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WELCOME to KEVEREL CHESS

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.

Introduction

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

Teignmouth RapidPlay Results (12.04.2014.)

The Teignmouth RapidPlay tournament on Sunday was won outright by Steve Homer (182 – Newton Abbot) with 5/6 points. 2nd= were Graham Bolt (176 – Exeter), Alan Brusey (174 – Teignmouth) and Stephen Piper (183 – Salisbury). The Minor Section for players graded Under 140 was won jointly by Ray Hunt (125 – Bognor) and Vignesh Ramesh (106 – Newton Abbot) on 5/6 points.

These games are played too quickly to record the moves, so here are two wins by Homer from last year’s WECU Championship that show how dangerous he can be given half a chance to attack.

White: S. J. Homer Black: A. W. Brusey. French Defence – Tarrasch Var.  [C07]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Nxe4 dxe4 7.Ng5 cxd4 8.Nxe4 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Qxe5 A nice manoeuvre to win a pawn, but it leaves his queen in the centre, vulnerable to harassment. 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.0–0 Bd7 12.f4 As the position opens up, Black’s tardy development proves fatal. 12…Qc7 13.Ng5 g6 14.f5! It’s time to break open the centre before Black has time to get organised. 14…exf5 15.Bc4 Nd8 16.Qe2+ Ne6 17.Bxe6 Bxe6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Qe7 20.Qc4 Threatening Re1 while preventing castling to avoid it. 20…Qc5 Now the Black king is really exposed. 21.Rae1+ Kd7. If 21…Be7?? 22.Qxc5. 22.Qe6+ Kc7 23.Bf4+ Bd6 24.Qe7+ Kc6 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.Re6 and the Black queen falls. 1–0

White: T. Paulden. Black: S. J.  Homer. Nimzo-Larsen Opening [A01]

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Qc7 5.f4 a6 6.Bxc6+ Qxc6 7.Nf3 f6 8.0–0 e6 9.d3 Nh6 10.Qe2 Bd6 11.e4 d4 12.e5 Be7 13.c3 dxc3 14.Nxc3 Bd7 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Ne4 Rf8 17.Ne5 fxe5 18.Qh5+ Nf7 19.fxe5 0–0–0 20.Qxf7. Not 20.Rxf7?? Be8. 20…Rxf7 21.Rxf7 Re8 22.Rxh7 In this skirmish White just about got material equality for his queen, but had already sacrificed a knight to no clear purpose, so is left with a rook and 2 passed pawns for his queen. 22…Qd5 23.Rg7 Qxd3 24.Nf6! Now Black has a problem to solve. 24…Kd8 25.Nxe8 Bxe8 26.Rf1 The balance of forces is roughly level, provided Black can free up his bishop pair. 26…c4 27.Re1 Bb4 28.Rc1 c3 29.Rg3 Qxg3 30.hxg3 cxb2 31.Rb1 Bc3 32.Rd1+ Ke7 33.Kf2 Bg6 Suddenly the bishops hold sway. 34.Ke2 b1Q 35.Rxb1 Bxb1 36.a4 Bc2 0–1

This year’s event starts on Friday morning. Details regarding late entries to M. Shaw on 01395-275494.

Last week’s position gave rise to a familiar old combination that never fails to amuse everyone – except the victim. Black played 1…Nh3 double check, forcing 2.Kh1. Then 2…Qg1+ forcing Rxg1 and then the knight jumps back to f2+ – what is called a “smothered mate”.

Here is another recent game ending. How does White finish off smartly?

White to play and win.

Barnstaple Win Mamhead Cup Div. 2 (12.04.2014.)

Barnstaple made the long trip to Exmouth knowing that a drawn match would secure them the Div. 2 championship. With International Master Jack Rudd and England Junior International Theo Slade on board, this was always a distinct possibility. However, in any grade-limited tournament like this one (639 max) the price has to be paid on the lower boards where players of a more modest grade have to be played. On this occasion, Exmouth chose to play 4 middle-range grades in the hope that 2 points could be rescued on Bds. 3 & 4. And this is exactly how it played out, although all 4 games were tense and well-contested affairs by both players.

