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Devon’s Team Blitz Results (05.11.2016.)

Devon’s Team Blitz Tournament took place on Sunday at the Newton Abbot Chess Club with 10 teams of 4 players taking part. The players had just 12 minutes for all their moves in each of the 6 games to be played. It was noticeably stronger than in recent years with more clubs determined to take first prize. They finished in this order (all points out of 24): 1st Exeter 19; 2nd Tiverton 18; 3rd Seaton 16½; 4th Newton Abbot ‘A’ 15; 5th Exmouth 13; 6th Exeter ‘B’ 10; 7th Torquay Boys’ G.S. 8½; 8th Teignmouth ‘8’; 9th Newton Abbot ‘B’ 7; 10th Weymouth 5. The only player to win all six games was Paul Hampton of Seaton. In recent years Dorset players have been deprived of inter-county competition by the fact that no-one is prepared to act as county captain, and have been forced to withdraw from the West of England inter-county tournaments, so they asked to be allowed to enter a team drawn for the Weymouth and Dorchester clubs. This was agreed to but they found it very tough going.

The Beacon Seniors Congress started on Monday afternoon and finished only yesterday. The entry was slightly up and noticeably stronger than previous years, and after 2 rounds it was impossible to conjecture who might be featuring in the prizelist. Suffice it to say that the early results were completely topsy-turvy, with modestly-graded club players beating or drawing against much higher-rated opposition. Here is a game from Round 2 in last year’s event that demonstrates that very point.

White: Mike Dow (110). Black: Ewart Smith (140).

French Defence  [C00]

1.e4 e6 2.f4 The La Bourdonnais Attack – an unconventional and little-seen continuation. 2…b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Nc3 c5 5.Be2 Be7 6.0–0 Nf6 7.d3 d6 8.b3 Nbd7 9.Bb2 0–0 10.Qd2 a6 11.Rae1 Qc7 12.Bd1 Rad8 13.d4 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Nc5 15.Bf3 d5 16.e5 Nfe4 17.Qc1 Nxc3 18.Bxc3 Ne4 19.Bb2 Bc5 20.Kh1 A wise precaution. 20…Rd7 21.Bg4 Bb4 22.Re2 Nc3 23.Bxc3 Bxc3 The knight is attacked – so what to do with it? White finds an excellent answer. 24.Nxe6! fxe6 25.Bxe6+ Kh8 26.Bxd7 Qxd7 This skirmish leaves White with R+2P for the bishop pair, but his attack just seems to flow naturally. 27.e6 Qe7 28.Qe3 d4 29.Qh3 Bd5 30.f5 g6 31.Kg1 gxf5 32.Rxf5 Rxf5 33.Qxf5 Bb7 34.Qe5+ Kg8 35.Rf2 Bc8 36.Rf7 1–0 White threatens mate on g7. The only way to avoid that would be 36…Qxf7 37.exf7+ Kxf7 38.Qc7+ winning a bishop while the other one is already powerless. So it was a hopeless cause.

All prizewinners and a sensational game next week.

Last week’s 2-mover was solved by 1.Ba1! after which Black has four “tries: 1…exf2 2.e4#; 1…Nxf2 2.Nf2#; 1…Nf6 2.Nxf6# and 1…N7g5 2.Nf6#.

This 2-mover is by J. F. Ling in 1968, and was given the title “What goes

up”……  Can that be a clue?

White to play and mate in 2

That Other Alekhine (24.10.2015.)

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of their club, Plymouth organised a big congress in 1938, with the top section consisting of 8 invitees, including both current world champions, Alekhine and Vera Menchick. Alekhine was accompanied by his 3rd wife, Grace (née Wishaar), a competent player in her own right and an accomplished artist.

The fast-approaching war treated them both badly. Alekhine found himself exiled in neutral Portugal and died there in 1945, reportedly choking on a salt beef sandwich, alone in his hotel room. Meanwhile, the Nazis commandeered Grace’s opulent chateau at Saint Aubin-le-Cauf, near Dieppe, stripping it of her collection of paintings.

For a decade after the war she made repeated extended visits to west Cornwall, even becoming a member of the West Penwith Chess Club based at Lelant, near St. Ives. However, the reason for her presence probably had more to do with her interest in the St. Ives school of artists, centered around Ben Nicholson and his wife Barbara Hepworth, and included rising stars like Patrick Heron and Terry Frost. Grace may have been happy just to rub shoulders with them, to join with them in painting or even to buy their works to replace those stolen from her.

