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The 12th Beacon Seniors Congress finished last weekend at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, one of the best chess venues in the country. There was a high percentage of winners.
Seniors Section: 1st= J. Dodgson, R. Everson, B. Gosling (Exmouth) & M Page (4/5 points). Grading prize (141 – 111) 1st= S. Cranmer, N. Dicker (Glastonbury), D. Elwood & G.Naldrett (3/5 pts). U-110: P. Carrick (Bath), H. Herschmann & S. Jones (Dorchester). Over-80s: B. Sandercock & A. Sherriff.
“Juniors”: 1st= I. Heppell & J. Wells (3½/5). Grading prize: D. Rogers (Exmouth).
“The exchange” is a term used in chess when one player loses (or wins) a rook for a minor piece, knight or bishop, and is often sufficient to be a winning advantage. In this game, the exchange is won no less than four times, but in the end, the minor pieces have the last laugh. Both players knew they had to win to qualify for a share of 1st place, so held nothing back.
White: M. Page (168). Black: J. Footner (176).
Sicilian Defence – Paulsen Variation. [B49].
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0–0 Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.f3 d5 Black’s freeing move in the Sicilian Defence, but he allows White to get a positional edge. 10.exd5 Bxc3 11.dxc6 Bxb2 12.cxb7 Bxb7 13.Rb1 Ba3 14.Rb3 Bd6 15.f4 0–0 16.c4 Rfd8 17.Qb1 Be4 18.Qb2 Nd7 19.Nf3 Nc5 The rook has no safe place to go; White needs a plan. 20.Ng5 Nxb3 21.Nxe4 White has lost the exchange. 21…Nc5 22.Nxd6 Rxd6 23.Rb1 Rad8 24.Kf1 Ne4? allowing White to regain the exchange. 25.Bb6 Regaining the exchange – again… 25…Qd7 26.Bxd8 Nd2+ … but losing it back almost immediately. 27.Ke1 Nxb1 28.Ba5 Qa7 29.c5 Rd7 30.Qxb1 Qxc5 31.Qb8+ Qf8 32.Qxf8+ Kxf8 33.Bxa6 The issues have now crystallised – 2 bishops vs a rook, with the outside pawn being the advantage, providing it can be mobilised quickly. 33…Rd4 34.Bb5 Rxf4 35.Bd2 Rf5 36.Bb4+ Kg8 37.a4 f6 The bishops now withdraw to the protection of their king, leaving the a-pawn free to make a charge for the line. 38.Bd2 Kf7 39.Be2 Ke8 The rook alone will not be able to cope with the pawn and 2 bishops so the king must swing across, but finds it’s too late to be of any use. 40.a5 Kd7 41.a6 Kc7 42.Be3 Ra5 43.a7 1-0 Resigns. Play might have continued 43…Kb7 44.Bf3+ Rd5 the least worst option. 45.Bxd5+ exd5 leaving the White king free to mop up the pawns at leisure while the Black king is tied to b7 for ever.
This 2-mover shouldn’t delay you too long.
Being the 11th November, it was agreed that at 11 a.m. clocks should be stopped for 2 minutes as an act of remembrance. Ewart Smith had a small transistor radio tuned to Radio 4 and at the moment the announcer said “We are now going over to the Cenotaph”… etc. he turned it up to full volume. Clocks were stopped and most people chose to stand while the bell tolled. A gun salute marked the endof the 2 minutes; clocks were re-started an hostilities re-commenced.
Inevitably, there were some quick draws, as some sought to get back home before dark. On the other hand, most of the potential prizewinners fought tooth and nail to the end. Everson/Dodgson was a quick draw to guarantee them at least a share of 1st place, but that left six players with the possibility of joining them. Of these, it was Martin Page and Brian Gosling who, after sharp well-judged play, came out winners, to make it a 4-way tie. In the “Juniors”, the joint leaders, Wells and Heppell fought long games, neither willing to accept a draw in case the other went on to win, but in the end, Heppell had little choice but to accept a draw, and Wells followed suite soon after.
