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Historic First – Exmouth Lose to Seaton (27.10.2014.)

Exmouth started the day as County champions at all forms of the over-the-board game – Standard play, RapidPlay and Blitz. But chess has a way of bringing any individual or group getting delusions of grandeur down to earth with a bump. So it was with Exmouth when they finished the day by losing to Seaton for the first time in many encounters in Devon’s RapidPlay League – the Newman Cup.

Last year, Seaton improved their chances by bringing in Steve Martin, and this year added Dr. Jonathan Underwood, which tipped the balance altogether. Seaton won both rounds 2.5 – 1.5  and finished 5-3 winners. Chris Scott maintained his continuing improvement by winning his individual encounter against Martin, while Jones managed to stem early aggression from Adams and may have had very slight advantages in both games but with time running out offered draws, which  Adams was minded to accept. But Underwood was clearly fired up after winning 6 Blitz games eight days earlier and the combination of his endgame technique and speed of move proved too much for the Exmouth captain. Blake had a won position in Rd. 1 but ran very low on time and Dowse kindly offered a draw when he could have won on time.

Exmouth have started with a loss several times before in this competition, but managed to make up lost ground. In this case, this seems less likely than hitherto, and Seaton must be considered serious contenders for the title.

  RapidPlay League             27.10.2014  
  Seaton Grd Rd 1 Rd 2   Rd 1 Rd 2 Exmouth Grd
1 Jon Underwood 179 1 1   0 0 Mark Abbott 167
2 Steve Martin 172 ½ 0   ½ 1 Chris Scott 157
3 Martyn Adams 133 ½ ½   ½ ½ Bob Jones 147
4 Alan Dowse 111 ½ 1   ½ 0 Simon Blake   91
    595             562
        5   3      


Seaton players facing camera: Underwood, Martin (shaking hands), Adams (purple shirt) and Dowse.


Martin (l) vs Scott (nearest) & Underwood vs Abbott.

Bude RapidPlay Results (25.10.2014.)

All westcountry congresses depend on small groups of volunteers, who take a quiet satisfaction in running a successful event that gives pleasure to the players.

The latest of these was the 1st Bude Rapidplay Congress organised recently by John and Christine Constable. The entry was small but strong – 16 players with an average grade of 153. 1st J. Rudd (Barnstaple – 231) 6/6 pts. 2nd J. Byrne (Taunton – 165) 5 pts. 3rd G. Trudeau (Liskeard – 155) 4 pts. 4th= G. Body (Exeter – 167); T. Slade (Bude – 164) & R. Nash (Barnstaple – 124) all 3½. 7th= S. Homer (Exeter – 200); M. Richardt (Taunton – 187); D. J. Jenkins (Camborne – 132) & S. Woolgar (Bristol – 132) all 3. 11th C. Sellwood (Camborne – 158) 2½. 12th= D. R. Jenkins (Liskeard – 126); S. Bartlett (Newquay – 165) & B. Childs (Lerryn – 106) all 2. 15th= P. May (114) & M. Jones (Newquay – 121) 1.

Longer-established events need their organising committee refreshed from time to time, otherwise they risk withering on the vine. The East Devon Congress, for example, is on the brink of collapse as the committee has dwindled to two, Sean Pope and Mark Abbott, who are already highly committed with their daytime professions. They need fresh blood coming in from the Exeter region to share the load and keep it afloat, as it’s a bigger event, with a larger venue. Prospective volunteers should contact Sean on 01392-436420 or e-mail:

Meanwhile, here is a win by a great supporter of the Exeter Congress.

White: J. F. Wheeler Black: J. Duckham.

Benko Gambit  [A57]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 The signature move of the Benko Gambit in which Black offers a pawn in order to open up space in which his queenside pieces can operate freely. 4.cxb5 a6 5.b6 White doesn’t wish to fall in with Black’s plans. 5…g6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.e4 d6 8.Nf3 Nbd7 9.Be2 0–0 10.0–0 Nxb6 11.h3 Bb7 12.Bf4 Nfd7 13.Qd2 f5? Leaving a big hole at the heart of his position. 14.Ng5 fxe4 15.Ne6 Qe8 16.Nxf8 Qxf8 17.Bg4 Ne5 18.Be6+ Kh8 19.Bg3 Nbc4 20.Qe2 Bc8 21.Bxc8 Rxc8 22.Bxe5 Nxe5 23.Qxe4 c4 24.Rab1 Nd3 25.Nd1 Ne5 26.Ne3 Rc5 27.Rfc1 Qc8 28.f4 Nd3 29.Rxc4 Nxb2 30.Rxc5 Qxc5 31.Qxe7 h6 32.Kh2 Qd4 33.Rf1 Nd3 34.g3 Qb2+ 35.Ng2 Qf6 White would be delighted to simplify out, leaving him still materially ahead. 36.Qxf6 Bxf6 1–0

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Ra1! and when Black checks on h8 2.Bg8 not only blocks that check but allows the rook on a1 to administer mate at the same time.

