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Exmouth Finish Season On A High – As Do Newton Abbot.

Exmouth’s Bremridge Cup encounter against Teignmouth was their last match of the season, and there was nothing at stake, except, perhaps, the wooden spoon. Nevertheless, games were played with all seriousness, and although the final scoreline may sound like an end-of-term romp, this was certainly not the case.

Tindal played the White side of a Closed  Sicilian very quickly and a rook & pawn ending was soon reached, with Jones 2 pawns up, but it needed careful play and in the end it boiled down to a single pawn that couldn’t be prevented from queening.

The Hurst-Ingham game involved a complex position, but Hurst managed to conclude matters in 19 moves. Hart entered the endgame on the back foot, but Hindom rather lost his way which enabled Hart to negate any serious threat and a draw was agreed. Gosling was the nearest to having a field day, as all his pieces had open lines bearing down on the enemy king, to which there was no adequate defence.

The most double-edged game was Halmkin-Wensley, in which the Teignmouth player got short of time at the sharp end of the game, and Wensley was offering pieces that couldn’t be taken without giving in to a mating attack. In the end he did find a way through to mate the White king.

This left Meyrick “The Python” Shaw with a tight control of the position, and a supported passed pawn on d6. However, to maximise this advantage he had to relax his grip and open the position up, which gave Gorodi scope to break out of the straight-jacket he was in, and make threats of his own. Shaw monitored all threats and with only BvsN it was the d6 pawn that won the day.

  Bremridge – Div.1       21.04.’12  
  Exmouth Grd.     Teignmouth Grd.
1 Kevin Hurst 186 1 0 Bill Ingham 166
2 Oliver Wensley 164 1 0 Peter Halmkin 150
3 Meyrick Shaw 150e 1 0 John Gorodi 149
4 Anthony Hart 145e ½ ½ Kevin Hindom 135
5 Brian Gosling 150 1 0 Norman Tidy 130
6 Robert Jones 130 1 0 Bill Tindal 108
  Totals 945 ½   838

So Exmouth thus won their first and last match in this premier tournament, losing to Newton Abbot and Tiverton in between – at least avoiding the wooden spoon.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Newton Abbot were playing Tiverton to determine top spot in the Bremridge Cup, and their captain, Trefor Thynne has kindly sent in his account of that match.

“The fixture list for this year’s Bremridge Cup threw up an extremely tasty last-round pairing with 2010 and 2011 holders  Newton Abbot travelling to Blundell’s School to face Tiverton on 21st April, both sides having won all three of their matches to date. The visitors went into the match with the advantage of knowing that a 3-3 scoreline would be sufficient to retain the trophy since they had a favourable “goal difference”. However, the gradings of the two teams were likely to be close so a tough struggle was in prospect.

And so it turned out with hard-fought games on each board. The first three results were all draws, on Bds 4 (Thynne – Duckham), 5 (Kinder- Annetts) and 2 (Homer-Hewson). Only in the final hour, as the time control approached, did Newton Abbot’s players get on top, first on Bd 6 where Paul Brooks,  playing an English  Opening against Keith Atkins’ Dutch Defence, converted pressure into a material advantage. On Bd 3, perhaps the best game of the match, Alex Billings maintained his fine form this season and kept control in a complex position against Simon Bartlett. This settled the outcome of the match and a good day for the visitors was made better when Dominic Mackle showed exemplary endgame technique to defeat Ben Edgell on top board.  So Newton Abbot retain  the title of Devon’s top club. The league has been very interesting this year with 5 teams competing. It could be even better and more representative of all parts of the county if Plymouth (who certainly have the players on paper) and Barnstaple were to join in”.

TFT

  Bremridge Cup       21.04.2012.  
  Tiverton Grd     Newton Abbot Grd
1 Ben Edgell 198 0 1 Dominic Mackle 204
2 Brian Hewson 186 ½ ½ Steve Homer 180
3 Simon Bartlett 165 0 1 Alex Billings 165
4 John Duckham 155 ½ ½ Trefor Thynne 161
5 Ivor Annetts 156 ½ ½ Andrew Kinder 157
 6  Keith Atkins 146 0 1 Paul Brooks  160
    860   867
Now, back to the match at Exmouth for some “action shots”. 

The match gets under way

Exmouth's Bds. 2 - 6

Nearest: Halmkin vs Wensley.

Exmouth's Bds. 4-6

Teignmouth's Bds. 4-6

Halmkin & Gorodi both involved in tight finishes.

Hurst & Wensley, deep in thought.

Shaw v Gorodi - last game to finish. Norman Tidy looks on.

Teignmouth Rapidplay Results (21.04.2012.)

The 31st Teignmouth RapidPlay Congress was held last weekend at Trinity School, and the winners were as follows (grade & club given after name):

Open Section: 1st Stephen Piper (176- Salisbury) 5½/6 points. 2nd= Steve Homer (175-Exeter) & Ernest White (170-Bristol). Grading prizes: (U-167) Frank Pitman (172-Weymouth) 4. (U-154) Chris Strong (148-Clevedon); Sebastian Stone (147-Seaton) & Steve Dean (152-Seaton).

Major Section (U-140): 1st= Ben Wilkinson (137-S. Hams); Alex Conway (118-Taunton) & Paul Pierstorff (131-Cabot). Grading prizes (U-127); Giles Body (126-Exeter). (U-110); John Fraser (107-Newton Abbot). (U-14 yrs): Zoe Strong (92-Clevedon).

Team prize: 1st Newton Abbot. 2nd Taunton Titanics.

Junior Section: (U-12 yrs) 1st Taylor Finch (Exeter & Colyton). 2nd Greg Susevee (Colyton G.S.). (U-11 yrs) 1st= Guy Susevee (Awliscombe P.S.) & Vignesh Ramesh (Newton Abbot). (U-9 yrs) Declan Davies (Abbey School). Best Girl: Nandaja Narayanan (Churston).

The Bournemouth Congress is being held this weekend at the Carrington House Hotel, and its prize fund of over £2,500 is bound to have attracted a large number of entries.