On Bd. 1 the position soon developed into a complex one with pieces of both colours all over the board, but with only 3 pawns each. Rudd, of course, is known to play only at express speed, and he made his 35 moves in 35 minutes, but such were the comlications that Shaw ran out of time and his flag fell 5 moves short.

On Bd. 2 Oliver Wensley orchestrated a kingside attack based on the rock of having a knight posted immovably on his 5th rank. However, his massed pieces left the other wing vulnerable, and Slade countered down the a-file with doubled rooks. This won material and with it the game.

Gosling’s position looked relatively even until Smith put his king into trouble and lost out to a Q+K fork, and resigned on move 28.

Scott won a piece in a series of exchanges around move 30, but still had the tricky job of finding the best lines to exploit this advantage to a winning one. A Q+R knight fork settled the outcome.

Thus the drawn match was what Barnstaple came for and they were duly delighted, whereas Exmouth had nothing to play for in this tournament except pride in a good perfomance on the day, and this they achieved.

The games may be found on the chessdevon website.

  Exmouth Grd     Barnstaple  Grd
1 Meyrick Shaw 172 0 1 Jack Rudd 219
2 Oliver E. Wensley 157 0 1 Theo Slade 162
3 Brian G. Gosling 151 1 0 Richard Smith 139
4 Chris J. Scott 142 1 0 Michael Dow 115
    622 2 2   635

 

General view of the match - Exmouth on the right.

Exmouth settle into the match - Shaw; Wensley; Gosling & Scott.

Rudd (nearest); Slade; Smith & Dow.

Somerset vs Hants Details (29.03.2014.)

As reported last week, Somerset won the WECU Championship by beating Hampshire 8½-6½ in a close match at Mere. The details were as follows (Hants names first in each pairing). 1. I. Thompson (217) 1-0 D. Buckley (212). 2. J. Tambini (198) 0-1 J. Rudd (211). 3. D. Tunks (188) ½-½ P. Krzyzanowski (199). C. Bellers (186) 1-0 B. Edgell (198). 5. P. Cooper (182) 1-0 M. Payne (193). 6. D. Fowler (181) 0-1 P. Chaplin (189). 7. S. Knox (167) 0-1 A. Footner (183). 8. D. F. Thompson (160) ½-½ D. Littlejohns (182). 9. T. Davis (159) ½-½ B. Morris (174). 10. C. Priest (158) ½-½ G. Jepps (158). 11. G. Jones (158) ½-½ C. Purry (165). 12. Miss G. Moore (147) 0-1 J. Byrne (161). 13. R. Davenport (140) 0-1 D. Peters (158). 14. J. Chilton (139) ½-½ W. Taylor (157). 15. R. Ashmore (137) ½-½ J. Fewkes (152).  Somerset also won an U-160 match by 3½-2½ the details of which are:- 1. T. Chapman (135) ½-½ A. Champion (154). 2. D. Culliford (131) ½-½ D.  Freeman (148). 3. M. Pope (119) ½-½ U. Effiong (142). 4. S. Murphy (113) 0-1 P. Wojcik (141). 5. J. Barnett (111) 1-0 T. West (137). 6. T. Cutter (109) 0-1 S. Pickard (111).

The next big event is the Bristol Spring Congress on the weekend of 11th – 13th April. Details from G. Mill-Wilson on 0779 0167415 or e-mail tugmw@blueyonder.co.uk. This is followed by the WECU Championship and congress in Exmouth. Details from Meyrick Shaw on 01395-275494 or e-mail: meyrick.shaw@hotmail.co.uk.

In this game from last year’s event, a former WECU Champion loses out in a lively game.

White: Paul Helbig (180). Black: John Stephens (191).

