Newport Chess Club

Is Chess a young person's sport?

Since the infamous first Karpov – Kasparov match during which Kasparov, the younger challenger, drove his older challenger to the point of collapse following a series of draws the game of chess at grandmaster level has been dominated by youth. The young Carlsen being the latest example of youth dominating the sport. But what happens during a one off game? The recent resurgence of Kasparov indicates this may not be true over shorter matches. So, do you choose the enthusiasm and vigour of youthful attack or the wisdom and experience of the elder chess statesman? The following match played when Newport B travelled to play Malpas C in a Division 2 top 2 meeting gives one example of where experience when facing a youthful player deploying an aggressive opening can turn the tide.

White: O STUBBS (1902) - teenager
Black: G Cadden (1761) - senior citizen!

Kings Indian Defence – comments by Gordon Cadden

1 d4 Nf6  
2 Bf4   Usually knights are developed first but the Bishop is on its optimum square.
2   g6  
3 Nc3 Bg7  
4 e4 d6  
5 Qd2   Alarm bells were ringing. My opponent was lining up 0-0-0, h4 & h5 opening up the file for the rook, together with the exchange of the black squared bishops.  Counterplay in the centre and queenside was desperately needed.
5   0-0  
6 0-0-0 Re8  
7 f3?   Not necessary at this stage.
7   b6 Very risky but desperate for counterplay
8 Bh6 Bh8  
9 h4 c5  
10 dc bc  
11 e5! Nh5  
12 Qd5! Qb6!  
13 ed Bb7  
14 d7 Rd8  
15 Qg5 Bf6  
16 Qg4 Bc6  
17 Bg5 Nbd7  
18 Bf6 Nhf6  
19 Qg5 Rab8  
20 b3 Qb4  
21 Kb2 Kg7  
22 h5 h6  
23 Qe3 g5  
24 Nh3 c4  
25 f4 cb  
26 cb g4  
27 Nf2 Nc5  
28 Rd8 Rd8  
29 Nd3 Nd3  
30 Bd3 Qd4  
31 Qd4 Rd4  
32 Bc2 Bg2  
33 Re1 e6  
34 Nb4 Rd7  
35 Rd1 Bd5  
36 Rg1 Bf3  
37 f5 Nh5  
38 fe fe  
39 Re1 Kf6  
40 Kc3 e5  
41 Re3 Nf4  
42 Na3 Resigns   The knight fork on his rook wins outright

Gordon Commented “A very lively game from my 13 year old Downend and Fishponds Junior Champion, Oliver Stubbs who played a very aggressive opening aiming to win quickly. With a 64 years age gap between players this was understandable. I had to keep up the pressure on my opponent to stop him demolishing my Kingside”. The younger player in this instance is destined for a very successful career in chess but for many of us older statesmen in the Gwent league can take some hope that “old dogs will have their day”.