TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Trefor Thynne Master Commentary


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 17:30



Entry form: 


 CHESS COACHING AT TBGS   (T.F.Thynne)    (9.10.19  5.30-7 p.m)

Session 1:  Game BOTVINNIK – CAPABLANCA  (Holland 1938)


Broadening your opening repertoire

Ninzo-Indian Defence

A strategic battle with a startling tactical combination

Wing play v central pawn majority

The importance of accurate calculation.


Session 2:  Game ZARNICKI – FIORITO Argentina 2000


Broadening your opening repertoire as Black v 1e4

The Scandinavian (Centre counter): Icelandic Gambit

Development v material:  fast development is everything

King stuck in the centre



  1. Keep an accurate record of all your games in a hardback scorebook
  2. Play in as many outside tournaments as possible: Torbay Congress (8-10 Nov), Devon JuniorChampionships,  Plymouth Rapidplay  (1 December) Simon Bartlett Memorial (24-26 January)
  3. Join an adult chess club and play in their internal tournaments (Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Exeter, South Hams etc
  4. Use YOUTUBE coaching videos: recommended channels include: Agadmator, Powerplay chess (Danny King), St Louis Chess Club USA, Matthew Sadler/Game changer
  5. Expand your opening repertoire – learn 1 new system for White and 1  for Black against each of e4 and d4
  6. Do as much tactical solving practice as possible: Chess magazine “Winning Moves” pages a good source
  7. Study endings: Jeremy Sillman’s complete endgame course is excellent.
  8. If possible have some 1 to 1 coaching with a strong player



Results files: 


These are the games Mr Thynne reviewed, and I found a link to someone else's commentary on the AVRO game.

YouTube video: Botvinnik-Capablanca AVRO 1938

Game 1: Themes:

  • Nimzo-Indian Defence
  • Wing play v Central pawn majority leading to kingside attack.
  • Perils of closing the centre ( releasing the tension)
  • The power of an advance pawn
  • Brilliant double sacrifice
  • Calculating a long forced line.
[Event "AVRO"]
[Site "The Netherlands"]
[Date "1938.11.22"]
[EventDate "1938.11.06"]
[Round "11"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Mikhail Botvinnik"]
[Black "Jose Raul Capablanca"]
[ECO "E40"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "81"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 c5 7.cxd5
exd5 8.Bd3 O-O 9.Ne2 b6 10.O-O Ba6 11.Bxa6 Nxa6 12.Bb2 Qd7
13.a4 Rfe8 14.Qd3 c4 15.Qc2 Nb8 16.Rae1 Nc6 17.Ng3 Na5 18.f3
Nb3 19.e4 Qxa4 20.e5 Nd7 21.Qf2 g6 22.f4 f5 23.exf6 Nxf6 24.f5
Rxe1 25.Rxe1 Re8 26.Re6 Rxe6 27.fxe6 Kg7 28.Qf4 Qe8 29.Qe5 Qe7
30.Ba3 Qxa3 31.Nh5+ gxh5 32.Qg5+ Kf8 33.Qxf6+ Kg8 34.e7 Qc1+
35.Kf2 Qc2+ 36.Kg3 Qd3+ 37.Kh4 Qe4+ 38.Kxh5 Qe2+ 39.Kh4 Qe4+
40.g4 Qe1+ 41.Kh5 1-0

Game 2: The game demonstrated

  • the benefits of rapid development over taking a gambit pawn
  • together with the dangers of leaving the King in the centre.

YouTube video: P.Zarnicki - F Fiorito

[Event "zt 2.5"]
[Site "Buenos Aires ARG"]
[Date "2000.07.29"]
[EventDate "2000.07.26"]
[Round "4"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Pablo Zarnicki"]
[Black "Fabian Fiorito"]
[ECO "B01"]
[WhiteElo "2488"]
[BlackElo "2418"]
[PlyCount "44"]

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. dxe6 Bxe6 5. d4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2
Qe7 7. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 8. Qd2 Qe7 9. Qe3 Nc6 10. Nf3 Ng4 11. Qe2
O-O-O 12. h3 Rhe8 13. hxg4 Qb4+ 14. Qd2 Bxg4+ 15. Be2 Rxe2+
16. Kxe2 Nxd4+ 17. Kf1 Qxc4+ 18. Kg1 Nxf3+ 19. gxf3 Bxf3
20. Rh3 Qg4+ 21. Rg3 Qh5 22. Rxf3 Qxf3 0-1

P.S. from D.R.:

Capa, too, was an unusually good loser. I shall never forget how he enjoyed losing his game to Botvinnik in the Holland tournament. When the two shook hands after the game Capa had such a delighted face that I believed he had won, since his position had been strong to the end. Not until I approached him did I learn that he had lost. He said, “It was a pleasure to lose to Botvinnik, he played so well. He misled me completely. I thought I was winning. Very clever ! Very good!”
Olga Capablanca, The Tournament at Nottingham', CHESS Nov 1945)

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