What I don’t know is where she actually lived at these times. Did she rent a different house each summer, or purchase a semi-permanent home nearby which she could use both as a studio and a meeting house for like-minded artists? Also, in trying to trace her through electoral rolls or chess club minutes, what surname did she use? She’d been married four times, so had five names to choose from, including Wishaar, Eisler, Peeke, Freeman and Alekhine. She was undoubtedly proud of the Alekhine name but may have wished for something a little less obvious. If anyone can cast a little light on this question of her time in Cornwall I’d be most grateful. Please get in touch via e-mail (jones_r53@sky.com).

On Sunday, 10 teams of 4 players competed in Devon’s team blitz chess tournament at the Newton Abbot club. Exmouth Eagles retained the Thomas Cup, with their Board 2, Dr. Jonathan Underwood winning a trophy for being the top individual scorer of the afternoon, on tie-break from Josh Blackmore (Bd. 4  of Newton Abbot A), both with 5½/6 points. The cup for teams with a total grade of Under-600 was won by Exeter A, while that for U-450 grades was won by Exeter B. The Junior Cup for school or junior teams was won by Torquay Boys’ G.S. Full details of every team and player’s performance and 10 photographs may be found on keverelchess.com/blog.

Michael Adams won last week’s game after 1.Rxd6 Nxd6 (if 1…Qxd6 2.Nf7+ wins the queen). 2.Nc6 White needs e5 for his queen. Qf7 3.Qe5+ forcing the return of the exchange. 3…Rg7 4.Nxg7 Qxg7 5.Qxe6 and White’s queen has control of the board.

In this game from 1916 how did Alekhine smash open the Black king’s position?

White to play and win by force.

Devon Team Blitz Tournament 2015 (18.10.2015.)

Ten teams of 4 players of all ages gathered at the Newton Abbot Chess Club on Sunday afternoon for DCCA’s annual team Blitz. This was 2 more teams than last year, but still far short of the days of yore when over 20 teams would assemble at either Oldway Mansion, Paignton or the Pretoria Hotel, Okehampton. To encourage more participation the number of trophies has now risen to five; the original Thomas Cup for the team scoring the most game points over 6 rounds. There’s another prize for the individual highest scorer; where scores are equal the points scored on the higher board are the tie-break. In addition, there are cups for the team whose total grade is U-600 and one for U-450, and not forgetting the Cup for the best score by a teamof juniors. So there was plenty to play for.

Exmouth Eagles had an even stronger team than last year in a bid to retain the main trophy, but so had Tiverton, while Exeter had two teams that fitted neatly into the grade limits for the minor cups. With 8 teams last year, by having an extra round (7) it was possible to have an all-play-all format, but this was clearly not possible with 10 teams and a creaky Swiss sytem had to be used. 

The event’s convenor, Trefor Thynne, acted as Arbiter, and did well to keep track of the pairings, the incoming results and the charts. Refreshments were available throughout the afternoon organised by Jacqui Barber-Lafon and her team.

At the end of an afternoon of breathless excitement and tension, the final scores went more or less to form. The top 3 graded teams did indeed finish in that order, with Exeter B equalling their senior partners, both teams winning a Graded Cup.  Torquay Tigers just pipped Sidmouth Juniors by a half point for the Junior Cup.

Here are the full details, with some pictures to follow:

    Grd 1 2 3 4 5 6    
1 Exmouth Eagles 736 4 10½ 12½ 16½ 20½ 1st Thomas Cup
2 Tiverton Titans 688 4 6 7 13½ 17 2nd  
3 Exeter A 598 4 7 11½ 14½ 3rd= U-600 Cup
4 Exeter B 442 2 5 6 10½ 14½ 3rd= U-450 Cup
5 Newton Abbot A 552 3 5 8 10 11 14 5th  
6 Exmouth Egrets 442 2 4 8 11 11 6th  
7 Torquay B. G.S. 426 2 3 5 9 9 7th Junior Cup
8 Newton Abbot B 348 0 1 5 7 8 9 8th =  
9 Sidmouth Juniors 383 0 3 5 7 8 9 8th =  
10 Exeter School 426 0 1 1 1 1 1 10th  

