Welcome to the Keverel Chess website, which will be covering all chess matters relating to Exmouth and Exmouth players, whether played or written in the town or further afield.
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Here are some short biographies of chessplayers who have made above-average contributions to chess at some level, whether in Devon or further afield.
The 1st editions of some of these articles got their first airing on the chessdevon website, and the author is grateful to its webmaster for that opportunity. These early ones have now all been reviewed and updated where new information has come to light before posting here.
Copyright remains with the author who will be pleased to receive further information for inclusion, or make corrections where necessary. Family history researchers should contact the author in the first instance with a view to a possible useful exchange of information.
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The Plymouth-based Western Morning News carries one of the oldest chess columns in any provincial daily paper. It was started in 1891 and has continued ever since in one form or another, in spite of having shifted for a short spell to another title in the same stable, the Illustrated Western Weekly News.
For the past 55 years it has had just three correspondents: J. E. “Eddy” Jones (1956 – 63); K. J. “Ken” Bloodworth (1963 – 1999) & R. H. “Bob” Jones from 1999.
For all this time, it has reported weekly on the chess activities within its readership’s area, Devon & Cornwall, However, since December 2010, in a cost-cutting exercise and rationalisation, the WMN joined forces with its Northcliff Group neighbour, the Bristol-based Western Daily Press, to produce a weekend supplement in common, called Westcountry Life. Fortunately, they retained the chess column, which means it now gets a much wider readership, and this must be reflected in the scope of what it records. So the activities in Somerset and Gloucestershire must get equal billing, as it were, with those of Devon & Cornwall.
One must hope this experiment will prove successful and continue. We hope chess followers will purchase the two papers in question, at least their Saturday edition, as this is the point of the exercise. However, I have permission to reproduce it on this website for the benefit of those outside the readership area.
To that end, I aim to post it here a day or two after its appearance in the paper.
The prizewinners in the 34th Teignmouth Rapidplay Congress, played on Saturday 28th March, were as follows:
|Steve Homer||194||Newton Abbot||4½|
|U-14||Vignesh Ramesh||161||Newton Abbot||3|
|U-14||Nandaja Narayanan||94||Newton Abbot||3|
The West of England Championship starts on Friday morning at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, with the leading contenders for the title currently being Keith Arkell (GM), Jack Rudd (IM) and Dominic Mackle, and late entries are coming in every day.
I hope to have the prizelist and top games available in a fortnight, but meanwhile here is a look back at a game from the early years of the tournament.
Trevenen of Penzance became the first Champion in 1946, then ’49 and ’50, while Kitto of Exminster had to wait until 1951 & ’55. The centenary of his birth was last month, though he died of cancer aged only 49.
This is their encounter from 1947, the 2nd Championship held in Bristol.
White: Francis Ernest Appleyard Kitto. Black: Henry Vickers White Trevenen.
Caro-Kann Defence – Alekhine Gambit. [B15]
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bd3 Alekhine’s Gambit in which White offers his d-pawn in exchange for a gain in tempo and attacking chances. Black accepts the “gift”. 5…Qxd4 6.Nf3 Qd8 7.Qe2 Nxe4 8.Bxe4 Nd7 9.0–0 Nf6 10.Bg5 Bg4 11.Rfe1 e6 12.Rad1 White’s plan is successful inasmuch as his development is complete while Black still has some way to go. How can White use this to further his advantage? 12…Qc7 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.h3 Bh5 15.Rd3 Bd6 16.Qe3 Ke7? The natural move would be 16…0–0–0 but White has 17.Qxa7. An alternative would be 16…f5 17.Bxf5 and then 17…0–0–0 is safe because White has to look to the safety of his bishop. e.g. 18.Be4 f5 trapping the bishop. Or 18.g4 exf5 19.gxh5 and his king’s stronghold is somewhat compromised. 17.Nd4 Qb6 18.Qh6 Bg6 19.Bxg6 hxg6 With his queen en prise, Kitto spots a winning combination. 20.Rxe6+! Kd7 If 20…fxe6 21.Qg7+ Ke8 22.Qxh8+ Bf8 23.Qxf6 c5 24.Nxe6 Bd6 25.Qh8+ etc. 21.Rxd6+ Kxd6. If 21…Ke7 22.Nf5+ gxf5 23.Qxf6+ Kf8 24.Qxh8+ Ke7 25.Rd7+ Ke6 26.R3d6 mate. 22.Nf5+ Ke6 23.Re3+ Kd7 24.Re7+ The king must retreat to the back rank, allowing QxR mate. 1–0
It won’t be long now until the 26th Frome Congress on 15th – 17th May at Selwood Academy. Berkley Road, Frome, BA11 2EF. Entry forms are available on the event website, and further details from G. N. Jepps, 27 Lockey Rd. Shepton
Mallet, BA4 5RQ. Tel: 01749-344191 or e-mail: email@example.com.
