12/03/2008 20:25



In a match played in Liskeard on 3rd November 2005, Devon came away easy winners against Cornwall. Full results are on the DCCA News page.

Below are a selection of the games played. 

15/12/05 Notes added to the game Jones - Spargo

(1) George,I. M. - Wheeler,J. F. [C42]
Cornwall v Devon Liskeard, 03.12.2005

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6
The Russian Defence, or Petroff, often adopted by Black in recent years in order to cut down on much of the theory and complications that many of Black's other defences can bring.

3.Nxe5 d6 4.Nxf7
Constituting the Cochrane Gambit, devised by John Cochrane, a Scottish barrister, and the leading British player of the 1820s, before he left for India where he spent his legal career. His style was exciting and flamboyant, if unsound against the more pragmatic approach of the likes of Staunton in the mid-century. However, his disciples may still be found in rural parts, even today.

4...Kxf7 5.Bc4+ d5 6.exd5 Bd6
Developing a piece, blocking the d-pawn and preparing for a check on the e-file.

7.0-0 Nbd7?
This is Black's big mistake, blocking pieces in when he needs to develop rapidly in order to maximise the advatage of his extra piece.

8.d4 Nb6 9.Bb3 Re8 10.c4
Threatening a fork on c5, so Black tries for a counter attack by returning the gambitted piece.

10...Bxh2+ 11.Kxh2 Ng4+ 12.Kg1 Qh4 13.Bf4
Thwarting the attack.

13...Nf6 14.Bg3 Qg4
Black would like to draw White's sting by exchanging material.

15.Qd2 Qg6 16.Nc3 Bf5 17.c5 Nbd7 18.d6+ Be6 19.Bxe6+ Rxe6 20.dxc7 Ne4 21.Nxe4 Rxe4 22.Rae1 Nf6 23.Rxe4 Nxe4 24.Qf4+ Kg8 25.Re1 Nf6 26.Qd6
Resigns, as White has the threat of

for example,

27.c8Q Rxc8 28.Qe6+ 1-0