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Devon’s Team Blitz & Dorset Congress (20.10.2012.)

Devon’s Team Blitz Tournament was held at the Newton Abbot Club on Sunday. Thirteen teams of 4, playing six rounds with only 12 minutes each per game for the all their moves, battled it out for the Thomas Cup. Tiverton Buzzards retained this with Bideford 2nd and in joint 3rd place Exmouth Eagles and Newton Abbot Rooks. The Hodge Cup, newly donated by Exmouth veteran Fred Hodge, for teams between 600 – 450 total grade, was won by Tiverton Kestrels, while the U-450 trophy was won by Torquay Boys’ G.S. Full details of all teams may be found on

Weymouth’s Allan Pleasants continued his recent run of form by winning the 47th Dorset Congress at the Bournemouth International Hotel last weekend. This was the crucial game from the 5th and final round.

White: Allan Pleasants (188). Black: Ian Clark (180).

Sicilian Defence – Smith-Morra Gambit [B21]

1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bc4 Nge7 7.Bg5 f6 8.Bf4 Ng6 9.Bg3 a6 10.0–0 Bb4 11.a3 Bxc3 12.bxc3 0–0 13.Bd6 Re8 14.a4 Nce5 15.Nxe5 Nxe5 16.Ba2 Nf7 17.a5 b6 18.Rb1 b5 19.Bb4 Bb7 20.Qe2 Qc7 21.Rfe1 Ne5 22.Rbd1 Nc6 23.Bd6 Qxa5 24.Rd3 Both defending c3 and preparing to attack. 24…Ne7 25.Rh3 Rac8 26.Bb4 Qc7 27.Qh5 h6 28.Qg4 Kf7? saving his h-pawn and opening up a route for his rooks to move across and defend, but not the best option. Necessary was 28…Nc6 then if 29.Rxh6 Ne5 30.Qg3 a5 31.Rxf6 axb4 32.Rf5. 29.e5 f5 30.Qh5+ Kg8 31.Rg3 f4 32.Rg4 a5 White sees a winning kingside attack which does not involve his black-square bishop, so goes for it. 33.Bb1 axb4 34.Qxh6 Nf5 35.Bxf5 d5 36.Qh7+ Kf8 37.Qh8+ Ke7 38.Rxg7+ Kd8 39.Qh4+ Re7 40.Bxe6 Qxc3?? Least worst was 40…Qc5 Anything else leads to a quick mate. 41.Qxe7# 1–0

The solution to last week’s 2-mover by Grandmaster Christopher Jones was 1.Rb5! and the g-file knight threatens mate on e2 or h5. If Black’s rook’s pawn takes it then 2.Qxg3 is mate.

This position arose at the end of a game at this year’s Olympiad in Istanbul. Black is materially down but has a 3 move knockout combination up his sleeve. How did the game end?

Black to play and mate in 3

Paignton Congress – New Venue (06.10.2012.)

After 62 consecutive years at the same venue, the Paignton Congress must now take an enforced break from Oldway Mansion as developers are due to move in next summer to start converting the building into a hotel. Originally, the Committee were minded to take a complete break for 2013 as nowhere else could quite match Oldway’s surroundings, but this year’s players were keen to carry on at an alternative venue if one could be found. Congress Secretary, Alan Crickmore now tells me that the Livermead Hotel, Torquay has answered a prayer, and is set to be next year’s venue.

The 47th Dorset Congress starts next weekend at the Bournemouth International Hotel. Details obtainable from their website

This miniature is from last year’s event.

