The Torbay Congress came to a successful conclusion on Sunday evening with a number of happy local winners, as follows (all scores out of 5):
Open Section: 1st K. C. Arkell (Paignton) 4½. 2nd= C. Beaumont (Bristol); J. Menadue (Truro); A. Pleasants (Weymouth) & J. Wheeler (Cosham): all 4. Grading prizes (U-184): D. Bennett (Bristol) & D. Sully (Penarth) both 4. (U-175): 1st= R. Webster (Notts); D. Twine (Plymouth) & R. Thompson (Newton Abbot): all 3½.
Major Section (U-170):
1st J. Waterfield (Bristol) 4½. 2nd J. Nyman (Surrey) 4. 3rd= W. Ingham (Teignmouth) & M. Harris (Newcastle-U-Lyme) 3½. Grading prizes (U-160): I. Annetts (Tiverton); C. Woolcock (Barry) & J. Ayres (Scarborough). 3. U-154: J. Leung (Newton Abbot) 3.
Intermediate Section (U-150):
1st= P. Willcock (Wimborne) & C. Keen (Exeter) 4½. 3rd E. Sandercock (Bucks) 4. Grading prizes (U-139): C. Strong. (U-130): 1st= M. Probert & P. Foster 3½.
Minor Section (U-120):
1st= P. Saunders (Bristol) 4½.
3rd= M. Cuggy (Brixham) & K. Spooner (Wimborne) 4.
Grading prizes (U-109): 1st= N. Mackie & J. Wallman 4. (U-94): 1st= J. Fraser (TBGS); M. Haines (Chard) & T. Hay (Teignmouth).
This is the game that clinched clear 1st prize for local resident Keith Arkell.
White: K. Arkell (231). Black: P. Helbig (191).
Grunfeld Defence [D76]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Nc3 Nb6 7.Bg2 Nc6 8.e3 0–0 9.0–0 Re8 10.b3 e5 11.Nxe5 Nxe5 12.dxe5 Bxe5 13.Bb2 Qxd1 14.Rfxd1 c6 15.Rd2 Be6 16.Ne4 inviting the exchange of bishops 16…Bxb2 17.Rxb2 Red8 Both grabbing the open file and avoiding the threatened fork. 18.Nc5 Rab8 19.a4 a5 20.b4 Nc4 21.Nxe6 Inviting an exchange of rooks and breaking up Black’s kingside pawns. 21…fxe6 22.Rc2 Nd2 The knight ventures forward looking for action, but comes to a sticky end. 23.Rd1 Nb3 24.Rb1 Rd2 25.Rc3 and the knight has nowhere to go. 25…Rc8 26.f4 axb4 27.Rcxb3 c5 28.Bxb7 c4 29.Rxb4 A quicker end would have resulted from 29.Bxc8 cxb3 (29…c3 threatens to recover a queen, but White can cope – just. e.g. 30.Bxe6+ Kf8 31.Rxb4 c2 32.Rf1 Rd1 33.Rc4) 30.Bxe6+ Kf8 31.Rxb3 29…c3 30.Be4 c2 31.Bxc2 Rdxc2 32.R1b2 Rc1+ 33.Kf2 Ra1 34.Re4 Kf7 35.Rb7+ Kf6 36.Rxh7 1–0.
In last week’s problem, the White Queen can take either of the pawns on c4 or c5 before mating on the f-file. This week’s 2-mover is by John Brown (1827-63) of Bridport.