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Keene’s “Olympic” Simultaneous (29.09.2012.)

Weymouth hosted the sailing events at the recent Olympics and Dorset chessplayers marked the occasion by organising a simultaneous match against Grandmaster Ray Keene in the splendid surroundings of the library of Kingston Maurward College nearby. Twenty local players took on the GM, of whom 4 Wimborne players secured a draw, but Weymouth’s Allan Pleasants was the only winner, whose notes these are.

White: R. D. Keene. Black: A. Pleasants (188).

Pillsbury Defence  [A42]

1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d5 Nb8 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.Nf3 e5 A bit commital;  9.h3 0–0 10.g4 Nc5 11.Nd2 a5 12.Qc2 c6 13.g5 Ne8 14.h4 f5 15.f3 Rf7 16.b3 Nc7 17.a3 cxd5 18.cxd5 Rb8 19.a4 N7a6 20.Nb5 fxe4 21.fxe4 Qe7 22.0–0–0 Understandably White wants to find somewhere safe for the king now that the f-file is open. However, it is not clear that it’s safe on the queenside either. 22…Bd7 23.Kb2 Rc8 24.Qb1 Nb4 25.Rc1 Rf4 Black gives up the exchange for excellent black square control. 26.Bxc5 If 26.Bxf4 exf4+ 27.Ka3 26…dxc5 27.d6 Qf8 28.Bc4+ Kh8 29.h5 Rf2 Hard to resist but not the best. e.g. 29…Bxb5 30.axb5 Qxd6 31.hxg6 Qxg6 30.hxg6 Rxd2+ 31.Kc3? White wins the exchange due to the threat of mate on h7. However, the king will become very exposed. 31…h6 32.Kxd2 Qf2+ 33.Be2 White had to beware of  33.Kc3 Bxb5 34.Bxb5 Qd4 mate. 33…Bxb5 34.axb5 Rd8 35.Rcd1 Qd4+ Black had originally intended 35…Rxd6+ 36.Kc3 Qe3+ 37.Kb2 Qxe2+ 36.Ke1 Qc3+ 37.Kf2 The king is now horribly exposed – Black scents a win. Better was 37.Rd2 Rxd6 38.Qb2 Qg3+ 39.Kd1. 37…Rf8+ 38.Kg2 Qe3 39.Rhf1 Qxe2+ 40.Kg1 Qg4+ 41.Kh2 Qh4+ 42.Kg2 Qxg5+ 43.Kh2 Qh5+ 44.Kg1 Qxg6+ 45.Kh1 Qh5+ 46.Kg1 Qg4+ 47.Kh1 Qh3+ 48.Kg1 Bf6 0–1 There is no defence to Rg8+ and a forced mate.

More details may be found on the Dorset website (dorsetchess.org.uk).

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Qe5! leaving Black able only to capture either of the two adjacent knights, and depending on which one he takes, 2.Qb8 or 2.Qh8 are mate,

In this position from a game earlier this year, Taunton resident, Mickey Adams (White) looks reasonably secure, but Black has a surprising winning stroke. Can you spot it?

Black to play & win.

Exmouth’s “Buzzer” Tournament (26.09.2012.)

Buzzer Tournament – 2012.

It’s been a few years since the Club held what was at one time a regular pre-season informal get-together, but having now settled in at our new premises at the Age Concern premises in New St., June’s  AGM agreed to revive it, and to be held on the last Wednesday in September.

In the event, no less than 12 players turned up to participate in what is essentially a bit of nonsense, enjoyable as long as one doesn’t take it too seriously. Apart from regular members who new this was planned, there were surprise visits by one-time member, Luke Venton, who happened to be back in his home town on a week’s holiday. Also, Ivor Grist made an unexpected visit, having recently moved to Exmouth from the Bath area, having been a member of both Bath and Norton Radstock.

Particpants can arrive or leave at any time as necessary. On arrival, they add their name to the chart and play anyone who is free to play. Key to the event is a small device, originally made by Fred Hodge, that emits a “buzzing” sound every 10 seconds, though in reality it’s more of a piercing squeak. The player whose turn it is to move, must move on the sound.

It’s almost weird how, at the start of every game, the 10 seconds feels like an eternity as one trots out one’s favourite opening moves, but as the position inevitably becomes complex, that same 10 seconds feels like the blinking of an eye, and many crass blunders are made as a result as threats are overlooked.

However, the deserved winner on the night was Club President, Mark Abbott, who arrived last but proceeded to carve up the field like a hot knife through butter, playing faultlessly throughout to record a 100% performance.