Closed Sicilian Defence [B26]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 Rb8 7.Qd2 b5 8.Nge2 Nd4 9.0–0 e6 10.Nc1 b4 White usually tries to get in a quick kingside attack, with Black countering later on the queenside, but here it is the other way round. 11.Nd1 Qa5 12.c3 bxc3 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.f4 Now White’s attack gets under way.Nge7 15.Ne2 Ba6 16.f5 exf5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.Bh6 Be5 19.Ne3 Nd4 20.Rab1 Kd7 21.Nf4 Bxf4 22.Bxf4 Qxc3! Black cleverly wins another pawn.  23.Qxc3 Ne2+ 24.Kh1 Nxc3 25.Rxb8 Rxb8 26.Nc4 Bxc4 27.dxc4 Rb2 28.Bg5 Rxa2 29.Bf3 Rb2 30.g4 a5 31.gxf5 Nc6 32.Bf6 Ne5 33.Bxe5 dxe5 34.f6 Rb1 35.Rxb1 Nxb1 36.Bg4+ Kd6 37.Bf5 Nc3 38.Bxh7 a4 0–1.

Last week’s 3-mover was solved by 1.Bb1 threatening 2.Qxa2 mate, so Black must play 1…Nb4 and then 2.Kb7 leaving Black the option of either taking the bishop or moving the defending knight.

In this position, White last played h5 to which Black played the natural-looking counter Re4. What did White now play to earn a double !! and the full point?

White to play a "Magic Move".

Exmouth Stagger Over the Line (23.03.2014.)

Exmouth’s penultimate game in Devon’s senior club championship was at home against Teignmouth. Although missing a number of their top players, Exmouth still outgraded the visitors by 115 points, and on paper it looked a relatively easy challenge, except that at this level nothing can be taken for granted. Pre-match chat before the kick-off revealed, for example, that Graham Bramley (109) had already beaten and drawn with Alan Brusey (181) in club games, and Stormin’ Norman Tidy was sweeping all before him in 2014, including having won his section in the recent E. Devon Congress. And that was only on the bottom boards, while the top 3 consisted of the regular triumvirate of Brusey, Ingham and the British U-150 champion, John Gorodi, all capable of beating anyone at any time. So this was clearly not going to an easy task.

And sure enough, Tidy swept away Oliver Wensley, (who won the E. Devon Premier 2 years ago) in short order, after a quick draw on Bd. 2, leaving Teignmouth needing only 1½ points from the last 4 games to spoil the party for the home team. However, John Ariss had left himself very weak on the white squares around his king, and Gosling was not slow to extract full advantage. Playing a Closed Sicilian, Steve Martin managed to open lines to Gorodi’s king, especially down the h-file, and again extracted maximum advantage with a quick, sharp attack. Chris Scott played steadily, gradually putting a positional squeeze on his opponent, eventually getting adjacent central pawns on the 6th rank that couldn’t be stopped. This win secured the 3½ points required. But the Bd. 1 game went the full distance, with Shaw winning a piece and having a positional advantage, but shortage of time meant he lost his way, losing a piece back, and with it the game. Fortunately, in the circumstances it didn’t matter as the match was already won.

The games are all accessible on the chessdevon website.

The win puts Exmouth in top spot, a point clear of the holders, Newton Abbot, the teams to meet in what will now be the deciding match in April. Unlike last year, game points won’t be a factor as it’s impossible for teams to tie at the top on the same number of match points.

  Exmouth Grd     Teignmouth Grd
1 M. Shaw 176 0 1 A. W. Brusey 181
2 Dr. J. Underwood 171 ½ ½ W. H. Ingham 160
3 S. Martin 165 1 0 J. G. Gorodi 159
4 O. E. Wensley 157 0 1 N. F. Tidy 123
5 B. G. Gosling 152 1 0 J. A. Ariss 119
6 C. J. Scott 145 1 0 G. Bramley 109
  Totals 966   851

 

The Exmouth team (facing)

Arkell Wins European Title (22..03.2014.)

On Monday, Paignton’s resident Grandmaster, Keith Arkell, won the European Championship for Seniors over 50, the first English player to win a European title since Jovanka Houska became Girls’ U-20 Champion in 2000.

At Oporto, Portugal, Keith went through undefeated, finishing with 7/9 points. He is expert at the long drawn out endgame, but here is his quickest win.

White: K. C. Arkell (2448). Black: D. Kurka GER. (2045).

