Devon’s annual Inter-Area Jamboree took place in Exeter on Sunday, with evenly-matched teams of 12 from the four quarters of the county. The West team draws mostly on the membership of the Plymouth Club; The North players come from Tiverton and Barnstaple; the South team comes from the clubs around Torbay, while the East comprises clubs on the Devon section of the Jurassic Coast plus Exeter.
The match was well-contested with the outcome in doubt right up to the end, but when the last game finished it was Tony Tatam, captain of the West team that was to receive the trophy from the Organiser, Alan Maynard. The East were runners-up followed by the North and South.
This game from Board 5 was soon over.
White: P. J. Kennedy (151). Black: A. Billings (148).
Reti Opening [A04]
1.Nf3 f5 Key move of the Dutch Defence. White would normally have fianchettoed and castled Kingside waiting to see what his opponent does, but this unusual move calls for a more immediate response. 2.d3 Nf6 3.e4 White gambits a pawn to gain space for piece development, while destroying Black’s defensive position before it is even completed. 3…fxe4 4.dxe4 Nxe4 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Ng5 d5 7.Nxh7 Black is in trouble already. 7…Be6 Certainly not 7…Nxh7?? 8.Bg6+ Kd7 forced 9.Qxd5 mate. Perhaps better might have been 7…e5 allowing the black-squared bishop out at some point – certainly its subsequent inability to do so proves fatal. 8.Bg6+ Bf7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ng5+ Ke8 11.Qd3 Ne4 Normally Black would want to swap pieces off in the hope of drawing the sting of the attack, but this doesn’t help here. 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Qxe4 Winning another pawn and threatening both a check on g6 and the pawn on b7. 13…Nc6 14.Be3 Qd6 15.Nc3 Rd8 16.Nb5 Qb4+ 17.Qxb4 Nxb4 18.0–0 Preparation before the finale begins. 18…Nxc2 19.Nxc7+ Kf7 20.Rac1 Nxe3 21.fxe3+ Kg8 22.Ne6 Rb8 and now the end of the wretched trapped bishop spells the end of the game. 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.Nxf8 Resigned, in view of … 24…Kxf8 25.Rc8+ winning the rook. 1–0
The scores of all 24 games and other details may be found on the chessdevon website, while charts and photographs of the action are on keverelchess.com.
Dave Howard’s original composition last week was solved by 1.Kf2! Black’s best chance is Ra2+ although this is answered by Be2 both blocking the check and unleashing a check with his own rook, from which the King cannot escape.
This position is taken from the Quality Chess Puzzle Book by John Shaw, and comes from the game Jack Rudd v Khamroev. What move did Jack now play that earned him a double exclamation mark in the book and a win 4 moves later?