Devon’s former Match Captain, Tim Hay, passed away last month at the age of 64, after a long illness. His major feat was a unique achievement for a provincial county when, in 1992, he led Devon’s Under-11 team to the National Championship, usually the preserve of sides from the big conurbations. Then taking on the senior side, he took two Devon teams to the National Finals in 1996, winning the U-150 Championship.
In the current West of England competition, Gloucestershire have drawn two of their matches. Against Cornwall it finished 6-all in a 12 board match with wins for Nigel Hosken, Chris Mattos and Graham Brown, while Ian George, Gary Trudeau and David Lucas scored wins for the Cornish. Last month they drew 8-all against Somerset at Cheltenham. The home team winners were John Jenkins, John Waterfield, Graham Brown and Alun Richards, while the visitors’ victors were Gerry Jepps, Jim Fewkes, David Peters and Roger Morgan.
The 36th East Devon Congress starts a fortnight on Friday, so now is the time for late entries to be sent to the Secretary, Alan Maynard. (Tel: 01363-773313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org). Last year’s winner, Paul Helbig of Bristol, went on to become West of England Champion a few weeks later, so it is a good indication of form. He will be defending his title again this year. Last year’s top seed was the Devon champion, but he came unstuck in two games of which this is one.
White: D. Mackle. Black: T. Paulden. Dutch Defence [A90]
1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 signature move of the Dutch Defence. 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 d5 5.Nh3 c6 6.b3 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bd6? moving this piece for the 2nd time in the opening is the start of the slippery slope. It is much better to get castled now before it is too late. 8.Bc3 Ne4 9.Bb2 Bb4+ forcing the King to move. Already White is on the back foot. 10.Kf1 0–0 11.f3 Nf6 12.Nf4 Bd6 13.Nd3 Nbd7 14.Nc3 Qe7 15.Qd2 b6 16.Rc1 Bb7 17.Qe3 Nh5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.f4 g5 20.Bf3 Ndf6 21.fxg5 Ng4 22.Bxg4 fxg4+ 23.Ke1 Ba6 24.Kd2 Rf5 25.Rhf1 Raf8 26.Rxf5 Rxf5 27.Ne5! Black has spotted the winning move. 27…Rxe5 28.dxe5 Bc5 trapping the White Queen. If White tries 29.Nxd5 Bxe3+ 30.Nxe3 Qxg5 leaving White Queen for rook down. 0–1
The solution to last week’s position was 1.Qb1! from where the queen can administer mate whichever way the black king runs.
The final of the British Solving Championship takes place on Saturday 26th February at Oakham School, with Jon Lawrence of Paignton being the Westcountry representative. This 2-mover was one of the problems from the postal round sent to all potential qualifiers. It was composed by E. J. Polglase and first appeared in The Field in 1913. White to move.