Michael Bennett wrote:
Graham's other 4 games were from the Kidlington U180 in Feb:http://home.btconnect.com/OCA/U180%20%2 ... e2010.html
I actually played him in the last round, and from the way he played I did reckon he was way above his estimated grade of 150. Well done to him getting a 200+ grading this season though!
Of course, I should have checked the Kidlington crosstable as it is the only longplay tournament in the area.
I see you lost to the eventual winner of Kidlington, Georgs Vikanis. I played him when he was about 13 and had just arrived from Latvia. He had won his first four games in the Oxford league and I was terrified of the prospect of meeting him with black! I played the King's Indian for the first time in my life, got thoroughly outplayed, fought back well when he missed a winning move and then offered him a draw in an easily won position when I had one minute left on my clock to finish the game. He thought about it for about five minutes, obviously wondering whether he could blitz me off the board if he continued, but then accepted. By then I had worked out a simple winning plan for me which I reckon I would have had time to execute.
[Event "Banbury vs Cowley, Oxford League div 1"]
[White "Vikanis, Georgs"]
[Black "D'Souza-Eva, Jon"]
1. Nf3 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 g6 4. Nc3 Bg7 5. e4 O-O 6. Bd3 e5 7. d5 a5 8. O-O
Na6 9. Nd2 Nc5 10. Bc2 Bd7 11. Nb3 b6 12. Nxc5 bxc5 13. f4 exf4 14. Bxf4
Ng4 15. Qd2 Ne5 16. b3 Qe7 17. Bh6 a4 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. Rae1 axb3 20. Bxb3
h6 21. Ne2 Qg5 22. Qc3 Kg8 23. Nf4 Rfe8 24. Re3 Qe7 25. Rg3 Kh7 26. h3 Rf8
27. Kh2 f5 28. Bc2 g5 29. exf5 Qf6 30. Nh5 Qf7 31. f6+ Kg8 32. Ng7 Rxa2 33.
Nf5 Qxf6 34. Ne3 Qg7 35. Nf5 Bxf5 36. Bxf5 Kh8 37. Bd3 Rxf1 38. Bxf1 Qf6
39. Qb3 Rb2 40. Qa3 Qf2 41. Qc3 Kg8 42. h4 g4 43. h5 Nf3+ 44. Rxf3 gxf3 45.
Qf6 fxg2 46. Qg6+ Kf8 47. Qxh6+ Ke7 48. Qg7+ Qf7
I felt reasonably pleased about being the first person to avoid losing to the new wunderkind on the block, but Georgs rather took the luster off my result by losing five and drawing two of his remaining seven league games.