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More Qualifying Places for the Westcountry. (14.07.2012.)

Many congress organisers like to be able to offer among their prizes a qualifying place for the British Championship, as it attracts a few better players to enter and adds a certain kudos to the event. The Championship organisers have hitherto granted four such places annually to the West of England Union to be dispersed as they see fit. These currently go to the Frome, Torbay, Exmouth and the Wiltshire Junior events. At the last Union meeting, however, it was noted that the Steve Boniface Memorial event in Bristol and the new Bournemouth congress wished to be added to the list.

Rather than devising a rota in which the four places are shared fairly between the six events, forcing two to miss out each year, I wrote to the British Championship organiser asking for two extra qualifying places, knowing these are not handed out like cheap sweets. However, I got word this week that these have been agreed to, so Bournemouth and Bristol will be able to advertise this on their entry forms for 2013.

The National Counties’ U-18 Finals were held recently at Eton College. Of the 15 teams competing, Devon came 10th with 9½/24 ahead of Middlesex, an improvement on their last place last year. Devon’s heroes, scoring a maximum 2 points were Arthur Rinvolucri (Petroc College) and Jeff Leung (Torquay Boys’ G.S.) 

Keith Arkell came clear 1st in the recent e2e4 tournament at Buxton with the help of this win from Rd. 2.

White: Keith Arkell (2435). Black: Joseph McPhillips (2136).

English Defence.

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Ba6 5.b3 Be7 Already this position can only be found in three other games on record. 6.Nc3 d5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 exd5 9.g3 Bf6 10.Bg2 0–0 11.0–0 Re8 12.Ra2 c6 13.Be3 Nd7 14.Qd2 Nf8 15.Rc1 Bb7 16.Bg5 Bxg5 17.Nxg5 f6 18.Nf3 Qd6 19.e3 a5 20.Ne1 Ne6 21.Nd3 Ba6 22.h4 a4 White wishes to keep the queenside closed and concentrate on the other wing. 23.b4 Nd8 24.Rac2 Bb5 25.Nf4 Ra7 26.Qd1 Qd7 27.Bh3 Qf7 28.Rc3 Rae7 29.h5 Re4? This gives succour to White’s attack. 30.Bf5 R4e7 31.Qc2 h6 White’s  next move caused Black to resign. Can you spot the move and work out the combination that wins considerable material?

White to play and win much material.