Cornish chess has lost one of its great servants with the death last week of Roger Grime at the age of 58. He was born and lived all his life in Helston, attending the Grammar School between 1963-70, eventually qualifying as an accountant. He soon became the backbone of Helston’s Godolphin Chess Club, where he was Secretary and 1st team captain for over 35 years. As one of Cornwall’s top players he regularly took a top board in county matches, missing only a handful of matches in all that time. He became county champion in 1975, before the advent of Peter Clarke, Michael Adams and Andrew Greet, and was C.C.C.A. Treasurer for 30 years.
Here is one of his wins from the match against Somerset in 2000.
White: Mike Twyble (204). Black: Roger Grime (164).
Queen’s Gambit – Exchange Variation [D35]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.cxd5 exd5 6.e3 0–0 7.Bd3 h6 8.Bh4 Be6 9.Nge2 c6 10.Qc2 Nbd7 11.0–0 Nh5 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.b4 a6 14.a4 b5 15.e4 Qxb4 16.exd5 cxd5 17.axb5 axb5 18.Rab1 Qe7 19.Rxb5 Rac8 20.Qd2 Qd6 21.Ra1 f5 22.Rba5 g5 23.Ra6 Qe7 24.Bc2 Nhf6 25.f3 Ne8 26.Bb3 Ndf6 27.Ra7 Rc7 28.Rxc7 Qxc7 29.Qe3 Ng7 30.Qe5 Qxe5 31.dxe5 Nd7 32.Nd4 Rb8 33.Ra7 Nc5 34.Bxd5 Bxd5 35.Nxd5 White is ready to press home an attack using his well-placed pieces and extra pawn. However, Black has plans of his own. 5…Rb1+ 36.Kf2 Nd3+ The time control at move 40 is getting close and the players must move quickly, increasing the possibility of oversights. 37.Kg3?? Oops! Essential was 37.Ke3 after which might follow Nxe5 38.Ne7+ Kf8 39.Ndxf5 Nxf5+ 40.Nxf5 Re1+ 41.Kf2 Nd3+ 42.Kg3 Re6. 37…Nh5+ resigns, in view of the inevitable 38.Kh3 Nf2 mate.
The Teignmouth RapidPlay attracted over 100 entries last Saturday, and the winners included the following:-
Open: 1st Patryk Krzyzanowski (Yeovil). 2nd Allan Pleasants (Weymouth). U-145: 1st D. Macarthur (Keynsham). 2nd G. Rosser (Torquay). Juniors: 1st= Theo Slade (Bude); Tom Kolya & Reece Whittington (both Broadclyst).
The 62nd West of England Championship starts on Friday morning at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, but it’s not too late to take part as entries, in common with most local events, are lower this year. Details are available from Andrew Footner on 01935-873610 or e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org.
In last week’s position, Black wins after 1…Rxh3+. If 2.gxh3 Bxf3 mate, and if 2.Bh2 then Rxh2+ with a winning attack.
This position was the end of the last game ever played in the WECU Championship by former Champion Ron Bruce. He has just played the seemingly obvious Rxg2, but this lets White off the hook. White to play and draw.