The draw for Rd. 4 was as follows:-
Normally, in the final 2 rounds of a congress when opponents in every game are on a equal score, the games become longer and are more likely to end in a draw. But being a Seniors event, the normal rules don’t apply. Looking at the day’s results, with only 3 games still to finish, it was hard to spot a draw anywhere. Except in the “Junior” section, that is, but then again, they’re not seniors!
|Seniors – Rd. 4|
|1||Burnett, J.||(3)||1||0||Shaddick, J.||(3)|
|2||Hewson, B. W.||(2½)||Norman, K. I.||(2½)|
|3||Pickersgill, A.||(1½)||1||0||Morton, P.||(2)|
|4||Jones, R. H.||(2)||1||0||McAllan, I.||(2)|
|5||Sherriff, A.||(2)||0||1||Thynne, T.||(2)|
|6||Waters, R.||(2)||0||1||Gamble, R||(2)|
|7||Clapp, J.||(2)||0||1||Price, A.||(2)|
|8||Fraser, A||(2)||0||1||Gosling, B||(2)|
|9||Everson, R||(1½)||1||0||Robertson, J||(1½)|
|10||Hibbitt, A.||(1½)||1||0||Taylor, M.||(1½)|
|11||Namouk, O||(1½)||Scowen, R.||(1½)|
|12||Wiltshire, M.||(1½)||1||0||Roberts, M.||(1½)|
|13||Page, M.||(1½)||1||0||Jones, S||(1½)|
|14||Hurn, R.||(1½)||Annetts, I. S.||(1½)|
|15||Wood, P||(1½)||1||0||Toms, D. A||(1)|
|16||Moloney, T||(1)||0||1||Orr, D||(1)|
|17||Tidy, N. F.||(1)||1||0||Welch, H.||(1)|
|18||Lucas, P.||(½)||1||0||Purry, N.||(½)|
|19||Ryan, R. A.||(½)||½||½||Kaye, M.||(½)|
|20||Cox, R.||(0)||0||1||Gorodi, J. G.||(0)|
|21||Gordon, P.||(1)||0||1||Carrick, P.||(1)|
|“Juniors” Rd. 4|
|1||Brown, A||(2½)||Brusey, A. W.||(2)|
|2||Rogers, D. R.||(2)||½||½||Heppell, I||(2)|
|3||Bartlett, S.||(2)||½||½||Wells, J.||(1½)|
|4||Sellwood, C.||(1)||½||½||Burton, R||(1)|
|5||Dean, S.||(1)||Blencowe, I||(½)|
The draw for Rd. 3 has something of a weird look about it, a feature not uncommon for this Seniors event over the years. We see Seniors England International, Ken Norman, floating up to play the joint leader, Roger Waters (grade 111), while British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi, is languishing at the bottom with “null points”. In the middle of the draw there appear to be several contests that look unequal on paper but could easily provide us with more shocks. Nothing can be taken for granted in a seniors event. However, it has to be said that top seed Jim Burnett (196) is unlikely to provide any shocks – except to his opponent. It’s his first visit to the event and he looks to be very solid and in good attacking form. so far, anyway…..