This game was played in the recent WECU Championship.

White: K. Arkell (225) Black: S. Greely (170).

East Indian Defence [A48]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0–0 5.Nbd2 d6 6.e4 c5 7.bxc5 dxc5 8.c3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Qa5 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.0–0 The Black king’s fortress looks impregnable in the short term, but it breaks down remarkably quickly. 11…Nh5 12.Nc4 Qd8 13.d5 Bxb2 14.Nxb2 Nb8 15.Qd2 Qd6 16.e5 Qd8 The proffered d-pawn is too hot to handle. e.g. 16…Qxd5 17.Qh6 and 17…f6 to prevent Ng5 with mate to follow is impossible because of 18.Bc4. 17.Qh6 f6 18.Rad1 Nd7 19.e6 Ne5 20.Nxe5 fxe5 21.Nc4 Nf4 22.Be4 Qc7 23.Ne3 Rb8 24.Rfe1 b5 25.g3 Nh5 giving White the chance of a sacrificial attack. 26.Bxg6 hxg6 27.Qxg6+ Ng7 28.Ng4 Bb7 29.Rxe5 1-0 Black would have to give up a lot of material to avoid mate.

In spite of this reverse and his relatively modest grade, Simon Greely (Bristol) went on to score 4/7 pts and was awarded the Qualifying Place for the British Championship in August.

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.f8=N with the threat of 2.Bg6. Black has a number of checks available to try and delay the inevitable. For example, if 1…Re5+ 2.Be4, or if 1…e3+ 2.Bd3, or if 1…Rb2+ 2.Bc2.

In this position, taken from a recent tournament, White is facing threats from Black’s queen (Qe3), which cannot be taken because of RxR mate, so needs a near miracle to save the day. The move White found was described by Michael Adams as “the most spectacular way I have ever seen to simplify to a better ending”. Can you spot the unlikely-looking escape?

White to play and simplify to a winning position.

Exmouth Runners-Up to Tiverton in Mamhead Cup

Exmouth’s win over Barnstaple on Saturday marked the end of that tournament for another year. The final table is as follows:

  Mamhead Div. 2 1 2 3 4 5 Pts F A
1 Tiverton 2 1 2 1 6 10½
2 Exmouth 0 2 1 2 5 9 7
3 Barnstaple 1 0 2 1 4
4 Teignmouth 0 1 0 2 3 6 10
5 Newton Abbot 1 0 1 0 2 7 9

Tiverton were undoubtedly deserved winners. Our fate was sealed by the topsy-turvy match against Teignmouth; a blundered rook by each side and a breathless blitz finish between Redman and Brusey that could have gone either way but finished in a draw, as did the match. The unlikeliest result was surely Newton Abbot’s last place.

Still, a good result for Exmouth, considering the unavailability of top players at times.

Exmouth Win Last Mamhead Match (14.04.2012.)

Exmouth’s penultimate match of the season was in Devon’s 2nd Division, the Mamhead Cup, when they played host to a  Barnstaple team headed by IM Jack Rudd. There was nothing inevitable about his likely outcome as the last time he visited Exmouth 2 years ago, he lost to Brian Hewson, so, having won the toss, team captain Steve Clarke opted to give Rudd the White pieces, although this did put some pressure on the other three players who had to cope with 2 blacks. 

Once the match started, both Rudd and Stephens set off at a great rate of knots, both reaching move 10 in 60 seconds. The whole game was over in 90 minutes, having made 33 moves. A great start for the visitors but it was quickly balanced by a win for Oliver Wensley in just 19 moves. Soon after that, Tony Hart secured a result by mating his opponent in 33 moves. 

Leading 2-1, the win now depended on Meyrick Shaw vs Richard Smith, the latter making a return to weekend chess having recently semi-retired, and it was a much more stately affair. In a long endgame, Shaw had 4 v 3 pawns, a rook each and the “minor exchange”. Slowly, he was able to restrict the central space, preventing White’s rook and knight from making any real threats, squeezing all the life out of his defences. 

The 3-1 win puts Exmouth in with a chance of a at least a share of the title, depending on results elsewhere.

  Mamhead Cup       14.04.2012  
  Exmouth Grd     Barnstaple  Grd
1 John K. Stephens 173 0 1 Jack Rudd 213
2 Oliver E. Wensley 164 1 0 Stephen Clarke 144
3 Meyrick Shaw 150e 1 0 Richard Smith 141
4 Tony G. K. Hart 145e 1 0 Graham Jones 96
    632       594
      3 1    

  

The match gets under way.

Hart vs Jones in foreground.

Wensley can't quite believe the speed of play on Bd. 1

Richard Smith, newly available for weekend matches.

The key last game to finish.

WECU Congress Winners (14.04.2012.)

The prizewinners of the West of England Congress last weekend were as follows:-

Open: 1st K. C. Arkell     (225 – Paignton) 5½ points. 2nd= S. Berry (216) & R. McMichael (194) both 5 pts. Grading prizes: U-186 1st= S. Dilleigh (183 – Bristol) & P. Krzyzanowski (185 – Yeovil) 4pts. U-180: S. Greely (170 – Downend) 4 pts.

Keith Arkell thus became the West of England Champion, but his title pre-qualifies him for the British Championship so that place will go to someone lower down the order.

Major Section: 1st J. Nyman (156) 5½  . 2nd= R. Bryant (171); R. Gamble (161); W. Ingham (155 – Teignmouth) & M. Wilson (149 – Teignmouth) all 5 pts. Grading Prize: U-158 1st A. Hibbitt (156 – Grendel)

4 pts. U-148 1st G. Body (147 – Exeter) 4½.

Minor Section: 1st= T. Woodward (137 – Trowbridge) & P. Errington (129). 3rd= J. Morrison (136 – Tiverton);    A. Wiggins (134); I. Blencowe  (125 – Gloucester) & M. French      (119 – Millfield) all 5 pts. Grading Prize:  U-127 1st= I. Blencowe (125 – Gloucester) & M. French (119 – Millfield). U-108: Alyssa Wang               (106) 4 pts.

