Robert Wade, OBE was born on April 10, 1921 in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was
a chess player, writer, arbiter, coach, and promoter. After winning the New
Zealand Chess Championship in 1944, 1945 and 1948, he traveled to Europe to
further his chess career. Settling in England, he became an International Master
in 1950 and went on to represent England in six Chess Olympiads. In 1952 and
1970 he was British Champion.
Bob Wade (left) with GM Jon Speelman and ECF International Director Peter
Sowray in 2007
Robert Wade was taken to the queen Elisabeth Hospital in Woolwich on Wednesday
morning with severe pneumonia. He died on Saturday November 29th 2008 at 03:00
GM Jonathan Speelman, London, England
I first met Bob in about 1968 when, for about a year, he was my first
and only chess teacher. Since then, we developed a friendship which has continued
for 40 years. Bob was a pioneer and for the more than 50 years that he lived
in England an inspiration. He was twice British Champion, six times an English
team member and for many years the Batsford Chess adviser and National Junior
Coach. He was still teaching and playing active chess and turned out for Athenaeum
in the London League as recently as a fortnight ago. His sudden death is a shock
and a great sadness.
GM John Nunn, Chertsey, United Kingdon
I often visited Bob Wade during the 1970s and 1980s, mainly to use
his extensive chess library. Bob was always ready with a friendly welcome and
an amazing ability to find any particular item in what was a fairly chaotic
library. Bob's life was devoted to chess, and he was constantly involved in
various chess activities – playing, writing, coaching, organising and
promoting, all without regard for any financial reward involved. Even in his
eighties, he was busy with all sorts of chess plans. In his modest and low-profile
way, he did a tremendous amount for the game he loved, especially in Britain.
The OBE he received from the Queen was a well-deserved recognition of his work
for chess extending over many decades. Farewell, Bob.
GM Nigel Short, Athens, Greece
I can and I should write about Bob, but I am too tired after the Olympiad.
I don't think I would do him justice. He was a very important figure for British
and New Zealand chess. Apart from your data above you might mention that he
played a number of games against Che Guevara. Add that to the list of his notable
scalps. I remember, as a child, on my first visit to his place, being overwhelmed
by the sheer number of chess books. He was a very good-natured man who supported
chess and chessplayers in a thousand ways. I will miss him.
GM Jonathan Levitt, Ipswich, England
Bob Wade contributed enormously to chess over many decades, not just
as a player but also as an editor, writer, arbiter and most significantly as
an educator. Bob was a gentle natured and kind man and will be remembered with
great affection by all that knew him.
IM David Levy, London, England
Bob was the most selfless worker for chess and chess players it has ever been
my good fortune to meet. From when I first met him in 1960 he was always eager
to advise and help on anything chess related. His work for junior chess is legendary,
and he would continue his interest in the careers of those he had helped long
after they ceased to be juniors. In his role as the chess advisor to the London
based publisher B.T. Batsford has was responsible for starting an enormous series
of books, and he helped with gusto most of those who wrote for the series and
for other publishers. During the years when I was active as a chess author he
would frequently invite me to his home to consult his outstanding chess library,
as he did with so many other chess authors and players. The value of his help
and support was inestimable. Incidentally, Bob's middle name was Grant, not
Graham. I know it is given as Graham in some sources but he told me it was Grant.
Bob never asked anything of life or of anyone he helped. For him the progress
and success of many of those he mentored was reward enough.
Kevin O'Connell, Le Grand Mas, France
I first met Bob in 1965 (I think it was) when he was living in Ilford and was
the organizer of the Essex Junior chess team (for which I played at the time).
His chess library was comparatively small then. When I went off to university,
we kept in touch and seeing his library grow sparked my own collecting instinct.
While still at university I would visit him occasionally, by then in South London,
to comb his library for hard to find Fischer games to add to the file I was
building up and which eventually turned into the book which he and I edited.
He was always immensely helpful and gave enormously of his time (and hundreds
of thousands of cups of coffee) to all those in the chess world who wanted to
research for games or other chess material. Whenever I visited, there nearly
always seemed to be at least one or two other authors or players there.
He nearly always sounded gruff when answering the telephone with a short, sharp
"Bob" but was really very friendly. It was invariably a pleasure to
work with such a knowledgeable man, whether it was coaching, editing, organizing
or researching. Farewell Bob.