The games finished as follows:-
|Seniors Rd. 5|
|1||Everson, R||(3½)||½||½||Dodgson, J||(3½)|
|2||Page, M||(3)||1||0||Footner, J||(3)|
|4||Gamble, R||(3)||½||½||Norman, Dinah||(3)|
|5||Carr, C||(2½)||½||½||Annetts, I. S||(2½)|
|6||Velker, W||(2½)||½||½||Sandercock, B||(2½)|
|7||Price, A||(2½)||½||½||Elwood, D||(2½)|
|8||Wiltshire, M||(2½)||½||½||Hurn, R||(2)|
|9||Footner, A||(2)||1||0||Parfett, G.||(2)|
|10||Jones, R. H.||(2)||0||1||Adams, M||(2)|
|11||Roberts, M||(2)||1||0||Welch, Hazel||(2)|
|12||Cranmer, S||(2)||1||0||O’Grady, J||(2)|
|13||Lucas, P||(2)||0||1||Sherriff, A||(2)|
|14||Naldrett, G||(2)||1||0||Wiggins, A||(2)|
|15||Dean, J||(2)||0||1||Dicker, N||(2)|
|16||Ross, B.||(2)||½||½||Waters, R||(2)|
|17||O’Rourke, K||(1½)||0||1||Burt, D||(1½)|
|18||Kaye, M||(1½)||0||1||Tidy, N||(1½)|
|19||Ryan, R. A.||(1)||½||½||Cox, R. E.||(1)|
|20||Jenkins, G. J.||(1)||½||½||Purry. N||(1)|
|21||Maloney, T||(1)||0||1||Herschmann, H||(1½)|
|22||Patching, G||(1)||0||1||Carrick, P||(1½)|
|23||Jones, S||(1½)||1||0||Gordon, P||(1½)|
|“Juniors” Rd. 5|
|1||Heppell, I||(3)||½||½||Burton, R||(2½)|
|2||Wells, J||(3)||½||½||Dean, S||(2½)|
|3||Sellwood, C||(1½)||1||0||Orr, D||(2)|
|4||Ariss, J||(1)||0||1||McAllan, I||(2)|
|5||Rogers, D. R.||(2)||1||bye|
|J. Wells||N. Norfolk||179||£50|
|1st||D. R. Rogers||Exmouth||138||£20|
The draw for Rd. 4 was as follows:-
|Seniors Rd. 4|
|1||Dodgson, J||(2½)||1||0||Carr, C||(2½)|
|2||Openshaw, D||(2½)||½||½||Page, M||(2½)|
|3||Everson, R||(2½)||1||0||Wiltshire, M||(2½)|
|4||Footner, J||(2)||1||0||Roberts, M||(2)|
|5||Norman, Dinah||(2)||1||0||Footner, A||(2)|
|6||Elwood, D||(2)||½||½||Velker, W||(2)|
|7||Wiggins, A||(2)||0||1||Gamble, R||(2)|
|8||Dicker, N||(2)||0||1||Gosling, B||(2)|
|9||Adams, M||(1½)||½||½||Sandercock, B||(2)|
|10||Annetts, I. S||(1½)||1||0||Kaye, M||(1½)|
|11||Tidy, N. F||(1½)||0||1||Price, A||(1½)|
|12||Sherriff, A||(1½)||½||½||Cranmer, S||(1½)|
|13||O’Grady, J||(1½)||½||½||Jones R. H.||(1½)|
|14||Hurn, R||(1½)||½||½||Dean, J||(1½)|
|15||Purry, N||(1)||0||1||Ross, B||(1)|
|16||Cox, R. E.||(1)||0||1||Lucas, P||(1)|
|17||Parfett, G.||(1)||1||0||Ryan, R. A||(1)|
|18||Burt, D||(1)||½||½||Jones, S||(1)|
|19||Waters, R||(1)||1||0||Jenkins, G. J.||(1)|
|20||O’Rourke, K||(½)||1||0||Cox, Marian||(½)|
|21||Herschmann, H||(1)||½||½||Carrick, P||(1)|
|22||Welch, Hazel||(1)||1||0||Patching, G||(1)|
|23||Gordon, P||(1)||½||½||Naldrett, G||(1½)|
|“Juniors” Rd. 4|
|1||Heppell, I||(2)||1||0||Wells, J||(3)|
|2||Dean, S||(1½)||1||0||Orr, D||(2)|
|3||Rogers, D. R.||(1½)||½||½||McAllan, I||(1½)|
|4||Burton, R||(1½)||1||0||Ariss, J||(1)|
Of the 6 players on 2.5, only Dodgson and Everson won, making them joint leaders and due to meet in the final round. A number of others have a mathematical chance of becoming joint winners on 4 pts if the top 2 draw, including Openshaw, Page, John Footner, Dinah Norman, Gamble and Gosling.
