Monday, 20 April 2009

Bolton Easter Congress

I'm testing some new code for displaying games in an online viewer on this blog. I'm using Chess Viewer Deluxe, written by Nikolai Pilafov and based on Michael Keating's very popular MyChessViewer which I used to use for BritBase. It looks pretty good and, unlike most viewers to date, allows you to move pieces around on the board. It was quite easy to set up. I might well start using this for Britbase proper.

For testing purposes, here are three games from the Bolton Easter Congress sent to me by Mick Norris and Rod Middleton.

(2020 editorial note: this blog post has long since been overtaken by time and the original code used to display it is no longer allowed by modern browsers - but you can still enjoy the games which now appear in pgn4web format - JS)


  1. Why has Mike Surtees started playing normal chess?

  2. Good point. 1...e6 is certainly unusual for him but not quite unprecedented. I found a couple of other examples on the database.

    It prompted me to unearth a game I played against Mike many moons ago. Looking at it afresh (I was Black), it strikes me that it resembles one of Mike's own games with Black, with my kingside pawns flung up the board and my king left exposed. Could my own Heath Robinson opening play have been the improbable inspiration for Mike's weird 'weaken all the kingside light squares' Caro Kann variation?

    Surtees,M - Saunders,J
    Earley Rapidplay (5), 11.05.1985

    1 e4 c6 2 Nc3 d5 3 Qf3 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 d4 e6 6 Qg3 c5 7 Nf3 Nc6 8 Bg5 Qb6 9 0-0-0 cxd4 10 Nb5 Bc5 11 Bh4 Kf8 12 Qf4 h6 13 Bg3 g5 14 Qg4 f5 15 Qh5 Kg7 16 Bd3 Qd8 17 Bxf5 exf5 18 e6 Qf6 19 exd7 Bxd7 20 h4 g4 21 Nd2?? (21 Nc7 is still a game) 21...Be8 0-1