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NCL967 Midland Mons-Wessex

Brusey beats Stephens in Winter-Wood Final.

The grand old man of Devon chess in the 19th century was Thomas Winter-Wood (1818-1905) of Hareston Manor, near Plymouth. After he died his widow presented the DCCA with a large elaborate shield in his memory, which it was agreed should be competed for by the champions of clubs affiliated to the Association. Its first winner in 1910 was Thomas Taylor of Plymouth.

This year’s winner was Alan Brusey, the Teignmouth champion who beat John Stephens of Exmouth. The first game was a well-fought draw, but the second game was something of an anti-climax as Stephens untypically made several costly blunders.

White: J. K. Stephens (182). Black: A. W. Brusey (175).

French Defence – Winawer  [C18]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 The Winawer Variation, one of the epic lines in this opening. White’s e-pawn is now under pressure. 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 0–0 8.Bd3 Nbc6 9.Qh5 Ng6 10.Nf3 Qc7 11.Be3 c4 12.Bxg6 fxg6 13.Qg4 Qf7 14.Ng5 Qc7 15.h4 h6 16.Nh3 Qf7 17.Nf4 Ne7 18.Rh3 Qf5 19.Qe2 Bd7 20.g4 Qf7 21.Kd2 So far the game has followed the 1996 game Solozhenkin-Apicella, in which Black now played 21…a5. From now on this is new territory. 21…Ba4 22.Rg1 Rac8 23.Ng2 Nf5? Black had overlooked White’s reply. 24.Rf3 (If 24.gxf5 Qxf5 hitting rook and the backward c-pawn. 25.Rhh1 Qxc2+ 26.Ke1 Qxc3+ 27.Qd2 Qxa3 and Black has 3 connected passed pawns for the sacrificed piece – a good return). 24…Bxc2 25.gxf5 Bxf5 Black has lost a piece, but has domination of the white squares. 26.Nf4 Qe8 27.Rfg3 Qb5 28.Rc1 Kh7 29.Ke1 Qb3 30.Qd2 At this stage both players had only 5 minutes each left for all their remaining moves, not enough time to make sensible plans – survival or a blunder by one’s opponent is the best one can hope for. 30…Qxa3 31.h5? allowing Black to dislodge the well-placed knight. 31…g5 32.Nh3 Qe7 33.Ng1 Qf7 34.Qe2 Bd3 35.Qg4? There is no prospect of the Queen having any effect on the K-side. Better would have been 35.Qb2 hoping for play on the Q-side. 35…Bf5 36.Qd1 Be4 37.Ra1 Rc6 38.Qg4 Rb6 39.Qe2 Bd3 40.Qg4 Rb2 41.Rf3 Bf5 42.Qg3 Qxh5 43.Bc1 Rc2 44.Bd2 a6 45.Rc1 Rxc1+ 46.Bxc1 Rb8 47.Nh3 Qxh3 48.Qxh3 Bxh3 49.Rxh3 Kg6 50.Rg3 b5 51.Ba3 a5 52.Kd2 b4 53.cxb4 axb4 54.Bc1 b3 55.Kc3 b2 56.Bxb2 Rb3+ 57.Kc2 Rxg3 58.fxg3 Black is slightly better, but both players had only seconds left, so a draw was agreed. ½–½

Last week’s problem by Prideaux was solved by 1.Rd7! and the bishop will administer the last rites according to which pawn Black decides to advance – e.g. 1…d3 2.Bg5.

This week’s position shows the climax of a game between Howard Williams and Jonathan Mestel at the Robert Silk Tournament at Paignton in 1974. White has been grabbing pawns at the expense of piece development. How did Mestel make him pay the ultimate price for such foolishness?

Forthcoming Seniors & Torbay Congresses (07.11.2009.)

The 10th Seniors Congress starts at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth on Monday and runs throughout the week with a full complement of players.

That will be followed by the 43rd Torbay Congress at the Riviera Centre, Torquay, which takes place over the weekend starting Friday 20th November. Details about late entries may be obtained from Ray Chubb on 01626-888255.

Here is an amusing miniature from the recent Paignton Congress. It was played in the Challengers Section, so these are not beginners.

White: C. Davies (160). Black: R. E. Desmedt (151).

Dutch Defence [A80]

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 f5 A move typical of the Dutch Defence, but any further resemblance ends here; this is not the way to play it. 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 White must have known he was about to lose his bishop but reckoned he had enough compensation in hand. 4…g5 5.Bg3 f4 6.e3 fxg3 7.Qh5+ Kd7 forced 8.Nf3 Nf6?? White now has a nice mating combination. 9.Ne5+ Ke6 10.Qf7+ 0-1Black resigned before the inevitable mate 10…Kf5 11.Bd3#.