The top game in the “Juniors” was between Wells on a maximum 3/3 and Heppell, a point behind having drawn 2 games. However, Heppell rediscovered his form and levelled the scores.
Rd. 4 games here:
All “Junior” gms: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bj2011/base.htm
Tomorrow is the 11th day of the 11th month, 2011, and there has been talk about whether it would be appropriate to have a 2 minute pause at 11 o’clock – clocks stopped to allow folk thoughts to go where they will. The idea was explained at the start of play on Wednesday, and a show of hands to be taken today. When asked, it was clear the mark of respect was wanted.
Arrived this morning to be regaled with an OMG moment from Rd. 1. The perpetrator was Sid Jones (no relation), who had been playing Gerald Parfett.
They had been playing for several hours, and reached a pawn endgame. Sid, as White, made his 60th move, Kf2, to reach the following position, and left the board to get a couple of continuation scoresheets from the controller’s table.
On his return to the board he found Black had played 60…Kf4. A quick look told him that his own King could never stray from f2 and he imagined that the Black King could always get back to e5 and cover any break by the d-pawn, so Sid resigned immediately. He had, of course, overlooked the fact that the d-pawn would always be a step ahead and would queen, leaving him with a cast iron win. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory… Sid blames the break in concentration caused by the trip to get a new scoresheet, and calls this the biggest blunder of his chess career – at least, since the last one he forgot about.
Always philosophical, as Sid sat down for his Rd. 3 game, he placed a warning sign for all who passed by to see – “CAUTION – Senior Moment in Progress”.
Round 3 ended as follows:-
|Seniors Rd. 3|
|1||Wiltshire, M||(2)||½||½||Carr, C||(2)|
|3||Footner, J||(1½)||½||½||Wiggins, A.||(1½)|
|4||Cranmer, S||(1½)||0||1||Everson, R||(1½)|
|5||Page, M||(1½)||1||0||Tidy, N||(1½)|
|6||Dean, J||(1½)||0||1||Openshaw, D||(1½)|
|7||Gamble, R||(1½)||½||½||Annetts, I.||(1)|
|8||Velker, W||(1)||1||0||Parfett, G.||(1)|
|9||Gosling, B||(1)||1||0||Waters, R||(1)|
|10||Sandercock, B||(1)||1||0||Welch, Hazel||(1)|
|11||Lucas, P||(1)||0||1||Norman, Dinah||(1)|
|12||Kaye, M||(1)||½||½||Sherriff, A||(1)|
|13||Naldrett, G||(1)||½||½||Hurn, R. A. J.||(1)|
|14||Elwood, D||(1)||1||0||Purry, N||(1)|
|15||Dicker, N||(1)||1||0||Jenkins, G. J.||(1)|
|16||Ross, B||(½)||½||½||Jones R. H.||(1)|
|17||Carrick, P.||(½)||½||½||Burt, D. F.||(½)|
|18||O’Rourke, K.||(½)||0||1||O’Grady, J||(½)|
|19||Cox, Marian||(0)||½||½||Jones, S||()|
|20||Cox, R. E.||(0)||1||0||Moloney, T||(0)|
|23||Footner, A.||(1)||1||0||Gordon, P||(1)|
|“Juniors” Rd. 3|
|1||Wells, J||(2)||1||0||Burton, R||(1½)|
|2||McAllan, I||(1½)||0||1||Heppell, I||(1)|
|3||Orr, D||(1)||1||0||Ariss, J||(1)|
|4||Rogers, D. R.||(½)||1||0||Sellwood, C||(½½)|
Rd. 3 games here:
All “Junior” gms: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/bj2011/base.htm
Numbers were boosted today as 4 players who had claimed byes for Rd. 1 arrived ready for combat.
Among the announcements at the start was a plug for Brian Gosling’s recent publication – a book on the life and work of the 19th century pioneer of problem composition, John Brown of Bridport in Dorset. He has spent c. 2 years researching his life and collecting his work and has produced the definitive biography of the man usually known as “J. B. of Bridport”. There were several copies on the bookstall and Brian was happy to sign any copies purchased, making them collectors’ items of the future.
