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Teignmouth RapidPlay Results (12.04.2014.)

The Teignmouth RapidPlay tournament on Sunday was won outright by Steve Homer (182 – Newton Abbot) with 5/6 points. 2nd= were Graham Bolt (176 – Exeter), Alan Brusey (174 – Teignmouth) and Stephen Piper (183 – Salisbury). The Minor Section for players graded Under 140 was won jointly by Ray Hunt (125 – Bognor) and Vignesh Ramesh (106 – Newton Abbot) on 5/6 points.

These games are played too quickly to record the moves, so here are two wins by Homer from last year’s WECU Championship that show how dangerous he can be given half a chance to attack.

White: S. J. Homer Black: A. W. Brusey. French Defence – Tarrasch Var.  [C07]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Ne4 6.Nxe4 dxe4 7.Ng5 cxd4 8.Nxe4 Qa5+ 9.Bd2 Qxe5 A nice manoeuvre to win a pawn, but it leaves his queen in the centre, vulnerable to harassment. 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.0–0 Bd7 12.f4 As the position opens up, Black’s tardy development proves fatal. 12…Qc7 13.Ng5 g6 14.f5! It’s time to break open the centre before Black has time to get organised. 14…exf5 15.Bc4 Nd8 16.Qe2+ Ne6 17.Bxe6 Bxe6 18.Nxe6 fxe6 19.Qxe6+ Qe7 20.Qc4 Threatening Re1 while preventing castling to avoid it. 20…Qc5 Now the Black king is really exposed. 21.Rae1+ Kd7. If 21…Be7?? 22.Qxc5. 22.Qe6+ Kc7 23.Bf4+ Bd6 24.Qe7+ Kc6 25.Bxd6 Qxd6 26.Re6 and the Black queen falls. 1–0

White: T. Paulden. Black: S. J.  Homer. Nimzo-Larsen Opening [A01]

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 c5 3.e3 Nc6 4.Bb5 Qc7 5.f4 a6 6.Bxc6+ Qxc6 7.Nf3 f6 8.0–0 e6 9.d3 Nh6 10.Qe2 Bd6 11.e4 d4 12.e5 Be7 13.c3 dxc3 14.Nxc3 Bd7 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Ne4 Rf8 17.Ne5 fxe5 18.Qh5+ Nf7 19.fxe5 0–0–0 20.Qxf7. Not 20.Rxf7?? Be8. 20…Rxf7 21.Rxf7 Re8 22.Rxh7 In this skirmish White just about got material equality for his queen, but had already sacrificed a knight to no clear purpose, so is left with a rook and 2 passed pawns for his queen. 22…Qd5 23.Rg7 Qxd3 24.Nf6! Now Black has a problem to solve. 24…Kd8 25.Nxe8 Bxe8 26.Rf1 The balance of forces is roughly level, provided Black can free up his bishop pair. 26…c4 27.Re1 Bb4 28.Rc1 c3 29.Rg3 Qxg3 30.hxg3 cxb2 31.Rb1 Bc3 32.Rd1+ Ke7 33.Kf2 Bg6 Suddenly the bishops hold sway. 34.Ke2 b1Q 35.Rxb1 Bxb1 36.a4 Bc2 0–1

This year’s event starts on Friday morning. Details regarding late entries to M. Shaw on 01395-275494.

Last week’s position gave rise to a familiar old combination that never fails to amuse everyone – except the victim. Black played 1…Nh3 double check, forcing 2.Kh1. Then 2…Qg1+ forcing Rxg1 and then the knight jumps back to f2+ – what is called a “smothered mate”.

Here is another recent game ending. How does White finish off smartly?

White to play and win.

Somerset vs Hants Details (29.03.2014.)