It was, perhaps, no great surprise that GM Arkell should be overall winner, but it was not as smooth as might be expected, as he had to concede a draw and a loss before the start of the final round, leaving him half a point behind Berry and McMichael. They could only draw their last game, leaving Arkell needing to win to overtake them. This was the key game.

White: R. De Coverly. Black: K. Arkell.

Caro-Kann – Arkell/Khenkin Variation [B12]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 Arkells’ own gift to the chess world – the Arkell-Khenkin variation. 4.dxc5 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.c3 e6 7.b4 Bxf3 8.Qxf3 Nxe5 9.Bb5+ Nc6 10.Nd2 Nge7 11.Nb3 Qc7 12.0–0 Ng6 13.c4 Rd8 14.Bb2 Be7 15.Rad1 0–0 16.cxd5 exd5 17.a3 a6 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Rfe1 Rfe8 20.g3 Qc8 21.Kg2 Nf8 22.h4 Ne6 23.Nd4 Nxd4 24.Bxd4 Bf8 25.Re3 Rxe3 26.Bxe3 Qe6 27.Rd4 a5 28.h5 axb4 29.axb4 h6 30.Qf4 Be7 31.Rd3 f5 32.Qf3 Bf6 33.Bd4 Bg5 34.Be3 Qe4 35.Bxg5 hxg5 36.Qxe4 fxe4 reducing the game to a single R&P ending, an area in which Arkell excels. However, he is running out of time at this stage. 37.Rd4 Rb8 38.f3 exf3+ 39.Kxf3 Kf7 40.Ke3 Ke6 41.Rg4 Kf5 42.Rd4 Kf6 43.Kd3 Ke6 44.Rg4 Kf6 45.Rd4 Ra8 46.Kc2 Ra3 cutting off the White king from any further action in the centre. 47.g4 Ke5 48.Rd1 d4 the key move, freeing up d5 for his king. 49.Re1+ Kd5 50.Re7 Rg3 51.Rxg7 Kc4 52.Rxg5 Black has given up 2 pawns in the expectation that his own plan will work. 52…d3+ 53.Kd2 Rg2+ 54.Kd1 Kc3 55.Re5 Rg1+ 56.Re1 Rxe1+ 57.Kxe1 Kc2 0-1. White resigns as the pawn must queen and will be able to cover the advance of any white pawns.

David Howard’s Easter special was solved by 1.Bb2! This 2-mover by A. Lewis appears in this year’s ECF Yearbook. Of White’s best three tries, two fail only to a single Black response. Can you find them and the correct solution?

White to mate in 2.

WECU Championship 2012 – Day 4 – Rd. 7

Rd. 7:

The draw is as follows: The three joint leaders had all played each other, so there was no question of short draws in order to guarantee some prizemoney – all 3 had to play for a win. Also, after over 35 years each on the chess circuit, De Coverley and Arkell had never played each other other – this was a first.

This contributed to what was probably the most interesting finale for some years. Firstly, Berry conceded a draw, while the McMichael-Dilleigh game looked very congested with a lot of material still on the board and not much space available to exploit them, so another draw was recorded. This left De Coverley and Arkell in a R+P endgame, the sort that the latter would enjoy, but he had only minutes left to find a plan. But find it he did, giving up 2 pawns in order to bring his king up to help his rook usher the d-pawn home. So Keith Arkell, currently resident in Paignton, became the latest West of England Champion.

The last game to finish in the hall was Richardson – Shaw, where the latter was a pawn down, but their bishops were on opposite coloured squares which tends to minimise this disadvantage, and a draw was agreed.

Bd.   Open (Rd. 7)        
    White     Black  
1 (3½) R. de Coverley 0 1 K. Arkell (4½)
2 (4½) R. McMichael ½ ½ S. Dilleigh (3½)
3 (3½) S. Greely ½ ½ S. Berry (4½)
4 (3) A. Richardson ½ ½ M. Shaw (3)
5 (3) A. W. Brusey 0 1 P. Krzyzanowski (3)
6 (2½) P. Helbig ½ ½ D. Littlejohns (2½)
7 (2½) S. Bartlett 1 0 G. Bolt (2)
8 (2) B. Hewson ½ ½ R. Thompson (1½)
9 (2) G. Taylor 1   bye  
             

 Rd. 7 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu127/base.htm

De Coverley vs Arkell - a chess 1st!

Greely vs Berry in Rd. 7.

Joint leader, McMichael starts against Steve Dilleigh.

Top 2 games in the Major.

Top 3 games in the Minor start their last game.

Bd   Major (Rd. 7)        
    White     Black  
1 (4½) J. Nyman 1 0 R. Bryant (5)
2 (4) O. E. Wensley ½ ½ W. Ingham (4½)
3 (4) R. Gamble 1 0 A. Billings (4)
4 (4) M. Wilson 1 0 A. Hibbitt (4)
5 (3½) M. V. Abbott ½ ½ B. G. Gosling (3½)
6 (3½) M. Roberts 0 1 G. Body (3½)
7 (3) M. Harris 1 0 D. Lawrence (3)
8 (3) J. Morgan ½ ½ S. K. Dean (3)
9 (2½) M. Worrall 0 1 A. Price (2½)
10 (2½) I. S. Annetts 1 0 A. Richards (2½)
11 (2½) C. Sellwood ½ ½ S. Stone (2½)
12 (2) T. Chapman 1 0 C. Reeves (2)
13 (2) G. Parfett 1 0 K. P. Atkins (2)
14 (1½) R. Morgan 0 1 E. Sandercock (1)
15            
16            

