Cornwall’s champion club this year is Truro who won their Division 1, the County Shield, by a considerable margin. Their pool of players comprised Jeremy Menadue, Robin Kneebone, Chris Reeves and Marks Hassall and Pilling. Runners-up were Camborne.
Div. 2, the Roberts Cup (U-164) was won by Falmouth, who also won Div. 3 for Under-135s.
Devon’s club champions this year were Newton Abbot who retained the Bremridge Cup, while Exmouth retained the Mamhead Cup (Div. 2).
Devon’s contribution to the world’s largest chess tournament, the British Land UK Chess Challenge which attracts over 75,000 young players annually, was completed on Saturday with the county final at Churston Grammar School.
The boys’ title of Supremo was conferred on the following:-
U-7: Chris Kiddey (Ilsham). U-8: James Lloyd (Kelly College Prep.). U-9: Josh Parton (Broadclyst).
U-10: Thomas Kolya (Broadclyst).
U-11: Taylor Finch (Exeter Juniors). U-12: Tomas Trott (Clyst Vale C.C.). U-13: John Fraser (Torquay Boys’ G.S.). U-14: Jared Wray (Torquay Boys’ G.S.) U-18: Oliver Bell (Ilfracombe Arts College).
The girls’ title of Suprema was won by the following:- U-8: Olivia Whidley (Ilsham). U-9: Hannah Burnett. U-10: Ella Bibby. U-11: Becky Trott (all Broadclyst Primary School). Becky Trott and Josh Parton were the only two to score a maximum 6/6 points.
Here is a game from the recent Frome Congress, won by WECU’s qualifier for next month’s British Championship in Sheffield.
White: P. Krzyzanowski (177). Black F. J. Musson (157)
Queen’s Gambit – Slav Defence.
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Bb5 Nd7 It makes better sense to continue with normal development and prepare for castling e.g. 8…Bb4. 9.Qa4 Qb6 10.Ne5 Ndxe5 11.Bxe5 f6 12.Bg3 Be7 13.Rc1 0–0 14.0–0 a6 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Qb3 Qxb3 17.axb3 Black now tries to eliminate his backward pawn, but this only sets him on a slippery slope. 17…c5 18.dxc5 Bxc5 19.Nxd5! Rfc8 20.Nc7 hitting rook and bishop. 20…Rxc7 Black has no choice but to give up the exchange. 21.Bxc7 Bb4 22.Rfd1 Ra7 23.Rc4 Rb7 24.e4 Bg4 25.f3 Bh5 26.Rd8+ Kf7 27.g4 Bg6 28.h4 h5 29.Rh8 threatening to win the trapped bishop. 29…hxg4 30.h5 Bxe4 31.fxe4 e5 32.Rb8 Forcing off the rooks and leaving White a whole rook up, so Black resigned. 1–0
In last week’s position, 1.d3 allows to move his bishop while preparing for 2.Qc4 mate.
This 2-mover was taken from the recent inaugural British Junior Chess Problem Solving Championship, won by 16 year old Peter Lalic, whose parents are both Grandmasters.