Archive for October, 2011
Devon won their U-160 match against Dorset on Saturday fairly comfortably by 10-6. The details were as follows: (Dorset names first and were black on odd-numbered boards).
1. F. Pittman 0-1 A. Billings. 2. G. Searing 0-1 I. S. Annetts. 3. C. Winch ½-½ B. G. Gosling. 4. W. Legg 0-1 P. E. Halmkin. 5. C. Webb 1-0 F. Sugden. 6. W. Adaway 1-0 J. Allen. 7. P. Brackner ½-½ P. Dobber. 8. F. Falon 1-0 J. Morrison. 9. J. Balem 0-1 K. Atkins. 10. C. Ambrose ½-½ K. Alexander. 11. J. Kelly 1-0 def. 12. F. Kingdon 0-1 R. Wilby 13. K. Spooner 0-1 R. Oughton. 14. N. Mackie ½-½ 15. J. George 0-1 R. H. Jones 16. S. Jones 0-1 J. Knowles.
Pictures etc. may be found in Blog section.
This was the game from Board 1, won by Devon’s new champion, Alex Billings, a pupil at Torquay B. G. S.
White: A. J. Billings (158). Black: F. J. Pittman (157).
Slav Defence – Schlecter Var. [D91]
1.d4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 g6 Carl Schlecter’s (1874–1918 ) choice of continuing in this opening. 5.Bg5 Bg7 6.e3 0–0 7.Bd3 Re8 8.0–0 8…Bg4 White now invites the break-up of his kingside pawns, heedless of the inherent danger. 9.Qb3 Bxf3 10.gxf3 Qd7 11.Bxf6 dxc4 12.Bxc4 exf6 13.Ne4 Na6 14.Bxa6 bxa6 15.Nc5 forking queen and pawn. Black decides to sacrifice his a-pawn rather than defend it, in return for getting his queen into an attacking position. 15…Qh3 16.Nxa6 Qxf3 17.Qd1 Qxd1 18.Rfxd1 Rac8 19.Rac1 f5 20.Rd3 f4 21.Nc5 fxe3 22.fxe3 Rxe3 23.Rcd1 Not 23.Rxe3 because of 23…Bxd4. 23…Rxd3 24.Rxd3 Rb8 25.Nb3 Rd8 26.Rd2 f5 Black correctly pushes the pawn free from opposition. He has an extra pawn and a bishop for knight, sufficient for a win in most cases, all other things being equal. 27.Kg2 Kf7 28.Kf3 Bf8 29.Rc2 Rc8 30.Na5 threatening to win the c-pawn – how should Black respond? 30…c5 31.b4! Adding to the pressure, as the pawn is pinned. 31…c4 32.Nxc4 Bxb4?? 33.Nd6+ 1-0 Black resigned as his rook must fall. Black should have avoided the potential check – e.g. 32…Kf6 33.b5.
The solution to last week’s unusual task, impossible under modern rules, was 1.PxR promoted to another black rook and the king is checkmated as it cannot take its own piece and a rook is the only piece that could not interpose and delay mate by one move.
This week’s 2-mover has been devised especially for Westcountry Life by the Somerset composer, Dave Howard. It is a little more difficult than most of his problems but he advises that it is a “waiter”, that is, White’s first, or key move, poses no immediate threat, but whatever Black then does contributes to his own downfall – a form of chess suicide.
Exmouth Club Championship 2011 - 2012.
|1||Mike Redman||194||X||- -||- -||- -||- 1||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||1/1|
|2||John Stephens||174||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||0/0|
|3||Mark Abbott||170||- -||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||- -||- 0||- -||- -||- -||- -||0/1|
|4||Oliver Wensley||164||- -||- -||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||- 1||- -||- -||- -||- -||1/1|
|5||Steve Murray||151||0 -||- -||- -||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||0/1|
|6||Phil Kennedy||147||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||0/0|
|7||Juris Dzenis||139||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||X||0 -||- -||- -||- -||- -||0/1|
|8||Bob Jones||130||- -||- -||1 -||0 -||- -||- -||- 1||X||- 0||- -||- ½||- -||2½/5|
|9||Malcolm Belt||120||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||1 -||X||- -||- -||- -||1/1|
|10||Fred Hodge||118||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||X||- -||- -||0/0|
|11||Tom Badlan||110||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||½ -||- -||- -||X||- -||½/1|
Rate of moves: 36 moves in 75 minutes + 15 minutes thereafter for the rest of the game.