In last week’s position, White won with the pseudo-sacrifice 1.QxN! If Black takes the queen he is mated in 3. viz
1…Qxh5 2.Rxg7+ and if 2…Kh8 3.Rg5+ Re5 4.Bxe5 mate, or 2…Kf8 3.Rxf4+ Qf5 4.Rxf5 mate. Moving his rook only delays the inevitable.
It’s an unwritten rule of chess that one should develop all one’s pieces before starting an all-out attack, as in the above game. In this position Black has followed this plan, while White’s queenside pieces are still trapped. How can Black best maximise his advantage?
NB: Lastest entries in RED
|3||Richard McMichael||211||King’s Head|
|4||Dominic Mackle||209||Newton Abbot|
|14||Robert Thompson||177||Bristol Uni.|
|8||Matthew Wilson||157||Newton Abbot|
|10||Martyn Harris||156||Newcastle U Lyme|
|24||John Nyman||147||King’s Head|
|25||Malcolm Roberts||142||Holmes Chapel|
|29||Dave Lawrence||133||King’s Head|
|30||Jim Robertson||125||E. Kilbride|
|1||Graham Shepherd||137||Church Stretton|
|9||Tim Crouch||129||King’s Head|
|14||Reece Whittington||123||Exeter Juniors|
|18||Jacqui Barber-Lafon||117||Newton Abbot|
|21||Edmund Kelly||112||Exeter Juniors|
The Cornish Renaissance continues apace, as evidenced by their win over Hampshire at Honiton in the last round of the Inter-County Championship, though the 11-5 victory was helped by Hants being unable to raise a full team and defaulting 4 games. This scalp, added to those of Devon and Gloucestershire, meant Cornwall finished 2nd in the West of England section and now go on to meet Norfolk in the National Stages quarter-final. Somerset finished 1st by virtue of their win over Devon reported last week, which in turn pushed Devon down to 3rd place.
Here are the details (Cornish names first in each pairing).
1. Jeremy Menadue (190) ½-½ D. Tunks (196). 2.Theo Slade (178) 0-1 G. Pafura (192). 3. Mark Hassall (173) 1-0 R. Marsh (176). 4.Grant Healey (176) ½-½ A. Cooper (175) 5. Mate Csuri (175) 0-1 D. Fowler (174). 6.David Saqui (170) 0-1 T. Davis (167). 7. Robin Kneebone (173) 1-0 C. Priest (147). 8. James Hooker (171) 1-0 S. LeFevre (146). 9.Simon Bartlett (168) ½-½ Miss G. Moore (144). 10. Colin Sellwood (156) 1-0 D. Culliford (137). 11. Gary Trudeau (155) 1-0 J. Young (129). 12. David J. Jenkins (133) ½-½ R. Hartley (126).
This was a bright win for the Cornish.
White: Gary Trudeau (157). Black: J. Young (129).
