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Torbay Congress Results (24.11.2012.)

The 46th Torbay Congress finished on Sunday evening with the main winners being as follows (all scores out of 5):

Open Section: 1st= Neil Carr (Writtle) & John Stephens (Exmouth), 4 pts.

Major Section (U-170): 1st Richard Desmedt (Wombwell) 4½. Intermediate Section (U-140) David Jenkins (Camborne) 4½.

Minor Section (U-120) Geoff Jenkins (Pinhoe) 4½. The British Championship Qualifying place went to John Stephens.

Torbay Individual Championships: Open – Steve Homer (Newton Abbot) 2½. Major Section: Bill Ingham (Teignmouth) 4. Intermediate: John Dean (Plymouth) 2½. Minor: Mike Cuggy (Brixham) 4.

Best score by a Devon player: G. J. Jenkins. Best Score by a Junior: Reece Whittington (Exeter).

Stephens’s key game came in Rd. 4.

White: M. J. Yeo (202). Black: J. K. Stephens (192).

Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Defence [B96]

(Notes based on those by the winner.)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 hoping to avoid main lines. 8.Qf3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.0–0–0 Bb7? Better was 10…b4 asking questions of the c3 knight. 11.Qh5 Ke7 12.f5 White misses the chance to play 12.Bxb5 axb5 13.Ncxb5 Qa5 14.Nb3. 12…Qc5 13.Bxb5 This now doesn’t have the same effect. 13…axb5 14.Ndxb5 Ra6 A useful defensive resource, laterally guarding the weak d6 pawn. 15.Rhe1 Nd7 16.Rd4 Bc6 17.Nc7? 17.a4 was required to maintain equality. 17…Qxd4 18.fxe6 Ne5 defending f7 19.Nxa6 Qb6 The point. White’s knight is trapped. 20.Nd5+ Bxd5 21.exd5 Qxa6 22.Rxe5 Removing the defender of f7 in a final gamble, but allowing… 22…Qf1+ 0–1. 22…Qf1+ 23.Kd2 (or 23.Qd1 Qxd1+ 24.Kxd1 fxe5) 23…fxe5 and Black’s queen defends f7, leaving White 2 pieces down.

In the end position from last week’s game Norman vs Everson, Black played Bxg3+ and quickly offered a draw which was equally quickly accepted. However, had he thought a moment longer Black might have noticed that he had a forced win. White can play either 1.Kxg3 or Kg2, but both lead to same quick end; viz. 1.Kg2 Qf1+ 2.Kxg3 Rd3+ 3Kg4 Qf4 mate.

This 2-mover first appeared in the Plymouth-based Illustrated Western Weekly News exactly 100 years ago.

White to mate in 2.

13th Beacon Seniors Congress Results (17.11.2012.)

The 13th Seniors Congress took place at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth last week, and the winners were as follows:-

Seniors Section: (All scores out of 5)

1st= R. Everson (165 – Dartford); I. McAllan (175 – Sidcup); K. Norman (189 Wokingham); N. Stephenson (190 Middlesbrough); M. J. Yeo (203 – Ringwood). All 4 pts. Grading prizes 154–119: 1st= I. S. Annetts (152 – Tiverton); J. G. Gorodi (148 – Newton Abbot); T. J. Holt (146 Birmingham). All 3½. U-119: 1st= A. Fraser (113 Beckenham); P. Gordon (116 – Isle of Wight). 2½. Slow Starter: W. H. Ingham (158 – Teignmouth) 3.

“Juniors” Section (50-somethings): 1st= S. Bartlett (165 – Newquay); J. Wells (184 – N.Norfolk); D. Wise (188 – Middlesbrough); all 3½. Gradng prize: U-160: 1st       C. Sellwood (130 – Camborne). 3.

The Seniors event finished on Friday afternoon and many of the competitors went straight on to Torquay to take part in the Torbay Congress that started that same evening. The Open Section was won jointly by John Stephens (Exmouth) and Neil Carr (Chelmsford). Stephens thus qualifies for the 100th British Championship, due to be held at the Riviera Centre next summer.