    1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10 11 12 Tot. Played
1 Bob Jones 0 1 1 - 0 - 1 0 0 ½ - 8
2 Fred Hodge 1 0 - - 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 9
3 Tom Badlan 0 1 - - - - 1 0 - - 0 2 5
4 John Stephens 0 - - 1 0 - 1 1 - - - 3 5
5 Obie Ebanks - - - 0 - 1 - 0 - - 0 1 4
6 Meyrick Shaw 1 1 - 1 - 1 1 0 ½ 1 0 9
7 Luke Venton - 0 - - 0 0 0 - - 0 - 0 6
8 Ivor Grist 0 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 10
9 Malcolm Belt 1 1 1 0 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 6 10
10 Chris Scott 1 1 - - - ½ - 1 1 - 0 6
11 Oliver Wensley ½ 1 - - 1 0 1 1 1 - 0 8
12 Mark Abbott - 1 1 - 1 1 - 1 1 1 1 8 8

 Rules:

1. On arrival, check whether your name is on the chart. If not, fill it in.

2. Find an opponent, toss for colour and start the game in time with the buzzer. Move alternately on the buzzer.

3. Fill in the result on the chart and find another opponent.

4. Illegal move = loss of game.

All moving together.

Meyrick Shaw had recently had a birthday, and brought his cake down for members to enjoy a slice. 

The remains of Meyrick Shaw's birthday cake.

Early starters: Venton v Grist (nearest); Belt v Shaw & Badlan v Hodge.

West of England Union Jamboree (22.09.2012.)

The West of England Union’s Jamboree, an annual pre-season get-together for many years, took place on Sunday at Taunton. Three county teams of 12 players contested the Open Section and the winners were Devon (8 points), followed by Somerset (6) and Gloucestershire (4).

The grade-limited section (12 players per team with total grades not exceeding 1,600) was won by the Torbay League on 8 pts, ahead of Dorset (7½), East Devon (5½) and Somerset ‘B’ (4).

These two miniatures from the Open Section both demonstrate the dangers of a queen heading up an attack before all her troops have at least been put on stand-by.

On Board 8 the Gloucestershire captain fell into this trap.

White: P. Chaplin (Somerset -176). Black: P. Dodwell (Glos. – 163).

Ruy Lopez. [C73]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 The Steinitz Defence Deferred 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 Qf6 Black wants to do something about the queen’s pressure on g7 hindering his kingside development. 8.Qa4 So White probes elsewhere. 8…Bd7 9.0–0 Qg6 10.Re1 Be7 11.e5 White now asks questions down the centre. 11…d5 12.e6 forcing 12…fxe6 and freeing up e5 for the knight. 13.Ne5 Qf6 14.Nd2 Qh4 Again Black seeks to exchange queens. 15.g4 A brave way of avoiding this. 15…Bc5 Now Black poses a problem. 16.Ndf3 Qxf2+ 17.Kh1 Nf6 18.Bg5 Ne4 Black seeks to mount his own attack but misses the real threat. 19.Bh4 The queen has nowhere to go. 1–0

On Board 2 another Gloucestershire player falls in similar fashion.

White: D. Buckley (Somerset -202). Black: C. Mattos (Glos. – 179).

Sicilian Defence – Alapin Variation. [B22]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 e6 8.0–0 Be7 9.Qe2 0–0 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 dxe5 12.dxe5 Qa5 13.Bd2 Rd8 14.Rab1 Qa4 15.Rfc1 Ba3 16.Re1 Qc2 Black’s queen goes deep into enemy territory while two of his pieces stay untouched. 17.Bb3 Qf5 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Bc2 Qg4 20.Bxe7 preparing his next killing move. 20…Nxe7 21.Rb4 1–0 After 21…Qh5 22.Rh4 and the queen has nowhere to go. 1–0

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Qh1!

The challenge here is exactly the same. White to mate in 2.

White to mate in 2

Paignton Congress Results (15.09.2012.)

Last week’s Paignton Congress enjoyed some of the best weather of the summer which put all players in a good mood. The favourite, Grandmaster Keith Arkell, won the Premier Section for the 18th time in his career, but there were many other prizewinners all the way down the order.

Premier: 1st K. Arkell 6/7 pts. 2nd= R. Bates (Hackney); D. Ledger (Bedford) & D. Mackle (N. Abbot) all 5 pts.

Challengers: 1st= C. Costello & A. Footner (Yeovil). 3rd= R. Thompson (N. Abbot) & Y. Tello (Wimbledon). Grading prizes: U-162: T. F. Thynne (5). U-155: A. Price (Leamington) 4½.