|Seniors – Rd. 3|
|1||Thynne, T. F.||(2)||0||1||Burnett, J.||(2)|
|2||Shaddick, J.||(2)||1||0||Hibbitt, A.||(1½)|
|3||Norman, K. I.||(1½)||1||0||Waters, R||(2)|
|4||Hewson, B. W.||(1½)||1||0||Wood, P||(1½)|
|5||McAllan, I.||(1½)||½||½||Wiltshire, M.||(1)|
|6||Scowen, R.||(1)||½||½||Sherriff, A.||(1½)|
|7||Roberts, M.||(1½)||0||1||Pickersgill, A.||(1)|
|8||Clapp, J.||(1½)||½||½||Taylor, M. A.||(1)|
|9||Price, A.||(1½)||½||½||Namouk, O.||(1)|
|10||Gamble, R||(1)||1||0||Tidy, N. F.||(1)|
|11||Toms, D||(1)||0||1||Fraser, A||(1)|
|12||Morton, P.||(1)||1||0||Carrick, P.||(1)|
|13||Jones, S||(1)||½||½||Hurn, R.||(1)|
|14||Jones, R. H.||(1)||1||0||Maloney, T||(1)|
|15||Orr, D||(1)||0||1||Page, M.||(½)|
|16||Purry, N.||(½)||0||1||Everson, R||(½)|
|17||Annetts, I. S.||(½)||1||0||Ryan, Dr. R.||(½)|
|18||Gorodi, J. G.||(0)||0||1||Robertson, J||(½)|
|19||Kaye, M||(0)||½||½||Lucas, P.||(0)|
|20||Welch, H.||(0)||1||0||Cox, R.||(0)|
|21||Gosling, B||(1)||Gordon, P.||(1)|
|“Juniors” Rd. 3|
|1||Rogers, D. R.||(1½)||½||½||Brown, A||(2)|
|2||Heppell, I.||(1)||1||0||Wells, J||(1½)|
|3||Brusey, A. W.||(1)||1||0||Dean, S.||(1)|
|4||Sellwood, C.||(1)||0||1||Bartlett, S.||(1)|
|5||Blencowe, I||(½)||0||1||Burton, R||(0)|
The draw for Rd. 2 was as follows, with most results now added:
|Seniors – Rd. 2|
|1||Burnett, J.||(1)||1||0||Gosling, B.||(1)|
|2||Hibbitt, A.||(1)||½||½||Norman, K. I.||(1)|
|3||Wood, P.||(1)||½||½||McAllan, I.||(1)|
|4||Thynne, T. F.||(1)||1||0||Toms, D. A.||(1)|
|5||Pickersgill, A.||(½)||½||½||Hewson, B. W.||(1)|
|6||Hurn, R.||(1)||0||1||Shaddick, J.||(1)|
|7||Sherriff, A.||(1)||½||½||Gamble, R.||(½)|
|8||Everson, R.||(0)||½||½||Roberts, M.||(1)|
|9||Wiltshire, M.||(0)||1||0||Jones, S.||(1)|
|10||Waters, R.||(1)||1||0||Gorodi, J. G.||(0)|
|11||Page, M||(1)||½||½||Clapp, J.||(0)|
|12||Fraser, A.||(1)||Scowen, R.||(0)|
|13||Annetts, I. S.||(½)||Price, A.||(½)|
|14||Taylor, M. A.||(½)||½||½||Eden, D.||(½)|
|15||Robertson, J||(0)||½||½||Jones, R. H.||(½)|
|16||Namouk, O.||(0)||1||0||Purry, N.||(½)|
|17||Ryan, Dr. R.||(½)||0||1||Morton, P.||(0)|
|18||Tidy, N. F.||(0)||1||0||Kaye, M.||(0)|
|19||Lucas, P.||(0)||Moloney, J.||(0)|
|20||Carrick, P||(0)||1||0||Cox, R.||(0)|
|21||Gordon, P.||(0)||1||0||Welch, H.||(0)|
|“Juniors” Rd. 2|
|1||Brown, A.||(1)||1||0||Sellwood, C.||(1)|
|2||Wells, J.||(1)||½||½||Rogers, D. R.||(1)|
|3||Dean, S.||(½)||½||½||Heppell, I.||(½)|
|4||Blencowe, I.||(½)||0||1||Brusey, A. W.||(0)|
|5||Burton, R.||(0)||0||1||Bartlett, S.||(0)|
Local player, Roger Waters, graded 111, is having the time of his life and finds himself joint-leader, having beaten the British U-150 Champion, John Gorodi. How long can it last? Yet every year produces surprise results and unexpected performances – it’s one of the joys of the Seniors. At least Gorodi must be favourite for the Slow Starter prize (0/2). Perhaps this was his cunning plan, all along! Another pairing was J. E. Robertson and Robert Jones, where Robertson had travelled the furthest to play, from East Kilbride in Lanarkshire, Scotland, while Jones lived the nearest to the venue - about 1 mile. Not only that, but their names were anagrams of each other. ‘Twas only fitting, therefore, that a draw be the result.