There were several good performances in the Minor. Sole leader, John Morrison, only needed a draw to ensure at least joint 1st, but he lost the exchange, assumed he would lose and resigned. His opponent said he had a saving move and sportingly offered to play on. Even more sportingly, John stuck by his resignation. So he finished 3rd= with, among others, 9 yr old Max French of Millfield. 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 7)        
    White     Black  
1 (5) J. Morrison 0 1 T. Woodward (4½)
2 (4½) I. Blencowe ½ ½ A. Wiggins (4½)
3 (4½) P. Errington 1 0 G. Andrews (4)
4 (4) M. French 1 0 T. Crouch (3½)
5 (3½) D. Woodruff 1 0 D. Rogers (3½)
6 (3½) C. Gardiner ½ ½ A. Wang (3½)
7 (3) R. Waters 0 1 K. Alexander (3)
8 (3) H. Welch 0 1 N. Tidy (3)
9 (3) N. Mills 1 0 M. Huba (3)
10 (3) D. Burt ½ ½ M. Cox (3)
11 (2½) J. Carr ½ ½ S. Billett (2½)
12 (2½) A. Fraser ½ ½ J. O’Grady (2½)
13 (2) R. Cox 1 0 T. Dengler (2½)
14 (2) R. Ryan ½ ½ H. Herschmann (2)
15 (1) G. Patching 0 1 R. Whittington (2)
16 (1) M. Kaye 1   bye  
             

 

Prize List:

Section   Name Grd Club Pts £
Open 1st K. C. Arkell 225 4NCL 340
  2nd= S. Berry 216 Wimbledon 5 137
    R. McMichael 194 King’s Head 5 137
GP U-186 1st= S. Dilleigh 183 Horfield 4 15
    P. Krzyzanowski 185 Yeovil 4 15
U-180   S. Greely 170 Downend 4 30
             
Major 1st J. Nyman 156 King’s Head 220
  2nd= R. Bryant 171 Telepost 5 50
    R. Gamble 161 Derby 5 50
    W. Ingham 155 Teignmouth 5 50
    M. Wilson 149 Teignmouth 5 50
GP U-158 1st A. Hibbitt 156 Grendel 4  
U-148 1st G. Body 147 Exeter  
             
Minor 1st= T. Woodward 137 Trowbridge 147
    P. Errington 129 Bournemouth 147
  3rd= J. Morrison 136 Tiverton 5 17
    A. Wiggins 134 Redditch 5 17
    I. Blencowe 125 Gloucester 5 17
    M. French 119 Millfield 5 17
GP  U-127 1st= I. Blencowe 125 Gloucester 5 10
    M. French 119 Millfield 5 10
U-108   A. Wang 106 Cardiff 4 20

 

New WECU Champion receives trophy from Andrew Footner

Krzyzanowski (l) & Dilleigh receive grading prizes.

J. Nyman, winner of the Major Section, with the Wilkinson Cup.

Alyssa Wang of Cardiff got a £20 Grading Prize in the Minor.

9 yr old Max French came 3rd= in the Minor.

T. Woodward, joint winner of the Minor SEction.

Dr. Robert Ryan (l) plays Heinz Herschmann in Rd. 7 - combined ages = 176 yrs.

Ronnie Burton of Weymouth, a regular player both here and in the Autumn Seniors Congress,  had to withdraw shortly before the event, but offered his entry fee to be awarded to the oldest player not to feature in the prize list. The two chief candidates were Robert Ryan and Heinz Herschmann. The German-born musician is 88 later this week, but Ryan reached that landmark a short while ago, so he gets the unexpected reward for longevity. By sheer coincidence they were paired in the final round.

WECU Championship 2012 – Day 3 – Rds. 5 & 6.

The Rd. 5 draw was as follows:-

The stand-out result of the morning was Keith Arkell’s loss to McMichael, his first loss for some time, after two excellent 1st places at Blackpool and the High Wycombe e2e4. With Berry also winning, they both took the lead on 4/5 pts.

Bd.   Open (Rd. 5)        
    White     Black  
1 (3) R. McMichael 1 0 K. C. Arkell (3½)
2 (3) S. Berry 1 0 R. de Coverley (3)
3 (2½) A. W. Brusey ½ ½ S. Dilleigh (2½)
4 (2) A. Therrien 1 0 A. Richardson (2½)
5 (2) B. W. Hewson 0 1 P. Krzyzanowski (2)
6 (2) S. Greely 1 0 S. Bartlett (2)
7 (1½) M. Shaw ½ ½ D. Littlejohns (1½)
8 (1) R. Thompson 0 1 G. Taylor (½)
9 (1) P. Helbig 1   Bye (½)
    Bolt ½   Bye  

 Rd. 5 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu125/base.htm

Bd   Major (Rd. 5)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) W. Ingham     A. Hibbitt (3)
2 (3) R. Bryant     M. Wilson (3)
3 (3) J. Nyman     O. Wensley (3)
4 (2½) A. Billings     M. Abbott (2½)
5 (2½) R. Gamble     A. Clarke (2½)
6 (2) G. Body     N. Dicker (2)
7 (2) M. Harris     K. Atkins (2)
8 (2) S. Stone     A. Price (2)
9 (2) S. K. Dean     A. Richards (2)
10 (1½) T. Chapman     M. Worrall (2)
11 (1½) I. Annetts     M. Roberts (1½)
12 (1½) G. Parfett     J. Morgan (1½)
13 (1) E. Sandercock     D. Lawrence (1)
14 (1) R. Morgan     C. Reeves (½)
15 (½) C. Sellwood     bye  
16 (2) B. Gosling     bye  

 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 5)        
    White     Black  
1 (3) J. Morrison 1 0 D. R. Rogers (3½)
2 (3½) P. Errington ½ ½ A. Wiggins (3)
3 (3) T. Woodward 1 0 M. Cox (3)
4 (3) G. Andrews 1 0 D. Woodruff (2½)
5 (2½) P. Foster ½ ½ M. Huba (2½)
6 (2½) I. Blencowe 1 0 N. Tidy (2)
7 (2) M. French 1 0 K. Alexander (2)
8 (2) A. Fraser ½ ½ T. Crouch (2)
9 (2) C. Gardiner ½ ½ S. Billett (2)
10 (2) R. Whittington 0 1 N. Mills (2)
11 (2) D. Burt 0 1 H. Welch (2)
12 (1½) J. Carr 1 0 H. Herschmann (2)
13 (1½) R. Hood 0 1 A. Wang (1½)
14 (1) R. Waters 1 0 M. Kaye (1)
15 (1) R. Ryan ½ ½ T. Dengler (1)
16 (1) R. Cox 1 0 G. Patching (0)
    O’Grady ½   bye  

 

Morrison (W) beat Rogers to assume the lead jointly with Errington.