Best slow starters: A. Hibbitt (Grendel) & Jackson (Coulsdon) both 3½.

I’ll give all the other winners next week.

The key game in Arkell’s campaign was this Rd. 6 win, which allowed him to coast home with a short draw in the final round to become clear 1st and take home a cheque for £600. Notice how, as in Rd. 1 published last week, he makes full use of his bishop pair to force fatal weaknesses in Black’s position.

White: K. C. Arkell (234). Black: Zaki Harari. (193)

Queen’s Gambit Accepted. [D20]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Qxd4 White is happy to exchange queens early on, keeping things simple and knowing his endgame technique will probably win the day. 5…Qxd4 6.Nxd4 Nf6 7.Nc3 a6 8.Bxc4 Bb4 9.f3 0–0 10.Bf4 b5 11.Be2 c5 12.Nc2 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Be6 14.Kf2 Nbd7 15.Rhc1 Nb6 16.Ne3 c4 17.Nc2 Na4 18.Nd4 Rac8 19.Bd1 Nc5 20.Bc2 Rfd8 21.Rd1 h6 22.Be3 Bd7 23.Rd2 Kf8 24.Rad1 Ke8 25.g4 Ng8 26.Nf5 Bxf5 27.gxf5 Rxd2+ 28.Rxd2 Nf6 29.e5 Nfd7 30.f4 Ke7 31.Kf3 Rc6 32.Rd1 making as if to move it to g1. 32…Rc7 33.Rd6 But no, the rook moves forward instead. 33…a5 34.a3 Rb7 35.Rc6 Nb3 36.Be4 Rb8 37.Bd5 a4 38.Rc7 Kd8 39.Ra7 f6 40.e6 1–0 The advanced pawn must win the game.

The next congress for the Bristol League will be held 3rd–5th January 2013 in the city centre Bristol Hilton Hotel, a big change from the Filton Leisure Centre.

The solution to last week’s letter “P” problem was 1.Nc8 threatening 2.Nb6 mate or Ne7 mate, and Black cannot prevent both.

Black’s position here is clearly hopeless, but how can White administer the coup de grace in just 2 moves?

White to mate in 2.

Paignton Congress Starts (08.09.2012.)

The Paignton Congress got under way on Sunday afternoon, with about 200 players enjoying the baroque environs of Oldway Mansion. The first round of the Premier Section is usually a chance for the top players to impose their class on the lesser lights, though there are always exceptions to the rule. In this case, Exeter’s Graham Bolt succeeded in extracting a draw from 2nd seed, Richard Bates. On the other hand, top seed Grandmaster Keith Arkell made no concessions to his Westcountry opponent, who was joint winner of the Exeter Congress back in March, in this faultless display.

White: Dave Littlejohns (180 – Taunton). Black: Keith Arkell (234 – Paignton).

Caro-Kann Defence – Steinitz Variation. [B17]

1.e4 c6 Arkell’s favourite response to 1.e4 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 Steinitz’s recommendation that gives his name to this variation. 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Ng3 c5 Black often makes this early second advance of his c-pawn. 7.c3 e6 8.Bb5 a6 9.Bxd7+ Qxd7 10.0–0 cxd4 11.Qxd4 Qxd4 Black is not afraid to exchange queens as he can rely on his superior endgame technique. 12.Nxd4 Bc5 Watch how the black bishops work as a pair to undermine White’s position. 13.Nc2 Bd7 14.Be3 Be7 15.Rad1 Rc8 16.Nd4 0–0 17.Rfe1 Rfd8 18.Bc1 Ba4 A seemingly fruitless move, yet it tempts White to weaken his pawn structure, fatally so as it turns out. 19.b3 Be8 20.Bb2 b5 21.h3 Rd7 22.Ndf5 Bc5 If 22…exf5 23.Rxd7 Bxd7 24.Rxe7. 23.Rxd7 Bxd7 24.Ne3 Bc6 25.Kf1 Nd5 26.Nxd5 Bxd5 27.Ne4 Be7 28.f3 f5 29.Nd2 Bf6 Attacking c3 and forcing White onto the back foot. 30.Nb1 a5 31.Bc1 a4 32.c4 bxc4 33.bxa4 If 33.bxc4 Bxc4+ 34.Kf2 Bxa2 and Black’s a-pawn will take some stopping. 33…c3 Black’s pieces all have open lines along which to harass White’s scattered queenside. 34.Na3 Bxa2 35.Nb5 Bb3 0–1 If 36.a5 Bc4+ winning the knight.