This Round 4 game had a bearing on the eventual prizelist.

White: K. I. Norman (189); Black: R. J. Everson (165).

Zukertort Opening – English Variation.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.g3 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nc3 c6 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.e4 Qc7 9.h3 e5 10.Be3 a6 11.Qc2 Re8 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.c5 Be6 15.b3 Rad8 16.Rac1 Nd7 17.Na4 Nf8 18.Nb2 Kh8 19.Nc4 Bxc4 20.Qxc4 Ne6 21.h4 Nd4 22.Bh3 Nf3+ 23.Kg2 Nd2 24.Bxd2 Rxd2 25.Rc2 Red8 26.Qc3 R2d4 27.Re1 Bh6 28.Ree2 Qe7 29.Qa5 Qf6 30.Kh2 Rd1 31.Qb6 R8d7 Seemingly a proffered gift, but unacceptable, for if 32.Bxd7 Qf3 with a forced mate. R8d7 32.Kg2 R7d3 33.Kh2 Bf4 Another temptation, but if 34.gxf4 Qxf4+ 35.Kg2 Qf3+ 36.Kh2 Qxh3 mate 34.Qxb7 Rxg3 35.fxg3 Bxg3+ reaching the diagrammed position below.

Win, loss or draw?

After his brilliant sacrificial attack, Black offers this third gift, but assumed that if it were accepted he would be 2 pieces down, so lost his nerve and offered a draw. This was immediately accepted, because White had seen something that Black had overlooked. What did he miss?

46th Torbay Congress

Total entries this year were 153, an increase of 1 on last year.

This event has one of the longest prizelists, due to the inclusion of Torbay League titles. Ray Chubb has kindly supplied the names of the main winners.

All scores out of 5.

Open Section: 1st =  Neil Carr (Writtle) & John Stephens (Exmouth), both on 4 pts.

Major Section (U-170): 1st  Richard Desmedt (Wombwell) on 4½ .

Intermediate Section (U-U-140):  1st David Jenkins (Camborne) 4½ .

Minor Section (U-120 ): 1st Geoff Jenkins (Exeter) on 4½ .

The British Championship Qualifying Place and Bursary of £100 went to John Stephens of the Exmouth Club. 

Torbay League Individual Championships:

Open (Basil Wallis Cup):       Steve Homer (Newton Abbot) on 2½ .

Major   (Challenge Cup):       Bill Ingham (Teignmouth) on 4.        

Intermediate:                           John Dean (Plymouth) on 2½.                      

Minor   (Candidates Cup):    Mike Cuggy (Brixham) on 4. 

Best Score by a Devon Player in the Graded Sections:

(Ralph Newman Cup):  Geoff Jenkins (Pinhoe).

Best Score by a Junior.

John Whitfield Cup awarded to the best junior score across all 4 sections. The winner was Reece Whittington in the Minor Section scoring 2 at the age of 13 years, Grade 105.

Team Event.             A four-player team event was held for the first time, with the players making up the team having to come from the same club. There were 5 teams. Plymouth; Teignmouth; South Hams; Exeter and Wessex.

Wessex won the £40 team prize. The team consisted of Mike Yeo Open), Allan Pleasants (Open), Keith Gregory (Open) and Joe Coburn (Open). Scoring 10½  from a possible 20. In 2nd place were the Exeter team on 9. Dave Regis (Open), Charles Keen (Major), Jeremy Amos (Intermediate) and Terrance Earnshaw (Minor).

The key game for John Stephens came in Rd. 4 when he had Black against Mike Yeo (202). He played the Sicilian, but diverted from usual book lines on move 7 and played sharp moves accurately. He trapped a piece on move 19 forcing White to resign 3 moves later.

This put John in the clear lead and enabled him to calculate that a draw with White in the final round would not only guarantee at least a share of 1st prize but also probably give him the British Championship place based on Sum-of-Opponents’ Scores.

He was drawn against the vastly experienced Norman Stephenson, but as he had been playing all the previous week in the Seniors’ Congress at Exmouth, making this his 10th game in 7 days, he was not disinclined to accept John’s suggestion of a draw after just 6 moves.