Apart from the usual last minute panics, with one or two players withdrawing to be countered by another one or two entering by phone over the weekend, the behind-the-scenes run-up to the start was as smooth as it’s ever been. Shortly after 1 p.m. everyone was seated and ready to do battle.
What the “Junior” section lacked in numbers (10), it more than made up in strength, their average grade being 165. The Seniors’ age range runs from 61 – 90 and grades range from 196 – 69. Having all of them in the same section necessitates using the Accelerated Swiss system being used, which helps avoid a large number of meaningless massacres in the opening rounds.
The draw for Rd. 1 was as follows, with results added:-
|1||Scowen, R.||157||Hampton||0||1||Burnett, J.||196||Doncaster|
|2||Norman, K. I.||189||Wokingham||1||0||Wiltshire, M||156||Dartford|
|3||Price, A||156||Leamington||½||½||Pickersgill, A.||172||Hastings|
|4||McAllan, I||169||Sidcup||1||0||Page, M||153||Insurance|
|5||Gosling, B.||151||Exmouth||1||0||Everson, R||167||Dartford|
|6||Hewson, B. W.||165||Tiverton||1||0||Robertson, J||147||E. Kilbride|
|7||Morton, P.||147||Hammersmith||0||1||Thynne, T. F.||165||N. Abbot|
|8||Gamble, R||165||Derby||½||½||Taylor, M.||140||Sidmouth|
|9||Gorodi, J. G.||159||Teignmouth||0||1||Hibbitt, A||161||Bristol|
|10||Toms, D. A.||150||Sidmouth||1||0||Namouk, O||135||Hastings|
|11||Shaddick, J||130||Basingstoke||1||0||Lucas, P||`109||Eastbourne|
|12||Welch, Hazel||103||Seaton||0||1||Sherriff, A||127||Dartford|
|13||Kaye, M||103||Dorchester||0||1||Fraser, A||108||Beckenham|
|14||Purry, Dr. N||95||Southbourne||½||½||Orr, D||127||Dartford|
|15||Roberts, M||126||H. Chapel||1||0||Carrick, P||91||Bath|
|16||Clapp, J||109||N. Radstock||1||0||Tidy, N. F.||123||Teignmouth|
|17||Cox. R.||82||Southampton||0||1||Waters, R||111||Taunton|
|18||Maloney, J||69||Northampton||0||1||Hurn, R||134||Caerphilly|
|19||Jones, S||111||Dorchester||1||0||Gordon, P||122||I.O.W.|
|Jones, R. H.||132||Exmouth||½||Bye|
|Ryan, Dr. R||95||Seaton||½||Bye|
|Annetts, I. S.||152||Tiverton||½||Bye|
|1||Bartlett, S||174||Newquay||0||1||Brown, A.||186||Northampton|
|2||Brusey, A. W.||181||Teignmouth||0||1||Sellwood, C||159||Camborne|
|3||Burton, R.||154||Weymouth||0||1||Wells, J. C.||180||N. Norfolk|
|Rogers, D. R.||149||Exmouth||1||Bye|
An e2e4 tournament is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gatwick this week with a number of strong juniors competing against more experienced opponents in the Masters’ Section. Having lost in Rd. 1 to the Russian Grandmaster, Alex Cherniaev, 13 year old Matthew Wadsworth might reasonably have expected a slightly easier game in Rd. 2 against 12 yr old Theo Slade from Marhamchurch. This is how it went.
White: Theo Slade (162). Matthew Wadsworth (206).
Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Variation.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.a4 Nbd7 9.a5 Usually against the Sicilian Defence, White aims for a quick kingside attack, but in this game he presses on the other wing. 9…Be7 10.f3 Qc7 11.Be2 0–0 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nc5 14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.0–0 c4 16.Ra4 c3 17.Bb6 Bc5+ 18.Kh1 Bxb6 19.axb6 Qxb6 20.bxc3 Qd6 21.c4 Rab8 22.Qa1 Nd7 23.Rb1 Nc5 24.Rab4 b6 25.Qb2 Piling the pressure on. 25…Nd7 26.Bd3 f5 27.Qa3 a5 28.R4b3 Nc5 29.Rb5 e4 30.Be2 Rf6 31.fxe4 Rh6 Black seeks activity on the kingside with a mating threat. 32.g3 Only the protection of the queen on the other side of the board makes this playable. 32…Qe5 White now sacrifices the exchange in the hope that his central pawns will compensate. 33.Rxc5 bxc5 34.Rxb8+ Qxb8 35.Qxc5 f4 36.gxf4 Qxf4 Mate is threatened again, but White has a manoeuvre to deny this. 37.Qc8+ Kf7 38.Qf5+ Qxf5 39.exf5 Rh4 40.c5 a4 41.c6 Ke7 42.c7 Kd7 43.d6 Re4 44.Bb5+ 1–0 Black is unable to prevent White queening, e.g. If 44…Kxd6 45.c8Q or 44… Kc8 45.Ba6+ Kd7 46.c8=Q+.
It’s certainly a busy time of year for chessplayers, with the popular Guernsey Chess Festival also taking place this week, which regularly attracts a number of westcountry players. Then follows the Bournemouth Congress this weekend and the Seniors Congress in Exmouth starting on Monday.
Prizewinners at the recent Harambee RapidPlay in Bristol were as follows: 1st= Gareth Morris (Horfield) and Chris Timmins (5/6). Grading Prizes:
180–151: Jody Johnson (Clifton).
150–126: Neil Derrick (Cabot).
U-126: Richard Porter (University).
In last week’s position, White had a 3 move knockout blow. 1. Bxh7+ KxB (Black could prolong the agony with
1…Kh8, but at suicidal cost.) 2.Qh4+ Kg8 3.Ne7 mate.
In this ending from a Bristol Congress earlier this year, how did Dave Collier (B) finish in style?
Devon’s Team Blitz Tournament was held on Sunday at the Newton Abbot Club and there were several prizewinners. Overall winners were Newton Abbot “A” who took the Thomas Cup. Teignmouth “A” won the Hodge Cup for the highest score by a team with a total grade of Under-600, while Newton Abbot “B” took the cup for U-450s. The only undefeated team was Exmouth Eagles whose Meyrick Shaw took the new trophy for the highest individual score.
A new Plymouth-based organisation has recently started operations in the westcountry, although their ambitions stretch far beyond these shores. They are called Mind Sports International, a subsidiary of Living it Loving it Ltd., and their aim is to harness modern technologies like web TV and live streaming to tournaments involving chess, scrabble, poker etc. making them more accessible to a viewing public. Their ultimate goal is to have 12 festivals happening every year – 4 in Europe, 4 in North America and 4 across Asia and the rest of the World. They have events planned for Las Vegas and Prague in December but much nearer to home is one to be held at Plymouth Guildhall on the 16th & 17th November involving a range of games including chess. Visit their website (mindsportsinternational.com) to find out more.
The 14th Senior Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, starts a week on Monday. Entries are filling up fast, but there is still space for a few latecomers. For details contact me on 01395-223340.
Here is a game by the winner of last year’s Bournemouth Congress.
White: David Howell. Black: Francis Rayner
English Opening [A34]
1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.e3 e5 5.d4 cxd4 6.exd4 e4 7.Ne5 Bb4 8.Be2 0–0 9.0–0 Re8 10.Bf4 d6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Qa4 c5 13.Rad1 Bd7 14.Qb3 Qb6 15.dxc5 dxc5 16.Rd6 Qa5 17.Rxf6 gxf6 18.Nd5 Kh8 19.Nxf6 Bd2 20.Qg3 Bxf4 21.Qxf4 White now finishes off in style. 21…Re7 22.Qh6 Bf5 23.Nh5 Black is now faced with mate on g7 or losing his rook to 24.Qf6+ 1–0
The general rule is that knights should avoid getting stuck on the edge of the board where they tend to be least effective, (“knights on the rim are dim”) but in the case of last week’s problem 1.Nd1! was, in fact, the key move, as Black has no way of avoiding all the various mates next move.
In this position, White has an easy knight fork that wins the exchange, but there may be a quicker way to finish the game off.