Each player may play another with both black & white.
The 1st space in each cell is for the white result, and the second is for a black result.
Please ensure all your results are entered a.s.a.p. onto the chart in the Club Handbook.
Exmouth U-125 Tournament :: 2011 – 12
|1||Tom Badlan||110||X||- -||0 -||½ 0||- -||- -||- -||- -||½ / 3|
|2||Malcolm Belt||120||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||0 / 0|
|3||Fred Hodge||118||½ 1||- -||X||- -||1 -||- -||- -||- -||2½ / 3|
|4||Obie Ebanks||110e||1 -||- -||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||- -||1 / 0|
|5||Simon Blake||100e||- -||- -||- 0||- -||X||- -||- -||- -||0 / 1|
|6||Vicki McGoun||50e||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||X||- -||- -||0 / 0|
|7||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||X||- -|
|8||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||X|
Rate of moves: 36 moves in 75 minutes + 15 minutes for the rest of the game.
Toss to determine colours in the 1st game between any two players and reverse colours thereafter.
Exmouth Knockout Tournament :: Walton’s Cup :: 2011 – 12
|Exmouth||Knockout||Turner Cup||2011 – 12|
|Preliminary||Rd. 1||Q-Final||Semi-Final||Final .|
|1||Mike Redman (bye)|
|2||M. Belt vs V. McGoun|
|3||vs Steve Murray|
|5||T. Badlan (1)vs S. Blake (0)||Mark Abbott (bye)|
|Badlan vs R. Jones|
|6||Juris Dzenis||Oliver Wensley (bye)|
|7||F. Hodge vs O. Ebanks|
|9||John Stephens (bye)|
Village halls do quite well out of inter-county chess matches; they provide a nice bit of trouble-free income for hard-pressed hall committees. They are usually spotlessly clean, well maintained, and possess all the necessary facilities - stacking tables & chairs and a kitchen for refreshments. Cornwall have been using Exminster for most of their matches for decades; West Buckland is a regular venue, and little Luppitt, high in the Blackdown Hills, has been the regular venue for this match for about a decade.
Not that this familiarity helped one Devon player who got lost in the country lanes driving to the venue. He arrived half an hour late, but when they sat down to play, a mere three moves were made before his opponent’s mobile phone went off. The game lasted all of 2 minutes, but it levelled the score as Devon had already defaulted on one board.
The match was for the 2nd division trophy, the Wayling Cup,with grades having to be under 160. The teams were reasonably evenly matched at the top, but Dorset’s strength tailed off relative to Devon’s in the lower reaches, and this told as the late results came in, the Devonians coming in 10 – 6 winners.
|1||F. J. Pittman||158||0||1||A. J. Billings||157|
|2||G. C. Searing||158||0||1||I. S. Annetts||152|
|3||C. E. Winch||144||½||½||B. G. Gosling||150|
|4||W. Legg||142||0||1||P. E. Halmkin||150|
|5||C. G. Webb||142||1||0||F. Sugden||147|
|6||W. Adaway||u/g||1||0||J. E. Allen||150|
|7||P. Brackner||138||½||½||P. Dobber||149|
|8||F. Fallon||128||1||0||J. Morrison||147|
|9||J. Balem||126||0||1||K. P. Atkins||146|
|10||C. J. Ambrose||127||½||½||K. R. Alexander||137|
|11||J. W. Kelly||126||1||def||J. Dzenis||139|
|12||F. C. Kingdon||121||0||1||R. G. Wilby||135|
|13||K. C. Spooner||117||0||1||R. Oughton||134|
|14||N. Mackie||112||½||½||J. Munsey||131|
|15||J. M. George||111||0||1||R. H. Jones||130|
|16||S. A. Jones||100||0||1||J. Knowles||125|
Cornwall had a miserable time of it last year in the West of England stages of the Inter-County Championship, losing every single match. However, a new season has brought a change of fortunes as they drew 8-all in an evenly-matched affair against Gloucestershire last Saturday at Exminster.
