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Somerset have been in all-conquering form of recent years but on Saturday they were unable to overcome Cornwall, having to be satisfied with an 8-8 draw. The Cornish lost on the top 4 boards by 3-1 and the same on the bottom 4 boards, but remarkably scored 6 of the 8 points available on boards 5 – 12, to level things up. The details were: (Somerset names first).
1. J. Rudd 1-0 M. Hassall.
2. P. Chaplin ½-½ J. Menadue.
3. D. Littlejohns 1-0 M. Csuri.
4. M. Richardt ½-½ S. Bartlett.
5. B. Morris 0-1 D. Saqui.
6. C. Purry ½-½ L. Retallick.
7. A. F. Footner 0-1 G. Healey.
8. D. Painter-Ko 0-1 T. Slade.
9. J. E. Fewkes 1-0 C. Sellwood.
10. G. N. Jepps 0-1 G. Trudeau.
11.A. Champion ½-½ J. Nicholas.
12.M. Baker 0-1 J. Wilman.
13.D. Freeman 1-0 R. Smith.
14.N. N. Senior ½-½ D. J. Jenkins.
15.R. Knight 1-0 M. Richards.
16.C. Strong ½-½ D. R. Jenkins.
Cornwall’s previous match, against Hampshire, resembled a comedy of errors. A combination of illness and misunderstandings led to them arriving without any chess clocks, and their opponents turned up so late they would have been defaulted had there been any clocks. Eventually, some clocks were acquired locally and after lengthy negotiations between the two captains a match was played over 12 boards, which Cornwall won 7-5. However, it took several weeks of protracted discussion between interested parties before the result was finally agreed.
The details were as follows (Cornwall names first):-
1. M. Hassall v D. Tunks (did not play).
2. J. Menadue 1-0 T. Davis.
3. R. Kneebone 0-1 D. Fowler.
4. S. Bartlett ½-½ G. Jones.
5. D. Saqui 1-0 C. Priest.
6. L. Retallick ½-½ A. Manning.
7. T. Slade ½-½ Miss G. Moore.
8. G. Healey 1-0 B. Kocan.
9. C. Sellwood ½-½ S. Le Fevre.
10.G. Trudeau 0-1 J. Young.
11. J. Nicholas 1-0 R. Ashmore.
12. R. Smith 1-0 J. Barnett.
13. D. Lucas 0-1 S. Murphy.
Cornwall’s website has been recently upgraded (cornwallchess.org.uk), and on it one can read, amongst other things, a fuller report on the match by their new match captain, Professor David Jenkins, together with his amusing and erudite Cornish chess adaptation of Henry V’s call to arms at the Battle of Agincourt, as imagined by Shakespeare. As Cornwall are doing so well lately, it must be working. Devon had better beware when they meet at Saltash in January.
In last week’s ending, White wins by force: i.e. 1.Rf8+ KxR. 2.Qf7 mate.
Here is a new 2-mover by David Howard of East Harptree.
Devon beat Gloucestershire in their match in West Buckland at the weekend, but not by the margin that their overall superior strength might have suggested, the score being 9½-6½. Here are the details – Devon names first.
1.D. Mackle 0-1 J. Stewart.
2.K. W. Derrick 0-1 N. Hosken.
3.A. Boyne 1-0 D. Lambourne.
4.J. K. Stephens 0-1 J. Jenkins.
5.S. J. Homer 1-0 M. Ashworth.
6.D. Regis 0-1 P. J. Meade.
7.A. W. Brusey ½-½ P. Dodwell.
8.J. Underwood 1-0 G. Taylor.
9.M. Shaw ½-½ A. Walker.
10.B. W. R. Hewson ½-½ B. Whitelaw.
11. T. F. Thynne 1-0 P. Baker.
12.P. Brooks 1-0 J. Carterer.
13.G. Body ½-½ A. Richards.
14.W. Ingham 1-0 R. Ashworth.
15.N. Rahimili ½-½ I. Blencowe
16.S. Martin 1-0 P. Bending.
Former Gloucestershire Captain and Bristol League President, Ken Derrick, plays for Devon these days, but provided a bright spot for his former county.
White: N. Hosken (191). Black: K. W. Derrick (206).