Sicilian Defence–Najdorf Variation [B90]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.g4 Qa5? losing a tempo. These open Sicilian Defences are often played on a knife-edge, but this move hands the initiative entirely to White. 10.Nb3 Qd8 11.g5 Let the attack commence. 11…Nd7 12.0–0–0 The Yugoslav system, whereby White castles long and attacks quickly on the other wing. Black, of course, should attack the castled king a.s.a.p. but his loss of a tempo hasn’t helped. 12…Nb6 13.f4 Be6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 Nb8 16.Bd4 White is taking complete control of the centre. 16…Rg8 17.Bxg7 Rxg7 18.Qd4 Rg8 19.Na5 Qc7 20.Rd3 N8d7 21.Rc3 Qb8 Better might have been 21…Nc5 and if 22.b4 hoping to win the pinned knight 22… Nc8 23.bxc5 Qxa5 and Black would have gone some way to implementing his thematic plan. 22.Bg2 Nc5 23.Re1 Kd7 24.Rce3 Re8 25.h4 Qc7 26.Bh3+ Kd8 27.Rxe7 Qxe7 28.Rxe7 Rxe7 29.Qf6 Nc8 White is running out of pieces with which to inflict the coup de grace, but those he has are superbly positioned and the final assault plays itself. 30.Bxc8 Rxc8 31.Qxd6+ Rd7 32.Qf8+ Kc7 33.Qxc5+ Kd8 34.Qb6+ Rdc7 35.d6 1–0.
The solution to last week’s 2-mover was 1.Qe5! Only Black’s two bishops can move, and if it’s the white square one, then 2.Qa5mate, or if the other then it’s 2.Ra1 mate.
In this position, Black is threatening both the pawn on e3 and to free his rook with axb. How can White best deal with this?
Devon’s RapidPlay tournament, the Newman Cup, has in recent years been the preserve of the same three clubs, Exmouth, Tiverton and Seaton, with Seaton being very much the underdogs. However, under the driving force of their captain, Steve Dean, they have never been downcast or tempted to give it all up, and in fact this season has seen a big change. The difference is the return to the fold of Jonathan Underwood after an absence of several years in the US. He has returned to the Devon scene, refreshed and re-invigorated, turning out regularly for the Devon county team, for Exmouth in Devon’s 1st Division and Seaton.
On Wednesday evening he turned out on top board for Seaton against his other club, Exmouth, in the Devon RapidPlay League. With a RapidPlay grade of 196 and surely about to break the 200 barrier in the next list, he was too much of a handful for the home captain, Mark Abbott, and made it 4 wins to nil in the home and away matches this season. Similarly, on Bd. 3, Oliver Wensley’s attacking skills proved too much for Alan Dowse in both games, with knights seeming to do most damage . On Bd. 2, Chris Scott, nearing the time limit, made an illegal move which lost the 1st game, but got his revenge in the next game when his king became very active in a N+Ps endgame and managed to force one through to queen. On Bd. 4, Simon Blake got a winning advantage in the first game, but lost his way in the 2nd, and Hazel Welch took full advantage, as she is wont to do.
4-all was probably a fair result on the night, but not enough to give Exmouth any hope of retaining the title.
|1||M. V. Abbott||167||0||0||1||1||J. Underwood||196|
|2||C. J. Scott||157||0||1||1||0||S. K. Dean||151|
|3||O. E. Wensley||151||1||1||0||0||A. Dowse||113|
|4||S. Blake||91||1||0||0||1||Mrs. H. Welch||111|
The first game to finish was on Bd. 4 where Scott was trying to hold an endgame position with a rook each and bishops on opposite coloured squares. With best play it might have been possible to hang on, in view of the bishops, but the pressure told and he inadvertently allowed White’s bishop to fork K & R. 1-0 to Exeter.
Shaw then managed to convert his positional advantages into material gain, forcing a win to level the scores. Dave Regis then restored Exeter’s lead by applying constant pressure in the endgame. Shortly after, Oliver Wensley exploited the advantage a well-placed, attacking bishop pair vs two defending knights, and forced resignation, to make it 2-all.
