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British Championships 2018 (28.07.2018.) 996

The British Championships started on Saturday in Hull City Hall, with total entries nudging 1,000, an excellent response. This is partly due to the recent move to reduce the overall time factor. It used to last almost 3 weeks, comprising 11 rounds, a rest day in between, several days to get there and get prepared and a similar time to attend the prize-giving, return home and get ready for work, all of which is a hefty chunk out of anyone’s normal schedule, too much for some.

Then it was decided to reduce the championship to 9 rounds with no rest-day, and make the overall time commitment just over a week, which seems to be proving beneficial.

The fact that the town has been awarded the title of UK City of Culture 2017-2020 might be another reason why the entry is so healthy. Hull is not your usual seaside holiday kind of place and the event has never been there in its 113 year history, in spite of the fact that Hull was a celebrated centre of chess activity from the early 19th Century. For example, in 1896 the British Chess Magazine recalled “The town of Hull has long been noted as a leading Northern chess centre; indeed, some thirty or forty years ago the Hull Club stood in high repute, and was visited by Howard Staunton, St. Amant, Harrwitz, Horwitz, Kling and other well-known players. In later years the late Mr. S. S. Boden and the late Mr. John Wisker were intimately connected with the Hull Chess Club, and Mr. Edward Freeborough became a very active member”.

It was Samuel Boden (1826-82) who devised what came to be known as “Boden’s Mate”, in which a player sacrifices his queen in order to mate with the pair of bishops. If that all sounds a bit gung-ho and 19th century, that’s exactly what 13 year old Nadia Jaufarally did recently at the Bristol Summer Congress, which I set as a problem to solve. So the spirit of Boden lives on.

John Wisker (1846-84) became the 2nd official British Champion in 1868, after a tie-break with a teenage Amos Burn, also born in Hull, and who went on to become the best of them all, winning prizes in over 22 international tournaments.

Here’s how Boden himself originally did it in a tournament in London in 1853.

White: Herr Schulder. Black: Samuel Standidge Boden.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.c3 f5 4.Bc4 Nf6 5.d4 fxe4 6.dxe5 exf3 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.gxf3 Nc6 9.f4 Bd7 10.Be3 0–0–0 11.Nd2 Re8 12.Qf3 Bf5 13.0–0–0 d5 The bait is set … 14.Bxd5?? and taken. 14…Qxc3+ 15.bxc3 Ba3#.

Boden’s name was attached to this pattern of mate thereafter.

In last week’s position Sveshnikov (W) won by 1.Qg7+! forcing Kxg7 2.Nf5++ K back to g8 leaving White the luxury of two possible mates, either 3.Ne7# or Nh6#.

Steve Dilleigh (B) is a regular player in westcountry events and in a recent game here has two minor pieces and a pawn for White’s extra rook, which in most cases would stand him in good stead, but White discovers a winning move that wins one of those pieces.

White to play and win