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West of England Championship & Congress – Day 2

 The results of the morning games, with its 5 draws,  led to a certain bunching up of scores, behind the sole leader, Keith Arkell. In the last game to finish, Slade pushed Mackle to the limit, but with only a few minutes of extra time left, a draw was agreed, with Slade having the only piece on the board. The withdrawal of Fallowfield jr. meant that a bye was created and this fell to Maurice Staples. He got the full point, but had a meaningful game against a player with a bye  in the Minor. By chance (no pun intended), this happened to be Hazel Welch, which meant that a former WECU Champion was playing a former WECU Ladies Champion, and that doesn’t happen often.

  Open – Rd. 3            
1 Arkell, Keith CC 2493 (2) ½ – ½ Rudd, Jack 2251 (1½)
2 Smith, Andrew P 2132 (1½) ½ – ½ Menadue, Jeremy FS 2043 (1½)
3 Shaw, Meyrick 1980 (1½) ½ – ½ Bolt, Graham 1989 (1)
4 Mackle, Dominic 2248 (1) ½ – ½ Slade, Theo 1962 (1)
5 Bartlett, Simon 1961 (1) 0 – 1 McMichael, Richard J 2176 (1)
6 Brusey, Alan W 1991 (1) ½ – ½ Dilleigh, Stephen P 2106 (1)
7 Bass, John W 2013 (1) 0 – 1 Thompson, Robert 1995 (½)
8 Littlejohns, David P 1983 (½) 1 – 0 Savory, Richard J 2100 (½)
9 Staples, Maurice J 2006 (½) 1 –      

The afternoon saw 5 wins, with the 3 titled players starting to edge ahead, while Brusey and Bolt continued their good run of form.

  Open Rd. 4              
1 Menadue, Jeremy FS 2043 (2) 0 – 1 Arkell, Keith C 2493 (2½) 1
2 Rudd, Jack 2251 (2) 1 – 0 Shaw, Meyrick 1980 (2) 17
3 Staples, Maurice J 2006 (1½) 0 – 1 Smith, Andrew P 2132 (2) 5
4 Dilleigh, Stephen P 2106 (1½) ½ – ½ Mackle, Dominic 2248 (1½) 3
5 McMichael, Richard J 2176 (2) 1 – 0 Littlejohns, David P 1983 (1½) 15
6 Thompson, Robert 1995 (1½) 0 – 1 Brusey, Alan W 1991 (1½) 13
7 Bolt, Graham 1989 (1½) 1 – 0 Bartlett, Simon 1961 (1) 19
8 Savory, Richard J 2100 (½) ½ – ½ Bass, John W 2013 (1) 10
9 Slade, Theo 1962 (1½) 1 –        

West of England Championship & Congress – Day 1

 After a few words of welcome by the Union’s out-going General Secretary, the show got on the road at exacty 10 a.m.  There had been a few late entries balanced by 4 even later withdrawals. The average grade of the 18 entries in the Open was 190 (ECF) which made this the strongest Open section for many years. There were 4 former champions involved, Arkell, Rudd and Mackle, of course, from recent years, but they were joined by Maurice Staples who had played in the event 18 times several decades ago, and became WECU Champion in 1979.

This overall strength was borne out when Rd. 1, usually the occasion for much bloodshed in any Swiss event,  ended with only 3 wins. The surprise of the round was prbably Alan Brusey’s win over McMichael.

  Open – Round 1            
1 Arkell, Keith C 2493 (0) 1 – 0 Bass, John W 2013 (0)
2 Staples, Maurice J 2006 (0) ½ – ½ Rudd, Jack 2251 (0)
3 Mackle, Dominic 2248 (0) ½ – ½ Thompson, Robert 1995 (0)
4 Brusey, Alan W 1991 (0) 1 – 0 McMichael, Richard J 2176 (0)
5 Smith, Andrew P 2132 (0) ½ – ½ Bolt, Graham 1989 (0)
6 Shaw, Meyrick 1980 (0) ½ – ½ Dilleigh, Stephen P 2106 (0)
7 Fallowfield, Jeremy R 2072 (0) 0 – 1 Slade, Theo 1962 (0)
8 Bartlett, Simon 1961 (0) ½ – ½ Menadue, Jeremy FS 2043 (0)
9 Savory, Richard J 2100 (0) ½ -      
10 Littlejohns, David P 1983 (0) ½ -      

The afternoon round was preceded by a presentation to Jack Rudd of the handsome trophy awarded to Devon’s Champion of Champions. This is competed for, on a knock-out basis, by the Champions of each club affiliated to DCCA. Jack represented Barnstaple’s interests and the shield was handed over by Keith Arkell. (see photo below). This 2nd round proved different inasmuch as there were only 2 draws, and when play was over for the day, Arkell was left as the only one on 2/2 points.