As reported last week, Somerset won the WECU Championship by beating Hampshire 8½-6½ in a close match at Mere. The details were as follows (Hants names first in each pairing). 1. I. Thompson (217) 1-0 D. Buckley (212). 2. J. Tambini (198) 0-1 J. Rudd (211). 3. D. Tunks (188) ½-½ P. Krzyzanowski (199). C. Bellers (186) 1-0 B. Edgell (198). 5. P. Cooper (182) 1-0 M. Payne (193). 6. D. Fowler (181) 0-1 P. Chaplin (189). 7. S. Knox (167) 0-1 A. Footner (183). 8. D. F. Thompson (160) ½-½ D. Littlejohns (182). 9. T. Davis (159) ½-½ B. Morris (174). 10. C. Priest (158) ½-½ G. Jepps (158). 11. G. Jones (158) ½-½ C. Purry (165). 12. Miss G. Moore (147) 0-1 J. Byrne (161). 13. R. Davenport (140) 0-1 D. Peters (158). 14. J. Chilton (139) ½-½ W. Taylor (157). 15. R. Ashmore (137) ½-½ J. Fewkes (152).  Somerset also won an U-160 match by 3½-2½ the details of which are:- 1. T. Chapman (135) ½-½ A. Champion (154). 2. D. Culliford (131) ½-½ D.  Freeman (148). 3. M. Pope (119) ½-½ U. Effiong (142). 4. S. Murphy (113) 0-1 P. Wojcik (141). 5. J. Barnett (111) 1-0 T. West (137). 6. T. Cutter (109) 0-1 S. Pickard (111).

The next big event is the Bristol Spring Congress on the weekend of 11th – 13th April. Details from G. Mill-Wilson on 0779 0167415 or e-mail tugmw@blueyonder.co.uk. This is followed by the WECU Championship and congress in Exmouth. Details from Meyrick Shaw on 01395-275494 or e-mail: meyrick.shaw@hotmail.co.uk.

In this game from last year’s event, a former WECU Champion loses out in a lively game.

White: Paul Helbig (180). Black: John Stephens (191).

Closed Sicilian Defence [B26]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.Be3 Rb8 7.Qd2 b5 8.Nge2 Nd4 9.0–0 e6 10.Nc1 b4 White usually tries to get in a quick kingside attack, with Black countering later on the queenside, but here it is the other way round. 11.Nd1 Qa5 12.c3 bxc3 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.f4 Now White’s attack gets under way.Nge7 15.Ne2 Ba6 16.f5 exf5 17.exf5 gxf5 18.Bh6 Be5 19.Ne3 Nd4 20.Rab1 Kd7 21.Nf4 Bxf4 22.Bxf4 Qxc3! Black cleverly wins another pawn.  23.Qxc3 Ne2+ 24.Kh1 Nxc3 25.Rxb8 Rxb8 26.Nc4 Bxc4 27.dxc4 Rb2 28.Bg5 Rxa2 29.Bf3 Rb2 30.g4 a5 31.gxf5 Nc6 32.Bf6 Ne5 33.Bxe5 dxe5 34.f6 Rb1 35.Rxb1 Nxb1 36.Bg4+ Kd6 37.Bf5 Nc3 38.Bxh7 a4 0–1.

Last week’s 3-mover was solved by 1.Bb1 threatening 2.Qxa2 mate, so Black must play 1…Nb4 and then 2.Kb7 leaving Black the option of either taking the bishop or moving the defending knight.

In this position, White last played h5 to which Black played the natural-looking counter Re4. What did White now play to earn a double !! and the full point?

White to play a "Magic Move".

Arkell Wins European Title (22..03.2014.)

On Monday, Paignton’s resident Grandmaster, Keith Arkell, won the European Championship for Seniors over 50, the first English player to win a European title since Jovanka Houska became Girls’ U-20 Champion in 2000.

At Oporto, Portugal, Keith went through undefeated, finishing with 7/9 points. He is expert at the long drawn out endgame, but here is his quickest win.

White: K. C. Arkell (2448). Black: D. Kurka GER. (2045).

Queen’s Gambit  [D37]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 Be7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 c6 7.e3 Nbd7 8.Qc2 0–0 9.Bd3 Re8 10.0–0 Nf8 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.b4 a6 13.a4 g6 14.b5 a5 15.bxc6 bxc6 16.Ne2 Bd7 17.Rab1 Be7 18.Ne5 Rc8 19.Rb7 Bd6 20.Nxd7 Nxd7 21.Qb3 Re7 22.g3 Bb4 23.Qc2 c5 24.dxc5 Rxc5 25.Qd1 Ne5 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.Nf4 Nc4 28.Qe2 Nb6 29.Bb5 Qe4 30.Rd1 Rc2 31.Qg4 Nc4 At this point Black has 2 isolated pawns as opposed to White’s 1, but with bishops of opposite colour this might not be enough to win. White needs something extra…. 32.Nxd5! leaving his queen unprotected yet winning a vital pawn. 32…Qxg4 33.Nf6+ Kg7 34.Nxg4 h5 The knight has nowhere to go, so… 35.Bxc4 Rxc4 36.Ne5 Re4 37.Nf3 Rc4 38.Rd7 Kf6 39.h4 Ba3 40.Rxf7+ Black falls for the same trick again.1-0 If 40…Kxf7 41.Ne5+. White’s 2 extra pawns are now enough for an easy win for someone of Arkell’s expertise.

