The “John Dunleavy Memorial Best Game Prize” is awarded for the best game played at the annual Hampshire Chess Congress. The memorial prize was kindly donated by his nephew Stephen. John was academically gifted and at the age of 10, a year early got a scholarship to Taunton’s Grammar School in Southampton.
Before the war, it was a fee-paying school but awarded several scholarships to local boys like John to ensure they got pupils of talent. Further information on John may be read at Keverel Chess.
There were 10 entries this year. The judges have awarded the Best Game Prize to 9-year old Matthew Deacon (black) against James Wallman, the game was played in Round 3 of the Minor section on 3/Nov/2018.
Here is the game –
[Event “Game 1”]
1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. cxd4 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Be3 d6 7.
Nc3 Bg4 8. Be2 Nf6 9. O-O O-O 10. Rc1 Rc8 11. h3 Bd7 12. Qd2 Re8 13. Nh2 a6 14.
f4 e5 15. fxe5 dxe5 16. d5 Nd4 17. Bg5 Qb6 18. Kh1 Rxc3 19. bxc3 Nxe4 20. Qe3
Nxe2 21. Qxb6 N4g3# 0-1
Congratulations to Matthew, and thanks again to all the judges,
Webmaster note: Due to an ongoing web-server move, we will add the re-playable version of the game shortly.