  Open – Round 2            
1 Slade, Theo 1962 (1) 0 – 1 Arkell, Keith CC 2493 (1)
2 Menadue, Jeremy FS 2043 (½) 1 – 0 Brusey, Alan W 1991 (1)
3 Rudd, Jack 2251 (½) 1 – 0 Littlejohns, David P 1983 (½)
4 Bolt, Graham 1989 (½) ½ – ½ Mackle, Dominic 2248 (½)
5 Thompson, Robert 1995 (½) 0 – 1 Smith, Andrew P 2132 (½)
6 Dilleigh, Stephen P 2106 (½) ½ – ½ Bartlett, Simon 1961 (½)
7 Savory, Richard J 2100 (½) 0 – 1 Shaw, Meyrick 1980 (½)
8 McMichael, Richard J 2176 (0) 1 – 0 Staples, Maurice J 2006 (½)
9 Bass, John W 2013 (0) 1 –      
10 Fallowfield, Jeremy R 2072 (0) ½ –      

 

General view of Rd. 1 in action

Rd. 1 - Bd. 1: Arkell vs Bass

3 Cornish players: Bartlett vs Menadue (nearest) & Slade vs Fallowfield (in blue).

Jack Rudd receives his Winter-Wood shield from Keith Arkell.

Arkell plays his much-favoured Caro-Kann against Theo Slade.

Congress Secretary, Meyrick Shaw, on his was to a Black win against Fallowfield.

 

Bds. 2 - 4: Menadue vs Brusey nearest.

Teignmouth RapidPlay 2015 Results

The prizewinners in the 34th Teignmouth Rapidplay Congress, played on Saturday 28th March,  were as follows:

  Open Grd Club Pts
1st Patryk Krzyzanowski 197 Yeovil 5
2nd= Jonathan Underwood 196 Seaton/Exmouth
  Steve Homer 194 Newton Abbot
GP (A) Meyrick Shaw 164 Exmouth 4
GP (B) Rob Wilby 142 Plymouth 3
  Steve Pollyn 143 Wimborne 3
U-14 Vignesh Ramish 161 Newton Abbot 3
  Graded Section      
1st= Paul Brackner 121 Bridport 5
  Duncan Macarthur 134 Keynsham 5
  Chris McKinley 123 Sedgemoor 5
GP (A) Kelvin Hunter 120 Tiverton  
GP (B) Gary Behan   99 Plymouth
U-14 Nandaja Narayanan   94 Newton Abbot 3
  Macey Rickard 103 Teignmouth 3
         

The cross tables, generated by Tournament Director, are here:-

NB    Index:
A = Player’s score
B = Number of graded games played
C = Total grading points
D = Performance Grade

Pos Name Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6 A B C D
1 Krzyzanowski, Patryk 197C b6+ w5+ b10+ w4= w8= b2+ 5 6 1230 205
2 Homer, Stephen J 194C b21+ w20= b3+ w9+ b4+ w1- 6 1220 203
3 Underwood, Jonathan 196F w13+ b9= w2- b7+ w5+ b8+ 6 1175 196
4 Piper, Stephen J 185C w18+ b16+ w8+ b1= w2- b9= 4 6 1116 186
5 Shaw, Meyrick 164A w14+ b1- w11+ w17+ b3- w13+ 4 6 1146 191
6 Bartlett, Simon 156A w1- b18= w16+ b11+ b9= w10= 6 1065 178
7 Body, Giles 166A b8- w22= b12+ w3- b20+ w17+ 6 985 164
8 Lingham, Richard H 0 w7+ w17+ b4- w10+ b1= w3- 6 290 48
9 Richardt, Mike 184B b19+ w3= b20+ b2- w6= w4= 6 1071 179
10 Rossiter, Alex 173C w12+ b15+ w1- b8- w14+ b6= 6 995 166
11 Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 169B b16- w19+ b5- w6- b21+ w20+ 3 6 906 151
12 Pollyn, Stephen M 143F b10- b13= w7- w21+ b18+ w15= 3 6 979 163
13 Ramesh, Vignesh 161A b3- w12= b22+ w20= b17+ b5- 3 6 973 162
14 Wilby, Robert G 142A b5- w21+ b17- w19+ b10- w16+ 3 6 959 160
15 Fraser, John 174C b20- w10- b19= w22+ b16= b12= 6 842 140
16 Bowley, John R 142C w11+ w4- b6- b18= w15= b14- 2 6 874 146
17 Brusey, Alan W 181A w22+ b8- w14+ b5- w13- b7- 2 6 818 136
18 Dean, Steve K 151B b4- w6= b21= w16= w12- b19= 2 6 825 138
19 Keen, Charles E 145A w9- b11- w15= b14- b22+ w18= 2 6 864 144
20 Senior, Neville N 145C w15+ b2= w9- b13= w7- b11- 2 6 939 157
21 Annetts, Ivor S 154A w2- b14- w18= b12- w11- b22+ 6 793 132
22 Quinn, Martin 144D b17- b7= w13- b15- w19- w21- ½ 6 731 122

