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Bournemouth Congress Prizewinners (04.07.2015.)

A prize fund of £3,700 attracted 175 players to last week’s Bournemouth Congress, including a number of titled players. The winners were as follows:-

Open: 1st= GM Simon Williams (233) & IM Alfonso Llorente Zaro       (246) both 4½ and sharing £1,300. 3rd= GM Nick Pert (254); IM Gediminas Sarakauskas (233); FM Andrew Lewis (207) & FM Richard Britton (205) all 4pts. Grading prizes: U-209: WFM Jane Richmond (192) 3½. U-190 Harry Grieve (181)   3½. U-180: Kenny Harman (175) 3. U-170 Stephen Appleby (165) & Paul Rowan (158) 2½.

Challengers (U-165): 1st P. Chrysidis (156)  4½. 2nd= D. Butcher (162); S. Benson (159) & C. Purry (159) all 4. GPs U-156: P. Morton     (155) & J. Wright (152) 3½. U-145: Gillian Moore          (144) & M. Roberts         (142) 2½. U-140: J. Everson (139)   3.

Intermediate (U-135): 1st K. Alexander (128)         4½. 2nd= D. Agostinelli (134); C. Cornes (131); G. Taylor       (129) & S. Crockett (120) all 4. GPs U-120: J. Gilbert (112) 3. U-112: J. Wallman (110).

Minor (U-110): 1st A. Fraser (107) 5. 2nd W. Curry(106) 4½. 3rd C. Sheeran (102).

This was the crucial Rd. 4 game between the two Grandmasters.

White: Nick Pert. Black: Simon Williams.

Ruy Lopez – Close Defence. 

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Black chooses not to open things up at this early stage. 5…Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.d3 d6 9.c3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.Nbd2 Nc6 12.a4 b4 13.Nf1 Rb8 14.Ng3 Re8 15.h3 h6 16.d4 cxd4 17.cxd4 exd4 18.Nxd4 Nxd4 19.Qxd4 b3 20.Bb1 Qb6 21.Qd3 Qa8 22.Bd2 Qa6 23.Qf3 Be6 24.Bd3 Qa8 25.Nf5 Nh7 26.Ne7 Re7 27.Qg3 attacking both h & d pawns. 28.Bxh6 f6 29.Bf4 Rd8 30.Bd6 Red7 32.e5 f5 32.f4 Rxd6 already 2 pawns down Black now sacrifices the exchange in an effort to free up his cramped position. 33.exd6 Rxd6 34.Rad1 Qd8 35.Be2 Bf7 36.Qe3 Qh4 37.Qf2 Qf6 38.Rxd6 Qxd6 39.Rd1 Qc7 40.Bd3 g6 41.g3 Qd7 42.Qc5 Ne6 43.Qe3 Qa4 44.Rc1 Nf8 45.Qc5 Ne6 46.Qc4 Qe8 47.Qc8 Nd8 48.Kf2 Kh7 49.Rc7 Qh8 50.Ke3 Qf6 51.Rd7 Qe6 52.Kd2 Nc6 Black’s queen is now overloaded, allowing White to win more material. 53.Rxf7+ Qxf7 54.Qxc6 Qa7 55.Qf3 a4 56.Qe3 Qb7 57.Qc5 a3 White now faces threats on both wings. 58.Qxa3 Qg2+ 59.Kc3 Qxg3 60.Qe7+ Kh8 61.h4 Qf4 62.Qd8+ Kh7 63.Qd4 Qxd4 64.Kxd4 Kh6 and White went on to win as his king and bishop can both easily pick up the b-pawn and focus on preventing Black’s connected pawns from doing damage, leaving his own b-pawn to march forward unhindered.

In last week’s position, Alekhine found a combination that Black was powerless to do anything about. 1.Re8+ Nf8 2.Nh6+ Qxh6 3.Rxf8+ Kxf8 4.Qd8 mate.

It is said that every player should experience the pleasure of conducting a winning sacrifice on h7 at least once in their career. In this 1991 game, the sacrifice is obvious enough, but can you follow it through to a win? Is it sound?

3rd Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress Results (28.06.2014.)