A snapper snapped: the noted chess photographer Mark Huba.

9 yr old Max French on the way to a remarkable win against Ken Alexander.

One of the surprises of the Minor in this round was the win of 9 yr old Max French who beat Ken Alexander, graded 135 and one of Devon’s leading players at the minor level. Max attends the Prep Department of Millfield School in Somerset and  comes under the tutelage of Matthew Turner, Grandmaster and Channel 4 Countdown Champion. It is only in recent days that Max has got the hang of playing at the standard rate of moves in adult tournaments. Definitely one to watch.

Round 6:

The afternoon/evening round was drawn as follows:-

Bd.   Open (Rd. 6)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) S. Berry ½ ½ R. McMichael (4)
2 (3½) K. Arkell 1 0 A. W. Brusey (3)
3 (3) P. Krzyzanowski 0 1 A. Therrien (3)
4 (3) S. Dilleigh ½ ½ S. Greely (3)
5 (3) R. de Coverley ½ ½ A. Richardson (2½)
6 (1½) M. Shaw 1 0 B. Hewson (2)
7 (2) D. Littlejohns ½ ½ S. Bartlett (2)
8 (2) P. Helbig ½ ½ G. Taylor (1½)
9 (1½) G. Bolt ½ ½ R. Thompson (1)
             

Berry and McMichael drew, allowing Arkell to catch up by beating Brusey. Most surprising result was that of Exmouth’s latest acquisition, Meyrick Shaw, who hasn’t played any chess for nearly 30 years, beating Devon’s Match Captain, Brian Hewson.

Rd. 6 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu126/base.htm

In the Major, after 4 straight wins, Bill Ingham slowed down with a draw in the morning and then hit the buffers in the afternoon, so Bryant goes in to the last round in the clear lead.

Bd   Major (Rd. 6)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) R. Bryant 1 0 W. Ingham (4½)
2 (3½) A. Billings ½ ½ J. Nyman (4)
3 (3½) A. Hibbitt ½ ½ R. Gamble (3½)
4 (3) M. Wilson 1 0 M. Harris (3)
5 (3) O. Wensley 1 0 S. Stone (2½)
6 (2½) M. Worrall 0 1 M. Abbott (2½)
7 (2½) A. Richards 0 1 B. Gosling (2½)
8 (2½) A. Price 0 1 M. Roberts (2½)
9 (2) J. Morgan 1 0 T. Chapman (2)
10 (2) D. Lawrence 1 0 G. Parfett (2)
11 (2) K. Atkins 0 1 I. Annetts (1½)
12 (1½) C. Sellwood 1 0 R. Morgan (1½)
13 (1) C. Reeves 1 0 E. Sandercock (1)
14            
15            
16            

 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 6)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) T. Woodward ½ ½ P. Errington (4)
2 (4) G. Andrews 0 1 J. Morrison (4)
3 (3½) D. R. Rogers 0 1 I. Blencowe (3½)
4 (3½) A. Wiggins 1 0 N. Mills (3)
5 (3) M. Cox 0 1 P. Foster (3)
6 (3) M. Huba 0 1 M. French (3)
7 (3) H. Welch 0 1 C. Gardiner (2½)
8 (2½) S. Billett 0 1 T. Crouch (2½)
9 (2½) D. Woodruff 1 0 J. Carr (2½)
10 (2½) A. Wang 1 0 A. Fraser (2½)
11 (2½) J. O’Grady 0 1 D. Burt (2)
12 (2) K. Alexander 1 0 R. Cox (2)
13 (2) N. Tidy 1 0 R. Whittington (2)
14 (2) H. Herschmann 0 1 R. Waters (2)
15 (1½) T. Dengler 1 0 R. Hood (1½)
16 (1) M. Kaye 1 ½ R. Ryan (1½)
             

WECU Championship 2012 – Day 2 – Rds. 3 & 4

The Rd. 3 draw for each section was as follows:- 

Bd.   Open (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) S. Berry ½ ½ K. C. Arkell (2)
2 (1½) A. Therrien ½ ½ S. Dilleigh (1½)
3 (1½) B. W. Hewson ½ ½ R. de Coverley (1½)
4 (1) G. Bolt 0 1 R. McMichael (1)
5 (1) D. Littlejohns ½ ½ A. Richardson (1)
6 (1) S. Greely 1 0 P. Kryzyanowski (1)
7 (½) R. Thompson ½ ½ P. Helbig (½)
8 (½) A. W. Brusey 1 0 M. Shaw (½)
9 (½) S. Bartlett ½ ½ G. Taylor (0)

Rd. 3 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu123/base.htm

 Being the only players on 2 points, Berry and Arkell were bound to meet, though as the top seeds, it would have been better for them to meet later on, ideally in the final round. As it is, this is a crucial game for both players, as a loss would greatly increase the odds against coming clear 1st.

Berry vs Arkell - a crucial game early on.

 

Bd   Major (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) W. Ingham 1 0 M. Harris (2)
2 (1) A. Billings 1 0 O. Wensley (2)
3 (1) T. Chapman 0 1 A. Clarke (1)
4 (1) J. Nyman 1 0 N. Dicker (1)
5 (1) B. Gosling 0 1 A. Hibbitt (1)
6 (1) R. Bryant 1 0 M. Worrall (1)
7 (1) D. Lawrence ½ ½ S. Stone (1)
8 (1) R. Gamble 1 0 A. Richards (1)
9 (1) S. K. Dean ½ ½ M. Roberts (1)
10 (1) E. Sandercock 0 1 M. Wilson (1)
11 (1) G. Body ½ ½ R. Morgan (½)
12 (½) C. Sellwood 0 1 A. Price (½)
13 (½) C. Reeves 0 1 J. Morgan (0)
14 (0) G. Parfett ½ ½ I. Annetts (0)
15 (0) M. V. Abbott ½   bye ()

Top 3 games in the Major Section.