Dutch Defence – Leningrad System.
Notes by Ken Derrick.
1.d4 d6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3 f5 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.b3 0–0 7.Bb2 c6 8.0–0 Re8 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.Nbd2 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.e4 Challenging Black’s “Dutch” f5 pawn. 12…Nc5 12…fxe4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nc5 seems to be a playable alternative. 13.Rad1 Qc7 14.Nh4 Nfxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 fxe4 17.Qxe4 Bh3 18.Rfe1 Rad8 19.Nf3 Bf5 20.Qe3 Rxd1 21.Rxd1 Bg4 22.Re1 e4 Black had planned 22…Bxf3 23.Qxf3 Qa5 with good counterplay, but couldn’t bring himself to swap off his good bishop. The text accepts the loss of the e-pawn in the hope of benefitting from the weak white squares around the king. 23.Bxg7 Qxg7 24.Nd2 Bf5 25.f3 Bringing further pressure against the isolated pawn. 25…Qb2 26.a4? 26.Nxe4 was better. 26…Rd8? Too hasty – missing the chance to justify his 22nd move. If 26…Bh3! the e4 pawn cannot be taken. 27.Nxe4 Bxe4 28.Qxe4 Rf8 Black could not regain his pawn with 28…Qxb3 because he would lose his rook to 29.Qe6+ Kf8 (Or 29…Kh8 30.Qf6+) 30.Qe7+; 28…Rd2?? hands White a forced mate. 29.Qe3 Qf6 30.Kg2 Kg7 31.Qe5 Rf7 32.f4 Rd7 33.Kf3 Rd3+ 34.Re3 Rxe3+?? 35. Kxe3 1-0 Lack of time caused this oversight. The resulting K+P ending is an easy win for White.
Last week’s 2-mover was solved by 1.Ba7! threatening 2.RxR mate, and if 1…RxR then 2. PxR=Q mate.
In this position, White is 2 pieces down, but at least his forces are active. Can he force the issue before Black completes his piece development?
The Torbay Congress finished on Sunday evening with an overall win by local player Alan Brusey, who accepted the offer of a place in next year’s British Championship. The other prizewinners were as follows (all points out of 5):-
Open Section: 1st A. Brusey (Teignmouth). 4. 2nd= J. Stephens (Exmouth) & S. Homer (Newton Abbot) both 3½. Grading prizes:
(U-186) B. Macreamoinn. (U-174) M. Shaw (Exmouth) & T. Slade (Barnstaple) both 3.
Major Section (U-170): 1st= B. O’Gorman (DHSS); R. Greatorex (Llangollen) & D. Cordner (Cosham) all 4. Grading prizes (U-159): A. Dunn (Torquay) 3½. (U-149) C. Keen (Exeter) 3½.
Intermediate Section (U-140): 1st T. V. Greenaway (Torquay) 4½. 2nd= P. Brackner (Dorchester); M. Hill (Liskeard) & S. Woolgar (Hanham) all 3½. Grading prizes (U-130): K. Langmaid (Yate); R. Ludlow (Trowbridge) both 3½. (U-123) R. Whittington (Exeter) 3.
Minor Section (U-120): 1st= C. Gardiner (Newmarket): W. Pope (Liskeard): P. McConnell (St. Albans) & D. Saint (Patchway) all 4. Grading prizes (U-108): E. Kelly (Exeter). (U-101) D. Healey (Watford) & C. Bennett (Portsmouth); J. Carr (Berkhemsted).
This game came from the final round.
White: J. Stephens (190). Black: M. Shaw (172).
