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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.

In addition, there will be a selection of chess books available to discriminating collectors. Lists will be updated regularly and enquiries about books listed may be e-mailed.


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.

Introduction to Exmouth Chess Club

This section contains news specifically about Exmouth’s Chess Club.

Currently, it meets at Age Concern, 8, New Street, Exmouth. EX8 1RT, on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m.

The club welcomes new members who are keen to make the most of their chess skills by playing real opponents, face to face. Queries should be addressed to the Club Secretary via e-mail. jones_r53@sky.com.

Above: Look for the Age Concern sign.

Below: The door to the club premises.

Weekly Chess Column.

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.

Bob Jones

Historic First – Exmouth Lose to Seaton (27.10.2014.)

Exmouth started the day as County champions at all forms of the over-the-board game – Standard play, RapidPlay and Blitz. But chess has a way of bringing any individual or group getting delusions of grandeur down to earth with a bump. So it was with Exmouth when they finished the day by losing to Seaton for the first time in many encounters in Devon’s RapidPlay League – the Newman Cup.

Last year, Seaton improved their chances by bringing in Steve Martin, and this year added Dr. Jonathan Underwood, which tipped the balance altogether. Seaton won both rounds 2.5 – 1.5  and finished 5-3 winners. Chris Scott maintained his continuing improvement by winning his individual encounter against Martin, while Jones managed to stem early aggression from Adams and may have had very slight advantages in both games but with time running out offered draws, which  Adams was minded to accept. But Underwood was clearly fired up after winning 6 Blitz games eight days earlier and the combination of his endgame technique and speed of move proved too much for the Exmouth captain. Blake had a won position in Rd. 1 but ran very low on time and Dowse kindly offered a draw when he could have won on time.

Exmouth have started with a loss several times before in this competition, but managed to make up lost ground. In this case, this seems less likely than hitherto, and Seaton must be considered serious contenders for the title.

  RapidPlay League             27.10.2014  
  Seaton Grd Rd 1 Rd 2   Rd 1 Rd 2 Exmouth Grd
1 Jon Underwood 179 1 1   0 0 Mark Abbott 167
2 Steve Martin 172 ½ 0   ½ 1 Chris Scott 157
3 Martyn Adams 133 ½ ½   ½ ½ Bob Jones 147
4 Alan Dowse 111 ½ 1   ½ 0 Simon Blake   91
    595             562
        5   3      


Seaton players facing camera: Underwood, Martin (shaking hands), Adams (purple shirt) and Dowse.


Martin (l) vs Scott (nearest) & Underwood vs Abbott.

Bude RapidPlay Results (25.10.2014.)

All westcountry congresses depend on small groups of volunteers, who take a quiet satisfaction in running a successful event that gives pleasure to the players.

The latest of these was the 1st Bude Rapidplay Congress organised recently by John and Christine Constable. The entry was small but strong – 16 players with an average grade of 153. 1st J. Rudd (Barnstaple – 231) 6/6 pts. 2nd J. Byrne (Taunton – 165) 5 pts. 3rd G. Trudeau (Liskeard – 155) 4 pts. 4th= G. Body (Exeter – 167); T. Slade (Bude – 164) & R. Nash (Barnstaple – 124) all 3½. 7th= S. Homer (Exeter – 200); M. Richardt (Taunton – 187); D. J. Jenkins (Camborne – 132) & S. Woolgar (Bristol – 132) all 3. 11th C. Sellwood (Camborne – 158) 2½. 12th= D. R. Jenkins (Liskeard – 126); S. Bartlett (Newquay – 165) & B. Childs (Lerryn – 106) all 2. 15th= P. May (114) & M. Jones (Newquay – 121) 1.

Longer-established events need their organising committee refreshed from time to time, otherwise they risk withering on the vine. The East Devon Congress, for example, is on the brink of collapse as the committee has dwindled to two, Sean Pope and Mark Abbott, who are already highly committed with their daytime professions. They need fresh blood coming in from the Exeter region to share the load and keep it afloat, as it’s a bigger event, with a larger venue. Prospective volunteers should contact Sean on 01392-436420 or e-mail: sean.pope1@blueyonder.co.uk.

Meanwhile, here is a win by a great supporter of the Exeter Congress.

White: J. F. Wheeler Black: J. Duckham.