Bd   Minor (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) G. Andrews 0 1 D. R. Rogers (2)
2 (2) P. Errington 1 0 P. Foster (2)
3 (1½) D. Woodruff 0 1 T. Woodward (1½)
4 (1½) J. Morrison ½ ½ M. Cox (1½)
5 (1½) J. O’Grady 0 1 A. Wiggins (1½)
6 (1½) I. Blencowe 0 1 M. Huba (1½)
7 (1) A. Fraser 1 0 K. Alexander (1)
8 (1) S. Billett 1 0 N. Tidy (1)
9 (1) A. Wang ½ ½ T. Crouch (1)
10 (1) C. Gardiner ½ ½ H. Herschmann (1)
11 (1) D. Burt ½ ½ J. Carr (1)
12 (1) H. Welch ½ ½ R. Whittington (1)
13 (½) N. Mills 1 0 R. Hood (½)
14 (½) R. Ryan ½ ½ M. French (½)
15 (0) R. Waters 0 1 T. Dengler (0)
16 (0) M. Kaye 1 0 G. Patching (0)
    R. Cox 1   bye  

As we have here, the name A. Wang beside a young girl’s place in the wall chart might cause a certain amount of interest,  excitement even, but this is not Anna Wang (aged 12 with a 162 grade) nor her sister Maria (a little older with an even higher grade). No, they are Oxford Wongs, while these are the Welsh Wongs – not related in any way. Alyssa, to be precise, aged 11 and based in Cardiff  - already a Welsh Champion for her age group and having represented her country in a World Junior championship.

Alyssa Wong - a picture of concentration in Rd. 3

About 3 years ago, of her own volition, Alyssa starting playing around with chess pieces at home and got really enthusiastic. Father Ed watched with interest but said nothing. After 18 months of this, and with Alyssa’s keenness growing apace, he finally told his wife and daughters that he had been top board for Haberdashers Askes School in West London – they knew nothing of his mis-spent youth, but the genes will out, as they say, and both parents are now doing what they can to further her chess career. Her diminutive 7-yr old sister, Emily, is following in Alyssa’s wake, and is Wales U-7 champion. She is present at the event, but only playing computer games in the hotel lobby.

Emily Wang with father Ed.

Getting in some informal practice.

The draw for the second game of the day (Rd. 4) is as follows:

Round 4:

Arkell moved into the clear lead after beating Hewson in 59 moves while Berry agreed to a second consecutive draw, the only one of the round.

Bd.   Open (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (2½) K. C. Arkell 1 0 B. W. Hewson (2)
2 (2) S. Dilleigh ½ ½ S. Berry (2½)
3 (2) R. McMichael 1 0 A. Therrien (2)
4 (2) R. de Coverley 1 0 S. Greely (2)
5 (1½) D. Littlejohns 0 1 A. W. Brusey (1½)
6 (1½) A. Richardson 1 0 G. Bolt (1)
7 (1) S. Bartlett 1 0 R. Thompson (1)
8 (1) P. Kryzyzanowski 1 0 P. Helbig (1)
9 (½) G. Taylor 0 1 M. Shaw (½)

Rd. 4 Open games here→  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu124/base.htm

In the Major, Mark Abbott  had missed the morning round after finding his car in the drive with a flat tyre. Lawrence, who had been due for a bye in Rd. 3, was paired against Stone, while Abbott was awarded the bye. Now he played catch-up with a win against Chapman. Clarke and Ingham were involved in a tremendous game on top board. 

Bd   Major (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (2½) A. Clarke 0 1 W. Ingham (3)
2 (2½) A. Hibbitt ½ ½ J. Nyman (2½)
3 (2) M. Wilson 1 0 A. Billings (2½)
4 (2) K. P. Atkins 0 1 R. Bryant (2)
5 (2) O. Wensley 1 0 M. Harris (2)
6 (1½) A. Price ½ ½ R. Gamble (2)
7 (1½) M. V. Abbott 1 0 T. Chapman (1½)
8 (1½) N. Dicker ½ ½ S. K. Dean (1½)
9 (1½) S. Stone ½ ½ G. Body (1½)
10 (1½) M. Roberts 0 1 B. Gosling (1)
11 (1) A. Richards 1 0 R. Morgan (1)
12 (1) M. Worrall 1 0 E. Sandercock (1)
13 (1) J. Morgan ½ ½ D. Lawrence (½)
14 (½) I. Annetts 1 0 C. Sellwood (½)
15 (½) C. Reeves 0 1 G. Parfett (½)

 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (3) D. R. Rogers ½ ½ P. Errington (3)
2 (2½) A. Wiggins ½ ½ T. Woodward (2½)
3 (2½) M. Huba 0 1 G. Andrews (2)
4 (2) S. Billett 0 1 J. Morrison (2)
5 (2) M. Cox 1 0 A. Fraser (2)
6 (1½) T. Crouch ½ ½ H. Welch (1½)
7 (1½) J. Carr ½ ½ I. Blencowe (1½)
8 (1½) H. Herschmann ½ ½ D. Burt (1½)
9 (1½) N. Mills ½ ½ J. O’Grady (1½)
10 (1½) R. Whittington ½ ½ C. Gardiner (1½)
11 (1½) A. Wang 0 1 D. Woodruff (1½)
12 (1) K. Alexander 1 0 R. Ryan (1)
13 (1) N. Tidy 1 0 M. Kaye (1)
14 (1) T. Dengler 0 1 M. French (1)
15 (½) R. Hood 1 0 R. Cox (1)
16 (0) G. Patching 0 1 R. Waters (0)
             

WECU Championship 2012 – Day 1 – Rds. 1 & 2

Under cloudless skies, and with the air like a refreshing cold white wine, the 67th West of England Championship and Congress got under way at 10 a.m. at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. Inevitably there were a few minor hiccups just before the start but these were easily resolved and a hush of concentration quickly descended.   

