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Paignton – Arkell Takes Early Lead (07.09.13.)

The Paignton Congress ends this morning, after its first venture away from Oldway Mansion. Whereas the Livermead Hotel may lack Oldway’s grandiose architecture and Grade 1 listed gardens, it has its own advantages – carpeted floors and upholstered chairs, air-conditioning, spacious car parking, many side-rooms for socialising and splendid sea views. So the change is not all bad.

Keith Arkell is the clear favourite and started with these two miniatures, but there will be tougher games to come.

Round 1: White: K. C. Arkell (237). Black: C. Fegan (180)

1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.g3 c5 Black now tries to expand on the Q-side. 4.d5 d6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.0–0 b5 7.Re1 0–0 8.e4 Bb7 9.Qe2 a6 10.a4 b4 11.a5 taking control of b6 & c6 11…Qd7 12.Nbd2 e6 13.Nc4 threatening a fork on b6 13…Qe7 14.dxe6 Nxe4 15.Ng5 f5 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.Bf4 Bd4 18.c3 If 18.Bxd6 Rxf2 19.Bxe7 Rxe2+ 20.Kh1 Rxc2. 18…bxc3 19.bxc3 Rxf4 Black offers the exchange to break the threat on d6, and possibly hoping that he can then fork the rooks from c3. If 19…Bxc3 first, 20.Bxd6 Qxe6 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.Rab1. 20.cxd4 Rf6 21.Nb6 Nc6 22.Nd5 White rightly chooses to win the rook that’s in play rather than the one in the corner. 22…Qxe6 23.Qxe4 Qf7 24.Nxf6+ Qxf6 White is now the exchange up, but can improve on that. 25.Rab1 Nxa5 26.Rxb7 Nxb7 27.Qxb7 Black now has 2 pawns for White’s extra piece. 27…Rf8 28.Qb2 a5 29.Re2 cxd4 30.Rd2 Qe5 31.Qxd4 1-0. Black resigned as the queens must probably be exchanged off or lose more material. If 31…Qe1+ 32.Bf1 Qe5 33.Bc4+ Kh8 34.Qxe5+ dxe5 35.Rd5.

Round 2: White: T. Spanton (174). Black: K. C. Arkell.

Queen’s Pawn Game  [D01].

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.e3 g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.Nf3 0–0 7.0–0 c6 8.Re1 Re8 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Nf6 12.Bd3 Bg4 13.c3 Qd5 White misses the threat. 14.Re3?? 14…Bxf3 and the black-square bishop must fall next move. 0–1 Much better was 14.Re5 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qxf3 16.gxf3 h6.

In last week’s position, Black needn’t have resigned because he had 1…Bg1! threatening 2…Qxh2 mate and the White queen can do nothing about it so will be taken next move.

This 2-mover was composed by Gerald Frank Anderson (1883 – 1983) and first appeared in the Western Morning News in 1922. This was at a time when he was convalescing after being shot down in WW1 for which he was awarded the DFC, though both his brothers were killed in action.

White to mate in 2 moves.

Paignton Congress 2013 Rd. 2.

The Monday may traditionally be Rd. 2 in the afternoon tournaments, but it’s the start of the 5-Rd. A.M. event. Today, started with the presentation of a Grand Prix award to Richard Desmedt, seen here, left.

Paignton Congress 2013. Rd. 1

It’s the first week of September; it’s Torbay; so it must be time for the Paignton Congress.

True enough, but this year there are fundamental changes. For the 1st time it’s not at Oldway Mansion – it’s not even in Paignton, but at the Livermead Hotel, near Torquay railway station. Inevitably, entries are down, mostly because of the proximity in time and distance, of the British Championships, held recently just a few hundred metres from this very spot. Players coming from a distance would probably need to be highly motivated to make the long journey twice in a month. However, a late surge has brought the numbers up to c. 150.

Apparently, two of them reported to an empty Oldway Mansion, presumably out of force of habit, or maybe just curiosity, but by 13.45 everyone was in place for the welcoming remarks of the DCCA President, Paul Brooks.

These pictures set the scene……

Sea front entrance to the new venue.

Standing on the same spot, but looking towards Torquay.

... and in the opposite directon towards Paignton.

The playing area is on the ground floor to the left.

Paul Brooks welcomes allcomers.

Colin Gardiner receives his Grand Prix award.

At last... play gets under way.

General view of the Premier Section.

Arkell vs Chris Fegan - a repairing of Game 2 in Keith's recent autobiography.


The games in the Premier Section went thus:-

  Paignton Premier       Rd. 1  
Bd White Grd     Black Grd
1 K. C. Arkell 237 1 0 C. Fegan 180
2 J. C. Wells 180 ½ ½ S. R. Berry 214
3 D. Mackle 204 1 0 S. J. Burke 169
4 A. Pickersgill 172 0 1 F. Rayner 198
5 S. Dilleigh 188 ½ ½ R. Thompson 186
6 A. W. Brusey 181 ½ ½ P. R. Kemp 189
7 A. Crombleholme 180 1 0 S. Bartlett 174
8 A. M. Hibbitt 161 ½ ½ A. M. Brown 186
9 B. Macreamoinn 178 0 1 J. Fraser 163
10 M. S. Pollard 146 ½ ½ J. W. Bass 176
11 D. Littlejohns 186 1 0 T. Slade 162
12 P. Cheshire 133 0 1 T. Spanton 174
13 G. Bolt 172 1      
14 D. Sully 197 bye ½    
15 C. J. A. Jones 182 bye ½    
16 P. J. Gregory 173 bye ½    
17 J. A. Coburn 149 bye ½