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E. Devon Congress Results (10.03.2012.)

A late spurt in the number of entries helped lift the total for the East Devon Congress that finished on Sunday evening to 120.

The prizelist included the following names:

Open Section: 1st= Dave Littlejohns (Taunton); Oliver Wensley      (Exmouth) & Graham Bolt (Exeter) all         4/5 pts. Grading Prizes: U-179: 1st= John Stephens (Exmouth) & John Wheeler (Cosham) both 3½. U-164: 1st= Brian Gosling (Exmouth) & Steve Dean (Seaton) both       2½.

Major Section (U-155): 1st= A. Frangleton (Exeter); R. Greatorex (Llangollen); J. Morgan (Penwith); T. Slade    (Marhamchurch) & M. Stinton-Brownbridge (Plymouth) all         4. Grading prizes – U-145: D. Lawrence (King’s Head) 3½. U-133: 1st= D. Cornes     (Wimborne) & B. Upton (S. Norwood) both 3.                                                                               

Minor Section (U-125): 1st Christine Constable (Couldsdon) 4½. 2nd J. O’Grady (Newton Abbot) 4. 3rd= A. Fraser (Beckenham); Joy Fursman; R. Hood (Isca); G. Mill-Wilson (Yate); A. Rinvolucri (Barnstaple) & P. Saunders (Patchway) all 3½. Grading prizes: U-110: 1st= I. Bowman (Liskeard) & Marian Cox both 3½. U-100: G. Jones (Barnstaple).

Of the three joint winners of the Open, by far the most surprising is Oliver Wensley, who only returned to chess last season, not having played since primary school days, 20 years ago. In this game from Rd. 2 he creates a whirlwind winning attack from a seemingly innocuous position.

White: O. E. Wensley (165). Black: N. Livesey (174).

Pirc Defence [B07]

1.e4 d6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Bc4 By far the most common move here is  3.d4. 3…Bg7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.d3 Nc6 6.0–0 0–0 7.h3 a6 8.a4 b6 No games have ever been recorded in the on-line databases that reached this position – this is all new. 9.Bg5 Bb7 10.Qd2 Rc8 11.Bh6 Na5 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Ba2 c5 14.Ne2 Qd7 15.c3 c4 16.Ng3 Qc7 17.Rfe1 e6 18.dxc4 Rfd8 19.b3 d5 Both sides appear to have stable positions, and Black would seem justified in breaking open the centre in the hope of gaining space and possibly winning a pawn – yet this is a losing move. 20.exd5 exd5 and now a moment of spontaneous inspiration  21.Nf5+! gxf5 Black has little choice here, for if 21…Kf8?? 22.Qh6+ Kg8 23.Qg7#; Or if 21…Kh8 22.Qh6 Rg8 23.Re7 Qd8 24.Ng5 winning. 22.Qg5+ Kh8 23.Qxf6+ Kg8 24.Re7 Black is forced to give up his queen to avoid mate. 24…Qxe7 25.Qxe7 Re8 26.Qg5+ Kf8 27.Qh6+ Ke7 Forced, as if 27…Kg8 28.Ng5 with several mating lines. 28.Re1+ Kd8?? 29.Qd6# 1–0

28…Kd7 would have drawn things out a bit, but it’s still a lingering death e.g. 29.Qxb6 Rxe1+ 30.Nxe1 Re8 31.Nd3 dxc4 32.Nc5+ Kc8 33.b4 Rg8 34.Bxc4 Rg6 35.Qxa5.

Last week’s 2-mover was solved by 1.Ne4! threatening 2.Nd2. If 1…Kxe4 2.Bxd5 mate. The try 1.Nb1? failed to 1…e4.

In this game position, how should White conduct his winning attack?

White to play and win.

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