Its prize fund of almost £4,000 is about three times that of any other weekend congress in the UK, making the Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress able to attract some top talent. Their third such event finished last weekend with over 160 entries of whom these were just a few of the winners.

Open Section: 1st= GM Nick Pert & IM G. Sarakauskas 4½/5 pts. 3rd  Keith Arkell 4. Grading prizes (U-175) 1st = S. Peirson & J. Pink. (U-167) 1st M. Littleton.

Challengers (U-165): 1st D. Thompson 4½. 2nd= C. Woolcock, D. Butcher, R. Desmedt & I. S. Annetts. GP (U-150) 1st= P. Morton, J. Torrance, R. Du Toit & P. Wilcock.

Intermediate (U-135) 1st J. Belinger 4½. 2nd= P. Errngton & S. Williams.

Minor (U-110): 1st T. Cutter. 2nd= S. Crockett, Jenny Goldsmith & J. Versey.

Grandmaster games at this level tend to be relatively quiet affairs as they tend to wait for their opponents to make the slip-ups. Firework displays are rare. This Round 4 game sees both players committed to a rough-house and puts the winner on the road to 4th= and a £40 prize.

White: Steve Homer (189). Black: Don Mason (209).

French Defence – Tarrasch Var.  [C06]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Tarrasch’s move, avoiding the potential pin  on b4. 3…Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 Many French Defence players are keen to break White’s stranglehold on e5 a.s.a.p. so that they won’t become landed with a cramped position.  9.exf6 Nxf6 10.Nf3 Bd6 11.0–0 Qc7 12.Bg5 0–0 13.Qc2 h6 14.Bh4 Nh5 15.Bh7+ Kh8 16.Bg6 Rxf3 17.Bxh5 If 17.gxf3 Bxh2+ 18.Kg2 Nf4+ 19.Nxf4 Qxf4 20.Bg3 Bxg3 21.fxg3 Qxd4 and Black has 2 pawns for the exchange. 17…Bxh2+ 18.Kh1 Rf5 19.Bg6 Black seems determined to give up a rook. 19…Bd6 20.Bxf5 exf5 21.f4 Qf7 22.Rf3 Bd7 23.Rd1 Re8 24.Nc3 Qh5 25.Rh3 Qg4 26.Nxd5? An injudicious pawn grab that allows… 26…Re2 27.Qxe2 The least worst option was 27.Ne3 Rxc2 28.Nxg4 fxg4 29.Rc3 .27…Qxe2 28.Re1 Qc4 29.Nf6 Better was 29.Nc3 29…gxf6 30.Bxf6+ Kh7 31.Rg3 suddenly White has a strong attack on g7 31…Qf7 Better was 31…Bf8 though the text is good enough. 32.Rg7+ Qxg7 33.Bxg7 Kxg7 0–1. Black’s 3 minor pieces should be more than enough to handle the rook which doesn’t have a good move on the board.

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Nc6! threatening 2.Ne5 mate, and if 1…Qxb3+ 2.Qxb3 mate; or 1…dxc6 2.Bxe6 mate, or 1…Rxf2 2.Qxf2 mate.

In this endgame from earlier this year how can White maximise the value of his extra pawn?

White to play and win.

2nd Grand Bournemouth Congress (11.05.2013.)

The 2nd Grand Bournemouth Congress took place recently with one of the largest prize funds on the local circuit. The main prizewinners were as follows:

Open: 1st GM Nick Pert (£1,000). 2nd= Zhuo Lim; IM Robert Bellin; FM Tony Corkett; Steve Homer (Exminster) & Roger de Coverley (£120 each). De Coverley and Homer got the British Championship qualifying places.

Challengers (U-160): 1st Brendan O’Gorman (£300). 2nd= Armel Collard & Barry Sandercock (£100 each).

Intermediate (U-130): 1st= Ian Blencowe (Gloucester) & Patrick Reid (£187 each).

Minor (U-110): 1st Tony Tatam (Plymouth – £200).

Here are a couple of instructive miniatures from the Open Section. Over-hasty attacks before piece development is completed can often rebound on the aggressor, as here.

