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East Devon Congress 2013

The East Devon Congress starts next Friday evening at Exeter’s Corn Exchange. Late entries should go to Sean Pope on tel: 01392-436420 or    sean.pope1@blueyonder.co.uk.

Last year’s top section finished in an unusual 3-way tie between Dave Littlejohns of Taunton and local players Brian Bolt and Oliver Wensley.

This Rd. 1 game from that event set Littlejohns on his way.

White: D. Littlejohns. Black: Dr. C. Keen.

Sicilian Defence – Closed System [B24]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 White is not going to open up the centre with the more usual, and well-analysed d4. 3…d6 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 e6 6.f4 Be7 7.Nf3 Nd4 8.0–0 0–0 9.Ne2 Nxe2+ 10.Qxe2 Qb6 11.Kh1 Bd7 12.c3 Bb5 13.c4 Bc6 14.Be3 Ng4 15.Bc1 e5 16.h3 exf4? Black should withdraw his knight to f6, as he does not have enough compensation for this sacrifice. 17.hxg4 fxg3 18.Be3 Rae8 19.Bf4 g6?? losing more material unnecessarily. 20.Bh6 f5 21.Bxf8 Bxf8 22.gxf5 gxf5 23.Nh4 Qd8 24.Nxf5 Fortunately, the knight defends h4 from the queen, which would have spelled the end. 24…Qg5 24…Re5 to attack the defending knight merely allows 25.Qg4+ Kh8 26.Rf3 etc. 25.Qf3 Re5 26.Nxg3 Qh4+ 27.Kg1 Bg7 28.Nf5 Rxf5 29.Qxf5 Bd4+ 30.Rf2 Kg7 31.Kf1 Bf6 31…Bxf2 White decides to return some of the material he has been gifted in order to keep things simple and end the game quickly. 32.Qxf6+ Qxf6 33.Rxf6 Kxf6 34.e5+ Kxe5 35.Bxc6 bxc6 36.Ke2 d5 37.Rh1 1–0

The Wiltshire and West of England Junior Championships were held in Swindon at the weekend but results were not available at the time of going to press.

The British Chess Problem Solving Championship is taking place this weekend at Eton College, and I hope to have the results next week.

Last week’s problem by Dave Howard was solved by 1.Re4! after which Black cannot prevent 2.f4 mate.

Cyril Kipping (1891-1964) was a prolific composer and this 2-mover is taken from his book 300 Chess Problems (1916). It was originally published in the Western Daily Mercury in 1912, when he was a science teacher at Weymouth College. White is clearly bound to mate quickly, but only one move can do it in 2.

White to mate in 2.

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