The event finishes today with Round 7 starting at 9.30 a.m.

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Qb8! forcing KxP followed by 2.Qb6 mate.

Following the recent Olympic-themed problem we have this 2-mover by Edith Baird – née Winter-Wood (1859-1924) originally of Plymouth. She was the darling composer of her day and was adept at all sorts of novelty compositions, including “letter problems” like this one in the shape of a “P”, which we may imagine to stand for the Paralympics. White to play.

WECU Jamboree 2012

This annual pre-season get-together was held at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, which has proved a good venue in recent years, being relatively central to the Union’s elongated area.

In the Open Section, Somerset had strong players at the top end and scored well, but fell away badly lower down the order, collecting only 1½/6 points in the bottom half. Peter Chaplin’s short, bright win on Bd. 6 is well worth looking at. Devon’s performance was the mirror image of this, and their 5½/6 points on Bds 7-12 won the day. 

The clearly-relieved winning captain’s report to his troops was as follows:-

It was a good team performance with good wins from John Stephens on bd 2, Dave Regis on bd 5, myself on bd7, Alan Brusey on bd 8, Alex Billings on bd 9 and a somewhat fortuitous Meyrick Shaw on bd 10. Solid draws from John Wheeler on bd 3, Steve Homer on bd 4, Brian Gosling on bd 11 and Trefor Thynne on bd 12.

Dominic Mackle succumbed to Jack Rudd’s speed otherwise would have drawn on 1. Kevin Hurst lost a piece under pressure from the dangerous Geoff Taylor on bd 6.

Well played team and everyone was on time!

Brian Hewson.

Open Section 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot.
Glos. 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 4
Devon 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 8
Somerset 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 6

 The individual scores in the Open were as follows:-

Bd   name grd       name grd
1 D1 D. Mackle 202 0 1 S1 J. Rudd 220
2 S2 D. Buckley 202 1 0 G1 C. Mattos 179
3 G2 P. Kirby 177 0 1 D2 J. K. Stephens 192
4 D3 J. F. Wheeler 186 ½ ½ G3 J. Jenkins 170
5 G4 P. J. Meade 169 0 1 S3 D. Littlejohns 180
6 S4 T. Stuttard 177 ½ ½ D4 S. J. Homer 184
7 D5 D. Regis 179 1 0 S5 M. Richardt 177
8 S6 P. Chaplin 176 1 0 G5 P. Dodwell 163
9 G6 G. Taylor 154 1 0 D6 K. J. Hurst 176
10 D7 B. W. Hewson 174 1 0 G7 M. Ashworth 148
11 G8 B. Whitelaw 147 0 1 S7 A. F. Footner 174
12 S8 D. Painter 172 0 1 D8 A. W. Brusey 174
13 D9 A. J. Billings 171 1 0 S9 D. Botting 168
14 S10 C. Purry 165 0 1 G9 G. Brown 146
15 G10 R. Dixon 142 0 1 D10 M. Shaw 166
16 D11 B. G. Gosling 164 ½ ½ G11 P. Baker 140
17 G12 A. Richards 139 1 0 S11 G. Jepps 161
18 S12 D. Wood 150 ½ ½ D12 T. F. Thynne 158

 The Grade-limited section was complicated by the Exeter League’s failure to produce a full team, due to a combination of misunderstandings, player unavailability, late withdrawals and a promotion to the 1st team. The lower section was reduced to near farce as Organiser, Ben Edgell, struggled to achieve new pairings. He couldn’t avoid a number of defaults, but at least everyone present got a game.

Another consequence is that the first table below shows the team points leading to Torbay winning the trophy, but the second chart shows the games actually played, as per the scoresheets.

Graded Section 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot.
Torbay League 1 1 1 0 0 0 1* 1 1 0 1 1* 8
Exeter League 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0*
Dorset 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 1* 1
Somerset ‘B’ 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 4

 * = default. 

