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Bristol’s Boniface Attack Tankard Award 2012 (18.08.2012.)

The Bristol League’s Steve Boniface Memorial Congress starts next Saturday and runs over the Bank Holiday weekend. In addition to the usual prizes will be the new Steve Boniface Attack Tankard. This is a prize awarded to the winner of any game played in the League this season that displays the spirit of successful all-out attack. I was sent 8 nameless entries to judge and after playing them through several times found this one repeatedly caught the eye.

White: Tom Thorpe (165). Black: Anthony Carver (120).

Sicilian Defence – Closed Var. [B23]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bc4 Nh6?! 6.0–0 a6 7.d3 b5 8.Bb3 Na5 9.Qe2 to prevent c4 9…Nxb3 10.axb3 Bb7 11.f5 The attack commences. 11…g6 12.fxe6 fxe6 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Nd5 White offers his knight for no immediate material gain, but it would be dangerous to accept. e.g. 14…exd5 15.exd5+ Be7 16.Rae1 (It would be tempting to claw back some material with 16.Bxh6 but that allows Black to get castled and the attack slows right down.) 16…Nf5 17.g4; 14…exd5 15.exd5+ Be7 16.Rae1. 14…Bxd5 15.exd5 Bg7 If Black tries to block up the centre with 15…e5 there would follow 16.Nxe5 dxe5 17.Qxe5+ Be7 18.Qxh8+. 16.dxe6 Qc7 17.Nh4 The Black king is trapped in the centre. 17…Rf8 18.Qe4 Ra7 19.Nxg6 another proffered gift, but Black wants to draw the sting of the attack by swapping off material. 19…Bd4+ 20.Kh1 Rxf1+ 21.Rxf1 Bg7 22.Rf7 More material is thrown into the fray. Black accepts, but has little choice from hereon. 22…Nxf7 23.exf7+ Kxf7 24.Qf5+ Kg8 25.Ne7+ Kh8 26.Qf7 Threatening mate on g8 26…Qb8 27.Bf6 Rxe7 If 27…Bxf6 28.Qxf6#  28.Bxg7# 1–0

White mates while his queen is en prise – a clinical finish.

The original plan was for the tankard to be filled with some of Steve’s beloved real ale, but a Plan B will be needed as the winner is only 15, recently coming 4th in the British U-16 Championship.

The solution to Dave Howard’s latest creation was 1.Qd7! and if Black tries 1…Kxc4 there follows 2.Qa4 mate as Black’s bishop is pinned and unable to intervene.

This problem by William Shinkman (1847-1933) is taken from one of the early books in Alain White’s “Christmas Series” that I recently acquired, entitled “The Theory of Pawn Promotion” (Stroud 1912). How does White promote his pawn and mate in 2 moves?

White to mate in 2.