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Local Success In English U-11 Championship (30.10.2010.) 604

The English U-11 Individual Championship was held at Nottingham High School recently, with local interest centring on 10 year old Theo Slade of Marhamcurch, near Bude. After 5 hard-fought games he finished in 3rd= place with 4/5 points, his only loss coming in this game from Round 2 when he faced the eventual Championship winner playing on his home patch.

My notes are much-condensed from those of Dr. Dave Regis, who runs the Exeter Juniors Club and coaches Theo mostly via the internet.

White: Theo Slade (103). Black: Michael Fletcher (141).

Sicilian Defence – Morra Gambit. [B21]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Bc4 e6 6.Nf3 Bb4 7.0–0 Nge7 8.Nb5 The right square but probably too early. 8…0–0 9.Bf4 Ba5 10.Qe2 a6 This just nudges the knight to where it wants to go anyway. 11.Nd6 Bc7 12.Rfd1 b5 13.Ng5 White has time to play 13.Bb3 before launching into the double knight attack. 13…h6? Again, just helping a knight on its way. 14.Ngxf7! Rxf7 15.Bxe6!! dxe6? 16.Nxf7 Qf8?! 17.Nxh6+ gxh6 18.Bxc7 After this skirmish, White has rook and 2 pawns for 2 minor pieces. Also, with the queens still on, the Black King can never feel safe. 18…Kh7 19.Rac1 Qg7 20.e5 tending to block in White’s bishop and free up squares for the enemy knights. 20.Bg3. 20…Bb7 21.Qe4+ It’s always tempting to get a check in, but Black has a devastating ambush lined up. 21…Kh8 22.Rd7 Na5! with a threat of mate on g2. 23.Rxe7 Qxe7 24.Qg6 Rc8 25.Qxh6+ Better to unpin the bishop and develop the rook in one move with 25.Rc3 and then maybe 25…Qg7 26.Qxg7+ Kxg7 27.Bxa5 Rxc3 28.Bxc3 leaving White 2 pawns up and a draw at the very least. 25…Qh7 26.Qf6+ Qg7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.Qh3 Rxc7 29.Rxc7 Qxc7 30.Qxe6+ White is 2 pieces down, but his 4 passed pawns are some compensation. 30…Qf7 White’s best chance might have been to swap queens and try pushing those 4 free pawns. 31.Qd6? Qxa2 Suddenly it’s all over as the Black pieces cut loose. 32.f4 Qa1+ 33.Kf2 Qxb2+ 34.Kg3 Qxg2+ 35.Kh4 Qxh2+ 36.Kg5 Qg3+ 37.Kf6 Qxf4+ 38.Ke7 Nc6+ 39.Ke6 Qf7# 0–1

The solution to last week’s minimalist problem was for White to underpromote to a rook by 1.Pg8=R Ka2 (forced) 2.Ra8 mate. Promoting to a queen, as is usual, would have denied Black any move at all, resulting in a stalemate draw.

By contrast, there’s a lot going on in this Soviet 2-mover from 1945. Can you sort it all out and find White’s quickest kill?

White to play and mate in 2

Exmouth Club Championship 2010 – 11.

  Champ. Chart   ‘10 - ‘11               Tot
  Name Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  
1 John Stephens 181 X WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB  1 WB   WB   WB    
2 Mark Abbott 177 WB   X WB   WB    WB   W 1


WB    WB    WB     W 1B    WB    2/2
3 Phil Kennedy 151 WB   WB   X WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   W 0B   WB   0/1
4 Dave Rogers 150 WB   WB   WB   X WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB    
5 Steve Murray 143 WB   WB    WB   WB   X WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB    
6 Bob Jones 138 WB   WB 0    W  WB    WB   X W1 WB     WB     WB    WB     1/2
7 Tom Badlan 122 WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   W 0 B   X WB W 0B   WB   WB   0/3
8 Juris Dzenis 120e W0 B WB WB WB W W W 1B X WB WB   WB   1/2
9 Oliver Wensley 120e WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB   WB  1 WB   X WB  ½ W 1 B   2½/3
10 Malcolm Belt 118 WB   WB  0 WB 1   WB    WB   0B   X WB   ½ B   X WB   1½/3
11 Fred Hodge 111 WB   WB    W  WB    WB   WB   WB   X WB 0  WB   X 0/1
  Latest results in red                          
  Updated: 04.11.10.                          

