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The following harum-scarum game occurred in the recent Devon-Somerset match.

White: Keith Atkins (145). Black: John I. Wilkinson (137)

Pirc Defence [B07]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.f3 Nbd7 6.Be3 0–0 7.Qd2 e5 8.Nge2 a6 9.h4 Rb8 10.Bh6 exd4 11.Nxd4 Ne5 12.Bb3 c5! White suddenly realises he is about to lose a piece after 14.Nde2 c4 15.Ba4 b5 winning the trapped bishop, so decides his best chance is a direct attack against the Black king on the other wing. 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.h5 cxd4 15.hxg6 dxc3 16.Qh6+ Kg8 17.gxf7+ Nxf7 This knight is now pinned and so poses no threat to the attacking queen. 18.0–0–0 necessary preparation for the final assault as the rook’s participation is essential. 18…cxb2+ 19.Kb1 Qe7 20.Qg5+ Kh8 By unpinning one knight Black is merely pinning the other. 21.Rxh7+ Nxh7 He has no choice but to lose his queen, but has a rook and 2 knights for it – the game’s not quite over yet. 22.Qxe7 Kg7 23.Rh1 b5 hoping to get in Rb7, but he doesn’t quite have the time. 23…Nf6 was necessary here, to keep his pieces as active as possible. 24.Bxf7 Rxf7 25.Qxd6 leaving him still with 3 pieces for the queen. 24.Rxh7+! The killing move, enabling the powerful queen to mop up Black’s uncoordinated pieces left and right. 24…Kxh7 25.Qxf8 Ne5 26.Bg8+ Kg6 27.f4 Nd7 28.Qxd6+ Kg7 29.Be6 Rb6 30.Qe7+ Kg6 31.Bxd7 1–0

The final matches in the WECU tournament take place this afternoon, with Cornwall facing Somerset at Exminster and Devon taking on Gloucestershire in the 1st Division, while Hampshire play Dorset in Division 2.

The following weekend will see the Cornwall Congress at Stithians, organised by Anton Barkhuyson. The top section, the Emigrant Cup, constitutes the Cornish Championship, where the current champion, Robin Kneebone, will be defending his title. The Falmouth Cup is open to all players graded U-146. Everyone is eligible for the prize money but only Cornwall registered players may win the cup. The same applies to the Penwith Cup, for players U-91 grade. Round 1 starts on the evening of Friday 23rd March and entries must reach the organiser by the previous day.

WECU’s own Congress over the Easter weekend is also getting close. It starts on Friday 6th April at its usual venue in Exmouth. Enquiries and late entries to Andrew Footner on 01935-873610 or

In last week’s position, White has to eliminate Black’s knight with 1.BxN before playing 2.Qh5.

In this game between Fogel and Czerniak, White needs just one move to complete his development, but it’s not his go. How did Black mate in 2?

Black to mate in 2.

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