Queen’s Gambit  [D37]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c6 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Qc2 0–0 9.Bd3 Re8 10.0–0 Nf8 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.b4 a6 13.a4 g6 14.b5 a5 15.bxc6 bxc6 16.Ne2 Bd7 17.Rab1 Be7 18.Ne5 Rc8 19.Rb7 Bd6 20.Nxd7 Nxd7 21.Qb3 Re7 22.g3 Bb4 23.Qc2 c5 24.dxc5 Rxc5 25.Qd1 Ne5 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.Nf4 Nc4 28.Qe2 Nb6 29.Bb5 Qe4 30.Rd1 Rc2 31.Qg4 Nc4 At this point Black has 2 isolated pawns as opposed to White’s 1, but with bishops of opposite colour this might not be enough to win. White needs something extra…. 32.Nxd5! leaving his queen unprotected yet winning a vital pawn. 32…Qxg4 33.Nf6+ Kg7 34.Nxg4 h5 The knight has nowhere to go, so… 35.Bxc4 Rxc4 36.Ne5 Re4 37.Nf3 Rc4 38.Rd7 Kf6 39.h4 Ba3 40.Rxf7+ Black falls for the same trick again.1-0 If 40…Kxf7 41.Ne5+. White’s 2 extra pawns are now enough for an easy win for someone of Arkell’s expertise.

After drawing with the eventual Champions, Somerset, and beating Hants, Cornwall finished their season in style with a comfortable 9½ – 6½ win over Gloucestershire at Exminster Village Hall. In fact, it went according to form as they outgraded their opponents by about 100 points and lost only 2 of the 16 games. Cornish names first in each pairing:- 1.J. Menadue 1-0 D. Lambourne. 2.M. Hassall ½-½ J. Jenkins. 3.D. Saqui ½-½ J. Waterfield. 4.S. Bartlett 0-1 M. Ashworth. 5.T. Slade 1-0 P. Kirby. 6.R. Kneebone ½-½ P. Meade. 7.G. Healey 1-0 P.  Denison. 8.M. Csuri ½-½ B. Whitelaw. 9.J. Hooker ½-½ P. Dodwell. 10.G. Trudeau ½-½ A. Walker. 11.C. Sellwood 1-0 P. Baker. 12.J. Nicholas 0-1 G. Taylor. 13.J. Wilman ½-½ R. Ashworth. 14.R. Smith ½-½ A. Richards. 15.M. Hill 1-0 J. Caterer. 16.D. R. Jenkins ½-½ P. Bending.

Meanwhile, Somerset overcame Hampshire by 8½-6½, even though their top 5 boards could only muster 1½ points. This made them Div. 1 winners.

In last week’s position, only Black’s bishop prevented White from playing 1.Qf6 and mating on g7, so White can afford to sacrifice his rook by taking it with 1.Rxe5! and there is nothing Black can do.

Here is an original 3-mover from the fertile mind of Dave Howard of East Harptree. Don’t forget Black’s pawns are ready to queen.

Devon v Dorset (15.03.2014.)

Luppitt Village Hall is the traditional venue for the Devon vs Dorset U-160 match. Although Dorset had suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Somerset in an earlier round and were not expected to win here, they were always in the match and it was only a few late wins for Devon that made the score 10-6. The result meant that Devon have won the Wayling Cup for 2nd teams for the 16th consecutive year. Dorset names 1st in each pairing: 1.M. Littleton 1-0 O.Wensley. 2. W. Legg 0-1 M. Stinton-Brownbridge. 3.G. Searing 1-0 P. Halmkin. 4.J. Cherryson 0-1 I. Annetts. 5.D. Aldwinckle 0-1 B. G.Gosling. 6.P. Brackner ½-½ A. Kinder 7. C. Winch 0-1 A. Frangleton. 8. I. Willis 0-1 C. J. Scott. 9.P. Errington 0-1 K. Atkins. 10.T.Lundin 1-0 R.Wilby. 11.A. Young ½-½ W. Taylor. 12.P. Jackson ½-½ P. Dobber. 13.M. Rogan ½-½ N. Mills.14.J. Kelly ½-½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon. 15. K. Spooner ½-½ R. Jones. 16.S. Jones 0-1 N. Tidy.