Once play got under way, some close tussles ensued, ending as follows.
|Seniors Rd. 2|
|Dodgson, J||½||½||Gamble, R.|
|Everson, R. J.||½||½||Price, A|
|Wiltshire, M.||1||0||Velker, W|
|Carr, C||1||0||Elwood, D|
|Jones, R. H.||0||1||Footner, A. F.|
|Openshaw, D||1||0||Lucas, P.|
|Parfett, G.||0||1||Page, M.|
|Annetts, I. S||1||0||Naldrett, G. W.|
|Tidy, N. F.||½||½||Adams, M. W.|
|Norman, D.||½||½||Dean, J.|
|Welch, H||0||1||Gosling, B. E.|
|Sherriff, A. J.||1||0||Ross, B.|
|Burt, D. F.||0||1||Sandercock, E. B.|
|O’Grady, J.||0||1||Roberts, M.|
|Ryan, R. A.||0||1||Dicker, N.|
|Hurn, R.||½||½||Kaye, M.|
|Carrick, P.||0||1||Cranmer, S.|
|Wiggins, A. S.||1||0||O’Rourke, K|
|Waters, R. G.||1||0||Patching, G. R.|
|Jenkins, G. J.||1||0||Cox, M.|
|Herschmann, H||1||0||Cox, R.|
|Purry, N||1||0||Moloney, T.|
|Gordon, P||0||1||Footner, J.|
When ready, Rd. 2 games will come in 2 parts.
All “Junior” gms: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/bj2011/base.htm
Devon’s team Blitz competition was held at the Newton Abbot club on Sunday with twelve teams of 4 taking part, continuing the growing interest in this tournament. In addition to the main trophy, the cup originally donated by A. R. B. Thomas, a teacher at Blundell’s School, Tiverton, a new prize for the lower-graded teams was introduced, in order to give them something to play for. After six hard-fought rounds, the winners of the Thomas Cup by a wide margin were Tiverton ‘A’ with 19½/24 points, followed by Exeter (16½) and Newton Abbot ‘A’ (16). The new Graded trophy was won by Exmouth ‘C’ on 10 points followed by Torquay Boys’ G.S. ‘B’ (9½). Full details and pictures may be found on keverelchess.com.
With games played at the rate of 12 minutes per player there was no time for anyone to write down their moves, so here is a game played by Thomas in the West of England Championship in 1974, notes from the event bulletin by Dr. Jim Aitken, former Scottish and WECU Champion.
White: A. R. B. Thomas. Black: Leon Burnett.
Pirc Defence [B08]
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 c6 4.Be2 d6 5.0–0 Nf6 6.Nc3 0–0 7.h3 Qc7 8.Be3 h6 9.Qd2 Kh7 10.Nh2 d5 Black has played the opening in restrained vein – possibly too much so. He now feels the need for a central strongpoint as a counter to White’s intentions of a King-side pawn advance. 11.exd5 Nxd5 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Ng4 Bxg4 This has the drawback of opening the h-file of which White makes excellent use, but it is doubtful if there is anything better. 14.hxg4 Nd7 15.g3 Nf6 16.Bf3 Rac8 17.c3 Qd7 18.g5 hxg5 19.Bxg5 Rh8 20.Kg2 Kg8 21.Rh1 Qf5 22.Rxh8+ Bxh8 23.Re1 Qd7 24.Qf4 Rd8 25.Qh4 Bg7 26.Rh1 Qf5 27.g4 Qc2 28.Bh6 Bh8? White has developed a mating attack remarkably quickly and after this move Black is lost. g5 gave a last chance of escape at the cost of a pawn. 29.Bf8 Kxf8 30.Qxh8+ Ng8 31.Rh7 1-0 Rg7 cannot be avoided. A neat conclusion by Thomas.
The 12th Seniors Congress in Exmouth starts in just over three weeks and entries are starting to come in more quickly, so those intending to enter should ensure they get a place before the cut-off by sending in their entry form as soon as possible. There’s a “junior” section for the 50-somethings, while the 60+s are the true seniors.
The solution to last week’s problem by John Brown of Bridport was 1.Ne6! and if 1…Kxg6 2. Be4# or 1…Nd8 2.Rxg5# or 1…Bxg6 2.Ng6#.
This week’s position is taken from a game between two lady players earlier this year. What was White’s killing move?