Almost immediately Exeter drew ahead for the 3rd time when Sean Pope made the most of a mistake by his opponent in allowing him back into the game. He won the exchange and then made equal swaps to snuff out any chance of a kingside attack.
This assured Exeter of avoiding a loss, but the win hung on the outcome of the top game, which went into extra time after Paulden ran down to the very last second on his digital clock before completing his 40th move. He had delayed development of his queenside pieces until late in the game and was struggling to get them usefully deployed thereafter. White was the exchange up at this point and his pieces were better coordinated and were focussed on the enemy king. However, the win wasn’t immediately clear and he had a long think over his 41st move before finding a knight pseudo-sacrifice that won immediately whether the knight was taken or not, making the final score 3-all.
|Bremridge Cup||Sat. 14th March 2015|
|1||Dr. T. J. Paulden||187||0||1||J. K. F. Stephens||196|
|2||Dr. D. Regis||181||1||0||Dr. J. W. R. Underwood||180|
|3||Dr. G. Body||171||0||1||M. Shaw||173|
|4||S. Waters||164||1||0||C. J. Scott||154|
|5||Dr. T. D. P. de Piro||160e||0||1||O. E. Wensley||151|
|6||S. Pope||141||1||0||B. G. E. Gosling||148|
If it was unusual to have a match at this level with no drawn games, it was even more so that every game was a White win, giving the final result sheet a certain symmetry.
Exmouth’s final match in this competition is against Teignmouth, while Exeter are due to play Newton Abbot.
The Devon vs Somerset match at the weekend was always likely to be a championship decider, and so it proved. The 1st teams were closely matched on paper for the most part, except for the top 4 boards, all of which went Somerset’s way, making their winning total 10-6, thus retaining the Harold Meek trophy for another year. The details were:- (Somerset names first in each pairing).
1.J. Rudd (221) 1-0 D. Mackle (209). 2.D. Buckley (205) 1-0 J. Stephens (196). 3.A. Wong (199) 1-0 S. Homer (184). 4.B. Edgell (197) 1-0 J. F. Wheeler (184). 5.M. Payne (189) 0-1 P. Sivrev (175). 6.P. Krzyzanowski (187) 1-0 J. Fraser (178). 7.M. Blocinski(185) 0-1 J. Underwood (180). 8.P. Chaplin (182) 1-0 D. Regis (181). 9.A. Footner (182) 0-1 A. Brusey (181). 10.B. Morris (178) ½-½ B. Hewson (176). 11.D. Littlejohns (177) ½-½ M. Abbott (173). 12. D. Painter-Kooiman (175) 1-0 S. Martin (171). 13.J. Byrne (172) ½-½ M. Shaw (173). 14.D. Peters (171) 0-1 W. Ingham (168). 15.G. Jepps (171) ½-½ T. Thynne (168). 16. F. Felício (162) 1-0 M. Stinton-Brownbridge (168).
Devon fared better in the 2nd team match, played over 12 boards. They led by 6½-3½ but Somerset won the last 2 games to finish losing by a single point.
1. D. Freeman (163) ½-½ K. Atkins (160). 2. C. Purry (159) 1-0 N. Butland (158). 3. M. Staniforth (158) 0-1 D. A. Toms (159). 4. A. Gregory (157) 1-0 C. J. Scott (154). 5. C. Strong (155) 0-1 M. Hui (150e). 6. M. French (154) ½-½ B. Gosling (148). 7. M. Worrall (151) 1-0 P. Brooks (152). 8. C. McKinley (149) 0-1 O. Wensley (151). 9. M. Baker (148) 0-1 A. Frangleton (151). 10. C. Fewtrell (148) ½-½ A. Kinder (147). 11. J. Fewkes (145) 1-0 W. Taylor (142). 12. A. Champion (143) 0-1 V. Ramesh (138).
