Saturday, September 01, 2007

A Game With IM Nigel Povah

Last night i played and lost three blitz game against IM Nigel Povah- photo right. In two of them, i blundered my queen and had to resign immediately. One of the game was really a roller-coaster and in the final position i had a winning position but unfortunetly, lost on time.

I'm still remember reading some of Nigel book when i was still studying at secondary school. If I'm not mistaken he wrote a book about English Opening.

Now, he is managing director of Assessment & Development Consultants and one of the leading experts in the Assessment and Development field in UK. You can get more info about his consultant at

Back to chess ,Nigel Edward Povah was born on the 17th of July 1952 in Wandsworth London, England. Awarded the IM and IMC titles in 1983 he is the author of several opening works.

The Monkey's Bum was discovered and championed by IM Nigel Povah in the 1970s during a wave of popularity for the Modern. In 1972, after Keene and Botterill published their book The Modern Defence, Povah began looking for a response to the opening. He happened across the game Ljubojevic-Keene, Palma de Mallorca 1971, which started :-

1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Bc4 Bg7 4.f4 Nf6
and eventually ended in a draw. Intrigued by Ljubojevic's early Bc4, Povah began investigating a rapid assault on f7 with 3.Qf3. When he showed the first few moves to Ken Coates, a friend at Leeds, Coates declared,

"If that works then I'm a monkey's bum!"

The name stuck. The Monkey's Bum first appeared in print five years later in the British Chess Magazine. Povah wrote an article on the theory of the Monkey's Bum, in which he stated that although he had never yet lost with the variation, it was still "in its infancy".

Source Wikipidea

Below are of the critical position in one of our blitz game.

hairulov (1862) - MightyPen (IM Nigel Povah) (1891) ICC Internet Chess Club, 01.09.200

white to play

I had about 6 second here and found the best move 40.Nxh7! Rxh7?? [40...Qd6 is just about the only chance 41.Ra1 Bc8+/=] 41.Rxg6++- Kh8 42.Rxc6 Rxh6 43.Rxh6+ Kg7 44.Rb6 Be4 45.Rd1 Bd3 [45...Bd3 46.b4 Ra8+-] 0-1 but unfortunetly lost on time

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