Both Devon and Cornwall were involved in their first matches of the new season at the weekend. At Luppitt, near Honiton, Devon II met Dorset where the Devon side had a distinctly new look as team captain, Brian Hewson, had been forced to draft in a number of new players; in fact, almost half the team were debutantes. Nor did they let the side down as the 7 “debs” notched up 5½ points, half the team total as Devon ran out comfortable 11-5 winners. Devon’s winners were: Oliver Demerger; John Gorodi; Alex Billings; Peter Halmkin; Jeff Leung; Ken Alexander, Freddie Sugden and Tony Tatam. Draws were secured by Messrs Howard, Gosling, Clarke, Kennedy, Stinton-Brownbridge and Jones.
Meanwhile, at Exminster, near Exeter, Cornwall were fielding a slimmed-down team of 12 players against Gloucestershire instead of the more usual 16, due to their increasing difficulty in finding county-strength players prepared to travel the long distances involved. The result was two fairly evenly-matched teams who finished 6-6. Cornwall’s individual victors were Ian George; Gary Trudeau and Dave Lucas.
Here is a sharp win by Freddie Sugden, a pupil at Torquay Boys Grammar School and one of the Devon Debs.
White: M. Fielding (109). Black: F. Sugden (127).
King’s Indian Defence – Classical Variation [E90].
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be3 e5 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Be2 Ne8 9.Ng5 a5 If now 9…f5 as he was probably planning 10.Ne6 10.0–0 Nc5 11.Na4 h6 12.Nxc5 dxc5 13.Nf3 b6 14.Qd2 Kh7 15.Ne1 Nd6 16.Bd3 f5 now he can play it 17.exf5 gxf5 18.f4 e4 19.Be2 Qf6 20.Rb1 Rg8 Black is now seizing open lines and diagonals as he prepares to attack. 21.Qd1 Ba6 22.b3 a4 23.Kh1 axb3 24.axb3 Bb7 25.Rg1 Ra2 26.g4 Qc3 attacking d3 27.Rg3 Bd4 adding to the pressure. 28.Bc1 e3 29.g5 Ne4 threatening Nf7+ 30.g6+ Even if White tries to defend f2 with 30.Rg2 White can simply continue with 30…Nf2+ 31.Rxf2 exf2 32.Nf3 Rxe2 33.Qxe2 Qc2 34.Qf1 (not 34.Qxc2?? f1=Q+) 34…Qe4 and Black’s attack is proving irresistible. 30…Rxg6 31.Rf3 Nf2+ 32.Rxf2 exf2 33.Nf3 33.Ng2 would have held things up for a few more moves, but the result is inevitable 33…Qxf3+ 34.Bxf3 Rg1+ and White resigned because of 35.Qxg1 fxg1=Q or R mate.
Last week’s pyramid-shaped problem was solved by 1.d6!, after which White can meet every one of Black’s tries with a different mate.
In this position, the pawn has been rushing forward in order to queen.
How should White now proceed to ensure a mate in 2?