Bd   name grd       name grd
1 T1 A. S. Kinder 162 1 0 E1 S. Bartlett 164
2 D1 M. Littleton 167 1 0 S1 A. A. Champion 147
3 E2 I. S. Annetts 152 ½ ½ D2 D. Aldwinkle 149
4 S2 R. D. Knight 139 0 1 T2 M. Stinton 159
5 T3 W. Ingham 158 1 0 D3 M. Litchfield 142
6 E3 K. Atkins 143 1 0 S3 C. Strong 136
7 S4 M. Baker 136 ½ ½ E4 J. Morrison 137
8 D4 J. Bowley 141 1 0 T4 J. Fraser 163
9 D5 P. Brackner 137 ½ ½ E5 J. Knowles 128
10 T5 R. Wilby 145 0 1 S5 C. Stanton 132
11 E6 R. H. Jones 130 1 0 T6 Megan O’Brien 124
12 S6 M. Cooper 126 1 0 D6 P. Jackson 133
13 E6 J. Maloney 117 1 0 E7 R. Scholes 118
14 D7 I. J. Willis 130 1 0 S7 K. Stanton 112
15 E8 E. Palmer 130 0 1 D8 W. J. Kelly 129
16 S8 R. Waters 112 ½ ½ T7 D. W. Russell 120
17 T8 J. A. Ariss 139 1 0 D9 N. Mackie 161
18 E9 S. Hill 112 ½ ½ S9 F.R .Hodge 115
19 S10 G. Berryman 112 1 0 E10 B. Aldwin 101
20 D10 K. C. Spooner 113 1 0 T9 N. F. Tidy 119
21 D11 J. George 108 1 0 T10 C. Zisimides 106
22 T11 A. Tatam 110 1 0 S11 S. Gray 102
23 T12 B. Wilkinson 121 1 0 sub M. J. Ward  93
24 S12 V. McAndrew  93 0 1 D12 M. Kaye  95

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Games from the Open Section here    and the Graded Section here

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General view of the Open Section getting started.

The top game: Mackle vs Rudd featuring a long endgame.

Nearest: Hewson v Ashworth; Taylor v Hurst & Chaplin v Dodwell.

The Graded Section gets started.

Top games in the Graded Section.

The only lady present, Megan O'Neil, waits for the photographer to finish snapping and start playing.

Captain of the Devon team, Brian Hewson, receives the trophy from organiser, Ben Edgell.

Torbay League captain, Rob Wilby, is pleased to receive the trophy - again.

Paignton Congress Day 7

The Paignton Congress has enjoyed some of the best weather of the summer which has put all players in a good mood. The favourite, Grandmaster Keith Arkell, won the Premier Section for the 18th time in his career, after the predictable short, safe draw in the final round. But there were many other prizewinners all the way down the order.

Premier: 1st K. Arkell 6/7 pts. 2nd= R. Bates (Hackney); D. Ledger (Bedford) & D. Mackle (N. Abbot) all 5 pts.

Challengers: 1st= C. Costello & A. Footner (Yeovil). 3rd= R. Thompson (N. Abbot) & Y. Tello (Wimbledon). Grading prizes: U-162: T. F. Thynne (5). U-155: A. Price (Leamington) 4½.

Best slow starters: A. Hibbitt (Grendel) & Jackson (Coulsdon) both 3½.

The key game in Arkell’s campaign was this Rd. 6 win, which allowed him to coast home with a short draw in the final round to become clear 1st and take home a cheque for £600. Notice how, as in Rd. 1 published last week, he makes full use of his bishop pair to force fatal weaknesses in Black’s position.

White: K. C. Arkell (234). Black: Zaki Harari. (193)

Queen’s Gambit Accepted. [D20]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 e5 4.Nf3 exd4 5.Qxd4 White is happy to exchange queens early on, keeping things simple and knowing his endgame technique will probably win the day. 5…Qxd4 6.Nxd4 Nf6 7.Nc3 a6 8.Bxc4 Bb4 9.f3 0–0 10.Bf4 b5 11.Be2 c5 12.Nc2 Bxc3+ 13.bxc3 Be6 14.Kf2 Nbd7 15.Rhc1 Nb6 16.Ne3 c4 17.Nc2 Na4 18.Nd4 Rac8 19.Bd1 Nc5 20.Bc2 Rfd8 21.Rd1 h6 22.Be3 Bd7 23.Rd2 Kf8 24.Rad1 Ke8 25.g4 Ng8 26.Nf5 Bxf5 27.gxf5 Rxd2+ 28.Rxd2 Nf6 29.e5 Nfd7 30.f4 Ke7 31.Kf3 Rc6 32.Rd1 making as if to move it to g1. 32…Rc7 33.Rd6 But no, the rook moves forward instead. 33…a5 34.a3 Rb7 35.Rc6 Nb3 36.Be4 Rb8 37.Bd5 a4 38.Rc7 Kd8 39.Ra7 f6 40.e6 1–0 The advanced pawn must win it.