Benko Gambit  [A57]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 The signature move of the Benko Gambit in which Black offers a pawn in order to open up space in which his queenside pieces can operate freely. 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6 White doesn’t wish to fall in with Black’s plans. 5…g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.e4 d6 8.Nf3 Nbd7 9.Be2 0–0 10.0–0 Nxb6 11.h3 Bb7 12.Bf4 Nfd7 13.Qd2 f5? Leaving a big hole at the heart of his position. 14.Ng5 fxe4 15.Ne6 Qe8 16.Nxf8 Qxf8 17.Bg4 Ne5 18.Be6+ Kh8 19.Bg3 Nbc4 20.Qe2 Bc8 21.Bxc8 Rxc8 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.Qxe4 c4 24.Rab1 Nd3 25.Nd1 Ne5 26.Ne3 Rc5 27.Rfc1 Qc8 28.f4 Nd3 29.Rxc4 Nxb2 30.Rxc5 Qxc5 31.Qxe7 h6 32.Kh2 Qd4 33.Rf1 Nd3 34.g3 Qb2+ 35.Ng2 Qf6 White would be delighted to simplify out, leaving him still materially ahead. 36.Qxf6 Bxf6 1–0

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Ra1! and when Black checks on h8 2.Bg8 not only blocks that check but allows the rook on a1 to administer mate at the same time.

This is not a beginners’ game but from this year’s British Championship. Four moves each have been played and now it is White to move.

White to play and win quickly

Seniors Congress 3rd – 7th Nov. 2014 Entries to date

Here is the list of entries so far received for the 15th Seniors Congress, correct as at  30.10.2014.

Latest entries in Bold.

Entry forms may be downloaded from the chessdevon website.


Grd 65+





Grd 50-64



1 189 Norman Ken   191 Hurst Kevin
2 187 Footner Andrew   185 Brown Alan
3 186 Adaway William   183 Wells Jonathan
4 170 Barton Alan   182 Dilleigh Steve
5 164 Everson Robert   174 Heppell Ian
6 163 Page Martin   173 Wynarczyk Raymond
7 162 Annetts Ivor   170 McAllan Ian
8 161 Gamble Raymond   169 Bartlett Simon
9 155 Price Andrew   167 Dean Steve
10 155 Openshaw David   161 Thynne Trefor
11 155 Reinhardt Joachim   158 Rogers Dave
12 153 Gosling Brian   156 Sellwood Colin
13 152 Scowen Roger   152 Morton Peter
14 151 Toms David   152 Burton Ronnie
15 147 Wood Peter   147 Sheppard Derek
16 146 Kinder Andrew   147 Cross Ian
17 145 Footner John   145 Roberts Malcolm
18 142 Shaddick John   132 Foster Paul
19 140 Namouk Omer   130 Blencowe Ian
20 138 Norman Dinah   127 Smith Richard
21 137 Errington Paul   127 Orr David
22 135 Tidy Norman    99 Maber Martyn
23 130 Sandercock Barry        
24 130 Robertson Jim        
25 130 Adams Martyn        
26 129 Jones Bob        
27 125 Hurn Bob        
28 125 Sherriff Alan        
29 122 Clapp Jo        
30 118 Gordon Philip        
31 112 Burt Dave        
32 112 Waters Roger        
33 112 Langmaid Kevin        
34 106 Curtis Roy        
35 105 Fraser Alan        
36 96 Lucas Peter        
37 96 Welch Hazel        
38 96 Day Fred        
39 94 Carrick Peter        
40 91 Kaye Mike        
41 80 Cox Reg        
42 70 Moloney Tom        

Devon Team Blitz Tournament 2014

It is several years since Trefor Thynne revived Devon’s Team Blitz tournament after it lapsed as traditional season starter. It is for teams of 4 players, each having 12 minutes on the clock for all moves, and  6 rounds played on a Swiss system. Its regular venue has been the Newton Abbot Club

Each year there have been a few more teams involved, with a new trophy added in each of the last 3 years to reflect the renewed interest. However, this year the number of teams entered dropped to 8, and several of these were not as strong as in recent years. In view of this, it was decided to change it to an all-play-all tournament of 7 rounds, with the tea break abolished to keep the timings about the same.

