Life Begins At 100 (Part 2)

You retrieve our storey almost Alec Holden, the chessplaying centenarian? If not, check it out farther downwards the page. Today Guardian journalist Stephen Moss too I had the conduct chances to come across Alec too utter to him almost chess. It turns out he used to live a real respectable lodge histrion too he proudly showed us a mass which he was given equally his prize for winning the Surbiton Chess Club Championship dorsum inwards 1954/55 (when he was a tyke of 48).

By a consummate coincidence, Stephen (a.k.a. 'The Rookie' inwards his recent Guardian chess column) is a electrical flow fellow member of Surbiton CC too an accomplished histrion himself. Stephen too Alec were both bully to play a game against each other, then nosotros laid upwards a board too got downwards to some chess.

Here are the outset few moves of the game:

Alec Holden - Stephen Moss, 05 May 2007

1 e4 e5 two Nf3 Nc6 three Bb5 d6 4 0-0 Nf6 v d4 exd4 vi Qxd4 Bd7 seven Bxc6 bxc6 8 Re1 Be7 ix e5 dxe5 10 Qxe5 Be6 eleven Nc3 0-0 12 h3 Re8 xiii Rd1 Bd6 fourteen Qd4 h6 xv Bf4 (White offered a draw) 15...Nd5 ...

... too at this holler for nosotros larn to scout what happens side past times side courtesy of a video link...

[Watch the video at]

Alec is shown playing xvi Nxd5 at which holler for Stephen blunders amongst 16...Bxf4?? which loses a knight for nothing. He presently realises what he has done too regrets non accepting a draw. The roughshod too unhelpful comments you lot tin dismiss holler for heed coming from behind the photographic television set camera directed at Stephen are supplied past times me. And, fifty-fifty to a greater extent than cruelly, I'm going to brand you lot await till the June 2007 BCM comes out earlier revealing what happened subsequently the video ends.

Back to Alec: he's a actually lovely human being amongst a educate feel of humour. Although the game was intended to live light-hearted, both players were presently completely absorbed inwards the activity too it lasted around an hour. It was impressive to consider how Alec maintained a steady concentration throughout whilst regaling us amongst anecdotes too observations. His old-world charm reminded me strongly of some of the onetime gents I used to play skittles amongst at the local lodge inwards High Wycombe when I was a lad inwards the 1960s.

I merely promise I'm inwards equally expert cast equally Alec if I'm lucky plenty to alive to 100. He's a wonderful holler for the health-giving properties of chessplaying. "A chess game a twenty-four hours keeps dementia at bay".
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