Here is the full list of winners:-

Section   Winners Grd Club Pts/7
           
Premier 1st K. C. Arkell 2451 Paignton 6
  2nd= R. A. Bates 2376 Hackney
    D. J. Ledger 2262 Bedford
    D. Mackle 2227 Newton A.
    S. Berry 2325 Wimbledon
GP U-2110 1st= A. Crombleholme 2099 Bushbury
    D. Cutmore 2057 Wood Green
GP U-2040 1st= A. Pickersgill 2019 Eastbourne
    T. Spanton 1977 Hastings
    J. C. Wells 184 N. Norfolk
Slow starter 1st R. J. Webster 2088 Ashfield 3
           
Challengers 1st= C. Costello 166 Weisse Dame
    A. F. Footner 174 Yeovil
  3rd= R. Thompson 176 Newton A. 5
    Y. Tello 163 Wimbledon
GP U-162 1st T. F. Thynne 158 Newton A. 5
GP U-155 1st A. Price 154 Leamington
Slow starter 1st= A. Hibbitt  156 Bristol
    P. G. Jackson 163 Coulsdon
Intermediate          
  1st M. Wilson 149 Wigston 6
  2nd P. Wood 139 Hastings
  3rd T. Greenaway 141 Torquay 5
GP U-137 1st R. Taylor 136 Ashfield
GP U-136 1st M. Ingram 126 Peterborough 4
Slow starter 1st N. F. Tidy 119 Torquay 4
           
Minor 1st= L. Bullock 113 Hackney
    A. Davison 117 King’s Head
    R. Hamilton 123 Metropolitan
GP U-114   Fay Ainscow 109 King’s head 4
    A. Doust 104 Marple 5
Slow starter   D. McGeeney 107 Bristol 4
           
American 1st= J. Hawkesley 171 Hull
    R. Westra 169 Hull
  3rd N. Dennis 167 Maidenhead
           
5 Rd. Morning 1st= A. F. Footner 174 Yeovil 4
    A. Hibbitt 156 Bristol
    R. Saunders    
    R. Gamble 172 Derby
    R. Thompson 176 Newton A.
GP U-155   M. A. Roberts 152 Holmes Chapel
GP U-136   L. Bullock 113 Hackney 3
Slow starters 1st= R. Piggott 137 Wantage
    R. H. Jones 130 Exmouth
    P. Smith 141 Hastings
    G. Rosser 127 Torquay
           
RapidPlay PM 1st= M. Henley    
    A. Archer-Lock 178 Maidenhead
  3rd= A. Brown 186 Norhtampton
    S. Burke 184 Ashfield
    C. Archer-Lock 177 Maidenhead
           

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Paignton Congress Day 6

This was the final day of the 5 Rd. Morning event. After some tense and exciting play, the prize list shaped up as follows:

  5 Rd. Morning Pts Prize
1st= Andrew Footner 4 £130
  Raymond Gamble
  Arthur Hibbitt
  Robert Sanders
  Robert Thompson
GP Malcolm Roberts £50
GP Lee Bullock 3 £50
Slow Paul Smith £5
Starter Robert Jones
  G. Rosser
  R. Piggott

As usual, a prizegiving was organised shortly after the final game to finish. Arboter Vic Cross dragooned Ewart Smith to had over the cheques.  Usually acticing in an official capacity, Ewart was here purely in the role of player, which he found relaxing for a change. With two Smiths and Joneses in this section, I’d wondered whether Arbiter Vic Cross would get round to pairing them up at some point. That finally occurred this round where Ewart met Michael Jones to make it a Smith v Jones affair.

Smith v Jones

l-r: Messrs Footner, Hibbitt, Sanders, Thompson & Gamble, beneath Napolean's Coronation

The penultimate round takes players to the sharp end of things, and in this case, Arkell assured himself of at least a share of 1st prize, ending Harari’s fine run; he now only needs a safe draw in the final round to stay clear of all rivals.

The full results were:-

Bd   Paignton     Premier  
    Rd. 6        
1 (4½) K. C. Arkell 1 0 Z. Harari (4)
2 (3½) D. Mackle 1 0 S. Berry (4)
3 (3½) P. R. Kemp 0 1 D. Ledger (3½)
4 (3½) S. P. Dilleigh ½ ½ A. M. Stone (3½)
5 (3) J. F. Wheeler 1 0 D. B. Rosen (3½)
6 (3) D. O. Collier 0 1 R. A. Bates (3)
7 (3) R. A. Barton 1 0 A. M. Brown (3)
8 (3) D. A. Cutmore 1 0 J. P. McKenna (3)
9 (2½) M. Healey 0 1 A. Crombleholme (3)
10 (2½) R. J. Webster ½ ½ J. Hodgeson (2½)
11 (2½) J. C. Wells ½ ½ J. Burnett (2½)
12 (2½) M. J. Simons ½ ½ M. J. Cutmore (2½)
13 (2½) J. W. Bass 1 0 I. Lewyk (2½)
14 (2) J. Waterfield 1 0 D. LIttlejohns (2)
15 (2) G. Bolt 1 0 A. Archer-Lock (2)
16 (2) T. Spanton 1 0 C. Archer-Lock (2)
17 (2) C. Herda 0 1 K. Gregory (2)
18 (2) J. Coburn 0 1 A. W. Brusey (2)
19 (2) A. Pickersgill 1 0 N. Mahoney (1½)
20 (1½) J. Hickman 1 0 G. P. Taylor (1½)
21 (1) P. Cheshire ½ ½ S. Burke (1)
22 (1) M. Shaw 1   bye  