After drawing with the eventual Champions, Somerset, and beating Hants, Cornwall finished their season in style with a comfortable 9½ – 6½ win over Gloucestershire at Exminster Village Hall. In fact, it went according to form as they outgraded their opponents by about 100 points and lost only 2 of the 16 games. Cornish names first in each pairing:- 1.J. Menadue 1-0 D. Lambourne. 2.M. Hassall ½-½ J. Jenkins. 3.D. Saqui ½-½ J. Waterfield. 4.S. Bartlett 0-1 M. Ashworth. 5.T. Slade 1-0 P. Kirby. 6.R. Kneebone ½-½ P. Meade. 7.G. Healey 1-0 P.  Denison. 8.M. Csuri ½-½ B. Whitelaw. 9.J. Hooker ½-½ P. Dodwell. 10.G. Trudeau ½-½ A. Walker. 11.C. Sellwood 1-0 P. Baker. 12.J. Nicholas 0-1 G. Taylor. 13.J. Wilman ½-½ R. Ashworth. 14.R. Smith ½-½ A. Richards. 15.M. Hill 1-0 J. Caterer. 16.D. R. Jenkins ½-½ P. Bending.

Meanwhile, Somerset overcame Hampshire by 8½-6½, even though their top 5 boards could only muster 1½ points. This made them Div. 1 winners.

In last week’s position, only Black’s bishop prevented White from playing 1.Qf6 and mating on g7, so White can afford to sacrifice his rook by taking it with 1.Rxe5! and there is nothing Black can do.

Here is an original 3-mover from the fertile mind of Dave Howard of East Harptree. Don’t forget Black’s pawns are ready to queen.

Devon v Dorset (15.03.2014.)

Luppitt Village Hall is the traditional venue for the Devon vs Dorset U-160 match. Although Dorset had suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Somerset in an earlier round and were not expected to win here, they were always in the match and it was only a few late wins for Devon that made the score 10-6. The result meant that Devon have won the Wayling Cup for 2nd teams for the 16th consecutive year. Dorset names 1st in each pairing: 1.M. Littleton 1-0 O.Wensley. 2. W. Legg 0-1 M. Stinton-Brownbridge. 3.G. Searing 1-0 P. Halmkin. 4.J. Cherryson 0-1 I. Annetts. 5.D. Aldwinckle 0-1 B. G.Gosling. 6.P. Brackner ½-½ A. Kinder 7. C. Winch 0-1 A. Frangleton. 8. I. Willis 0-1 C. J. Scott. 9.P. Errington 0-1 K. Atkins. 10.T.Lundin 1-0 R.Wilby. 11.A. Young ½-½ W. Taylor. 12.P. Jackson ½-½ P. Dobber. 13.M. Rogan ½-½ N. Mills.14.J. Kelly ½-½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon. 15. K. Spooner ½-½ R. Jones. 16.S. Jones 0-1 N. Tidy.

In this game, White missed a combination known as the Windmill, or see-saw, first played by Torre to defeat Lasker at Moscow 1925. (Notes kindly supplied by the winner).

White: B. Gosling (152). Black: D. Aldwinckle (133).

Sicilian Defence  [B40]