                                 The Club’s Current Grading List

Ref. Name Cat. 2010/11 2009 Cat. Rapid
129415F Abbott, Mark V   A   177 174     E    178
173289E Belt, Malcolm   D   118 119    
111446D Gosling, Brian GE   A   156 159     E    161
112584K Hewson, Brian WR   C   176 184    
140874E Hodge, Fred R   C   111       D    111
113895K Jones, Robert H   A   138 140     D    157
164040K Kennedy, Philip J   D   151 156    
116002D Murray, J Stephen   A   143 145    
118154D Rogers, David R   A   150 149    
155629A Stephens, John KF   C   181 182    
242384E Toms, David A   A   159 156     E    152
191052J Trussler, Philip K   E 159 157    

West of England Jamboree Results (25.09.2010.) 597

The West of England Jamboree took place at Taunton last Sunday with 3 teams of 12 players in the Open Section and the same number in the grade-limited section.

Devon’s team was much the strongest but they underperformed and were lucky to emerge as joint winners when neither Somerset nor Gloucestershire could get over the winning line and all three finished on 6 points – a rare triple tie in which there were no losers.

On the other hand, the teams in the Graded Section were closely matched, yet Dorset finished clear winners with 8 points, followed by Torbay League (6) and Somerset “B” (4).

All match details and photographs may be found on the keverelchess.com website.

Devon’s saving point was their strength in depth, and in this game their Player of the Year and Board 8 player, Robert Thompson, snuffed out White’s early attack to record a face-saving win.

White: W. Taylor (152 – Somerset). Black: R. Thompson (171).

Sicilian Defence – Hungarian Variation [B35]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 Key move of the Hungarian Variation, or Accelerated Fianchetto Variation, popularised by Benko in the 1950s. 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Nb3 d6 9.f3 a6 10.Qd2 b5 11.Be2 Ne5 As so often in this opening, White launches a quick King-side attack, while Black is poised to counter on the opposite wing. The result often depends on which side gets their attack in first and how telling it is. 12.g4 Be6 13.Bh6 Bc4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.0–0–0 White castles long before continuing further with his attack. 15…Qc7 16.h4 h5 17.gxh5 It is in White’s interests to open lines against the Black King rather than interlock pawns with 17.g5. 17…Nxh5 18.Rhg1 Rac8 19.Rg2 Bxe2 20.Rxe2 If 20.Qxe2 Nf4 forking 2 pieces, so he chooses to lose a pawn instead. 20…Nxf3 21.Qe3 Ne5 22.Rg1 Nc4 23.Qg5 Nxb2 24.Nd5 If 24.Kxb2 Qxc3+ 25.Kb1 24…Qc4 25.Reg2 Nd3+ 26.Kb1 e6 27.Ne7 White may have missed the forcing line 27.Qxh5! Qxe4 28.Qh7+ Kxh7 29.Nf6+ Kh8 30.Nxe4 leaving White a piece up, though facing a phalanx of central pawns. 27…Ndf4 28.Nxc8 Rxc8 29.Rh2 Qxe4 30.Rg4 White’s Queen is running out of space. 30…Qe1+ If 30…f6 31.Qxg6+ Qxg6 32.Rxg6+ Kxg6. 31.Kb2 f6 trapping the White queen. 32.Rg1 White’s only hope, but it fails to 32…Qc3+ 0–1

The solution to last week’s reprinted position was 1.Bf7+ Nxf7 (forced). 2.Qxc6+ Bd7 (forced) 3.Qxd7 mate. This week’s is a 2-mover by Christopher Reeves, probably Cornwall’s most noted composer since Charles Masson Fox.

White to play and win in 2.

Devon v Dorset & Cornwall v Glos (23.10.2010.)

Both Devon and Cornwall were involved in their first matches of the new season at the weekend. At Luppitt, near Honiton, Devon II met Dorset where the Devon side had a distinctly new look as team captain, Brian Hewson, had been forced to draft in a number of new players; in fact, almost half the team were debutantes. Nor did they let the side down as the 7 “debs” notched up 5½ points, half the team total as Devon ran out comfortable 11-5 winners. Devon’s winners were: Oliver Demerger; John Gorodi; Alex Billings; Peter Halmkin; Jeff Leung; Ken Alexander, Freddie Sugden and Tony Tatam. Draws were secured by Messrs Howard, Gosling, Clarke, Kennedy, Stinton-Brownbridge and Jones.