 

  Name Grade 1 2 3 4 5 6 A B C D
1 Brackner, Paul 121 w14= b16+ w13+ b17= w19+ b8+ 5 6 823 137
2 Macarthur, Duncan M 134 b11+ w28+ b8+ w4+ b5+ w3- 5 6 902 150
3 McKinley, Chris TJ 123 w20+ b13= w18= b7+ w17+ b2+ 5 6 864 144
4 Derrick, Neil D 137 w10+ b26+ w5= b2- w13+ b15+ 6 845 141
5 Hunter, Kelvin 120 b24+ w27+ b4= w6+ w2- b9+ 6 864 144
6 Wilson, Matthew R 134 w13- b24+ w16+ b5- w26+ b17+ 4 6 731 122
7 Alexander, Ken RD 128 b27- w22+ b10+ w3- b11= w20+ 6 687 115
8 Behan, Gary 99 w12+ b19+ w2- b18+ b9= w1- 6 775 129
9 Dicker, Nigel 122 w18- b20+ w26+ b15+ w8= w5- 6 696 116
10 George, John Michael 110 b4- w23+ w7- b30+ w12= b19+ 6 706 118
11 Jones, Sidney A 112 w2- b25= w30= b24+ w7= b16+ 6 655 109
12 Kelly, Edmund 123 b8- w29+ b28= w14= b10= w27+ 6 647 108
13 Maber, Martyn J 106 b6+ w3= b1- w21+ b4- w22+ 6 754 126
14 Blackmore, Joshua P 89 b1= b15= w19= b12= w16- b26+ 3 6 704 117
15 Doidge, Charles 121 b17= w14= b27+ w9- b18+ w4- 3 6 650 108
16 Dowse, Alan 113 bye+ w1- b6- w27+ b14+ w11- 3 5 511 102
17 Narayanan, Nandaja 94 w15= b30+ b21+ w1= b3- w6- 3 6 691 115
18 Rickard, Macey J 103 b9+ w21= b3= w8- w15- b25+ 3 6 644 107
19 McGeeney, David B 122 b22+ w8- b14= w28+ b1- w10- 6 562 94
20 Thorpe-Tracey, Stephen F 99 b3- w9- b23+ w25= b21+ b7- 6 557 93
21 Waters, Roger G 116 w29+ b18= w17- b13- w20- b24+ 6 510 85
22 Darlow, Paul 73 w19- b7- w25+ b26- w23+ b13- 2 6 402 67
23 Dyer, Jack 0 w26- b10- w20- b29+ b22- w28+ 2 6 138 23
24 Haines, Matthew A 82 w5- w6- b29+ w11- b28+ w21- 2 6 523 87
25 Hay, Curtis J 0 b28- w11= b22- b20= w29+ w18- 2 6 138 23
26 Hussey, Michael 104 b23+ w4- b9- w22+ b6- w14- 2 6 519 87
27 Mackie, Norman 105 w7+ b5- w15- b16- w30+ b12- 2 6 581 97
28 Welch, Hazel 111 w25+ b2- w12= b19- w24- b23- 6 453 76
29 Pollyn, William D 38 b21- b12- w24- w23- b25- b30+ 1 6 110 18
30 Webster, Alan F 76 b31= w17- b11= w10- b27- w29- 1 6 375 63
31 Tatam, Anthony 119A w30=           ½ 1 79 79

16th West of England Congress Approaches (28.03.2015.)

The West of England Championship starts on Friday morning at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, with the leading contenders for the title currently being Keith Arkell (GM), Jack Rudd (IM) and Dominic Mackle, and late entries are coming in every day.

I hope to have the prizelist and top games available in a fortnight, but meanwhile here is a look back at a game from the early years of the tournament.