Mike Yeo (l) analyses his game with John Stephens, while John's girlfriend, Sarah Hodge, looks on.

Stephens & Stephenson get Rd. 5 under way. Another handshake followed minutes later.

Wheeler vs Brusey (l) & Dunne vs Shaw against a brilliant Torquay backcloth

 

General view of playing area.

13th Seniors Congress Day 5

  

The venue

 

After a few opening remarks, thanking everyone concerned,  play got under way at the earlier time of 10 a.m., a fact that no-one forgot or overlooked. The way the last round results  panned out meant there were multiple ties at several levels, a fact that decreased the amounts involved, although the committee did enhance the amounts. On the other hand, more players (15) got at least something for their toil and trouble.

There were a few quick draws, as people wished to make an early start for home, while no less than 20 players (nearly one third of the total) went on to Torquay for the Torbay Congress that started the same evening.

Here are the details:

Bd Round 5          
1 Stephenson, N (3½) ½ ½ McAllan, I (3½)
2 Toms, D. A. (3) 0 1 Yeo, M. J. (3)
3 Price, A (3) 0 1 Norman, K (3)
4 Everson, R. J. (3) 1 0 Norman, Mrs. D (3)
5 Gorodi, J. G. (2) 1 0 Stonehouse, T (3)
6 Gamble, R (2½) ½ ½ Namouk, O (2½)
7 Chadaway, S (2½) ½ ½ O’Gorman, B (2½)
8 Page, M (2½) 1 0 Shaddick, J (2½)
9 Sherriff, A (2½) ½ ½ Hibbitt, A (2½)
10 Sandercock, B (2½) 0 1 Annetts, I. S. (2½)
11 Fraser, A (2½) 0 1 Holt, T. J (2½)
12 Wiltshire, M (2) 1 0 Burt, D (2)
13 Ingham, W (2) 1 0 Andrews, G (2)
14 Openshaw, D (2) 1 0 Welch, Mrs. H (2)
15 Tidy, N. F. (2) 0 1 Hurn, R. (2)
16 Robertson, J (2) 1 0 Harris, W (2)
17 Jones, R. H. (1½) ½ ½ Jones, S (1½)
18 Ryan, R. A. (1½) 0 1 Stephenson, B (1½)
19 Cox, Mrs. M (1½) 0 1 Roberts, M (1)
20 Gosling, B. G. (1) 1 0 Waters, R (1)
21 Leggett, P (1) ½ ½ Purry, N (½)
22 Maloney, T (1) 1 0 Lucas, P (1)
23 Gordon, P (2) ½ ½ Kearsley, R (2)
24 Carrick, P (½) 1 0 Herschmann, H (½)
25 Kaye, M (1½) ½ ½ O’Grady, J (1½)
             
Byes     1      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prizewinners

Seniors Section

1st=     R. J. Everson           165      Dartford                     4/5 pts                       

             I. McAllan                 175      Sidcup                        4          

            K. I. Norman             189      Wokingham              4 

            N. F. Stephenson     190      Middlesbrough      4 

            M. J. Yeo                     203      Ringwood                4 

 Grading prizes 154 – 119: 

 1st=  I. S. Annetts                152      Tiverton                   3½                    

            J. G. Gorodi                 148      Newton Abbot       3½ 

            T. J. Holt                      146      Birmingham              3½ 

 U-119: 

1st=      A. R. Fraser                113      Beckenham              2½ 

            P. L. Gordon                116      Isle of Wight             2½ 

 Slow Starter: 

1st        W. H. Ingham             158      Teignmouth            3   

“Juniors” Section:  

1st=      S. Bartlett                    165      Newquay                 3½ 

              J. C. Wells                  184       N. Norfolk                3½ 

             D. Wise                       188        Middlesbrough         3½ 

 Grading prize: U-160:  

1st        C. Sellwood                 130      Camborne                 3  

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13th Seniors Congress Day 4

A feature of the “Juniors” section is its closeness, with 6 players in the joint lead on 2 points. Meanwhile, in the Seniors, the story of the round was the win by Norman Stephenson with Black against Yeo, which puts him in the clear lead. He shouldn’t have too much trouble getting a half point with the White pieces to guarantee at least a share of 1st prize. Yet logic has played little part in the proceedings so far, so expect anything.