Ignatius Leong, General Secretary FIDE, Singapore
Unlike many players, organisers and arbiters, I did not have much chances working
with Mr Wade. In the very limited opportunities which we met, I find him as
one who is very pleasant to talk to and one who has patient ears. He is very
consultative and never pushes his own opinions. He definitely has been the most
fatherly figure the chess world will miss.
Peter Henderson, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
I was very saddened to hear of the passing of R.G. Wade, whose name was ubiquitous
when I first took up chess in 1970. Our college library received the British
Chess Magazine where Mr. Wade's games and genial commentary were always to be
found. His name will always be synonymous in my mind with the warmth and wit
with which British players of that day typically approached the game –
which is not to say they were alone in possessing those qualities.
I am worried at the statement that "Eventually the library was gifted
to the nation, though its eventual destination is not certain at present."
I trust it will go somewhere where it will be used and appreciated. I have two
computers but there's nothing like a book to relax and curl up with. I hope
the books have Mr. Wade's bookplates to remind readers of this stalwart player
and distinguished patron of our game. May he rest in peace.
Greg Koster, Chicago, USA
As a teen I would bring my chess set to the local library, pull Wade's Botvinnik-Petrosian
1963 off the shelf, and play the games and notes over and over. It always made
me feel like I had taken a magic carpet ride and was watching the games and
the players themselves in Moscow.
Matt Lunn, Warlingham, England
I knew Bob through his involvement in the Kent Junior Chess Association, where
he held the post of chief arbiter. He was a truly lovely man, always on hand
to offer coaching and advice to anyone who asked for it. KJCA tournaments were
always a treat when he was around, you'd be hard pressed to find another arbiter
that brought a bottle of wine for consumption during the event! Bob you will
be sorely missed.
Michael McDowell, Westcliff-on-sea, Great Britain
I would like to mention Bob's interest in chess problems. He regularly attended
lectures by the British Chess Problem Society and to the end was full of ideas
about how to promote this side of chess amongst the young. The sections on composition
in his 1968 book "Soviet Chess" are an excellent illustration of his
knowledge of the subject. A fine gentleman has left us. It was a pleasure to
Tom Welsh, Basingstoke, UK
I never got to know Bob Wade as a friend or colleague, and I count myself poorer
for that. From what little I did see of him, I felt intense admiration and respect.
I first met Wade at Cambridge University in 1968, when he gave a marvellously
detailed and helpful lecture on Bobby Fischer's games at the Sousse Interzonal
and Vinkovci. Typically, he showed us his own game against Fischer at Vinkovci,
even though he lost, because it was highly instructive.
A couple of years later I was living in London and fancied playing chess, so
I dropped in at the Athenaeum club and found Wade presiding. "What's your
grade?" he asked, and I told him "About 180". He introduced me
to an appropriate opponent, who trounced me several times in a row. Wade passed
by presently, eyed me sardonically, and remarked in his dry way, "You don't
look like a 180 to me". (He was quite right!)
Fast forward 20 years, and I took my daughter to a junior tournament at Swindon.
After she lost a tactical game, I took her to see if I could find some strong
player who could explain where she went wrong. To my astonishment, who was sitting
in a small room off the playing hall, doing post-mortems with all comers, but
Bob Wade – by now well on in years! He invited my daughter to sit down,
and quickly ran through a range of possibilities. Our eyes widened when he not
only suggested a whole rook sacrifice, but showed variations that made it seem
Bob Wade was a fine, energetic player who made the most of his talent and always
livened up any tournament with his own brand of resourceful fighting chess.
He put a tremendous amount of time into organizing and popularising the game.
He will be greatly missed by a huge number of people – not all of them
Jonathan Manley, Oxford
Always generous with his time and advice, Bob had a wry charm and modesty that
won him the affection and respect of chess players. He will be much missed.
Elliott Auckland, London, England
A charming funny man who gave me coaching for around two years. His depth of
knowledge of chess games and stories of chess players was extremely impressive.
He was a chess lover, who dedicated his whole life to the game and will be sorely
missed by chess players all around.
Roger Baxter, Winchester, England
I feel immensely privileged to have met Bob Wade when I was at a junior event
at Dulwich College a couple of years ago. I was analysing mad, mad lines of
the Fritz Variation of the Two Knights, and I heard a voice suggesting moves.
I was so keyed in to the position I didn't look round for a few seconds; as
soon as I did, it was "Oh my God, it's Bob Wade!" A true legend.
