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Devon vs Cornwall (08.12.2012.)

Devon beat Cornwall 12-8 at sunny Saltash on Saturday. The details were (Devon names first): 1.D. Mackle 1-0 J. F. S. Menadue. 2.J. K. Stephens ½-½ M. Hassall. 3. S. Homer 1-0 L. Retallack. 4. J. F. Wheeler ½-½ S. Bartlett. 5.K. J. Hurst 1-0 J. Willman. 6. B. W. R. Hewson ½-½ G. Trudeau. 7.A. W. Brusey ½-½ C. Sellwood. 8. O. E. Wensley ½-½ J. Nicholas. 9. J. Leung 1-0 D. J. Jenkins. 10. M. Shaw ½-½ M. Hill. 11. B. G. Gosling ½-½ R. Smith. 12.A. Kinder ½-½ C. Long. 13. N. Rahimili 1-0 D. R. Jenkins. 14. T. F. Thynne 1–0 A. Barkhuysen. 15. W. Ingham 1-0 P. Spargo. 16.P. Brooks 1-0 D. Lucas.

The top game was this, with notes based on those by the winner.

White: D. Mackle (202). Black: J. F. S. Menadue (187).

Queen’s Gambit – Slave Defence – Alapin Variation. [D15]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 b5 White has gambited a pawn in return for extra space for his pieces. 6.e5 Nd5 7.a4 e6 8.Ng5 h6 9.Nge4 b4 10.Nb1 Qh4 11.Qf3 Ba6 12.Nbd2 c3 13.Nc4 Bxc4 14.Bxc4 cxb2 15.Bxb2 Nd7 16.a5 f5 17.exf6 N7xf6 18.Bd3 Kd7 Black decides to keep his king in the centre as he plans a kingside attack. White accepts the challenge and goes for a queenside counter. 19.0–0 Nxe4 20.Bxe4 Bd6 21.g3 Qf6 22.Qd3 a6 23.Rfc1 h5 24.Rc2 h4 25.Rac1 hxg3 26.hxg3 Rhc8 27.Qb3 Ra7 28.Qa4 Rac7 29.Bd3 Qf3 30.Be2 Qe4 31.Qb3 Rh8 32.Bf3 Qf5 33.Bg2 g5 34.Qc4 Ra8 There now follows some toing & froing as the time control at move 40 looms. 35.Re2 Rcc8 36.Rce1 Re8 37.Rc2 Rec8 38.Qe2 Re8 39.Rec1 Rec8 40.Re1 Re8 With an extra 20 minutes thinking time now available, White can afford to work out the details of his attack. 41.Bf3 Rac8 42.Bg4 Qg6 43.Rcc1 Re7 44.Qxa6 the final assault. 44…Nf6 45.Rxe6 Rxe6 46.Bxe6+ Kxe6 47.Qxc8+ Nd7 48.d5+ cxd5 49.Re1+ 1-0 as the king must abandon his knight. 49…Be5 doesn’t work after 50.Rxe5+ nor 49…Kf7 50.Qxd7+ Kf8 51.Qd8+ Kf7 52.Qe8#.

Meanwhile, Somerset beat Dorset 10½-5½ at Bradford Abbas, while Hants lead Glos 8-7 with one disputed result to be settled. More details next week.

The solution to Christopher Reeve’s problem was 1.Nd8! after which Black has four tries, all of which fail; viz (a) 1…BxR 2.BxB#;  (b) 1…PxN 2.QxP# (c) 1…BxB 2.QxQP# and (d) 1…PxP 2.QxQP#.

This position is taken from an early Paignton Congress game – T. H. Tylor vs F. E. A. Kitto. Black (to move) has sacrificed a rook in pressing his attack. Was it worth the price?

Can Black win in spite of his material deficit?

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