Top seed Keith Arkell clinched the top prize at this year’s Paignton Congress after this last round game against a fellow Torbay resident.
White: D. Mackle (196). Black: K. C. Arkell (226).
Polish Defence [A04]
1.Nf3 b5 The Polish Defence, not often seen, especially in key games, but not without its benefits. It hits at c4 immediately and provides a long diagonal for the bishop. 2.e4 Bb7 3.Bxb5 Players facing either the Polish Opening or Defence rarely choose to exchange their central e-pawn for the b-pawn. 3…Bxe4 4.0–0 Nf6 5.d4 e6 6.c4 Be7 7.Nc3 Bb7 8.d5 0–0 9.Bf4 Re8 10.Re1 Bf8 11.Nd4?! “More testing was 11.dxe6 What follows now is a demonstration of the superiority of an extra pawn in the centre, particularly as regards relative King safety. Black’s queenside pawns are not weak and easily defended” (KCA). 11…c6 12.dxc6 Nxc6 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Bxc6 dxc6 15.Qf3 Qb6 16.b3 Bb4 17.Na4 Qb7 18.Re2 Control of the d-file will prove crucial, so 18.Red1 might be better. If White doesn’t grab the chance, Black certainly will. 18…Red8 19.Be5 Be7 20.Ree1 Rd7 21.Rad1 Rad8 22.h3 h6 23.Bc3 Qc7 24.Nb2 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 26.Nxd1 Qd6 Now control of the d-file is complete. 27.Ne3 a6 28.g3 Nd7 29.Ng4 f5 30.Ne3 Bf6 31.Bxf6 Nxf6 32.h4 Ne4 Black’s queen & knight now combine to force the issue. 33.g4 Nd2 34.Qd1 f4 35.c5 35.Nc2 Qd3 36.Kg2 e5. 35…Qd3 36.Qc2 Qe2 If the attacked knight moves, the White Queen is lost to Nf3+ 37.Qg6 Nf3+ 0-1 White resigned in view of 38.Kg2 forced 38…Nxh4+ winning the queen. Or 38.Kh1 Qe1+ 39.Kg2 and again Nxh4+.
Mackle had to make do with a £13 share of the grading prize instead of the £500 he would have got had he won this game.
Runner-up in the Premier was Steve Berry of Wimbledon. Other section winners were as follows:
Challengers (U-180): 1st= R. Thompson, J. Waterfield and R. Webster. Intermediate (U-150) 1st= N. Dicker, M. Stone and R. Kearsley. Minor (U-125): 1st D. Burt. American: 1st= G. Harrison & R. Desmedt. Morning Swiss: 1st= D. Siddall and R. Bryant.
Many of the games played at Paignton may be downloaded from the chessdevon website, while keverelchess.com contains reports, pictures and a comprehensive prizelist.
In last week’s position, White won quickly with a queen sacrifice 1.QxR and Black resigned immediately because after 1…RxQ 2.b7 and all White’s pieces combine to force the b-pawn forward.
Here is an easy 2-mover from 1905 by W. A. Shinkman.