1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 Nc6 5.g3 Bd6 6.Bg2 d4 7.0–0 e5 8.a4 Bg4 9.h3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 11.Nc4 f6 12.Nh4 Nge7 13.c3 Bf7 14.f4 Trying to unravel the pawn chain 14…Bxc4 15.dxc4 Qc7 16.f5 White keeps the centre closed and anticipates Black castling on the queenside. 16…0–0–0 17.Bd2 Kb8 18.Nf3 Nc8 White should press home an attack while Black’s pieces are still blocked in. 19.a5 Qf7 20.Qa4 a6 21.cxd4 exd4 22.e5 Nxe5 23.Nxe5 fxe5 24.Ra3 The idea is Ra1–a3-b3-b6 24…Qd7?? Both players miss the famous Windmill combination thus the ?? marks. 25.Qc2?? This comprises the nice 25.Rb3!! White temporarily offers his Queen but it can’t be accepted because if 25….Qxa4 26.Rxb7+ and White repeats the checking pattern and wins much material viz 26.Rxb7+ Ka8 27.Rxg7+ Kb8 28.Rb7+ Ka8 29.Rxh7+ Kb8 30.Rb7+ Ka8 31.Rb4+ Ka7 32.Rxa4 25…Ne7 26.Rb3 White threatens to win material with Rb3xb7. 26…Nc6 27.Rb6! Ka7 28.Qb3 Rb8 29.Qa4 Rhc8 30.Bd5 Rc7 31.f6 Rf8 32.f7 Nd8 33.Qb3 Be7?? 33…Nc6 was necessary. 34.Rxa6+! Kb8 35.Rb6 Ka7 36.a6! bxa6 37.Rxa6+!! 1–0

Pictures of the games in progress may be seen on keverelchess.com.

Meanwhile, Somerset overcame Hampshire to clinch the Div. 1 trophy.

The solution to last week’s was 1.Qh5!

Soon after an early retirement, Nick Arkell has returned to the game he first learned by playing hundreds of games with his brother, Keith. Here, however, in a recent game he loses to White’s next move.

White to play and win

Penrose, Wade and the Scotch Gambit. (01.03.2014.)

The 10-times British Champion, Dr. Jonathan Penrose, was 80 in October. As a teenager he brought the Scotch Gambit back into popularity, and Bob Wade recommended it for White in his system called Method Chess, based on Penrose’s games.

It is indeed a dangerous weapon, as after 3.d4 White plans to open up the game early on and there are many ways Black can go wrong. This example arose in an inter-club match at the weekend.

White: O. Wensley (157). Black: W. Marjoram (146).

Scotch Gambit [C44]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.bxc3 Bc5? Black already has things to think about, as White has several open lines to exploit. Best might be 6…Bd6. Too good a chance to pass up. 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qd5+ Ke8 9.Qxc5 White could have added to the disruption with 9.Qh5+ Kf8 10.Qxc5+ d6. Or 9…g6 10.Qxc5 Qe7 11.Qe3 d6 12.0–0. 9…Qe7 10.Qc4 b5 11.Qe2 Nf6 12.0–0 Qxe4 13.Qxb5 with the threat of Re1 13…Kd8 14.Ng5 White can keep the niggling threats going. 14…Qg6 15.Ne6+! dxe6 Black had little choice, but his king is further exposed. 16.Qxc6 Rb8 17.Bf4 Nd5 18.Rd1 Bd7 19.Bxc7+ Ke7 If 19…Nxc7?? 20.Qxd7#; 19…Ke8 20.Qd6 Rb7 21.c4 Qc2 22.Na3 Qa4 23.cxd5; Possibly the least worst move is 19…Kc8 20.Qd6 Rb7 21.Ba5 Ba4 22.Re1 and Black does have activity while White still needs to complete development. 20.Qd6+ Kf7 21.Qxd7+ Kf6 22.Bxb8 Rxb8 23.Rxd5 Rxb1+ If 23…exd5?? 24.Qd6+ winning the rook. 24.Rd1 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 a5 26.Qd4+ Kf5 26…e5 27.Qd6+ Kf5 28.Qxg6+ hxg6. 27.Qd3+ Kf6 28.Qxg6+ Kxg6 29.Rd1 1–0

The British Chess Problem-Solving Championship was held at Eton College at the weekend. It is usually won by any combination of Jon Nunn, Jon Mestel and Colin McNab, whenever all three are free to enter. In 2012 it was McNab, Mestel and Nunn, in that order; last year it was McNab, Nunn and Mestel, and this year it was 1st Nunn, 2nd Mestel and 3rd McNab.

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Na5+! Kd6 2.Rd5 mate or 1…Ke8 2.Rc8 mate.

Christopher Jones, Bristol’s own Grandmaster of chess composition, was on Channel 4’s Countdown programme recently, but he fell at the first hurdle. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on composing a form of problem called “helpmate” in which Black makes the first move and both sides conspire to mate Black in a specified number of moves. If that sounds complicated, it is. One of his earliest compositions was this standard 2-mover, published in 1987. This in itself is complicated enough to hint at the route he would subsequently take. Clue: think sacrifice.

White to mate in 2

Cornwall Championship & Glos. vs Somerset (22.02.2014.)

