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Exmouth Beat Exeter in Bremridge Cup (04.02.2012.)

Exmouth were away to their local rivals Exeter in Devon’s 1st Division, the Bremridge Cup, when both teams were without several key players. The match was held in the offices of the Schools Health Education Unit, on the Marsh Barton estate, with Bds 1-3 in one room and 4-6 in another, and generally, the teams were very evenly matched.

On Bd 4, Brian Gosling, with Black, achieved a crushing breakthrough against his opponent’s kingside and forced the fist resignation. On Bd. 6, Bob Jones won a central pawn that had been injudiciously advanced, and managed to exploit this slight advantage, and a subsequent blunder, to win a rook with a knight fork. On Bd. 5, newcomer Tony Hart turned around what at one point looked a difficult position to conduct a king hunt with all his forces coordinating excellently.

Thus, all games in one room were completed 3-0, while the top players battled on. In a pawn and minor pieces ending Oliver Wensley sacrificed one piece to secure 2 passed pawns. His opponent returned material to reach a K+5 ending. Thinking it was probably losing, his opponent offered a draw, which Wensley accepted without hesitation, securing the match. A post-game analysis showed it was actually a drawn ending.

Stephens lost in a complicated position, while Hurst, standing 3 pawns up in a Q+2R each endgame, placed a rook on a square where it could be taken for nothing. Match over.

  Exeter  Grd     Exmouth  
1 D. Regis 182 1 0 K. J. Hurst 186
2 S. Waters 165 1 0 J. K. F. Stephens 173
3 S. Pope 152 ½ ½ O. E. Wensley 164
4 W. Marjoram 151 0 1 B. G. E. Gosling 150
5 P. Dobber 150 0 1 A. G. K. Hart 145e
6 A. J. Waley 129 0 1 R. H. Jones 130


Bd. 1: Hurst (l) vs Regis & (foreground) Waters (l) vs Stephens.

Oliver Wensley hoping a draw will suffice.

Tony Hart (r) makes a winning debut for Exmouth.

Brian Gosling (r) got the visitors off to a winning start.










Here are the first 2 games to finish.

White: W. T. Marjoram (151). Black:  B. G. E. Gosling (150).

King’s Indian Defence – Classical Variation [E90]

1.c4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.h3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.e4 e5 7.d5 0–0 8.Bd3 a5 9.0–0 Nc5 10.Be3 b6 11.a3 Bd7 12.b4 axb4 13.axb4?? Diagram 

An overloaded queen on the road to destruction.

 Overlooking the fact that his queen is overloaded. First get rid of the knight – viz. 13.Bxc5 bxc5 14.axb4 cxb4 15.Rxa8 Qxa8 16.Nb5 Bxb5 17.cxb5 Nd7 18.Qd2 Nc5 19.Bc4 and Black is comfortable with a pawn up. 13…Rxa1 14.Qxa1 Nxd3 15.Qb1 Nf4 16.c5 bxc5 17.bxc5 Qc8 With the luxury of an extra piece, Black lines up against the enemy king. 18.c6 Bxh3 19.Bxf4 exf4 20.gxh3 Qxh3 21.Qd3 Ng4 22.Ne2 Nh2 Winning more material. 23.Nxh2 the least worst option. 23…Qxd3 24.Nxf4 Qxe4 25.Ng2 Qxd5 26.Ne3 Qg5+ 27.Kh1 Qc5 28.Rd1 Qxc6+ 29.Kg1 Ra8 30.Nd5 Kf8 31.Kg2 Ra5 Resigned as Black is winning another piece. 0–1

White: A. G. K. Hart (145). Black: P. Dobber (150).

English Opening – Sicilian Var. [A22]

1.c4 d6 2.Nc3 e5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.g3 c6 6.Bg2 Bg4 7.0–0 0–0 8.a3 a5 9.Rb1 Qc7 10.b4 axb4 11.axb4 Nbd7 12.Qd2 h6 13.Bb2 Be6 14.e3 d5 15.cxd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Rfc1 f6 18.e4 Be6 19.Nh4 Kh7 20.f4 Bd6 21.f5 Bf7 22.Nf3 Ba2 23.Ra1 Qb6+! White overlooked this check, which wins a pawn. 24.Kh1 Bxb4 25.Qe2 c5 However, White soon has a trick to win it back. 26.Bxe5 fxe5 27.Rxa2 Ra6 28.Rxa6 bxa6 29.g4 Qf6 Now materially level, but Black has an outside passed pawn with available support. White decides to act vigorously on the other wing in order to preoccupy Black from pushing his a-pawn. 30.h4 g5 31.fxg6+ opening lines to the Black king. 31…Kxg6 32.Rf1 Qe7 33.Bh3 a5 34.g5 Rd8 Diagram 

Position after 34...Rd8. White to play and win.

