The 36th East Devon Congress finished in Exeter’s Corn Hall on Sunday evening. The winners were as follows: (all scores out of 5).
Open Section: 1st= J. Rudd (Bideford) & M. V. Taylor (Crowthorne) both 4½. 3rd D. Mackle (Newton Abbot) 4. Grading prizes: U-177: A. W. Brusey (Newton Abbot) 3½. U-163: A. Waters (Rainham) 3.
Major Section (U-155): 1st J. Morgan (Exeter) 4½. 2nd J. Nielsen (Wimborne) 4. 3rd= G. Body (Exeter); R. Desmedt (Wombwell); J. G. Gorodi (Newton Abbot); T. Greenaway (Torquay) and A. Waldock (Guildford) all 3½. GP: U-145: A. Farthing (Worcester) & R. Wilby (Plymouth) both 3. U-133; C. Keen 131 (Exeter) 3.
Minor Section (U-125); 1st Christine Constable (Coulsdon) 4½. 2nd J. Wallman (Isle of Wight) 4. 3rd= S. Ross u/g (Shifnal); T. Slade (N. Cornwall); M. Hill (Liskeard); J. Carr (Portsmouth) & R. Scholes (Exeter) all 3½. GP: U-111: K. Sherlock (Yeovil) 3½. U-102 G. Jenkins (Exeter) 3½.
Team Prize: 1st Exeter. 2nd South Hams . 3rd= Barnstaple & Exmouth.
Here is an entertaining and instructive game from Round 3 that put the winner into the sole lead, only to lose in the last round to Rudd.
White: S. Homer (180). D. Mackle (194)
Sicilian Defence – Grand Prix Attack. [B23]
1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 Key move of the Grand Prix Attack, so called after its popularity on the Grand Prix circuit in the 1970s as a way of scoring a quick point with a rapid King-side attack before Black gets a chance to counter on the Q-side. 3…g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bb5 Nd4 6.0–0 a6 7.Bd3 An ugly-looking move that is not quite as bad as it looks. 7…e6 8.e5 d5 9.exd6 Qxd6 10.Ne4 Qc7 White now gambits a pawn in order to open up the centre while the Black King is still in the centre. 11.Ne5 Bxe5 12.fxe5 Black decides to accept the gift, thinking that White’s awkwardly-placed bishop will hinder further development, but this underestimates the force with which White can counter. 12…Qxe5 13.c3 Nc6 14.Bc2 f5 15.d4 cxd4 16.Bf4 The hitherto blocked bishop joins the attack to great effect. 16…Qg7 17.Nd6+ Kf8 18.Bb3 e5 19.Bg3 h6 20.Nf7 Rh7 21.cxd4 exd4 22.Rc1 Qf6 23.Bd6+ Nge7 24.Rxc6 White calculates he can afford to sacrifice material in order to break through. 24…bxc6 25.Be5 Qh4 26.Rf4 Qh5 27.Qxd4 The Black queen is about to get trapped, but he is also threatened with mate on d8 so cannot save it. 27…Bb7 28.Bd1 Qxd1+ 29.Qxd1 Rxf7 30.Qd6 Kg8 31.Rb4 1-0 resigns as Black must lose his bishop if he is to avoid mate.
Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Qg4! threatening 2.Qg2mate, and the rook coming to g3 in order to prevent this, blocks off the bishop, allowing 2.Nf2 mate.
This 2-mover was composed in 1907 by the Plymothian, Mrs. Edith Baird.