170 players competed in the Frome Congress recently and the winners were:
Open Section :- 1st Chris Jenks (Southbourne) 4½/5 pts. 2nd= David Buckley (Bath) & Andrew Smith (Bourne End) 4. The British Championship Qualifying Place went to Jenks. Grading prize (U-175) 1st William Foo (Reading) 3½. Buckley won the Bonner Cup.
Major (U-170): 1st= Stephen Williams (Colchester); Russel Barlow (South Bristol) & Paul Jackson (Coulsdon) 4 pts. Grading prize (U-150) Paul Tew (Bridgend) 3½.
Intermediate (U-140): 1st= Roger Walker (Belper) 4½. 2nd= John Symons (Salisbury); Paul Errington Bournemouth); George Hollands (Kent); Paul Brackner (Weymouth); Thomas Thorpe (Pete’s Potentials) & Mark Stone (Orpington). Grading prize (U-125) Simon Denney (Bristol Uni.) 3½.
Minor (U-115): 1st= Geoff Gammon (Downend) & Phil Summers (Kent) 4½. 3rd= John Ariss (Teignmouth); Roger Fenton (Glastonbury) & Michael Harby (Glastonbury) all 4. Grading prize (U-90) Reg Cox (Southampton).
The Venezuelan Arturo Wong of the Ilminster Club has won several tournaments recently but had a miserable time here, finishing on one point. His Rd 4 game is an example.
White: Arturo Wong (188) – Black: Richard Truman (169).
Two Knights Defence [C59]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 If Black had played 5…Nxd5 White would have the option of continuing with the lively Fegatello Attack, e.g. 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 etc. 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 Already it is apparent that White has had to retreat from his early foray, leaving Black with far more space to exploit. 9…e4 10.Ne5 Bd6 11.d4 Thus far it is all well-known theory, known as the Knorre Variation. 11…exd3 12.Nxd3 Qc7 13.h3 Nc4!? 14.b3 Ne5 15.Nxe5? White should be concentrating on bringing pieces into play, not swapping off those few that already are. 15…Bxe5 16.c3 Bf5 17.0–0 0–0 18.Bb2 Rad8! Black’s pieces now are all well-placed and ready to attack, whereas White’s queenside is still underdeveloped and his queen subject to constant harassment. 19.Qe1 Rfe8 20.f4 White is desperate to create space for his pieces, but in vain. 20…Bxf4 21.c4 Ne4 22.Rf3 Ng3 23.Rxg3 It’s desperate times for White but he could still have tried piece development with 23.Nc3 Nxe2+ 24.Nxe2 Rd7 23…Bxg3 24.Qf1 Bd3 25.Nc3 If 25.Bxd3 Rxd3 26.Na3 Rde3 27.Nc2 Re2. 25…Bxe2 26.Nxe2 Rd2 27.Nxg3 Qxg3 28.Bc1 Rf2? Good enough to win, but missing a mate in 2 28…Rxg2+! 29.Qxg2 (29.Kh1 would give Black a choice of 3 immediate mates) 29…Re1# 29.Qxf2 Re1+ 30.Qxe1 Qxe1+ 31.Kh2 Qe5+ 32.Bf4 Qxa1 0–1
All games from the Open may be found on the Bristol League website.
In last week’s position from the ideachess.com website, White could finish quickly with 1.R1h7+ forcing the king to f6 after which 2.Qg5 mates.
Here is another position from the 2-move checkmate section.