A small piece of chess history was made at the weekend when Devon lost to Gloucestershire 7½-8½, in spite of outgrading them on every single board, thus completing a whitewash for the season, having lost every match played. The details were as follows (Devon names first): 1.Mackle ½-½ Gallagher. 2.Wheeler 0-1 Stewart. 3.Abbott 0-1 Jenkins. 4.Brusey 1–0 Waterfield. 5.Hewson 0–1 Lambourne. 6.Thynne 0–1 Meade. 7.Paulden ½-½ Dodwell. 8.Twine ½-½ Taylor. 9.Underwood ½-½ Dixon. 10.Regis 1-0 Bentley. 11.Duckham 0-1 Vaughan. 12.Ingham 1-0 Oliver. 13.Pollock 0-1 Whitelaw. 14.Schofield 1-0 Brown. 15.Brooks ½-½ Richards. 16.Toms 1-0 Baker.
Meanwhile, Cornwall went down to Somerset by 4½-9½ in a 14 board match at Exminster. The individual results were (Cornish names first): 1.Menadue 0-1 Rudd. 2.Hassall ½-½ Edgell. 3.Kneebone 0-1 Wong. 4.Bartlett 1-0 Hatchett. 5.Sellwood 0-1 Stuttard. 6.Nicholas 0-1 Kryyzanowski. 7.Healey 0-1 Footner. 8.Barkhuysen 0-1 Senior. 9.Trudeau ½-½ Purry. 10.Jenkins ½-½ Jepps. 11.Hill ½-½ Musson. 12.Long 1-0 Kilmister. 13.Lucas ½-½ Fewkes. Marjoram 0-1 Peters.
This miniature was one of the few bright spots for Devon in their recent match against Somerset.
White: Megan Owens (166). Black: Bill Ingham (164).
Old Indian Defence. [A55]
1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 c6 3.c4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.e4 e5 White now neglects her piece development, indulging in some unforced pawn moves. 6.h3 Be7 7.b3 0–0 8.g3 exd4 9.Nxd4 d5 10.exd5 cxd5 11.Nc2 Still not developing new pieces. Re8 12.Be3 Nb6 13.Be2 Bf5 14.c5 The stage is set for Black’s attack to begin. 14…Bxc2 15.Qxc2 d4 16.Rd1 Hoping to negate the fork. 16…Bxc5 17.Nb5 Bb4+ 18.Bd2 d3 19.Bxb4 If 19.Qb2 Rxe2+ 20.Kf1 Ne4 21.Qd4 Rxf2+ 22.Kg1 Bc5! 19…dxc2 20.Rxd8 c1Q+ 21.Rd1 Qc6! 0–1 The queen retreats to hit two more pieces, leaving White virtually a whole queen down.
In last week’s position, White mated with 1.Nb5! threatening 2.Nc7 mate and if the bishop takes it, there is 2.Qxb6 mate.
The 2011 British Solving Championship was held recently and finished in yet another triumph for John Nunn, who, as a result, now holds four major titles concurrently; World, European, British and International Solving Champion, a unique achievement. The 30 competitors had to try and solve 13 problems of increasing complexity, of which this is one of the three 2-movers – the easy ones at the start!
It was composed by the Revd. Gilbert Dodds in 1915 and first appeared in the American magazine, Good Companions. Black’s king cannot move, but how can White nail him in just two moves? A clue is that it revolves around the roles of the two queens.