The following game from the recent London Chess Classic involved the 2010 British Champion, Taunton resident Mickey Adams, and his immediate predecessor.
White: M. Adams (2723). Black: David Howell (2611).
Ruy Lopez – Berlin Defence.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0–0 Inviting Black to take the e-pawn and accept the consequences of a more open game. Black usually declines and opts for a more closed position with something like 4…Be7. Howell, however, is in a pawn-grabbing mood. 4…Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 bxc6 7…dxc6? can lead to problems after 8.dxe5 Nf5 9.Rd1 Bd7 (forced) 10.e6! fxe6 11.Ne5 Bd6 12.Qh5+ 12…g6 13.Nxg6 etc. 8.dxe5 Nb7 9.c4 0–0 10.Nc3 f6 11.Re1 fxe5 12.Qxe5 Bf6 13.Qg3 13…Nc5 14.Bg5 Nd3? Black is chasing rainbows when he should be continuing with sensible development – getting more pieces out. 15.Re3! Nxb2 Black is committed to the capture though it doesn’t help his cause at all. 16.Rae1 All White’s army is now poised for the attack. 16…Bxg5?! 17.Nxg5 Qf6. 18.Rf3 Qd8 19.Nce4 White has a choice of good moves, one being 19.Qe5, which craftily closes on the black knight, e.g. 19…Nxc4 20.Rxf8+ Qxf8 21.Qe4 with twin threats of Qxh7 mate and Qxc4. 19…Ba6 Adams now sounds the charge. 20.Nxh7! 20.Rxf8+ is also very good, e.g. 20…Qxf8 21.Nxh7! Kxh7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.Qh3! and it’s all over e.g. 23…Qb4 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Qh8#. 20…Rxf3 21.gxf3 Kxh7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.Qh4 Bxc4 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Re5 White could also have played, 25.Qh8+ though it is not quite as neat – e.g. 25…Bg8 26.Re5 Qf6 27.Nh7+ Kf7 28.Nxf6 Kxf6 29.f4. 25…Be6 26.Qh8+ Ke7 27.Qxg7+ Kd6 The only other move 27…Ke8 also leads to mate in 1. 28.Ne4# 1–0
The Open Section was won jointly by Grandmasters Gawain Jones and Simon Williams on 7½/9 who received £2,000 each. Somewhat off the leading pace were Jack Rudd (Bideford) 6 and Keith Arkell (Paignton) 5½.
Devon’s Champion of Champions 2010 is the Exmouth representative, Mark Abbott, who beat Torquay’s Andy Dunn last week in a replayed final. His will be a new name on one of the Westcountry’s oldest and largest trophies, the Winter-Wood Shield.
In this position from 1977, Arkell was white and on his way to his first chess title, the Worcestershire Junior Championship. What did he now play to cause his opponent’s instant resignation?