Well played!  1-0

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