Laurence, Roberts, London, UK
I came across Bob Wade a number of times in recent years on the London
Chess circuit. What I admired about Bob was that he made the very best of the
gifts God had given him. Bob possessed a talent for the game of chess, but he
contributed more to British Chess than many others who were perhaps more gifted.
And he offered his time/advice as generously to those 30-50 year old amateurs
he came across on the London chess scene, as he did to the talented children
that he taught, or the GMs he assisted in preparing for matches. A good man.
Peter Hannan, London, England
I first met Bob Wade when he first arrived in U.K in 1947. He visited my school
in Blackheath (S.E.london) to give a Simultaneous display. I still have the
score of the that I was fortunate to win. Later, Bob settled in Blackheath at
the home of my friend, former British champion Alan Phillips. Bob did a great
deal of encouraging and training young players in the surrounding area and later
nationally. He became a firm friend and encouraged me to become an arbiter.
He introduced me to many overseas players who needed somewhere to stay in London
These included a young Murray Chandler and Russian GM David Bronstein.
Bob Wade was determined to remain a chess pofessional at a time when it was
very difficult to survive. To his credit he achieved this role. His untiring
work to encourage junior chess together with his efforts as an international
arbiter were rewarded with his OBE in 1979. He continued his chess playing right
to the very end, Playing in New Zealand and in the Staunton Memorial Tournament
in August this year. My wife Rose-Marie and I were very grieved to hear of his
departure. He will be sorely missed.
David Levens, Nottingham, England
I met Bob Wade when I was a young man living in London. He gave an informal
lesson to me, Dave Rumens and David Mabbs. It was the only coaching I ever received
but I never forgot his kindness and patience. I now make my living as a professional
working with juniors and hope I emulate the kindness and patience he taught
Craig Pritchett, Dunbar, Scotland
I would also like to add my own personal tribute to Bob Wade. I first made the
"promising" young player's pilgrimage to Bob's home in South London
some time in the late-1960s and can only echo others' fond memories of such
visits and of Bob's kindliness, encouragement and sheer love of chess. Later,
in the 1970s, when I was commissioned to write a couple of Batsford openings
books, I can also testify to Bob's open door policy to his marvellous library.
He was the most wonderful host. The honours system in the UK has its detractors,
but I and others can say that in Bob's case, his OBE for services to chess really
was without doubt thoroughly well-deserved. Good-bye, Bob. You did so much selfless
good work for chess and left so many fond memories with us all.
Rupert Jones, Leeds, UK
Like many of us it was with great sadness that I heard about Bob's death. I
first met Bob at Chess Olympiads when travelling with Botswana to the Saloniki
and Novi Sad Olympiads. In 1990 we decided to host the African Junior and I
thought that Bob would make an excellent choice as the Arbiter. Bob ws wonderful
and spent an entire month in Botswana. We got the British Council to sponsor
his ticket and I always remember him doing a talk at the Council Offices and
getting a record turnout for such an event. After the main event was over he
did several clinics and simultanoeus events at schools in the country. Bob was
very close to being the least materialistic person I have ever met. He was only
interested in helping 'Chess' the world over. And many years later when I became
International Director Bob was always there with his support and advice. I am
proud to have known Bob as a friend.
Mike Wiltshire, Dartford, Chairman, Kent County Chess Association
Bob was one of life's great guys as not only was he a top player but
he also put much back into the game he loved so dearly. He gave a tremendous
amount of time to Kent juniors in the capacities of both coach and arbiter.
He will indeed be missed.
Prof. Nagesh Havanur, Mumbai, India
Viktor Korchnoi on Bob Wade: "The first time I was able to speak
with a living Englishman was at the age of 23. This was Robert Wade. The first
chess professional of the British Empire saw how difficult the first steps were
for me. Like an experienced teacher, he conversed with me unhurriedly, employing
the simplest phrases. I was fully aware of his sympathy, but all the same I
greatly suffered. But I remembered this kind New Zealander and his lessons all
my life." Source: Chess is my life by Korchnoi, Edition Olms, 2005.
Jim Stevenson, London, England
I got to know Bob quite well over the last decade of his life, through playing
together for Athenaeum CC and being near neighbours in SE London. As many have
so rightly said, he was a great man, and a true giant of the chess world. One
of those few people who have genuine 'star quality' in this crazy world, his
fierce independence of mind and intellect, and love for the truth, combined
with the kindest, most generous and down to earth personality you could ever
I am told that right to the last he was telling the nurses in Queen Elizabeth
Hospital about his plans to visit New Zealand and Japan in January.This was
typical of the man, he never looked back. To get him to talk about his friendships
with Tal, Korchnoi or Fischer, et al. was like getting the proverbial blood
from a stone, whereas to analyse a junior game at a training session he had
been at earlier that day was no problem...