This is not a beginners’ game but from this year’s British Championship. Four moves each have been played and now it is White to move.

White to play and win quickly

Seniors Congress 3rd – 7th Nov. 2014 Entries to date

Here is the list of entries so far received for the 15th Seniors Congress, correct as at  31.10.2014.

Latest entries in Bold.

Entry forms may be downloaded from the chessdevon website.

  Grd 65+





Grd 50-64


1 189 Norman Ken   191 Hurst Kevin
2 187 Footner Andrew   185 Brown Alan
3 186 Adaway William   183 Wells Jonathan
4 170 Barton Alan   182 Dilleigh Steve
5 164 Everson Robert   174 Heppell Ian
6 163 Page Martin   173 Wynarczyk Raymond
7 162 Annetts Ivor   170 McAllan Ian
8 161 Gamble Raymond   169 Bartlett Simon
9 155 Price Andrew   167 Dean Steve
10 155 Openshaw David   161 Thynne Trefor
11 155 Reinhardt Joachim   158 Rogers Dave
12 153 Gosling Brian   156 Sellwood Colin
13 152 Scowen Roger   152 Morton Peter
14 151 Toms David   152 Burton Ronnie
15 147 Wood Peter   147 Sheppard Derek
16 146 Kinder Andrew   147 Cross Ian
17 145 Footner John   145 Roberts Malcolm
18 142 Shaddick John   132 Foster Paul
19 140 Namouk Omer   130 Blencowe Ian
20 138 Norman Dinah   127 Smith Richard
21 137 Errington Paul   127 Orr David
22 135 Tidy Norman    99 Maber Martyn
23 130 Sandercock Barry        
24 130 Robertson Jim        
25 130 Adams Martyn        
26 129 Jones Bob        
27 125 Hurn Bob        
28 125 Sherriff Alan        
29 122 Clapp Jo        
30 118 Gordon Philip        
31 112 Burt Dave        
32 112 Waters Roger        
33 112 Langmaid Kevin        
34 106 Curtis Roy        
35 105 Fraser Alan        
36 96 Lucas Peter        
37 96 Welch Hazel        
38 96 Day Fred        
39 94 Carrick Peter        
40 91 Kaye Mike        
41 80 Cox Reg        
42 70 Moloney Tom        

Devon Team Blitz Tournament 2014

It is several years since Trefor Thynne revived Devon’s Team Blitz tournament after it lapsed as traditional season starter. It is for teams of 4 players, each having 12 minutes on the clock for all moves, and  6 rounds played on a Swiss system. Its regular venue has been the Newton Abbot Club

Each year there have been a few more teams involved, with a new trophy added in each of the last 3 years to reflect the renewed interest. However, this year the number of teams entered dropped to 8, and several of these were not as strong as in recent years. In view of this, it was decided to change it to an all-play-all tournament of 7 rounds, with the tea break abolished to keep the timings about the same.

Round 1 paired Exmouth Eagles against a Newton Abbot team led by former Devon and West of England Champion Dominic Mackle. Normally this would have been a top-of-the-table affair, but when it finished 4 – 0 to the Eagles it was clear something unexpected was afoot. There was an element of luck involved as, at the end of the top game,  Stephens had 10 seconds left compared to Mackle’s 60, and yet somehow managed to win on time. From then on the Eagles never looked back. At the start of the 7th and final round, three of them still had maximum points. Then Underwood lost, leaving Stephens and Gosling as the only two on 100%, the tie break giving the new Individual trophy to Stephens by virtue of it being gained on Bd. 1.

The other excellent team performance was by Sidmouth Juniors, comprising two set of brothers, the Susevee and Bacon boys, who, with the 2nd lowest team grade total, accumulated 13 points and the U-450 Cup.