White: Ray Gamble (167). Black: Ian Clarke (179).

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nbd2 Nbd7 4.e4 e5 5.Bc4 Be7 Almost universal here is 6.c3 but White chances his arm for short-term gain. 6.Bxf7+ 6…Kxf7 7.Ng5+ Kg8 8.Ne6 Qe8 9.Nxc7 Qg6 10.Nxa8 exd4 11.Nc7 Ne5 12.Rg1 Nxe4 13.Nd5 Bh4 14.Qe2 By now, White must be regretting his earlier foray. 14…Nxd2. If 14…Bg4?? 15.Qxe4; 14…Nxf2? is answered by 15.g3; If 14…Bxf2+?? 15.Qxf2 Nxf2 16.Ne7+ Kf7 17.Nxg6 Kxg6 18.Kxf2 and White is a rook up. 15.Kxd2 Bg4 16.f3 Bxf3 17.gxf3 Qxg1 18.c4 Be1+ 19.Kd1 19.Kc2 d3+ wins the queen. 19…Ba5+ wins it anyway. 0–1.

White: M. Clancy (175). Black: K. Goater (191).

1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.Nc3 e6 4.a3 Ne7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 a6 7.Bd3 d6 8.Nf3 Nd7 9.0–0 g5 10.Bg3 Bg7 11.Bc4 Ng6 12.Re1 g4 13.Nd2 h5 threatening 15…h4 winning the bishop. 14.f4 giving the bishop a flight square at the cost of his d-pawn. 14…Bxd4+ 15.Kf1 h4 16.Qxg4 White might have tried 16.Bf2 Bxf2 17.Kxf2 g3+ 18.Kg1 Nxf4 but things are little better. 19.Qg4 gxh2+ 20.Kxh2 Ng6 21.Nf3 h3 22.Qg3 (22.gxh3 Nde5 23.Nxe5 Nxe5 24.Qg7 Qh4). 16…hxg3 17.Qxg3 Bxc3 18.bxc3 Qf6 0–1 White is a piece down and facing a strong attack.

In last week’s position, Adams won by playing 1…QxR+! 2.RxQ NxB 3.RxR+ RxR and White cannot both save his queen and avoid mate on e1.

Magnus Carlsen won the recent Candidates’ Tournament for the right to challenge for the World Champion, Vishy Anand, a match that will take place later this year. Here is a game he lost when still a child prodigy, aged 13. How did White end the game at a stroke?

White to play and win.

Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress – More Details (05.05.2012.)

Last week there was only space to give the names of section winners of the recent Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress, so here are the grading prizes from the Open Section. U-210: 1st= Don Mason (Shirley); R. Nevanlinna & Tony Corkett (Fareham). U-200: Walter Braun (Southbourne). U-190: David Cutmore (Wood Green). U-180: Ian Ponter (Downend). U-170: Arul Gupta (Kent). U-160: 1st= Cosmo Charles (Lewisham); Toby Brookfield (Guernsey); Vincent Homolka (Dulwich) & Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (Richmond).

The names of all other winners, as well as many of the games, may be found on the event website

Gupta and Kalaiyalahan are, in fact, two of the country’s top 10 year olds, with grades of 153 and 152 respectively. Here is how Gupta dealt with one of Dorset’s senior players.

White: Ian C. Clark (188). Black: Arul  Gupta (153).

Giucco Piano [C54]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 The Giucco Piano or Italian Opening. 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Qb3 Nce7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Rfe1 So far, this is all well-known theory. 12…c6 13.Ne5 Qb6 14.Qxb6 axb6 15.a4 Be6 16.Ndf3 h6 17.h3 Rad8 18.Ra3 Nf4 19.Rb3 Ned5 20.Kh2 Ra8 White now miscalculates a combination. 21.g3 Nxh3 22.Bxd5 but 22…Bxd5 forces the rook to move, which gives Black’s knight time to escape and cause more mischief.  23.Rbe3 Nxf2 24.Kg2 Ne4 25.Nd7 Nd2 26.Nxb6 Nxf3 27.Rd1 If 27.Rxf3 Bxf3+ 28.Kxf3 leaves White the exchange and a pawn down. 27…Ng5+ 28.Kf2 Rae8 29.Rde1 Re4 30.Rxe4 Nxe4+ 31.Kf3 Re8 32.Nxd5 Ng5+ 0-1 White resigned as the Black knight escapes yet again and will be the only piece left after the final exchanges. viz 33.Kf2 Rxe1 34.Kxe1 cxd5.