The West of England Championship starts a fortnight on Friday, 3rd April, at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. With its relatively limited accommodation already nearing maximum, there’s little time left for late entries, so don’t delay. Enquiries to Meyrick Shaw on 01395-275494 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This last round miniature gave White 1st prize in the recent Bristol Congress.
White: P. Krzyzanowski. Black: M. Lewis
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d5 5.Bg5 Ne4 6.cxd5 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 e6 8.Nf3 exd5 9.e3 0–0 10.Be2 c6 11.0–0 Bf5 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nd7 14.b4 a6 15.a4 Qe7 16.b5 axb5 17.axb5 f5 18.bxc6 bxc6 19.Ra6 Rxa6 20.Qxa6 Rf6 21.Qc8+ Bf8 22.Rb1 Black now abandons his defences with fatal consequences. 22…Qa3?? 23.Qxd7 Qxc3 24.Ng5 and mate on h7 is unavoidable. 1–0
In last week’s position Rudd played 1.Rxd4! threatening both f2 and e5. 1…Nd2 (If 1…exd4 2.Bxd4 R2f7 3.Nb6+ Kb8 4.Be5 winning). 2.Rxd2 Rxd2 3.Rc4 Qxc4 4.Bxc4 Rxg2 5.Nb6+ and mate will follow after Qxe5+.
Here is another world premier 2-mover from reader Dave Howard of East Harptree.
The 40th East Devon Congress finished on Sunday after a successful weekend. The prizewinners were as follows (all scores out of 5).
Open Section: 1st= Jack Rudd (Barnstaple) & Dominic Mackle (Newton Abbot) both 4½. 3rd Lorenz Hartmann (Exeter) 4. Grading prizes: U-181: 1st= Alan Brusey; (Teignmouth); Dave Littlejohns (Taunton) & Mark Abbott (Exmouth) all 3½. U-169: 1st= Robert Wright (Bridport) & Jamie Morgan (Penwith) both 3.
Major (U-155) 1st John Nyman (King’s Head) 4½. 2nd= Ben Franklin (Battersea) & Neville Senior (Sedgemoor) both 4. GP (U-148) 1st= John Morrison (Tiverton) & Rob Wilby (Plymouth) both 3½. GP U-133 Lynne Fursman 3.
Minor (U-125) 1st Joy Fursman 4½. 2nd= Reece Whittington (Exeter); Nicky Bacon (Sidmouth); Mark Cockerton (Torquay) & Terence Greenaway (Torquay) all 4. GP 102-110 James Wallman 4 40.00
GP (U-102) Terry Dengler (Truro) 3.
Bristol’s Winter Congress was held the weekend before. The winner of the Open was Patryk Krzyzanowski, and he got the British Championship qualifying place. 2nd= were Peter Kirby, Stephan Meek, Lewis Martin, Matthew Payne and Alistair Hill. Major Section: 1st S. Williams 4½/5. 2nd T. Chinnick 4/5.
Hill missed out on 1st prize at Exeter by virtue of losing to Jack Rudd in the final round. Here he loses to a sharp attack in Rd. 2 at Bristol.
White: A. Hill (199). Black: Matthew Payne (189).
King’s Indian Defence – Petrosian Variation. [E92]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Petrosian’s move in this classical position. a5 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.Nd2 h6 10.Be3 Na6 11.0–0 Nh7 12.a3 f5 13.f3 Bd7 14.b3 f4 15.Bf2 g5 16.b4 b6 17.Qb3 Kh8 18.c5 dxc5 19.bxa5 bxa5 20.Bxa6 Rxa6 21.Bxc5 Rf7 22.Rab1 Bf8 23.Qc4 Rg6 24.Bxf8 Nxf8 25.Rb7 c6 26.Rfb1 g4 Black’s pawns storm ahead backed by bishop and rooks. 27.fxg4 Bxg4 28.dxc6 Be6 29.Qc5 f3 30.Qxe5+ Kg8 31.Rxf7 Rxg2+ 31…Qxf7 is the obvious move, but the text has the same effect. 32.Kh1 Qxf7 33.Nf1 Qa7 Threatening mate on g1 34.Ng3 Allows White’s rook to defend the kingside, but it’s not enough. 34…Rxh2+! 34…Qf2 will still win but is much slower. 35.Nh5 Rg5 36.Qxg5+ hxg5 37.Rg1. 35.Kxh2 Qf2+ 36.Kh1 Qg2# 0–1.
