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Millfield Juniors & Bristol Activities (01.12.2012.)

Anyone needing to shake off any post-Christmas torpor might consider entering the Downend & Fishpond’s Buzzer tournament on 27th December at the Cricket Club. 10 games between 7 and 11 p.m. could be the kill or cure option. Details from Shaun Walsh on 0117-9562183.

Following that is the Bristol Winter Congress at the Holiday Inn from Friday 18th – 20th January 2013. It’s a new date and new venue, so it should be worth trying out. Details from Graham Mill-Wilson on 0779-016-7415. Entry forms downloadable from the chessit website.

At the recent Millfield Junior Tournament, 1st= in the U-18 section were Adam Dickinson (Chilton Cantelo) and Zoe Strong (Millfield), while Henry Righetti (King Edward’s School) won the U-12 section.

Westcountry GMs, Peter Wells (Swindon) and Keith Arkell (Paignton), were joint winners of the recent Brighton Tournament. This was Wells’ last round win that helped him to 4½/5 points and a £300 cheque.

White: Peter Sowray (2362). Black: Peter Wells (2488).

Nimzo-Indian Defence – Simagin Variation. [E40]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Rubinstein’s favoured move. Other popular responses here are 4.a3 and 4.Qc2. 4…0–0 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Bd6 The Simagin Variation. 7.Ng3 c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.0–0 Bg4 12.Nce2 Re8 13.h3 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Bd6 15.Nf5 Be5 16.f4 Weakening his e-pawn. 16…Bc7 17.b4 Bb6 This active bishop finds its most effective square, focussing on the weakened e-pawn. 18.Qf3 Ne7 19.Ng3 Ng6 The pinned e-pawn is going to prove fatal. 20.Ra2 Rc8 21.Re2 Rc3 Probing for further weaknesses. 22.Rd1 Qc7 23.Bb2 Nxf4 24.Bxc3 Nxe2+ 25.Nxe2 Rxe3 The threat of the discovered check means that White’s queen is lost anyway. 26.Qxe3 Bxe3+ 27.Kh1 Nh5 28.Re1 g6 29.Bb2 Ng3+ 30.Nxg3 Qxg3 31.Re2 f5 0–1. The balance of R+B for queen is not necessarily fatal, but Black’s extra pawns, hindering the bishop pair, prove the deciding factor.

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.e4! If 1…RxN 2.RxP mate. Or 1…Bxp 2.Nc4 mate. Or RxP 2.NxR mate. Or Rb1 2.Rf5 mate.

This 2-mover was composed by Christopher Reeve of Cornwall, and won a 1st prize in the British Chess Magazine. It’s quite a challenge, with 26 pieces to sort out – best of luck with it!

White to mate in 2 - not an easy one.

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