Miles v McKay Challenge

June 1983

In June 1983 Cathcart Chess Club arranged a four game match between their top player IM Roddy McKay, seven times Scottish Champion, and GM Tony Miles. The event, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cathcart CC, was organised by the late Alan Shaw, Cathcart member and founder of the Chess Suppliers company, and staged at the Grosvenor Hotel in Glasgow. Alan secured sponsorship from Stakis for the venue and from Langs, the whisky firm. TV coverage had been promised but was usurped by Margaret Thatcher holding the General Election on the eve of Miles' visit.

No match of this status had been seen in Glasgow since Fairhurst v Eliskases some 50 years earlier. Miles, world no.17 at the time, recorded a narrow victory 2.5-1.5 but McKay missed chances to equalise in the final game (33 f3 for instance). Miles also played 176 games against local players in five simultaneous exhibitions around Scotland losing three, one to Cathcart player Brian Noon, one to the former Johnstone player Brendan Keenan (perhaps someone knows the other simul victor). Miles was given honorary Cathcart membership.











(1) Miles,A - McKay,R [E32]
Langs Challenge (1), 12.06.1983

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 0-0 5 Bg5 h6 6 Bh4 d6 7 e3 e5 8 Nf3 exd4 9 Nxd4 Nbd7 10 Be2 Ne5 11 0-0 Bxc3 12 Qxc3 Ng6 13 Bxf6 Qxf6 14 Nb5 Qe7 15 Qd4 Be6 16 Rad1 Rfd8 17 f4 a6 18 Nc3 c5 19 Qd3 b5 20 b3 bxc4 21 bxc4 f5 22 Rb1 Rab8 23 Rfd1 Rb4 24 Bf3 Kh8 25 Bd5 Rdb8 26 a3 Rxb1 27 Rxb1 Rxb1+ 28 Qxb1 Bg8 29 Qc1 Bxd5 30 Nxd5 Qe4 31 Kf2 Ne7 32 Nxe7 Qxe7 33 Qc2 Qh4+ 34 Kf1 Qf6 35 Ke2 Qg6 36 Kf2 Qf6 37 Qd3 Qh4+ 38 Kf1 Qf6 39 h3 h5 40 Qd1 h4 41 Kg1 Qc3 42 Kh2 Qxa3 43 Qh5+ Kg8 44 Qe8+ Kh7 45 Qh5+ Kg8 46 Qe8+ Kh7 47 Qe7 Qd3 48 Qxh4+ Kg8 49 Qe7 a5 50 Qe8+ Kh7 51 Qh5+ Kg8 1/2-1/2













(2) McKay,R - Miles,A [E12]
Langs Challenge (2), 13.06.1983

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 b6 4 a3 Bb7 5 Nc3 d5 6 cxd5 Nxd5 7 e3 Be7 8 Bb5+ c6 9 Nxd5 exd5 10 Bd3 Nd7 11 Qc2 g6 12 0-0 c5 13 b3 Rc8 14 dxc5 bxc5 15 e4 0-0 16 Bh6 Re8 17 Rad1 d4 18 Rfe1 Bd6 19 Bc4 Nb6 20 Bb5 Re6 21 Ng5 Re7 22 Qd3 a6 23 Bxa6 Bxa6 24 Qxa6 Ra8 25 Qb5 Rb7 26 e5 Be7 27 Ne4 Qd5 28 Nf6+ Bxf6 29 exf6 Nd7 30 Rxd4 Rxb5 31 Rxd5 Nxf6 32 Rd6 Ne8 33 Rd7 Rxb3 34 h3 Ng7 35 Bxg7 1/2-1/2













(3) Miles,A - McKay,R [E39]
Langs Challenge (3), 15.06.1983

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 c5 5 dxc5 0-0 6 Bf4 Bxc5 7 e3 b6 8 Nf3 Bb7 9 Rd1 Nc6 10 Be2 Rc8 11 0-0 Be7 12 h3 Na5 13 b3 d5 14 Qb2 Bb4 15 Nb5 a6 16 a3 Be7 17 Nc3 Qe8 18 Ne5 Bd6 19 cxd5 exd5 20 Ng4 Be7 21 Be5 Nxg4 22 Bxg4 f5 23 Bf3 Bxa3 24 Qxa3 Qxe5 25 Nxd5 Rb8 26 Ne7+ Kf7 27 Rd7 Ke8 28 Rfd1 Bxf3 29 gxf3 Rf7 30 R1d5 Qe6 31 Qa4 Rxe7 32 R7d6+ b5 33 Qxa5 Qc8 34 Qd2 f4 35 Kg2 fxe3 36 fxe3 Rc7 37 Qd3 g6 38 Qd4 1-0













(4) McKay,R - Miles,A [E12]
Langs Challenge (4), 16.06.1983

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 b6 4 a3 Bb7 5 Nc3 d5 6 cxd5 Nxd5 7 e3 Be7 8 Bb5+ c6 9 Bd3 Nxc3 10 bxc3 c5 11 Qc2 Qc7 12 0-0 cxd4 13 exd4 Bxf3 14 gxf3 Nd7 15 f4 g6 16 d5 exd5 17 Re1 Nc5 18 Bb5+ Kf8 19 f5 g5 20 Qd1 Qd6 21 Qh5 h6 22 Rxe7 Qxe7 23 Be3 f6 24 Re1 Qf7 25 Qd1 Kg7 26 Bd4 Rhd8 27 Re3 a6 28 Be2 Qd7 29 Bh5 Qd6 30 Bg6 Ra7 31 Qh5 Qf4 32 Bh7 Ne4 33 Qg6+ Kf8 34 Qg8+ Ke7 35 Qe6+ 1/2-1/2



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