A key game was played out on the adjacent board, where Everson offered sacrifices left and right, but lost his nerve at the last minute when he felt he might have over-reached himself by going two pieces down, and offered a draw. Norman shook his hand immediately, because he had seen the forced win that Everson had overlooked.

The results are as follows, and all Round 4 games are playable here ▼

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Bd Round 4          
1 Yeo, M (3) 0 1 Stephenson, N (2½)
2 Norman, K (2½) ½ ½ Everson, R (2½)
3 McAllan, I (2½) 1 0 Fraser, A (2½)
4 Holt, T. J. (2) ½ ½ Page, M (2)
5 Shaddick, J (2) ½ ½ Sandercock, B (2)
6 Stonehouse, T (2) 1 0 Tidy, N. F. (2)
7 Welch, Mrs. H (2) 0 1 Toms, D. A. (2)
8 Andrews, G (2) 0 1 Price, A (2)
9 Annetts, I. S (2) ½ ½ Robertson, J (1½)
10 Burt, D (2) 0 1 Norman, Mrs. D (2)
11 Stephenson, B (1½) 0 1 Gamble, R (1½)
12 O’Gorman, B (1½) 1 0 Gosling, B. G (1)
13 Harris, W (1½) ½ ½ Openshaw, D (1½)
14 Hibbitt, A (1½) 1 0 Jones, R. H. (1½)
15 Jones, S. (1½) 0 1 Gorodi, J. G. (1½)
16 Ryan, R. A. (1½) 0 1 Sherriff, A (1½)
17 Cox, R (1½) 0 1 Chadaway, S (1½)
18 Namouk, O (1½) 1 0 Waters, R (1)
19 Roberts, M (1) 0 1 Wiltshire, M (1)
20 Cox, M (1) 0 1 Ingham, W (1)
21 Kearsley, R (1) 1 0 Moloney, T (1)
22 O’Grady, J (½) 1 0 Carrick, P (½)
23 Purry, N (½) 0 1 Kaye, M (½)
24 Hurn, R (1½) ½ ½ Gordon, P (1½)
25 Herschmann, H (½) 0 1 Lucas, P (0)
             
Byes Leggett, P (0) 1      
             
             
             
             
  “Juniors”          
1 Burton, R (2)     Wise, D (2)
2 Sellwood, C (2) ½ 1 Wells, J (2)
3 Heppell, I (2) ½ ½ Bartlett, S (2)
4 Orr, J   (1½) 0 1 Greenland, G (1½)
5 Ariss, J (1) 0 1 Dean, S (1)
             
  Rogers, D   bye (½) 1      

13th Senior Congress Day 3

The draw for this round illustrated the crazy logic that often pervades this particular event, more so than a typical weekender. All grades are mixed in together, only the accellerated Swiss pairing in the first 2 rounds keeping top and bottom apart. However, it is easy to forget that many a modestly-graded octogenarian, in all likelihood had a much higher graded in their prime, and every so often will pull out a little gem of a game, worthy of their best. Nothing can be taken for granted in the Seniors – let the unwary beware!

So here we see two experienced 150+ players on “null points”, fighting for the Slow Starter prize, while two modest grades on Bd. 5 challenging for the lead. It’s crazy, but great fun.

Having come all the way from Holland to play, Wim Velker, was taken ill on Tuesday evening, and took a bye for Rd. 3 but later phoned in to say that the illness was persisting and would have to withdraw and return home.