The evnt was organised by Trefor Thynne and controlled by Ray Chubb.

Here are summary charts showing where all the points went.

No. Team Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Award
1 Exmouth Eagles 683 4 7 11 15 19 22½ 25½ Thomas Cup
2 Newton Abbot 560 0 4 12½ 15½ 18½ Hodge Cup (U-600)
3 Tiverton 595 2 5 12 16 17  
4 Teignmouth A 515 11½ 12 12½ 13½  
5 Sidmouth Juniors 373 2 3 5 7 8 10½ 13 U-450 Cup
6 Exmouth Egrets 477 4 4 6 10  
7 TQ B.G.S. 386 2 3 9  
8 Teignmouth B 324 2 2 2 2 4 4  


  Team Bd Name rd ► 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tot
1 Exmouth Eagles     vs ► 2 5 8 6 7 4 3  
    1 J. K. Stephens 194 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
    2 J. Underwood 179 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 6
    3 C. J. Scott 157 1 0 1 1 1 ½ 1
    4 B. G. Gosling 153 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
                     totals  683 4 3 4 4 4 3½  3 25½
        vs ► 1 8 6 3 5 7 4  
2 Newton Abbot 1 D. Mackle 203 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 0
    2 T. F. Thynne 161 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 6
    3 M. Hussey 113 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 4
    4 J. Blackmore 83 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
                     totals 560 0 4 3 3 3 4 18½
        vs ► 5 6 7 2 4 8 1  
3 Tiverton 1 S. Bartlett 169 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0
    2 I. S. Annetts 162 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 4
    3 K. P. Atkins 157 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 0
    4 B. Aldwin 107 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4
                     totals 595 2 3 1 4 1 17
        vs ► 6 7 5 8 2 1 2  
4 Teignmouth A 1 A. W. Brusey 176 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 1
    2 C. Doidge 122 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
    3 G. Bramley 117 1 1 0 1 ½ ½ 0 4
    4 W. Tindall 100 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4
                     totals  515 3 2 4 ½ ½ 1 13½
        vs ► 3 1 4 7 2 6 8  
5 Sidmouth Juniors 1 G. Sussevee 126 0 0 0 1 0 1 ½
    2 N. Bacon 124 1 0 1 0 0 ½ 1
    3 Guy Sussevee 194 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 6
    4 O. Bacon 39 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
                     totals 373 2 1 2 2 1 13
        vs ► 4 3 2 1 8 5 7  
6 Exmouth Egrets 1 O. E. Wensley 149 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 2
    2 R. H. Jones 129 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 1
    3 S. Blake 102 0 0 0 0 1 1 ½
    4 F. R. Hodge 97 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 4
                     totals 477 1 0 2 10
        vs ► 8 5 3 5 1 2 6  
7 TQ B.G.S. 1 V. Ramesh 131 1 1 ½ 0 0 0 1
    2 J. Wray 110 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3
    3 V. Wells 82 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
    4 B Sanders-Wyatt 65 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
                     totals 386 2 1 2 0 1 9
        vs ► 7 2 1 4 6 3 5  
8 Teignmouth B 1 M. Rickard 95 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½
    2 A. Webster 92 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
    3 M. White 80 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    4 P. Darlow 57 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3
                     totals 324 2 0 0 0 2 0


Round 1 gets under way.

The Eagles (l) meet the "Newts".

The Egrets (l) were no match for the Eagles in Rd. 4

Teignmouth A (r) vs Teignmouth B

Start of the final round.

Angela Susevee presents the U-450 cup to her son Greg.

Fred Hodge presents his U-600 cup to Dominic Mackle.

John Stephens receives the Thomas Cup.


John Stephens receives the individual trophy.


The Eagles - Dominant on the day: (l-r) Stephens, Underwood, Scott & Gosling.

Glos. vs Devon Results (18.10.2014.)

Gloucestershire met Devon on Saturday at West Buckland in Rd. 1 of the 2014 – ‘15 Inter-County competition. It was a well-contested contest, although in the end Devon forced a comfortable enough 12-4 win, mainly due to their greater strength in the bottom half of the team.

This was also the debut for former presenter of TV science programmes, Adam Hart-Davis, who is now a regular at the Plymouth Chess Club.

Here are the details, with Gloucestershire names first in each pairing and grades in brackets.

