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Graphologists wanted!

In round 6, all-time great Viktor Korchnoi made his 4NCL debut for Beeson Gregory I. In a nail-biting match, Korchnoi's win against Moldovan GM Viktor Bologan proved to be the decisive moment as Beeson Gregory managed to squeeze past Wood Green I by the narrowest of margins.

Do you fancy yourself as a bit of an expert on handwriting? I thought you might be interested in the scoresheets from Korchnoi's exciting tussle.

Korchnoi scoresheet
Korchnoi's scoresheet

Bologan scoresheet
Bologan's scoresheet

Bologan got very short of time at both controls. At move 51 he had only 32 seconds left to reach move 60. Korchnoi had about an hour in hand and was moving almost instantly to put the pressure on.

For those of you who can't make out the handwriting (!) here are the moves of the game:

Viktor Korchnoi vs. Viktor Bologan
Beeson Gregory I vs. Wood Green I, board 1
Division 1, round 6

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2 0-0 6.Bg5 h6 7.Be3 Nbd7 8.Qd2 c5 9.Rd1 cxd4 10.Bxd4 a6 11.Nf3 b6 12.Be3 Bb7 13.Bxh6 Nc5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.Ng5 Ncxe4 16.Ncxe4 Bxe4 17.Nxe4 Nxe4 18.Qd4+ Nf6 19.g4 e5 20.Qxd6 Qxd6 21.Rxd6 b5 22.h3 Rfd8 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.cxb5 axb5 25.Bxb5 Nd5 26.a4 Rb8 27.Kd2 Nc7 28.Kc3 Nxb5+ 29.axb5 Rxb5 30.b4 f5 31.Rg1 Kf6 32.Kc4 Rb8 33.b5 e4 34.gxf5 gxf5 35.f4 Rc8+ 36.Kd5 Rc2 37.b6 Rd2+ 38.Kc6 Rc2+ 39.Kd7 Rd2+ 40.Kc7 Rc2+ 41.Kb8 e3 42.h4 Rc4 43.b7 Rxf4 44.h5 e2 45.Kc7 Rc4+ 46.Kd6 Rb4 47.Kc6 Rb3 48.h6 Rc3+ 49.Kb6 Rb3+ 50.Kc7 Rc3+ 51.Kd8 Rd3+ 52.Ke8 Rb3 53.h7 e1Q+ 54.Rxe1 Kg7 55.Re7+ Kh8 56.Kd8 f4 57.Kc8 f3 58.b8Q and Black resigns.

Congratulations to Arthur Brameld for deciphering this!

Click here to read Chess Today's analysis of this game on the King's Head web site.

Division 1

Pride and Prejudice
Barbican 4NCL 1
White Rose 1
Guildford-A&DC 1
Cambridge Univ. 1
The ADs
Barbican 4NCL 2
Oxford 1
Pandora's Box Grantham
S. Wales Dragons
Guildford-A&DC 2
Poisoned Pawns 1
Jutes of Kent

Division 2

Sambuca Sharks
Warwickshire Select 1
e2e4.org.uk 1
Barbican 4NCL Youth
AMCA Dragons
Kings Head
Poisoned Pawns 2
Anglian Avengers
Wessex 1
Celtic Tigers 1
Bristol 1
White Rose 2
Brown Jack
Guildford-A&DC 3
FCA Solutions 1

Division 3

Rhyfelwyr Essyllwg
Sambuca Black Sheep
Cambridge Univ. 2
Wessex 2
Warwickshire Select 2
KJCA Kings
FCA Solutions 2
The Full Ponty
Sussex Smart Ctls.
e2e4.org.uk 2
Nottinghamshire 1
Nottinghamshire 2
Oxford 2
AMCA Rhinos
Braille Chess Assoc.
AMCA Hippos
Glos. Gambits
Bristol 2
KJCA Knights
Guernsey Mates
Bristol 3
e2e4.org.uk 3
Beauty and the Beasts
Celtic Tigers 2
Oxford 3
Guildford-A&DC 4
AMCA Cheetahs