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WECU Jamboree Results (24.09.2011.)

The West of England Union’s annual pre-season get-together is their Jamboree which was held on Sunday in Taunton. There were three teams of 12 players in the Open Section, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. It has always been a closely contested affair and this time Devon managed to squeeze home, in spite of having had to default one board due to the traffic chaos on the motorway causing long delays. Devon came 1st with 7 points, just ahead of Somerset on 6½ and Gloucestershire on 4½.

There were five teams in the grade-limited section, which Dorset won by a comfortable margin on 8½ points, ahead of East Devon and Somerset ‘B’ in joint 2nd place on 6 points, Torbay League on 4½ and Somerset ‘C’ on 4. Somerset are to be congratulated on getting out three strong teams.

Here is a crisp finish from Devon’s winning team in the Open.

White: Adam Musson (159 – Glos.). Black: John K. F. Stephens (173 – Devon).

Slav Defence  [D30]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 Key move of the Slav Defence. 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.b3 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 dxc4 8.Nxc4 c5 9.0–0 Be7 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Nce5 0–0 12.Rc1 Ne4 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Qc2 Qd5 15.Ne5 White has exposed himself to a potential threat on the long diagonal. 15…cxd4 16.Bxd4 The d-file is now clear of pawns and control of it will be central. 16…Nd2 threatening mate on g2 and the nearby rook. 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.f3 Nxf1 19.Be4 Hitting the queen and the bishop behind it which cannot be defended. 19…Nxe3 20.Qd3 If 20.Bxd5 Nxc2 21.Bxb7 Nxd4 22.Rc7 (Not 22.Bxa8 Ne2+ 23.Kf1 Nxc1 24.Be4 leaving Black a rook up.) 22…Rae8; 20.Bxe3; if 20.Bxe3 Qxe5 21.Bxb7 Qxe3+ 22.Kh1 Rad8. 20…Qd6 21.Bxb7 Rad8 22.Nc6 Nf5 23.Nxd8 Rxd8 Back to level material. 24.Rc4 Nxd4 25.Qe4 Nf5 Threatening Qd1+ and Rd2mate 26.Qe1 White has an answer this time, but Black’s command of the d-file will prove decisive. 26…b5 27.Rc6 Qd4+ 28.Kf1 Ne3+ 29.Ke2 forced 29…Nxg2 Black can force a mate whatever White tries from now on. 30.Qg3 Qd1+ 0-1. Resigned in view of 31.Kf2 Rd2 mate. Another ending where a knight controls possible flight squares for the enemy king.

Other games may be found on the chessdevon website, while full charts and pictures are on

Last week’s problem shouldn’t have taken long to solve; 1.Rc8 threatened the unstoppable 2.Ra8 mate.

This position comes from the game Mickey Adams vs Halkias at last year’s Gibraltar tournament. How did Adams manage to smash open the Black King’s position?

White to smash open the King's position and win.

Club Championship starts.

After a couple of clubnights playing skittles chess and making preparations for the new competitions, members got down to the more serious business of the club championship. Steve Murray played new member Mike Redman in the Championship itself, while Tom Badlan and Fred Hodge tried their luck in the U-125 tournament. Both White losses.

Murray (l) & Redman get the new season under way with a handshake.

Redman essays the Sicilian while Badlan (l) faces Hodge in the background.


Arkell Clinches 1st Place At Paignton (17.09.2011.)

Top seed Keith Arkell clinched the top prize at this year’s Paignton Congress after this last round game against a fellow Torbay resident.

White: D. Mackle (196). Black: K. C. Arkell (226).

Polish Defence [A04]

