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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Weds 12 Sept '18 On a most enjoyable night as the season commenced with the traditional curtain raiser, Poole beat Bournemouth 17-12 to win the trophy for the first time in 4 years. Quote from the losing captain Martin Simons "it was a great night, great venue, great spirit and some great chess and very well done to Poole". Martin complimented his team on arriving by 7.15pm for the match and he had no withdrawals. His actual words...."proud and impressed".

Winning captain Eric Sachs commented ' I am so proud of our team where 18 Poole club members took part and were supported ably by Wimborne and Ringwood players. It was a night when all the players came together, but it is lot of work arranging. Martin did much to bring all his players to the match and was very gracious in stepping down to even up the pairings on the top board. It's nice to win at the time, and disappointing to lose on the night, but the overall success of the event and the spirit of 58 local players giving their best, playing chess, is the real winner. Special thanks to the helpers Steve Bailey, John Weatherlake, Adam Jaggard and Graham Morris for managing the bookstall etc and anyone else I have forgotten who supported the evening".
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See the Poole Chess website for the fascinating story behind Steve Bailey's visually impaired Barbados cricket tour during July '18. The Poole club ran fund raising activities to enable Steve to take part as Head Coach. The tour was a huge success!
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Visited the Bournemouth Junior Chess Club this morning. Such a good turn out and thoroughly enjoyed the chess game analysis/lesson with Ian 👍 #juniorchess