Round 1 paired Exmouth Eagles against a Newton Abbot team led by former Devon and West of England Champion Dominic Mackle. Normally this would have been a top-of-the-table affair, but when it finished 4 – 0 to the Eagles it was clear something unexpected was afoot. There was an element of luck involved as, at the end of the top game,  Stephens had 10 seconds left compared to Mackle’s 60, and yet somehow managed to win on time. From then on the Eagles never looked back. At the start of the 7th and final round, three of them still had maximum points. Then Underwood lost, leaving Stephens and Gosling as the only two on 100%, the tie break giving the new Individual trophy to Stephens by virtue of it being gained on Bd. 1.

The other excellent team performance was by Sidmouth Juniors, comprising two set of brothers, the Susevee and Bacon boys, who, with the 2nd lowest team grade total, accumulated 13 points and the U-450 Cup.

The evnt was organised by Trefor Thynne and controlled by Ray Chubb.

Here are summary charts showing where all the points went.

No. Team Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Award
1 Exmouth Eagles 683 4 7 11 15 19 22½ 25½ Thomas Cup
2 Newton Abbot 560 0 4 12½ 15½ 18½ Hodge Cup (U-600)
3 Tiverton 595 2 5 12 16 17  
4 Teignmouth A 515 11½ 12 12½ 13½  
5 Sidmouth Juniors 373 2 3 5 7 8 10½ 13 U-450 Cup
6 Exmouth Egrets 477 4 4 6 10  
7 TQ B.G.S. 386 2 3 9  
8 Teignmouth B 324 2 2 2 2 4 4  


  Team Bd Name rd ► 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot
1 Exmouth Eagles     vs ► 2 5 8 6 7 4 3  
    1 J. K. Stephens 194 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
    2 J. Underwood 179 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 6
    3 C. J. Scott 157 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1
    4 B. G. Gosling 153 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
                     totals  683 4 3 4 4 4 3½  3 25½
        vs ► 1 8 6 3 5 7 4  
2 Newton Abbot 1 D. Mackle 203 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 0
    2 T. F. Thynne 161 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
    3 M. Hussey 113 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4
    4 J. Blackmore 83 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
                     totals 560 0 4 3 3 3 4 18½
        vs ► 5 6 7 2 4 8 1  
3 Tiverton 1 S. Bartlett 169 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0
    2 I. S. Annetts 162 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 4
    3 K. P. Atkins 157 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 0
    4 B. Aldwin 107 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4
                     totals 595 2 3 1 4 1 17
        vs ► 6 7 5 8 2 1 2  
4 Teignmouth A 1 A. W. Brusey 176 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 1
    2 C. Doidge 122 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
    3 G. Bramley 117 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 0 4
    4 W. Tindall 100 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
                     totals  515 3 2 4 ½ ½ 1 13½
        vs ► 3 1 4 7 2 6 8  
5 Sidmouth Juniors 1 G. Sussevee 126 0 0 0 1 0 1 ½
    2 N. Bacon 124 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 1
    3 Guy Sussevee 194 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 6
    4 O. Bacon 39 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
                     totals 373 2 1 2 2 1 13
        vs ► 4 3 2 1 8 5 7  
6 Exmouth Egrets 1 O. E. Wensley 149 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 2
    2 R. H. Jones 129 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1
    3 S. Blake 102 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½
    4 F. R. Hodge 97 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4
                     totals 477 1 0 2 10
        vs ► 8 5 3 5 1 2 6  
7 TQ B.G.S. 1 V. Ramesh 131 1 1 ½ 0 0 0 1
    2 J. Wray 110 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
    3 V. Wells 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
    4 B Sanders-Wyatt 65 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
                     totals 386 2 1 2 0 1 9
        vs ► 7 2 1 4 6 3 5  
8 Teignmouth B 1 M. Rickard 95 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
    2 A. Webster 92 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
    3 M. White 80 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    4 P. Darlow 57 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
                     totals 324 2 0 0 0 2 0


Round 1 gets under way.

The Eagles (l) meet the "Newts".

The Egrets (l) were no match for the Eagles in Rd. 4

Teignmouth A (r) vs Teignmouth B

Start of the final round.

Angela Susevee presents the U-450 cup to her son Greg.

Fred Hodge presents his U-600 cup to Dominic Mackle.

John Stephens receives the Thomas Cup.


John Stephens receives the individual trophy.