Trevenen of Penzance became the first Champion in 1946, then ’49 and ’50, while Kitto of Exminster had to wait until 1951 & ’55. The centenary of his birth was last month, though he died of cancer aged only 49.

This is their encounter from 1947, the 2nd  Championship held in Bristol.

White: Francis Ernest Appleyard Kitto. Black: Henry Vickers White Trevenen.

Caro-Kann Defence – Alekhine Gambit. [B15]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Bd3 Alekhine’s Gambit in which White offers his d-pawn in exchange for a gain in tempo and attacking chances. Black accepts the “gift”. 5…Qxd4 6.Nf3 Qd8 7.Qe2 Nxe4 8.Bxe4 Nd7 9.0–0 Nf6 10.Bg5 Bg4 11.Rfe1 e6 12.Rad1 White’s plan is successful inasmuch as his development is complete while Black still has some way to go. How can White use this to further his advantage? 12…Qc7 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.h3 Bh5 15.Rd3 Bd6 16.Qe3 Ke7? The natural move would be 16…0–0–0 but White has 17.Qxa7. An alternative would be 16…f5 17.Bxf5 and then 17…0–0–0 is safe because White has to look to the safety of his bishop. e.g. 18.Be4 f5 trapping the bishop. Or 18.g4 exf5 19.gxh5 and his king’s stronghold is somewhat compromised. 17.Nd4 Qb6 18.Qh6 Bg6 19.Bxg6 hxg6 With his queen en prise, Kitto spots a winning combination. 20.Rxe6+! Kd7 If 20…fxe6 21.Qg7+ Ke8 22.Qxh8+ Bf8 23.Qxf6 c5 24.Nxe6 Bd6 25.Qh8+ etc. 21.Rxd6+ Kxd6. If 21…Ke7 22.Nf5+ gxf5 23.Qxf6+ Kf8 24.Qxh8+ Ke7 25.Rd7+ Ke6 26.R3d6 mate. 22.Nf5+ Ke6 23.Re3+ Kd7 24.Re7+ The king must retreat to the back rank, allowing QxR mate. 1–0

It won’t be long now until the 26th Frome  Congress on 15th – 17th May at Selwood Academy. Berkley Road, Frome, BA11 2EF. Entry forms are available on the event website, and further details from G. N. Jepps, 27 Lockey Rd. Shepton

Mallet, BA4 5RQ. Tel: 01749-344191 or e-mail: fromecongress@btinternet.com.

In last week’s position, White won with the pseudo-sacrifice 1.QxN! If Black takes the queen he is mated in 3. viz

1…Qxh5 2.Rxg7+ and if 2…Kh8  3.Rg5+ Re5 4.Bxe5 mate, or 2…Kf8 3.Rxf4+ Qf5 4.Rxf5 mate. Moving his rook only delays the inevitable.

It’s an unwritten rule of chess that one should develop all one’s pieces before starting an all-out attack, as in the above game. In this position Black has followed this plan, while White’s queenside pieces are still trapped. How can Black best maximise his advantage?

Black to play and win.

A Cornish Renaissance Continues (21.03.2015.)

The Cornish Renaissance continues apace, as evidenced by their win over Hampshire at Honiton in the last round of the Inter-County Championship, though the 11-5 victory was helped by Hants being unable to raise a full team and defaulting 4 games. This scalp, added to those of Devon and Gloucestershire, meant Cornwall finished 2nd in the West of England section and now go on to meet Norfolk in the National Stages quarter-final. Somerset finished 1st by virtue of their win over Devon reported last week, which in turn pushed Devon down to 3rd place.

Here are the details (Cornish names first in each pairing).

1. Jeremy Menadue (190) ½-½ D. Tunks (196). 2.Theo Slade (178) 0-1 G. Pafura (192). 3. Mark Hassall (173) 1-0 R. Marsh (176). 4.Grant Healey (176) ½-½ A. Cooper (175) 5. Mate Csuri (175) 0-1 D. Fowler (174). 6.David Saqui (170) 0-1 T. Davis (167). 7. Robin Kneebone (173) 1-0 C. Priest (147). 8. James Hooker (171) 1-0 S. LeFevre (146). 9.Simon Bartlett (168) ½-½ Miss G. Moore (144). 10. Colin Sellwood (156) 1-0 D. Culliford (137). 11. Gary Trudeau (155) 1-0 J. Young (129). 12. David J. Jenkins (133) ½-½ R. Hartley (126).

This was a bright win for the Cornish.

