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The 8th Yeovil Congress

Player for future tests skills against 50s veteran

The 8th Yeovil Congress was successfully held at Parfield School last weekend. Results:

Open Section: 1 James Sherwin and George Salimbeni (Sussex) 4; 3 Andrew Footner (Yeovil) and Phil Bonafont (Herts) 31/2. Grading prize: Mark Abbott (Exmouth), Mike Richardt (Taunton) and John Waterfield (Hereford) 3.
Major (U-141): 1 Lucian Karpinski 4, 2 Meg Owens (Bristol) and Duncan Macarthur (Keynsham) 31/2. Grading prize (U-119): Harry Streeter (Millfield).
Minor (U-111):1 Tim Crouch and Roger Waters 41/2; 3 James, Hall and Galliano 4.
Grading. prize (U-88): Tim Millar and Keith Sherlock 3. Somerset championships in age groups were:
U-18 and U-16: Rhys Cumming (Millfield). U-14:. Meg Owens (Bristol). U-13: George Galliano (Sussex). U-12: Kells Stanton (Yeovil). Senior champion: J Sherwin (Bath).
A classic encounter,of youth versus experience came in Round 4 when 14-year-old Rhys Cumming, on a chess scholarship at Millfield School, faced 76-year-old Jim Sherwin, who has done it all – seven times in the prize list in the US Championship in the 1950s, and World Championship Candidate in the 1958 Interzonal at Portoroz, Slovenia.
White: R Cumming (148) Black: J T Sherwin (184)
Ruy Lopez — Bogoljubow Variation. [C91]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.d4 Bg4 Efim Bogoljubows favoured move in this position. 10.Be3 exd4 I l.cxd4 Na5 (not 11… Nxe4?? because of 12.Bd5 winning a knight). 12.Bc2 Nc4 13.Bcl One of the problems playing the Ruy Lopez is that although White’s kingside develops rapidly, it often takes rather longer to get his queenside mobilised, as in this game with fatal consequences. 13…c5 14.b3 Nb6 15.dxc5 dxc5 16.Qxd8 Raxd8 17.Ne5 Bd6 18.Nxg4 Nxg4 19.f4 c4 20.Nc3 Bb4 21.Bb2 Bc5+ 22.Kf1 (If the King chooses to go into the corner, there follows the sequence 22.Kh1 Nf2+ 23.Kg1 Nxe4+ 24.Kh1 Nf2+ 25.Kgl Nd3+) 22 … Rd2 Quite apart from the threat to the bishops, White has to respond to the immediate Nxh2 mate. 23.Re2 Not quite good enough but there is nothing better. 23,…Rxc2 24.Rxc2 Ne3+ 25.Ke2 Nxc2 0-1
In last week’s position, 1.Nd4 (threatening 2.Nc3 mate) looked tempting but is thwarted by Black under-promoting to a knight. However, 1.Ne2! provides Whitewith two possible mating squares, so if White promotes to a queen he has 2.Nc3 mate, or if he.under-promotes there is 2.Nc1 mate. In chess that’s called a “swindle”.
Here is the end of a game between two East Devon players at the Exeter Congress seven years ago. Dave Adams (Black) to play against Ivor Annetts and win in two.

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