Meanwhile, at Exminster, near Exeter, Cornwall were fielding a slimmed-down team of 12 players against Gloucestershire instead of the more usual 16, due to their increasing difficulty in finding county-strength players prepared to travel the long distances involved. The result was two fairly evenly-matched teams who finished 6-6. Cornwall’s individual victors were Ian George; Gary Trudeau and Dave Lucas.

Here is a sharp win by Freddie Sugden, a pupil at Torquay Boys Grammar School and one of the Devon Debs.

White: M. Fielding (109). Black: F. Sugden (127).

King’s Indian Defence – Classical Variation [E90].

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Be2 Ne8 9.Ng5 a5 If now 9…f5 as he was probably planning 10.Ne6 10.0–0 Nc5 11.Na4 h6 12.Nxc5 dxc5 13.Nf3 b6 14.Qd2 Kh7 15.Ne1 Nd6 16.Bd3 f5 now he can play it 17.exf5 gxf5 18.f4 e4 19.Be2 Qf6 20.Rb1 Rg8 Black is now seizing open lines and diagonals as he prepares to attack. 21.Qd1 Ba6 22.b3 a4 23.Kh1 axb3 24.axb3 Bb7 25.Rg1 Ra2 26.g4 Qc3 attacking d3 27.Rg3 Bd4 adding to the pressure. 28.Bc1 e3 29.g5 Ne4 threatening Nf7+ 30.g6+ Even if White tries to defend f2 with 30.Rg2 White can simply continue with 30…Nf2+ 31.Rxf2 exf2 32.Nf3 Rxe2 33.Qxe2 Qc2 34.Qf1 (not 34.Qxc2?? f1=Q+) 34…Qe4 and Black’s attack is proving irresistible. 30…Rxg6 31.Rf3 Nf2+ 32.Rxf2 exf2 33.Nf3 33.Ng2 would have held things up for a few more moves, but the result is inevitable 33…Qxf3+ 34.Bxf3 Rg1+ and White resigned because of 35.Qxg1 fxg1=Q or R mate.

Last week’s pyramid-shaped problem was solved by 1.d6!, after which White can meet every one of Black’s tries with a different mate.

In this position, the pawn has been rushing forward in order to queen.

How should White now proceed to ensure a mate in 2?

White to mate in 2

Cornwall vs Gloucestershire (16.10.2010.)

While Devon II were playing Dorset at Luppit on Saturday (see previous blog report), Cornwall were playing Gloucestershire at Exminster and Ian George has kindly forwarded details. Cornwall is finding it increasingly difficult to get players to turn out for county matches in spite of the great  improvements recently made to the A30. The fact is that it’s 260 miles from Penzance to Gloucester, and 111 miles to Exeter, and one has to be very keen to undertake a 220 mile round trip for a single game. So this season, Cornwall have opted to field a slimmed-down team of 12 players instead of the usual 16. This match was played at Cornwall’s usual county match venue in Exminster, near Exeter.

The fact that the result was a 6-6 draw was mainly down to a stirling effort by the Cornish bottom 3 boards who scored 50% in spite of being heavily outgraded. Boards 1 – 9 were much more evenly matched and finished up all-square.









J. Menadue




   N. Hosken



I. M. George




  J. Jenkins



L. Retallick




  C. Mattos



M. Hassall




  P. J. Meade



S. Bartlett




  R. Dodwell



M. Ferrie




  G. Taylor



C. Sellwood




  A. Bentley



G. Healey




  D. Vaughan



G. Trudeau




  R. Craven



C. Long




  G. Brown



P. Spargo




  A. Richards



D. Lucas




  I. Blencowe









Devon II vs Dorset (16.10.2010.)

 The picturesque village of Luppitt, tucked away in a steep-sided valley in the Blackdown Hills near Honiton, has become a regular venue in recent years for this annual WECU Division 2 match between neighbouring counties. The Village Hall there, with its clean spacious rooms, ample parking and rural quiet makes an idyllic setting.

Both Captains were hampered by the unavailability of team regulars, but Devon’s Brian Hewson had the greater reserve-pool to draw on and gave the Devon team a fresh look as almost half the team had not represented their county before at this level – the Devon Debutantes are asterisked below and scored 5½ of the 7 points available to them. Dorset were consequently outgraded on all 16 boards and a big win for Devon was not surprising, though several Dorset players fought well to get results from unpromising positions.