What the Open may have lacked in quantity it made up in quality, the more so after GM Keith Arkell entered the day before, heading a number of quality players in the 180 – 200 range.

Bd. Open (Rd. 1)      
  White     Black
1 G. Bolt 0 1 K. C. Arkell
2 S. Berry 1 0 P. Helbig
3 A. Brusey ½ ½ R. McMichael
4 A. Therrien ½ ½ R. de Coverley
5 S. Greely 1 0 A. Richardson
6 B. W. Hewson 1 0 G. Taylor
7 S. Bartlett 0 1 P. Krzyzanowski
8 R. Thompson ½ ½ M. Shaw
        Byes:   Dilleigh
                  Littlejohns
  WECU Open Grd Club 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot.
1 K. C. Arkell 225 4NCL 1              
2 S. Bartlett 165 Newquay 0              
3 S. Berry 217 Wimbledon 1              
4 G. Bolt 182 Exeter 0              
5 A. W. Brusey 176 Teignmouth ½              
6 R. de Coverley 175 Bourne End ½              
7 S. Dilleigh 183 Horfield 1              
8 S. Greeley 170 Downend 1              
9 P. Helbig 179 Bath 0              
10 B. W. Hewson 186 Tiverton 1              
11 P. Krzyzanowski 185 Yeovil 1              
12 D. Littlejohns 174 Taunton ½              
13 R. McMichael 198 King’s Head ½              
14 A. Richardson 192 Newcastle/Lyne 0              
15 M. Shaw 150e Exmouth ½              
16 G. Taylor 166 Gloucester 0              
17 A. Therrien 196 Worthing ½              
18 R. Thompson 185 N. Abbot ½              
                       
Bd Major (Rd. 1)      
  White     Black
1 R. Bryant 1 0 I. Annetts
2 B. Gosling 0 1 A. Clarke
3 M. Abbott 1 0 M. Wilson
4 T. Chapman 1 W. Ingham
5 A. Billings 1 0 M. Worrall
6 G. Body 0 1 O. Wensley
7 M. Harris 1 0 J. Morgan
8 K. Atkins ½ ½ N. Dicker
9 R. Gamble ½ ½ S. Stone
10 A. Richards 1 0 A. Price
11 S. K. Dean ½ ½ C. Sellwood
12 D. Lawrence 0 1 A. Hibbitt
13 J. Nyman 1 0 G. Parfett
14        
15        
  WECU Major Grd Club 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot.
1 M. V. Abbott 170 Exmouth 1              
2 K. P. Atkins 146 Tiverton ½              
3 I. S. Annetts 152 Tiverton 0              
4 A. Billings 165 N. Abbot 1              
5 G. Body 147 Exeter 0              
6 R. Bryant 171 Telepost 1              
7 T. Chapman 149 Southampton ½              
8 A. Clarke 170 Torquay 1              
9 S. K. Dean 157 Seaton ½              
10 N. Dicker 160 Glastonbury ½              
11 R. Gamble 160 Derby ½              
12 B. G. Gosling 150 Exmouth 0              
13 M. Harris 162 Newcastle/Lyme 1              
14 A. Hibbitt 156 Grendel 1              
15 W. Ingham 166 Teignmouth 1              
16 D. Lawrence 134 King’s Head 0              
17 J. Morgan 147   0              
18 R. Morgan 152 Glastonbury ½              
19 J. Nyman 156 King’s Head 1              
20 G. Parfett 120 Athenaeum 0              
21 A. Price 139 Leamington 0              
22 C. Reeves 146 Truro ½              
23 A. Richards 142 Cheltenham 1              
24 M. Roberts 145 Holmes Chapel ½              
25 E. Sandercock 147   ½              
26 C. Sellwood 139 Camborne ½              
27 S. Stone 144 Sidmouth ½              
28 O. E. Wensley 165 Exmouth 1              
29 M. Wilson 149 Wigston 0              
30 M. Worrall 148 Taunton 0              
Bd Minor (Rd. 1)      
  White     Black
1 H. Welch 1 0 K. Alexander
2 J. Morrison 1 0 A. Fraser
3 R. Waters 0 1 D. R. Rogers
4 D. Woodruff 1 0 M. French
5 R. Hood ½ ½ A. Wiggins
6 N. Mills bye 1 S. Billett
7 J. O’Grady 1 0 N. Tidy
8 T. Crouch ½ ½ M. Cox
9 C. Gardiner 0 1 J. Carr
10 G. Patching 0 1 M. Huba
11 M. Kaye 0 1 P. Foster
12 H. Herschmann 0 1 P. Errington
13 G. Andrews 1 0 T. Dengler
14 R. Cox 0 1 I. Blencowe
15 D. Burt 1 0 R. Whittington
  WECU Minor Grd Club 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot.
1 K. Alexander 137 Tiverton 0              
2 G. Andrews 127 Railways 1              
3 S. Billett 108 Portsmouth 1              
4 I. Blencowe 125 Gloucester 1              
5 D. Burt 121 Poole 1              
6 J. Carr  99 Portsmouth 1              
7 M. Cox 105 Southampton ½              
8 R. Cox  89 Southampton 0              
9 T. Crouch 129 King’s Head ½              
10 T. Dengler  93 Truro 0              
11 P. Errington 129 Bournemouth 1              
12 P. Foster 128 Medway 1              
13 A. Fraser 113 Beckenham 0              
14 M. French 112 Millfield 0              
15 C. Gardiner 129 Newmarket 0              
16 H. Herschemann 105   0              
17 R. Hood 112 Isca ½              
18 M. Huba 115 King’s Head 1              
19 M. Kaye  96 Weymouth 0              
20 N. Mills 132 Yeovil ½              
21 J. O’Grady 107 N. Abbot 1              
22 G. Patching  55 BCA 0              
23 D. Rogers 136 Exmouth 1              
24 Dr. R. Ryan  99 Seaton ½              
25 N. Tidy 130 Teigmouth 0              
26 A. Wang 106 Cardiff ½              
27 R. Waters 113 Taunton 0              
28 H. Welch 115 Seaton 1              
29 R. Whittington  85 Exeter Jun. 0              
30 A. Wiggins 134 Redditch ½              
31 T. Woodward 137 Trowbridge ½              
32 J. Morrison 136 Tiverton 1              
33 Woodruff 124 Keynsham 1              

   Rd. 1 Open games here: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu121/base.htm 

   

The opening moments

Blinded by the light: late entry GM Keith Arkell faces Graham Bolt.

