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
|2||Bf4||Usually knights are developed first but the Bishop is on its optimum square.|
|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.|
|7||f3?||Not necessary at this stage.|
|7||b6||Very risky but desperate for counterplay|
|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”.