Battersea Blitz Chess Playoff: GM Simon Williams vs. IM Bartholomew [Game 1]

On December 6, 2016, I played in a 13-round blitz tournament organized by the Battersea Chess Club in London, England. The time control was 3 minutes with a 2 second increment.

GM Simon Williams and I were tied with 12/13 points at the end of the event, and this is the first of three playoff games between us to determine the overall tournament winner.

White: GM Simon Williams (2485)
Black: IM John Bartholomew (2448)

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  1. I really hope you play another chess rivals against Simon!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You're the best John!!!!! xD

  3. John I like the shirt you wore. It looks nice 🙂

  4. It appears as though Mr. Williams was drinking a beer while playing. Now that is how chess it's done.

  5. It took us 2017 years, but THIS is how a chess game should be displayed. Just perfect.
    Side angle so you can see the players thinking and face, and see the board in 3D, and a 2D live board right above. 5 stars ***

  6. Hey John,
    quick question. Would you be open to doing a series on openings? I've been watching your channel for a few months now and absolutely love your lessons on chess fundamentals and climbing the rating ladder. I'm routing for you to get that GM brotha! Thanks a ton.

  7. this is to fast for my taste, shit was intense!

  8. Talk about a handicap, drinking beer while playing Chess. No wonder why he lost (lol). Williams has always been a laugh.

    Good win and good vid, John. The board on the upper part of the vid is nice and well done too.

  9. this is so frustrating to watch for some reason.

  10. Another amazing game by my two favorite grandmasters 🙂

  11. 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 dxc4
    5. e4 b5 6. b3 cxb3 7. axb3 g6 8. d5 cxd5
    9. e5 Bf5 10. Bxb5+ Nfd7 11. Qe2 Bg7 12. Nd4 Bxb1
    13. Rxb1 O-O 14. Bf4 Qb6 15. Be3 e6 16. O-O Qb7
    17. f4 a6 18. Ba4 Nc5 19. Rfc1 Nbd7 20. Bc6 Qb4
    21. Bxa8 Rxa8 22. Nc6 Qe4 23. Qd2 Bf8 24. b4 Na4
    25. Qd4 Qf5 26. Ra1 Nab6 27. Na5 h5 28. Rc7 h4
    29. Rac1 h3 30. g3 Qg4 31. Qd1 Qf5 32. Kf2 Rb8
    33. Qc2 Qg4 34. Qe2 Qf5 35. Rd1 Bxb4 36. g4 Qe4
    37. Qf3 Qxf3+ 38. Kxf3 Bxa5 39. Ra1 Nc4 40. Rxc4 dxc4
    41. Rxa5 Nb6 42. Rxa6 Nd5 43. Ra3 Rb3 44. Rxb3 cxb3
    45. Bd4 g5 46. fxg5 Kh7 47. Kg3 Nb4 48. Kxh3 Nd3
    49. Kg3 b2 50. Bxb2 Nxb2 51. h4 Nd3 52. h5 Kg7
    53. Kf3 Nxe5+ 54. Kf4 Nd7 55. Ke4 Nf8 56. Ke5 Nh7
    57. Kf4 f6 58. g6 Nf8 59. g5 f5 60. Ke5 Nxg6+
    61. Kxe6 f4 62. Kf5 f3

  12. I don't understand why John sacrificed his rook mid game. Im confident that is not a mistake.

  13. I would love to see a regular rivals match between these guys. I think practicing against John's play style would be excellent for Simon's game and vice versa.

  14. visually so compelling. great video, and great to see two pals playing. way to go John

  15. reminds me of those idiots who think they are stronger than me and just attack before developing and end up losing one piece after another and then they leave the game without resigning. chess dot com idiots

  16. 4:15 If Bxe5 or Nxe5, does white actually have a useful discovered attack on black's queen? I don't see it.

  17. Love the way this is presented: the guys playing are audible and visible, no edits, one digital board showing the actual game, no commentators with a distracting analysis-board, this is perfect.

  18. Love to see you Live play after seeing you always on Chess. com videos

  19. Simon in mid game: Lemme… Trade… That… FUCKING… QUEEENNNN!!!!

  20. Fantastic save by John. His queenside was teetering…but Harry took matters in his own hands on the kingside.

  21. Nice comeback, if it was a comeback. I'm not good enough to evaluate but it seems John lost the exchange early and then fought back. It was fun to see you joking with one another.

  22. They drink beer and play chess just like I do!

  23. Im more impressed he doesn’t spill his beer.

  24. I can't find a game that Simon actually wins for a change?

  25. I thought you were loosing when exchange down what comeback .

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