Bd Round 3          
1 M. Page (2) 0 1 Yeo, M (2)
2 Stephenson, N (2) ½ ½ Everson, R (2)
3 Chadaway, S. (1½) 0 1 Norman, K (2)
4 Robertson, J (1½) 0 1 McAllan, I (1½)
5 Fraser, A (1½) 1 0 Jones, S (1½)
6 Tidy, N. F. (1) 1 0 O’ Gorman, B (1½)
7 Toms, D. A. (1½)     Holt, T. J. (1)
8 Price, A (1½) ½ ½ Shaddick, J (1)
9 Norman, Mrs. D (1½) ½ ½ Welch, Mrs. H (1½)
10 Gosling, B. G. (1) 0 1 Andrews, G (1)
11 Wiltshire, M (1)     Harris, W (1)
12 Waters, R (1) 0 1 Stonehouse, (1)
13 Sandercock, B (1) 1 0 Cox, Mrs. M (1)
14 Namouk, O (1) ½ ½ Ryan, R. A. (1)
15 Maloney (1) 0 1 Burt, D (1)
16 Jones, R. H. (1) ½ ½ Kearsley, R. J (½)
17 Gamble, R (1) 1 0 O’Grady, J (½)
18 Openshaw, D (½) 1 0 Carrick, P (½)
19 Gorodi, J. G. (½) 1 0 Purry, N (½)
20 Kaye, M (½) 0 1 Hurn, R (½)
21 Leggett, P (0) 0 1 Roberts, M (0)
22 Lucas, P (0) 1 0 Ingham, W (0)
23 Gordon, P (1) ½ ½ Hibbitt, A (1)
24 Herschmann, H (½) 0 1 Sherriff, A ()
             
Byes Cox, R   1      
  Annetts, I, S   ½      
  Velker, W   ½      
  Stephenson   ½      
             
  “Juniors”          
1 Wise, D (1) ½ ½ Bartlett, S (1½)
2 Wells, J (1½) ½ ½ Heppell, I (1½)
3 Ariss, J (1) 0 1 Burton, R (1)
4 Dean, S (1)     Sellwood, C (1)
5 Greenland, G (½) 1 0 Rogers, D. R. (½)
             
  Orr, J   bye (½) 1      
             

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The 3 lady competitors were all lined up in Round 3. Mesdames Cox, Norman & Welch.

Dinah Norman vs Hazel Welch alongside Gosling v Andrews.

Bd. 1: Martin Page vs Mike Yeo, who seems destined to occupy that table throughout.

Alan Fraser vs Sid Jones on Bd. 5 finished with Fraser in joint 2nd place.

13th Seniors Congress Day 2

Before play started, Messrs Smith & Jones, Arbiter and Organiser respectively, spent time working out the budget, bearing in mind the likely expenses and the nature of the prizes offered. It was necessary to work out “natural breaks” in the grading list where the Grading Prize limits will fall.  In addition, Chris Carr, a regular competitor, who entered late and withdrew even later due to a short notice hospital appointment for a major operation, offered his entry fee to the event, and this will be added to the prizes. Hence there will be a £25 Slow Starter prize, open to anyone who loses their first two games. This gives everyone something to fight for right to the end.  Details will be posted tomorrow.

Also determined today was that next year’s event is definitely booked for Monday 4th November 2013 – all other arrangements remain the same.

The Rd. 2 results were as follows:

Bd Round 2          
1 Yeo, M (1) 1 0 Gosling, B. G. (1)
2 Hibbitt, A (1) 1 0 Stephenson, N (1)
3 Stonehouse, T (1) 0 1 M. Page (1)
4 Chadaway, S. (1) ½ ½ Toms, D. A. (1)
5 Everson, R (1) 1 0 Gamble, R (1)
6 Norman, K (1) 1 0 Jones, R. H. (0)
7 McAllan, I (½) 1 0 Stephenson, B (1)
8 Velker, W (½) 1 0 Tidy, N. F. (1)
9 Kearsley, R (0) ½ ½ Fraser, A (1)
10 Annetts, I. S. (½) 1 0 Waters. R (1)
11 Hurn, R (0) ½ ½ Welch, Mrs. H (1)
12 Holt, T. J. (½) 1 0 Openshaw, D (½)
13 Sherriff, A (½) 0 1 Price, A (½)
14 Ingham, W (0) 0 1 Norman, Mrs. D (½)
15 Robertson, J (½) 1 0 Roberts, M (0)
16 Harris, W (½) 0 1 Sandercock, B (0)
17 O’Grady (½) 0 1 Wiltshire, M (0)
18 Carrick, P (½) 0 1 Namouk, O (0)
19 Ryan, R. A. (½) ½ ½ Cox, R (0)
20 Burt, D (0) 1 0 Lucas, P (0)
21 Andrews, G (0) 1 0 Kaye, M (½)
22 Cox, Mrs. M (0) 1 0 Leggett, P (0)
23 O’Gorman (½) 1 0 Gordon, P (1)
24 Purry, N (0) ½ ½ Herschmann, H (0)
25 Maloney  bye (0) 1     ()
             