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Paignton Congress Day 5

Paignton 2012 has pioneered the English Chess Federation’s new Membership Scheme, which has been two or three years in the making and finally came into force on 1st September, with Paignton starting the very next day. It is perhaps a little too complicated to fully explain here, but most players seem to have taken it on board, and new members are signing up in droves every day.

To some extent, it has been the brainchild of the ECF’s Executive Director, Andrew Farthing; at least, he has been the midwife present at the birth. He had planned to play at Paignton and had paid his entry fee, but the past few weeks, with the birth immanent, have taken their toll on Andrew, and although he has taken the holiday, he feels his constitution is not up to a strenuous 7-round event like this. But he has been around the place most days, enjoying the ambience.

Andrew was brought up in Cheltenham, home to, among other things, a chess club with a rich history. He was born there in 1964 and attended Cheltenham Grammar School. He first went to the town chess club at the age of 11, a shy, quiet child entering a smoke-filled room of elderly gentlemen, too involved in their own game to pay him any heed. Eventually, one old cove came up, put him at ease and had a game with him, even letting him get away with a draw. That man, he was to learn later, was none other than Dr. Jim Aitken,  many times Scottish and West of England Champion.

Andrew went  up to Oxford University to read Modern Languages. On going down, he put all that to one side and joined Lloyds Bank, where he rapidly worked his way up through the ranks, eventually being able to retire at the age of 48 to devote himself to voluntary work such as, though not exclusively, the ECF.

He is due to step down in October when he will have completed 2 years in office. The new Membership Scheme, putting the ECF on a sounder financial footing, in the wake of the withdrawal of the annual government grant, will be his legacy. After retirement he will be able to get back to playing chess in c. 15 congresses  and 130 games per year.

Andrew relaxing on the South Terrace.

Backed by the magnificent south facade.

 In the afternoon, Arkell held Berry with Black to remain clear 1st, while Harari’s good run continued to put him in clear 3rd. Here are the full details. 

Bd   Paignton     Premier  
    Rd. 5        
1 (3½) S. Berry ½ ½ K. C. Arkell (4)
2 (3) R. A. Bates 0 1 Z. Harari (2½)
3 (2) S. P. Dilleigh ½ ½ D. Mackle (2½)
4 (2) D. Ledger 1 0 M. J. Simons (2)
5 (2) D. B. Rosen 1 0 J. Burnett (2)
6 (2) R. A. Barton ½ ½ J. F. Wheeler (2)
7 (1½) D. A. Cutmore ½ ½ D. O. Collier (1½)
8 (1½) A. M. Stone 1 0 M. Healey (1½)
9 (1½) P. R. Kemp 1 0 G. Bolt (1½)
10 (1½) J. Hodgson ½ ½ J. C. Wells (1½)
11 (1½) A. M. Brown 1 0 C. Archer-Lock (1½)
12 (1½) J. P. McKenna 1 0 A. Pickersgill (1½)
13 (1½) A. Crombleholme 1 0 J. W. Waterfield (1½)
14 (1½) I. Lewyk ½ ½ R. J. Webster (1½)
15 (1½) D. Littlejohns ½ ½ T. Spanton (1½)
16 (1½) K. D. Gregory ½ ½ A. Archer-Lock (1½)
17 (1) N. Mahoney 0 1 J. W. Bass (½)
18 (1) M. J. Cutmore 1 0 J. E. Hickman (½)
19 (1) A. W. Brusey ½ ½ C. Herda (½)
20 (½) S. J. Burke 0 1 J. Coburn (½)
21 (0) G. P. Taylor 1 0 M. Shaw (½)
22 (½) bye   1 P. L. Cheshire (0)

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Paignton Congress Day 4

As most players at Paignton know, there has been, after 62 years in the same room, a cloud of uncertainty over the future of the event, due to the fact that the Borough Council are in the process of handing over the Oldway estate to property developers, the Akkeron Group. This has been on the cards for several years, and in recent months little seems to have been happening. The Council’s problem has been the on-going cost of maintaining the mansion to the standard set by its builder, Paris Singer. The out-buildings are mostly derelict and unusable, while the mansion itself is starting to go the same way – the roof is defective and water is starting to penetrate the structure. Even in Ballroom there is a dark, menacing-looking patch of rot high up on one of the walls.

