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Bristl Spring Congress 2016 (20.02.2016)

The Bristol Spring Congress started on Friday evening 19th February in the 6th Form Common Room of Bristol Grammar School, and will run through till Sunday evening. As well as the Open Section there is the Major, open to players graded Under-150, and the Minor for the Under-125s. The detailed results and games will eventually be downloadable from the Bristol League website; www.

Last year’s winner of the Open was Grandmaster Keith Arkell with a perfect score of 5/5. His strongest adversary was Chris Beaumont, and this was their game from Round 3.

White: C. Beaumont. Black: K. C. Arkell.  

1.Nf3 b5 2.e4 Bb7 A kind of Polish Opening in reverse. Clearly both players wanted to steer clear of well-known opening lines and rely on their skill at the board. 3.Bxb5 Bxe4 4.d4 Nf6 5.0–0 e6 6.c4 c6 7.Ba4 Na6 8.Nc3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Nc7 10.Bf4 Rc8 11.Rfe1 Be7 12.Rad1 0–0 13.Bc2 d5 Black wishes to establish a presence in the centre. 14.c5 Rb8 15.Qg3 Rb7 16.Be5 Nce8 17.Rb1 Nd7 18.Qd3 g6 19.Bf4 Nc7 20.b4 Bg5 21.Bd6 Be7 22.Bxe7 Qxe7 Black’s pawns are well-established on white squares, which frustrates the white-square bishop, and the best place to attack a pawn chain is at the base.  23.b5 Nb8 24.bxc6 Rxb1 25.Rxb1 Nxc6 26.Ba4 Na5 27.Qg3 Rd8 28.h4 Kg7 29.Bc2 Ne8 30.Ba4 Nf6 31.Bd1 Nc6 Black looks to have a solid king-side position, though White does have a passed pawn which may come in handy later. 32.Qf4 e5 33.dxe5 Nxe5 34.h5 Nd3 35.h6+ White is keen to try and break open Black’s king’s position. 35…Kg8 36.Qd4 Qe1+ 37.Kh2 Qe5+ 38.Qxe5 Nxe5 39.Rb7 Rc8 40.Bb3 Neg4+ White doesn’t have to worry about protecting his  c-pawn as the attacking rook must not leave the back rank just yet. 40…Rxc5 41.Rb8+ But Black’s acknowledged mastery of the endgame enables him to start taking control. 41.Kg3 Nxh6 42.Nxd5 Nxd5 43.Bxd5 Rxc5 44.Bb3 a5 45.Kf3 Re5 46.Ra7 g5 47.g4 Kg7 48.Bc2 Rc5 49.Bb3 Rc3+ 50.Ke4 Nxg4 51.Rxf7+ Kg6 52.Ra7 Nxf2+ With 2 connected passed pawns corralled by their king, the win is assured. 53.Kd4 Rc6 54.Bf7+ Kh6 55.Rxa5 Rf6 56.Bd5 g4 57.Ra7 g3 58.a4 Rd6 59.Ra8 Nh3 60.Rg8 Ng5 61.Re8 g2 0–1.

Here is the shortest decisive game from the Open.

White: N. Ralphs. Black: M. Staniforth.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 Ne7 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qe3 d6 8.Bd2 Be7 9.0–0–0 0–0 Now who can get their attack in first. 10.Bd3 Ne5 11.f4 Nxd3+ 12.Qxd3 c6 13.f5 b5 14.Bf4 b4 15.Ne2 Qa5 16.Kb1 Ba6 17.Qf3 d5 Both are doing well at this stage. 18.Ng3 c5 19.e5 Bb7 20.f6 gxf6?? 21.Nf5 1-0 The knight both attacks the unguarded bishop and will help with a forced mate.

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Bb6! and if 1…Bxb6 2.Rd4 mate. Black has other “tries”, but none is sufficient.

This 2-mover was composed by Sam Loyd in 1904 for Lasker’s Chess Magazine.

White to move and mate in 2

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