Devon’s Team Blitz Tournament was again hosted by the Newton Abbot Club, with 10 teams competing for a record number of trophies. 12 minutes per player per game.
Newton Abbot’s 1st team, the Abbots, and previous winners, Exmouth Eagles, were the two top-rated teams by some margin , and their final position, after 6 rounds, reflected this. The Eagles’ consolation was to be the only undefeated team and to win the new Best Individual trophy, going to Meyrick Shaw for his 5 wins and a draw. Top-graded Dominic Mackle was denied a maximum score by losing to Kevin Hurst of the Eagles. Other players on 5/6 were Paul Brookes, Chris Scott, Alan Brusey, Trefor Thynne & Andrew Kinder.
The scratch team, Exmouth Egrets underperformed. They had regrets – but then again, too few to mention.
The event was organised by Trefor Thynne (Newton Abbot) and controlled by Ray Chubb (Teignmouth). Refreshments were provided by Mrs. Mackle and friend.
Here is a summary of the results. Photographs will appear a.s.a.p..
|1st||Newton Abbot Abbots||698||19½||Thomas Cup||Highest team score|
|2nd||Exmouth Eagles||675||17||Knight Trophy||Highest individual score|
|3rd=||Teignmouth “A”||594||14||Hodge Cup||Best U-600 team score|
|3rd=||Newton Abbot Nunns||432||14||Graded Cup||Best U-450 team score|
|5th=||Torquay Boys’ G. S.||465||13½|
|1||N. A. Abbots||vs ►||8||5||6||2||4||3|
|3||T. F. Thynne||165||1||1||0||1||1||1||5|
|2||Exm. Eagles||1||K. J. Hurst||184||0||0||1||1||½||0||2½|
|3||T. L. Slade||162||1||1||1||0||1||0||4|
|4||C. J. Scott||142||1||½||½||1||1||1||5|
|3||Teignmouth A||1||A. W. Brusey||181||1||1||1||1||1||0||5|
|2||J. G. Gorodi||157||0||0||1||1||1||½||3½|
|4||N. F. Tidy||123||0||½||1||1||1||0||3½|
|4||N. A. Nunns||1||A. Kinder||150||1||1||1||1||0||1||5|
|5||T. B. G. S.||1||J. Fraser||167||1||0||0||1||1||1||4|
|2||I. S. Annetts||152||1||1||½||1||0||1||4½|
|3||K. P. Atkins||143||1||0||1||1||0||1||4|
|2||R. H. Jones||132||0||1||1||0||0||½||2½|
|10||Teignmouth B||1||M. Rickard||102||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
In spite of several key absentees, Somerset managed to inflict a heavy defeat over rivals Devon last Saturday, by 10½ – 5½.
Devon names first: 1. D. Mackle 0-1 P. Krzyzanowski. 2. A. Boyne 0-1 P. Chaplain. 3. J. Stephens 0-1 D. LIttlejohns. 4. S. Homer 0-1 M. Payne. 5. T. Paulden 0-1 A. Wong. 6. P. Medina 1-0 C. Purry. 7. K. Hurst 0-1 A. Footner. 8. D. Regis 1-0 J. Fewkes. 9. A. Brusey 0-1 G. Crockart. 10. J. Underwood 0-1 P. Cusick. 11. B. Hewson 0-1 G. Jepps. 12. J. Fraser 1-0 D. Peters. 13. T. Thynne 1-0 A. Champion. 14. P. Brooks 0-1 M. Baker. 15. G. Body 1-0 D. Freeman. 16. S. Martin ½-½ N. Senior.
Devon fared better in the 2nd team match, winning 8-4. 1. J. Gorodi 1-0 C. McKinley. 2. M. Stinton-Brownbridge 1-0 R. Knight. 3. A. Kinder 0-1 C. Strong. 4. I. Annetts ½-½ T. West. 5. B. Gosling ½-½ U. Effiong. 6. J. Duckham 1-0 G. Daniel. 7. S. Murray ½-½ R. Challoner. 8. K. Atkins 0-1 C. Fewtrell. 9. R. Wilby 1-0 J. Wilkinson. 10. N. Mills ½-½ S. Pickard. 11. P. Dobber 1-0 N. Mills. 12. W. Taylor 1-0 R. Fenton.
