Peter Keffler celebrates 90th birthday

Peter and his cake

It is Peter’s 90th birthday this week and members of Clacton chess club organised a birthday card and celebratory cake to mark the occasion.

Chess cake
The cake design shows a spectacular Queen sacrifice end position from one of Peter’s many victories. Of the many games published during his long chess career this one typifies his style of play, which was never dull. Rather than slog out a slight advantage, he would often find ways to trade in material for a quick mate. This game is dated ‘c1970’, where Peter played Black in a Two Knights Defence against Niemand which lasted only 15 moves! Despite the game taking place some 43 yeara ago Peter instantly recognised it. You can follow the game here:-

Gerhard Niemand - Peter Keffler
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1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Bxf7 Ke7 6. Bb3 Rf8 7. O-O d6 8. Nc3 Qe8 9. Nd5 Kd8 10. Nxf6 gxf6 11. Nxh7 Rh8 12. Nxf6 Qg6 13. Nd5 Bg4 14. Qe1 Bf3 15. g3 Qxg3

During the evening eveyone present had a piece of Peter’s cake with their coffee/tea.
More pictures below, showing Peter playing his game with John Perfect from Maldon (match result here):-

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