White: Gary Trudeau (157). Black: J. Young (129).

Sicilian Defence–Najdorf Variation [B90]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.g4 Qa5? losing a tempo. These open Sicilian Defences are often played on a knife-edge, but this move hands the initiative entirely to White.  10.Nb3 Qd8 11.g5 Let the attack commence. 11…Nd7 12.0–0–0 The Yugoslav system, whereby White castles long and attacks quickly on the other wing. Black, of course, should attack the castled king a.s.a.p. but his loss of a tempo hasn’t helped. 12…Nb6 13.f4 Be6 14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.exd5 Nb8 16.Bd4 White is taking complete control of the centre. 16…Rg8 17.Bxg7 Rxg7 18.Qd4 Rg8 19.Na5 Qc7 20.Rd3 N8d7 21.Rc3 Qb8 Better might have been 21…Nc5 and if 22.b4 hoping to win the pinned knight 22… Nc8 23.bxc5 Qxa5 and Black would have gone some way to implementing his thematic plan. 22.Bg2 Nc5 23.Re1 Kd7 24.Rce3 Re8 25.h4 Qc7 26.Bh3+ Kd8 27.Rxe7 Qxe7 28.Rxe7 Rxe7 29.Qf6 Nc8 White is running out of pieces with which to inflict the coup de grace, but those he has are superbly positioned and the final assault plays itself. 30.Bxc8 Rxc8 31.Qxd6+ Rd7 32.Qf8+ Kc7 33.Qxc5+ Kd8 34.Qb6+ Rdc7 35.d6 1–0.

The solution to last week’s 2-mover was 1.Qe5! Only Black’s two bishops can move, and if it’s the white square one, then 2.Qa5mate, or if the other then it’s 2.Ra1 mate.

In this position, Black is threatening both the pawn on e3 and to free his rook with axb. How can White best deal with this?

White to move and win.

Seaton’s Rapid Rise (20.03.2015.)

Devon’s RapidPlay tournament, the Newman Cup, has in recent years been the preserve of the same three clubs, Exmouth, Tiverton and Seaton, with Seaton being very much the underdogs. However, under the driving force of their captain, Steve Dean, they have never been downcast or tempted to give it all up, and in fact this season has seen a big change. The difference is the return to the fold of Jonathan Underwood after an absence of several years in the US. He has returned to the Devon scene, refreshed and re-invigorated, turning out regularly for the Devon county team, for Exmouth in Devon’s 1st Division and Seaton.

On Wednesday evening he turned out on top board for Seaton against his other club, Exmouth, in the Devon RapidPlay League. With a RapidPlay grade of 196 and surely about to break the 200 barrier in the next list, he was too much of a handful for the home captain, Mark Abbott, and made it 4 wins to nil in the home and away matches this season. Similarly, on Bd. 3, Oliver Wensley’s attacking skills proved too much for Alan Dowse in both games, with knights seeming to do most damage . On Bd. 2, Chris Scott, nearing the time limit, made an illegal move which lost the 1st game, but got his revenge in the next game when his king became very active in a N+Ps endgame and managed to force one through to queen. On Bd. 4, Simon Blake got a winning advantage in the first game, but lost his way in the 2nd, and Hazel Welch took full advantage, as she is wont to do.

4-all was probably a fair result on the night, but not enough to give Exmouth any hope of retaining the title.

  Newman Cup           18.03.2015.  
  Exmouth Grd         Seaton Grd
1 M. V. Abbott 167 0 0 1 1 J. Underwood 196
2 C. J. Scott 157 0 1 1 0 S. K. Dean 151
3 O. E. Wensley 151 1 1 0 0 A. Dowse 113
4 S. Blake   91 1 0 0 1 Mrs. H. Welch 111
      2 2 2 2    
      4 4    

 

Nervous banter before the start of play.

 

.... then things get serious.

 

Simon Blake vs Hazel Welch.

A Black Day Indeed for Exeter & Exmouth In Div. 1. (14.03.2015.)

Local rivals Exeter and Exmouth met in the 3rd of 4 of their scheduled Division 1 matches. Exmouth were out-done by 4 doctors to 1, but gradewise the teams were very closely matched on paper. All but one of the players were established figures on the local scene and were familiar with their opponents’ strengths, the only relatively new face being the ungraded Tristram de Piro.   

Stephens vs Paulden on Bd. 1

The first game to finish was on Bd. 4 where Scott was trying to hold an endgame position with a rook each and bishops on opposite coloured squares. With best play it might have been possible to hang on, in view of the bishops, but the pressure told and he inadvertently allowed White’s bishop to fork K & R. 1-0 to Exeter.  