1.J. Stewart (207) 0-1 D. Mackle (203). 2. P. J. Meade (182) 0-1 J. K. Stephens (194). 3. N. K. Hosken (181) ½- ½ S. J. Homer (188). 4. M. J. Ashworth (181) ½- ½ P. Sivrev (187). 5. J. Jenkins (176) 1-0 J. Wheeler (181). 6. P. J. Kirby (173) ½- ½ J. Underwood (179). 7. P. Dodwell (163) 0-1 D. Regis (176). 8. B. Whitelaw (159) 0-1 A. W. Brusey (176). 9. R. M. Ashworth (151) 0-1 B. W. Hewson (174). 10. A. Richards (136) ½- ½ W. Ingham (176). 11. A. N. Walker (134) ½- ½ M. Shaw (170) 12. P. Baker (132) 0-1 G. Body (169). 13 K. Bendall (131) ½- ½ M. Stinton-Brownbridge (164). 14. J. Caterer (128) 0-1 I. S. Annetts (162) 15. P. Bending (122) 0-1 A. Hart-Davis (161). 16. J. B. Harris (115) 0-1 C. J. Scott (157).

Here is a game with notes based on those kindly supplied by the winner.

White: Jim Caterer (128). Black: Ivor Annetts (162).

Caro-Kann – Exchange Variation [B13]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Ne2 If 6.Nf3 then 6…Bg4 is a little more problematic. 6…Bg4 7.f3 Bd7 8.Bf4 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 So far, but no further, all was known to Black from the 2002 game Gonzalez v Sasikiran. 10.Bc2 Bd6 11.0–0 Ne7 12.Nd4 h5 13.Ba4 0–0–0 Now the race is on to start a telling attack against the enemy king. White starts well in this respect. 14.Bxd7+ Rxd7 15.b4 Kb8 16.a4 N7g6 17.Bg3 h4 18.Nb5 Qc6 19.Qd4 b6 If 19…hxg3 20.Qxa7+ Kc8 21.Qa8+ Bb8 22.Na7+ That’s as far as Black got with his analysis. It seems to win the Black queen but White’s own queen can become trapped in the corner – or worse e.g. 24…Ba7+ 25.Kh1 Rxh2 mate. 24…Ba7+ 25.Qxa7 Nxa7 and Black is a piece for a pawn to the good! 20.Bf2 h3 21.Nxd6 hxg2 22.Kxg2 Rxh2+ 23.Kg3 If 23.Kxh2 Nxf3+ 24.Kg2 Nxd4 25.Bg3 Black was mildly worried about this move but all lines are good for him. 23…Rh4 24.Qxh4 Nxh4 25.Kxh4 Qxd6 Black was thinking his opponent would not pin the knight with Bg3 because it would be mate. And yet…. 26.Bg3?? Qh6# 0–1

Last week’s position was ended after 1.Qxa7+! RxQ 2.RxR+ Kb4 3.Ra4 mate.

Here is another hitherto unpublished 2-mover by Dave Howard.

White to mate in 2

Unique Start to the 2014-2015 Season

The start of Exmouth’s league season was a unique event in the history of the club. For the first time ever, they had entered two teams in the Exeter & District League Division 1, and the league rules rightly state that any club with 2 teams in the same division must make that their first match, to avoid any possible suspicion that, should they meet in a later round, one team might voluntarily lose in order for the other to win the cup.  Not that they would, of course, but any team so edged out couldn’t help but wonder…..

Not that there would be any danger of that happening in this case, as, given the club’s relatively limited playing resources, both teams were likely to be well short of the maximum team grade total of 640, unless they acquire some strong new members from somewhere. But the club are treating it as a fun event with no high expectations of ultimate glory.

On the night, blunders abounded; one player tore his scoresheet up in disgust while another didn’t submit his scoresheet at all - all good fun. At the end of night it was the Elephants that got trampled while the Eagles soared above.

Bd Exmouth Elephants Grd     Exmouth Eagles Grd
1 S. J. Murray 138 ½ ½ C. J. Scott 157
2 D. Thomson 134 ½ ½ R. H. Jones 129
3 F. R. Hodge   97 0 1 M. Belt 128
4 T. Badlan   82 0 1 S. Blake 102
    451 1 3   516

Death of Brian Clapp (11.10.2014.)

