The Open Section of the 21st Frome Congress last weekend was won jointly by two players from the Americas. One being Jim Sherwin, originally from New York, who has become a familiar figure on the chess scene here since his move from Switzerland to Bath a decade ago, while the other was Arturo Wong Castaneda, who moved to Chard from Venezuela a few months ago. Arturo was also awarded the Qualifying Place for the British Championship at Canterbury in July/August. Allan Pleasants of Weymouth was in 3rd place on 3½/5. 19 competed.
Winners in the lower sections were as follows:
Major (U-170): 1st John Footner (Telford) 4½. 2nd Roger Greatorex (Llangollen). Grading prize (U-146) Chris Leeson (Weymouth). 42 competed.
Intermediate (140): 1st Dave Woodruff (Keynsham). 2nd= Paul Errington (Bournemouth), Barry Sandercock (Chalfont), Stanislaw Guziewicz (Poland). Grading prize: P. Bending (Cheltenham). 46 competed.
Minor (U-115): 1st Alan Evans (Kent). 2nd Brian Aldwin (Exeter). 3rd= John Leon (Bath). Grading prize (U-91) T. Thorpe, A. Shute & C. Cheeseman. 48 competed.
Games from the event are not yet available, but here is one he played earlier.
White: Arturo Wong Castaneda. Black: Miguel Serrano Pertinez.
1st Fincas Mediterranea, Castelldefels, Spain. 25.08.2004.
Closed Sicilian [B40]
1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 b5 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.d3 g6 7.0–0 Bg7 8.Bg5 Qc7 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Rae1 Nd4 11.Nd1 f6 12.Be3 e5 13.c3 Ne6 14.Nh4 Ne7 15.Bh3 0–0 16.f4 exf4 17.gxf4 f5 18.Nf2 Rad8 19.exf5 Nxf5 20.Nxf5 gxf5 21.Nh1 Qc6 threatening the knight on h1. 22.Ng3 Qd5 23.Re2 Rb8 in readiness for Bg2. 24.a3 Rf7 25.Bg2 Qd6 26.Bxb7 Rxb7 27.Rg2 It’s White who asserts control of the open g-file 27…Kh8 28.Nh5 Rb8 29.Rf3 b4 30.axb4 cxb4 31.h3 bxc3 32.bxc3 Qc6 33.Nxg7 Rxg7 34.Rff2 Rxg2+ 35.Rxg2 Qf3 White’s pieces are all connected with each other while Black’s are all on their own. 36.c4 h6 giving his King a flight square. (If 36…Qxh3 37.Qc3+ Ng7 forced 38.Qxg7 mate) 37.Kh2 a5 38.Qc3+ Kh7 39.Qxa5 Rf8 40.Qe5 Rf7 41.d4 Nf8 42.Qe8 Qh5 43.d5 Black resigned as the twin threats of Bd4 or Bc5 next move will prove decisive. 1–0
The key move in last week’s problem by J.B. of Bridport was 1.Qh1. If 1…Ke5 2.Qh4 Ke5 (forced) 3.Qe7 mate. Or if 1…Kg5 2.Qh6+ Kg4 (forced) 3.Qh4 mate.
Here is another of J.B.’s 3-movers.