In this game, White missed a combination known as the Windmill, or see-saw, first played by Torre to defeat Lasker at Moscow 1925. (Notes kindly supplied by the winner).

White: B. Gosling (152). Black: D. Aldwinckle (133).

Sicilian Defence  [B40]

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Bd6 6.Bg2 d4 7.0–0 e5 8.a4 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Nc4 f6 12.Nh4 Nge7 13.c3 Bf7 14.f4 Trying to unravel the pawn chain 14…Bxc4 15.dxc4 Qc7 16.f5 White keeps the centre closed and anticipates Black castling on the queenside. 16…0–0–0 17.Bd2 Kb8 18.Nf3 Nc8 White should press home an attack while Black’s pieces are still blocked in. 19.a5 Qf7 20.Qa4 a6 21.cxd4 exd4 22.e5 Nxe5 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Ra3 The idea is Ra1–a3-b3-b6 24…Qd7?? Both players miss the famous Windmill combination thus the ?? marks. 25.Qc2?? This comprises the nice 25.Rb3!! White temporarily offers his Queen but it can’t be accepted because if 25….Qxa4 26.Rxb7+ and White repeats the checking pattern and wins much material viz 26.Rxb7+ Ka8 27.Rxg7+ Kb8 28.Rb7+ Ka8 29.Rxh7+ Kb8 30.Rb7+ Ka8 31.Rb4+ Ka7 32.Rxa4 25…Ne7 26.Rb3 White threatens to win material with Rb3xb7. 26…Nc6 27.Rb6! Ka7 28.Qb3 Rb8 29.Qa4 Rhc8 30.Bd5 Rc7 31.f6 Rf8 32.f7 Nd8 33.Qb3 Be7?? 33…Nc6 was necessary. 34.Rxa6+! Kb8 35.Rb6 Ka7 36.a6! bxa6 37.Rxa6+!! 1–0

Pictures of the games in progress may be seen on keverelchess.com.

Meanwhile, Somerset overcame Hampshire to clinch the Div. 1 trophy.

The solution to last week’s was 1.Qh5!

Soon after an early retirement, Nick Arkell has returned to the game he first learned by playing hundreds of games with his brother, Keith. Here, however, in a recent game he loses to White’s next move.

White to play and win

Devon vs Dorset (08.03.2014.)

Luppitt Village Hall, tucked away in a hidden valley, high in the Blackdown Hills, is the traditional venue for this annual match. This year, like most, the sky was clear and bright, and both sides looked forward to an entertaining afternoon.

Although Dorset had received a real trouncing at the hands of Somerset in an earlier round and were not expected to win here, they were always in the match and it was only a few late wins for Devon that made the score look respectable to Devon eyes.

The result meant that Devon had won the Wayling Cup for 2nd teams for the 16th consecutive year.

Bd DORSET U-160 Grd     DEVON U-160 Grd
1 Mark Littleton 160 1 0 Oliver Wensley 157
2 Warren Legg 150 0 1 Mike Stinton-Brownbridge 155
3 Geoff C Searing 146 1 0 Peter E Halmkin 155
4 Julian Cherryson 137 0 1 Ivor S Annetts 152
5 David Aldwinckle 133 0 1 Brian. G. Gosling 152
6 Paul Brackner 135 ½ ½ Andrew S. Kinder 152
7 Colin E Winch 130 0 1 Andrew Frangleton 152
8 Ivan J Willis 137 0 1 Chris J .Scott 145
9 Paul T Errington 126 0 1 Keith P. Atkins 142
10 Terje Lundin U/G 1 0 Robert G Wilby 137
11 Andrew Young 122 ½ ½ Wilfred R P Taylor 139
12 Paul A Jackson 127 ½ ½ Piet Dobber 135
13 Mick Rogan U/G ½ ½ Nathan Mills 135
14 John (W) Kelly 117 ½ ½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon 135
15 Keith C Spooner 119 ½ ½ Robert H Jones 132
16 Sidney A Jones 108 0 1 Norman F Tidy 124
      6 10    

 

The venue set in the Blackdowns

 

Oliver Wensley, whose paternal ancesters go back in Luppitt for several generations, moves on top board.

