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Glos v Hants & Bristol Winter Congress Results (01.02.2014.)

Hampshire proved too strong for Gloucestershire when they met at Urchfont (Wilts) recently, making amends for their earlier draw against Cornwall. Glos. names 1st: 1.N. Hosken 0-1 I. Thompson. 2.D, Lambourne 0-1 D. Tunks. 3.J. Jenkins 0-1 C. Bellers. 4.M. Ashworth ½-½ P. Cooper. 5.P. Meade 0-1 F. Mcleod. 6.P. Dodwell ½-½ T. Davis. 7.P. Denison 0-1 D. Fowler. 8.G. Taylor 0-1 S. Smith. 9. C. Haynes 0-1 C. Priest. 10.K. Bendall 0-1 Miss G. Moore. 11.B. Whitelaw ½-½ M. Roberts. 12. P. Baker 0-1 J. Chilton. 13.J. Caterer 0-1 D. Culliford. 14.R. Ashworth 1-0 J. Barnett. 15.P. Bending 1-0 S. Murphy. 16.D. Morse 0-1 T. Cutter.

The Bristol League held another successful Winter Congress at the Holiday Inn last weekend. The prizewinners included the following:

Open: 1st C. Beaumont (Clifton). 2nd= D. Buckley (Bath); M. Harris (Horfield); G. Morris (Clifton); M. Payne & D. Graham (both Worthing). Grading prizes: U-188: S. Piper (Salisbury). U-178: J. Turner (Cwmbran). U-167: M. Jiminez (Clifton).

Major: 1st G. Harvey (S. Bristol). 2nd= R. Lowery (Patchway) & R. Harron (Bristol). Grading prizes: U-148: A. Rossiter (Cabot). U-141: N. Derrick (Cabot). U-130: P. Chatterjee (Clifton).

Minor: 1st D. Rowan. 2nd= R. Porter & J. Walpole (both University); P. Jackson. Grading prizes: U-120: D. McGeeney (Cabot). U-114: A. Fraser. U-104: A. Telang (Clifton). U-91: H. Aubin-Parvu.

This was the Open winner’s 1st game.

White: C. Beaumont (221). Black: M. Kascak (c. 180).

Queen’s Indian Defence [E18]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0–0 Be7 6.Nc3 c5 7.d4 d6 8.d5 Immediately staking a claim to the centre. 8…exd5 9.cxd5 0–0 10.e4 Re8 11.e5 Ng4 12.Bf4 dxe5 13.Nxe5 Nxe5 Having got the passed pawn, the stronger player is happy to keep making equal exchanges in order to keep it simple… 14.Bxe5 Bd6 15.Bxd6 Qxd6 16.Qa4 Qd7 … up to a point. 17.Qh4 Na6 18.Rad1 Nb4 19.a3 Na6 20.Qf4 Nc7 21.h4 Rad8 22.Kh2 The trap is set. 22…Nb5 23.Bh3 1-0 Winning a piece by forcing the queen away from the defence of her knight.

In last week’s position Flear finished neatly with 1.Rxc8 Qxc8 2.Rd8 Qc7 3.Rxe8! and Black resigned because QxN mate is inevitable.

In his book, Tactimania, Flear doesn’t only give his wins. He loses this one against his fellow GM from Leicester, Mark Hebden. Flear threatens to win the exchange and a pawn, so how did White deal with that and force a win in the space of 6 moves?

White to play and win

Great Win For Slade (02.11.2013.)

An e2e4 tournament is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Gatwick this week with a number of strong juniors competing against more experienced opponents in the Masters’ Section. Having lost in Rd. 1 to the Russian Grandmaster, Alex Cherniaev, 13 year old Matthew Wadsworth might reasonably have expected a slightly easier game in Rd. 2 against 12 yr old Theo Slade from Marhamchurch. This is how it went.

White: Theo Slade (162). Matthew Wadsworth (206).

Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Variation.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.a4 Nbd7 9.a5 Usually against the Sicilian Defence, White aims for a quick kingside attack, but in this game he presses on the other wing. 9…Be7 10.f3 Qc7 11.Be2 0–0 12.Nd5 Bxd5 13.exd5 Nc5 14.Nxc5 dxc5 15.0–0 c4 16.Ra4 c3 17.Bb6 Bc5+ 18.Kh1 Bxb6 19.axb6 Qxb6 20.bxc3 Qd6 21.c4 Rab8 22.Qa1 Nd7 23.Rb1 Nc5 24.Rab4 b6 25.Qb2 Piling the pressure on. 25…Nd7 26.Bd3 f5 27.Qa3 a5 28.R4b3 Nc5 29.Rb5 e4 30.Be2 Rf6 31.fxe4 Rh6 Black seeks activity on the kingside with a mating threat. 32.g3 Only the protection of the queen on the other side of the board makes this playable. 32…Qe5 White now sacrifices the exchange in the hope that his central pawns will compensate. 33.Rxc5 bxc5 34.Rxb8+ Qxb8 35.Qxc5 f4 36.gxf4 Qxf4 Mate is threatened again, but White has a manoeuvre to deny this.  37.Qc8+ Kf7 38.Qf5+ Qxf5 39.exf5 Rh4 40.c5 a4 41.c6 Ke7 42.c7 Kd7 43.d6 Re4 44.Bb5+ 1–0 Black is unable to prevent White queening, e.g. If 44…Kxd6 45.c8Q or 44… Kc8 45.Ba6+ Kd7 46.c8=Q+.

It’s certainly a busy time of year for chessplayers, with the popular Guernsey Chess Festival also taking place this week, which regularly attracts a number of westcountry players. Then follows the Bournemouth Congress this weekend and the Seniors Congress in Exmouth starting on Monday.

Prizewinners at the recent Harambee RapidPlay in Bristol were as follows: 1st= Gareth Morris (Horfield) and Chris Timmins (5/6). Grading Prizes: 

180–151: Jody Johnson (Clifton).  

150–126: Neil Derrick (Cabot). 

U-126: Richard Porter (University).

In last week’s position, White had a 3 move knockout blow. 1. Bxh7+ KxB (Black could prolong the agony with

1…Kh8, but at suicidal cost.) 2.Qh4+ Kg8 3.Ne7 mate.

In this ending from a Bristol Congress earlier this year, how did Dave Collier (B) finish in style?

Black to play and win in short order.

Millfield Juniors & Bristol Activities (01.12.2012.)

Anyone needing to shake off any post-Christmas torpor might consider entering the Downend & Fishpond’s Buzzer tournament on 27th December at the Cricket Club. 10 games between 7 and 11 p.m. could be the kill or cure option. Details from Shaun Walsh on 0117-9562183.

Following that is the Bristol Winter Congress at the Holiday Inn from Friday 18th – 20th January 2013. It’s a new date and new venue, so it should be worth trying out. Details from Graham Mill-Wilson on 0779-016-7415. Entry forms downloadable from the chessit website.

At the recent Millfield Junior Tournament, 1st= in the U-18 section were Adam Dickinson (Chilton Cantelo) and Zoe Strong (Millfield), while Henry Righetti (King Edward’s School) won the U-12 section.

Westcountry GMs, Peter Wells (Swindon) and Keith Arkell (Paignton), were joint winners of the recent Brighton Tournament. This was Wells’ last round win that helped him to 4½/5 points and a £300 cheque.

White: Peter Sowray (2362). Black: Peter Wells (2488).

Nimzo-Indian Defence – Simagin Variation. [E40]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 Rubinstein’s favoured move. Other popular responses here are 4.a3 and 4.Qc2. 4…0–0 5.Nge2 d5 6.a3 Bd6 The Simagin Variation. 7.Ng3 c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.0–0 Bg4 12.Nce2 Re8 13.h3 Bxe2 14.Qxe2 Bd6 15.Nf5 Be5 16.f4 Weakening his e-pawn. 16…Bc7 17.b4 Bb6 This active bishop finds its most effective square, focussing on the weakened e-pawn. 18.Qf3 Ne7 19.Ng3 Ng6 The pinned e-pawn is going to prove fatal. 20.Ra2 Rc8 21.Re2 Rc3 Probing for further weaknesses. 22.Rd1 Qc7 23.Bb2 Nxf4 24.Bxc3 Nxe2+ 25.Nxe2 Rxe3 The threat of the discovered check means that White’s queen is lost anyway. 26.Qxe3 Bxe3+ 27.Kh1 Nh5 28.Re1 g6 29.Bb2 Ng3+ 30.Nxg3 Qxg3 31.Re2 f5 0–1. The balance of R+B for queen is not necessarily fatal, but Black’s extra pawns, hindering the bishop pair, prove the deciding factor.

