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Devon vs Dorset 2011

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.

  Dorset Grd     Devon Grd
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
      6 10    

Bds. 9-16. J. Balam awaits his lost opponent.

Bds. 1- 16.

On Bd. 1 Billings (W) on his way to a win against Pittman.

Peter Halmkin (R) vs Warren Legg

WECU Life VP, Frank Kingdon, takes on Rob Wilby.

Bd. 8 Fallon vs Morrison & Bd. 7 Brackner vs Dobber.

Cornwall vs Glos Result (22.10.2011.)

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?

Using old Laws of Chess, White can mate in 1.