             
  “Juniors”          
1 Bartlett, S (1) ½ ½ Wells, J (1)
2 Wise, D (½) ½ 0 Orr, D (½)
3 Heppell, I (½) 1 0 Greenland, G (½)
4 Burton, R (½) ½ ½ Sellwood, C (½)
5 Rogers, D. R. (0) ½ ½ Dean, S (½)
             
  Ariss, J   bye (0) 1      
             

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Seniors Bd. 1: Yeo vs Gosling.

East meets West: "Juniors" Bd. 1: Bartlett (Cornwall) vs Wells (Norfolk).

Mike Kaye is clearly shocked by Garth Andrews' move. Marian Cox v Leggett on next board.

Jim O'Grady on his way to a loss against Mike Wiltshire.

13th Seniors Congress Day 1

Preparations for this year’s Seniors Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, were going quite smoothly up to the last few minutes before the scheduled start at 1 p.m.  With c. 30 minutes to go, at which point little gremlins started to appear. Players who thought they’d entered, but hadn’t, turned up, while some who had entered pulled out at the last minute (one had been rushed into hospital for a major operation [unstandable] while another had just become a grandfather [somewhat less so]).  One minute the overall numbers were odd, requiring a bye, then an unexpected entry arrived, evening things up, then another withdrew, bringing a bye back into the equation. Another player arrived 45 minutes late, thinking he was early for a 2 p.m. start. Who’d be a controller at a Seniors Convention?! but Ewart Smith took it all in his stride.

Eventually, after a few welcoming remarks, the show got on the road and a mighty hush descended.

The early results were as follows:

  Seniors Rd. 1        
1 Ingham, W (0) 0 1 Yeo, M (0)
2 Stephenson, N (0) 1 0 Kearsley, R (0)
3 Openshaw, D (0) ½ ½ Norman, K (0)
4 Dodgson, J (0) 0 1 Hibbitt, A (0)
5 Price, A (0) ½ ½ McAllan, I (0)
6 Gamble, R (0) ½ ½ Annetts, I. S (0)
7 Roberts, M (0) 0 1 Everson, R (0)
8 Gosling, B (0)  1  0 Gorodi, J. G (0)
9 Norman, Mrs. D (0) ½ ½ Velker, W (0)
10 Wiltshire, M (0)  0 Chadaway, S (0)
11 Sherriff, A (0) ½ ½ O’Gorman, B (0)
12 Page, M (0) 1 0 Hurn, R (0)
13 Sandercock (0) 0 1 Stonehouse, T (0)
14 Toms D. A. (0)  1 Namouk, O (0)
15 Shaddick, J (0) 1 0 Cox, Mrs. M (0)
16 Carrick, P (0)  ½  ½ Robertson, J (0)
17 Lucas, P (0) 0 1 Jones, S (0)
18 Welch, Mrs. H (0)  1 Burt, D (0)
19 Stephenson, B (0) 1 0 Purry, N (0)
20 Tidy, N. F. (0) 1 0 Andrews, G (0)
21 Kaye, M (0) ½ ½ Harris, W (0)
22 Waters, R (0) 1 0 Cox, R (0)
23 Fraser, A (0) 1 0 Moloney, T (0)
24 Gordon, P (0) 1 0 Leggett, P (0)
25 Jones, R. H. (0) 1 0 Herschmann, H (0)
26           (0)
27           (0)
  “Juniors” Rd. 1       (0)
1 Sellwood, C (0) ½ ½ Wise, D (0)
2 Wells, J (0) 1 0 Rogers, D (0)
3 Orr, D (0) ½ ½ Heppell, I (0)
4 Bartlett, S (0) 1 0 Ariss, J (0)
5 Greenland, G (0) ½ ½ Burton, R (0)
             

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General view of the playing area.

