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Paignton Congress Starts (13.09.2015.)

The Paignton Congress starts at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Livermead House Hotel in Torquay. The Premier section has almost become the private preserve of Grandmaster Keith Arkell, who has won it far more times than anyone else, and judging by the entry so far, he’s still the favourite this year.

Here’s a game of his from nearly a quarter of a century ago, which appears in his autobiography, Arkell’s Odyssey, from which these notes are taken. Lane was a Paignton resident then, and Arkell lives there now.

White: Gary Lane (2336). Black: Keith Arkell (2430).

Caro-Kann Defence  [B17]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 3. Nc3 is more usual here. dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bb3 h6 9.N5f3 a5 10.a4 c5 11.Bf4 Bd6 12.Ne5 Nbd5!? Here starts the fun. I can only play this move if I intend to part with my queen. 13.Qb5+ Ke7 14.dxc5 Nxf4 15.0–0–0 Bxe5! I would be clearly worse after 15…N6d5 16.cxd6+ Qxd6 17.Ngf3 so I stuck to my plan. 16.Rxd8 Rxd8 17.c6 N4d5!? Or 17…N6d5. 18.cxb7 Rb8 19.bxc8Q Rdxc8. I have rook & knight for queen & knight, but look at the difference in development! White has trouble in defending the weak points on b3, c2, & b2; given the choice, I would always take Black here. 20.Qd3 Nb4 21.Qe2 Nxc2 I made this further sacrifice in order to expose his king to my remaining four pieces. 22.Bxc2 Bxb2+ 23.Kd2 Nd5 Now I’ve only got a rook and pawn for the queen, but I made the judgment that in practice it would be nigh on impossible for White to find a satisfactory defence. 24.Nh3 Bc3+ 25.Kd3 Rb4 26.Qf1 If 26.Bd1 Rd4+ 27.Kc2 Bd2+ 28.Kb3 Rb8+ 29.Ka3 Bc1+ 30.Ka2 Nc3+ 31.Ka1 Rb1 mate. 26…Rd4+ 27.Ke2 Rd2+ 28.Kf3 Rxc2 29.g3 Bd4 30.Qa6 R8c3+ 31.Ke4 Bxf2 32.Nxf2 Re3+ 33.Kd4 Rxf2 34.Qxa5 Ree2 35.Qa7+ Kf6 36.a5 Rc2 37.Qb8 Rfd2+ 38.Ke4 Rc4+ 39.Kf3 Rc3+ 40.Kg4 Rd4+ 41.Kh5 Ne3 42.Qb6 If 42.Qb2 Rc5 mate. 42…Rd5+ 43.Kh4 Rc4+ 44.Kh3Rh5 0–1.

With a prize fund approaching £5,000 there will be many chances for everyone to win something.

The England International and noted chess author and columnist, Peter Clarke, died last December in North Cornwall, and a tournament in his memory has been organised for Saturday 3rd October at the Bude New Life Centre. For details, contact John Constable on 07771-544721. The river, canal, castle, beach and shops are all within a 5-minute walk of the playing venue, so could make a good day out for players and non-playing relatives.

In last week’s position, Black could play 1…Rg6 threatening Rxh6 mate. White can only play 2.PxR but 2…PxP is mate anyway.

The American Sam Loyd (1841 – 1911) was an undisputed genius at problem composition as well as a range of logic games and party tricks that he invented and marketed. Here is one of his 2-movers. White to play.

White to play

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