The Frome Congress starts on Friday evening at Oakfield School, Frome, BA11 4JF, which includes the Somerset Championships for eligible players. There are 4 sections; the Open, the Major (U-170); Intermediate (U-140) and Minor (U-115). Enquiries about late entries should go to Gerry Jepps on 01749-344191 or e-mail I hope to have the list of winners and a key game or two by next week.

Last week’s problem by Chris Reeves was solved by 1.d4! threatening 2.Rc5#. Black taking the rook with 1…Bxc4 enables the queen to take Black’s rook on f3.

This week’s position is taken from a simultaneous display by Fred Yates, the Yorkshire champion, not the Cornish artist. White has several ways to win, but can you find the shortest and most elegant of them?

White to play and win quickly & elegantly.

Bournemouth Congress Results (28.04.2012.)

With a prize fund of £3,200 and an excellent venue at a 3-star hotel, the Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress last weekend attracted 170 entries overall and some top talent in the Open Section where there were 20 players graded over 190. After 5 rounds, it was David Howell who scooped the top prize of £1,000 with a 100% score. GM Alexander Cherniaev (229) and strong English junior, 15 year-old Peter Williams (224) shared second prize of £200 each with 4½/5. Clear 4th was GM Simon Williams (232) on 4 pts.

Challengers’ Section (U-155) 1st Roger Greatorex (Llangollen) 4½. Upper Minor (U-125) 1st Martin Pope (Camborne) 4½. Lower Minor (U-106) 1st Barry Childs (Cornwall) 4½

Here is Howell’s 1st Round game against the 2010 West of England Champion.

White: Paul Helbig (179). Black: David Howell (251).

Scotch Game [C47]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 The Scotch Game; White tries for an open, active position, rather than risk getting steamrollered. 3…exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Nc3 Bb4 7.Bd3 0–0 8.0–0 Re8 9.Re1 d6 10.Bd2 Ng4 11.h3 Ne5 This knight manoeuvre has only been seen once in on-line databases, but the knight exerts great influence on e5 and proves to be the killer piece. 12.Bf1 Qf6 13.Na4 Bxd2 14.Qxd2 g5 This looks risky as it weakens his own king’s position, but with White’s knight sidelined on the other wing, Black now has his queen and minor pieces all bearing down on the enemy king. 15.Re3 Kh8 16.Rg3 Rg8 17.Be2 Be6 18.Rf1 Rg6 19.f4 gxf4 20.Rxf4 Qg7 21.Rxg6 Qxg6 22.Kh1 Rg8 23.Bg4 Bxg4 24.hxg4 Qh6+ 25.Kg1 Rxg4 0–1. White must lose material after 26.Rf2 Nf3+ 27.Kf1 and now there are forced mating lines. 27…Nxd2+ 28.Rxd2 Qh1+ 29.Kf2 Qxg2+ 30.Ke1 Rxe4+ etc.

The next big event in the region is the 23rd Frome Congress which starts a week on Friday, 11th – 13th May at Oakfield School, a new venue for the event. Enquiries to Gerry Jepps on 01749-344191 or e-mail

Last week’s position was taken from the game Arkell-Holland at the recent High Wycombe tournament. White seemed to be in great trouble with both rooks attacked and a forced mate just 1 move away, but he found 1.Qd8! where it is undefended and can be taken by two pieces, but it is sufficient to unravel all Black’s threats. There’s a lot of play left, but White now has enough initiative to win in the end.

The Cornish problemist, Christopher Reeves, recently sent me a current copy of the excellent Serbian magazine Mat Plus, which contained a 10 page article by David Shire on Reeves’ 2-movers. Of his 120 published problems, this is one of the earliest from 1962.

White to mate in 2.