The Eagles - Dominant on the day: (l-r) Stephens, Underwood, Scott & Gosling.

Glos. vs Devon Results (18.10.2014.)

Gloucestershire met Devon on Saturday at West Buckland in Rd. 1 of the 2014 – ‘15 Inter-County competition. It was a well-contested contest, although in the end Devon forced a comfortable enough 12-4 win, mainly due to their greater strength in the bottom half of the team.

This was also the debut for former presenter of TV science programmes, Adam Hart-Davis, who is now a regular at the Plymouth Chess Club.

Here are the details, with Gloucestershire names first in each pairing and grades in brackets.

1.J. Stewart (207) 0-1 D. Mackle (203). 2. P. J. Meade (182) 0-1 J. K. Stephens (194). 3. N. K. Hosken (181) ½- ½ S. J. Homer (188). 4. M. J. Ashworth (181) ½- ½ P. Sivrev (187). 5. J. Jenkins (176) 1-0 J. Wheeler (181). 6. P. J. Kirby (173) ½- ½ J. Underwood (179). 7. P. Dodwell (163) 0-1 D. Regis (176). 8. B. Whitelaw (159) 0-1 A. W. Brusey (176). 9. R. M. Ashworth (151) 0-1 B. W. Hewson (174). 10. A. Richards (136) ½- ½ W. Ingham (176). 11. A. N. Walker (134) ½- ½ M. Shaw (170) 12. P. Baker (132) 0-1 G. Body (169). 13 K. Bendall (131) ½- ½ M. Stinton-Brownbridge (164). 14. J. Caterer (128) 0-1 I. S. Annetts (162) 15. P. Bending (122) 0-1 A. Hart-Davis (161). 16. J. B. Harris (115) 0-1 C. J. Scott (157).

Here is a game with notes based on those kindly supplied by the winner.

White: Jim Caterer (128). Black: Ivor Annetts (162).

Caro-Kann – Exchange Variation [B13]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 If 6.Nf3 then 6…Bg4 is a little more problematic. 6…Bg4 7.f3 Bd7 8.Bf4 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 So far, but no further, all was known to Black from the 2002 game Gonzalez v Sasikiran. 10.Bc2 Bd6 11.0–0 Ne7 12.Nd4 h5 13.Ba4 0–0–0 Now the race is on to start a telling attack against the enemy king. White starts well in this respect. 14.Bxd7+ Rxd7 15.b4 Kb8 16.a4 N7g6 17.Bg3 h4 18.Nb5 Qc6 19.Qd4 b6 If 19…hxg3 20.Qxa7+ Kc8 21.Qa8+ Bb8 22.Na7+ That’s as far as Black got with his analysis. It seems to win the Black queen but White’s own queen can become trapped in the corner – or worse e.g. 24…Ba7+ 25.Kh1 Rxh2 mate. 24…Ba7+ 25.Qxa7 Nxa7 and Black is a piece for a pawn to the good! 20.Bf2 h3 21.Nxd6 hxg2 22.Kxg2 Rxh2+ 23.Kg3 If 23.Kxh2 Nxf3+ 24.Kg2 Nxd4 25.Bg3 Black was mildly worried about this move but all lines are good for him. 23…Rh4 24.Qxh4 Nxh4 25.Kxh4 Qxd6 Black was thinking his opponent would not pin the knight with Bg3 because it would be mate. And yet…. 26.Bg3?? Qh6# 0–1

Last week’s position was ended after 1.Qxa7+! RxQ 2.RxR+ Kb4 3.Ra4 mate.

Here is another hitherto unpublished 2-mover by Dave Howard.

White to mate in 2

Unique Start to the 2014-2015 Season

The start of Exmouth’s league season was a unique event in the history of the club. For the first time ever, they had entered two teams in the Exeter & District League Division 1, and the league rules rightly state that any club with 2 teams in the same division must make that their first match, to avoid any possible suspicion that, should they meet in a later round, one team might voluntarily lose in order for the other to win the cup.  Not that they would, of course, but any team so edged out couldn’t help but wonder…..

Not that there would be any danger of that happening in this case, as, given the club’s relatively limited playing resources, both teams were likely to be well short of the maximum team grade total of 640, unless they acquire some strong new members from somewhere. But the club are treating it as a fun event with no high expectations of ultimate glory.

