S Deighton vs F Sheldrick
LECL vs Alwoodley | Alwoodley
[Event "LECL vs Alwoodley"] [Site "Alwoodley"] [Round "0"] [White "S Deighton"] [Black "F Sheldrick"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A57"] [Opening "Benko Gambit: 4.cxb5 a6"] 1.d4 {It's much harder to try wry observational humour on of your own youthful games than to try it out on others. Yes that IS what I've been trying to do! Hmmph! Anyway I've chosen to remember my first encounter with the Benko which has ever since proven to be a very kind opening to me.} Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.Nc3 d6 6.bxa6 Bxa6 7.f4 {My journey in competitive chess started about 18 months before this game when I first came to Leeds University and bought a copy of 'Botvinnik's 100 Best Games' - why I can't remember. Botvinnik was very fond of grabbing space and quite happy to have his king walking about in the opening. I 'found' 7.f4 at the board only for Ken Coates to tell me later it was a 'proper'idea.} g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.e4 Bxf1 10.Rxf1 { Played with the blissful freedom of a young Deighton. As a fearless newcomer to the game, without a background as a junior player, I'd not been traumatised by crying myself to sleep after every bad game. That was to come 30 years later. In the meantime strange moves had not been beaten out of my chess. Some would argue they still haven't of course but that's another story.} Nfd7 11.Qe2 Qc7 12.Kf2 {A la Botvinnik! Well at least in my dreams. I must have learned about castling at this point surely...} O-O 13.Kg1 Na6 14.Re1 { Hadn't I just moved that piece??? I wonder if my memory was bad then as well - I can't remember though.} Rfb8 15.e5 dxe5 16.fxe5 Nb6 17.Bf4 {By some strange process White seems to have a decent position. It occurs to me that whereas most of us have lost a bit of vigour in our chess in the last 30 years, I never had much. I think I've lost something that I never understood and that quite mysteriously seemed to give me decent games. I wonder what it was (and where it went!)} Rd8 18.d6 exd6 19.Nb5 Qd7 20.Nxd6 Nb4 21.Ng5 Rf8 22.Ngxf7 N6d5 {Of course 22...Rxf7 is answered by 23.e6. I was never a tactical monster but could cope with the average 2-mover.} 23.Bg3 Qe7 24.e6 Nxa2 25.Nc4 Qf6 26.Rf1 Qd4+ 27.Bf2 {It wouldn't be a Deighton game without a tactical oversight that nearly spoils things. Of course 27.Kh1 wins easily whereas now it's about even.} Nf4 28.Qc2 Qd5 29.Be3 Nxe6 {Returns the compliment with a losing mistake.... better 29...Nb4 with rough equality. I did well to spot the tactic it's a rare example in my games of a three mover!!} 30.Nb6 Nd4 31.Nxd5 Nxc2 32.Ne7# {A pretty and unusual mate that Frank was kind enough to let me play.} 1-0
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