Alekhine’s Defence [B03]
1.e4 Nf6 Alekhine’s idea was to lure White’s pawns forward before attacking them. 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.d4 d6 5.f4 The 4 Pawns Attack – the most uncompromising line. 5…g6
6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 0–0 8.Nf3 Bf5 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 Nc6 11.Qe2 e6 12.0–0 d5 13.b3 Ne7 14.Bf2 Qd7 15.c5 Nbc8 16.Qb5 Qxb5 17.Nxb5 a6 18.Nxc7 and the knight never shifts from c7. 18…Rb8 19.b4 Na7 20.b5 Rfc8 21.b6 Nac6 With all of Black’s pieces tied up, White can afford the luxury of a kingside attack. 22.g4 h5 23.h3 Bh6 24.Be3 Nb4 25.Ne1 Kh7 26.a3 Nbc6 27.Ra2 Na5 28.Raf2 Nc4 29.Bc1 Rg8 30.Nf3 Nc6 31.Rd1 Bf8 32.Ng5+ Kg7 33.f5 gxf5 34.gxf5 exf5 35.Rxf5 There is little Black can now do to stem White’s attack. 35…Nxd4 36.Rxf7+ Kh8 37.Rh7# 1–0
Last week’s game ended with the following sacrificial attack. 20.Rxg6+ Bxg6 21.Rxg6+ Kf7 22.Rf6+ Kg8 If 22…Ke8 23.Rxe6 23.Rxe6 Qh7 24.Qg5+ Kf7 25.Bxf5 Bringing a 3rd piece into the attack. 25…Qg7 26.Qh5+ Kg8 27.Rg6 Rfe8 28.Rxg7+ Kxg7 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Bg6 Nd8 31.Qh8+ 1–0
This week’s position is a simple 2-mover.
The Torbay Congress started on Friday evening at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay and finishes tomorrow evening. Prizewinners will be listed here next week.
The World Championship is now well under way in Chennai, India, between the holder Vishy Anand and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, but the first 2 games were fairly anodyne draws. The excitement will doubtless mount as time goes on.
The 14th Beacon Seniors Congress finished last Friday with the winners being as follows:- (all scores out of 5).
Seniors Section: 1st Jim Burnett (196 – Doncaster) 4½. 2nd= Ken Norman (189 – Wokingham) & Raymond Gamble (165 – Derby) both 4. Grading prizes U-155: Ivor Annetts (152 – Tiverton) 3½ & Brian Gosling (151 – Exmouth) both 3½. U-120: 1st= Joseph Clapp (109 – Norton Radstock); Alan Fraser (102 – Beckenham) & Peter Carrick (91 – Bath) all 2½. Slow Starters: (0/2): 1st= Ronnie Burton (Weymouth); Mike Kaye (Dorchester) & Hazel Welch (Seaton) all 2. Best over 75 yrs: 1st Alan Sherriff (127 – Dartford) 2½.
“Junior” Section (50-somethings):
1st= Simon Bartlett (174 – Newquay) & Alan Brown (186 – Northampton) both 3½. Grading Prize U-165: Dave Rogers (149 – Exmouth) 3.
The following game was played in the final round and lifted the winner into the prizelist.
White: I. S. Annetts. Black: P. Wood.
French Defence – Advance Variation [C02].
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nge7 6.Na3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nf5 8.Nc2 Be7 9.Bd3 0–0 10.g4 The idea is to sacrifice this pawn for an attack. 10…Nh4 11.Nxh4 Bxh4 12.g5 Bxg5 13.Qh5 h6 13…g6 wins a piece. 14.Qxg5 14.Rg1 Bxc1 15.Rxc1 f5 16.Qxh6 White had actually seen all this before and had used less than 5 minutes with Black having used 45. 16…Qe7? In Sveshnikov v Farago, Hastings, 1984, Black played 16…Rf7 which computer analysis puts as approximately level, whereas the text move loses. 17.Ke2 As often in the French, Black’s QB & QR are untouched when needed. 17…Bd7 18.Rg3 White’s attack is overwhelming. 18…Be8 19.Rcg1 White is now all poised and ready for the “big push”. 19…g6 which takes us to this week’s position. Can you work out the winning sequence of moves that took White to ultimate victory?
In last week’s position, Dave Collier played 1.Re8+! and Black has to lose either his rook or queen.
The Beacon Seniors Congress finished yesterday afternoon. Jim Burnett of Doncaster was a new face on the local scene and looked impregnable early on and a likely winner. Here are his first 2 games.
White: R. Scowen (159). Black: J. Burnett (196).