The death in Cheltenham of Brian William Clapp at the age of 87 was reported last week. Brian was a regular member of the Exeter Club in the 1960s and ‘70s, having been club champion in 1963, ’68, ’69 and ’71. He was a lecturer in Economic History at Exeter University and published several books, notably Manchester Merchants 1850 – 1939 (1956), John Owens – Manchester Merchant (1965), The University of Exeter – A History (1982) and An Environmental History of Britain Since the Industrial Revolution (1994 – Longman).

In this 1966 game he took full advantage of some loose play by a much stronger opponent. 21 year old Richard Hall from Bradford was reading law and went on to become a district judge in 1998 and British Correspondence Chess Champion and a Grandmaster of postal chess. It is taken from Dr. Dave Regis’ excellent book 100-Odd Years of Exeter Chess Club.

White:  B. W. Clapp. Black: R. V. M. Hall.

Sicilian Defence – Paulsen Var.  [B45]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Be3 Bb4 7.Bd3 d5 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.e5 d4 10.exf6 dxe3 11.Qf3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 exf2+ 13.Qxf2 Qxf6 14.Qc5 preventing castling. 14…Rb8 15.Rd1 Qe7? 16.Qe5 Hitting rook and g-pawn. 16…Rb2 17.Qxg7 Qf8?? 18.Qf6 Bd7 19.Be4 Rb6 20.Qd4 Qh6 21.Qxd7+ Kf8 22.Qd6+ Kg8 22…Kg7 is no better. 23.Qg3+ 1–0 Black resigned as he could see what was to follow i.e. 23…Kf8 24.Rd8+ Ke7 25.Qc7+ Kf6 26.0–0+ and mate must follow very shortly.

The 49th Dorset Congress takes place on the weekend commencing Friday 24th October (contact: Ian Clark on 01202-536370 or e-mail If you can only spare one day that weekend there’s the Chipping Sodbury Rapidplay on the Saturday; (Contact: Graham Mill-Wilson on 07790-187-415 or e-mail Then there’s the Royal Beacon Seniors Congress in Exmouth starting on Monday 3rd November (Contact: R. H. Jones on 01395-0223340 or e-mail:

The solution to last week’s problem by A. C. White involving pawn promotion was 1.Qc4! threatening 2.Pc8=N mate, and Black’s capture with the rook to prevent this, merely allows 2.g8=N mate.

This position arose in a game earlier this year. White is the exchange and a pawn down, but can win by force. How did he do it?

