POST-WAR COUNTY CHAMPIONS

No.5: IR Napier (1954, 1957)
No.10: FEA Kitto (1962)

IR Napier v FEA Kitto

Cornwall v Devon (Bd.1), 1955











A tactical battle featuring two Emigrant Cup winners.

IR Napier, as well as being a strong player, was also a great benefactor to junior chess in Cornwall.

There is a detailed biography of FEA Kitto by Bob Jones here at his Keverel Chess website

The return match began with bad news for the Cornish players. Four of their team were stranded on the far side of he river, the Torpoint ferry having ceased operating at 2 p.m. In the top board game , I.R.Napier tried an unusual fifth move and F.E.A. Kitto replied in gambit style, sacrificing a pawn for an open file against the enemy king. However, for a long time, his attack seemed hardly sufficient, but the quick time limit did not allow his opponent to find the best defence, and the Devon player achieved the following neat finish. (J.E. Jones, cit. Dave Regis. From the Exeter Chess Club website.)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.Qe2 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.Qxe5+ Be7 8.Qxg7 Bf6 9.Re1+ Be6 10.Qg3 Qd7 11.Ng5 0-0-0 12.Nxe6 fxe6 13.d3 Rdf8 14.c3 Nf5 15.Qh3 Rhg8 16.Re4 Bh4 17.Bf4 Kb8 18.Nd2 h5 19.Rae1 Rg4 20.Qf3 Nd6 21.Nc4 Nxe4 22.Ne5 Qg7 23.Nxg4 Ng5 24.Qe3 hxg4 25.Re2 Rxf4 26.Qxf4 Nh3+

1-0

In view of 27.gxh3 gxh3+ 28.Kf1 Qg2+ 29.Ke1 Qg1+ 30.Kd2 Bg5