French Defence [C02]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.0–0 Ng6 8.b3 Be7 9.Ba3? There is no possibility of winning a pawn as White’s own important e-pawn would also fall. So it puts the bishop out of the game. 9…0–0 10.Bd3 b6 11.Re1 Rc8 12.Nbd2 f5 13.exf6 Rxf6 14.Bxg6? Swapping off his most active piece. 14…Rxg6 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Bc6 17.f3 Qc7 18.Nf1 All White’s pieces are now at the edge of the board and none of them posing any threat. 18…Rf8 19.Kf2 Rg5 20.Qd3 Rxe5 Opening the way for Black’s queen, bishops & central pawn to flex their muscles. 21.Rxe5 Qxe5 22.Re1 Qf6 23.Bb2 e5 24.Qe2 Bd6 25.c4 d4 Creating a passed pawn and finally giving the “French bishop” room to breathe. 26.Nd2 Qh4+ 27.Kg1 e4 28.Nxe4 Bxh2+ 28…Qxh2+ 29.Kf1 Bxe4 30.Qxe4 Bg3 31.Rc1 Qh1+ 32.Ke2 Qxg2+ 33.Kd1 Qxf3+ 34.Qxf3 Rxf3 leaving White without a move on the board. 29.Kf1 Bf4 30.Nf2 Re8 31.Qd1 Be3 32.Nh3 Bxf3 0–1.
White: J. Burnett (196). Black: B. Gosling (151).
1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.g3 e5 5.Bg2 Nd7 6.e4 Ne7 7.0–0 exd4 8.Nxd4 0–0 9.Nc3 a6 10.Re1 Ne5 11.Bf1 c6 12.h3 Qb6 13.Nb3 Be6 14.Be3 Qc7 15.Nd2 b5 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Qc2 Rfc8 18.b3 b4 19.Na4 c5 20.Rac1 A speculative sacrifice follows. 20…Rxa4 21.bxa4 Qd7 22.Bb5 N5c6 23.h4 Bc3 24.f3 Qc7 25.Kg2 Nd4 26.Bxd4 cxd4 27.Red1 d5 28.Nb3 Qe5 29.Bd3 dxe4 30.fxe4 Be1 A great idea that doesn’t quite work. White must give up his queen, but having won the earlier exchange, he gets plenty of compensation for it. 31.Qxc8+ Nxc8 32.Rxe1 Bxb3 33.Rxc8+ Kg7 34.axb3 2 rooks would be equal to a queen in most positions, but with the bishop thrown in as well, the Black queen cuts a lonely figure. 34…Qe6 35.Rc4 g5 36.hxg5 Qg4 37.Rxd4 Qxg5 38.Re2 Qc5 39.Rd5 Qb6 40.Bc4 h6 41.Rf5 1–0
In last week’s position, Black won by 1…Rd1+ and White must take it or lose his queen, but then faces 2…Nf2+ forking king and queen.
Here is another Dave Collier win, this time in the British Championship. White to move and win immediately.
An e2e4 tournament is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gatwick this week with a number of strong juniors competing against more experienced opponents in the Masters’ Section. Having lost in Rd. 1 to the Russian Grandmaster, Alex Cherniaev, 13 year old Matthew Wadsworth might reasonably have expected a slightly easier game in Rd. 2 against 12 yr old Theo Slade from Marhamchurch. This is how it went.
White: Theo Slade (162). Matthew Wadsworth (206).
Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Variation.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.a4 Nbd7 9.a5 Usually against the Sicilian Defence, White aims for a quick kingside attack, but in this game he presses on the other wing. 9…Be7 10.f3 Qc7 11.Be2 0–0 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nc5 14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.0–0 c4 16.Ra4 c3 17.Bb6 Bc5+ 18.Kh1 Bxb6 19.axb6 Qxb6 20.bxc3 Qd6 21.c4 Rab8 22.Qa1 Nd7 23.Rb1 Nc5 24.Rab4 b6 25.Qb2 Piling the pressure on. 25…Nd7 26.Bd3 f5 27.Qa3 a5 28.R4b3 Nc5 29.Rb5 e4 30.Be2 Rf6 31.fxe4 Rh6 Black seeks activity on the kingside with a mating threat. 32.g3 Only the protection of the queen on the other side of the board makes this playable. 32…Qe5 White now sacrifices the exchange in the hope that his central pawns will compensate. 33.Rxc5 bxc5 34.Rxb8+ Qxb8 35.Qxc5 f4 36.gxf4 Qxf4 Mate is threatened again, but White has a manoeuvre to deny this. 37.Qc8+ Kf7 38.Qf5+ Qxf5 39.exf5 Rh4 40.c5 a4 41.c6 Ke7 42.c7 Kd7 43.d6 Re4 44.Bb5+ 1–0 Black is unable to prevent White queening, e.g. If 44…Kxd6 45.c8Q or 44… Kc8 45.Ba6+ Kd7 46.c8=Q+.
