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Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress – More Details (05.05.2012.)

Last week there was only space to give the names of section winners of the recent Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress, so here are the grading prizes from the Open Section. U-210: 1st= Don Mason (Shirley); R. Nevanlinna & Tony Corkett (Fareham). U-200: Walter Braun (Southbourne). U-190: David Cutmore (Wood Green). U-180: Ian Ponter (Downend). U-170: Arul Gupta (Kent). U-160: 1st= Cosmo Charles (Lewisham); Toby Brookfield (Guernsey); Vincent Homolka (Dulwich) & Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (Richmond).

The names of all other winners, as well as many of the games, may be found on the event website

Gupta and Kalaiyalahan are, in fact, two of the country’s top 10 year olds, with grades of 153 and 152 respectively. Here is how Gupta dealt with one of Dorset’s senior players.

White: Ian C. Clark (188). Black: Arul  Gupta (153).

Giucco Piano [C54]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 The Giucco Piano or Italian Opening. 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Qb3 Nce7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Rfe1 So far, this is all well-known theory. 12…c6 13.Ne5 Qb6 14.Qxb6 axb6 15.a4 Be6 16.Ndf3 h6 17.h3 Rad8 18.Ra3 Nf4 19.Rb3 Ned5 20.Kh2 Ra8 White now miscalculates a combination. 21.g3 Nxh3 22.Bxd5 but 22…Bxd5 forces the rook to move, which gives Black’s knight time to escape and cause more mischief.  23.Rbe3 Nxf2 24.Kg2 Ne4 25.Nd7 Nd2 26.Nxb6 Nxf3 27.Rd1 If 27.Rxf3 Bxf3+ 28.Kxf3 leaves White the exchange and a pawn down. 27…Ng5+ 28.Kf2 Rae8 29.Rde1 Re4 30.Rxe4 Nxe4+ 31.Kf3 Re8 32.Nxd5 Ng5+ 0-1 White resigned as the Black knight escapes yet again and will be the only piece left after the final exchanges. viz 33.Kf2 Rxe1 34.Kxe1 cxd5.

The Frome Congress starts on Friday evening at Oakfield School, Frome, BA11 4JF, which includes the Somerset Championships for eligible players. There are 4 sections; the Open, the Major (U-170); Intermediate (U-140) and Minor (U-115). Enquiries about late entries should go to Gerry Jepps on 01749-344191 or e-mail I hope to have the list of winners and a key game or two by next week.

Last week’s problem by Chris Reeves was solved by 1.d4! threatening 2.Rc5#. Black taking the rook with 1…Bxc4 enables the queen to take Black’s rook on f3.

This week’s position is taken from a simultaneous display by Fred Yates, the Yorkshire champion, not the Cornish artist. White has several ways to win, but can you find the shortest and most elegant of them?

White to play and win quickly & elegantly.

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