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British Championships Getting Close (13.07.2013.)

The British Championships in Torquay are now but a fortnight away. Although there is still time enough for late entries to creep into the lists, the top seeds for the Championship itself, are Gawain Jones and David Howell who are effectively level in grading, while the other 7 grandmasters are some way behind them.

From last year’s Championship here is a last round game that Black had to win in order to force a play-off.

White: D. Ledger. Black: G. C. Jones.

Sicilian Defence – Yugoslav Attack. [B78]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 Nc6 8.Qd2 0–0 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.0–0–0 The key move of the Yugoslav system against the Sicilian, in which White aims for a kingside blitz before Black’s thematic queenside counter can get going. 10…Rb8 This move, known as the Chinese Dragon, signifies Black’s intention not to delay his own attack.  11.Bb3 Na5 12.h4 This is already looking a little overdue. 12…b5 13.h5 Nc4 14.Bxc4 bxc4 15.hxg6 fxg6 16.Bh6 Qb6 17.b3 cxb3 18.axb3 Bxh6 19.Qxh6 Rf7 Black must consign another defender to h7. 20.Qg5 Rc8 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Qa5 23.Kb2 e5 White would love to play 24.dxe6 but obviously can’t as his queen is hanging. 24.Ne2?? Much better was 24.Nc6 Bxc6 allowing him 25.Rxh7!! Rxh7 26.Qxg6+ Rg7 27.Qe6+ Rf7 28.Qxc8+ Rf8 29.Qg4+ Kf7 30.Qe6+ Kg7 31.dxc6 Qc7 32.Rh1 Rf6 33.Qh3 and, with best play, White will mate, or at worst win the queen e.g. 33…Kf8 34.Qh8+ Ke7 35.Rh7+ Rf7 36.Rxf7+ Kxf7 37.Qh7+. 24…Bf5 Black is now much better. 25.Rd2 Rb7 26.Ra1 Qc5 27.Rc1 Kg7 28.g4 h6! 29.Qh4 Black now finishes things off vigorously. 29…Bxc2 30.Rcxc2 Rxb3+! 31.Kc1 Not 31.Kxb3?? Rb8+ 32.Ka4 Qb4#  31…Qa3+ 32.Kd1 Rb1+ 33.Nc1 Qxf3+ 34.Re2 Qd3+ 0–1. 35.Red2 allows the forced continuation 35…Qf1+ 36.Qe1 Rxc1 37.Rxc1 Rxc1 38.Kxc1 Qxe1+.   Or 35.Rcd2 Rbxc1#; Or 35.Ke1 Rxc1+ 36.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 37.Kf2 Qd4+ 38.Kf3 Qf4+ 39.Kg2 Qf1+ 40.Kg3 Rc3+ 41.Kh2 Qxe2+

In last week’s position, White could avoid stalemate by under-promoting to a rook, allowing Kxg7 and then 1.Bh6 is mate.

This position is from a game in the Barnstaple Club’s Summer Tournament, played last week between Jack Rudd and Rob Oughton. Black has just played Qe7-c5 and after Rudd’s next move Black resigned. What move was it, and did Black necessarily have to resign so soon?

Boniface Memorial Prizewinning Game.

Lewis Martin came 1st= in the recent Steve Boniface Memorial tournament. In the final round he faced arguably Bristol’s most attacking player, each knowing they needed a win to stand a chance of appearing in the prizelist. The game illustrates the need constantly to balance one’s attacking opportunities with defensive needs.

White: L. Martin (187 – Bristol Uni.). Black: A. Musson (179 – Bath).