On the night, blunders abounded; one player tore his scoresheet up in disgust while another didn’t submit his scoresheet at all - all good fun. At the end of night it was the Elephants that got trampled while the Eagles soared above.

Bd Exmouth Elephants Grd     Exmouth Eagles Grd
1 S. J. Murray 138 ½ ½ C. J. Scott 157
2 D. Thomson 134 ½ ½ R. H. Jones 129
3 F. R. Hodge   97 0 1 M. Belt 128
4 T. Badlan   82 0 1 S. Blake 102
    451 1 3   516

Death of Brian Clapp (11.10.2014.)

The death in Cheltenham of Brian William Clapp at the age of 87 was reported last week. Brian was a regular member of the Exeter Club in the 1960s and ‘70s, having been club champion in 1963, ’68, ’69 and ’71. He was a lecturer in Economic History at Exeter University and published several books, notably Manchester Merchants 1850 – 1939 (1956), John Owens – Manchester Merchant (1965), The University of Exeter – A History (1982) and An Environmental History of Britain Since the Industrial Revolution (1994 – Longman).

In this 1966 game he took full advantage of some loose play by a much stronger opponent. 21 year old Richard Hall from Bradford was reading law and went on to become a district judge in 1998 and British Correspondence Chess Champion and a Grandmaster of postal chess. It is taken from Dr. Dave Regis’ excellent book 100-Odd Years of Exeter Chess Club.

White:  B. W. Clapp. Black: R. V. M. Hall.

Sicilian Defence – Paulsen Var.  [B45]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Be3 Bb4 7.Bd3 d5 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.e5 d4 10.exf6 dxe3 11.Qf3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 exf2+ 13.Qxf2 Qxf6 14.Qc5 preventing castling. 14…Rb8 15.Rd1 Qe7? 16.Qe5 Hitting rook and g-pawn. 16…Rb2 17.Qxg7 Qf8?? 18.Qf6 Bd7 19.Be4 Rb6 20.Qd4 Qh6 21.Qxd7+ Kf8 22.Qd6+ Kg8 22…Kg7 is no better. 23.Qg3+ 1–0 Black resigned as he could see what was to follow i.e. 23…Kf8 24.Rd8+ Ke7 25.Qc7+ Kf6 26.0–0+ and mate must follow very shortly.

The 49th Dorset Congress takes place on the weekend commencing Friday 24th October (contact: Ian Clark on 01202-536370 or e-mail dorset@bournemouthchesscongress.org.uk). If you can only spare one day that weekend there’s the Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay on the Saturday; (Contact: Graham Mill-Wilson on 07790-187-415 or e-mail tugmw@blueyonder.co.uk. Then there’s the Royal Beacon Seniors Congress in Exmouth starting on Monday 3rd November (Contact: R. H. Jones on 01395-0223340 or e-mail: jones_r53@sky.com.)

The solution to last week’s problem by A. C. White involving pawn promotion was 1.Qc4! threatening 2.Pc8=N mate, and Black’s capture with the rook to prevent this, merely allows 2.g8=N mate.

This position arose in a game earlier this year. White is the exchange and a pawn down, but can win by force. How did he do it?