White to mate by force

Antiquarian titles

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games played up to the present time, including the whole of the
beautiful specimens contained in Chess Masterpieces, comprising those of
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LN 1822 Original dark cloth. Front binding a little tender o/w 96pp VG £75.00
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LN 1819 Includes interesting long lists of subscribers in UK & US, including
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centuries and the present not dealt with in other works.
F. Warne
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collection of 150 games of the past quarter century, with Notes,
including the finest games in the Exhibition of 1851 and the Vienna
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140pp VG £75.00
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LN 992 Original olive cloth boards bearing attractive
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55pp VG £25.00
Cook, W. Cook’s Chess Synopsis – a synopsis of
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Original maroon cloth bearing gilt title and diagram. 180pp VG £25.00
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LN 3182 Re-backed retaining original fawn cloth with amusing blind stamped
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Original brown cloth boards with chessboard motif. Not in LN.
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LN 1863 Original maroon cloth boards. 114pp VG £15.00
Mason, J Chess Openings – 1st ed. London 1897
LN 1863 Another copy with small section cut out of front endpaper o/w 114pp VG £12.00
Mason, J Chess Openings – 2nd ed. London 1905
LN 1864 Insc. maroon cloth boards 120pp VG £10.00
Mason, J The Art of Chess  – 2nd ed.
revised & enlarged
London 1898
LN 1114 Original bright blue cloth boards with gilt design. Insc. 423pp VG+ £20.00
Mason, J The Art of Chess  – 4th ed.
revised & enlarged
London 1914
LN 1116 Insc. Original green cloth rubbed o/w 492pp G £15.00
Mason, J The Art of Chess  – 4th ed.
working copy only
Mason, J The Principles of Chess in Theory &
Practice. – 1st ed.
London 1894
LN 1101 Original maroon cloth with gilt design. 492pp VG £15.00
Mason, J The Principles of Chess in Theory &
Practice. – 1st ed.
London 1894
Another copy with front cover splitting from pages. 492pp G- £9.00
Mason, J The Principles of Chess in Theory &
Practice. – 2nd ed. revised & enlarged
London 1896
LN 1102 Another copy with front cover splitting from pages. 324pp VG- £12.00
Mason, J The Principles of Chess in Theory &
Practice. – 4th ed. revised & enlarged
London 1902
330pp G+ £10.00
Mason, J The Principles of Chess in Theory &
Practice. – 5th ed. revised
London 1915
LN 1106 330pp G £5.00
Murray, H. J. History Of Chess – 1st ed. Oxford 1913
LN 264 “Perhaps the most important chess book in English… Mostly
concerned with the evolution of modern chess from its oriental origins
up to early 18th century”. Hooper & Whyld.
Grey cloth boards with
bright gilt title on spine.
900pp VG+ £195.00
Murray, H. J. History Of Chess – 2nd ed. Oxford 1962
Reprinted lithographically from corrected sheets of the
original – hence internally indistinguishable from original. DW
price-clipped and a little wear to top & bottom o/w
900pp F £95.00
Peachey, H. Everybody’s Guide To Chess & Draughts London
c ‘96
LN 3625 Problems & examples. Original red cloth 226pp VG £12.00
J. & W Pierce Pierce Gambit: Chess Papers & Problems
- 1st ed.
LN 1839 Poems, 134 problems, analyses of the Pierce Gambit with 23
games, and various articles. List of subscribers. Original blue cloth,
Endpapers foxed and short split to rear of spine, which is dulled. o/w
226pp VG- £110.00
Selkirk G. H. The Book of Chess – A Popular &
Comprehensive Guide to all Players of that Intellectual Game with Full
Instructions for Blindfold Chess – 1st ed.
LN 946 Original green cloth boards bearing bright gilt titles &
chessboard design. Many games & 78 diagrammed studies
439pp VG+ £85.00
Staunton, H The Chess Tournament – A Collection of
the Games Played at this Celebrated Assemblage Illustrated by Copious
Diagrams and Notes, Critical & Explanatory.
LN 5179 Re-backed retaining original maroon cloth and gilt chessboard
motif, making a tight copy of this contemporary report on the world’s
first chess tournament.
377pp G £150.00
Staunton (ed) The Chess Player’s Chronicle Vol. 5 London
LN 6123 This was the 3rd issue after the magazine had become a
shilling monthly publication. There are many games and problems, while
throughout the year there was a full account of the tortuous
negotiations for Staunton’s 3rd match against St. Amant, postponed from
the previous year, due to Staunton’s pneumonia.
All 12 issues nicely
bound in patterned leather with gilt edging and title. Light foxing on
the endpapers o/w a sound, clean copy.
400pp £120.00
Staunton, H The Chess-Player’s Handbook – New Ed. London
Not in LN. Insc. Original maroon cloth boards bearing gilt
titles & chessboard design.
518pp G £35.00
Staunton, H The Chess-Player’s Handbook London
LN 749 Small elaborate bookplate “Wormald – Norbury”. Original maroon
cloth boards.
518pp VG- £25.00
Staunton, H The Chess-Player’s Handbook – with
input by R. F. Green
LN 752 Original maroon cloth boards. Bookplate 544pp VG £30.00
Staunton, H The Chess-Player’s Handbook London
LN 753 Original Maroon cloth boards. 544pp VG £15.00
Staunton, H The Chess-Player’s Handbook London
Not in LN Front endpaper and binding loose 544pp G- £10.00
Staunton, H The Chess-Player’s Handbook – revised
& edited by E. H. Bermingham
Not in LN  Insc. Original blue cloth boards 543pp G £10.00
Staunton, H The Chess-Player’s Text Book – A
Concise & Easy Introduction to The Game.
Illustrated By Numerous
Diagrams of Instructive Situations.
Revised by Rev. E. E.
No date
LN 787 Originally published in 1849 but date given to any subsequent
132pp G
Staunton, H Chess Praxis London
LN 871 A supplement to the Chess-Player’s Handbook. Includes big
section on Morphy’s games. Insc. Maroon cloth somewhat dulled and rubbed
622pp G+ £75.00
Staunton, H The Laws and Practice of Chess. New
ed. edited by R. Wormald.
Staunton’s final book, completed by Wormald. A section on the
origin & history of chess, plus much on the openings with many
illustrative games. Original red cloth, spine dulled o/w
509pp G £12.00
Staunton, H The Laws and Practice of Chess. New
ed. edited by R. Wormald.
Staunton’s final book, completed by Wormald. A section on the
origin & history of chess, plus much on the openings with many
illustrative games. Original red cloth, spine dulled o/w
509pp G £10.00
Steinitz W The Modern Chess Instructor. Part 1
1st ed. 1889
NY & London
Starts with the basics and proceeds to his ground-breaking
theories. Big section on openings and gives all 20 annotated games of
his match against Tchigorin. Original brown cloth, gilt chessboard
design on front cover.
193pp VG+ £80.00
Swinton, R. B Chess For Beginners and The Beginners
of Chess 3rd ed.
Original pale green cloth. More about the 2nd part of the
title i.e. the origins of chess. Pages browning around edges o/w
200pp G £20.00
Walker, G Walker On Chess – A New Treatise on
Chess. – 3rd ed.
LN 667 Includes a useful 35pp bibliography of books and writers on
chess up to 1841. Brown cloth boards with blind stamped design. Some
wear to top & bottom of spine o/w internally
296pp VG £85.00
Young, K The Minor Tactics of Chess – a
treatise on the deployment of the forces in obedience to strategic
principle. With E. C. Howell.
LN 1109 Authors apply a military approach to the game’s language.
Original brown cloth boards bearing chess piece design.
221pp VG £17.50

