England v Scotland

This was the third match between these countries since the end of WWII, the previous encounters having been in 1951 and 1955. It was held on Saturday, April 26 in the Royal Automobile Club, London.

Compared to the previous match, England significantly strengthened their team with the inclusion of Dr Fazekas (British Champion), Clarke, Barden and Alexander (team captain). This strategy was rewarded with a conclusive victory.

                            England           Scotland
                       1. Dr S. Fazekas  1-0 Dr J.M. Aitken
                       2. J. Penrose     ½-½ W.A. Fairhurst
                       3. P.M. Clarke    1-0 P.B. Anderson
                       4. L.W. Barden    ½-½ M. Fallone
                       5. CHO'D Alexander1-0 G. Dickson
                       6. B. Cafferty    ½-½ N.A. Macleod
                       7. J.A. Fuller    1-0 N.A. Perkins
                       8. B.J. Moore     1-0 Dr R.C. Nairn

Scotland again relied on the experience of 'stalwarts' Dr Aitken, Fairhurst (team captain), Anderson, Macleod, Perkins and Dr Nairn. Youth was not forgotten, however, with Michael Fallone of Hamilton and George Dickson of Edinburgh. Fallone, who had played in the 1955 match at the age of sixteen, once again showed his determination and fighting spirit to score one of only three draws that Scotland managed to extract from the thrifty English players.

Dr Fazekas - Dr Aitken [D12]
England v Scotland (Bd 1) RAC Club, London, 26.04.1958
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e3 Bf5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 c6 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.Nh4 Bg6 8.Nxg6 hxg6 9.Qc2 Rc8 10.Bd2 dxc4 11.Bxc4 c5 12.Bb5 cxd4 13.Bxd7+ Qxd7 14.exd4 Bd6 15.Qd3 Kf8 16.0-0-0 Qc6 17.f3 Rxh2 18.Rxh2 Bxh2 19.Kb1 a6 20.d5 Qd6 21.Ne4 Nxe4 22.Qxe4 Qe5 23.Bb4+ Kg8 24.d6 Qxe4+ 25.fxe4 Rd8 26.d7 Bc7 27.Be7 f6 28.Bxd8 Bxd8 29.Kc2 Kf7 30.Kd3 Ke7 31.Kc4 Bb6 32.b4 Kd8 33.Rd3 Bg1 34.a4 Bb6 35.a5 Bc7 36.Kc5 Ke7 37.b5 axb5 38.Kxb5 g5 39.g4 Kd8 40.a6 bxa6+ 41.Kc6 1-0

In the next game, Fallone plays in his usual aggressive manner. With two of Black's pieces slightly misplaced on the queenside, he aims for the enemy King (24. f4), giving up a rook in the process. Black might have varied on his 27th move but, as played, White had enough for a perpetual check.

Fallone - Barden [E70]
England v Scotland (Bd 4) RAC Club, London, 26.04.1958
1.d4 c5 2.d5 d6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 5.Bg5 Bg7 6.e4
0-0 7.Qd2 Re8 8.Nf3 e6 9.Be2 exd5 10.exd5 Qb6 11.0-0 Bf5 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nbd7 14.h3 Re7 15.Rab1 Rae8 16.a3 h6 17.Bd2 Qb3 18.Bf4 Ne4 19.Nd2 Nxd2 20.Qxd2 Ne5 21.Bxh6 Nxc4 22.Qf4 Bxh6 23.Qxh6 Nxa3


24.f4 Nxb1 25.f5 Re1 26.Rxe1 Rxe1+ 27.Kh2 gxf5
Black could have tried 27...Nd2, just to see what
White might have done.For example, 28.Qxd2 (28.f6 Nf1+ 29.Kg1 Ng3+ 30.Kf2 Nf5) 28...Re5.
28.Qg5+ Kf8 29.Qd8+ Kg7 30.Qg5+ Kf8 31.Qd8+ Re8 32.Qxd6+ Kg8 33.Qg3+ Kf8 34.Qd6+ Re7 35.Qd8+ Re8 36.Qd6+ ½-½

Sources: Glasgow Herald columns: 25 April; 2 May; 20 June 1958.
CHESS, May 20 1958, page 223.


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