1.Nf3 b5 The Polish Defence, not often seen, especially in key games, but not without its benefits. It hits at c4 immediately and provides a long diagonal for the bishop. 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bxb5 Players facing either the Polish Opening or Defence rarely choose to exchange their central e-pawn for the b-pawn. 3…Bxe4 4.0–0 Nf6 5.d4 e6 6.c4 Be7 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.d5 0–0 9.Bf4 Re8 10.Re1 Bf8 11.Nd4?! “More testing was 11.dxe6 What follows now is a demonstration of the superiority of an extra pawn in the centre, particularly as regards relative King safety. Black’s queenside pawns are not weak and easily defended” (KCA). 11…c6 12.dxc6 Nxc6 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Bxc6 dxc6 15.Qf3 Qb6 16.b3 Bb4 17.Na4 Qb7 18.Re2 Control of the d-file will prove crucial, so 18.Red1 might be better. If White doesn’t grab the chance, Black certainly will. 18…Red8 19.Be5 Be7 20.Ree1 Rd7 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.h3 h6 23.Bc3 Qc7 24.Nb2 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 26.Nxd1 Qd6 Now control of the d-file is complete. 27.Ne3 a6 28.g3 Nd7 29.Ng4 f5 30.Ne3 Bf6 31.Bxf6 Nxf6 32.h4 Ne4 Black’s queen & knight now combine to force the issue. 33.g4 Nd2 34.Qd1 f4 35.c5 35.Nc2 Qd3 36.Kg2 e5. 35…Qd3 36.Qc2 Qe2 If the attacked knight moves, the White Queen is lost to Nf3+ 37.Qg6 Nf3+ 0-1 White resigned in view of 38.Kg2 forced 38…Nxh4+ winning the queen. Or 38.Kh1 Qe1+ 39.Kg2 and again Nxh4+.

Mackle had to make do with a £13 share of the grading prize instead of the £500 he would have got had he won this game.

Runner-up in the Premier was Steve Berry of Wimbledon. Other section winners were as follows:

Challengers (U-180): 1st= R. Thompson, J. Waterfield and R. Webster. Intermediate (U-150) 1st= N. Dicker, M. Stone and R. Kearsley. Minor (U-125): 1st D. Burt. American: 1st= G. Harrison & R. Desmedt. Morning Swiss: 1st= D. Siddall and R. Bryant.

Many of the games played at Paignton may be downloaded from the chessdevon website, while contains reports, pictures and a comprehensive prizelist.

In last week’s position, White won quickly with a queen sacrifice 1.QxR and Black resigned immediately because after 1…RxQ 2.b7 and all White’s pieces combine to force the b-pawn forward.

Here is an easy 2-mover from 1905 by W. A. Shinkman.

White to mate in 2.

WECU Jamboree 2011

The West of England’s annual pre-season get-together is its Jamboree, held in recent recent years at the wonderfully-named Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton. The venue has many virtues; it is central to the strangely-shaped area covered by the Union, ample parking, near the M5 motorway, free tea & coffee provided etc. etc.

So far, so good. The problem this year was that as one drove up the motorway, roadside signs appeared that indicated that it would not be possible to exit the motorway at Taunton. One had to decide whether it was better to exit at the one before or after Junction 25. Of the cars travelling up from Devon, some chose the former, and some the latter option. It seems that the latter option, exiting at Bridgwater and travelling back, was the better one. The others had to plough through Taunton, and long, barely-moving queues had formed. Many drivers arrived at the venue well after the scheduled start-time late and fuming. Those waiting for an opponent had been advised to show mercy and not start the clocks, but even so, the last to arrive was the WECU President, John Wheeler, who had driven all the way from Cosham on the coast near Portsmouth, only to find he had been defaulted, having arrived more than half an hour after the start time.

After this near-chaotic start things gradually settled down to normality. With 5 teams of 12 players having entered the Graded Section, the 3 teams in the Open were hived off to a separate room, with the advantage that tables were less crowded than they have sometimes been in the past.

General view of the spacious Open Section.

Open Section - lower boards.

Graded Section - general view.

The final scores in the Open were as follows: N.B.: D =Devon; G = Gloucestershire & S = Somerset.

The match was close, as it generally is, but on this occasion, Devon’s strength in depth, just gave them an edge, in spite of having to default one game.