Dilleigh Wins Bristol Summer Congress (04.10.2014.)

The 1st Bristol Summer Congress was held on Aug 22nd-24th and the section winners were as follows: Open: 1st S. Dilleigh. Major (U-155): 1st A. Papier. Minor (U-125): 1st Nikhil Hakeem – at 9 yrs old Nikhil is clearly one to watch.

Here is Dilleigh’s fine Rd. 3 win against a stronger opponent.

White: Ryszard Maciol (215). Black: Steve Dilleigh (182)

Queen’s Gambit – Exchange Var. [D36]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 Be7 8.Nge2 Nh5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Qc2 g6 11.0–0–0 Nb6 12.Kb1 Ng7 13.e4 dxe4 14.Bxe4 Black has to decide whether to risk castling on the kingside and inviting a pawn storm. However, if he castles long, White threatens to break open the centre with d5. 14…0–0 15.Nf4 Qf6 16.g3 Ne6 17.Nce2 Ng5 18.Bd3 Bg4 19.h3 Bf3 20.Rhf1 Rad8 21.h4 Ne6 22.Nxe6 Qxe6 23.Rd2 Qf6 24.Qc3 Rfe8 25.h5 White pushed on with his attack, but Black is able to create counter threats. 25…Nd5 26.Qb3 Qg5 27.Rc2 Qxh5 28.Nc3 Nxc3+ 29.Qxc3 Qg4 30.Rd2 Qxd4 Black is able to grab another pawn to open up the central files, while White’s pieces are not well co-ordinated. 31.Qxd4 Rxd4 32.Kc2 Red8 33.Re1 Bg4 preparing for the killer blow. 34.Kc3 Bf5 0–1 White can avoid losing a piece, with 35.Re8+ Rxe8 36.Kxd4 Rd8+ 37.Ke3 Rxd3+ 38.Rxd3 Bxd3 39.Kxd3. but is left a pawn down on both wings.

The solution to last week’s problem was the waiting move 1.Qh8! and wherever the king moves to 2.Qd4 or 2.Bf5 are mates.

In Alain C. White’s 1912 book, The Theory of Pawn Promotion, he talks about the evolution of the concept of what should happen to a pawn if it manages to get to the opposite side of the board, before assembling a collection of about 500 problems based on this idea. He writes “The origin of the Promotion of Pawns is buried beyond recovery in the past. Evidently, since pawns can only march ‘breast forward’, as Browning would have described it, something startling must happen when they reach the opposite end of the board. Several possibilities could be imagined. They might turn round and walk back again. They might be compelled to walk straight off the board in a novel form of self-annihilation. But this would be a penalty for their prowess instead of a reward. Their transfiguration is a most ingenious and appropriate solution to the difficulty.” He goes on to describe the gradual modification in the promotion rules, from queen-only, to any piece that has already been captured, to the present state of any piece, regardless of the earlier course of the game.

One of the given examples is this, his own 2-mover.

White to mate in 2