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Boniface Memorial – Bristol (20.08.2011.)

Dave Scott of Exeter, a well-known organiser of junior chess in Devon died recently aged 57. His funeral takes place on Monday at Exeter Crematorium at 1 p.m. A little more information may be found on my website

Next weekend the Bristol Chess League are organising the 5th Steve Boniface Memorial Congress at Filton Sports Centre, details of which may be obtained from the organiser, Graham Mill-Wilson on 0779-016-7415.

The following weekend sees the start of the 61st Paignton Congress at Oldway Mansion, one of England’s most venerable events. Round 1 will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday 4th September.  Details may be obtained from the event secretary, Alan Crickmore on 01752-768206.

Last year’s joint winners of the Boniface Memorial were Bristol stalwarts Chris Beaumont and Tyson Mordue. Here is one of their games from Round 2.

White: G. Crockart. Black: C. Beaumont.

Bird’s Opening [A02]

1.f4 The invention of the 19th century master Henry E. Bird (1830 – 1908) who specialised in eccentric variations. These have the advantage of taking opponents away from well-known lines but have to be played very carefully or one can easily be hoist by one’s own petard.  Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 0–0 5.e3 c5 6.c4 Nc6 7.Be2 d5 8.cxd5 Qxd5 9.Nc3 Qf5 10.Nh4? White needs to get castled and complete development before launching into attacks that have little prospect of immediate benefit. 10…Qd7 11.Na4 b6 12.Bf3 Ba6 White’s option of castling is now taken away and his king is stuck in the centre. 13.Bxc6 Qxc6 14.Qf3 Qd7 15.d4 cxd4 16.Bxd4 Rac8 17.Rd1 Qb5 18.Nc3 Qb4 19.Rc1 Rfd8 20.Kf2 Rxd4 Giving up the exchange in order to break open the centre and get at White’s king. 21.exd4 Qxd4+ 22.Ke1 Ng4! 0-1 resigns. For example after 23.Qxg4 Qe3+ 24.Kd1 Rd8+ 25.Kc2 Qxc3+ 26.Kb1 Qb2 mate. Or 23.a3 and Black has a choice of moves e.g. 23…Bf6 attacking the immobile knight or 23…Rxc3 24.Rxc3 Qxc3+ 25.Qxc3 Bxc3+ 26.Kd1 (forced) 26…Nf2+ 27.Kc2 Nxh1 28.Kxc3 etc.

In last week’s position, Trevenen finished the game with 1.Rh8+ Kf7 2.Qxg7+! Kxg7 3.R1h7 mate where the knight covers two possible flight squares for the Black king.

Here is the starter problem for this year’s national solving championship that I first gave in June. The correct solution is e5! which threatens 2.b6 mate. Black has ten possible attempts to avoid mate, but each is refuted. There were 249 entries this year and most of them will be receiving in the post the next batch of problems to solve.

White mates in 2.

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