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Cotswold Congress Prizewinners (04.06.2011.)

The Cotswold Congress finished on Monday with the following players among the prizewinners.

Open Section: 1st= S. Berry (Wimbledon) & A. Gilmour (Cheltenham) 5½/6. 3rd= O. Hackner (Rotherham); P. Martin (Cheltenham) & R. Savory (Bristol)  4 pts. Grading prize: A. Gentry (Witney), I. Ponter (Bristol); P. Davies (Cardiff) & P. Neatherway (Oxford).

Major (U-160): 1st D. Hartley (Chesterfield) 5½. 2nd= M. Doran (Warwick); J. Goodhead (Cheltenham) & Andrew Price (Leamington) 4½. Grading: K. Biswas (Oxford), D. Macarthur (Keynsham) & R. Weston (Witney).

Minor (U-120): 1st S. Ross (Telford)           5½. 2nd Theo Slade (Barnstaple) 5. 3rd M. Ashworth (Gloucester) 4½. Grading: N. Purry (Christchurch), P. Carrick (Bath) & J. Boswell (Stone).

A number of westcountry players were involved in the recent Sunningdale Congress. Here is a miniature from Rd. 1 won by Paignton’s grandmaster, Keith Arkell.

White: P. Dupre (2050). Black: K. C. Arkell (2419).

Nimzo-Indian Defence – Rubinstein Variation. [E26]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Rubinstein’s recommendation. 4…c5 5.a3 Usual here is 5.Bd3 5…Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Qa5 7.Bd2 Ne4 Rather than succumb to a totally defensive game, White goes for a double attack, but Black will have carefully calculated the risk involved before playing his last move. 8.Qg4 Nxd2 9.Qxg7 Qxc3 10.Qxh8+ Ke7 11.Rd1 Already there is no defence, as Black has a forced mate in 6, starting with 11…Ne4+ 12.Ke2 Qc2+ 13.Kf3 Black ignores the rook and goes for the finish. 13…Qxf2+ 14.Kg4 If 14.Kxe4 Qf5 mate 14…Qf5+ 0-1 resigns as the end is inevitable e.g. 15.Kh4 Qg5+ 16.Kh3 Qh5 mate.

In last week’s position, Brian Gosling could have played 1.Re6+ KxR 2.c8=Q+ which retains the initiative giving him vital time to cover Black’s queening square f1.

This week’s 2-mover is the starter problem for the 2011-12 British Solving Championship. Work out White’s only move (the key) that leaves Black unable to avoid mate next move. Send the solution to Paul Valois, 14, Newton Park Drive, Leeds, LS7 4HH, together with a cheque or postal order for £3.00, made payable to British Chess Problem Society. Please provide an e-mail address if you have one. All entries should be postmarked no later than 31st July 2011. Don’t forget to mention that you saw the position in this paper. After the closing date, all competitors will receive the solution and a free copy of The Problemist. Those who got the correct solution will also receive the Postal Round, comprising 8 positions of slightly greater difficulty and variety. In due course, the best competitors from the postal round will be invited to the Final at Oakham School in February at which the prize fund will be about £1,000.

In last week’s position, Brian Gosling could have played 1.Re6+ KxR 2.c8=Q+ which retains the initiative giving him vital time to cover Black’s queening square f1.

This week’s 2-mover is the starter problem for the 2011-12 British Solving Championship. Work out White’s only move (the key) that leaves Black unable to avoid mate next move. Send the solution to Paul Valois, 14, Newton Park Drive, Leeds, LS7 4HH, together with a cheque or postal order for £3.00, made payable to British Chess Problem Society. Please provide an e-mail address if you have one. All entries should be postmarked no later than 31st July 2011. Don’t forget to mention that you saw the position in this paper. After the closing date, all competitors will receive the solution and a free copy of The Problemist. Those who got the correct solution will also receive the Postal Round, comprising 8 positions of slightly greater difficulty and variety. In due course, the best competitors from the postal round will be invited to the Final at Oakham School in February at which the prize fund will be about £1,000.

White to mate in 2

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