Here are the details (Cornish names first and had Black on the odd-numbered boards).
1.J. Menadue (192) ½-½ N. Hosken (192). 2.L. Retallack (178) 1-0 C. Mattos (179). 3.M. Hassall (175) ½-½ I. Gallagher (177). 4.S. Bartlett (162) 1-0 J. Jenkins (177). 5.G. Healey (149) 0-1 D. Vaughan (165). 6.G. Trudeau (147) ½-½ P. Dodwell (162). 7.J. Nicholas (146) 0-1 P. Meade (161). 8.J. Wilman (141)1-0 A. Richards (140). 9.C. Sellwood (140) 1-0 P. Baker (147). 10.G. Lingard (137) 0-1 G. Brown (137). 11. C. Long (133) 0-1 M. Ashworth (132). 12. M. Hill (130) ½-½ I. Blencowe (130). 13.D. R.Jenkins (127) ½-½ R. Francis (129). 14.D. J. Jenkins (124) 0-1 P. Bending (124). 15.R. Smith (123) ½-½ M. Claypole (122). 15.T. Slade (122) 1-0 C. Harvey (109).
Both teams included promising youngsters and for Gloucestershire 12 year old Michael Ashworth of the Wotton Hall club, Gloucester, won his game, while the even younger Theo Slade (10) of Marhamchurch near Bude, won his for Cornwall. He is probably the youngest player to debut for Cornwall since Michael Adams, who then aged 8 with a grade of 101, played against Devon in November 1980, and look what happened to him.
The Four Nations Chess League (4NCL) held their annual Individual Rapidplay tournament last weekend at Newport Pagnell, won by Paignton’s Keith Arkell on 6/7 points, just ahead of Danny Gormally, Thomas Rendle and John Richardson who were 2nd=, half a point behind. Fifty competed.
The popular Guernsey Chess Festival which has been held all this week at the Peninsula Hotel and finishes today, regularly attracts a number of westcountry regulars of all strengths, who happily mix in with the overseas Grandmasters and Guernsey locals. More details next week.
In last week’s position, White could simply play 1.QxR with the threat of 2.Qf7+ Kh8 3.Qg8 mate, and Black cannot take the queen because of 2.Re8 mate.
The laws of chess used to state simply that when a pawn reaches the furthest rank it may be exchanged for any piece, neglecting to specify that the new piece should be of the same colour as the pawn. This oversight was corrected in comparatively recent times, but before then, how might this lack of total clarity have enabled to White to mate in 1?
Devon’s team Blitz competition was held at the Newton Abbot club on Sunday with twelve teams of 4 taking part, continuing the growing interest in this tournament. In addition to the main trophy, the cup originally donated by A. R. B. Thomas, a teacher at Blundell’s School, Tiverton, a new prize for the lower-graded teams was introduced, in order to give them something to play for. After six hard-fought rounds, the winners of the Thomas Cup by a wide margin were Tiverton ‘A’ with 19½/24 points, followed by Exeter (16½) and Newton Abbot ‘A’ (16). The new Graded trophy was won by Exmouth ‘C’ on 10 points followed by Torquay Boys’ G.S. ‘B’ (9½). Full details and pictures may be found on keverelchess.com.
With games played at the rate of 12 minutes per player there was no time for anyone to write down their moves, so here is a game played by Thomas in the West of England Championship in 1974, notes from the event bulletin by Dr. Jim Aitken, former Scottish and WECU Champion.
