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Nice Swindle

Here's an example of how Witney players may not be the greatest opening theorists in the world, but can certainly spot a good cheapo when they see one!

Corsham Chess Club game 1971

This is an interesting email I received recently from Frank Haynes, an old friend of Arthur Mushens whom I played as a teenager back in 1972.


'Have just been looking at the Witney chess club site and was pleased to see so many of my old chess friends there, particularly Flt Lt Arthur Mushens RAF retired. I was stationed at RAF Little Rissington in the 1960s when I took up serious chess and first met Arthur in 1965 at the RAF Championships (he won it of course). I joined the Dowty club in the Cheltenham league and also played for RAF Innsworth. After a tour of duty in Singapore I was posted to RAF Colerne, bought a house in Melksham and joined the Corsham chess club. At the end of the 1971/2 season I played white against a certain M C Truran of Kingswood School.'


'My last game in Wilts was when I played M E Brigden of the Claverton CC in Feb 1972 and lost. I then left the RAF and moved to Melton Mowbray'.


- Frank Haynes


Frank has kindly sent me our game from then; this far on I can't remember if my 12th move was an inspired positional pawn sacrifice or a straight blunder (but I very much suspect the latter). I tracked the game down to my own scorebook at the time and note that Kingswood School (Bath) beat Corsham 4.5:1.5 in the match. I believe that the Corsham Club closed down in 1987, with Chippenham now being the closest active club to Corsham (although I can't find a record of Frank playing there now). The Dowty and Claverton clubs to which Frank refers have also since closed. I did play Mike Brigden (who now plays for Downend and Fishponds in the Bristol League) on a number of occasions and recall having some great battles with him - MT.

Friendly Club Games

Here's a nice five minute game in which Alan Gentry poleaxed me recently at the club. I usually last a bit longer than twelve moves, so I thought I would share the amusement. I hope Alan will be the first to agree that I took it in a manly fashion without even a quiver of the lower lip.



White: Alan Gentry Black: Mike Truran

Friendly Game, 7 March 2011

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 d5 4. f3 Bb4 5. Bg5 c5 6. Bb5+ Nc6 7. Ne2 a6 8. Bc6:+ bc6: 9. O-O cd4: 10. Qd4: c5 11. Qe5 d4 12. Nd5 1-0 ... and I wasn't going to get up off the canvas after that one.


As a postscript, in the next game Alan tried another f3 adventure, this time a move earlier:


White: Alan Gentry Black: Mike Truran

Friendly Game, 7 March 2011

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 de4: 4. fe4: Qh4+ ... 0-1 after various further adventures.


Revenge is sweet.


- Mike













Peter Wells Lecture Games - 21st February 2011

Upwards of 30 people attended Peter Well’s lecture, organised by Witney CC, and a pleasant and thought-provoking evening resulted – punctuated by lively discussion, tea at the interval and some post-match pub analysis in the Bell Inn. Click to read Sean Terry's lecture report.



4NCL Weekend 3, Sunningdale, - 19th & 20th Feb 2011

The Oxford 2 and 3 teams were in action this weekend in Division 3 of the 4NCL together with Swindon-based Brown Jack, for whom Peter Richmond, Tim Headlong and Mike Truran from Witney Chess Club also play. Both Oxford 2 and Brown Jack are flying high and are in the frame for promotion to Division 2. Sean Terry of Oxford City Chess Club has been kind enough to send through most of the games from the various matches.


Peter Wells Simul

Mark Hannon got the only other draw to be achieved in the Peter Wells apart from Gareth's.

Peter Wells Simul

Gareth Stevens from Cumnor Chess Club has submitted his excellent draw from Peter Wells' recent simultaneous display - one of only two players to prevent a clean sweep by Peter. Congratulations Gareth!

4NCL & Oxfordshire League players

As many of you will know, Oxfordshire is represented by Oxford (three teams) and Banbury in the 4NCL - and Dave Hackett and I also play for Swindon-based Brown Jack in the 4NCL. Sean Terry of the Oxford City club has kindly sent me a large collection of games from the various matches played by the Oxford teams at the recent 4NCL weekend which you may find of interest. I commend to you in particular Matt Rose's ending against Yang-Fan Zhou (a 225 graded sixteen year old!) as an example of how to find unexpected resources in the most unpromising of positions.


You can find more information on the 4NCL, the premier team event in the UK, on  - Mike



Download these (26) games in PGN





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