This season was the first full one for the Bristol Chess Times – one of our initiatives was a ‘Game of the Month’ (GotM). This relied on submissions from players, or captains, but also on us to look around at tournaments or on other websites where games are published. This is a known bias – one month we were so starved of games that we had to go with one of mine – but hopefully this will only spur on more game suggestions for next year!
*Rest assured as co-editor my effort in October is exempt from winning Game of the Season (GotS) but let’s have a recap of the 10 ‘Games of the month’ and we’ll let you decide the rest:
Remember September? Perhaps this swift ‘Greek Gift’ win from Aron will jog your memory:
This lively game was a crucial part of Horfield B’s surprise win over Downend A early in the season:
Perhaps this all-out war between Lewis and Oliver, who clearly agreed to a ‘no castling’ rule before the game, will get your pick:
(December had no GotM)
We went with a bumper edition in January, to pull out 4 defensive/counterattacking wins with Black. First up was Rich Wiltshir’s cool defence to claim joint first in the Clevedon Congress major:
Next was tournament organiser Graham Mill-Wilson showing disregard for a knight settling next to his king for most of the game and getting the job done to win the minor section:
League newcomer Waleed Khan played a classical game here from a Sicilian position, developing and centralising until a deadly pin was enough to force resignation:
And finally for January, a deadly and accurate finish emerging from another seemingly normal Sicilian by Steve Woolgar:
Devon didn’t know what hit it when Thornbury’s Lynda Smith won the day with a smooth and controlled attack:
Back to the league and the ever-enterprising Mike Meadows was elegantly unhinged here by university’s Ethan Luc:
(April had no GotM)
Finally, Jerry Hendy was under some pressure in this league game but gives up three pawns for a resignation:
Phew! 10 is a lot of chess games. But we have picked a winner! We’ll announce both the ‘people’s vote’ and the ‘editor’s pick’ soon.
One thing I notice is that all of these games are wins. A draw can often be an epic struggle and worthy of any prize, so maybe next season we’ll have of few more of those.
Mike is co-editor of the Bristol Chess Times and plays regular league and tournament chess