35.Bf5+ Kg7 36.gxh6+ Kxh6 37.Qe3+ Kg7 38.Rg1+ Kf7 39.Qh6 Qf6 40.Qh7+ Ke8 41.Rg8+ Nf8 42.Bg6+ 1-0 Resigned. If 42…Qxg6 43.Qxg6+ Kd7 44.Rg7+ Kc8 45.Qc6+ Kb8 46.Qb7#

Somerset Ease to Win Over Glos (04.02.2012.)

As reported briefly last week, Somerset had a comfortable win by 11½-4½ over Gloucestershire at Clevedon, losing only one game in the process. Somerset’s winners were Jack Rudd, Jim Sherwin, Terry Stuttard, Darren Freeman, Gerry Jepps, Adam Musson, David Peters and Neville Senior. Their opponent’s sole winner was John Waterfield.

Unfortunately, most of the game scores from the match have been dispersed or disposed of already, so are effectively lost, but this one from Board 1 was kindly sent in by the winner.

White: J. Rudd (213). Black: J. Stewart (195).

Giuoco Piano [C54]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 The Italian Opening, often known as the Giuoco Piano (Quiet Game), whose popularity at the top level was overtaken in the 19th century by the Ruy Lopez.  4.0–0 d6 5.c3 Nf6 6.d4 exd4 7.cxd4 Bb6 8.Nc3 0–0 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 Black sees a way to win a central pawn in the short term. 10…Nxe4 11.Nxe4 d5 12.Bd3 dxe4 13.Bxe4 Ne7 14.Ne5 Nd5 15.Qf3 Be6 16.a4 Threatening to win the bishop and giving to rook a row to exploit. 16…c6 17.Ra3 f5 18.Bb1 f4 Winning another pawn. 19.Bd2 Bxd4 20.Re1 Bxe5 21.Rxe5 Qf6 22.Qe4 Rae8 23.Rf3 Bd7 24.Qh7+ Kf7 Already a pawn down, White sacrifices the exchange to break open Black’s kingside. 25.Rxd5 cxd5 26.g3 26.Rxf4 falls to 26…Re1+ 27.Bxe1 Qxf4. 26…Qxb2 27.Bc3 Qc1+ 28.Kg2 Ke7 29.Qxg7+ mission accomplished, but White is still materially down. 29…Kd8 30.Bf6+ Kc8 30…Rxf6 avoids the loss of the queen and would leave Black two pawns up. 31.Qxf6+ Re7 32.Bg6 and Black’s f-pawn would drop as well. 31.Rc3+ Qxc3 32.Bxc3 d4 33.Qxd4 Bc6+ 34.Kh3 Bd7+ 35.Kh4 Rg8 36.Bf5 A little trick to swap off bishops. 36…Bxf5 37.Qc5+ Kb8 38.Qxf5 fxg3 39.hxg3 Ka8 40.Bd4 Rg5 41.Qd7 Reg8 42.Be3 R5g6 43.Qd4 Ra6 44.f4 Rb6 45.f5 45.Qd5 at this stage has no force after 45…Rbg6. 45…Ra6 46.g4 Two rooks are often slightly stronger than a queen, but this one is beautifully positioned and is supported by a strong bishop, inviting the fatal error. 46…Rb6?? 47.Qd5 1–0 This time it works and both rooks are attacked.

However, earlier in the season Somerset had lost 10½-5½ to Hampshire, who in turn lost to Gloucestershire 10-6, so it has clearly been almost impossible to predict results this year.

The West of England Junior Championships will be held in two weeks in Swindon. Late entries should go to Bev Schofield, 69,The Mall, Swindon, SN1 4JA
Tel: 01793-487575.

Shortly after that there is the 37th East Devon Congress starting on 2nd March at its usual venue. Enquiries to Alan Maynard on Tel: 01363 773313 or email:

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Qe4+ Nxe4 (forced) 2.Pxe4 mate (the bishop must remain on f5 in order to keep the net tight).

Here’s a similar 2-mover.

White to mate in 2.