Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Rachel Reeves vs Stephen Moss, House of Commons, 18 Oct 2011

Today at the House of Commons, Rachel Reeves MP was challenged to a couple of games of 10-minute blitz chess by Guardian journalist Stephen Moss. Rachel and Stephen are both competition players with chess grades not too dissimilar from each other, though Rachel has not played actively for a few years. She was a bit rusty and lost the first game to Stephen. But, as you can see below, she brought in a special adviser to help her with the second game...

Garry Kasparov advises Rachel Reeves, who faces Stephen Moss.
To the left of picture you can see scribe GM Jonathan Speelman,
who kindly noted down the moves for us.
(photo copyright 2011 John Saunders)

The moves of game one...

The second game has notes by GM Jonathan Speelman, to whom I am very grateful for keying in the games.

1 comment:

  1. I think Rachel's last published grade was about ECF 125 a few years ago. Stephen Moss weighs in at 138. ECF 125 is 1600 Elo, while 138 is 1700 (roughly).