Colin Sellwood v Richard Smith
County Shield 2013/14
Juniors will like this game as it is almost as chaotic as games in the Cornwall Junior Championships. A game which reflects well on both players: their trenchant approach will interest learners.
Brave as a lion.
White has played solidly in the face of the Lion's roar. Position is about level, a success for black.
11...Nbd7 but normal development does interest our hero.
Brave, in the meaning of foolish. But fun. 16...Qd6
18...Nbd7 Lionheart is attempting to mate without his queenside pieces.
Several other moves are winning too.
Spot the threat
Juniors: what happens if you take the knight with 26.hxg4?
Find the mate in 4 after 26.hxg4
Here the clocks were put back 30 mins instead of 15, showing how scrambled the players' brains were.
Exchanging is better, but black courageously plays for more.
35.Qxf2 wins easily enough; the whole game is an example of how hard chess is, especially in unusual positions.
A crowd gathered: position chaotically level (Fritz11)
41.Bg3 slaughters the lion. Now find the win that black missed after 41.Rf1.
Find the self-mate in two, as Crusher did.
Notes by Robin Kneebone