It’s certainly a busy time of year for chessplayers, with the popular Guernsey Chess Festival also taking place this week, which regularly attracts a number of westcountry players. Then follows the Bournemouth Congress this weekend and the Seniors Congress in Exmouth starting on Monday.
Prizewinners at the recent Harambee RapidPlay in Bristol were as follows: 1st= Gareth Morris (Horfield) and Chris Timmins (5/6). Grading Prizes:
180–151: Jody Johnson (Clifton).
150–126: Neil Derrick (Cabot).
U-126: Richard Porter (University).
In last week’s position, White had a 3 move knockout blow. 1. Bxh7+ KxB (Black could prolong the agony with
1…Kh8, but at suicidal cost.) 2.Qh4+ Kg8 3.Ne7 mate.
In this ending from a Bristol Congress earlier this year, how did Dave Collier (B) finish in style?
Devon’s Team Blitz Tournament was held on Sunday at the Newton Abbot Club and there were several prizewinners. Overall winners were Newton Abbot “A” who took the Thomas Cup. Teignmouth “A” won the Hodge Cup for the highest score by a team with a total grade of Under-600, while Newton Abbot “B” took the cup for U-450s. The only undefeated team was Exmouth Eagles whose Meyrick Shaw took the new trophy for the highest individual score.
A new Plymouth-based organisation has recently started operations in the westcountry, although their ambitions stretch far beyond these shores. They are called Mind Sports International, a subsidiary of Living it Loving it Ltd., and their aim is to harness modern technologies like web TV and live streaming to tournaments involving chess, scrabble, poker etc. making them more accessible to a viewing public. Their ultimate goal is to have 12 festivals happening every year – 4 in Europe, 4 in North America and 4 across Asia and the rest of the World. They have events planned for Las Vegas and Prague in December but much nearer to home is one to be held at Plymouth Guildhall on the 16th & 17th November involving a range of games including chess. Visit their website (mindsportsinternational.com) to find out more.
The 14th Senior Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, starts a week on Monday. Entries are filling up fast, but there is still space for a few latecomers. For details contact me on 01395-223340.
Here is a game by the winner of last year’s Bournemouth Congress.
White: David Howell. Black: Francis Rayner
English Opening [A34]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e3 e5 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 e4 7.Ne5 Bb4 8.Be2 0–0 9.0–0 Re8 10.Bf4 d6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Qa4 c5 13.Rad1 Bd7 14.Qb3 Qb6 15.dxc5 dxc5 16.Rd6 Qa5 17.Rxf6 gxf6 18.Nd5 Kh8 19.Nxf6 Bd2 20.Qg3 Bxf4 21.Qxf4 White now finishes off in style. 21…Re7 22.Qh6 Bf5 23.Nh5 Black is now faced with mate on g7 or losing his rook to 24.Qf6+ 1–0
The general rule is that knights should avoid getting stuck on the edge of the board where they tend to be least effective, (“knights on the rim are dim”) but in the case of last week’s problem 1.Nd1! was, in fact, the key move, as Black has no way of avoiding all the various mates next move.
In this position, White has an easy knight fork that wins the exchange, but there may be a quicker way to finish the game off.
In spite of several key absentees, Somerset managed to inflict a heavy defeat over rivals Devon last Saturday, by 10½ – 5½.