A strong Somerset team beat Gloucestershire 13-3, without losing a single game in their recent match. Somerset names 1st: 1.D. Buckley 1-0 J. Stewart. 2.J. Rudd 1-0 N. Hosken. 3.P. Krzyzanowski ½-½ D. Lambourne. 4.B. Edgell 1-0 J. Jenkins. 5.M. Payne ½-½ M. Ashworth. 6.P. Chaplin ½-½ P. Kirby. 7.D. Littlejohns 1-0 P. Meade. 8.B. Morris 1-0 B. Whitelaw. 9.P. Cusick ½-½ P. Dodwell. 10.C. Purry ½-½ A. Walker. 11.R. Hearne 1-0 P. Baker. 12.G. Jepps 1-0 G. Taylor. 13.W. Taylor 1-0 K. Bendall. 14.A. Champion 1-0 R. Ashworth. 15.J. Fewkes ½-½ A. Richards. 16. R. Knight 1-0 P. Bending.

The Cornwall Championship was held at Stithians recently, and saw Mark Watkins (Camborne), the defending champion, retaining his title with 4½/5 points. 2nd was 13 yr old Theo Slade (Bude) on 4 pts and 3rd was Grant Healey (Falmouth) with 3 pts.

The intermediate section for players graded U-145, the Falmouth Cup, was won by Marcus Pilling (Truro) on 4 pts.

A one-day rapidplay event was held on the Saturday for players graded U-86 and was won by Kenton Richings (Camborne) ahead of Harvey Richings.

A key game in the Championship was this one from Rd. 2.

White: Grant Healey (162). Black: Mark Watkins (188).

Trompowsky Attack [A45]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 d5 4.f3 Nf6 5.Nc3 c5 6.dxc5 Nc6 7.a3 d4 8.Na2 e5 9.Bg5 Bxc5 10.e4 Black has to decide whether to take or not. The former option will hand White an initiative, but will Black have compensations? 10…dxe3 11.Qxd8+ Kxd8 12.0–0–0+ Ke7 13.Bc4 Be6 14.Bxe6 Kxe6 15.Nc3 Rad8 16.Nge2 h6 17.Na4 Bd4 18.Bxf6 Kxf6 19.c3 Bb6 20.Nxb6 axb6 21.Rhe1 Ke6 22.Ng3 f5 23.f4 White still can’t take the pawn with 23.Rxe3 because of the fork 23…f4. 23…exf4 24.Nh5 g5 Black has 5 pawns advancing against 2. 25.g3 Ne5 26.Re2 Rxd1+ 27.Kxd1 Rd8+ 28.Ke1 Nd3+ 29.Kf1 Ke5 30.gxf4+ gxf4 31.Kg2 Ke4 32.Nf6+ Ke5 33.Nh5 Nc1 34.Re1 Rd2+ 35.Kh1 Nd3 0-1 White’s pieces on the edge of the board can do nothing against the 3 passed pawns.

The E. Devon Congress is taking place next weekend at Exeter’s Corn Exchange. With the entries in so far, the Open has about 8 players all closely matched and in with a chance. However, the top players often have a habit of leaving their entries to the last minute, so things may change. For details contact the Entry Secretary John Stephens on 07891-648689 or e-mail johnkfstephens@hotmail.com.

Mrs. Baird’s Valentine problem last week was solved by 1.Kd6!

In this 2-mover, White must be careful to avoid stalemate.

White to mate in 2 moves.

Devon Beat Hants In Close Match (15.02.2014.)

Devon met Hampshire at the weekend and the new venue of Ilchester Town Hall, brought a new result (a 9-7 win) after a series of Devon losses in recent years Devon names first:- 1. S. Homer ½-½ I. Thompson. 2. J Stephens 1-0 W. McDougall. 3.P. Sivrev ½-½ D. Tunks. 4.D. Regis ½-½ C. Bellers. 5.J. Fraser ½-½ P. Cooper. 6.B. Hewson 0-1 D. Fowler. 7. J. Wheeler ½-½ A. McDougall. 8.A. Brusey ½-½ F. McLeod. 9. M. Shaw ½-½ S. Knox. 10.J. Underwood 1-0 D. Thompson. 11.T. Thynne 0-1 C. Priest. 12. W. Ingham 1-0 S. Smith. 13. P. Brooks ½-½ G. Jones. 14. S. Martin 1-0 Miss G, Moore. 15. M. Stinton 0-1 B. Kocan. N. Rahimili 1-0 J. Chilton.

