Ian Wells memories

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Leonard Barden
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Ian Wells memories

Post by Leonard Barden » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:34 am

A long picture article just published on Chess.com, with memories of the 1970s and 1980s.

https://www.chess.com/blog/simaginfan/i ... nal-memory

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Christopher Kreuzer
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Re: Ian Wells memories

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:51 am

Thank you for the link to that article. Do you know who is the author? I couldn't find their name anywhere in the piece or their user profile. This site is referenced several times, with screenshots and in one case a reference to a thread that they had lost the link to (where you had written about a tournament involving Ian Wells). I can't find this either. Can anyone track it down?

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Re: Ian Wells memories

Post by John Pitcher » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:37 pm

A lovely article. I knew Ian in the 1970s as we both played in the north west congresses. I remember him as modest, thoughtful and friendly - a really lovely lad. We both played in the BCF at Chester in 1979; he in the Championship and I in the Major Open. We then both went to the Under 16 tournament in Viborg in the October with Nigel, Julian and Danny (me as the reserve to make up the numbers!!). Good memories! There is no doubt in my mind that Ian would have gone on to become a strong grandmaster.

I stopped playing chess in 1980 but remember hearing of his death with shock and sadness. RIP Ian.

I reproduce the one game we played. This was round 4 of the Manchester Open and played on 15 July 1978. We were both doing well but Ian found some nice tactics to beat me convincingly. No doubt the computer would find lots of improvements for both sides but those things weren't invented then (!).

White: John Pitcher; Black: Ian Wells
1. c4; e5 2. Nc3; Nf6 3. Nf3; Nc6 4. e3;Bb4 5. Qc2;d6 6. a3; Bc3 7. Qc3;a5 8. b3;Bg4 9. h3;Bh5 10. d3;Qe7 11. Be2; O-O 12. g4;Bg6 13. Bb2;Nd8 14. Nd2;Ne6 15. 0-0-0;c5 16. Bf3;Nd7 17. Bb7;aRb8; 18. Bc6;fRc8 19. Bb5;Nd4 20. ed4: cd4 21. Qa5;Nc5 22. Kb1;Nd3 23. Ka1;d5 24. cd5;Ra8 25. Ba6;Rc2 26. Nc4;Nc5 27. d6;Qa7 28. Qb6;Qb6 29. Nb6; Ra6 30. Nc4; Rf2 31. b4; Nd7 32. hRe1;f6 33.Rc1;d3 34. eRd1;Kf7 35. b5;Ra7 36. Ne5+;fe5 37. Rc7;Rc7 38. dc7;Rc2; 39. Rc1; d2 40. Rc2; Bc2! 0-1

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Re: Ian Wells memories

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John Saunders
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Re: Ian Wells memories

Post by John Saunders » Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:33 am

I've included this game in the Ian Wells collection at BritBase...

http://www.saund.co.uk/britbase/pgn/wel ... iewer.html

... many thanks to John Pitcher for this contribution. Also, I must once again acknowledge the splendid initial work by Sean Parker in sourcing some games from Ian Wells's own scorebooks and which inspired the collection in the first place. Has anybody else got Ian Wells games that can be added?
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Graham Borrowdale
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Re: Ian Wells memories

Post by Graham Borrowdale » Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:48 pm

I was just about to say that I will dig out a game I played against Ian in 1981, but I see that it is already on John's database. It goes to show how many game from back then - not so much today - never got published. There are some great games in that database, not published elsewhere - keep up the good work, John, and other contributors.

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Re: Ian Wells memories

Post by Neil Blackburn » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:08 pm

O.K. I wrote the article. Humble thanks to Mr Barden for drawing attention to it. @ John Pitcher - apologies for not naming you as part of that team - when I get round to putting these articles together, I just sit down with a couple of beers and write what comes into my head. What gets forgotten, gets forgotten! To be part of the team, with the talent around at that time, you must have been very, very good! Thanks also for the memories and the game. Hopefully if a couple of others come forward with similar material I will be able to use it - with appropriate permissions of course - to do a small follow up, rather than go through the rather risky process of trying to add to the original, so any contributions welcomed. A big thanks to John Saunders and Britbase - for me it is an absolutely essential resource. Humble gratitude annd Thanks everyone.

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Jon Tait
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Re: Ian Wells memories

Post by Jon Tait » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:19 pm

John Saunders wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:33 am
I've included this game in the Ian Wells collection at BritBase...
I just downloaded that to see if it included his games from Newbury 1974, where he panned me in the last round. But no :(
blog inspired by Bronstein's book, but using my own games: http://200opengames.blogspot.co.uk/

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