Bd. Devon II Grd     Dorset   
1 C. V. Howard 158 ½ ½ M. Littleton 151
2 B. G. Gosling 156 ½ ½ W. Legg 151
3 S . Clarke * 155 ½ ½ P. Wilcock 149
4 O. J. Demerger * 157 1 0 C. E. Winch 146
5 J. V. Morrison 152 0 1 D. J. Cornes 144
6 P. J. Kennedy 151 ½ ½ P. Brackner 138
7 J. G. Gorodi 150 1 0 D. Aldwinckle 139
8 A. J. Billings * 148 1 0 T. Joyce 137
9 M. H. Stinton 149 ½ ½ W. J. Kelly 131
10 P. E. Halmkin 148 1 0 M. Rogan 131
11 J. Leung * 145 1 0 J. May 124
12 J. Munsey * 146 0 1 K. C. Spooner 116
13 K. R. Alexander * 146 1 0 J. M. George 116
14 R. H. Jones 138 ½ ½ J. E. Balem 115
15 F. Sugden * 127 1 0 M. Fielding 109
16 T. Tatam 127 1 0 N. Mackie 100
  Totals   11 5    

 The new faces may be spotted below…..

The top boards waiting for the starting pistol.

Bds. 8 - 1 commence hostilities.

Tony Tatam (l) vs Norman Mackie

Dorset Captain, John Kelly, (l) chats with Mike Stinton-Brownbridge

Devon Debutante, Oliver Demerger, on his way to a win against former Somerset stalwart Colin Winch.

Devon players, Jon Munsey, Jeff Leung, Peter Halmkin & Mike Stinton-Brownbridge.

New Venue For Dorset Congress (16.10.2010.)

After a two year gap, the Dorset Congress resumed last weekend at its new venue, the Bournemouth International Hotel.

The prizewinners were:

Open Section: 1st A. Pleasants (Weymouth); 2nd= M. Yeo (Lymington); D. Bennett (Bristol) & K. Gregory (Cosham). Grading prize (U-180) G. P. Taylor (Gloucester).

Major (U-160): 1st= M. Bush (Wantage); B. O’Gorman (DHSS); R. Greatorex (Llangollen); R. Desmedt (Netherton); I. Matthew (Portsmouth) & M. Potter. Grading prize (U-146) J. Nielsen (Wimborne).

Minor (U-135): 1st= T. Crouch (King’s Head) & R. W. Walker (Belper). 3rd= R. Newton (Winchester); J. Lowther (Bournemouth) & R. Hunt (Bognor).

Grading prize (U-120) A. Primett (Southbourne); K. Spooner (Wimbourne) & S. Billett (Portsmouth). (U-105) D. Holland (Southbourne) & G. B. Chapman (Bury St. Edmunds).

The next event in the area is the 11th Beacon Seniors Congress in Exmouth from Monday to Friday 8th–12th November. With entries limited to 90 and currently approaching 60, it is time to get entries in before it’s too late. For details contact R. H. Jones on 01395-223340 or entry forms may be downloaded from the chessdevon website.

This game from the 2004 Paignton Congress shows how the winner, although noted for long games, is quite capable of quick wins.

White: J. Wheeler (2209). Black: K. Arkell (2489).

Queen’s Indian Defence [E13]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.e3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0–0 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Nd2

 The knight looks poised to do some mischief but Black opts to continue the pawn storm. 12…f5 13.f3 13…Nxg3 14.hxg3 Qe7 15.e4 f4 16.e5 dxe5 17.Bg6+ Kf8 18.Qe2 fxg3! The mating net is closing in. 19.dxe5 Qc5+ 20.Kh1 Qxe5 21.Be4?? Necessary was 21.Qxe5 Nxe5 22.Be4 Rb8 23.Bxb7 Rxb7 24.Rae1 21…Qf4 0-1.It’s death on the dark squares – mate via h4, h2 and h1 is inescapable.

Last week’s game ended quickly after 1.Qg7+ Rxg7 (forced) 2.e6+ Kh8 (forced) 3.exd8=Q mate.

