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Devon beat Glos – Somerset beat Cornwall.

The final round of the WECU inter-county competition took place last Saturday. Devon beat Gloucestershire 10-6 and so regain the Harold Meek Cup (1st teams) to add to the Wayling Cup for the graded section that they had already secured. Devon’s winners were Dominic Mackle, John Wheeler, Mark Abbott, Ian Jamieson, Robert Thompson, Paul Brooks, Andrew Kinder and John Morrison. Draws were obtained by Marco Mattei, Alan Brusey, Stephen Schofield and Ivor Annetts.

Meanwhile, Cornwall were playing Somerset over 14 boards at Exminster. Team captain Anton Barkhuysen led the way with a win against a strong opponent, but only Colin Sellwood and Robin Kneebone could follow suite and they went down 4½-9½.

Here is one of Devon’s wins in which Black has to combine pressure and patience until the big chance presents itself.

White: O. Martin (145). Black: R. Thompson (170).

King’s Indian Defence [E94]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0–0 e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.Nd2 a5 10.Rb1 Ne8 11.Na4 f5 12.f3 Bd7 13.Nxc5 dxc5 14.a3 a4 15.b4 axb3 16.Qxb3 Nd6 17.Qe3 b6 18.Ra1 Qe8 19.Bb2 f4 the start of a Kingside pawn storm. 20.Qf2 g5 21.Bd1 h5 22.h3 Bf6 23.g4 fxg3 24.Qxg3 Qe7 White’s pieces are trapped behind his own pawns and he seeks to free things up on the Queenside. 25.a4 Nf7 26.Nb1 Nh8 27.Nc3 Ng6 28.Ne2 Nf4 29.Nxf4 exf4 forcing the queen to over-extend its protective powers. 30.Qg2 Bxb2 31.Qxb2 Bxh3 32.Re1 g4 33.Qh2 Qh4 34.Be2 Qg5 35.Kh1 Kg7 36.Rg1 Kf6 37.Ra3 Rh8 38.Bd1 Qe5 39.Be2 Ke7 40.Rga1 Kd6 41.a5 White continues to seek space on the wing, but Black has a trick up his sleeve. 41…bxa5 42.Rxa5 Qxa1+! White resigned, in view of… 43.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 44.Qg1 Rxg1+ 45.Kxg1 leaving Black a rook up.

Of the English trio playing in the European Individual Championship in Croatia, David Howell finished strongly to reach 7½/11, with Adams on 7/11 and Keith Arkell on 6 pts. Once the tie-breaks have been calculated, the top 20 will qualify for the next cycle of the World Championship. Howell is close to qualifying but Adams is out of the frame, while Arkell did slightly better than his seeding.

The final round of the WECU inter-county competition took place last Saturday. Devon beat Gloucestershire 10-6 and so regain the Harold Meek Cup (1st teams) to add to the Wayling Cup for the graded section that they had already secured. Devon’s winners were Dominic Mackle, John Wheeler, Mark Abbott, Ian Jamieson, Robert Thompson, Paul Brooks, Andrew Kinder and John Morrison. Draws were obtained by Marco Mattei, Alan Brusey, Stephen Schofield and Ivor Annetts.

Meanwhile, Cornwall were playing Somerset over 14 boards at Exminster. Team captain Anton Barkhuysen led the way with a win against a strong opponent, but only Colin Sellwood and Robin Kneebone could follow suite and they went down 4½-9½.

Here is one of Devon’s wins in which Black has to combine pressure and patience until the big chance presents itself.

White: O. Martin (145). Black: R. Thompson (170).

King’s Indian Defence [E94]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 Na6 7.0–0 e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.Nd2 a5 10.Rb1 Ne8 11.Na4 f5 12.f3 Bd7 13.Nxc5 dxc5 14.a3 a4 15.b4 axb3 16.Qxb3 Nd6 17.Qe3 b6 18.Ra1 Qe8 19.Bb2 f4 the start of a Kingside pawn storm. 20.Qf2 g5 21.Bd1 h5 22.h3 Bf6 23.g4 fxg3 24.Qxg3 Qe7 White’s pieces are trapped behind his own pawns and he seeks to free things up on the Queenside. 25.a4 Nf7 26.Nb1 Nh8 27.Nc3 Ng6 28.Ne2 Nf4 29.Nxf4 exf4 forcing the queen to over-extend its protective powers. 30.Qg2 Bxb2 31.Qxb2 Bxh3 32.Re1 g4 33.Qh2 Qh4 34.Be2 Qg5 35.Kh1 Kg7 36.Rg1 Kf6 37.Ra3 Rh8 38.Bd1 Qe5 39.Be2 Ke7 40.Rga1 Kd6 41.a5 White continues to seek space on the wing, but Black has a trick up his sleeve. 41…bxa5 42.Rxa5 Qxa1+! White resigned, in view of… 43.Rxa1 Rxa1+ 44.Qg1 Rxg1+ 45.Kxg1 leaving Black a rook up.

Of the English trio playing in the European Individual Championship in Croatia, David Howell finished strongly to reach 7½/11, with Adams on 7/11 and Keith Arkell on 6 pts. Once the tie-breaks have been calculated, the top 20 will qualify for the next cycle of the World Championship. Howell is close to qualifying but Adams is out of the frame, while Arkell did slightly better than his seeding.

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