However, on arrival last Sunday, it was clear that things have moved on. Most of the 300 council employees that are based in the Mansion have moved to other premises and their office spaces are now empty, as is much of the car park; no longer is it a nightmare to find a space in – parking has never been so easy. And it has been confirmed that there will no chess at Oldway in September 2013 as the builders will have moved in by then.

At first, after some unsuccessful preliminary enquiries about possible alternative venues , the Committee was minded to take a sabbatical for 2013 and see how accommodating the new management might be once the Mansion-cum council offices had been turned into a top class hotel.

Early this morning, the restaurant manageress let it be known that Akkeron’s MD, James Brent, with a group of (presumably) project managers had been seen working their way around the extensive grounds, taking photographs with “a very large camera”. Around 10 a.m. Congress Secretary Alan Crickmore set off in chase, in the hope of collaring Brent to talk about the prospects for 2014, but the group had vanished.

Talking to the Mayor on Sunday, it was clear that the developers do not have a completely free hand to do anything that takes their fancy. Written in to the contract is the restriction that what parts of the house are currently open to the public – the entrance hall, gallery and Ballroom – must remain largely unchanged and open to the public, as the estate was originally was bequeathed by the Singer family to the community, conditions that the Council itself has had to adhere to for 65 years.

Later, there was a surprise visit by Mark Jones, Akkeron’s Development Manager, in company with Iain Masters, Senior Development Surveyor of  the Torbay Development Agency. Jones was certain that the Oldway conversion project was programmed to run over 18 months, starting next summer, so there was no way they could accommodate the Congress in 2013 or 2014 – something of a downer. However, Masters was sure that Torre Abbey would make an ideal alternative venue. It is adjacent to the Riviera Centre and near the sea-front. It’s currently under renovation, but should be ready to take bookings from next summer. It can seat 200 people for functions, and, although very different from Oldway, is an even more historic site. It used to host large chess events in the 60s & ’70s – the WECU Championship being one.

Something to watch out for.

Meanwhile, back at the board, of the 3 joint leaders, Berry and Bates shared the points, leaving Arkell able to push on into clear first. Harari is not one of the Paignton regulars, but is making a strong run, taking the scalp of Dave Ledger.

Here are the rest of the results:

Bd   Paignton     Premier  
    Rd. 4        
1 (3) K. C. Arkell 1 0 S. P. Dilleigh (3)
2 (3) S. Berry ½ ½ R. A. Bates (2½)
3 (2) Z. Harari 1 0 D. Ledger (2½)
4 (2) D. Mackle 1 0 J. McKenna (2)
5 (2) J. F. Wheeler ½ ½ A. M. Stone (2)
6 (2) J. Burnett ½ ½ M. Healey (2)
7 (1½) A. Pickersgill ½ ½ J. H. Hodgson (1½)
8 (1½) M. J. Simons 1 0 D. Littlejohns (1½)
9 (1½) G. Bolt ½ ½ A. M. Brown (1½)
10 (1½) J. W. Bass 0 1 P. R. Kemp (1½)
11 (1½) D. O. Collier 1 0 A. W. Brusey (1½)
12 (1½) J. C. Wells ½ ½ A. Crombleholme (1½)
13 (1½) J. Waterfield ½ ½ I. Lewyk (1½)
14 (1½) T. Spanton 0 1 D. B. Rosen (1½)
15 (1½) C. Herda 0 1 R. A. Barton (1½)
16 (1½) J. E. Hickman 0 1 D. A. Cutmore (1½)
17 (1) C. Archer-Lock 1 0 J. Coburn (½)
18 (1) A. Archer-Lock ½ ½ M. J. Cutmore (½)
19 (1) M. Shaw 0 1 R. J. Webster (½)
20 (½) G. Taylor 0 1 K. D. Gregory (½)
21 (0) P. L. Cheshire ½ ½ N. Mahoney (½)
22 (½) S. J. Burke 1   bye (0)

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Bd. 1: Arkell vs Dilleigh and the other top boards.