This week’s amusing 2-mover was submitted by the American scholar A. C. White in 1906 to the BCM Editor, who commented that “it represents in a most satisfactory way the outlines and solidity of the great Egyptian pyramid, showing the old black king (Cheops) in his tomb at the very centre of it”. The composer admitted that “the four knights are rather anomalous as the Arabian horses stick to the cultivated parts of Egypt and only camels get out in the desert.”

White to play and mate in 2

39th Olympaid – Adams 1-0 Carlsen (09.10.10.)

The Devon Team RapidPlay was held at the Newton Abbot Club on Sunday resulting in a win for the home club’s 1st team. Prizes for the best score by an adult went to Jack Rudd of Barnstaple (6/6) and the junior prize went to Alex Billings (4½/6) of Torquay Boys G. S. Ten teams competed. Full details and pictures can be found on the keverelchess.com website.

The 39th Olympiad held over the last 2 weeks in Siberia was won by Ukraine ahead of Russia I with Israel in 3rd place. Of the 149 competing teams England came 24th, Scotland and Ireland were 83rd and 88th respectively, while Wales came 122nd.

World No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway had an indifferent tournament by his standards, which started with this loss to Michael Adams in Rd. 3.

White: M. Adams (2728). Black: M. Carlsen (2826).

Robatsch Defence 

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Nf6 3.e5 Nh5 4.Be2 d6 5.Nf3 Adams must have considered  5.Bxh5 gxh5 6.Qxh5 dxe5 7.Qxe5 Rg8 8.Qe4 but having one’s queen left in the centre of the board prey to all the enemy pieces was not worth the pawn. 5…Nc6 6.exd6 exd6 7.d5 Ne7 8.c4 Bg7 9.Nc3 0–0 10.0–0 Bg4 11.Re1 Re8 12.h3 Bxf3 13.Bxf3 Nf6 14.Bf4 Nd7 15.Rc1 Ne5 16.b3 a6 17.g3 Nf5 18.Bg2 g5 19.Bxe5 Bxe5 20.Ne4 Ng7 21.Qd2 h6 every K-side pawn move weakens the King’s defences. 22.f4 but White is not afraid do likewise and take the risk. 22…gxf4 23.gxf4 the g-file is now open with the Kings at each end, and Adams exploits the situation brilliantly. 23…Bf6 24.Kh2 Nh5 25.Rg1 Kh7 26.Rcf1 Rg8 27.Qe2 forcing the knight to move and preparing his next threat. 27…Ng7 28.Qd3 Kh8 Black is now on the back foot. 29.Bf3 b5 30.Bd1 clearing lines for the rook pair and switching to c2 30…bxc4 31.bxc4 Bh4 32.Bc2 f5 33.Rg6 White can ignore the threat to his knight by threatening mate, and forcing 33…Kh7 34.Rfg1 Qe7 If Black had now taken the knight 34…fxe4 35.Qxe4 and mate is inevitable. 35.Ng3 Bxg3+ 36.Qxg3 Qf7 37.Bd1 the final nail in the coffin, joining the attack and stopping a niggling check on e2 later. 37…Rae8 38.Rxh6+ resigns, for if 38…Kxh6 39.Qg5+ Kh7 40.Qh4+ Nh5 41.Bxh5 and Black must lose his Queen.

Last week’s “lovely little lightweight” by Mansfield was solved by the unlikely-looking 1.Ba1! that leaves Black with no saving moves.

This week’s position is the end of a game between Colin McNab and Jim Sherwin (Black). White is faced with the threat of dxe1=Q+, but how concerned should he be? Does he have sufficiently powerful counter- threats?

White to play and win.

Devon Team RapidPlay Tournament (03.10.2010.)

The gradually increasing interest in this tournament, revived in 2008 after a lapse of several years with Trefor Thynne making the excellent facilities of the Newton Abbot Club available, was indicated by the number of teams entering (up by one to 10) and the quality of the players in the stronger teams. The numbers had reached a point where it was advisable to have a qualified Controller and this was provided with his usual calm efficiency by John Ariss.

The avian flavour to team titles, started recently by Tiverton, came a bit unstuck when it was discovered that confusion could arise as Tiverton Ravens and Rooks  might clash with Newton Abbot’s Rooks and Knights. To avoid this possibility, Tiverton’s Rooks evolved into Magpies at the last minute. Darwin would be proud of them! Birds are not compulsary and it was suggested aquatic-life might be exploited in future – so watch out for Barnstaple Barnacles or Torquay Tadpoles.