Bd Team Name Grd.     Team Name Grd.
1 G1 J. Stewart 195 1 0 D1 D. Mackle 197
2 D2 K. J. Hurst 186 1 0 S1 D. Buckley 201
3 S2 T. Stuttard 191 1 0 G2 D. Lambourne 181
4 G3 J. Jenkins 177 ½ ½ S3 P. Kryzanowski 188
5 S4 M. Richardt 180 0 1 D3 S. J. Homer 179
6 D4 B. W. Hewson 178 1 0 G4 G. Taylor 167
7 G5 D. Vaughan 165 1 0 D5 J. F. Wheeler 173
8 D6 D. Regis 175 0 1 S5 D. Painter-Koo 175
9 S6 A. F. Footner 173 ½ ½ G6 P. Dodwell 162
10 G7 P. J. Meade 161 ½ ½ S7 G. N. Jepps 161
11 S8 A. Musson 159 0 1 D7 J. K. Stephens 173
12 D8 M. V. Abbott 170 1 0 G8 A. Richards 149
13 G9 P. Baker 147 1 0 D9 A. W. Brusey 174
14 D10 T. F. Thynne 171 1 0 S9 J. E. Fewkes 157
15 S10 D. Peters 157 1 0 G10 A. Bentley 146
16 G11 B. Whitelaw 143 0 1 S11 N. N. Senior 156
17 S12 A. Champion 153 1 0 D11 W. H. Ingham 166
18 D12 J. Leung 165 1 0 G12 I. Blencowe 130


  Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
D Devon 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7
G Gloucestershire 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 0
S Somerset 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 1

The formula for the Graded Section with 5 teams involved, was a little more complicated.

Bd Team Name Grd.     Team Name Grd.
1 Dor1 F. Pitman 158 ½ ½ Tor1 A. Kinder 162
2 SomB1 C. Price 160 1 0 ED1 S. Bartlett 162
3 Tor2 A. Billings 157 0 1 SomC1 N. Wilson 159
4 SomC2 C. Purry 151 1 0 SomB2 C. Barratt 154
5 ED2 B. Gosling 150 1 0 Dor2 P. Errington 144
6 SomC3 D. Wood 145 ½ ½ ED3 S. Murray 151
7 Tor3 M. Stinton 150 ½ ½ SomB3 R. Knight 141
8 SomB4 N. Mills 132 0 1 Dor3 W. Legg 142
9 Dor4 J. Bowley 142 0 1 SomC4 K. Paine 134
10 ED4 P. Kennedy 147 ½ ½ Tor4 F. Sugden 147
11 Dor5 W. Adaway 130e 1 0 ED5 J. Morrison 148
12 SomB5 C. Strong 132 1 0 SomC5 A. Conway 128
13 SomC6 S. Hill 125 0 1 Tor5 F. Nieva 143
14 ED6 J. Dzenis 139 0 0 SomB6 C. Stanton 129
15 Tor6 A. Wright 141 0 1 Dor6 D. Aldwinkle 140
16 SomC7 R. Fenton 121 0 1 Dor7 I. Willis 138
17 Tor7 R. Wilby 135 0 1 ED7 R. H. Jones 130
18 Dor8 P. Brackner 138 1 0 SomB7 M. Baker 129
19 ED8 J. Knowles 125 1 0 SomC8 G. Berryman 116
20 SomB8 K. Stanton 117 1 0 Tor8 M. Cuggy 133
21 Dor9 W. J. Kelly 126 ½ ½ Tor9 A. Tatam 116
22 SomB9 R. Turner 112 ½ ½ ED9 H. Welch 115
23 Tor10 J. Doidge 106 ½ ½ SomC9 R. Waters 113
24 SomC10 M. Ward 101 1 0 SomB10 S. Gray 111
25 ED10 F. R. Hodge 118 ½ ½ Dor10 K. Spooner 117
26 SomC11 V. McAndrew 100e 1 0 ED11 W. Fairbairn 100
27 Tor11 R. Greenhalgh 105 1 0 SomB11 Z. Strong 100e
28 SomB12 B. Lee 100e 0 1 Dor11 N. Mackie 112
29 Dor12 J. George 111 1 0 SomC12 R. Carver 100e
30 ED12 S. Thorpe-Tracey 100e 1 0 Tor12 N. Mills 102


Team              Bd. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Pos.
Dorset ½ 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1st
E. Devon League 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 6 2nd=
Somerset B 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 4 5th
Somerset C 1 1 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 6 2nd=
Torbay League ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 4th

 The game scores may be found as follows:

Open Section -

Graded Section Part 1: 

Graded Section Part 2:

John Kelly receiveing the Graded Cup from the Organiser, Ben Edgell.

Devon's captain, Brian Hewson, collecting the main prize.

Cycling: Tour of Britain 2011: Stage 5 – Exeter-Exmouth.

Cycling has been on the up in Exmouth for several years now, since the development of a cycling track alongside the railway track up the Exe estuary. The track has proved as popular as it is spectacular and cycling shops are springing up around the town to service this interest.

