Cornish players will be pleased to learn that Andrew Greet of St, Austell achieved his 3rd and final GM norm last weekend. As soon as it is ascertained that he has reached a grade of 2500 the award of the Grandmaster title should be a formality.
This is one of his wins from the 4NCL that led to his norm, in which Black neglects castling and pays the price.
White: A. N. Greet (2433). Black: S. Swanson (2263).
Pirc Defence by transposition [B06]
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.Bd3 Nd7 7.Be3 Bb7 8.Qe2 b4 9.Nd1 Ngf6 10.Nf2 e6 11.g4 c5 12.c3 h5 13.g5 Ng4 14.Nxg4 hxg4 15.Nd2 Qc7 White has no option but to castle short, in spite of the open h-file and awkward pawn on g4. 16.0–0 bxc3 17.bxc3 d5 18.e5 Rh3 19.Rfc1 (White cannot play 19.Qxg4 because of 19…Rxe3). 19…c4 20.Bc2 Qa5 21.Bd1 Bc6 22.Qf2 Rb8 23.Bxg4 greatly easing the kingside pressure 23…Rh8 24.h4 Nb6 25.Rab1 Bf8 26.h5 gxh5 27.Bh3 Ba3 White ignores the threat to his rook as he eyes up the Black King stuck in the centre. 28.f5 Rf8 (if 28…Bxc1 play might continue 29.fxe6 Rh7 30.Rxc1 Qa3 31.Rf1 Ke7 32.Qf6+ Ke8 33.exf7+) 29.g6 fxg6 30.f6 Kd7 and White has several attacking options 31.Nf3 (or 31.f7 Bxc1 32.Bxe6+ Kxe6 33.Qf6+ Kd7 34.Qd6+ Kc8 35.Qxc6+ Kd8 36.Bg5#) 31…Bxc1 32.Rxc1 Na4 33.Ng5 Rbe8 34.f7 Re7 35.Qf6 Rfxf7 36.Bxe6+! Kc7 (If 36…Rxe6 37.Qxe6+ Kc7 38.Nxf7) 37.Bxf7 resigned in view of 37…Rd7 38.e6 Rd8 39.Rb1 Ra8 with a choice of mating attacks. 1–0
The Frome Congress is on this weekend. The Yeovil Congress takes place 18th – 20th June at a new venue, Westfield Community School, and the 2nd Bideford Congress will be on 17th & 18th July.
In the problem world, the word “miniature” is a technical one that means a composition involving 7 pieces or less. One of the earliest exponents of this genre was John Brown of Bridport (b. 30.05.1827 – d.11.11.1863). My colleague, Brian Gosling of East Budleigh, is currently writing a book on the life and work of this composer about whose life little is known. He has already published a booklet entitled John Brown: The Forgotten Chess Composer for sale in Bridport, and is planning a much larger work due out some time next year.