A number of the westcountry’s traditional early season events are fast approaching. Tomorrow afternoon sees Devon’s team blitz tournament at the Newton Abbot club for the Thomas Cup. Blitz chess, which allows about 10 minutes per payer per game, is even quicker than RapidPlay where the limit is usually 30 minutes, a relative luxury.
If this is more to your taste, there’s the Chipping Sodbury RapidPlay on Saturday fortnight. Details may be obtained from Graham Mill-Wilson on 07790-167-415.
At the other end of the scale is the 12th Seniors Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, starting on Monday 7th November, when there is just one game per day and each player has the luxury of 3 hours thinking time. Details from me on 01395-223340 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Cornwall have already had theirs – the Kerrier Cup, held last Saturday at the Truro club. This was originally limited to the Helston and Camborne clubs in the Kerrier administrative district, but has gradually been extended to become effectively the Cornish Rapidplay championship. This year’s winner was, for the first time, Lloyd Retallick (Newquay), who beat the favourite, Jeremy Menadue (Truro), in the penultimate round. Grading prizes went to Richard Smith (Truro) who came 2nd= and Ian Renshaw (Falmouth). The Junior prize went to Chris Piper.
Here is a game by two contenders for last year’s Seniors title.
White: J. K. Footner (175). Black: K. I. Norman (187).
Nimzo-Indian Defence – Bronstein Variation. [E45]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Ba6 Bronstein’s contribution to the opening theory. 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 d5 8.b3 0–0 9.Be2 Nc6 10.0–0 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Bxc4 12.bxc4 Na5 13.Qe2 Qd7 14.Rb1 Rac8 15.Rd1 Qc6 16.Rb4 Ne4 17.Nxe4 Qxe4 18.f3 Qb7 19.c5 Rfd8 20.Bd2 Qc6 21.Rc1 Qd7 22.Rb2 Nc6 23.Rbc2 e5 Black tries to open up the centre, but this rebounds on him. 24.cxb6 cxb6 25.Qb5 bringing a third piece to bear on c6 and winning material. 25…a6 26.Qxb6 White side-steps the threat without loosening his grip. 26…Ne7 27.dxe5 winning a second pawn. 27…Rxc2 28.Rxc2 Nd5 29.Qd4 Qe7 30.Ba5! 1-0 Resigns, for if 30…Rd7 31. Rc8, or if it moves sideways, the knight falls.
The solution to last week’s problem by J.B. of Bridport was for the queen to shift one square to the right. 1.Qe7! leaving Black 7 tries –viz 1…Rxa3 2.Qb4#. 1…a5 2.Qa7#. 1…Bd3 2.Qe3#. 1…f5 2.Be5#. 1…Nf2 2.Bxf2#. 1…Nf4 2.Bf2#. 1…Rc4 2.Nb5#.
Here is another of Brown’s 2-movers taken from Brian Gosling’s biography.