This rose to unprecedented heights today when the Tour of Britain finally came to Exmouth, with an exciting finish along the sea front.

Stage 5 was, for the first time, to be contained solely within Devon, starting in Exeter and finishing 110 miles later on Exmouth sea front, taking on much of Dartmoor in between.

Stage 5 route from the official programme.

Below: The programme also features the new cycle track, funded by a grant to Transcan. Keverel Lodge is tucked away below the near ridge just above the blue cyclist’s helmet.

On the cycle track looking back towards Exmouth.

Grandchildren Florence, Freddie and Sophie, with Emma Jones on the cycle track excitedly awaiting a train.

Meanwhile, back on the seafront, crowds were building up all morning and by 1 o’clock were filling most of the best viewing spots alongside the final 200 m leading to the finishing line. A repechage match had been oprganised between teams of 4 riders from local primary schools. I was just in time to see, Otterton Primary School, my old school (I was HT there for 25 years), beat their larger neighbours, St. Peter’s, Budleigh Salterton. Otterton then went on to meet one of the town schools, Littleham, to decide 5th and 6th places, which Otterton won again – they always were good at cycling. Pleasingly, the whole match was won by Otterton’s twin village school, Drake’s School, East Budleigh who beat Withycome Raleigh.

The Otterton repechage team on the road to victory.

General view of the finishing line next to the Clock Tower. The deckchairs spell the word Exmouth.

Not all cyclists were actually in the race.

The compere/announcer did an excellent job for nearly 2 hours whipping the crowd up into a state of great excitement and anticipation, with occasional reports from Hugh Porter, the Channel 4 presenter, on how near the race was getting, who was in the lead and how far ahead of the peleton etc.  Yet at the last minute, no announcement was made about the fact that they were actually heading at 30 mph along the promenade. There was no sound of cheers from the crowds further along the sea front, no clues - and then suddenly they were whizzing past us, heading for the line in near silence, compared to what had gone on earlier. Everyone was taken by complete surprise, and within seconds it was all over. A friend of mine was positioned just across the road from me and told me later that as the finish was drawing near, he spotted the helicopter circling high above the sea front and guessed the riders should be very close. When he looked down they had just whizzed past and the race was already over.

There was excellent coverage on TV in the evening, with every metre of the final 6k shown. It was clear that in the final 200m Mark Cavendish held back a little allowing his team-mate to come in first while he was happy to take 2nd on this occasion.

Not that Cavendish needed to worry – he won the final two stages, and a few days later became World Road Race Champion in Copenhagen – the first time a Brit has won it since Tommy Simpson in 1965. He returned to newspaper headlines  such as “Cavendish Joins The Greats“; “Cavendish Untouchable as he Strikes Gold” and “We should accept that here is a very great Briton indeed”.

It was great to have been a little part of that in Exmouth that afternoon

Follow My leader over the last 100 metres.

Part of the chasing peleton.

Stage winner salutes the crowd.

Police outriders, finished for the day, gather together and swap notes on how it went for them.

Exeter Simultaneous

Starting to panic about the East Devon team for the WECU Jamboree on Sunday, needing two low graded players, I went up to the Exeter Club last night in the hope of dragooning a couple of players. Failed totally in that respect, but found it was the evening of their annual pre-season warm-up, when the new Club Champion takes on the rest of the membership in a simultaneous match, in this case Graham Bolt.
I was invited to take part, and in order not to have wasted the trip up from Exmouth I joined in and made the numbers up to 10.
Once under way, Graham raced around the boards, never spending more than 10 seconds per move at any one game, and twice declining proffered draws for the sake of the hope of some exciting play, before going on to lose both games. However, he paid the price as he lost 6 games, drew one and won 3 , as follows:-

Bd Opponent Grd    
1 R. H. Jones 130 1 0
2 Sean Pope 149 1 0
3 Charles Keen 155 1 0
4 B. Page-Thomas u/g 0 1
5 Ben Newman u/g ½ ½
6 Terry Earnshaw u/g 0 1
7 Richard Scholes 114 0 1
8 Piet Dobber 149 1 0
9 Giles Body 150 1 0
10 J. Amos u/g 1 0

Not that he was troubled in any way about his fortunes – as everyone had had a good time.

Meanwhile, I still need two players for Sunday.

