Little King Moves

In the second of our historical features from the Bristol Chess Times of old, Horfield CC’s Bob Radford shares an article from “sometime in the 1980’s” entitled Little King Moves. League historians may be able to accurately date the game as it occurred the same year that Yatton won the minor cup against Downend. Answers on a postcard for the answer to that question? “Little King Moves” was originally analysed and reported in the Bristol Chess Times by Mick Cook, sometime in the 1980’s…

EDITORS NOTE – I valiantly tried to transcribe the game from the images below but being born in the 1980’s my head started to explode with Descriptive notation! As an act of posterity I have included the original images supplied by Bob Radford. Bob subsequently sent me on the Algebraic Notation of the game and I have added it as a playable game after the original Bristol Chess Times article below. John Richards of Horfield CC has also estimated the date at round 1982 when Yatton and Clevedon A won Division 2. Whichever format is your preferred choice I hope people enjoy the game below – Thanks Bob and John!

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Bob Radford vs. W. Meakin (circa 1982 est.)

Play through full game – Radford vs. Meakin

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11 king moves in a game that lasted 27 moves in total cannot be desirable from Blacks perspective.  Indeed, little king moves are not always the best defensive measure.


bobradford

Bob Radford

A long term stalwart in the Bristol & District Chess league, Bob currently plays for Horfield Chess Club and regularly competes in the local tournament calendar.

 

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