A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all, made all the more so by an excellent spread provided at half-time by Mr. & Mrs. John Doidge. Those needing their “sugar rush” after 3 games, were not disappointed.

It was perhaps no surprise that the two strongest teams came 1st and 2nd; Newton Abbot Rooks having an average grade of 187! Nor was it any surpise that Jack Rudd, with a RapidPlay grade of 223 waltzed through to a maximim score to win the £10 prize for the Best score by an adult. Alex Billings of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School won the same amount for the best score by a junior.

If this event continues to develop, it might be an idea in future to introduce the equivalent of a Grading Prize for teams who have no hope of challenging the top teams. This would maintain the interest down the order.

All the details may be found on the master chart below. Please note that RapidPlay Grades have been used wherever available. From it one can work out that, for example, in Rd. 1 Jack Rudd of Barnstaple beat Mike Cuggy of Brixham, plus all other individual encounters.

No. Pos.   Grd. Rd Rd Rd Rd Rd Rd Tot.
1 1st Newton Rooks   1 2 3 4 5 6  
    Opponents’ no. vs 10 3 2 4 5 6  
  1 D. Mackle 194 1 0 0 1 1 1 4
  2 S. J. Homer 181 1 1 1 1 1 ½
  3 A. W. Brusey 183 1 1 0 1 1 ½
  4 T. F. Thynne 181 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 5
    Totals 739 4 3 4 3 19
2 2nd Tiverton Ravens                
    Opponents’ no. vs 6 5 1 3 4 7  
  1 B. Edgell 207 ½ 1 1 0 1 0 3½ 
  2 S. Bartlett 165 0 0 0 1 1 1 3
  3 M. Richardt 165 1 ½ 1 1 1 1 5½ 
  4 J. Morrison 147 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 4½ 
    Totals 684 2½  2½  2½  3 3 3 16½ 
3 3rd = Barnstaple                
    Opponents’ no. vs 7 1 5 2 10 9  
  1 J. Rudd 223 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
  2 J. Munsey 128 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 2½ 
  3 T. Slade 133 1 0 0 0 1 1 3
  4 R. J. Nash 138 1 0 0 0 1 1 3
    Totals 622 4 1 1 4 3 14½ 
4 3rd = Torquay B.G.S.                
    Opponents’ no. vs 8 6 9 1 2 10  
  1 R. Thompson 166 1 1 1 0 0 1 4
  2 G. Darling 134 0 1 1 0 0 1 3
  3 O. Demerger 149 1 0 1 0 0 1 3
  4 A. Billings 123 0 1 1 ½ 1 1 4½ 
    Totals 572 2 3 4 ½  1 4 14½ 
5 5th Exmouth Eagles                
    Opponents’ no. vs 9 2 3 6 1 8  
  1 B. W. R. Hewson 176 1 0 0 ½ 0 1 2½ 
  2 B. G. E. Gosling 161 0 1 ½ 0 0 1 2½ 
  3 P. J. Kennedy 151 1 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 4
  4 R. H. Jones 157 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
    Totals 645 3 1½  2½  2½  0 3½  13
6 6th = Newton Knights                
    Opponents’ no. vs 2 4 7 5 8 1  
  1 A.Kinder 169 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 4
  2 J. Leung 141 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 3
  3 F. Sugden 128 0 1 1 0 1 ½ 3½ 
  4 J. Doidge   99 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 
    Totals 537 1½  1 3 1½  2 1 10
7 6th= Brixham                
    Opponents’ no. vs 3 10 6 8 9 2  
  1 M. Cuggy 141 0 1 0 1 0 1 3
  2 E. J. Smith 120 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 3
  3 R. M. Green   71 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
  4 N. Mills   93 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 3
    Totals 425 0 3 1 2 3 1 10
8 8th Exmouth Owls                
    Opponents’ no. vs 4 9 10 7 6 5  
  1 J. S. Murray 143 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2 O. Wensley 120e 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 3½ 
  3 J. Clarke 128 0 0 0 1 0 ½ 1½ 
  4 F. R. Hodge 111 1 0 1 ½ 1 0 3½ 
    Totals 502 2 0 2 2 2 ½  8½ 
9 9th Tiverton Magpies                
    Opponents’ no. vs 5 8 4 10 7 3  
  1 J. Knowles 135 0 1 0 0 1 0 2
  2 K. Atkins 134 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
  3 E. A. Maynard 104 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
  4 A. Brinkley   89 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
    Totals 463 1 4 0 1 1 1 8
10 10th Torquay                
    Opponents’ no. vs 1 7 8 9 3 4  
  1 G. C.  Rosser 141 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
  2 N. F. Tidy 129 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
  3 S. P. Greeno 117 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
  4 R. J, Ballantyne 105 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Totals 492 0 1 2 3 0 0 6

And now for some of the action….