Berry vs Helbig on Bd. 2.

Former Exeter Junior, Alex Therrien, facing Roger de Coverley.

Hewson v Taylor & Bartlett v Kryzyzanowski.

"Newcomer" Meyrick Shaw (Exmouth) moves against Robert Thompson.

The draw for Rd. 2 was as follows, and finished thus.

Bd. Open (Rd. 2)      
  White     Black
1 K. C. Arkell 1 0 S. Greely
2 P. Krzyzanowski 0 1 S. Berry
3 S. Dilleigh ½ ½ B. W. Hewson
4 R. McMichael ½ ½ D. Littlejohns
5 M. Shaw 0 1 A. Therrien
6 R. de Coverley 1 0 R. Thompson
7 A. Richardson 1 0 A. W. Brusey
8 G. Taylor 0 1 G. Bolt
9 P. Helbig ½ ½ S. Bartlett

   

Arkell sacrificed a piece in order to break open the enemy king’s position, after which the task was relatively simple. Second seed Berry, on the other hand, had a more difficult ending where he had rook, bishop and pawn for his opponent’s queen; a complicated position in which his opponent eventually ran out of time.  

Rd. 2 Open games here http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu122/base.htm

In the Major, only 3 were left on 2/2 at the end of Day 1, namely Wensley, Harris & Bill Ingham. The scores were as follows:-

Bd Major (Rd. 2)      
  White     Black
1 O. Wensley 1 0 R. Bryant
2 M. Harris 1 0 M. Abbott
3 A. Clarke ½ ½ J. Nyman
4 W. Ingham 1 0 A. Richards
5 A. Hibbitt ½ ½ A. Billings
6 N. Dicker 1 0 C. Reeves
7 M. Roberts ½ ½ R. Gamble
8 S. Stone ½ ½ S. K. Dean
9 R. Morgan 0 1 K. Atkins
10 T. Chapman 1 0 C. Sellwood
11 A. Price ½ ½ E. Sandercock
12 I. Annetts 0 1 G. Body
13 J. Morgan 0 1 B. Gosling
14 M. Wilson 1 0 D. Lawrence
15 M. Worrall 1 0 G. Parfett

 In the Minor, the leaders going in to Rd. 3 were Dave Rogers, Garth Andrews and Pauls Errington and Foster.

Bd Minor (Rd. 2)      
  White     Black
1 M. Huba ½ ½ J. Morrison
2 D. R. Rogers 1 0 D. Burt
3 P. Errington 1 0 H. Welch
4 P. Foster 1 0 S. Billett
5 J. Carr 0 1 G. Andrews
6 I. Blencowe ½ ½ J. O’Grady
7 T. Crouch ½ ½ D. Woodruff
8 T. Woodward 1 0 R. Hood
9 A. Wiggins 1 0 R. Ryan
10 A. Fraser 1 0 G. Patching
11 M. Cox 1 0 N. Mills
12 M. French ½ ½ A. Wang
13 K. Alexander 1 0 M. Kaye
14 N. Tidy 1 0 R. Cox
15 T. Dengler 0 1 C. Gardiner
16 R. Whittington 1 0 R. Waters

   

The Major Section along one side of the hall.

...and the Minor Section on the other side

Keith Arkell seems happy with his prospects.

Top 3 boards in Rd. 2 of the Major .

Meyrick Shaw starts against Alex Therrien.

Exmouth – the Comeback Kings in the Newman Cup.

The Exmouth team travelled to Seaton knowing they had already secured the Newman Cup for the RapidPlay League with this match to spare; the only question was whether this would lull them into a sense of  anti-climax leading to a meaningless  loss – or inspire them to a final flourish, winning like true champions.

With the first round almost over, it certainly looked like the former case, as Exmouth trailed 3-0 and Belt left with a double-edged game to complete. He managed to force the win, leaving Seaton, during the break, contemplating gaining their first-ever win in a DCCA tournament.

However, in Rd. 2, Stone blundered again in the opening; instead of 2 pawns as in game 1, it was a whole piece, and Jones was determined not to blunder the game back a second time and ran out a winner. Shaw also made amends, winning a piece in the endgame, leaving him with R+N vs R plus pawns each. Against Wensley, Steve Dean ran short of time and blundered his last piece, leaving him a rook down. Belt and Dowse were again involved in a double-edged game in which Belt sacrificed a piece in order to break open the enemy king’s position, eventually getting a pawn to the 7th rank, which won the game. A 4-0 win in Rd. 2 gave them the match 3-5. Seaton were understandably disappointed to lose the match after such a promising start, but it was only Belt’s double win that was the difference and both of those games were very finely-balanced. Exmouth had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, but it was a close-run thing.

Bd Seaton Grd Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Exmouth Grd
1 Steve Dean 157 1 – 0 0 – 1 Oliver Wensley 164
2 Martyn Adams 153 1 – 0 0 – 1 Meyrick Shaw 150e
3 Seb Stone 147 1 – 0 0 – 1 Robert Jones 147
4 Alan Dowse 135 0 – 1 0 – 1 Malcolm Belt 120
    592 3 – 1 0 – 4   581
      3 5    

 

The Town Hall home of the Seaton Club.

 

Wensley vs Dean on Bd. 1 as Martyn Adams looks on.

 

Malcolm Belt, the only double-winner, vs Alan Dowse.