 

Bds 5 = 8

 

Willis v Scott on Bd. 8

 

A neat win by Tidy (Black) put Devon on the road to victory.

 

Bds. 13 - 16.

E. Devon Congress 2014 – Rd. 1

With only 6 days to the start of this year’s East Devon Congress, the new Entry Secretary, John Stephens, told me that, at 183, he was the 6th highest-graded player in the Open. It was accepted that very often the top players leave their entries to the last minute, and this was no exception. By the Friday evening, he had dropped to 10th, as a whole raft of top players had joined the fray, bringing the total to 43 and making this the strongest Exeter Open for many years. The top 20’s average grade was 188.

The overall entry was 125, bringing the event safely over the break-even point. As the regulars well know, the hall is spacious, with a waiting space and facilities for refreshment adjacent. In John Ariss and Tony Tatam they have excellent Arbiters, but the Committee has dropped to just three people, which is causing concern to them. The regulars are Mark Abbott and Sean Pope, while John Stephens has replaced Alan Maynard who moved to near Weston-Super-Mare. They have put out an appeal for at least 2 more local players to come forward and share the load, if the event is to continue satisfactorily.

General view from the stage.

Bd. 1 Open Section: Bolt v Rudd, both destined to finish 2nd =

Bd. 2: Dom Mackle v Simon Bartlett.

Rd. 1: Theo Slade vs Steve Dilleigh

Minor Section - Rd. 1: Graham Mill-Wilson vs Mike Kaye

Penrose, Wade and the Scotch Gambit. (01.03.2014.)

The 10-times British Champion, Dr. Jonathan Penrose, was 80 in October. As a teenager he brought the Scotch Gambit back into popularity, and Bob Wade recommended it for White in his system called Method Chess, based on Penrose’s games.

It is indeed a dangerous weapon, as after 3.d4 White plans to open up the game early on and there are many ways Black can go wrong. This example arose in an inter-club match at the weekend.

White: O. Wensley (157). Black: W. Marjoram (146).

Scotch Gambit [C44]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.bxc3 Bc5? Black already has things to think about, as White has several open lines to exploit. Best might be 6…Bd6. Too good a chance to pass up. 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qd5+ Ke8 9.Qxc5 White could have added to the disruption with 9.Qh5+ Kf8 10.Qxc5+ d6. Or 9…g6 10.Qxc5 Qe7 11.Qe3 d6 12.0–0. 9…Qe7 10.Qc4 b5 11.Qe2 Nf6 12.0–0 Qxe4 13.Qxb5 with the threat of Re1 13…Kd8 14.Ng5 White can keep the niggling threats going. 14…Qg6 15.Ne6+! dxe6 Black had little choice, but his king is further exposed. 16.Qxc6 Rb8 17.Bf4 Nd5 18.Rd1 Bd7 19.Bxc7+ Ke7 If 19…Nxc7?? 20.Qxd7#; 19…Ke8 20.Qd6 Rb7 21.c4 Qc2 22.Na3 Qa4 23.cxd5; Possibly the least worst move is 19…Kc8 20.Qd6 Rb7 21.Ba5 Ba4 22.Re1 and Black does have activity while White still needs to complete development. 20.Qd6+ Kf7 21.Qxd7+ Kf6 22.Bxb8 Rxb8 23.Rxd5 Rxb1+ If 23…exd5?? 24.Qd6+ winning the rook. 24.Rd1 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 a5 26.Qd4+ Kf5 26…e5 27.Qd6+ Kf5 28.Qxg6+ hxg6. 27.Qd3+ Kf6 28.Qxg6+ Kxg6 29.Rd1 1–0

The British Chess Problem-Solving Championship was held at Eton College at the weekend. It is usually won by any combination of Jon Nunn, Jon Mestel and Colin McNab, whenever all three are free to enter. In 2012 it was McNab, Mestel and Nunn, in that order; last year it was McNab, Nunn and Mestel, and this year it was 1st Nunn, 2nd Mestel and 3rd McNab.