White: A. R. B. Thomas. Black: Leon Burnett.
Pirc Defence [B08]
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 c6 4.Be2 d6 5.0–0 Nf6 6.Nc3 0–0 7.h3 Qc7 8.Be3 h6 9.Qd2 Kh7 10.Nh2 d5 Black has played the opening in restrained vein – possibly too much so. He now feels the need for a central strongpoint as a counter to White’s intentions of a King-side pawn advance. 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Ng4 Bxg4 This has the drawback of opening the h-file of which White makes excellent use, but it is doubtful if there is anything better. 14.hxg4 Nd7 15.g3 Nf6 16.Bf3 Rac8 17.c3 Qd7 18.g5 hxg5 19.Bxg5 Rh8 20.Kg2 Kg8 21.Rh1 Qf5 22.Rxh8+ Bxh8 23.Re1 Qd7 24.Qf4 Rd8 25.Qh4 Bg7 26.Rh1 Qf5 27.g4 Qc2 28.Bh6 Bh8? White has developed a mating attack remarkably quickly and after this move Black is lost. g5 gave a last chance of escape at the cost of a pawn. 29.Bf8 Kxf8 30.Qxh8+ Ng8 31.Rh7 1-0 Rg7 cannot be avoided. A neat conclusion by Thomas.
The 12th Seniors Congress in Exmouth starts in just over three weeks and entries are starting to come in more quickly, so those intending to enter should ensure they get a place before the cut-off by sending in their entry form as soon as possible. There’s a “junior” section for the 50-somethings, while the 60+s are the true seniors.
The solution to last week’s problem by John Brown of Bridport was 1.Ne6! and if 1…Kxg6 2. Be4# or 1…Nd8 2.Rxg5# or 1…Bxg6 2.Ng6#.
This week’s position is taken from a game between two lady players earlier this year. What was White’s killing move?
A number of the westcountry’s traditional early season events are fast approaching. Tomorrow afternoon sees Devon’s team blitz tournament at the Newton Abbot club for the Thomas Cup. Blitz chess, which allows about 10 minutes per payer per game, is even quicker than RapidPlay where the limit is usually 30 minutes, a relative luxury.
If this is more to your taste, there’s the Chipping Sodbury RapidPlay on Saturday fortnight. Details may be obtained from Graham Mill-Wilson on 07790-167-415.
At the other end of the scale is the 12th Seniors Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, starting on Monday 7th November, when there is just one game per day and each player has the luxury of 3 hours thinking time. Details from me on 01395-223340 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Cornwall have already had theirs – the Kerrier Cup, held last Saturday at the Truro club. This was originally limited to the Helston and Camborne clubs in the Kerrier administrative district, but has gradually been extended to become effectively the Cornish Rapidplay championship. This year’s winner was, for the first time, Lloyd Retallick (Newquay), who beat the favourite, Jeremy Menadue (Truro), in the penultimate round. Grading prizes went to Richard Smith (Truro) who came 2nd= and Ian Renshaw (Falmouth). The Junior prize went to Chris Piper.
Here is a game by two contenders for last year’s Seniors title.
White: J. K. Footner (175). Black: K. I. Norman (187).
Nimzo-Indian Defence – Bronstein Variation. [E45]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Ba6 Bronstein’s contribution to the opening theory. 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 d5 8.b3 0–0 9.Be2 Nc6 10.0–0 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Bxc4 12.bxc4 Na5 13.Qe2 Qd7 14.Rb1 Rac8 15.Rd1 Qc6 16.Rb4 Ne4 17.Nxe4 Qxe4 18.f3 Qb7 19.c5 Rfd8 20.Bd2 Qc6 21.Rc1 Qd7 22.Rb2 Nc6 23.Rbc2 e5 Black tries to open up the centre, but this rebounds on him. 24.cxb6 cxb6 25.Qb5 bringing a third piece to bear on c6 and winning material. 25…a6 26.Qxb6 White side-steps the threat without loosening his grip. 26…Ne7 27.dxe5 winning a second pawn. 27…Rxc2 28.Rxc2 Nd5 29.Qd4 Qe7 30.Ba5! 1-0 Resigns, for if 30…Rd7 31. Rc8, or if it moves sideways, the knight falls.