Shaw then managed to convert his positional advantages into material gain, forcing a win to level the scores. Dave Regis then restored Exeter’s lead by applying constant pressure in the endgame. Shortly after, Oliver Wensley exploited the advantage a well-placed, attacking bishop pair vs two defending knights, and forced resignation, to make it 2-all. 

Almost immediately Exeter drew ahead for the 3rd time when Sean Pope made the most of a mistake by his opponent in allowing him back into the game. He won the exchange and then made equal swaps to snuff out any chance of a kingside attack.  

This assured Exeter of avoiding a loss, but the win hung on the outcome of the top game, which went into extra time after Paulden ran down to the very last second on his digital clock before completing his 40th move. He had delayed development of his queenside pieces until late in the game and was struggling to get them usefully deployed thereafter. White was the exchange up at this point and his pieces were better coordinated and were focussed on the enemy king.  However, the win wasn’t immediately clear and he had a long think over his 41st move before finding a knight pseudo-sacrifice that won immediately whether the knight was taken or not, making the final score 3-all. 

  Bremridge Cup       Sat. 14th March 2015  
  Exeter Grd     Exmouth Grd
1 Dr. T. J. Paulden 187 0 1 J. K. F. Stephens 196
2 Dr. D. Regis 181 1 0 Dr. J. W. R. Underwood 180
3 Dr. G. Body 171 0 1 M. Shaw 173
4 S. Waters 164 1 0 C. J. Scott 154
5 Dr. T. D. P. de Piro 160e 0 1 O. E. Wensley 151
6 S. Pope 141 1 0 B. G. E. Gosling 148
    1,002 3 3    

If it was unusual to have a match at this level with no drawn games, it was even more so that every game was a White win, giving the final result sheet a certain symmetry.

  Exeter          Exmouth  
1 Paulden   B 0 1 Stephens W
2 Regis   W 1 0 Underwood B
3 Body   B 0 1 Shaw W
4 Waters   W 1 0 Scott B
5 De Piro   B 0 1 Wensley W
6 Pope   W 1 0 Gosling B
        3 3    

 Exmouth’s final match in this competition is against Teignmouth, while Exeter are due to play Newton Abbot.

Meyrick Shaw gets his game going.

Exeter captain, Simon Waters, starts with an English Opening.

Oliver Wensley against Tristram de Piro.

 

Sean Pope against Brian Gosling on Bd. 6

Somerset Retain Top Trophy (14.03.2015.)

The Devon vs Somerset match at the weekend was always likely to be a championship decider, and so it proved. The 1st teams were closely matched on paper for the most part, except for the top 4 boards, all of which went Somerset’s way, making their winning total 10-6, thus retaining the Harold Meek trophy for another year. The details were:- (Somerset names first in each pairing).

1.J. Rudd (221) 1-0   D. Mackle (209). 2.D. Buckley (205) 1-0 J. Stephens (196). 3.A. Wong (199) 1-0 S. Homer (184). 4.B. Edgell (197) 1-0 J. F. Wheeler (184). 5.M. Payne (189) 0-1 P. Sivrev (175). 6.P. Krzyzanowski (187) 1-0 J. Fraser (178). 7.M. Blocinski(185) 0-1 J. Underwood (180). 8.P. Chaplin (182) 1-0 D. Regis (181). 9.A. Footner (182) 0-1 A. Brusey (181). 10.B. Morris (178) ½-½ B. Hewson (176). 11.D. Littlejohns (177) ½-½ M. Abbott (173). 12. D. Painter-Kooiman (175) 1-0 S. Martin (171). 13.J. Byrne (172) ½-½ M. Shaw (173). 14.D. Peters (171) 0-1 W. Ingham (168). 15.G. Jepps (171) ½-½ T. Thynne (168). 16. F. Felício (162) 1-0 M. Stinton-Brownbridge (168).

Devon fared better in the 2nd team match, played over 12 boards. They led by 6½-3½ but Somerset won the last 2 games to finish losing by a single point.

1. D. Freeman (163) ½-½ K. Atkins (160). 2. C. Purry (159) 1-0 N. Butland (158). 3. M. Staniforth (158) 0-1 D. A. Toms (159). 4. A. Gregory (157) 1-0 C. J. Scott (154). 5. C. Strong (155) 0-1 M. Hui (150e). 6. M. French (154) ½-½ B. Gosling (148). 7. M. Worrall (151) 1-0 P. Brooks (152). 8. C. McKinley (149) 0-1 O. Wensley (151). 9. M. Baker (148) 0-1 A. Frangleton (151). 10. C. Fewtrell (148) ½-½ A. Kinder (147). 11. J. Fewkes (145) 1-0 W. Taylor (142). 12. A. Champion (143) 0-1 V. Ramesh (138).

