Lorin D'Costa scores 12/13 in simul!

By Andrew Medworth, Hendon Club Captain
Saturday 23 March, 2024

On Thursday, IM Lorin D’Costa played a simultaneous exhibition against thirteen members and guests of Hendon Chess Club, in aid of his non-profit organisation She Plays To Win, which aims to promote chess among women and girls.

Lorin kicking off the simul
Lorin kicking off the simul

The last time we had a simul at the club was May 2022. They’re always great events, and this one didn’t disappoint! Lorin creates a really special atmosphere, interacting with participants and discussing the games afterwards. It was very pleasing to see several people new to the club among the participants and spectators!

Of the thirteen games played, Lorin won twelve and lost just one, to Anthony Bolchover. Anthony has been kind enough to share his game with us, which you can find below.

Many thanks to Lorin for giving the simul, congratulations to Anthony on his victory, and thanks to everyone who took part!

Several people told us how much they enjoyed the event, and expressed an interest in similar events in the future, so we shall have to bear that in mind!

[Event "Simultaneous exhibition"] [Site "Hendon Chess Club"] [Date "2024.03.21"] [Round "?"] [White "D'Costa, Lorin"] [Black "Bolchover, Anthony"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2451"] [BlackElo "1808"] [EventDate "2024.03.21"] [ECO "A12"] 1.c4 c6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.b3 d5 4.Bb2 Bf5 5.e3 h6 6.Nc3 e6 7.d4 Bd6 8.Bd3 Bxd3 9.Qxd3 O-O 10.O-O Nbd7 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Qxe4 Nf6 14.Qh4 Be7 15.Rfe1 Re8 16.Rad1 Qa5 17.a3 Rad8 18.Qg3 Bd6 19.Ne5 Qc7 20.Qh4 Be7 21.Rd3 Nd7 22.Qg3 Nxe5 23.Rxe5 Bd6 24.f4 Bxe5 25.fxe5 Rd7 26.Qh4 Qd8 27.Qe4 Qg5 28.h4 Qf5 29.Qxf5 exf5 30.Rf3 g6 31.h5 Kh7 32.a4 Red8 33.Rf4 b6 34.Kf2 a6 35.Ke3 b5 36.axb5 axb5 37.cxb5 cxb5 38.g4 fxg4 39.Rxg4 gxh5 40.Rf4 Rg8 41.Rf6 Rg3+ 42.Ke4 Rxb3 43.Bc1 Rh3 44.Rxh6+ Kg7 45.Rb6 Rh4+ 46.Kf5 Rdxd4 47.Bg5 Rhg4 48.Rb8 Rxg5+ 49.Kxg5 Rd5 50.Kxh5 Rxe5+ 51.Kg4 Re4+ 52.Kf3 Rb4 53.Ke3 f6 54.Kd3 {and White resigned a few moves later.} 0-1