Graham Bolt - Exeter Champion 2010 - 11

Paignton Congress – Arkell’s Early Strike (10.09.2011.)

The Paignton Congress got under way on Sunday with a near-record entry of 215.

Here is a clinical win from Round 1 by the tournament favourite, Keith Arkell, who is fresh from a crushing 1st place in the international Jessie Gilbert Memorial tournament, which he  won by 2 clear points.

White: David Littlejohns (174). Black: Keith Arkell (226).

Caro-Kann Defence – Exchange Variation. [B13]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 In these circumstances, the weaker player is always liable to seek equal exchanges in the hope of keeping things as simple as possible. However, this is often exactly how Grandmasters like it. 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 e6 7.Bf4 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Bd6 9.Bxd6 Qxd6 10.0–0 b5 11.Re1 Nf6 12.Qd3 Rb8 13.a3 a5 14.Nd2 0–0 15.Rad1 Rfc8 Black plans to attack on the Queenside and moves his big guns into position. 16.g3 Ne7 17.Nb3 b4 The forward march continues. 18.cxb4 axb4 19.a4 This little skirmish has broken up White’s pawn structure. 19…Qc6 20.Nc5 Nd7 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 22.Ra1 Nf5 23.Bg4 Nd6 24.Be2 Qa7 25.Red1 b3 26.Ra3 Nc4 27.Rxb3 Nxb2 The knight is protected by the rook on b8 even though they are not in direct contact, so the fork must win material. 28.Rxb8 Qxb8 29.Qd2 Nxd1 30.Bxd1 Qb6 0-1 White resigned, as he is materially down and his isolated pawns will inevitably get picked off.

Arkell’s closest rival is Colin Crouch who is returning to Paignton after an absence of 6 years, during which time he has suffered serious illness which has left him somewhat physically impaired, and he is now seeking to re-establish himself in the chess world.

In last week’s position, White won quickly after 1.Qe4+ Bf5 (if 1…Kg7 2.Nxe6+ forking king and queen.) 2.Qxf5+! Kxf5 (the knight still threatens a fork). 3.Be4+ Kxg5 4.Bc1 mate.

Devon’s two titled players met last week at an international tournament in Coulsdon. The game went as follows:-

White: K. C. Arkell (2432). Black: J. Rudd (2278).

Blumenfeld Counter-Gambit [E10]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.d4 c5 4.d5 b5 5.Bg5 exd5 6.cxd5 d6 7.e4 a6 8.a4 Be7 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.axb5 Bxb2 11.Ra2 Bf6 12.Bd3 0–0 13.0–0 Ra7 14.Nbd2 Re8 15.Nc4 Rae7 16.b6 Bg4 17.Ra3 Bd4 18.h3 Bxf3 19.Qxf3 Nd7 20.Rxa6 Ne5 21.Nxe5 Bxe5 22.Bb5 Rf8 23.Rb1 f5 24.exf5 Ref7 25.Bc6 Rxf5 The position below has been reached. Black has a potent Kingside attack while White has threats on the other wing. How did White respond here that caused Black’s instant resignation?

White moves and Black resigns.

Paignton Approaches (03.09.2011.)

The 61st Paignton Congress starts at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Oldway Mansion with over 200 entries, and concludes on Saturday morning. A list of all the winners will appear here in two weeks time, but daily coverage will be available on-line as the chessdevon website will be making all games available and the keverelchess website will contain reports and photographs within minutes of being taken. The two sites will be linked so that one can switch from pictures and reports to games at a click of the mouse.

Here is a miniature from Round 2 of the 2009 Premier section.

White: R. James (2226). Black J. Robinson (2029).

Scotch Game [C45]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.Nb5 Bxe3 threatening mate 7.fxe3 Both sides go all out for maximum carnage. 7…Qh4+ 8.g3 Qxe4 9.Nxc7+ Kd8 10.Nxa8 Qxh1 11.Qd6 Nge7 12.Nd2 Qd5 13.Qc7+ Ke8 14.Qxc8+ 1-0 Black resigned because of  14…Nxc8 15.Nc7+ Kd8 16.Nxd5 and after all that mayhem White is left a piece up.

The 5th Boniface Memorial Congress took place last weekend in Bristol and the Open Section was won by Bob Jones (no relation). 2nd= were Chris Beaumont, Dave Collier and Terry Stuttard. There was a multiple tie in the Major, between A. Borkowski, T. Thorpe, B. O’Gorman, R. Pearce and R. George. The Minor was won by M. Probert.