Dr. Underwood’s early win gave Devon an early lead and they were never headed, though the match result still depended on this last game to finish. If White had won, Hampshire would have drawn the match. After a long positional game the game ends suddenly.

White: W. M. McDougall (192). Black: J. K. Stephens (186).

Queen’s Gambit – Slav Defence [D12]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Bd2 Nbd7 9.Rc1 a6 10.Be2 Bd6 11.0–0 Qb8 12.g3 Ne4 13.Nxe4 Bxe4 14.Bb4 0–0 15.f3 Bg6 16.Nxg6 hxg6 17.Rfd1 Nf6 18.Kg2 Bxb4 19.Qxb4 Qc7 20.a4 a5 21.Qb3 Rfe8 22.f4 Rad8 23.Bf3 Qe7 24.c5 Qc7 25.Qc3 Ra8 26.Rb1 Ra7 27.b4 axb4 28.Rxb4 Rea8 29.Qb3 Nd7 30.Rb1 Rb8 31.g4 f6 32.Qc2 Kf7 33.Be2 Rh8 34.Qb3 Rb8 35.Qd3 Rh8 36.Qb3 Rb8 37.Bd1 g5 38.fxg5 fxg5 39.Bc2 Nf6 40.Rf1 Rh8 41.h3 Ke7 42.Bg6 Rh6 43.Qb1 Qd7 44.Rf2 Kd8 45.Rfb2 Kc8 46.Bd3 Qc7 47.Qd1 Kb8 48.Qe2 Ka8 49.Rb1 Rh4 50.Rf1 Ra5 51.Rh1 e5 52.e4 White has 2 minutes left for all his moves yet must avoid losing or the team will miss a vital win. No pressure, then. 52…dxe4 53.Bxe4 exd4 54.Bf3 Qf4 55.Rd1 Rxc5 56.Rdxd4 Qc1 57.Rd8+ Ka7 58.Rbd4 Rc2 59.Rd2 Rxd2 60.Rxd2 Qc5 61.Rb2 Nd5! Having remained stationary for 44 moves the knight springs to the rescue. White sees the threatened fork on f4 but not the even greater danger on h6. 62.Qd2 Nf4+ 63.Kh2 Rxh3# 0–1

The 2nd team match was reduced to four games after Hants defaulted on most boards, handing Devon a 10-2 win. 1. O. Wensley ½-½ T. Chapan. 2. B. Gosling ½-½ K. Steele. 3. A. Kinder ½-½ J. Young. 4.C. Scott ½-½ D. Culliford.

In last week’s position, although Black was a rook down, he had 1…Bb2+! Taking it would leave his queen defenceless, so White has to reply 2.Ka4 to which Black replies 2…b5+ forcing 3.Ka5 allowing 3…Bc3 pinning queen against king so that 4.QxQ is impossible.

With love in the air this weekend, here is a heart-shaped 2-mover by Mrs. Baird (née Winter-Wood) who died in Paignton 90 years ago this month.

Love doing this 2-mover

Adams in Gibraltar (08.02.2014.)

The annual Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival has become increasingly popular in recent years, reflected in the entry total of 429 at this week’s event. The top section alone, the Masters, has 150 participants, among them 26 Grandmasters of whom Michael Adams is the highest rated. Here is his Round 2 win against a fellow GM.

White: M. Adams (2754). Black: Al-Sayed Mohammed (2476).

Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Variation [B90]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Nbd7 7.Be2 e6 8.g4 White goes for a thematic quick kingside attack, aiming to castle queenside and throw everything available down the kingside. 8…h6 9.f4 g5 10.f5 Ne5 11.h3 b5 Black aims to do likewise but on the opposite wing – it’s a question of who can break through first. 12.a3 Qe7 13.fxe6 fxe6 14.Nf3 Nfd7 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Qd2 Bb7 17.0–0–0 Rd8 18.Kb1 Bg7 19.Rhf1 Grabbing the open file and preventing immediate castling. 19…Nf7 20.Bd4 0–0 21.Bxg7 Kxg7 22.Qd4+ Ne5 23.Rxf8 Qxf8 If 23…Rxf8 White wins a pawn and can take control of the d-file with 24.Qxd6 Qxd6 25.Rxd6. 24.a4 bxa4 25.Nxa4 Kg8 26.Nb6 Qg7 27.Nc4 attacking d6. 27…Nf7 28.Qe3 Bc6 29.e5 d5 If 29…dxe5 30.Rxd8+ Nxd8 31.Nxe5 Bb7 32.Bc4. 30.Qb6 Rc8 An alternative was 30…dxc4 31.Rxd8+ Nxd8 32.Qxd8+ Qf8 33.Qxf8+ Kxf8 but White wins a pawn after 34.Bxc4 Bb7 but not 35.Bxe6 Bg2 36.Bf5 Bxh3 37.e6 h5 38.Kc1 and the king must come over to cover any danger. 31.Qxa6 Rc7 32.Qb6 Nxe5 33.Qb8+! Kh7 34.Nxe5 Qxe5 The rook is now pinned and the queen cannot leave its defence. 35.Rf1 With the threat of winning rook or queen after Rf7+ 1–0.

The event finished on Thursday and with 2 rounds to go the clear leader was the Ukrainian Vassily Ivanchuk with Adams among a whole raft of players in equal 2nd place on 6 points.

This afternoon sees the next round of the Inter-County championship with Devon facing Hampshire at a new venue in Ilchester.

Meanwhile, also today, not content with trying to be Cornwall’s youngest champion for many years, 13 yr. old Theo Slade is taking on up to 12 players at once in Truro’s Lemon Street Market, between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just turn up to play or watch (£5 to challenge Theo.

In last week’s position, Hebden won with an exchange sacrifice 1.Rxc5 Qxc5 2.Rc1 Qb6 3.Qf4 threatening Qf6. 3…f5 4.exf6 0-0 5.Qd6 Qd4 6.Qxe6 Kh8 7.Qe7 Qa7 8.Rxc6 1-0

In this game from last year, Black, a rook down, might have been considering resigning before discovering a neat resource. How did Black force a win in 3 moves?

Black to play and win

Glos v Hants & Bristol Winter Congress Results (01.02.2014.)

Hampshire proved too strong for Gloucestershire when they met at Urchfont (Wilts) recently, making amends for their earlier draw against Cornwall. Glos. names 1st: 1.N. Hosken 0-1 I. Thompson. 2.D, Lambourne 0-1 D. Tunks. 3.J. Jenkins 0-1 C. Bellers. 4.M. Ashworth ½-½ P. Cooper. 5.P. Meade 0-1 F. Mcleod. 6.P. Dodwell ½-½ T. Davis. 7.P. Denison 0-1 D. Fowler. 8.G. Taylor 0-1 S. Smith. 9. C. Haynes 0-1 C. Priest. 10.K. Bendall 0-1 Miss G. Moore. 11.B. Whitelaw ½-½ M. Roberts. 12. P. Baker 0-1 J. Chilton. 13.J. Caterer 0-1 D. Culliford. 14.R. Ashworth 1-0 J. Barnett. 15.P. Bending 1-0 S. Murphy. 16.D. Morse 0-1 T. Cutter.

The Bristol League held another successful Winter Congress at the Holiday Inn last weekend. The prizewinners included the following:

Open: 1st C. Beaumont (Clifton). 2nd= D. Buckley (Bath); M. Harris (Horfield); G. Morris (Clifton); M. Payne & D. Graham (both Worthing). Grading prizes: U-188: S. Piper (Salisbury). U-178: J. Turner (Cwmbran). U-167: M. Jiminez (Clifton).

Major: 1st G. Harvey (S. Bristol). 2nd= R. Lowery (Patchway) & R. Harron (Bristol). Grading prizes: U-148: A. Rossiter (Cabot). U-141: N. Derrick (Cabot). U-130: P. Chatterjee (Clifton).

Minor: 1st D. Rowan. 2nd= R. Porter & J. Walpole (both University); P. Jackson. Grading prizes: U-120: D. McGeeney (Cabot). U-114: A. Fraser. U-104: A. Telang (Clifton). U-91: H. Aubin-Parvu.

This was the Open winner’s 1st game.

White: C. Beaumont (221). Black: M. Kascak (c. 180).

