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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176 Comments

  1. Lol that guy just absolutely chugging his beer in the background at 02:30

  2. Good wholesome down to earth chess battle by two master gentlemen of the game.Most enjoyable.How I long to play over the board once again.Great stuff! Thank you.

  3. What's going on Simon… exchange up…
    Hope to see him win the next two.

  4. WOW! Great game John!!! I was on the edge of my seat.

  5. Very nice! We like to grab the pawns. Grabbing stuff is good for us. What could possibly go wrong? "You can never be too greedy…" ~D. Trump.

  6. Seemed a bit dicey in the mid game but you pulled out the win! Awesome work John ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. i was the first person to dislike this ๐Ÿ˜€ great vid tho john ๐Ÿ‘

  8. I can feel how much simon wanted to play e6 !

  9. Got real intense for the endgame! Well played John!

  10. That game caused me more anxiety than the ones I normally play. I can't believe that come back. That was incredible.

  11. Damn.

    I'm sure this has been brought up before, but is there any chance you're pursuing the GM title?

  12. I guess Simon neglected Harry for so long that John was forced to use his own Harry against him!

  13. Great game! Quite a nail-biter.
    One thing I'd watch out for…I'm sure it's innocent… but Simon makes several cracks while its your turn that seems to leech about 20 seconds.

  14. Great!
    Any chance you can give us some analysis later? I especially liked the endgame — I knew you had a sizable advantage but I couldn't see how you were going to turn it into a W.

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