White: Meri Grigoryan (176). Black: Paul Helbig (175)

Trompowsky Opening [A45]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.Qxd4 Nf6 6.Bxb8 Rxb8 7.Qxa7 Qc7 8.Na3 Ne4 9.Nb5 Qc5 10.Qxb8 Qxf2+ 11.Kd1 Qc5 12.b4 Nxc3+ 13.Nxc3 Qxc3 14.Rc1 left. 14…Qd4+ 15.Ke1 Qxb4+ 16.Kf2 Qb6+ 17.e3 Qb2+ 18.Ne2 1–0

The Westcountry has its share of resident Grandmasters; Michael Adams in Taunton, Keith Arkell in Paignton and Peter Wells of Swindon, and to these can now be added C. J. A. “Christopher” Jones of Henbury, Bristol, who was recently awarded FIDE’s title of Grandmaster of Chess Composition. He was born in 1951 on Tayside, attending Dundee High School  and later Corpus Christi, Oxford . After a period of distinguished playing and administration in Scotland, he moved to Bristol in 1978, where, as Christopher Reeves reports, he has had prodigious success over the past ten years with his helpmates in 3 moves, establishing himself as the leading exponent in the field. I’ll have one of his simpler problems next week. 

In last week’s position, Adams (White) lost out to 1…Re2+! 2.Kxe2 any other king move and he is mated on g2. 2…Qxg2+ 3.Ke1 Qxh1+ 4. Kd2 Qxf3 5.Ke1 and 5…h4 wins.

Here is a 2-mover by the great American philanthropist/problemist Alain C. White (1880 – 1951), composed when he was just 11 years old.

White to mate in 2.

New Venue For Dorset Congress (16.10.2010.)

After a two year gap, the Dorset Congress resumed last weekend at its new venue, the Bournemouth International Hotel.

The prizewinners were:

Open Section: 1st A. Pleasants (Weymouth); 2nd= M. Yeo (Lymington); D. Bennett (Bristol) & K. Gregory (Cosham). Grading prize (U-180) G. P. Taylor (Gloucester).

Major (U-160): 1st= M. Bush (Wantage); B. O’Gorman (DHSS); R. Greatorex (Llangollen); R. Desmedt (Netherton); I. Matthew (Portsmouth) & M. Potter. Grading prize (U-146) J. Nielsen (Wimborne).

Minor (U-135): 1st= T. Crouch (King’s Head) & R. W. Walker (Belper). 3rd= R. Newton (Winchester); J. Lowther (Bournemouth) & R. Hunt (Bognor).

Grading prize (U-120) A. Primett (Southbourne); K. Spooner (Wimbourne) & S. Billett (Portsmouth). (U-105) D. Holland (Southbourne) & G. B. Chapman (Bury St. Edmunds).

The next event in the area is the 11th Beacon Seniors Congress in Exmouth from Monday to Friday 8th–12th November. With entries limited to 90 and currently approaching 60, it is time to get entries in before it’s too late. For details contact R. H. Jones on 01395-223340 or entry forms may be downloaded from the chessdevon website.

This game from the 2004 Paignton Congress shows how the winner, although noted for long games, is quite capable of quick wins.

White: J. Wheeler (2209). Black: K. Arkell (2489).

Queen’s Indian Defence [E13]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.e3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0–0 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Nd2

 The knight looks poised to do some mischief but Black opts to continue the pawn storm. 12…f5 13.f3 13…Nxg3 14.hxg3 Qe7 15.e4 f4 16.e5 dxe5 17.Bg6+ Kf8 18.Qe2 fxg3! The mating net is closing in. 19.dxe5 Qc5+ 20.Kh1 Qxe5 21.Be4?? Necessary was 21.Qxe5 Nxe5 22.Be4 Rb8 23.Bxb7 Rxb7 24.Rae1 21…Qf4 0-1.It’s death on the dark squares – mate via h4, h2 and h1 is inescapable.

Last week’s game ended quickly after 1.Qg7+ Rxg7 (forced) 2.e6+ Kh8 (forced) 3.exd8=Q mate.

This week’s amusing 2-mover was submitted by the American scholar A. C. White in 1906 to the BCM Editor, who commented that “it represents in a most satisfactory way the outlines and solidity of the great Egyptian pyramid, showing the old black king (Cheops) in his tomb at the very centre of it”. The composer admitted that “the four knights are rather anomalous as the Arabian horses stick to the cultivated parts of Egypt and only camels get out in the desert.”

White to play and mate in 2