Caro-Kann Defence – Exchange Variation. [B13]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Qc7 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.Bg5 e6 8.Nbd2 Bd6 9.Bh4 Nge7 10.Bg3 f6 11.Qc2 0–0–0 White could now castle king-side and hope to throw everything against the Black king, but no doubt is fully aware of Black’s reputation as an all-out attacker, so chooses discretion over valour at this stage. 12.0–0–0 h5 13.Rhe1 Completing White’s development. 13…e5 threatening to break open the centre with …e4 14.dxe5 fxe5 15.Be2 Bf5 16.Qa4 The queen would come under fire after 16.Qb3 Na5 17.Qa4 Bd7 18.Bb5 Nec6 and there are chances for both sides, with an unclear outcome. 19.Bh4 Rdf8 20.Qc2 Bf5 21.Bd3 and the …e4 break wins a piece.  viz 21…e4 22.Nxe4 dxe4 23.Bxe4 Bg4. 16…d4 17.Nc4 dxc3 18.bxc3 Ng6 19.Ne3 White needs to create some threats of his own or his king’s position may collapse entirely. 19…Be6 20.Ng5 Nd4 White’s c-pawn is pinned and now threatened. 21.Rxd4 Fritz recommends 21.Bc4 Bxc4 22.Nxc4 Ba3+ 23.Nxa3 h4 winning the bishop. 21…Qxc3+ 22.Qc2 Ba3+ 23.Kb1 exd4 24.Nxe6 At this point White has 2 minor pieces for a rook and the game is slipping away from Black. 24…Qxc2+ 25.Nxc2 d3 26.Nxa3 dxe2 27.Nxd8 Re8 Black is now 2 pieces down and could reduce his arrears by taking the knight, but prefers to defend his advanced pawn as being his last chance. 28.Nf7 h4 29.Nd6+ 1–0 Resigned in view of 29…Kd7 30.Nxe8 hxg3 31.fxg3 Kxe8 32.Rxe2+ and White is a rook and pawn up.

While it is good to have the British Championships in the area, it will probably adversely affect entries for the Paignton Congress which comes shortly after. Better chances of prizes, therefore, for those that do enter. Contact Alan Crickmore on 01752-01752-768206 or e-mail: plymouthchess@btinternet.com.

In last week’s position Andrew Greet could have won by playing 1.Rdxd7!! Rxd7 2.Rb8! and there is no defence to the threatened 3.Nf6+ forcing gxf6, followed by 4.Qg8 mate.

The danger here is in leaving a stalemate, so how can White win in 2?

White to mate in 2, avoiding stalemate.

British Championships on the horizon (29.06.2013.)

The British Championships start in Torquay 4 weeks tomorrow, with an unprecedented number of Devon players in the top section. At the time of going to press, of the 48 entrants 9 are either resident in, or born in the county. These are: Keith Arkell and Gary Lane (both Paignton); Alan Brusey, Dom Mackle, Steve Homer & Robert Thompson (all Newton Abbot); Jack Rudd (Bideford) and John Stephens (Exmouth). Steve Dilleigh is Plymouth-born but has been a Bristol resident for many years, as is Dave Collier, Tyson Mordue and Simon Greely, all playing in the top section.

However, the chances are that Gawain Jones will retain his title. This won last year’s Best Game prize.

White: G. Jones (2655).           Black: J. Hawkins (2499).

Nimzo-Indian Defence – Reshevsky Variation [E46].

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0–0 5.Nge2 Reshevsky’s plan to counter Black’s dangerous opening line. 5…d5 6.a3 Be7 7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nf4 c6 9.Bd3 Re8 10.0–0 Bd6 11.f3 Qc7 12.Qd2 This looks odd as it blocks in his own bishop, but he is actually preparing to play e4 without moving his knight on f4. 12…Bxf4 13.exf4 b6 14.b4 White wishes to preserve his bishop pair, and fears …Ba6. 14…Ba6 15.b5 cxb5 16.Nxb5 Qd7 17.a4 Nc6 18.Rb1 Na5 19.f5 Nc4 20.Qf2 h6 21.g4 Committing to a pawn storm. 21…Nh7 22.Bf4 Na3 23.Rb3 Nc4 24.h4 Rac8 25.g5 h5 26.Kh2 Opening up the g-file. There is no hurry to press the attack as Black has no counter-play. 26…Rc6 27.f6 g6 28.Rbb1 Nf8 29.Rfe1 Rxe1 30.Rxe1 Ne6 31.Bg3 Nd6 32.Re5 Very strong was 32.Bxd6! after which there follows 32…Bxb5 33.axb5 Qxd6+ 34.Qg3 Qxg3+ 35.Kxg3 Rc3 36.Bxg6 and Black can’t retake with 36…Nxd4 because of 37.Re8#. 32…Nc4 33.Re2 Nd6 34.Re5 Nc4 35.Re2 Nd6 36.Qe1 Nf5 37.Bxf5 gxf5 38.Qb1 Rc4 39.Qxf5 Rxa4 40.g6 Bxb5 41.Qxh5 fxg6 42.Qxg6+ Kf8 43.Bf4! Nxf4 Black is now 2 pieces up with a check on h3 threatened, but it’s White’s move. If 43…Bxe2 44.Bh6+ Ng7 45.Bxg7+ Kg8 46.Bh6+ Kh8 47.f7 Qc7+ 48.f4. 44.Re8+! Black is forced to take the rook, an act that merely prevents his king’s escape route. 44…Qxe8 45.Qg7# 1–0