In last week’s game, Rudd played the brilliant 1…Qf1+!! Now if 2.Kxf1 Rh1 is mate as the knight covers the King’s flight square (a theme in several recent puzzles) or 2.Rxf1 Ne2 mate.

Playing computer chess on sites like the Internet Chess Club (ICC) can be viewed either as an additional outlet for the super-keen player, or a soft option for those who can’t be bothered to leave their fireside on a cold winter’s night and go down to the local club to face a “real” opponent. Either way, on-line chess is a good way of keeping sharp, with games usually timed at a very fast pace. This one, for example, sent in this week by a reader, allowed each player 15 minutes for all moves.

White: Dr. T. Paulden (174). Black: “Empire” (175).

Larson’s Opening [A01]

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.g3 e5 4.Bg2 Be6 5.Nf3 f6 6.0–0 g5 7.d3 h5 8.c4 d4 9.e3 Bc5 10.exd4 Nxd4 11.Nbd2 c6 12.Re1 Kf7 13.Ne4 Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 g4 15.Ng5+ Kg6 reaching the following position. Black now thinks that as he’s attacking two pieces he must win one of them, and yet he resigned two moves later. How so?

White to play and win.

Paignton Congress 2011 Day 7

As those who are familiar with Oldway will know, the Torbay Registry Office is housed in an adjacent room in the mansion. Its grandiose architecture  makes it one of the most popular wedding venues in the county and Saturdays are the most popular day, notwithstanding any odd chess congress that might be trying to share the venue. Today there were ten weddings booked in, and a conveyor belt approach was necessary. When any one group was in the Registrar’s room going through the ceremony, the previous group was outside on the steps having their photographs taken while the next group was assembling in the marbled foyer below, the nervous laughter of bridesmaids intruding on the concentration of the players nearest the door. Tattooed arms and smokers were everywhere…  and that was only the girls, many tottering around on steepling heels. This morning, there must have been some sort of delay in the early fixtures, for by mid-morning a tight queue had formed and three wedding parties had gathered in the entrance hall, intermixing and eyeing up the dresses and fashions of the other groups.

Meanwhile, in the Ballroom everyone had remembered the earlier start (9.30 a.m. – not 2 p.m.) and amid excitement of a different kind, the prizes were being sorted.

At the top of the Ron Bruce Premier, Torbay residents were paired on top table, Keith Arkell and Dominic Mackle. The former is noted for his long endgames in which he is able to nurse the tiniest of advantages to an eventual win. This has always been one of his great strengths. Recently, however, he seems to have been unaccountably infused with a touch of whimsy and has been playing sharp, snappy games involving weird openings and Queen sacrifices, (no, honestly!), and he has been having successes with it.  Today he played 1…b5, the Polish Defence, and finished with a queen & knight each, and the interplay of his two pieces brought off a nice, and relatively quick finish, leaving him in clear 1st place, and back-to-back tournament wins.

Arkell (r) & Mackle analyse their game watched by 4X Paignton winner, Peter Griffiths.

In the Rowena Bruce Challengers, local junior Robert Thompson was hoping to avoid the final  round disaster he had in yesterday’s Morning event, in which he lost in time trouble and missed out on a prize. However, he managed to do it once again, losing the game, but at least he could only be caught and finished 1st=, pocketing a cheque for £217 instead of the £350 he seemed sure of at the outset.

In the Minor, congress veteran, Dave Burt, was on fire throughout the week and finished clear first, and it was nice to see three lady players all in the prizelist in this section.

Here is a summary chart of all the winners. 