Rd. 1 gets under way. Foreground: Mackle (stripes) plays Rosser; Homer & Tidy look on.

Exmouth Eagles play Magpies: Brians Hewson & Gosling and Phil Kennedy.

Exmouth Owls on their way to a draw vs Torquay Boys' G. S.

The two Exmouth teams prepare to meet on the bottom boards - clearly no pressure. Hewson v Murray; Gosling v Wensley; Kennedy v Clark; Jones (camera) v Hodge


Final Rd. - The two Newton Abbot teams meet on top board.

Alex Billings (r) winner of the junior prize, receives his prize from Trefor Thynne.

Paignton Congress – Best Game Prize. (02.10.2010.)

The Best Game prize at the recent Paignton Congress was awarded to this encounter from the Challengers Section.

White: A. Hibbitt (154). Black: W. Ingham (164).

Bird’s Opening [A03]

1.f4 H. E. Bird’s distinctive opening move 1…d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.e3 Nd7 4.Be2 Ngf6 5.0–0 Bxf3 6.Bxf3 e5 7.fxe5 Nxe5 8.d3 Bd6 9.Nc3 c6 10.Bd2 Qc7 11.h3 g5 Now that he is free to castle long at any point, Black is determined to attack the White King without further delay. White’s best response is to open the centre as diversionary tactics. 12.e4 Bc5+ 13.Kh1 g4 14.hxg4 h5 15.g5 White could have tried 15.gxh5 Nxh5 16.Bxh5 though the White King looks very vulnerable. 15…Neg4 16.e5 Now White wants to open up a file in line with the opposing King, even at the cost of a pawn. 16…Qxe5 17.Qe1 Be3 18.g3 h4 19.Bxe3 hxg3+ 20.Kg1 Nxe3 21.gxf6 g2 22.Bxg2 the threat was Rh1+ 22…Qh2+ Can White possibly survive this onslaught? 23.Kf2 Qxg2+ 24.Kxe3 0–0–0 freeing the last black piece to join the king-hunt. 25.Qf2 d4+ 26.Ke2 Qg4+ If 26…Rde8+ 27.Ne4 enabling the knight, now the extra piece, to join the defence from a strong square. 27.Kd2 Qg5+ 28.Qf4 dxc3+ 29.Kxc3 Qc5+ 30.Kd2 Rdg8 31.Qf5+ Qxf5 32.Rxf5 Rg2+ 33.Kc3 Rhh2 34.Re1 Rxc2+ 35.Kd4 Rh4+ 36.Ke5 Rc5+? Missing Black’s winning reply. At least a draw, if not a win, was still available after… 36…Kc7 37.Re4 Rxe4+ 38.dxe4 Rxb2 39.a3 Rb3 40.a4 Ra3 leaving Black with 3 passed pawns. 37.Kd6! Threatening both mate and the rook. 37…b6 Of course, not 37…Rxf5?? 38.Re8#. 38.Rxc5 Rd4+ 39.Kxc6 bxc5 40.Re8+ Rd8 41.Rxd8+ Kxd8 42.a4 1-0 After all that attacking, Black suddenly does not have a move on the board. Very disappointing for him, but the prize was shared £25 each for the effort they both put in.

In the Olympiad, currently being held in Siberia, Michael Adams won a cracking game against World No. 1, Magnus Carlsen, when England met Norway in Round 6 on Monday. This helped to off-set an earlier disappointing loss to Sokolov. More details on this tournament next week.

The solution to last week’s position by another Cornishman, Chris Reeves, was solved by 1.dxe4 and although Black can queen two pawns or take two pieces, he cannot prevent a queen mate along the 3rd rank or 2.Nd3 mate.

This week’s 2-mover is by the late Devonian, Comins Mansfield, first published in the Brisbane Courier in 1933 and then in Alain White’s tribute to Mansfield in which he describes this as a “lovely little lightweight with a dainty key”.

White to mate in 2 moves.