I can add one final, slightly melancholy detail. Bob's last competitive game
appears to have been against myself, in the London Banks' League on Tuesday
18th. November. He had represented Athenaeum CC for an unbroken period of over
fifty years. A great man.
Rohan Shiatis (aged nine), Crawley Down, England
Bob Wade was a lovely man. I only knew him for a short time and he would go
through my games with me after chess tournaments in Kent. He was always helpful
and he even got my sister to start playing chess after giving her a 'draw' in
a friendly match which she was so proud about that she began to play chess properly.
Bob has been an inspiration to us.
IM John-Paul Wallace, London UK
I had the honour of playing against Bob earlier this year and we struck
up a hearty conversation afterwards as Bob, being from New Zealand, had played
against many of the big Australian names. Afterwards, feeling protective of
him, I walked him to his bus stop as by this stage of his life he seemed very
frail and walked very slowly. He appreciated the company and told me many interesting
stories, including the time he helped Bobby Fischer before the big 72 match
by collecting all of Boris Spassky's games. He was very open and friendly and
made a great impression on me, even from that one meeting, and I am sad that
I did end up getting to know him better.
Alf Lomas, London, England
I first met Bob when I attended his class at Morley College. At the end of one
session I asked him where he lived and if I could perheps give him a lift home.
It transpired that we both lived in Blackheath si I ran him home This was the
beginning of a deep and long friendship. We met every Tuesday morning for coffee,
a look at some games, a go at the Times crossword and discussion of the political
situation! I recommended him for tutor at the local John Ball School, an offer
they snapped up. For years I assisted Bob at the School, he the brains, me the
organiser! I shall miss him badly – he was a big part of my life for so
long. He was a wonderful kind, humerous and loving friend.
Andrew McIntosh, Porirua, New Zealand
Bob Wade is a distant relative who was, is, and for ever will be held in high
esteem in our hearts; as he no doubt particularly will amongst the Chess World
who knew and loved him. He was planning to come back to New Zealand to take
part in the 2009 NZ Championship, and according to his sister June (who still
lives in Dunedin), had his tickets all organised ready to come! Bob was able
to catch up with his sister June whom he had maintained regular contact with
over the years, as well as taking part in the NZ Championship at Queenstown.
I had the pleasure of talking to Bob for the first and only time upon his last
visit to New Zealand in 2006 after over fifty years away from his birth land!
A highlight of that event was his draw with GM Murray Chandler, "It was
a most exciting struggle drawing the crowds around the board when Chandler had
at times only seconds left on his clock. "My position was better but he
found incredible defensive tactics. I thought I was winning and he just played
this queen sacrifice I hadn't seen at all. Suddenly it was a complete mess.
I even had losing chances" was Chandler's comment after the game. Wade's
comment after the game was less analytical "I am completely exhausted"
he said." [Click to replay this
Bob's impact on New Zealand Chess has been profound, e.g. "Having become
New Zealand's first ever International Master in 1950, Wade met up with a young
Estonian player Ortvin Sarapu while playing a tournament in Germany. Sarapu
told Wade of his intention to emigrate to Australia and Wade persuaded him to
choose New Zealand instead. This gave New Zealand its second International Master
and Sarapu went on to win the New Zealand Championship more than twenty times."
No doubt there will be many other stories told of the invaluable impact that
Bob made on chess world in this nation, and others. We have a saying in New
Zealand from the Maori people that "a totara tree of the great forest...has
fallen". In this context a totara represents the most noble of all trees,
and was often used with reference to a chief. The great forest is representative
of humanity as a whole. In remembering Bob at this time and thinking about his
contribution to humanity and indeed chess as a whole, I think it fitting to
apply the metaphor of the totara with reference to Bob.
When a totara tree falls it leaves behind a big gap in the forest canopy. May
the gap that Bob has left behind also be seen as an opening that will be filled
by those who aspire and are destined for the heights of greatness that Bob achieved;
thus continuing his legacy and the continued enrichment of the great forest
of which we are all a part.
Thank you to all the ChessBase Team for providing this memorial opportunity.