Ingham vs Yeo on Bd. 1 of the Seniors.

The 10 players in the "Junior" Section.

Colin Sellwood on his way to a fine draw against top seed David Wise.

Two regulars, Dinah Norman and Wim Velker, start their first game.

Devon II vs Dorset Result (03.11.2012.)

Devon’s 2nd team met Dorset at Luppitt Village Hall last Saturday, and anyone looking at the team lists before kick-off could have been forgiven for thinking that Devon should have a fairly smooth ride, as they outgraded their opponents on all boards but one. However, a late withdrawal and a default did much to even things up, and as the games finished there was never more than a point between the teams. In the end, with the scores standing at 7½-all, it came down to the last game to finish (Annetts-Litchfield), which was an unclear endgame, until the Dorset player allowed his last piece to get trapped and conceded his game, and with it the match.

The full scores were as follows; (Devon names first in each pairing).

1. T. F. Thynne (158) ½-½ P. Aston (151); 2. P. Brooks (157) ½-½ W. Legg (149); 3.M. Stinton-Brownbridge (159) 0-1 D. Aldwinckle (149). 4. D. A. Toms (159) 0-1 J. Cherryson (145); 5. J. Fraser (153) 1-0 Steve Blake (145); 6. I. S. Annetts (152) 1-0 M. Litchfield (142); 7. J. G. Gorodi (148) 0-1 M. Fielding (139); 8. P. Dobber (142) ½-½ P. Errington (140); 9. R. G. Wilby (145) 1-0 P. Brackner (136); 10.  K. P. Atkins (143) 1-0 P. Jackson (133); 11. P. E. Halmkin (140) 1-0 J. Kelly (128); 12.  D. Nie (146) 1-0 P. Bland (128); 13. A. Hart (135) 0-1 J. May (128); 14. K. Alexander (129) 0-1 F. Fallon (124); 15. R. H. Jones (130) 1-0 N. Mackie (117); 16. Simon Blake (96) 0-1  J. M. George (108).

In this game from the match, Black conducts a successful kingside attack.

White: P. Brackner. Black: R. Wilby.

Franco-Indian Defence [A45]

1.d4 e6 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nd2 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Be2 Qc7 6.a4 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.Ngf3 Bd6 9.0–0 Ng4 10.g3 f5 11.Nh4 Nf6 12.Ng2 Bd7 13.Re1 Ne7 14.Nf1 Ng6 15.Bh5 0–0–0 16.Be2 A retreat that doesn’t help White’s piece development. 16…Ne4 17.f3 Nf6 18.Be3 Now Black proceeds to break open the kingside. 18…f4 19.Nxf4 Nxf4 20.Bxf4 Bxf4 21.gxf4 Nh5 22.Qd2 Rdf8 23.Bb5 Rxf4 24.Bxd7+ Kxd7 25.Qe2 Rf6 26.Qe5 Qxe5 27.Rxe5 Nf4 28.Re3 h5 29.Kh1 Rg6 30.b4 Nh3 31.Ng3 h4 32.Ra2 The knight must stay there, as if 32.Ne2 Nf2# 32…hxg3 33.Ree2 Nf4 34.Red2 g2+ 35.Rxg2 Nxg2 36.Rxg2 Rxg2 37.Kxg2 Rc8 0–1 Already a rook down, White must lose his queenside pawns.

Last week’s game ended after 1.b4! does several things including providing a flight square for White’s king and threatens Qxf2, after which White’s queen and bishop pair bear down on the Black king.

Here is another original 2-mover by Dave Howard, which he tells me is not too difficult.

White to mate in 2.