Joined: 29 Apr 2006
Location: Sefton Park, Liverpool
|Posted: Sat Apr 29, 2006 11:34 am Post subject: chess columnists spread the word - Barden in Guardian
|Leonard Barden, the Guardian's veteran columnist helps us with his piece on Saturday, 29th April. Barden makes some good points too which we need to note.
For years Hastings has been the only English municipality to back chess, but now Liverpool is to fund a series of events leading up to the city's European Capital of Culture (CoC) year in 2008.
The programme starts this September with the EU championship, followed in 2007 by either the all-Europe individual contest or one or more world candidates matches. Its climax will be a £600,000 tournament of top grandmasters in 2008 which is planned to spark local grassroots events.
The CoC board wants Liverpool 2008 to be one of the great historic tournaments, comparable to London 1883, fought out by the then world top pair, or Nottingham 1936, where five world champions took part.
I do hope Liverpool takes the Netherlands' splendid Wijk events or Nottingham as the model rather than ultra-elite small-field contests which can produce cautious chess among top pros who know one another's styles. In contrast 14-16 players usually means a real race as well as a better entry for the home nation. Liverpool 2008 will be exciting if Michael Adams, Nigel Short and Luke McShane plus young talents such as Sergey Karjakin and Magnus Carlsen are invited, which would not be possible in an 8-10 player field.
Liverpool 2006-8 can be a showcase, but it needs volunteers. If you would like to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amos Burn competed in elite tournaments a century ago and was Liverpool's best-ever GM. During a casual game in his home city he played one of the most eye-catching moves on record.
MacDonald v Burn, Liverpool 1910
1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 d6 3 d4 Nd7 4 Nc3 Ngf6 5 Bc4 Be7 6 O-O O-O 7 Re1 c6 8 d5 c5 9 Bg5 h6 10 Be3 Kh7 11 h3 Nb6 12 Bd3 Bd7 13 a4 Rc8 14 a5 Na8 15 b3 Nc7 16 Ne2 Nce8 17 c4 Ng8 18 g4 g6 19 Ng3 Ng7 20 Qd2 Rc7 21 Kh2 Qc8 22 Rg1 f5 23 gxf5 gxf5 24 exf5 Nxf5 25 Nh5 Kh8 26 Rxg8+ Rxg8 27 Bxh6 Be8 28 Bg7+ Rxg7 29 Nxg7 Kxg7 30 Rg1+ Bg6 31 Ng5 Nh4 32 Bxg6 Bxg5 White has outplayed his eminent opponent and could now keep a winning position by 33 Be4! Instead...33 Bh5? Qg4!! Offering his queen in three ways. 34 Rxg4 Nf3+ 35 Kg2 Nxd2 36 Rxg5+ Kh6 37 h4 Nxb3 38 Rf5 Nxa5 and Black soon won. "It shows there is luck in chess" was Burn's modest comment.
Optimum semper profectum