Life Begins At 100 (Part 2)

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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 Youtube.com]

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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