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.e4! If 1…RxN 2.RxP mate. Or 1…Bxp 2.Nc4 mate. Or RxP 2.NxR mate. Or Rb1 2.Rf5 mate.

This 2-mover was composed by Christopher Reeve of Cornwall, and won a 1st prize in the British Chess Magazine. It’s quite a challenge, with 26 pieces to sort out – best of luck with it!

White to mate in 2 - not an easy one.

Cobb Wins Bristol Winter Congress (21.01.2012.)

Winners of the Bristol Winter Congress held last month were as follows:- Open Section: 1st James Cobb (223) of the Clifton Club. Major Section: 1st Ian Ponter (153) of Downend. Minor Section: Richard Collis (117) of the Cabot Club.

Here is Cobb’s Rd. 1 miniature against Bristol University student, Robert Thompson, formerly of Newton Abbot in Devon.

White: James Cobb (223). Black: Robert  Thompson (178)

King’s Indian Defence [E61]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.d4 Bg7 4.Nc3 0–0 5.Bg5 d6 6.e3 c5 7.Be2 Qb6 It’s true that Black attacks the b-pawn, but he has neglected to develop his Q-side minor pieces, which soon proves fatal. 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.0–0 Re8 10.h3 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Qa5 12.Bh4 d5 13.cxd5 Nxd5 14.Nb3 Not only has the Black queen become a target for attack but the forward knight must also fall. His attempt at counter-attack fails. 14…Qb4 Hitting the undefended bishop on h4, but 15.Nxd5! 1–0 Resigns in view of the possible continuation… 15…Qxd2 16.Nxd2 Nf6 17.Nc7 Rd8 18.Nxa8 Rxd2 19.Rfd1 Rxe2 20.Rd8+ Bf8 21.Rxc8 and Black is a rook down.

Another win for Cobb came in Rd. 4 and went as follows:

White: Peter Kirby (171). Black: J. Cobb (223).

Four Knights Game [C47]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.exd5 cxd5 9.0–0 0–0 10.Bg5 c6 11.Qf3 Be7 12.Rae1 Re8 13.Nd1 h6 14.Bf4 Be6 15.Ne3 Bd6 16.Nf5 Bxf4 17.Qxf4 Bxf5 18.Bxf5 Qb6 19.b4 a5 20.a3 axb4 21.Qxb4 Qa7 22.Ra1 c5 23.Qf4 c4 24.Rfd1 Qc5 25.Qf3 Ra6 26.Rdb1 g6 27.Bh3 Ne4 28.Rb7 weakening the back rank defences. 28…Ng5 29.Qg3 Rxa3!

0–1 Resigns in view of 30.Qxa3 Qxa3 and the queen cannot be taken because of the back rank mate. The least worst option is probably 30.Rf1 to prevent the immediate mate Rxg3 31.hxg3 Nxh3+ 32.gxh3 but even this is quite hopeless.

All games from the congress may be found on the Bristol League’s website –

Last week’s problem by H. D’O Bernard was solved by 1.Qh8! after which the Black knight can move to 8 squares. If it goes to a5, b4, d4 or e5 then 2.Ba6 mate. If it goes to d8 or e7 then 2.Qa1 mate. If 1…Nb8 2.Nb6 mate, and finally 1…Na7 2.Nc7 mate. So all White’s pieces have a chance to administer the mortal blow.

The British Solving Championship will be held at Eton College on Saturday 18th February. The Postal Round, which consisted of 8 problems of increasing difficulty worth 5 points each, attracted 55 entries of whom 37 got the requisite 30 points. These have been invited to the final to join those pre-qualified; experts like GMs John Nunn and Jonathan Mestel. This was the only 2-mover of the eight – a kind of (relatively) easy starter. How would you have done? White to play.

White to mate in 2 moves.