In last week’s problem, Alice wondered what her sister could possibly mean by referring back to her French lessons. She was, of course, alluding to the French phrase used in chess of “en passant”. If Black’s c-pawn could move to b3 it would indeed be mate, and the only way it can do that is to take White’s c-pawn en passant, which means White’s previous move must have been Pb2-b4.
This position is taken from a book chapter entitled “Simple but not easy”. Jack Rudd of Barnstaple is White and his next move contains enough threats to win the game.
Having played each other in the penultimate round, the two top grades, Jack Rudd and Dominic Mackle, had to face other opposition. Rudd was drawn against Alistair Hill of Battersea, while Mackle faced the perennially solid Steve Dilleigh, not someone you’d want to be playing if you needed a last round win. The Rudd-Hill was over in 90 minutes, making Jack the “leader in the clubhouse”, watching how the other game was going. Eventually Jack had to leave to catch his train home, and it was soon after that Mackle started to turn the screws and got domination in the centre with free-moving pieces, while Dilleigh’s pieces were forced to edges of the board, from where they had no counter-play.
In the Major Section John Nyman of the famous King’s Head club in London won the Major Section (U-155) and with it the Ken Schofield Salver.
Chess-playing sisters are something of a rarety on the circuit. There are the Polgars, of course, and the Eagles from Liverpool, though they are now inactive because being MPs takes up so much of their time. After that, one might be a little stuck to come up with other names, but here we had the Westcountry Fursman girls; Lynne playing in the Major and Joy in the Minor (U-125). Lynne was a little off the pace in her section, but her sister was on Bd. 1 facing local player, Mark Cockerton of Torquay. She had White, played the Bird’s Opening and happily drew her game to clinch clear 1st and the grandest of the three trophies up for grabs. Joy was truly unconfined in the foyer afterwards, so pleased was she with her success. They were taught chess by their father, and now Joy is based in Clevedon, near Bristol, and Lynne in Tewkesbury.
Here is the full prizelist.
|EAST DEVON CHESS CONGRESS 2015 PRIZE LIST|
|Open||1st=||Jack Rudd (IM)||Barnstaple||4½||170.00|
|Dominic Mackle||Newton Abbot||4½||170.00|
|GP 169-181=||Alan Brusey||Teignmouth||3½||14.00|
|GP <169=||Robert Wright||Bridport||3||20.00|
|GP <169=||Jamie Morgan||Penwith||3||20.00|
|Major U-155||1st||John Nyman||King’s Head||4½||160.00|
|GP 133-147=||John Morrison||Tiverton||3½||20.00|
|GP <133||Lynne Fursman||3||40.00|
|Minor U-125||1st||Joy Fursman||4½||160.00|
|GP 102-110||James Wallman||4||40.00|
|GP <102||Terry Dengler||Truro||3||40.00|
|Team Prize||Exeter A||14||40.00|
There had been a few question marks over the future of this event earlier earlier in the year, but the committee of 2 decided to go ahead anyway, and a late rush of entries took the total above the hundred mark.
By a quirk of fate, the funeral of the event’s first secretary 40 years ago, Guy Sparke, was held a few hours before the start of Rd. 1. and in the opening remarks from the stage, the players were reminded of his contribution to creating and establishing the event on the chess calendar.
There were about 30 byes being taken on the Friday evening, but there were enough present to give the large playing area a busy look.