Grandmaster Keith Arkell has won the Premier Section of the Paignton Congress more times than anyone else, and has now moved to live in the town. He will be readily available to put on simultaneous displays at clubs in Devon and Cornwall. Here is one of his wins from this year’s Paignton.

White: K. Arkell. Black: R. James.

Indian Defence [A00]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Ne4 9.c4 dxc4 10.e3 Nd6 11.Bxc4 Nxc4 12.Qxc4 Be6 13.Qc5 Bd5 14.Bb2 Qd7 15.Nd2 f5 16.0–0 0–0–0 With kings castled on opposite wings, one can expect all out attack from both players. 17.f3 Rhe8 18.Rfe1 Bf7 19.Rac1 Kb8 20.Nc4 Qd5 21.Qxd5 Bxd5 22.Kf2 Bf7 23.h4 Rd7 24.Red1 a5 25.d5 allowing the d-pawn to be taken, but giving great scope to the black-square bishop on the long diagonal, ultimately decisive. 25…Rxd5 26.Rxd5 Bxd5 27.Bxg7 b5 28.Nd2 Nd8 29.Nb1 b4 30.Rc5 Ba2 31.Nd2 Nb7 32.Rxf5 bxa3 At this stage Black has 3 passed pawns to counter White’s 4–1 pawn majority on the other side. 33.g4 The pawns shuffle forward as and when they can. 33…Rd8 34.Ke2 c5 35.h5 c4 36.g5 Bb3 37.Bc3 Bc2 38.e4 Bd3+ 39.Ke3 Bc2 40.Rd5 Rg8 41.g6 Black resigned, in view of 41…hxg6 42.h6 and the h-pawn cannot be prevented from queening 1–0

A few more problems by Denys Bonner have come to light in the last few days. Here is a 2-mover by him from 1946.

Rudd Title Celebrations (03.11.2009.)

ON MONDAY, Roger Neat of Halwill Junction organised an eight-man invitation all-play-all rapidplay tournament to commemorate both the chess career of John Parker, late of North Devon, and Jack Rudd’s success at Liverpool in gaining the title of International Master.

Players competed at three levels; as individuals, then as members of teams from either the host town of Bideford (Rudd, Neat, Wayne Batt and Peter Sandon) or Exmouth (Brian Gosling, Ivor Annetts, Bob Jones and Malcolm Belt). Additionally, each team of four was subdivided into two pairs, competing for an extra prize.

Predictably, Rudd came first, winning all his seven games; Gosling was second and Jones third. The pairing of Gosling and Jones came equal first with that of Rudd and Neat with 10 points each, but it was honours even as the Bideford four drew with Exmouth. No-one left empty-handed, however, as Dr Neat generously provided prizes for all involved.

Rudd won several games quickly with his easy attacking flair, but was a little mere stretched in his second round game, as his King was chased back and forth.

White: B G Gosling (141). Black: J Rudd (219).
Torre Attack [A46]
IA4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 White’s favourite system. 3…c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.e3 Be7 6.Bd3 b6 7.Qe2 Bbl 8.Nbd2 d6 9.Rdl Qd7 I0.dxc5 bxc5 11.e4 0-0 12.0-0 Raba 13.Nc4 e5 14.Bg3 Qc7 15.Bb1 keep an eye on the 2 bishops on the b-file; they both play a crucial role in the game. 15 … Rfd8 16.Ne3 M 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Ne7 If a club player is to stand any chance against a master, one must seize any half chance that presents itself So… 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Ng5+ Kg6 (if 20 … Kg8 21.Qh5 with mate to follow, or if 20 … Kh6 21.Nxf7+ winning a rook.) 21.f4 Nxd5 22.f5+ offering a 2nd piece in order to tempt the king further out. 22…Kxg5 23.Qd2+ Kh5 24.Bxe5 chucking a third piece at it. 24 … dxe5 25.g4+ Kh4 forced. If only White could now nail it. 26.Qf2+ Kg5 27.h4+ Kh6 28.g5+ Kh7 29.g6+ Kh8 30.Qe2 Nf6 keeping the Queen out. 31.gxf7 Qc6 White cannot now prevent exchanges, which after his earlier profligacy will leave White seriously deficient in material. 0-1

The next big event in the area is the 44th Dorset Congress which, after several years at the Rembrandt Hotel, moves to a new venue at the Prince Regent Hotel on the Weymouth seafront. This starts on Friday October 24 at 7pm – details obtainable from Frank Kingdon on 01305 812237 or e-mail

Last week’s problem was solved by the unlikely-looking 1.Qf7! after which each White knight threatens mate on the 5th rank. In this week’s somewhat easier 2-mover, White must remember that Black has no move, while not loosening his. grip on the position.

Western Morning News 4 October 2008