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    1964 - England win expanded Glorney Cup Competition  

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Extract from volumn 29: August 20 1964, page 364


The injection of two continental teams this year transformed the Glornay Cup from a sterile ritual to an exciting and keenly fought contect and great credit must go to all the organuisers responsible, particularly Messers. Morrish and Sinclair.

In the event, england won again, but only by the narrowest of margins owing to a lucky escape against Scotland. At adjournment Scotland needed only one point for victory with both unfinished games, Davie v Hartston and Hay v Griffiths, in her favour. Team manager G. Bonner W. Fairhurst (down for the day) looked at the positions and reckoned they could count on 1.5 or 2 points. However, the English boys did their homework better. First Hartston drew a lost rook-and-pawns end-game against Davie, and then after a second adjournment Griffiths beat Hay in an 85 move marathon in which the Scottish player must have missed at least six draws in the last 40 moves. So Scotland, with their strongest team ever, missed the opportunity to beat the old enemy. Next day they collapsed against the Netherlands team which had been soundly beaten by England on the opening day.

England's victory was largely due to their better end-game play superior talent for swindling. In future years, however, if we are to meet this opposition,it may prove necessary to drop the system of regional representation and oick the team solely on merit.

Davie had gone unbeaten through the Scottish Championship; he then sat down against the the French number one and was not merely beaten but destroyed! For mystified Scots, here's how it was done.

Sicilian Defence


  Eng Holl Scot Ire Fra Wal G.T. Pts
England 4 3 5 20 9
Holland 2   4 4 5 3 19 8
Scotland 3 1   5 4 5 19 7
Ireland 2 1 4 4 12 4
France 1 1 2 2   4 10 2
Wales 1 2 1 2 2 8 0

 
  England     Holland     Scotland  
  MJ Basman 3/5   J Greben 2/5   AM Davie 2½/5
  WR Hartson 2½/4   N Schouten 5/5   P Jamieson 4/5
  P Almond 3½/5   H de Wilde 2½/4   E Davis 4
  PC Griffiths 3/4   J Marcus 2/4   G Hay 2/4
  RD Keene 4½/5   P van Genugten 2½/4   P George 2½/4
  J Hearson 2½/4   J Glazenburgh 2½/4   T Cowling 3/4
  L Burnett 1/3   H Hall 3/4   J Glendinning 1/3
                 
  Ireland     France     Wales  
K Ryan 1½/5 Makles 3/5 J Whitcutt 1/5
  J Moles 2/5   Daumens 2/5   H Meuller 1½/5
  R Byrne 2/5   Benoit 1/5   D Morgan 1/4
R Farina 1/4 Scoatarin 2/5 J Davies 0/4
  J Lacy 1/3   Isorez 1½/5   P Thomas 1½/4
  G McAleary 1½/3   Arcon 1/5   G Jones 2/4
  S Negrine 1/2         V Davies 1½/4
  G McCurdy 2½/3            


    Albin Counter Gambit  
    The least said about some of the chess played by the big names (Basman, Hartson, Davie, Greben) the better. Not until the last the last round did Hartson find his touch, when he pulled off the following amazing win. White's 22 NxB is a gross move. He should try 22 PxN PxQP 23 RxP BxR 24 QxB when Black's pawn pawns would have a somewhat scattered appearence.

Sicilian Defence
 
    For wild and wooley chess the following game would be hard to beat.

Old Indian
 
    London Boy Champion RD Keene was England's best player. Not only did he score the most points, but he produced his best chess when it mattered most. Here is a particular fine performance against a good opponent.

Slav. Exchange Variation
 
     
       
   
The Glorney comittee are thankful for the kind permission of
 CHESS Magazine chess.co.uk to include the above extracts in their archive material.