This win by a Bath University student was an impressive start to his Westcountry chess career.
White: S. J. Homer (188). Black: M. J. Payne (184).
French Defence – Guimard Var. [C04]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.Bd3 f6 7.Ng5 “Beware Greeks bearing gifts” – Black would be in terrible trouble if he took the knight e.g. 7…fxg5 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Bxg6+ Ke7 10.Qxg5+ forcing 10…Nf6 11.Qxf6+ Kd7 12.Qxh8 etc. 7…Ndxe5 Black can afford to ease the pressure by taking on e5, and also releasing d7 for his king, if required. 8.dxe5 fxg5 9.Qh5+ g6 10.Bxg6+ Kd7 11.Bd3 Nxe5 12.Nf3 Nxf3+ 13.Qxf3 h6 14.0–0 Bd6 15.Bd2 Qf8 White is much better developed at this point, but now helps Black’s cause. 16.Qg4 Kd8 17.f4 e5 18.f5 Qf6 19.h4 e4 20.hxg5 Qd4+ 21.Rf2 Bc5 22.Raf1 exd3 23.Qh5 dxc2 24.Bc1 Bxf5 Black’s bishops proceed to work well from the centre of the board. 25.g6 Qg4 26.g7 Rg8 27.Qf7 Be6 28.Qf6+ Kd7 29.Bxh6 Bd4 White must now exchange his queen and lose a rook. 0–1
Probably the shortest ever game in the history of the championship was this one. White: D. Freeman (151). Black: G. Body (160). 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Nxe5?? Qa5+ winning the knight 0-1.
In last week’s position, White can win immediately with 1.Kc3 when 2.Qb2 mate cannot be avoided.
This week’s position is a hitherto unpublished 2-mover by reader David Howard of East Harptree.
In their annual match in the WECU Inter-County Championship, Somerset were weakened by the absence of their top player, Jack Rudd and team Captain, Ben Edgell, both attending a crucial ECF meeting. Any pre-match hopes that Devon might have nurtured about the possibility of a rare win were stoked by the fact that they outgraded their opponents on every single one of the 28 boards. Added to that, Somerset gifted their opponents an early point after a few minutes, when Darren Freeman blundered a piece on move 5 and resigned immediately, creating what must surely be the shortest game in the history of the competition. What an opportunity!
However, it was all downhill for Devon from then onwards as they contrived to lose game after game using a variety of methods; weak opening moves, blunders losing a piece or overstepping the time control. Somerset won 9 of the top 11 games, a remarkable sequence. The concession of 3 losses on the lower boards did little to lighten the gloom for Devon. There was an impressive performance by a Somerset newcomer, Matthew J. Payne, recently enrolled at Bath University and formerly of Worthing and a product of the Sussex Juniors chess machine. His grade of 184 is 12 points up from his January grade, indicating he’s on a steep upward trajectory, backed up by his 195 rapidplay grade. He’s one to watch.
Devon’s U-160 team fared much better, losing only 2 of their 12 games, and running out 8 – 4 winners.