Devon names first: 1. D. Mackle 0-1 P. Krzyzanowski. 2. A. Boyne 0-1 P. Chaplain. 3. J. Stephens 0-1 D. LIttlejohns. 4. S. Homer 0-1 M. Payne. 5. T. Paulden 0-1 A. Wong. 6. P. Medina 1-0 C. Purry. 7. K. Hurst 0-1 A. Footner. 8. D. Regis 1-0 J. Fewkes. 9. A. Brusey 0-1 G. Crockart. 10. J. Underwood 0-1 P. Cusick. 11. B. Hewson 0-1 G. Jepps. 12. J. Fraser 1-0 D. Peters. 13. T. Thynne 1-0 A. Champion. 14. P. Brooks 0-1 M. Baker. 15. G. Body 1-0 D. Freeman. 16. S. Martin ½-½ N. Senior.
Devon fared better in the 2nd team match, winning 8-4. 1. J. Gorodi 1-0 C. McKinley. 2. M. Stinton-Brownbridge 1-0 R. Knight. 3. A. Kinder 0-1 C. Strong. 4. I. Annetts ½-½ T. West. 5. B. Gosling ½-½ U. Effiong. 6. J. Duckham 1-0 G. Daniel. 7. S. Murray ½-½ R. Challoner. 8. K. Atkins 0-1 C. Fewtrell. 9. R. Wilby 1-0 J. Wilkinson. 10. N. Mills ½-½ S. Pickard. 11. P. Dobber 1-0 N. Mills. 12. W. Taylor 1-0 R. Fenton.
This win by a Bath University student was an impressive start to his Westcountry chess career.
White: S. J. Homer (188). Black: M. J. Payne (184).
French Defence – Guimard Var. [C04]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.Bd3 f6 7.Ng5 “Beware Greeks bearing gifts” – Black would be in terrible trouble if he took the knight e.g. 7…fxg5 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Bxg6+ Ke7 10.Qxg5+ forcing 10…Nf6 11.Qxf6+ Kd7 12.Qxh8 etc. 7…Ndxe5 Black can afford to ease the pressure by taking on e5, and also releasing d7 for his king, if required. 8.dxe5 fxg5 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Bxg6+ Kd7 11.Bd3 Nxe5 12.Nf3 Nxf3+ 13.Qxf3 h6 14.0–0 Bd6 15.Bd2 Qf8 White is much better developed at this point, but now helps Black’s cause. 16.Qg4 Kd8 17.f4 e5 18.f5 Qf6 19.h4 e4 20.hxg5 Qd4+ 21.Rf2 Bc5 22.Raf1 exd3 23.Qh5 dxc2 24.Bc1 Bxf5 Black’s bishops proceed to work well from the centre of the board. 25.g6 Qg4 26.g7 Rg8 27.Qf7 Be6 28.Qf6+ Kd7 29.Bxh6 Bd4 White must now exchange his queen and lose a rook. 0–1
Probably the shortest ever game in the history of the championship was this one. White: D. Freeman (151). Black: G. Body (160). 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nxe5?? Qa5+ winning the knight 0-1.
In last week’s position, White can win immediately with 1.Kc3 when 2.Qb2 mate cannot be avoided.
This week’s position is a hitherto unpublished 2-mover by reader David Howard of East Harptree.
The Paignton Congress ends this morning, after its first venture away from Oldway Mansion. Whereas the Livermead Hotel may lack Oldway’s grandiose architecture and Grade 1 listed gardens, it has its own advantages – carpeted floors and upholstered chairs, air-conditioning, spacious car parking, many side-rooms for socialising and splendid sea views. So the change is not all bad.
Keith Arkell is the clear favourite and started with these two miniatures, but there will be tougher games to come.
Round 1: White: K. C. Arkell (237). Black: C. Fegan (180)
1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.g3 c5 Black now tries to expand on the Q-side. 4.d5 d6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.0–0 b5 7.Re1 0–0 8.e4 Bb7 9.Qe2 a6 10.a4 b4 11.a5 taking control of b6 & c6 11…Qd7 12.Nbd2 e6 13.Nc4 threatening a fork on b6 13…Qe7 14.dxe6 Nxe4 15.Ng5 f5 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.Bf4 Bd4 18.c3 If 18.Bxd6 Rxf2 19.Bxe7 Rxe2+ 20.Kh1 Rxc2. 18…bxc3 19.bxc3 Rxf4 Black offers the exchange to break the threat on d6, and possibly hoping that he can then fork the rooks from c3. If 19…Bxc3 first, 20.Bxd6 Qxe6 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.Rab1. 20.cxd4 Rf6 21.Nb6 Nc6 22.Nd5 White rightly chooses to win the rook that’s in play rather than the one in the corner. 22…Qxe6 23.Qxe4 Qf7 24.Nxf6+ Qxf6 White is now the exchange up, but can improve on that. 25.Rab1 Nxa5 26.Rxb7 Nxb7 27.Qxb7 Black now has 2 pawns for White’s extra piece. 27…Rf8 28.Qb2 a5 29.Re2 cxd4 30.Rd2 Qe5 31.Qxd4 1-0. Black resigned as the queens must probably be exchanged off or lose more material. If 31…Qe1+ 32.Bf1 Qe5 33.Bc4+ Kh8 34.Qxe5+ dxe5 35.Rd5.