 

  Team Bd Name Rd ► 1 2 3 4 5 6 Tot.
        vs 10 3 2 5 7 6  
1 Exmouth Eagles 1 J. K. Stephens 196 1 1 0 1 1 1 5
    2 J. Underwood 186 1 1 1 ½ 1 1
    3 S. Martin 184 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5
    4 O. E. Wensley 170 1 1 1 0 1 1 5
        736 4 3 2 4 4 20½
                       
        vs 8 5 1 3 10 7  
2 Tiverton Titans 1 M. Richardt 187 1 0 1 1 1 1 5
    2 K. J. Hurst 183 1 1 0 1 1 1 5
    3 S. Bartlett 167 1 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 4
    4 I. S. Annetts 151 1 0 0 0 1 1 3
        688 4 2 1 4 17
                       
        vs 9 1 6 2 5 8  
3 Exeter A 1 T. J. Paulden 185 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
    2 D. Regis 180 1 0 ½ 0 1 1
    3 K. Hunter 130 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 4
    4 B. Aldwin 103 1 0 1 1 0 1 4
        598 4 ½ 3 3 14½
                       
        vs 7 8 5 6 9 10  
4 Exeter B 1 J. Chan 140 0 1 ½ 0 1 1
    2 R. Whittington 131 1 1 0 ½ 0 1
    3 G. J. Jenkins 101 0 1 0 0 1 1 3
    4 T. Ferdinand  70 1 0 ½ 1 1 1
        442 2 3 1 3 4 14½
                       
          vs 6 2 4 1 3 9  
5 Newton Abbot  A 1 A. W. Brusey 184 1 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 4
    2 A. Kinder 151 0 0 1 ½ 0 0
    3 M. Cockerton 116 1 0 1 ½ 0 1
    4 J. Blackmore 101 1 1 ½ 1 1 1
        552 3 2 3 2 3 14½ 
                       
        vs 5 7 3 4 8 1  
6 Exmouth Egrets 1 C. J. Scott 149 0 1 0 1 1 0 3
    2 J. Bacon 145 1 1 ½ ½ 1 0 4
    3 R. H. Jones 118 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
    4 B. Bacon   30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
        442 1 3 3 0 11
                       
        vs 4 6 9 10 1 2  
7 Torquay B.G.S. 1 V. Ramesh 143 1 0 1 1 0 0 3
    2 B. Sturt 123 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
    3 J. Kubiac   85 1 0 0 1 0 ½
    4 B. S-Wyatt   75 0 1 1 1 0 0 3
        426 2 1 2 4 0 ½
                       
        vs 2 4 10 9 6 3  
8 Newton Abbot B 1 N. Narayanan 109 0 0 1 ½ 0 1
    2 M. Hussey   99 0 0 1 ½ 0 0
    3 B. Locket   65 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
    4 L. Glasson   75 0 1 1 0 1 0 3
        348 0 1 4 2 1 1 9
                       
        vs 3 10 7 8 4 5  
9 Sidmouth Juniors 1 G. Susevee 131 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½
    2 N. Bacon 126 0 1 1 ½ 1 1
    3 Guy Susevee   96 0 1 1 0 0 0 2
    4 O. Bacon   30 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
        383 0 3 2 2 1 1 9
                       
        vs 1 9 8 7 2 4  
10 Exeter School 1 L. Hafstad 130 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    2 H. Coleman 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    3 R. Coleman   89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    4 N. Armstrong   74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
        393 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
                       

 

Trefor Thynne explains the rules before the start of play.

Rd. 1 - eventual top vs bottom team.

General view from the Controller's desk.

The top 2 teams met in Rd. 3. Eagles won 3-1, but John Stephens lost his first game at this event for some years.

Newton Abbot B vs Exeter School in Rd. 3.

Exeter A facing Tiverton in Rd. 4

The 2 Exmouth teams had to be paired in the final round.

Exeter B: (l-r) Whittington, Ferdinand; Jenkins & Chan

Exeter A: (l-r) Paulden, Aldwin, Regis & Hunter.

Oliver Wensley receives the Thomas Cup from Organiser Trefor Thynne.

The Eagles, yet to come down to earth: Underwood, Wensley, Stephens & Martin.