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   4-Handed Chess - 1992

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"London" (ICC) v Cambridge University

18th March 1992

Notation: Descriptive notation seems the simplest to use in four-handed chess. An algebraic version can clearly be employed, but due to the size of a 4H board, can involve a lot more counting! With descriptive notation, all ranks are described from the view point of the player whose turn it is to move. Squares in the board extensions to either side of each player are expressed as that of the player concerned, given in a lower case letter before the square eg yK3 means Yellow's K3, rKB3 means Red's KB3 etc. The same device is used if necessary to avoid an ambiguity, sometimes in relation to a piece, eg bKN means Black's king's knight, etc.

A player who is mated loses his turn and his "move" is therefore shown as a dash.

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1892 Match 
1992 Match 

Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Top

Game 1

Round 1, Board 1
London (Insurance): Ian Hunnable (White) and David Malcolm (Yellow)
Cambridge: Andrew Ponting (Black) and Philip Best (Red)

    White   Black   Yellow   Red           White   Black   Yellow  Red

 1  P-K3    P-K3    P-K3     P-K3      17  B-N2    B-N10+  N-N3    P-Q3
 2  Q-N4    P-QB3   N-QB3    P-QB3     18  K-N1    P-K4    BxP     RxB
 3  N-QB3   B-Q3    Q-N4     P-QN4     19  R-B1    BxB     NxP     K-K2
 4  Q-B5    Q-B3    Q-K6     N-B3      20  R-B7    P-B3    N-bQ3+  R-KB1
 5  N-R4    Q-B10   Q-B7     BxKP      21  RxP+    K-B1    N-R9    R-B7
 6  NxP+    K-Q1    BxP      BxBP+     22  B-K4    PxR     K-K2    R-B10
 7  QxB     QxB     QxQ+     BPxQ      23  P-N3    N-K2    N-bQ3   R-B6
 8  QxQ+    P-N4    P-QN3    KxQ       24  N-K2    R-N1    K-Q1    R-B7
 9  P-Q3    BxNP    BxP      R-N1      25  R-KB1   R-N5    N-N8    R-B7
10  B-rQ3   BxR     BxN+     K-K1      26  N-B3    R-B5    N-K7    R-K7
11  O-O-O   K-B2    B-R7     R-N10     27  N-R4    R-yN1+  K-K2    RxN
12  N-bK1+  K-Q1    O-O-O    BxNP      28  R-B6+   K-K1    P-KB3   R-K5
13  BxB     KxN     N-R3     P-QR3     29  N-bN2   K-Q1    K-B2    R-wN1+
14  BxN     B-yB3   NxR      P-KR4     30  K-N2    RxP+    P-QR4   R-wN1 mate
15  BxBP    BxR     KxB      P-R5      White & Yellow Resigned (44 moves).
16  BxR     BxN     N-K4     K-Q1

London 0 - 1 Cambridge.

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Game 2

Round 1, Board 2

London: Tony Paish (White) and David Sedgwick (Yellow)
Cambridge: Natasha Regan (Black) and Dave Boyle (Red)

     White      Black      Yellow      Red

 1   P-K3       P-K3       P-K3        P-K3
 2   Q-N4       P-QB3      N-QB3       P-QB3
 3   N-QB3      N-KB3      B-Q3        P-QN4
 4   Q-Q7       B-Q3       Q-B3        N-KB3
 5   P-KR4      N-R3       P-QN3       P-KR3
 6   P-R4       N-QN5      Q-Q5        Q-K2
 7   P-R5       N(3)-Q4    P-KR4       Q-B4
 8   P-R6       N-B6       Q-Q10       Q-K4
 9   Q-Q5       N-yB3+     NxN         QxQ
10   QxQ        N-K7       N-QN5       BxKP
11   Q-KB5      Q-B3       NxN+        PxN
12   BPxB       QxR        O-O         N-R3
13   QxN        Q-Q5       R-K1        N-wN3
14   R-KR3      P-QN3      B-B1        BxR
15   NxB        PxyP       NxP         NxB
16   KxN        Q-Q9+      B-N2        R-KN1
17   N-B4       BxwP       BxbP        R-N6
18   PxB        Q-K10      B-N5        R-Q6
19   Q-R4       R-KN1      B-bB3       P-KB4
20   QxRP       R-B1       B-K2        P-N5
21   PxrP       QxwP       B-N4        R-K6
22   R-R5       QxyN       B-B5        R-QB6
23   PxP        Q-KB4      B-K6        RxN+
24   K-K1       Q-K2+      B-N7        RxQ
25   NxQ        QPxP       BxR         K-B2
26   P-QN3      B-R3

No further moves recorded. The game finished in a long time-scramble, won by Cambridge.

London 0 - 2 Cambridge.

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Game 3

Round 2, Board 1

Cambridge: Andrew Ponting (White) and Philip Best (Yellow)
London: David Sedgwick (Black) and Tony Paish (Red)

     White      Black      Yellow      Red

 1   P-K3       P-K3       P-QB3       N-QB3?

The Cambridge players had come up with an opening novelty (yP-QB3) and Red fails to see its point. On the other boards, the London players also found themselves confronting this position and fell into the same trap!