The solution to last week’s problem by J.B. of Bridport was for the queen to shift one square to the right. 1.Qe7! leaving Black 7 tries –viz 1…Rxa3 2.Qb4#. 1…a5 2.Qa7#. 1…Bd3 2.Qe3#. 1…f5 2.Be5#. 1…Nf2 2.Bxf2#. 1…Nf4 2.Bf2#. 1…Rc4 2.Nb5#.
Here is another of Brown’s 2-movers taken from Brian Gosling’s biography.
Trefor Thynne again offered to host this annual tournament at the Newton Abbot Clubhouse on Sunday 9th October, and the growing popularity of the event was evidenced by the increase in entries.
The avian influence in team titles, pioneered by Tiverton in recent years, was followed by Exmouth who named their 1st team “Exmouth Eagles”, not only nicely alliterative but giving out a suitably strong image. The question of what to call their 2nd team was given some thought and they came up with “Egrets”, as a small number of these noble birds may be found on the Exe estuary. Trefor was reminded of a letter from a Cornish reader to the editor of the Telegraph some time ago, on the subject of keeping track of endangered bird species. It said simply, “Egrets, we have a few, but then again, too few to mention”. Exmouth could also supply the basis if a 3rd team, which was made up by two Brixham players. The question of what to call them was also considered, and moving down the scale of size and potential aggression, Exmouth Tits was a distinct possibility, but it was thought better of and, to reflect its eclectic membership, we settled for “Exmouth Allsorts”.
First prize was the Thomas Cup, donated by the great A. R. B. Thomas of Tiverton, but there was a new trophy, purchased by Trefor at my suggestion, for the more mostly graded teams – to give them something to play for, even after a couple of heavy beatings by the top teams.
The Controller, Vic Cross, finished the draw for Rd. 1 and Trefor called everyone to order, and the games got under way. Three rounds and then a break for a splendid tea provided by John and Elizabeth Doidge. The noise in the foyer as 48 hyped-up players talked excitedly was nearly deafening.
On resumption, Victor explained that the natural break for the grading prize came at 550, and any team below this uppr limit was eligible, and true to form, these teams did take the bottom 4 places, with the erstwhile Tits just edging it.
At the end of the day, the spoils went to Tiverton, whose 4 players came from 3 counties. Summary of all team results were:
|3rd||N. Abbot Rooks||647||4||2½||3||½||3||3||16|
|12th||N. Abbot Knights||397||0||2||1½||1||½||0||5|
More detail is contained in this more comprehensive chart. Gaps have resulted from team captains failing to update their team charts.
|3rd||N. Abbot Rooks||1||2||3||4||5||6||Tot.|
|1||K. J. Hurst||186||1||1||0||0||0||1||3|
|2||J. K. Stephens||173||1||1||0||1||1||1||5|
|3||O. E. Wensley||164||1||½||0||0||0||0||1½|
|4||B. G. Gosling||150||1||1||1||1||½||1||5½|
|1||P. J. Kennedy||147||1||0||½||½||0||0||2|
|3||R. H. Jones||147||1||½||0||1||0||0||2½|
|6thb||Torquay BGS “A”||Grd||1||2||3||4||5||6||Tot.|
|2||I. S. Annetts||153||0||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|2||F. R. Hodge||107||0||0||½||0||1||0||1½|
|10th||Torquay B.G.S. “B”||Grd||1||2||3||4||5||6||Tot.|
|1||A. W. Brusey||178||0||1||1||0|
|3||N. F. Tidy||117||0||0||0||0|
|12th||N. Abbot Knights||Grd||1||2||3||4||5||6||Tot.|
Before proceedings began, Tiverton were presented with the Newman Cup they won in the 2010-11 season. L-r: Ivor Annetts; Jon Duckham, John Knowles & John Morrison.
