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Devon Chess Dates 2010 – 2011

At last night’s Devon A. G. M. the following dates were identified as being of potential concern to Devon players and/or administrators.

This is a summary.











Sun. 5th Sept. 60th Paignton Congress Oldway Week long – 7 Rds
Sun. 19th Sept. WECU Jamboree Taunton Usual venue
Mon. 20th Sept. E&D League AGM Exeter School  
Fri.   1st Oct.   DCCA Autumn Meeting Met. Office 18.45 start
Sun. 3rd Oct. Team RapidPlay Newton Abbot Teams of 4
Fri.   8th Oct Dorset Congress Bournemouth Weekend
Sat. 16th Oct. Devon vs Dorset Luppitt 16 bds.
Mon. 8th Nov. Seniors Congress Exmouth Week long – 5 Rds.
Fri.  18th Nov. Torbay Congress Riviera Centre Weekend
Sat. 4th Dec. Devon vs Cornwall   16 bds.


Sun. 9th Jan. Inter-Area Jamboree Exeter N. Devon hosting.
Sat. 22nd Jan. Devon vs Hants    
Sat. 22nd Feb Devon vs Somerset    
Fri.  4th Mar. E. Devon Congress Exeter Weekend
Sat. 12th Mar. Devon vs Glos.    
Fri.  25th Mar. Devon Spring Meeting Met. Office 18.45 start
Sat. 26th Mar. WECU Spring Meeting Taunton 14.00 start
Sat. 9th April Teignmouth RapidPlay Trinity School  
Fri.  22nd April WECU Congress Exmouth Easter weekend
Sat. 4th June WECU AGM Ilminster 14.00 start
Fri. 10th June Devon AGM Met. Office 18.45 start
Tues.14th June Coast v Country match Exmouth  


Howard’s Bright Win For Devon. (03.07.2010.)

Of Devon’s five wins in their recent match against Warwickshire, this one was probably the most entertaining, in which White plays a sharp opening with brio, winning material before returning it to leave him with a simple win.

White: C. V. Howard (154). Black: G. Hope (161)

King’s Gambit – Kolisch Defence [C39]

1.e4 e5 2.f4 The King’s Gambit, from the 19th century handbook of swashbuckling gambits. 2…exf4 3.Nf3 Essential to prevent an immediate 3…Qh4+ 4. g3 fxg etc. Only the very brave would play 4.Ke2 with expectations of winning, as did Cornishman Dr. Jago vs A. R. B. Thomas in a correspondence game from 1954. 3…g5 4.h4 g4 5.Ne5 d6 Kolisch’s favoured move which adopted his name. 6.Nxg4 Nf6 7.Nxf6+ Qxf6 8.d4 Rg8 9.Nc3 c6 10.Qf3 Bh6 11.e5 dxe5 12.Ne4 Qe7 13.Bc4 exd4 14.0–0 Bg4 15.Qb3 Be6 White must keep developing pieces rather than exchange. 16.Bxf4 Bxf4 17.Rxf4 Nd7 White develops his knight at the cost of 2 pawns. Another way was 17…Bxc4 18.Qxc4 Nd7 19.Qxd4 0–0–0 20.Nd6+ Kb8 21.Nxf7 Rde8 22.Qd6+ Qxd6 23.Nxd6 Re2 24.Rf2 and Black would be just a pawn down rather that the exchange. 18.Qxb7 Rb8 19.Qxc6 Bxc4 rather than simply retaking, White can win a rook with… 20.Nf6+ Kd8 21.Nxg8 Qe3+ 22.Rf2 White had had to calculate at move 20 that he had this defence available. 22…Rc8 23.Qd6 Be6 24.Rd1 Rxc2 Being the exchange ahead, White can afford to try to make equal exchanges. 25.Qxd4 Qxf2+ 26.Qxf2 Rxf2 27.Kxf2 f5 28.Nf6 Ke7 White’s pawn structure allows him to continue his policy of swapping off all pieces, in this case leaving a simple win. 29.Nxd7 Bxd7 30.Rxd7+ Kxd7 31.Kf3 Ke6 32.Kf4 Kf6 33.b4 Ke6 34.a4 1–0.

The Black King must move over to deal with the extra pawn, leaving the White King free to clear up on the opposite wing and queen a pawn or two – a hopeless prospect.

The British Championships start at Canterbury three weeks tomorrow, where Michael Adams, the Cornish former World No. 4, returning to the event after a long absence, must be hot favourite to win. Shortly after that he will be coming down to the 60th Paignton Congress, possibly as the new British Champion, to put on a simultaneous display against 30 opponents. Follow his progress on his own website

In last week’s position, 1.Qa5! leaves Black helpless.

This composition by Thomas and Frideswide Rowland (née Beechey) in 1882 was judged the Best 2-Mover by J. Paul Taylor of Exeter in an annual competition in the Weekly Irish Times.

White to mate in 2 moves

D.C.C.A. AGM 2010

After an earlier postponement caused by a misunderstanding, Devon’s AGM finally got under way at the Met. Office on Friday evening, at the kind invitation of their Chess Club. The meeting stated promptly at 6.45 p.m. and was all done and dusted 90 minutes later under the efficient chairmanship of the President, Stephen Thorpe-Tracey, helped by the fact that there was nothing controversial on the agenda.

Stephen Schofield had managed to assemble more trophies than had been seen in one place for some considerable time, and these were presented at the end.

Here is a summary of the tournament winners.

Div. Trophy Winner Recipient
   1 Bremridge Newton Abbot Trefor Thynne
   2 Mamhead Exmouth Steve Murray
   3 Schofield Newton Abbot Steve Schofield
   4 Moyle Teignmouth Macey Rickard
   5 Bloodworth Newton Abbot John Doidge
   KO Rooke Newton Abbot John Doidge
  Q-Play Newman Exeter Cup not available
Open (170+) Winter-Wood Dominic Mackle Already has it
Inter (140+) Festival Cup Peter Halmkin Already has it
Minor (U-140) E. Winter-Wood Freddie Sugden Trefor Thynne
Ladies Ladies Cup Hazel Welch Trophy missing

 Here are some pics of the presentations by DCCA President, Stephen Thorpe-Tracey.

There was a small piece of Devon chess history made when Trefor Thynne received the Division 1 trophy on behalf of the Newton Abbot club, the first time they have won it in 109 years. Also pictured below is their  team shortly before taking on the holders, Exmouth, in a winner-takes-all match, which tey won comfortably.

Trefor Thynne takes the Bremridge Cup for Newton Abbot, for the first time in 109 years

The Moment of Truth

Met Office host and Exmouth player, Steve Murray, receives the Mamhead Cup

Schofield (Stephen) recieves the Schofield (Ken) Cup

Macey Rickard accepts the Moyle Cup while listing his life's priorities.

John Doidge receives the Rooke Memorial Cup

This time it's the Bloodworth Shield on behalf of Newton Abbot's juniors.