RIP Bob, love Andrew
Marlon Seton, London
I know Bob from the middle 70s, when I worked for a short while collating Lev
Polugaevsky's games for him. I don't know to what end the results were put,
but I remember Bob as being very friendly and witty. I saw him rarely after
that but whenever I did it was always a pleasure to meet him.
Kenneth Harrison, United Kingdom
I met Mr Wade for the first time at a series of chess lectures that
he gave at the Barbican Centre in London for beginners. I was the only adult
at these lectures (I was then about 30) the average age of the attendees was
about 10. He made me feel very welcome and always spent time at my table explaining
the how and why of moves when he played simuls against the group. On one occasion
after the lecture we bumped into each other at the train station on my way home
and by a strange co-incidence it turned out that we only lived 20 minutes from
each other. He wasted no time and promptly invited me to his home for some free
coaching. I offered to pay him for his time but he wouldn't accept and said
chess play had to be encouraged as much as possible and this was his way of
doing it. I gladly accepted his invitation and attended many coaching sessions
at his home. Eventually I started bringing goodies from Marks and Spencers as
a thank you gesture every time I visited. He was always glad to see me and always
had an interesting position set up for me on a leather chessboard. The Marks
and Spencers Goodies I brought were always shared immediately between the myriad
of guests that were always there researching some book or other. I am extremely
grateful to Mr Wade and I will never forget his kindness.
GM Raymond Keene
I first encountered Bob when I was at primary school and just ten years old.
He came to give a series of lectures to the school chess club, and I recall
that he looked rather like a weather-beaten sea captain – or rather a
ten-year-old's concept of what a weather-beaten sea captain should look like.
I thought he seemed incredibly ancient – though at the time Bob was in
fact around 38!
Tthe one thing I recall learning from the lectures was the strategy behind
the Caro Kann Defence. Bob said that after 1.e4 Black wanted to react in the
centre with ...d5, however the immediate ...d5 had drawbacks. Hence it was wise
to support ...d5 by first playing ...c6 and then take back with the pawn if
White captures. So I started to use the Caro Kann and it is probably the most
successful defence I have ever employed – I played it on and off for about
25 years and I only ever lost one game with it at any level.
What struck me about Bob's playing style was that he tended to head for endgames,
yet he was perennially capable of pulling off giant-slaying victories, often
with surprise attacks. Amongst his victims of course were Korchnoi, Benko, Robert
Byrne, Uhlmann twice, Kholmov, Portisch, Sax, Bilek, Speelman and Fridrik Olafsson.
In his later years I invited him as arbiter as often as possible for the numerous
events I organised. My last invitation was to the Staunton Memorial this august.
I asked him if he would like to play when several younger British players proved
to be unavailable, expecting the answer to be no. However he said yes and was
clearly anxious to prove something, even at the age of 87. He was only expected
by rating to score half a point, but he nearly beat Sokolov and came very close
to drawing a couple of others. What his games did furnish was an endless series
of tactical positions for puzzle solving, and Bobs reaction at the end was typical:
it had awakened his appetite for over-the-board chess. He told me that he was
looking forward to his next tournament in New Zealand in 2009!
Of all Bobs games this was the one which impressed me most – a complete
tsunami of a game against a world championship candidate, where Uhlmann is simply
swept off his feet. The notes come from the book I published about Bob Wade
two years ago called Bob Wade – Tribute to a Chess Master, which
was compiled by Ray Cannon. The notes of course are based on Bob's own comments.
Wade,Robert Graham - Uhlmann,Wolfgang [C05]
Skopje/Ohrid Skopje (18), 1968
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 cxd4 8.cxd4
Uhlmann first played this vs Pietzsch in the East German Championship 1968.
However this was the fifth time he played this move at Skopje. In round two
he drew with Matanovic, round four drew with Nicevski, round ten drew with Matulovic
and round twelve lost to Maric. So 8...h5 netted only 1½/5. With nine
blacks Uhlmann played eight French Defences, scoring 2½. Only Hort played
1.d4 against him. 9.a3. 9.Bd3 usually transposes. 9...Nb6
10.Bd3 Bd7 11.Ne2 a5 12.0-0 a4 13.Qe1 Na5? Black's plan is too slow
in view of White's coming kingside attack. 13...b6 is better.
