Thursday, January 14, 2021

A Few Questions with the English Chess Chief Executive Mike Truran

 And one of his best games!

 Q: Where do you live?

A: Witney, Oxfordshire, England


Q: Where do you vacation?

A: New Zealand, where we have a house I don’t spend enough time at.


Q: Favorite movie?

A: Shawshank Redemption


Q: Best thing about playing chess?

A: Playing an occasional good game and meeting with friends and chess colleagues.


Q: Most memorable opponent?

A: GM Nigel Short in a simul. I managed to win and he was very gracious after the game.


Q: Favorite game of all time?

A: Pillsbury – Tarrasch, Hastings, 1895


Q: Best three chess books?

A: Fischer’s My 60 Most Memorable Games, Bronstein’s Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953, Tiller’s Chess Treasury of Air.


Q: Tip for the club player?

A: Win or lose, be nice to your opponent.

 Here is a nice finish by Mike Truran as Black against N. Davies in 1991.


26. …..            Qxd4!!

27. Bxd4         Bxd4

28. Rfc1?        Nf5+?

A little slip but it hardly matters. White is in a bad way. Better was 28. Rc2. The difference between up 6 pawns with the actual move and 10 pawns with Igor3000’s analysis.


29. Kf1           Rxa1

30. Rxa1         Bxa1

31. Qd7?         ……..

The last chance for counterplay was 31. Ke1


31. …….         Rc1+

32. Ke2           Rc2+

33. Ke1           Bc3+

34. Kf1            Bg2+

35. Kg1           Bd4+

White resigns

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