1st North Circular Chess Congress Report

by T.C.Gavriel

5th-6th July 1997, The Angel Community Centre, Raynham Road, Edmonton, London, N18


Selected Games
Final results tables

Organisers and Prize details

Chief Organiser:Gary Cook, NCCL Congress secretary
Chief Controller: J Glynne Jones (BCF Arbiter)

Selected Games

McShane,L - Kitchlew,A [B90]
NCL congress 97,

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 Qc7 8.h3 b5 9.Nd5 Nxd5 10.Qxd5 Bb7

11.Qd3 Be7 12.h4 Nd7 13.Nd2 0-0 14.h5 h6 15.Rh3 Nf6 16.f3 d5 17.c3 Rfd8 18.exd5 Nxd5 19.0-0-0 Nxe3 20.Qxe3 Bg5 21.Qf2 b4


22.f4 Bxf4 23.Kc2 Bc8 24.c4 Bxh3 25.gxh3 Qa5 26.Kb3 Rd4 27.Be2 Rad8 0-1

Final Position

Kenworthy,G - McShane,L [B93]
NCL, 1997,

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.f4 Qc7 7.a4 g6 8.Bd3 Bg7 9.Nf3 Nbd7 10.0-0 b6 11.Qe1 Bb7 12.Kh1 0-0

13.Qh4 Rae8 14.f5 e6 15.Bh6 exf5 16.exf5 Qc6 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Rf2 Ne5 19.Nxe5 dxe5 20.Re1 e4

21.Bf1 Re5 22.Rf4 e3 23.Rc4 Qd7 24.Bd3 Rfe8 25.Re2 Be4 26.Nxe4 Nxe4 27.Rxe4 Rxe4

28.f6+ Kh8 29.Bxe4 Rxe4 30.Qg3 Re8 31.h3 Qd1+ 32.Qe1 Qd4 33.c3 Qf4 34.b4 b5 35.axb5 axb5 36.Kg1 h5 37.Qf1 Qe5 38.Qe1 Kh7 39.h4 Qf4 40.g3 Qf3 41.Kh2 Re4 42.Kg1 Kh6

43.Kh2 g5 44.hxg5+ Kxg5 45.Kg1 Kxf6 0-1

Final Position

McShane,L - Stone,A [A04]
NCL (3),

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Nbd2 0-0 8.Re1 e5 9.c3 b5 10.a3 a5

11.a4 b4 12.Nc4 Ba6 13.Nfd2 Rb8 14.Nf1 Ne8 15.Nfe3 Nc7 16.h4 h5 17.Bf3 Bc8 18.Kg2 Ne6 19.Rh1 Ne7 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.exd5 Nc7 22.Nxa5 Bb7 23.cxb4 cxb4 24.Qb3 Na6 25.Nxb7 Rxb7 26.Be3 f5 27.a5 f4 28.Bb6 Qe7 29.Rhc1 g5 30.hxg5 Qxg5 31.Qc4

e4 32.dxe4 Be5 33.g4 hxg4 34.Rg1 Rg7 35.Kf1 Qh4 36.Rxg4 Rxg4 37.Qxa6

Rg3 38.fxg3 fxg3 39.Ke2 Qh2+ 40.Kd3 Rxf3+ 41.Be3 Rxe3+ 42.Kxe3 Qf2+ 43.Kd3 Qf3+ 44.Kd2 Bf4+ 0-1

Final Position

Tozer,R - Gavriel,T (BCC Online Author!) [E73]
NCL 97

Kasparov once wrote that one way to improve is to publish your games, to expose your moves (and thinking) to a wide audience. This will motivate you to improve your play, and have your moves questioned! Well here is my quickest loss in the tournament against the International Master Richard Tozer.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 e5 6.d5 a5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Be3 Na6 9.Qd2 Nc5 10.f3 0-0 11.g4

This position reminded me of my horrible loss against Richard in the Lloyds bank masters a few years ago. That game was a Nimzo Indian, but white playing the similar plan of f3 and g4. This is a "clamping" strategy which is targetted primarily at making it undesirable for black to play the standard freeing move f5.

Ne8 12.h4 f5

Being a rebellious person wanting freedom, I played f5 anyway , justifying it to myself as a way of getting the dark squares!

13.gxf5 gxf5 14.Bxh6 f4 15.Bg5 Bf6 16.0-0-0 Ng7 17.Bxf6 Rxf6 18.Bf1 Nh5 19.Bh3 Ng3

I have my dark square but unfortunately it's for its own sake- the knight on g3 is a convenient target with my king behind it. It's very easy to see how bad my play is in retrospect.

20.Rh2 Rh6 21.Bxc8 Rxc8 22.Nge2 Rxh4 23.Rg2 Rh3 24.Nxf4 1-0

Final Position

Final Results Tables


Position Player

Challengers (Top 10)

Position Player
1 Daniells,M
2 Eccles, A
3 Kaye, J
4 Ruston,M
5 Okosieme, I
6 Turner,T
7 Brown,R
8 Niccoli, T
9 Pride, S
10 Prince, A

Minor (Top 10)

Position Player
1 Payne, R
2 Roberts, J
3 Brief, J
4 Merzouk, A
5 Trent, L
6 Baum, JH
7 Goodwin, L
8 Gore, A
9 Szabo, P
10 Graham, O



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