14.f5! Played on general grounds of giving his pieces plenty
of squares from which to attack Black's insecure king. 14...exf5 15.e6
fxe6. If 15...Bxe6 16.Nf4 etc. 16.Qg3. Threatening
17 Qg6+ and 18 Bg5+. 16 Nf4 is answered by 16...Qf6.
16...Kf7. If 16...Be7 17.Qxg7; or 16...Qf6 17.Bg5 followed
by 18.Qc7 or Ne5. 17.Nf4 Kg8. Or 17...Rh6 18.Ng6 Rxg6 19.Ne5+.
18.Ng6 Nb3. If 18...Rh7 19.Ng5 etc. 19.Nxh8
19...Nxc1. Uhlmann prefers to take an active piece (well
developed at base). If 19...Nxa1 20.Ne5 increases Black's problems. 20.Raxc1
Kxh8 21.Ne5 Be8 22.Rc7. Threatens 23 Rxb7, 23 Nf7+ and 23 Rf7, preparing
to sacrifice on f5. 22...h4 23.Qf4 g5? 23...Rb8 would be better.
Even so White could then play 24.Rf7 or 24.Nf7.
24.Ng6+! Kg8. 24...Bxg6 transposes. 25.Qe5 Bxg6 26.Qxe6+
Kh8 27.Rxb7. Although no means bad, White misses 27.Qe5+ Kg8 28.Rxf5!
winning quickly. 27...Qe8 28.Rxb6. Wade has emerged a clear
exchange up with a simple win to follow. 28...Bg7 29.Qxg6 Qe3+ 30.Kh1
Qxd3 31.Qh5+ Kg8 32.Rd1 Qc2 33.Rb7 threatening mate in two 33...Rf8
34.Rxg7+ Kxg7 35.Qxg5+ Kh7 36.Rc1 Re8 37.h3 1-0. [Click
The following game was instrumental in deciding Bob's second British championship
title in one of the most representative British championships ever held. This
was an event where all the contenders were present, Bob of course, the defending
and ten times champion Penrose, Hartston, myself, Corden, basically the England
Olympiad team, plus Max Fuller from Australia, who was then on his top form.
This was a game where I would have preferred both players to lose – sadly
more or less impossible, barring some freak accident. I suppose nowadays that
if both players were one second late in sitting down at the board then they
could both be defaulted. But this was in the days before rulemania had set in!
So, after Bob's victory in this game he became more or less unstoppable and
it was left to Penrose, Hartston, Fuller and myself to chase after him for second
place, which we all duly did by tying second – a whole point I think behind
Bob. What impressed everyone about this game was that first of all Bob had clearly
done a lot of work on the opening variation before the game, and knew far more
about it from recent events than anyone else. Secondly, given the chance to
gain a lot of material but concede counterchances, he went for an entirely different
form of advantage, which took all the wind out of White's sails and left the
ten times champ struggling both psychologically and on the board.
Penrose,Jonathan - Wade,Robert Graham [C09]
BCF-ch Coventry (4), 1970
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2. Wade was a staunch advocate of the
French Defence, and invented a line that still bears his name: 3.e5 c5 4.c3
Qb6!? with the idea of ... Bd7-b5, exchanging the "bad" light-squared
bishop. 3...c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.exd5 exd5 6.Bb5 Bd6 7.0-0 cxd4 8.Nb3 Nge7
9.Nfxd4 0-0 10.Qh5. Typically direct play from Penrose. 10...Ne5
11.Be2 Re8 12.Bd2 a5 13.Nb5 Bb8 14.Bc3 Nf5 15.f4 g6 16.Qh3 Nd4 17.Qh6 Nxe2+
18.Kh1 Nxc3 19.fxe5
19...Bxe5. Directed against 20 Rxf7, which would force Black's
king out into the open while his army is distracted on the other wing. But now
Black can hold the key defensive points and White gradually slides back down
the hill. 20.bxc3 Ra6 21.N3d4 Bg7 22.Qd2 Bd7 23.a4 Rf6 24.Rfe1 Re4 25.Rad1
26...Rff4. This strong centralisation announces the beginning
of the end for White. 27.Rxe4 Rxe4 28.Nb3 b6 29.h3 a4 30.Nd4 Bxd4 31.cxd4
31...Qc7. The exchanges have left White a pawn behind and
with many weaknesses. Penrose now seeks to create a passed pawn in the centre
but it is no match for the monster on a4. 32.Qd3 Qe7 33.c4 Re3 34.Qc2
dxc4 35.Qxc4 a3 36.d5 Re1+ 37.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 38.Kh2 Qd2 39.Qc8+ Kg7 40.Qa8 a2
and White resigned. 0-1. [Click