Premier   Grade   Pts. Prize
1st Keith Arkell 2409 Paignton 6 £600
2nd Steve Berry 2310 Wimbledon £400
3rd= Colin Crouch 2365 Harrow 5 £75
  Johan Henriksson 2289 Stockholm
  Dave Ledger 2228 Bedford
  Francis Rayner 2148 Hastings
GP U-2130 Ian Clark 2071 Wimbourne £13
  Alan Crombleholme 2104 Dudley
  Dominic Mackle 2065 Newton Abbot
  John Wheeler 2120 Cosham
U-2060 Dave Regis 2015 Exeter £50
Slow starter Ken Gregory 2059 Cosham £20
Challengers (U-180)          
1st= Robert Thompson 178 Newton Abbot £217
  John Waterfield 173 Clifton
  Richard Webster 172 W. Bridgford
GP U-168 Colin Costello 167 Carlisle 5 £50
U-157 Andrew Price 152 Leamington £50
Slow starter Mel Young 159 Hastings £20
Intermediate (U-150)          
1st= Nigel Dicker 139 Glastonbury £217
  Mark Stone 134 Petts Wood
  Ray Kearsley 145 Wimbledon
GP U-140 Matthew Wilson 136 Wigston 5 £50
U-133 Peter Grant-Ross 133 Kings Head £12
  John Springall 127 Teddington
  David Walshaw 132 Jesmond
  Faye Ainscow 132 Kings Head
Slow starter Philip Gordon 127 BCA £35
Minor (U-125)          
1st Dave Burt 121 Poole £350
2nd= Edward Carnie 121 Eccleshall 5 £60
  Joseph Farrell 119 Metropolitan
  Malcolm Turner 117 Brixham
  Rod Burroughs 103 Sheffield
  Roger Waters   Taunton
GP U-114 Doreen Helbig 109 Keynsham 4 £17
  Christine Constable 111 Coulsdon
  Caroline Robson 110 Enfield
U-106 Nathan Mills 102 Brixham 4 £50
Slow starter Vincent Brady 102 Metropolitan £20
American (U-180)          
1st= Geoff Harrison 141 Gosforth £75
  Richard Desmedt 155 Wombwell
3rd Norman Andrews 136 York £30
5-Rd. A.M. (U-180)          
1st= D. Siddall 162 Austin Friars £275
  R. Bryant 178 Chester
3rd= J. Wells 179 N. Norfolk 4 £50
  H-B Muele 165 Dresden
GP U-155 Ray Gamble 152 Spondon £17
  D. Openshaw 155 Cavendish
  P. Smith 150 Hastings
U-138 M. Walker 129 Mutual £10
  J. Reinhardt 138 Dresden
  M. R. Stone 134 Petts Wood
  B. Miles 116 Coulsdon
  R. Hale 116 Beckenham
Slow starter P. Foley 135 Upminster £20

N.B. All scores out of 7 except the morning event.

N.B. Rd. 7 games may be accessed here:-


Remember – here is a summary of where games may be accessed, as and when they become available

Rd. 1 games
Rd. 2 games
Rd. 3 games
Rd. 4 games
Rd. 5 games
Rd. 6 games    
Rd. 7 games

Paignton Congress 2011 Day 6

For many years, Paignton ended, as it has always opened, with a visit from the Mayor and his/her consort, and the distribution of prizes. However, the prizegiving was always associated with a number of logistical problems. Firstly, before the prizelist could be finalised, there were nearly always one or two key games going on for hours after the rest had finished and the room was being cleared of equipment and furniture. Also, the simple task of having to write out 40 or 50 cheques in a short time while everyone was gathered around, wondering about train times and asking whether they “could take their cheques now” all conspired to force an end to this grand finale. 

The one small exception involves the 5 Rd. Morning tournament, which, with its tighter time-control essential to prevent it running into the start of the main events in the afternoon, ends at lunchtime on the Friday. A prizelist can be quickly drawn up, a small number of cheques written out, and an informal presentation ceremony arranged in the knowledge that the players are not rushing off to catch trains. The section Arbiter, Victor Cross, did the honours. 

This year’s winners were as follows:

Boniface 5 Round Morning    
1st= D. Siddall Austin Friars £50
  R. Bryant Chester
3rd= J. Wells N. Norfolk 4 £17
  H-B Muele Dresden
GP U-155 R. J. Gamble Spondon   £9
  D. Openshaw Cavendish  
  P. Smith Hastings  
U-138 M. Walker Mutual   £10
  J. Reinhardt Dresden  
  M. R. Stone Petts Wood  
  B. Miles Coulsdon  
  R. Hale Beckenham  
Slow starter P. Foley Upminster   £20


Joint 1st D. Siddall & R. Bryant






Joint 3rds - H-B Muhle & J. Wells.



















One of the grading prize winners - D. Openshaw.












Grading prize winner M. R. Stone.

Grading prize winner M. Walker.









Grading prizewinner, J. Reinhardt of Dresden.















Final round results.

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