 2   B-Q3       Q-K2?

On the other board, Black found the correct move, which is 2 ..., Q-N4, only to go wrong, however, two moves later!

 2   ....       ....       QxP mate      -
 3   Q-R5

This move, which is prevented by 2 ..., Q-N4, allows a subsequent Q-R9 upholding the mate.

 3   ....       Q-B4       P-K3          -
 4   Q-R9

With the mate consolidated, Black is left to fight the combined White and Yellow forces single handedly, morevore, having one move to their two! It is only a matter of time.

 4   ....       QxQ        BxQ           -
 5   P-QN4      P-QN3      P-KR3         -
 6   N-QB3      B-N2       B-K10         -
 7   KN-K2      BxB        N-KB3         -
 8   NxB        P-QR3      P-KR4         -
 9   KN-QB3     PxP        RxP           -
10   P-KR4      N-QB3      R-K4          -
11   P-R5       R-N1       R-K5          -
12   R-R3       N-N5       NxN           -
13   R-B3       BxN        K-K2          -
14   BxNP       Black and Red Resign.

London 0 - 3 Cambridge

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Game 4

Round 2, Board 2

Cambridge: Dave Boyle (White) and Natasha Regan (Yellow)
London (Insurance): Ian Hunnable (Black) and David Malcolm (Red)

    White      Black      Yellow      Red

1   P-K3       P-K3       P-QB3       N-QB3?

See note to previous game.

2   B-Q3

yQxrP mate cannot now be prevented, except by bBxP+, giving up a piece. However, Black saw a means of playing so as to subsequently raise the mate without giving away material:

2   ....       Q-N4!

...so as to follow with 3 ..., Q-QB4.

2   ....       ....       QxP mate      -
3   Q-N4       Q-QB4      Q-N9        P-K3

Black and Red are out of the woods at the cost of a red pawn. Black, however, was about to plunge them back into the mire...

4   Q-B8

Now Black managed to convince himself that Red was under threat of mate by wQxKP+ and yQ-N3 mate. (This neglects to take into account that Red has a move in which to defend against this threat.) Under the misapprehension that it was vital from him to lend support to the Red camp, he played...

4   ....       Q-B13??

...which turned out to be the biggest blunder of the entire event! Correct was 4 ..., N-KB3, for as White & Yellow swiftly demonstrate, it is Black who is threatened with mate!

4   ....       ....       QxbP+       Q-B3
5   QxbQP mate   -        Q-N12+

...releasing the mate so that White can capture the Black pieces. A simple strategy: Yellow keeps Black in check allowing White to mop up the bits; it is a lot easier to win if you can render one opponent impotent rather than having both queens tied up in maintaining a mate. The game concluded:

5   ....       ....       ....        Q-B4
6   QxB+       K-K2       Q-bK1+      P-QN4
7   QxN        K-B3       QxB+        Q-KR4
8   QxR        K-K4       P-QN3

...cutting out the mate by 8 ..., ..., ..., Q-yQ1 mate.

               Black & Red Resign.

London 0 - 4 Cambridge.

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Game 5

Round 3, Board 1

Cambridge: Andrew Ponting (White) and Philip Best (Yellow)
London: Tony Paish (Black) and Ian Hunnable (Red)
 

     White      Black      Yellow      Red

 1   P-K3       P-K3       P-QB3       P-K3
 2   B-Q3       N-QB3      P-K3        Q-K2
 3   P-QB3      Q-B3       BxKP        N-QB3
 4   P-QN4      P-KR4      BxrBP+      K-Q1
 5   N-KB3      N-R4       Q-N4        Q-Q10
 6   B-N6       NxP+       K-Q1        QxQ
 7   BxQ        Q-QB6      N-QR3       P-Q4
 8   Q-B2       QxB+       P-R4        N-R3
 9   P-KR4      P-QB3      P-N4        N-yR2
10   B-K8       P-QN3      RxN         B-KR6
11   P-R5       NxP+       BPxN        BxR
12   PxN        BxN        R-N1        BxN
13   BxB        QxP+       K-K1        B-Q3
14   N-R4       Q-K7       BxP         R-KN1
15   NxP+       BxP        B-rB3+      K-K1
16   RxP        Q-QR7      R-N4        B-yQ3
17   B-yN2      QxyR       P-R3        R-N5
18   RxP+       QPxR       PxQ         RxwP
19   Q-rN1+     B-B10      K-Q1        B-B1
20   K-B1       R-Q1       P-KN5       R-wR2
21   N-R3       R-Q7       B-rN2       R-yR1+
22   B-R7       B-K12      B-B1        Q-rB2 mate
23   R-yK1+

This is not mate as Red is mated, therefore Yellow can play KxR or, for that matter, K-B2. In any event...

                Black & Red lost on time.

London 0 - 5 Cambridge

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Game 6

Round 3, Board 2

London David Malcolm (White) and David Sedgwick (Yellow)
Cambridge: Natasha Regan (Black) and Dave Boyle (Red)

Won by White and Yellow.

Moves not to hand.

London 1 - 5 Cambridge