(1) Woods,H - Towsen,AN [A85]
ACF-36.Congress Consolation, 1935
[Rybka 3 (120s)]

A85: Dutch Defence: 2 c4 Nf6 3 Nc3 (Editor's NOTE) Henry Woods was the first official NC Chess Champion. He earned the title for 1935, tied in 1936, won again in 1938, and tied in 1946. However, records are missing for many years in between, so King Henry may have won more than four times. Our research is ongoing, and we welcome any information you may have on this our first NC Chess Champion. (Tom Hales, Editor NC Gambit)

1.Nf3 e6
[1...Nf6 2.d4= ]

2.c4 f5
[2...Nf6 3.Nc3+/= ]

3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 Bb4 5.Bd2 0-0 6.e3
[6.g3 c5= ]

6...b6 7.g3 Bb7 8.Bg2 d6
Prevents intrusion on e5

9.0-0 Qe8
[9...Bxc3 10.Bxc3 Nbd7 11.b4= ]

10.Nb5+/=
White threatens to win material: Nb5xc7

10...Bxd2 11.Nxc7
Black wins a piece

11...Qd7
Black threatens to win material: Qd7xc7

12.Nxa8
White's piece can't move: a8

12...Ba5 13.Ng5 d5??
[>=13...Bxg2 the rescuing straw 14.Kxg2 h6+/= ]

14.Nc7!+-
Decoy: c7

14...Qxc7 15.a3??
White has let it slip away [>=15.Nxe6!? and White can already relax 15...Qxc4 16.Nxf8 Qc8+- ]

15...dxc4
[15...Qe7!? 16.b4 b5 17.bxa5 bxc4+/- ]

16.Nxe6+- Qd7
[>=16...Qf7!? 17.Nxf8 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Kxf8+- ]

17.Nxf8 Kxf8 18.Bxb7 Qxb7 19.Qc2 b5
[19...Nc6+- ]

20.Qxf5 Bd8
[20...Nc6 is no salvation 21.a4 Bb6 22.axb5+- ]

21.a4 a6
[21...b4 doesn't get the bull off the ice 22.Qc5+ Ke8 23.Qxc4+- ]

22.axb5 axb5
[22...Qxb5 is not much help 23.Qc8 Ke7 24.Rfc1+- ]

23.Qc5+ Be7
[23...Qe7 doesn't get the cat off the tree 24.Qxb5 Nbd7 25.Qxc4+- ]

24.Ra7 Bxc5 25.Rxb7 Bd6 26.Rxb5 1-0