Archive for November 8th, 2014
The Chipping Sodbury RapidPlay was held recently at the Old Grammar School. The winners were as follows:
Open Section: 1st James Cobb (228) Bristol& Clifton 5/6 pts. 2nd= Chris Beaumont (214) Bristol & Clifton & Jerry Humphries Downend & Fishponds 4½.
Major Section (U-155): 1st= Andrew Munn (150) & David Tipper (143) both Downend & Fishponds, and David Dugdale (151) Thornbury all 4½.
Minor Section: Dorota Pacion (117) S. Bristol 5½. 2nd= Jack Walpole (90) & Richard Port (113) both University and Kevin Langmaid (112) Yate & Sodbury all 4 pts. Dorota Pacian was the only female player in the tournament.
While the 15th Beacon Seniors tournament was played out during the week, the World Seniors Championship was due to finish on Wednesday at Katerini, Greece. Millionaire chess player, Terry Chapman, had organised a team of four English players, himself incuded, to have a concerted effort for one of them to win the title.
This was the 8th round game between two of the contingent.
White: Keith Arkell (2450). Black: Mark Hebden (2540).
King’s Indian Defence [E62]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.d4 0–0 5.g3 d6 6.Bg2 Nc6 7.0–0 Rb8 8.b3 a6 9.Nd5 Nh5 10.Bb2 e6 11.Nc3 b5 12.d5 Ne7 13.dxe6 fxe6 14.c5 dxc5 15.Qc2 Nc6 16.Rad1 Nd4 17.Nxd4 cxd4 18.e3 e5 19.exd4 exd4 20.Nd5 d3 21.Qc1 Bf5 22.Bxg7 Nxg7 23.Qxc7 Qxc7 24.Nxc7 White has now won a pawn and has a distinct advantage considering Black’s isolated pawn and inferior piece placement. 24…a5 25.Nd5 Rf7 26.Ne3 Rd7 27.Rd2 a4 28.Nxf5 Nxf5 29.Rfd1 axb3 30.axb3 Black must lose at least one of his 2 queenside pawns. 30…Rbd8 31.Bc6 Rd4 32.Bxb5 Now the other must fall as well. 32…g5 33.Rxd3 Kg7 34.Kg2 R8d6 35.Rxd4 Nxd4 36.Bc4 Kf6 37.b4 Ke5 38.Re1+ Kf6 39.b5 Nf5 40.Rb1 Rb6 41.Bd3 Nd6 42.Rb4 h6 43.h4 Nf7 44.Ra4 Ke5 45.hxg5 hxg5 46.Ra6 Rb8 47.Rg6 Kd4 48.Be2 Ke5 49.Bc4 1–0. Now Black’s last pawn must go, leaving him in a hopeless position. Arkell won again in the next round, putting him in the joint lead with 2 games to play, and Hebden and Nunn just behind. The chances of having an English World Seniors Champion look good.
In last week’s miniature problem White wins by 1.Qg7! from where it can go to either a7 or a1 to give mate, depending on which way the Black king goes.
This position comes at the end of a blitz game earlier this year. White is 2 pawns down but might have winning chances; if only he had more than a few seconds to think about it…
Before play started there were the usual opening remarks, and on this occasion the focus was on our Controller, Ewart Smith, whose last event this was. Ten years ago, he had come in at short notice when the event’s orinator, Steve Boniface, had died about 2 weeks before the 6th Seniors was due to start. Ewart has since done the last 10 events, in additon to the Paignton, Torbay, Dorset and other congresses around the westcountry. He had spent a couple of years gradually cutting down on this workload, and this the final curtain. When asked to show their appreciation the players all gave him a fulsome round of applause that was clearly genuinely felt. He responded modestly before saying, for what we estimated was about the 500th time, “Start White’s clock”, and the final round was off. It finished as follows:-
|1||J. Wells||182||(2½)||0||1||I. Heppell||174||(3)|
|2||R. Wynarczyk||173||(2½)||1||0||S. Bartlett||169||(2½)|
|3||S. K. Dean||167||(2½)||½||½||S. Dilleigh||182||(3)|
|4||T. F. Thynne||161||(2)||1||0||R. Burton||152||(2)|
|5||A. Brown||185||(2½)||½||½||I. Cross||147||(2½)|
|6||I. McAllan||170||(1½)||1||0||M. Roberts||145||(1)|
|7||D. R. Rogers||158||(1)||½||½||D. Sheppard||147||(1)|
|8||I. Blencowe||130||(1½)||½||½||C. Sellwood||156||(1)|
|M. Maber||99||(1½)||½||½||D. Orr||127||(1½)|
It was Heppell, who had a win/win finish to draw ahead of a distinguished pack. Local player Steve Dean did well to thwart Steve Dilleigh who had had a good season to date. Ian Blencowe, who was the whipping boy last year (not that he minded that one bit) he was clearly building up experience for the future, and he came away declaring this was his best congress result ever, and he plays a lot of congresses.