White to mate by force

Antiquarian titles

Bird, H. E. Chess History & Reminiscences London 1893
  138pp Has sections on chess history, blindfold chess and a few game scores. Original brown cloth with bright gilt titles.   LN 236  VG+  £85.00
Bird, H. E. Chess Practice being a condensed and simplified record of the actual openings in the finest games played up to the present time, including the whole of the beautiful specimens contained in Chess Masterpieces, comprising those of Anderson, Bird, Blackburne, Boden, Buckle, Cochrane, Kolisch, Labourdonnais, Lowenthal, Macdonnell, Morphy, Staunton, Steinitz Zuckertort, and 35 others.   London 1st ed. 1882
  96pp Original dark cloth.     LN 1822   Front binding a little tender o/w VG £75.00
Bird, H. E. The Chess Openings considered Critically & Practically. London 1st ed.  1877
   248pp Includes interesting long lists of subscribers in UK & US, including Sam Loyd who composed a special letter B problem for the book.Original blue cloth boards with gilt title on spine.                  LN 1819                          Binding a little tender o/w G+  £60.00
Bird, H. E. Chess Novelties and their latest novelties with comparisons of the progress of chess openings of the past centuries and the present not dealt with in other works. F. Warne1st ed. 1895
  304pp Original blue cloth boards bearing attractive gilt design and lettering.    LN 1855                                    Spine dulled o/w VG  £55.00
Bird, H. E. Chess Novelties – another copy.  
  304pp   Original maroon cloth boards.                                             VG+ £55.00
Bird, H. E. Chess Masterpieces comprising a collection of 150 games of the past quarter century, with Notes, including the finest games in the Exhibition of 1851 and the Vienna Tournament of 1873.  London 1st ed.  1875
  140pp Maroon cloth boards. Insc. One of Bird’s scarcer titles. LN 3166                   VG  £75.00
Cook, W. The Chess Primer – A stepping stone for beginners, teaching the preliminary details, supplemented by a series of illustrative games with reasons for every move appended. London 1880
  55pp Original olive cloth boards bearing attractive design in black.                                                     LN 992        VG  £25.00
Cook, W. Cook’s Chess Synopsis – a synopsis of the chess openings. London4th ed. 1888
  142pp Original maroon cloth boards with some staining to front cover though internally clean.                  LN 1818                        G+  £20.00
Cook, W. The Complete Players’ Compendium – a practical guide to the openings. With new supplement by Alfred Emery. London5th ed. 1910
  332pp Original green cloth bearing attractive chess piece design & gilt titles.  LN 1883  VG  £20.00
Cook, W. The Compete Player’s Compendium – another copy  
    Re-bound in plain green cloth with original title page pasted in. VG £12.00
Crawley, Capt. R. Chess & Draughts – Chess: its Theory & Practice to which is added a chapter on draughts. London 1858
  180pp Original maroon cloth bearing gilt title and diagram.  VG £25.00
Ellis, J. A. Chess Sparks or Short & Bright Games of Chess London 1895
  160pp Re-backed retaining original fawn cloth. Includes 7 page list of all tourneys & matches 1824 – 1894.     LN 3182                        Neat pencil ticks by games played through o/w G+  £65.00
Freeborough & Ranken , C Chess Openings Ancient & Modern. London 18963rd ed.
  282pp Original brown cloth boards with chessboard motif. Not in LN. Endpapers splitting & pages browning at edges. o/w G  £25.00
Freeborough & Ranken , C Chess Openings Ancient & Modern – another copy. London 19104th ed.
  284pp LN 1843      Original green cloth boards with chessboard motif & feint stain o/w G  £25.00
Gottschall, Dr. H. von  Adolf Anderssen der Altmeister deutscher Schachspielkunst Leipzig1st ed. 1912
  553pp 750 analysed games & 80 problems. V. Good group photo of Leipzig 1877 including Zukertort and the Paulsens, plus individual portraits. LN 3034.Original grey cloth boards with a few marks in bottom corner.  VG-  £80.00

Dilleigh Wins Bristol Summer Congress (04.10.2014.)

The 1st Bristol Summer Congress was held on Aug 22nd-24th and the section winners were as follows: Open: 1st S. Dilleigh. Major (U-155): 1st A. Papier. Minor (U-125): 1st Nikhil Hakeem – at 9 yrs old Nikhil is clearly one to watch.

Here is Dilleigh’s fine Rd. 3 win against a stronger opponent.

White: Ryszard Maciol (215). Black: Steve Dilleigh (182)

Queen’s Gambit – Exchange Var. [D36]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.Nge2 Nh5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Qc2 g6 11.0–0–0 Nb6 12.Kb1 Ng7 13.e4 dxe4 14.Bxe4 Black has to decide whether to risk castling on the kingside and inviting a pawn storm. However, if he castles long, White threatens to break open the centre with d5. 14…0–0 15.Nf4 Qf6 16.g3 Ne6 17.Nce2 Ng5 18.Bd3 Bg4 19.h3 Bf3 20.Rhf1 Rad8 21.h4 Ne6 22.Nxe6 Qxe6 23.Rd2 Qf6 24.Qc3 Rfe8 25.h5 White pushed on with his attack, but Black is able to create counter threats. 25…Nd5 26.Qb3 Qg5 27.Rc2 Qxh5 28.Nc3 Nxc3+ 29.Qxc3 Qg4 30.Rd2 Qxd4 Black is able to grab another pawn to open up the central files, while White’s pieces are not well co-ordinated. 31.Qxd4 Rxd4 32.Kc2 Red8 33.Re1 Bg4 preparing for the killer blow. 34.Kc3 Bf5 0–1 White can avoid losing a piece, with 35.Re8+ Rxe8 36.Kxd4 Rd8+ 37.Ke3 Rxd3+ 38.Rxd3 Bxd3 39.Kxd3. but is left a pawn down on both wings.