Round 2: White: T. Spanton (174). Black: K. C. Arkell.
Queen’s Pawn Game [D01].
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.e3 g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.Nf3 0–0 7.0–0 c6 8.Re1 Re8 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Nf6 12.Bd3 Bg4 13.c3 Qd5 White misses the threat. 14.Re3?? 14…Bxf3 and the black-square bishop must fall next move. 0–1 Much better was 14.Re5 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qxf3 16.gxf3 h6.
In last week’s position, Black needn’t have resigned because he had 1…Bg1! threatening 2…Qxh2 mate and the White queen can do nothing about it so will be taken next move.
This 2-mover was composed by Gerald Frank Anderson (1883 – 1983) and first appeared in the Western Morning News in 1922. This was at a time when he was convalescing after being shot down in WW1 for which he was awarded the DFC, though both his brothers were killed in action.
The Paignton Congress starts tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay, TQ2 6QJ. Currently, the top seeds in the Premier are this year’s and last year’s West of England Champions, Dominic Mackle and Keith Arkell, together with Steve Berry, while Devon schoolboys John Fraser and Theo Slade will be making their first appearance in that section, and it will be interesting to see how they fare at this level. Their grades are almost level (162/3), but both are on a steep upward curve.
They played this game at the West of England Congress last Easter.
White: T. Slade. Black: J. Fraser. Trompovsky Opening [D03].
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 The signature move of this opening, named after Octavio Trompovsky, a one-time Brazilian Champion. It helps White avoid many of Black’s most popular and analysed replies to 1.d4. 2…e6 3.e4! is the move that makes 2…e6 generally unpopular. 3.Nf3 Be7 4.e3 d5 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 h6 8.Bh4 0–0 9.0–0 a6 10.Qe2 c4 11.Bc2 b5 12.Ne5 Bb7 12…Nxe5 would seem to be preferable in view of White’s next move. 13.dxe5 Nd7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.f4. 13.f4 Sealing control of e5. 13…Ne4 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.g4 Rfd8 17.Qg2 threatening to win the e4 pawn. 17…f5 18.gxf5 exf5 19.b3 Now seeking to find space on the queenside, where the ultimate breakthrough will be made. 19…Rac8 20.bxc4 bxc4 opening the b-file. 21.Rab1 Bd5 22.Ba4 threatening to win the exchange. 22…Nf6 23.Rb6 Rd6 24.Rfb1 Ba8 25.Qg6 Correctly committing everything to the attack. 25…Qc7 26.Rxd6 Qxd6 The end comes surprisingly quickly. 27.Bd7 Neither of Black’s pieces can take the invading bishop 27…Rb8 28.Be6+ 1–0. If 28…Qxe6 29.Rxb8+ and Black will lose all his pieces.
Taunton resident, Michael Adams, is enjoying a purple patch at the moment, having had excellent results recently, culminating with 1st place ahead of a strong field at Dortmund earlier this month. Currently, he’s involved in the FIDE World Cup in Tromsǿ, Norway, in which 128 players are playing on a knock-out basis, until just 2 will be left to contest the final, both of whom will qualify for the Candidates stage of the World Championship cycle 2012-2014.
In last week’s position, Black may have had his reasons for playing 1…h5, but it merely trapped his own king, allowing 2.Ng6 mate.
Alekhine once quipped “Nobody ever won by resigning”. In this game Black resigned, assuming he was about to lose his triple-attacked bishop. Was he being over-pessimistic?