Here is the last game Nigel Harvey played for the club, in the traditional friendly match against Insurance, on 5th April 2014, with light notes from Nigel’s long-standing friend Bernard Cafferty.
Nigel Harvey – David Sedgwick (grade 164 at the time)
QGD, Tarrasch Defence
1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 c5 3 c4 e6 4 cxd5 exd5 5 Nc3 cxd4
An early deviation from Tarrasch’s maintenance of the tension by 5…Nf6 6 g3 Nc6 7 Bg2 Be7 etc.
6 Nxd4 Nc6 7 g3 Bc5 8 Nb3 Bb4 9 Bg2 Be6 10 0-0 Bxc3
A double-edged decision as the diagonal a3-f8 soon becomes a gaping gash in Black’s position.
11 bxc3 Nf6 (11…Nge7 to get castled is better) 12 Ba3! Na5 13 Nxa5 Qxa5 14 Qb3 b5 15 Rab1 Rb8 16 Bb4 Qb6
This is too ambitious, as …a5 fails to shake the grip on the diagonal.
16…Qa6 is better.
17 Qa3! a5 18 Bc5 Qa6 19 Bd4 Bf5 20 Rb2
Nigel builds up the piece pressure, quite in the style of Rubinstein,
whose games Nigel knew well.
20…b4 21 cxb4 0-0 22 Qxa5 Qe6 23 b5 Rfc8 24 b6
The passed pawn, well backed up by the pieces, forces an early decision.
24…Rc4 25 Qa7 Nd7 26 Rd1 Qc6 27 Be3 Be6 28 Rbd2! Ra4 29 Qc7 Qa8 30 Bxd5 Bxd5 31 Rxd5 Rb7 32 Rxd7
1-0 as the resulting passed pawn on c7 in conjunction with the threat Rd8+ forces home the victory.