Cornwall’s early season get-together is the Kerrier Cup, a 5 round rapidplay tournament, played last weekend at the Truro Club.
This year’s winner was, for the 1st time, Lloyd Retallick, who beat the favourite Jeremy Menadue in the penultimate round.
Grading prizes were won by Richard Smith ( a fine result for a relative newcomer) and Ian Renshaw. The Junior Prize went to Chris Piper.
Cornwall President, Robin Kneebone, reports that entries were down this year, which may be accounted for by the superb weather keeping folk on the beaches. Some players new to OTB chess showed great promise, notably Jan Rodrigo.
The event was controlled by Ian George and the X-table was kindly sent by Robin Kneebone.
|7||Jenkins, Dave R||127||1-||21+||5-||18+||17+||3|
|14||Jenkins, Dave J||124||4-||19-||16-||by+||18+||2|
Published this week is a book with a thoroughly westcountry pedigree. It’s a biography of a pioneering19th century problemist who worked under the nom-de-plume “J.B. of Bridport”. This was, in fact, a Wesleyan Methodist minister by the name of John Brown (1827–1863), and in a few years before he succumbed to the ravages of TB at the age of 37, broke new ground in the themes and subtleties of his compositions.
The author is Brian Gosling, a well-known westcountry player, formerly of Somerset and now residing in East Devon. Always interested in endgames studies and problems Brian became increasingly fascinated with the somewhat mysterious and little-known figure of JB and has spent several years accumulating biographical information. As well as the story of his life, the book contains 50 of his best problems with solutions and explanations.
Printed in Padstow, the book is entitled John Brown – The Forgotten Chess Composer? (pub. Troubador 209pp SB £10 ISBN 978-1848767-294).
If any proceeds accrue from his efforts, Brian will pay for repairs to Brown’s headstone, near the east window of Holy Trinity Church, Bradpole, a mile from the centre of Bridport.
Today the 12th Kerrier Cup is being held at the Truro Chess Club, a 5-round rapidplay event. Results here next week.
This miniature was played in the Grade-limited section of the recent WECU Jamboree, one of Dorset’s only two losses.
White: D. Bowley (142 – Dorset). Black: K. Paine (134 – Somerset).
Indian Defence [D30]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 Be7 6.e3 0–0 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Nbd2 c5 9.Rc1 b6 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.a3 Rac8 14.Qb1 cxd4 15.Rxc8 Rxc8 Taking Black’s e-pawn looks natural enough, but gives Black the chance to launch a telling sacrificial attack. 16.Nxd4 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Bxg2 18.Be4 18.Rg1 looks little better for after Qh4+ 19.Kd1 Qxh2. 18…Bxh1 19.Bxh1 Qh4+ 20.Kd1 Qxh2 21.Qe4 Qg1+ 22.Ke2 Nf6 23.Qb7 Rc1 24.Bf3 Re1+ 25.Kd3 Qxe3+ and one of the knights must drop. 0–1
In last week’s game ending, Michael Adams broke through with 1.Bxh7! Kxh7 (1…Rxh7 loses quickly after 2.Qxf6+ Kg8 3.Qf8+ etc.) 2.Re3 Ng6 3.Qh5 Rh8 4.Re8 Rxe8 5.Bf4+ winning the queen. There is some play left for Black but the damage is done. The game continued… 5…Kg7 6.Qh6+ Kg8 7.Bxc7 Re2 8.Rf2 Re1+ 9.Rf1 Re2 10.Rd1 Rxg2+ 11.Kf1 Rg7 12.Rd8+ Nf8 13.Bd6 Rg1+ 14.Ke2 R7g2+ 15.Kd3 Rd1+ 16.Kc3 1–0
Here is a 2-mover by J.B. of Bridport taken from Brian Gosling’s book.