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From some of my recent reports, it will have been clear that England currently contains a large number of outstandingly talented junior players who are winning tournaments and championships not only in this country but throughout Europe.

The latest to emerge is 9 year old Shreyas Royal from Woolwich, who is ranked 2nd in the world for his age group, and has represented England in international events. Former British Champion, Chris Ward, said “He is the next Michael Adams or Nigel Short”.

Shreyas came to London aged 3 after his father was granted a permit to work as an IT project manager. This having run its course, the family was due to be deported back to India, but approaches  to the Government by top chess officials fell on deaf ears. Immigration minister, Carolyn Nokes, tried to explain that “there is no route, within the rules,” and when it was pointed out that, in a similar situation, she had recently granted a young musician to remain in the UK, she replied that the musician’s application was “within the rules”. In her defence it could be argued that she was overworked trying to cope with, among other things, the “Windrush” fiasco and the Good Friday Agreement.

Quite apart from the chess aspect, there seems little sense in deporting a senior IT project manager when IT is the future.

Then, on Tuesday, when all seemed lost, the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, overruled Nokes and said Shreyas could apply to have his visa extended.

Here is a win of his from Easter, against a strong former Plymouth College pupil. One has to admire his mature play.

White: Sheyras Royal. Black: Chris  Archer-Lock.

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 f5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Bd3 Qe7 9.Qb3 Na6 10.a3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 b5 12.Be2 0–0 13.0–0 Nc7 14.Rac1 Bd7 15.Bd3 Kh8 16.Rfd1 Nd5 17.Nxd5 exd5 18.Rc5 f4 19.Re1 Qd6 20.Qc2 g6 21.e4 dxe4 22.Bxe4 Bxd4 23.Nxd4 Qxd4 24.Rd1 Qg7 25.Rxd7 Qxd7 26.Bxc6 Qe7 27.Qc3+ Qg7 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.Bxa8 Rxa8 30.Rxb5 Kf6 31.g3 fxg3 32.hxg3 h5 33.Kg2 a5 34.a4 g5 35.f4 gxf4 36.gxf4 Rg8+ 37.Kf3 h4 38.Rxa5 Rg3+ 39.Kf2 Rg4 40.Kf3 Rg3+ 41.Ke4 h3 42.Rh5 Rb3 43.a5 Kg6 44.Rh4 Rxb2 45.Rxh3 Ra2 46.f5+ Kg7 47.Rh5 Ra4+ 48.Kd3 Kf6 49.a6 Kg7 50.Rg5+ Kf6 51.Rg8 Kxf5 52.Ra8 Ke6 53.a7 1–0

In last week’s position, Adams won by 1.Rh8 inviting Black to take the pawn, though 2.Rh7+ would win the rook and the game.

In 1951, the prolific composer, Kenneth S. Howard of New York, published a collection of 200 of his own problems to illustrate various themes within that genre. To each one he gave the date it was first published and the paper or magazine in which it first saw the light of day. Interestingly, 21 of them first appeared in the Western Morning News, more than any other source in that book, which demonstrates the fine, long-standing tradition this paper has for the art of chess problems. This 2-mover is taken from that book, in the chapter entitled Pinning and unpinning and was first seen here in 1935.

White to play and mate in 2

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