The West of England Championship starts a fortnight on Friday, 3rd April, at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. With its relatively limited accommodation already nearing maximum, there’s little time left for late entries, so don’t delay. Enquiries to Meyrick Shaw on 01395-275494 or e-mail wecu@hotmail.co.uk.

This last round miniature gave White 1st prize in the recent Bristol Congress.

White: P. Krzyzanowski. Black: M. Lewis

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d5 5.Bg5 Ne4 6.cxd5 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 e6 8.Nf3 exd5 9.e3 0–0 10.Be2 c6 11.0–0 Bf5 12.Bd3 Bxd3 13.Qxd3 Nd7 14.b4 a6 15.a4 Qe7 16.b5 axb5 17.axb5 f5 18.bxc6 bxc6 19.Ra6 Rxa6 20.Qxa6 Rf6 21.Qc8+ Bf8 22.Rb1 Black now abandons his defences with fatal consequences. 22…Qa3?? 23.Qxd7 Qxc3 24.Ng5 and mate on h7 is unavoidable. 1–0

In last week’s position Rudd played 1.Rxd4! threatening both f2 and e5. 1…Nd2 (If 1…exd4 2.Bxd4 R2f7 3.Nb6+ Kb8 4.Be5 winning). 2.Rxd2 Rxd2 3.Rc4 Qxc4 4.Bxc4 Rxg2 5.Nb6+ and mate will follow after Qxe5+.

Here is another world premier 2-mover from reader Dave Howard of East Harptree.

White to mate in 2

Bristol & Exeter Congress Results (07.03.2015.)

The 40th East Devon Congress finished on Sunday after a successful weekend. The prizewinners were as follows (all scores out of 5).

Open Section: 1st= Jack Rudd (Barnstaple) & Dominic Mackle (Newton Abbot) both 4½. 3rd Lorenz Hartmann (Exeter) 4. Grading prizes: U-181: 1st= Alan Brusey; (Teignmouth); Dave Littlejohns (Taunton) & Mark Abbott  (Exmouth) all                   3½. U-169: 1st= Robert Wright (Bridport) & Jamie Morgan (Penwith) both 3.

Major (U-155) 1st John Nyman (King’s Head) 4½. 2nd= Ben Franklin (Battersea) & Neville Senior (Sedgemoor) both 4. GP (U-148) 1st= John Morrison (Tiverton) & Rob Wilby (Plymouth) both 3½. GP U-133 Lynne Fursman 3.

Minor (U-125) 1st Joy Fursman 4½. 2nd= Reece Whittington (Exeter); Nicky Bacon (Sidmouth); Mark Cockerton (Torquay) & Terence Greenaway (Torquay) all 4.            GP 102-110 James Wallman                          4         40.00

GP (U-102) Terry Dengler (Truro) 3.

Bristol’s Winter Congress was held the weekend before. The winner of the Open was Patryk Krzyzanowski, and he got the British Championship qualifying place.  2nd= were Peter Kirby, Stephan Meek, Lewis Martin, Matthew Payne and Alistair Hill.  Major Section: 1st S. Williams 4½/5. 2nd T. Chinnick 4/5.

Hill missed out on 1st prize at Exeter by virtue of losing to Jack Rudd in the final round. Here he loses to a sharp attack in Rd. 2 at Bristol.
White: A. Hill (199). Black: Matthew Payne (189).

King’s Indian Defence – Petrosian Variation. [E92]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Petrosian’s move in this classical position. a5 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.Nd2 h6 10.Be3 Na6 11.0–0 Nh7 12.a3 f5 13.f3 Bd7 14.b3 f4 15.Bf2 g5 16.b4 b6 17.Qb3 Kh8 18.c5 dxc5 19.bxa5 bxa5 20.Bxa6 Rxa6 21.Bxc5 Rf7 22.Rab1 Bf8 23.Qc4 Rg6 24.Bxf8 Nxf8 25.Rb7 c6 26.Rfb1 g4 Black’s pawns storm ahead backed by bishop and rooks. 27.fxg4 Bxg4 28.dxc6 Be6 29.Qc5 f3 30.Qxe5+ Kg8 31.Rxf7 Rxg2+ 31…Qxf7 is the obvious move, but the text has the same effect. 32.Kh1 Qxf7 33.Nf1 Qa7 Threatening mate on g1 34.Ng3 Allows White’s rook to defend the kingside, but it’s not enough. 34…Rxh2+! 34…Qf2 will still win but is much slower. 35.Nh5 Rg5 36.Qxg5+ hxg5 37.Rg1. 35.Kxh2 Qf2+ 36.Kh1 Qg2# 0–1.

