The 60th Paignton Congress reached a successful conclusion last Saturday after 81 prizes had been awarded, totalling £5,500 in value. The main winners were:
Premier: 1st K. Arkell (Paignton) £600. 2nd R. Almond (Hastings) £400. M. Simons and R. Almond accepted the 2 Qualifying Places for the 2011 British Championship.
Challengers (U-180): 1st= C. Archer-Lock (177) Maidenhead;
A. Footner (175) Yeovil; B. W. R. Hewson (176) Exmouth. M. Page (162) Insurance; A. Price (157) Leamington. All 5 pts & £130.
Intermediate (U-150): 1st P. Smith (146) Hastings. £350. 2nd= P. Hannan (148) Charlton; Dinah Norman (139) Wokingham; D. Walshaw (126) Jesmond.
Minor (U-125):1st C. Long (122) Truro. £350. 2nd= Christine Constable. (102) Coulsdon & G. Naldrett (121).
5 Rd. Morning (U-180):
1st R. Bryant (174) Chester £350. 2nd= A. Footner (175) Yeovil; E. Key (169) York; B. O’Gorman (157); D. Patrick (160) & E. B. Sandercock (146) all £60.
Keith Arkell won his first 6 games straight off and tried to make it 7/7, but was forced to concede a draw in the final round. This win from round 5 was his brightest.
White: Dr. Dirk Jordan (Dresden – 196). Black: Keith Arkell (231).
Trompowsky Opening [A45].
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.d5 d6 5.c4 f5 6.e3 Bg7 7.Nc3 Nd7 8.Qc2 Ne5 9.Be2 h5 10.h4 a6 11.Nh3 Ng4 12.Nf4 Bd7 13.g3 Qa5 14.a3 b5 15.0–0 bxc4 16.Bxc4 Qc7 17.Rab1 Rh6 18.Rfe1 Kf8 19.Qe2 Qb6 20.Rec1 e5 21.Ng2 a5 22.Bb5 Bxb5 23.Nxb5 a4 24.b4 axb3 25.Rxb3 Qd8 26.Rc4 e4 27.Rc2 Ne5 28.Ra2 Nd3 29.Rb1 Qa5 30.Nf4 Nxf4 31.exf4 Qa4 32.Nc7 Rc8 33.Nb5 Ke7 34.Rc2 Qa8 35.Qc4 Rg6 36.Kh2 Kf8 37.a4 Kg8 38.Ra2 Qa5 39.Qe2 Rh6 40.Qc4 Kh7 41.Na3 Bd4 Black now whips up a quick and winning kingside attack from almost nothing 42.Kg2 Rg6 43.Nc2 In challenging the bishop he cuts off his own rook. Bxf2! 44.Kxf2 Rcg8 45.Qe2 Rxg3 46.Qxh5+ Kg7 47.Ne1 Qc3 48.Re2 Kf6 49.Qh6+ R3g6 0–1 Resigned as Black, in blocking the check has vacated g3 for his queen to come in and join the attack.
The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Rc1! and whatever Black tries, the White King is going to either c1 or d1 creating mate using the unblocked white square bishop.
One didn’t need to be eagle-eyed to spot the anomaly in the position the week before, which might be called, like the title of an Agatha Christie novel, “The Confusing Case of the Three Black Bishops”. Apologies for the “typo”, and to set the matter straight, here is the correct position, with White to mate by force in 3 moves. It should be much less difficult to solve this time around.