The 13th Seniors Congress took place at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth last week, and the winners were as follows:-
Seniors Section: (All scores out of 5)
1st= R. Everson (165 – Dartford); I. McAllan (175 – Sidcup); K. Norman (189 Wokingham); N. Stephenson (190 Middlesbrough); M. J. Yeo (203 – Ringwood). All 4 pts. Grading prizes 154–119: 1st= I. S. Annetts (152 – Tiverton); J. G. Gorodi (148 – Newton Abbot); T. J. Holt (146 Birmingham). All 3½. U-119: 1st= A. Fraser (113 Beckenham); P. Gordon (116 – Isle of Wight). 2½. Slow Starter: W. H. Ingham (158 – Teignmouth) 3.
“Juniors” Section (50-somethings): 1st= S. Bartlett (165 – Newquay); J. Wells (184 – N.Norfolk); D. Wise (188 – Middlesbrough); all 3½. Gradng prize: U-160: 1st C. Sellwood (130 – Camborne). 3.
The Seniors event finished on Friday afternoon and many of the competitors went straight on to Torquay to take part in the Torbay Congress that started that same evening. The Open Section was won jointly by John Stephens (Exmouth) and Neil Carr (Chelmsford). Stephens thus qualifies for the 100th British Championship, due to be held at the Riviera Centre next summer.
This Round 4 game had a bearing on the eventual prizelist.
White: K. I. Norman (189); Black: R. J. Everson (165).
Zukertort Opening – English Variation.
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.g3 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nc3 c6 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.e4 Qc7 9.h3 e5 10.Be3 a6 11.Qc2 Re8 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.c5 Be6 15.b3 Rad8 16.Rac1 Nd7 17.Na4 Nf8 18.Nb2 Kh8 19.Nc4 Bxc4 20.Qxc4 Ne6 21.h4 Nd4 22.Bh3 Nf3+ 23.Kg2 Nd2 24.Bxd2 Rxd2 25.Rc2 Red8 26.Qc3 R2d4 27.Re1 Bh6 28.Ree2 Qe7 29.Qa5 Qf6 30.Kh2 Rd1 31.Qb6 R8d7 Seemingly a proffered gift, but unacceptable, for if 32.Bxd7 Qf3 with a forced mate. R8d7 32.Kg2 R7d3 33.Kh2 Bf4 Another temptation, but if 34.gxf4 Qxf4+ 35.Kg2 Qf3+ 36.Kh2 Qxh3 mate 34.Qxb7 Rxg3 35.fxg3 Bxg3+ reaching the diagrammed position below.
After his brilliant sacrificial attack, Black offers this third gift, but assumed that if it were accepted he would be 2 pieces down, so lost his nerve and offered a draw. This was immediately accepted, because White had seen something that Black had overlooked. What did he miss?