The solution to last week’s problem was the waiting move 1.Qh8! and wherever the king moves to 2.Qd4 or 2.Bf5 are mates.

In Alain C. White’s 1912 book, The Theory of Pawn Promotion, he talks about the evolution of the concept of what should happen to a pawn if it manages to get to the opposite side of the board, before assembling a collection of about 500 problems based on this idea. He writes “The origin of the Promotion of Pawns is buried beyond recovery in the past. Evidently, since pawns can only march ‘breast forward’, as Browning would have described it, something startling must happen when they reach the opposite end of the board. Several possibilities could be imagined. They might turn round and walk back again. They might be compelled to walk straight off the board in a novel form of self-annihilation. But this would be a penalty for their prowess instead of a reward. Their transfiguration is a most ingenious and appropriate solution to the difficulty.” He goes on to describe the gradual modification in the promotion rules, from queen-only, to any piece that has already been captured, to the present state of any piece, regardless of the earlier course of the game.

One of the given examples is this, his own 2-mover.

White to mate in 2

Seniors’ Chess (27.09.2014.)

People tending to live longer these days and often retiring early has helped to create one of the expanding areas of sport. Tennis and golf, for example, have long had their seniors circuits, in which past champions compete at a far more leisurely pace than in their heyday.

So too with chess, which has recently introduced European and World individual and team events for seniors only. This year, the world governing body, FIDE, has gone further, by splitting the age eligibility into two sections, 50 – 64 and 65+, thus enabling more players to compete for honours. The first European Championship for the 50 – 64 age group was held earlier this year in Portugal and was won by Paignton resident Grandmaster, Keith Arkell.

The Royal Beacon Seniors event in Exmouth was a pioneer in this aspect of the game. When it started in 2000 it was the only seniors-only event in Britain, and they introduced a special section for the 50-somethings over a decade ago. Now the world has caught up.

The 15th Royal Beacon Seniors event takes place during the week starting Monday 3rd Nov. Entry forms are downloadable from chessdevon.com.

Here is a game from last year’s Beacon Seniors Congress.

White: Ian Heppell (178). Black: Jonathan Wells (180)

Sicilian Defence – Alapin Variation. [B22]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 b6 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.Bd3 Be7 9.0–0 0–0 10.Re1 f5 11.exf6 Black has a choice of 4 pieces with which to retake, but chooses probably the least promising option as it weakens his defensive pawn structure, which White exploits later. 11…gxf6 12.Bh6 Rf7 13.Qe2 Nxc3 14.bxc3 Qc7 15.Be4 Nc6 16.d5 Nd8 If 16…exd5 17.Bxd5 winning the rook. 17.Rad1 f5 18.Bb1 Bd6 Now White’s kingside attack gets going. 19.Ng5 Bxh2+ 20.Kh1 Re7 21.Qh5 Bf4 22.Bxf5 Black’s d-pawn is pinned. 22…Qxc3 Best in the circumstances. 23.Bxh7+ Kh8 If 23…Rxh7 24.Qe8 mate. 24.Qg6 threatening 25.Qg8 mate and Black has to give up the exchange in order to avoid it. 24…Nf7 25.Nxf7+ Rxf7 26.Qxf7 Bxh6 27.Be4 1-0 Black’s only move is 27…Qg7 but after 28.Qxg7+ Bxg7 29.dxe6 Bxe4 30.Rxe4 dxe6 31.Rxe6

Heinz Herschmann, a regular at the Beacon Seniors event and well-known composer, arranger, musician and founder of the music label Apollo Sound, recently died, peacefully at home at the age of 90. As a composer, he achieved considerable acclaim receiving many commissions and in his other work he enjoyed great success in roles as varied as musical director of touring shows, to accompanist to various entertainers.

The solution to Dave Howard’s 3-mover last week was 1.Qh1! and the queen will mate on either a8 or b7.

This 2-mover is similar.

White to mate in 2