POST-WAR COUNTY CHAMPIONS

N0.6: DV Lofts (1953)

Ian George v DV Lofts

Basingstoke Open 1977, Rd.1











It was only many years later that I found out that my first-round opponent at the 1977 Basingstoke Open was a former Cornwall Champion. This is the only game of his that I know of and was his first after a long absence from the game.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nge2 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Nxc3 dxe4 7.Nxe4 cxd4 8.Bf4 e5 9.Bg5 f6 10.Bh4 Be6 11.Bd3 Nc6 12.0-0 Qd5 13.c4 dxc3 14.Nxc3 Qb3 15.Bc2 Qc4 16.Ne4 Qd5 17.Nd6+ Ke7 18.Nf5+ Kf7 19.Nd6+ Ke7 20.Nf5+ Kf7 21.Qxd5 Bxd5 22.Rfd1 Nge7 23.Ne3 Be6 24.Be4 g5 25.Bg3 f5 26.f3 fxe4 27.fxe4 Rad8 28.Rf1+ Kg6 29.b4 a6 30.a4 Rd3 31.b5 Rxe3 32.bxc6 Nxc6 33.Rab1 Rb8 34.Bf2 Rxe4 35.Rfc1 Rxa4 36.Rxc6 bxc6 37.Rxb8 Ra1+

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