In last week’s position, White won a pawn after 1.Bxh7+ Kxh7 2.Qd3+ winning one of Black’s bishops, a net gain of one pawn – not much, but enough to lead to a win.

This position was reached by Cornishman Andrew Greet in a 2008 rapidplay game. He actually played 1.g3? which lost to 1…Qc2. Afterwards, he found the winning move he should have played. Can you spot something better than 1.g3?

Find a winning combination for White.

British Championshipships Looming (01.06.2013.)

The arrival of June brings the British Championships that bit closer, as they return to the Westcountry next month, starting at the Riviera Centre, Torquay, on 28th July. The fact that this will be the 100th championship makes it that bit more special, and extra events have been organised to help mark the occasion, several of them quite unusual. For example, Gary Lane and Keith Arkell, past and present Paignton residents, will try to set a record for the greatest number of games played in 1 hour. The rate of moves is 1 minute per player per game, called “bullet chess”. Then 9 players will take part in an all-play-all simultaneous match, using 36 boards and there will be a prize for the player gaining the highest points total in all the tournaments he/she plays in, which, in theory, could be considerable.

Peter Chaplin of Weston-Super-Mare was Somerset’s only winner in their recent match against Lancashire.

White: P. Chaplin (187). Black: P. Almond (180).

Sicilian Defence – Close Variation [B50]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.0–0 Bg4 7.h3 Bh5 8.d3 e6 9.Re1 Be7 10.Be3 0–0 11.Qd2 Qc7 12.g4 Bg6 13.Nh2 Rad8 14.f4 d5 15.exd5 If 15.f5 d4 16.Bf4 dxc3 17.bxc3 e5 18.Bg3. 15…exd5 16.Bf2 d4 17.Ne2 h6 18.f5 This lock-out of the bishop is a major factor in the eventual win. 18…Bh7 19.Bg3 Bd6 20.Bxd6 Qxd6 21.Qf4 Qd7 22.Ng3 Nb4 23.Re2 Nbd5 24.Qf3 g6 25.Re5 Rfe8 26.Rae1 Rxe5 27.Rxe5 Qd6 28.Re1 Ne3 29.Nhf1 Nxc2 30.Re2 Ne3 31.Nxe3 dxe3 32.Ne4 Nxe4 33.dxe4 Qd1+ 34.Bf1 Rd2 After the next skirmish, the weakness of Black’s bishop becomes more apparent.  35.Qxe3 Rxe2 36.Qxe2 Qxe2 37.Bxe2 gxf5 38.exf5 f6 39.Kf2 Kf8 40.Bc4 Ke7. If 40…b5 41.Be6 Ke7 and Black’s bishop is blocked out of the game.  42.Kf3 Kd6 43.Ke4. 41.Ke3 h5 42.Be6 hxg4 43.hxg4 b5 44.b3 a5 45.Bd5 If 45.a4 bxa4 46.bxa4 Kd6 47.Kf4 and Black hasn’t got a positive move on the board. 45…Kd6 46.Ke4 Kc7 47.Bf7 Kd6 48.Be8 Bg8 Finally the bishop is out, but still powerless. 49.Bxb5 Bd5+ 50.Kf4 Bg2 51.Bc4 Bc6 52.g5 fxg5+ 53.Kxg5 Ke7 54.f6+ Kf8 Bishop and pawn combine to keep the Black king on the back foot.  55.Kf4 a4 56.Ke5 axb3 57.axb3 1–0 Black resigns as his last pawn must fall.

Dave Howard’s problem last week was solved by 1.Be8! after which Black has 3 moves, all answered by a rook mate viz.  1…Kb5 2.Rd5#; 1…f4 2.Rh5# and 1…b5 2.Rc2#.

This 2-mover won 1st prize in the Uzbekistan Sport Committee Tourney 1947.

White to mate in 2.