In last week’s problem, Alice wondered what her sister could possibly mean by referring back to her French lessons. She was, of course, alluding to the French phrase used in chess of “en passant”. If Black’s c-pawn could move to b3 it would indeed be mate, and the only way it can do that is to take White’s c-pawn en passant, which means White’s previous move must have been Pb2-b4.

This position is taken from a book chapter entitled “Simple but not easy”. Jack Rudd of Barnstaple is White and his next move contains enough threats to win the game.

White to play and win

40th East Devon Congress – Final round.

Having played each other in the penultimate round, the two top grades, Jack Rudd and Dominic Mackle, had to face other opposition. Rudd was drawn against Alistair Hill of Battersea, while Mackle faced the perennially solid Steve Dilleigh, not someone you’d want to be playing if you needed a last round win. The Rudd-Hill was over in 90 minutes, making Jack the “leader in the clubhouse”, watching how the other game was going. Eventually Jack had to leave to catch his train home,  and it was soon after that Mackle started to turn the screws and got domination in the centre with free-moving pieces, while Dilleigh’s pieces were forced to edges of the board, from where they had no counter-play.

In the Major Section John Nyman of the famous King’s Head club in London won the Major Section (U-155) and with it the Ken Schofield Salver.

Chess-playing sisters are something of a rarety on the circuit. There are the Polgars, of course, and the Eagles from Liverpool, though they are now inactive because being MPs takes up so much of their time. After that, one might be a little stuck to come up with other names, but here we had the Westcountry Fursman girls; Lynne playing in the Major and Joy in the Minor (U-125). Lynne was a little off the pace in her section, but her sister was on Bd. 1 facing local player, Mark Cockerton of Torquay. She had White, played the Bird’s Opening and happily drew her game to clinch clear 1st and the grandest of the three trophies up for grabs. Joy was truly unconfined in the foyer afterwards, so pleased was she with her success. They were taught chess by their father, and now Joy is based in Clevedon, near Bristol, and Lynne in Tewkesbury.

Here is the full prizelist.

EAST DEVON CHESS CONGRESS 2015 PRIZE LIST
           
Section Position Name Club Points Prize (£)
Open 1st= Jack Rudd (IM) Barnstaple 170.00
    Dominic Mackle Newton Abbot 170.00
  3rd Lorenz Hartmann Exeter 4 80.00
  GP 169-181= Alan Brusey Teignmouth 14.00
    David Littlejohns Taunton 14.00
    Mark Abbott Exmouth 14.00
  GP <169= Robert Wright Bridport 3 20.00
  GP <169= Jamie Morgan Penwith 3 20.00
           
Major U-155 1st John Nyman King’s Head 160.00
     2nd= Ben Franklin Battersea 4 90.00
    Neville Senior Sedgemoor 4 90.00
  GP 133-147= John Morrison Tiverton 20.00
    Rob Wilby Plymouth 20.00
  GP <133 Lynne Fursman   3 40.00
           
Minor U-125 1st Joy Fursman   160.00
     2nd= Reece Whittington Exeter 4 45.00
    Nicky Bacon Sidmouth 4 45.00
    Mark Cockerton TorquayTeignmouth 4 45.00
    Terence Greenaway Torquay 4 45.00
  GP 102-110 James Wallman   4 40.00
  GP <102 Terry Dengler Truro 3 40.00
  Team Prize   Exeter A 14 40.00

 

The start of Rd. 5 - every table occupied.

Top games: Hill vs Rudd & Mackle vs Dilleigh.

Paulden vs Wensley

Top game in the Major: Nyman vs Neville Senior.

Joy Fursman in pole position at the start of the round.

Apart from Joy Fursman, there were 4 other ladies in the Minor. Here are Frances Brightman (in blue), Hazel Welch (red) and Helen Archer-Lock.

Jack Rudd guaranteed at least a share of the Nat West Cup.

Mackle later caught to add his name to the Nat West trophy.

John Nyman, clearly happy with his prize.

Joyful Joy, winner of the Minor trophy.

Lynne is just as pleased with her sister's success.