In the seniors section, it was William G. Adaway who took the honours. He retired to Dorset from the Home Counties 2 years ago, not having even thought about the game of his youth for 40 years. Then one day he walked past a hotel in Bridport High St. and by chance his eye caught sight of a notice beside the entrance saying the chess club met there. He was thus lured inside, and that was it -the chess virus was re-vitalised, and he has clearly lost little of his former skill. He admits his openings are rusty and several times he reached the middle game in difficulties, but then his old abilities kicked in. Perhaps opponents should be aware he was graded c. 200 in the early 1970s and has a draw on record against GM Bill Hartston in the 1972 Islington Open. Local player David Toms has undergone a series of illnesses in recent years, but is now back to a reasonable, stable state of health, and this showed itself in his 4 wins.
|1||W. Adaway||186||(3½)||1||0||A. Price||155||(3½)|
|2||D. A. Toms||151||(3)||1||0||A. Barton||170||(3)|
|3||R. Everson||164||(3)||1||0||J. Footner||145||(3)|
|4||B. Gosling||153||(2½)||1||0||M. Page||164||(3)|
|5||A. Footner||187||(2½)||½||½||R. Gamble||161||(2½)|
|6||I. S. Annetts||162||(2)||1||0||K. Langmaid||112||(2½)|
|7||R. Hurn||125||(1)||0||1||D. Openshaw||155||(2)|
|8||J. Reinhardt||155||(2)||½||½||A. Sherriff||153||(2)|
|9||A. Fraser||105||(2)||0||1||P. Morton||152||(2)|
|10||R. Scowen||152||(2)||1||0||R. Waters||112||(2)|
|11||O. Namouk||140||(2)||1||0||P. Lucas||96||(2)|
|12||P. Errington||134||(2)||½||½||M. Kaye||91||(2)|
|13||H. Welch||96||(2)||0||1||B. Sandercock||80||(2)|
|14||P. Carrick||94||(1)||0||1||R. Smith||127||(2)|
|15||T. Maloney||70||(½)||½||½||J. Clapp||122||(1½)|
|16||F. Day||96||(1)||0||1||N. F. Tidy||135||(1)|
|17||J. Robertson||130||(1)||0||1||R. Cox||80||(1)|
|18||D. Burt||112||(1)||1||0||R. Curtis||106||(½)|
|19||P. Gordon||118||(2)||1||0||J. Shaddick||142||(2)|
Prizes were awarded to 30 of the 58 players, as follows:-
Seniors 65+ :
1st William Adaway 186 Bridport 4½/5
2nd Robert Everson 164 Dartford 4
U-155: 1st Dr. David Toms 151 Sidmouth 4
U-140: 1st= Philip Gordon 118 Braille CA
Barry Sandercock 130 Chalfont
Richard Smith 127 Barnstaple all 3 pts.
U-115: 1st= Mike Kaye 91 Weymouth
Kevin Langmaid 112 Yateboth 2½ pts.
Slow starter (0/2)
` Peter Carrick 94 Bath
Peter Lucas 96 Sussex
Norman Tidy 135 Teignmouth all 2 pts
Special book prizes were awarded to everyone reaching 3 points or more, yet not qualifying for the above list.
|Ivor Annetts||162||Tiverton||Peter Morton||152||Hammersmith|
|Alan Barton||170||St. Leonards||Omer Namouk||140||Hastings|
|Andrew Footner||187||Yeovil||David Openshaw||155||Cavendish|
|John Footner||145||Telford||Martin Page||163||Insurance|
|Ray Gamble||161||Derby||Andrew Price||155||Leamington|
|Brian Gosling||153||E. Budleigh||Roger Scowen||152||Middx|
“Juniors” 50 – 64:
1st Ian Heppell 174 Wimbledon 4 pts
2nd= Steve Dilleigh 182 Horfield both 3½
Ray Wynarczyk 173 Newcastle upon Tyne
U-165: Trefor Thynne 161 Newton Abbot 3pts
Slow starter (½/0) Ian Cross 147 Harrow 3 pts
Book prizes to : Alan Brown 185 Northampton
Steve Dean 167 Seaton