|Devon 1||Grd||Somerset 1||Grd|
|1||D. Mackle||204||0||1||P. Krzyzanowski||197|
|2||A. K. Boyne||197||0||1||P. E. Chaplin||190|
|3||J. K. Stephens||190||0||1||D. P. Littlejohns||186|
|4||S. J. Homer||188||0||1||M. J. Payne||184|
|5||Dr. T. Paulden||186||0||1||A. V. Wong||181|
|6||P. Medina||180||1||0||C. S. Purry||177|
|7||K. J. Hurst||184||0||1||A. F. Footner||176|
|8||Dr. D. Regis||176||1||0||J. E. Fewkes||163|
|9||A. W. Brusey||181||0||1||G. N. Crockart||162|
|10||Dr. J. Underwood||172||0||1||P. W. Cusick||159|
|11||B. W. R. Hewson||165||0||1||G. N. Jepps||156|
|12||J. Fraser||163||1||0||D. Peters||156|
|13||T. F. Thynne||165||1||0||A. W. Champion||156|
|14||P. Brooks||167||0||1||M. R. Baker||152|
|15||G. Body||160||1||0||D. Freeman||151|
|16||S. Martin||162||½||½||N. N. Senior||149|
|Devon U-160||Somerset U-160|
|1||J. G. Gorodi||159||1||0||C. J. S. McKinley||148|
|2||M. Stinton-Brown.||158||1||0||R. D. Knight||148|
|3||A. S. Kinder||150||0||1||C. M. Strong||144|
|4||I. S. Annetts||152||½||½||T. West||138|
|5||B. G. E. Gosling||151||½||½||U. Effiong||137|
|6||J. Duckham||146||1||0||G. Daniel||137|
|7||J. S. Murray||148||½||½||R. Challoner||136|
|8||K. P. Atkins||142||0||1||C. Fewtrell||130|
|9||R. G. Wilby||141||1||0||J. I. Wilkinson||125|
|10||N. Mills||140||½||½||S. Pickard||122|
|11||P. Dobber||136||1||0||N. Mills||124|
|12||W. R. P. Taylor||136||1||0||R. Fenton||121|
The Paignton Congress ends this morning, after its first venture away from Oldway Mansion. Whereas the Livermead Hotel may lack Oldway’s grandiose architecture and Grade 1 listed gardens, it has its own advantages – carpeted floors and upholstered chairs, air-conditioning, spacious car parking, many side-rooms for socialising and splendid sea views. So the change is not all bad.
Keith Arkell is the clear favourite and started with these two miniatures, but there will be tougher games to come.
Round 1: White: K. C. Arkell (237). Black: C. Fegan (180)
1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.g3 c5 Black now tries to expand on the Q-side. 4.d5 d6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.0–0 b5 7.Re1 0–0 8.e4 Bb7 9.Qe2 a6 10.a4 b4 11.a5 taking control of b6 & c6 11…Qd7 12.Nbd2 e6 13.Nc4 threatening a fork on b6 13…Qe7 14.dxe6 Nxe4 15.Ng5 f5 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.Bf4 Bd4 18.c3 If 18.Bxd6 Rxf2 19.Bxe7 Rxe2+ 20.Kh1 Rxc2. 18…bxc3 19.bxc3 Rxf4 Black offers the exchange to break the threat on d6, and possibly hoping that he can then fork the rooks from c3. If 19…Bxc3 first, 20.Bxd6 Qxe6 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.Rab1. 20.cxd4 Rf6 21.Nb6 Nc6 22.Nd5 White rightly chooses to win the rook that’s in play rather than the one in the corner. 22…Qxe6 23.Qxe4 Qf7 24.Nxf6+ Qxf6 White is now the exchange up, but can improve on that. 25.Rab1 Nxa5 26.Rxb7 Nxb7 27.Qxb7 Black now has 2 pawns for White’s extra piece. 27…Rf8 28.Qb2 a5 29.Re2 cxd4 30.Rd2 Qe5 31.Qxd4 1-0. Black resigned as the queens must probably be exchanged off or lose more material. If 31…Qe1+ 32.Bf1 Qe5 33.Bc4+ Kh8 34.Qxe5+ dxe5 35.Rd5.
Round 2: White: T. Spanton (174). Black: K. C. Arkell.
Queen’s Pawn Game [D01].
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.e3 g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.Nf3 0–0 7.0–0 c6 8.Re1 Re8 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Nf6 12.Bd3 Bg4 13.c3 Qd5 White misses the threat. 14.Re3?? 14…Bxf3 and the black-square bishop must fall next move. 0–1 Much better was 14.Re5 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qxf3 16.gxf3 h6.
In last week’s position, Black needn’t have resigned because he had 1…Bg1! threatening 2…Qxh2 mate and the White queen can do nothing about it so will be taken next move.
This 2-mover was composed by Gerald Frank Anderson (1883 – 1983) and first appeared in the Western Morning News in 1922. This was at a time when he was convalescing after being shot down in WW1 for which he was awarded the DFC, though both his brothers were killed in action.