Sunday, November 6, 2016

Guy Fawkes Day Sheldrick Win

Kevin Sheldrick sent me this game played on Guy Fawkes Day.

“Hi Tim, I just played a game that I think is rather topical for your latest blogs. Enjoy, haha! The idea for my 22nd and 23rd moves came directly from seeing the final moves in the game Van Geet - Timman, the Hague, 1968 - which I believe I saw for the first time about a week ago, somewhere.

"I may also have been inspired by Guy Fawkes to try to play in explosive fashion today. I assume in USA you are aware that Guy Fawkes Day is today (Nov. 5), where people set off fireworks in remembrance of the Catholic Guy Fawkes, who attempted to blow up parliament on November 5, 1605, in order to kill King James 1 (who officiated the King James Bible) because he thought that Protestants were a bunch of patzers - which we Baptists don't agree with. Bye, Kevin Sheldrick"

Thank you Kevin! The day you were playing this I was studying that same King James time period for another book I am writing. Many did not like enforced attendance to the Church of England. The Calvinists, Baptists, and Congregationalists fled to Holland to be able to worship as they chose. My ancestors ended up on the Mayflower a few years later. That’s another non-chess story. This game was a rated blitz match at 3 0 time in the Queen's Knight Defence! Sheldrick analyzed with Stockfish.

Sheldrick (1903) - NN (2237), FICS, 05.11.2016 begins 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bg4 5.Be3 g6?! [5...e6+/= looks more normal to me] 6.h3 Bxf3 7.Qxf3 Bg7 8.Bb5 0-0 9.0-0-0 Nd7?!  [9...Qc8 or 9...a6 are better] 10.h4 [10.e5!+-] 10...e5 11.d5? [11.Bxc6+/= is much better] 11...Nd4 12.Bxd4? [12.Qh3+/=] 12...exd4 13.Ne2 Ne5 14.Qh3 h5 15.Nxd4 c6? [15...Ng4-+] 16.dxc6 bxc6 17.Nxc6? [17.f4!=] 17...Nxc6 18.Bxc6 Qb6? [18...Rb8!=/+] 19.Bxa8 Bxb2+ 20.Kd2 Qxf2+ 21.Kd3 Rxa8 22.Qe3!? Qxg2?? [22...Qf6=] 23.Rdg1 Qxh1 24.Rxh1 Rc8 25.c4 Be5 26.Rb1 Rc7 27.Qg5 Kg7 28.Rb8 f6 29.Qd2 Rf7 30.Qa5 d5! 31.exd5? Bxb8 [Whoops! Still ++- though...] 32.Qc5 Rd7 33.Qc6 Rc7 34.Qe6 Rb7 35.d6 g5 36.hxg5 fxg5 37.d7 Bc7 38.Qc6 Black resigns 1-0 [Notes by Kevin Sheldrick]

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