Wigston Chess Club

Andy has provided a game played by a promising junior - himself in 1969!

“It occurred to me while watching a recent Queen and Pawn ending that the position gets very difficult to analyse if either side has more than one queen. That triggered a memor y of a game I played in the 1969 British under 16 championships which I now give for your enjoyment!  I have never played or seen a game since in which there were 4 queens on the board without one being immediately captured.  The fearlessness of youth shines through!   With the benefit of computer analysis it seems the game is far from the masterpiece I considered it to be at the time!  My opponent had opportunities to secure an advantage – according to the computer. But at the time I remember being confident that I always had adequate compensation for my piece sacrifice.  In what looks like a complicated position to the human eye, the computer evaluation swings from -8 in black’s favour to + 16 in white’s favour on move 37 –  which goes to emphasise that computers don’t play the game as we real people do. They don’t make mistakes. They don’t get phased by a threatening position.  Look at the game – could you identify the moment at which the game swung from being an ‘easy’ win for black to an even easier win for white?”