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London Central YMCA (Centymca) Chess Club Games (1968-1976) • From 'The Centymca Story' by Jimmy Adams
175 games (for contents, see below games window)Download PGN Updated Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 6:21 PM

About this database:

These games have been input from the bulletin 'The Centymca Story' by Jimmy Adams, published in 1976, supplemented by a handful of relevant games I have sourced from elsewhere. I have input them without notes. I imagine the bulletin is hard to come by (I borrowed a copy owned by Richard James and am grateful to him for the loan) but is well worth seeking out as it was excellently assembled by a team of Centymca players, headed by Jimmy Adams and Mike Wills, with some particularly fine annotations by Jimmy Adams. It marks a remarkably vibrant time in the development of chess in England, with star name players coming to the UK for the (then) well-sponsored Hastings Congress, and subsequently invited to give simuls and play rapidplay events in London afterwards. In addition, there were a number of other chess initiatives springing up in the capital, in which London Central YMCA players and organisers played a significant part. As did the likes of Leonard Barden and Bob Wade, of course, in their key role of matchmaking super-GMs to ambitious juniors.

Amongst other things, the database contains...

28 games played in a ten-player, 15-minute rapidplay event held at the Centymca club on 22 January 1976. Results: 1-2 David Bronstein, Mark Taimanov 8/9, 3-4 David Goodman, Jimmy Adams 6, 5 Gerald Bennett 5, 6 Andrew Martin 4, 7 Mike Brown 3, 8-9 Nicholas Benjamin, Julian Hodgson 2½, 10 Simon Brown 0. It is quite remarkable that so many games played at such a fast limit should have been preserved for posterity, and for this we have to thank a team of enthusiasts at the club who were deputed to scribble the games down, namely Ray Cannon, Stuart Fancy, Richard Lobo, Sandys Dickinson, Howard Tebbs, George Hodgson, David Brown and others. Sponsorship was by the London Chess Club, London Chess Congress and the Slater Foundation.

22 games of a simul given by Viktor Korchnoi on 18 January 1976 against Centymca. Overall result: Korchnoi +26, =4, -0. Other results: wins against Simon Spivack, Sean Feakes, John Yeo, Cliff Collier, Andrew Martin and Maria Sviatapolk-Mirski.

18 games of a simul given by Rafael Vaganian in January 1975 at Centymca. I don't have the date or result of this simul. Some of the games here are from BCM rather than the Adams bulletin.

Several other simul games in displays given by Korchnoi, Bronstein and Jansa on 17 January 1976, including the game in which the 10-year-old Nigel Short beat Korchnoi. Again, I have supplemented the games with those found in BCM and elsewhere.

1976 Post-Hastings Simuls

Viktor Korchnoi
P
W
D
L
17 Jan 1976 London
30
20
9
1
18 Jan 1976 London
30
26
4
0
19 Jan 1976 Swindon
30
28
2
0
20 Jan 1976 Norwich
35
33
1
1
21 Jan 1976 Luton
32
30
1
1
22 Jan 1976 Chester
25
22
1
2
23 Jan 1976 Ilford
30
27
2
1
David Bronstein
17 Jan 1976 London
30
17
9
4
18 Jan 1976 London
21
17
2
2
21 Jan 1976 Oxford
20
19
1
0
23 Jan 1976 London Clock Simul
12
9
3
0
Mark Taimanov
17 Jan 1976 London
30
28
1
1
18 Jan 1976 Hereford
25
25
0
0
19 Jan 1976 Knotty Ash
26
18
5
3
Vlastimil Hort
17 Jan 1976 Birmingham
20
16
3
1
18 Jan 1976 Teeside
30
26
3
1
19 Jan 1976 Leeds
42
32
7
3
Vlastimil Jansa
17 Jan 1976 London
28
25
3
0

Note: If anyone has any further games from these simuls, I would be happy to include them in this file.


Updated 3 May 2016 to include the game Korchnoi 0-1 Peter Montgomery (in only 13 moves) from the Luton Chess Club simul of 21 January 1976, from an undated press cutting of a BH Wood column (Daily Telegraph?). My thanks to Mark McCready. Mark also supplied a press cutting from a Luton newspaper dated 2 Feb 1978 with details of a simul given by Vlastimil Hort, presumably after Hastings in January 1978, in which he took on 39 opponents at Luton Chess Club, scoring +34, =4 (S Thomas Colin Garwood, P Tessaromatis, N Graham), -1 (Ian Hill-Smith).