Queen’s Indian Defence [E18]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0–0 Be7 6.Nc3 c5 7.d4 d6 8.d5 Immediately staking a claim to the centre. 8…exd5 9.cxd5 0–0 10.e4 Re8 11.e5 Ng4 12.Bf4 dxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 Having got the passed pawn, the stronger player is happy to keep making equal exchanges in order to keep it simple… 14.Bxe5 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Qa4 Qd7 … up to a point. 17.Qh4 Na6 18.Rad1 Nb4 19.a3 Na6 20.Qf4 Nc7 21.h4 Rad8 22.Kh2 The trap is set. 22…Nb5 23.Bh3 1-0 Winning a piece by forcing the queen away from the defence of her knight.

In last week’s position Flear finished neatly with 1.Rxc8 Qxc8 2.Rd8 Qc7 3.Rxe8! and Black resigned because QxN mate is inevitable.

In his book, Tactimania, Flear doesn’t only give his wins. He loses this one against his fellow GM from Leicester, Mark Hebden. Flear threatens to win the exchange and a pawn, so how did White deal with that and force a win in the space of 6 moves?

White to play and win

Devon v Cornwall – Latest Contest (25.01.’14)

Devon took note of Cornwall’s good results this season and fielded a strong team in their match at Ashtorre Rock, Saltash at the weekend, eventually running out 11½ – 4½ winners, a score that rather belies the closeness of the contest. Cornish names first in each pairing:-

1.M. Hassall 0-1 D. Mackle. 2.J. Menadue ½-½ A. Boyne. 3.R. Kneebone ½-½ J. Stephens. 4.S. Bartlett 0-1 T. Paulden. 5.D. Saqui 0-1 P. Sivrev. 6.L. Retallick 0-1 D. Regis. 7.G. Healey 0-1 A. Brusey. 8.T. Slade 1-0 J. Fraser. 9.C. Sellwood 1-0 J. Underwood. 10.G. Trudeau 1-0 M. Shaw. 11.J. Hooker 0-1 B. Hewson. 12.J. Nicholas ½-½ T. Thynne. 13.J. Wilman 0-1 P. Brooks. 14.M. Hill 0-1 W. Ingham. 15.B. Parkin 0-1 N. Rahimili. 16.D. R. Jenkins 0-1 M. Stinton-Brownbridge.

This game from Board 4 demonstrates (a) the importance of acting quickly against the enemy king and (b) the power of the check.

White: S. Bartlett (174). Black: T. J. Paulden (186).

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 a6 4.f4 d5 5.e5 h5 6.Bd3 Nh6 7.Qf3 c6 8.Nge2 Bg4 9.Qf2 e6 10.Be3 Nd7 11.0–0–0 White chooses to castle long, so Black responds immediately. 11…Qa5 12.h3 Bxe2 13.Bxe2 b5 14.a3 b4 15.Nb1 bxa3 16.Nxa3 Bf8 17.Bd2 Qb6 18.Nb1 Nf5 19.Bc3 c5 20.g4 hxg4 21.hxg4 Rxh1 22.Rxh1 Nxd4 winning a pawn 23.Bxd4 cxd4 24.Nd2 Rb8 25.b3 Ba3+ 26.Kd1? d3 White must do something about his undefended queen, allowing PxB+ next move. 0–1

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Ke2! forcing 1…Ke3 and then 2.R1c4 mate.

An inter-area match between the Torbay-based South Devon team and Plymouth-based West at the Plymouth Chess Club finished in a win for the hosts, by 6½ – 5½.

This position appears in Grandmaster Glenn Flear’s latest book, Tactimania, (Quality Chess 2011) in which he gives hundreds of instructive positions from his own games. It’s taken from a 1986 game in France against Trefor Thynne, not J. Thynne as given in the book. The whole game was as follows:

White: G. C. Flear. Black: T. F. Thynne.  1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 Be7 5.Nf3 0–0 6.0–0 dxc4 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Qxc4 c6 9.Rd1 Nb6 10.Qc2 Bd7 11.Ne5 Rc8 12.Nd3 Nbd5 13.a3 Be8 14.e4 Nc7 15.Nc3 Na6 16.b4 Nh5 17.e5 g6 18.Ne4 Kh8 19.Ndc5 Nxc5 20.dxc5 Qc7 21.Nd6 Rb8 22.Bh6 Rg8 23.g4 Ng7 24.Qc3 b6 25.Rac1 b5 26.Rc2 Ra8 27.Rcd2 Rd8 28.Qf3 Bxd6 29.Rxd6 Ra8 30.Qf6 a5 31.Rd8 Rc8. From this position, how did White now force a win, with a possible mate in 4?

White to play and win

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