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Na5+! Kd6 2.Rd5 mate or 1…Ke8 2.Rc8 mate.

Christopher Jones, Bristol’s own Grandmaster of chess composition, was on Channel 4’s Countdown programme recently, but he fell at the first hurdle. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on composing a form of problem called “helpmate” in which Black makes the first move and both sides conspire to mate Black in a specified number of moves. If that sounds complicated, it is. One of his earliest compositions was this standard 2-mover, published in 1987. This in itself is complicated enough to hint at the route he would subsequently take. Clue: think sacrifice.

White to mate in 2

Cornwall Championship & Glos. vs Somerset (22.02.2014.)

A strong Somerset team beat Gloucestershire 13-3, without losing a single game in their recent match. Somerset names 1st: 1.D. Buckley 1-0 J. Stewart. 2.J. Rudd 1-0 N. Hosken. 3.P. Krzyzanowski ½-½ D. Lambourne. 4.B. Edgell 1-0 J. Jenkins. 5.M. Payne ½-½ M. Ashworth. 6.P. Chaplin ½-½ P. Kirby. 7.D. Littlejohns 1-0 P. Meade. 8.B. Morris 1-0 B. Whitelaw. 9.P. Cusick ½-½ P. Dodwell. 10.C. Purry ½-½ A. Walker. 11.R. Hearne 1-0 P. Baker. 12.G. Jepps 1-0 G. Taylor. 13.W. Taylor 1-0 K. Bendall. 14.A. Champion 1-0 R. Ashworth. 15.J. Fewkes ½-½ A. Richards. 16. R. Knight 1-0 P. Bending.

The Cornwall Championship was held at Stithians recently, and saw Mark Watkins (Camborne), the defending champion, retaining his title with 4½/5 points. 2nd was 13 yr old Theo Slade (Bude) on 4 pts and 3rd was Grant Healey (Falmouth) with 3 pts.

The intermediate section for players graded U-145, the Falmouth Cup, was won by Marcus Pilling (Truro) on 4 pts.

A one-day rapidplay event was held on the Saturday for players graded U-86 and was won by Kenton Richings (Camborne) ahead of Harvey Richings.

A key game in the Championship was this one from Rd. 2.

White: Grant Healey (162). Black: Mark Watkins (188).

Trompowsky Attack [A45]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.f3 Nf6 5.Nc3 c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.a3 d4 8.Na2 e5 9.Bg5 Bxc5 10.e4 Black has to decide whether to take or not. The former option will hand White an initiative, but will Black have compensations? 10…dxe3 11.Qxd8+ Kxd8 12.0–0–0+ Ke7 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Bxe6 Kxe6 15.Nc3 Rad8 16.Nge2 h6 17.Na4 Bd4 18.Bxf6 Kxf6 19.c3 Bb6 20.Nxb6 axb6 21.Rhe1 Ke6 22.Ng3 f5 23.f4 White still can’t take the pawn with 23.Rxe3 because of the fork 23…f4. 23…exf4 24.Nh5 g5 Black has 5 pawns advancing against 2. 25.g3 Ne5 26.Re2 Rxd1+ 27.Kxd1 Rd8+ 28.Ke1 Nd3+ 29.Kf1 Ke5 30.gxf4+ gxf4 31.Kg2 Ke4 32.Nf6+ Ke5 33.Nh5 Nc1 34.Re1 Rd2+ 35.Kh1 Nd3 0-1 White’s pieces on the edge of the board can do nothing against the 3 passed pawns.

The E. Devon Congress is taking place next weekend at Exeter’s Corn Exchange. With the entries in so far, the Open has about 8 players all closely matched and in with a chance. However, the top players often have a habit of leaving their entries to the last minute, so things may change. For details contact the Entry Secretary John Stephens on 07891-648689 or e-mail johnkfstephens@hotmail.com.

Mrs. Baird’s Valentine problem last week was solved by 1.Kd6!

In this 2-mover, White must be careful to avoid stalemate.

White to mate in 2 moves.