Harrow v Richmond D 23-01-20

Richmond D were unfortunate to hit traffic problems due to a burst water main at Northwick Park roundabout, as a result of which their board 6 failed to arrive and several others arrived late.

Harrow Richmond D
1 James Lyons 136 1:0 Alex Shard 142
2 Mary Deans 129 ½:½ Dan Donohoe 109
3 David Wray 121 0:1 Barry Sutton 109
4 Alan Marshall 120 1:0 Richard Sleep –
5 David Stott 116 ½:½ George Dokic 87
6 Walk over 1:0 Default

Still, a respectable result against stronger opponents. Perhaps the result would have been different without the burst water main.

Congratulations to Barry for a fine win and to Dan and George for holding higher rated players to a draw.

Richmond A v Surbiton A 23-01-20

Finally, a much needed win, but under unfortunate circumstances.

Surbiton contacted us on Monday to concede the match as they were unable to raise a team.

This was rather surprising as they’re a large club with a lot of members. I note, though, that they’ve fielded weakened teams in some of their other recent matches.

While it’s good to get a point on the board, it was disappointing that we didn’t get the chance to play any moves to do so.

We hope Surbiton are able to resolve their problems and look forward to visiting them on 5 February.

Chess Puzzle of the Week (67)


This week’s puzzle is another from the RJCC archives.

This is a game from a 1994 Under 11 match between Richmond and Barnet Knights (we scored a pretty comprehensive victory – hooray!).

You’ll probably guess that this comes from a Fried Liver attach which both players have handled inaccurately.


Black has five ways to get out of check here. Which would you choose, and why?

Chess Puzzle of the week (66): Solution


Last week I asked you to find White’s two winning moves in this position from a 1993 Richmond Junior Club game between Eamon Rashid-Farokhi and Andrew Bamford.


The first win is 28. Rf8 when Rxf8 allows mate in 1, Bxf8 also gets mated after Qa7+, and 28… e5 29. Qxe5 Bxf8 30. Bd4 leaves Black with no defence to the threat of Qg7+.

White can also play the immediate 28. Qg7+ Rxg7 29. hxg7+ Kxg7 30. Bd4+ e5 (30… Bf6 31. Bxf6+ and you can work out the mates for yourself!) 31. Bxe5+ Bf6 32. Bxf6+ Kf8 33. Bd8+ Kg7 34. Bxa5, winning on material.

Two beautiful variations: which do you prefer?

Congratulations to Chris Baker, who was the first to come up with both winning moves.

Alas, the game continuation was an anticlimax. Eamon instead played 28. Rf2 when Qc7 would have defended successfully. Andrew failed to find the defence, instead erring with 28… Bb4, when Eamon forced mate with the prosaic Qa7+ rather than the more aesthetically pleasing 29. Qg7+ Rxg7 30. hxg7+ Kg8 31. Rh8+ Kxg7 32. Bd4+ e5 33. Bxe5#.


Maidenhead A v Richmond C 20-01-20

Maidenhead A are fielding a very strong team this year, which would be much better off in Division 2. They won their first two matches 5½:½. Would we fare any better?

Huw Williams reports:

Julian lost his queen on move 10, I missed a check that would have been close to equality and it went downhill from there. Masoud lost a tough ending, but played as solidly as ever. Andreas was outplayed, but knows where he went wrong. Adam held his own and his game went to adjournment. We were looking at a rout, however up stepped Colin and got a draw. His opponent was playing quickly as he was in time trouble and Colin found the right moves.

Maidenhead A Richmond C
1 John Wager 184 1:0 Masoud Molazadeh 129
2 Tony Milnes 169 1:0 Adam Naglik –
3 Charles Bullock 161 1:0 Andreas Maroulis –
4 Paul Janota 145 ½:½ Colin Dailley 106
5 Maxim Wenninger 140 1:0 Huw Williams 97
6 William Castaneda 135 1:0 Julian Bedale 62

A tough match against a very strong team. Congratulations to Colin for saving us from a whitewash.

Richmond v Epsom 1 (Surrey League) 16-01-20

Our first Surrey match of 2020 saw us entertaining a strong Epsom team in the Centenary Trophy.

Huw Williams reports:

Epsom visited us on the 16th and their top board had a rating of 202, so Eamon was up against it straight away. However after three games we were 2-1 up! I was my usual two pawns down, but my opponent missed a knight fork that won a rook and 12 moves later won the game for me. Next to me, Andreas played a very sharp line that saw both kings edging towards the middle of the board. His opponent’s king was trapped and a bishop check won the game as the queen was about to fall.

Eamon’s game was very interesting and ended up R+R v R+B with pawns, which unfortunately Eamon lost, but went down fighting.

Masoud as always battled away against Marcus (who had a 40+ grading point advantage), but found himself a couple of pieces down. Rob tried the Smith-Morra Gambit (watching too many Adam/Huw games) and lost, which left Paul. His game went up to the cut-off point at which his opponent pushed his connected pawns and the game was adjourned. There was no way in stopping them, so the result ended 4-2 to Epsom.

Very proud of the team. Thank you.

Richmond Epsom 1
1 Eamon Rashid-Farokhi 144 0:1 Peter Large –
2 Masoud Molazadeh 126 0:1 Marcus Gosling 164
3 Rob Hunter – 0:1 Graham Alcock 148
4 Paul Evans – 0:1 Ravi Sharma 134
5 Andreas Maroulis – 1:0 Venkatesh Subramoniam 132
6 Huw Williams 97 1:0 Haris Nisic 117

Epsom are a new club, or rather the reincarnation of an old club, re-formed and masterminded by former RJCC member Marcus Gosling (my connections with his family go back nearly 50 years, to 1972). Their success, going so far as to attract an IM, Peter Large, who has been inactive for the past decade, shows what can by achieved with young, proactive and dynamic organizers.

We wish them all the best for the future: with any luck we’ll be playing their second team rather than their first team next season.

Chess Puzzle of the Week (66)


Continuing the game Eamon Rashid-Farokhi-Andrew Bamford (RJCC 1993) from last week’s puzzle, White missed the winning Bd4, or even Qd4, instead playing h6, after which Black had the advantage. It wasn’t so easy for him to defend, though, and a few moves later they reached this position.

White to move again. Again there are two winning moves. This time I want you to find and analyse both of them.