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Bristol & Exeter Congress Results (07.03.2015.)

The 40th East Devon Congress finished on Sunday after a successful weekend. The prizewinners were as follows (all scores out of 5).

Open Section: 1st= Jack Rudd (Barnstaple) & Dominic Mackle (Newton Abbot) both 4½. 3rd Lorenz Hartmann (Exeter) 4. Grading prizes: U-181: 1st= Alan Brusey; (Teignmouth); Dave Littlejohns (Taunton) & Mark Abbott  (Exmouth) all                   3½. U-169: 1st= Robert Wright (Bridport) & Jamie Morgan (Penwith) both 3.

Major (U-155) 1st John Nyman (King’s Head) 4½. 2nd= Ben Franklin (Battersea) & Neville Senior (Sedgemoor) both 4. GP (U-148) 1st= John Morrison (Tiverton) & Rob Wilby (Plymouth) both 3½. GP U-133 Lynne Fursman 3.

Minor (U-125) 1st Joy Fursman 4½. 2nd= Reece Whittington (Exeter); Nicky Bacon (Sidmouth); Mark Cockerton (Torquay) & Terence Greenaway (Torquay) all 4.            GP 102-110 James Wallman                          4         40.00

GP (U-102) Terry Dengler (Truro) 3.

Bristol’s Winter Congress was held the weekend before. The winner of the Open was Patryk Krzyzanowski, and he got the British Championship qualifying place.  2nd= were Peter Kirby, Stephan Meek, Lewis Martin, Matthew Payne and Alistair Hill.  Major Section: 1st S. Williams 4½/5. 2nd T. Chinnick 4/5.

Hill missed out on 1st prize at Exeter by virtue of losing to Jack Rudd in the final round. Here he loses to a sharp attack in Rd. 2 at Bristol.
White: A. Hill (199). Black: Matthew Payne (189).

King’s Indian Defence – Petrosian Variation. [E92]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5 Petrosian’s move in this classical position. a5 8.Bg5 Qe8 9.Nd2 h6 10.Be3 Na6 11.0–0 Nh7 12.a3 f5 13.f3 Bd7 14.b3 f4 15.Bf2 g5 16.b4 b6 17.Qb3 Kh8 18.c5 dxc5 19.bxa5 bxa5 20.Bxa6 Rxa6 21.Bxc5 Rf7 22.Rab1 Bf8 23.Qc4 Rg6 24.Bxf8 Nxf8 25.Rb7 c6 26.Rfb1 g4 Black’s pawns storm ahead backed by bishop and rooks. 27.fxg4 Bxg4 28.dxc6 Be6 29.Qc5 f3 30.Qxe5+ Kg8 31.Rxf7 Rxg2+ 31…Qxf7 is the obvious move, but the text has the same effect. 32.Kh1 Qxf7 33.Nf1 Qa7 Threatening mate on g1 34.Ng3 Allows White’s rook to defend the kingside, but it’s not enough. 34…Rxh2+! 34…Qf2 will still win but is much slower. 35.Nh5 Rg5 36.Qxg5+ hxg5 37.Rg1. 35.Kxh2 Qf2+ 36.Kh1 Qg2# 0–1.

In last week’s problem, Alice wondered what her sister could possibly mean by referring back to her French lessons. She was, of course, alluding to the French phrase used in chess of “en passant”. If Black’s c-pawn could move to b3 it would indeed be mate, and the only way it can do that is to take White’s c-pawn en passant, which means White’s previous move must have been Pb2-b4.

This position is taken from a book chapter entitled “Simple but not easy”. Jack Rudd of Barnstaple is White and his next move contains enough threats to win the game.

White to play and win

E. Devon Congress – Final Day

Sunday morning – Round 4:

Of the 6 joint leaders overnight, only Roger de Coverley could post a win, which put him in pole position going in to the final round. Top-graded Mackle, playing the white pieces, might have been expected to get a win from Alan Brusey, 43 grading points below him, but he could not convert to a full point. Only 3 other players from the top half could also get win, Gilmour, Stephens & Bass. 

  Round 4          
1 Mackle, D. (2½) ½ ½ Brusey, A. W. (2½)
2 De Coverley, R (2½) 1 0 Piper, S. J. (2½)
3 Helbig, P. D. (2½) ½ ½ Homer, S. J. (2½)
4 Dilleigh, S. P. (2) ½ ½ Medina, P (2)
5 Gilmour, A. J. (2) 1 0 Littlejohns, D. P (2)
6 Paulden, T (2 ½ ½ Bolt, G. (2)
7 Abbott, M. V. (2 ½ ½ Regis, D. (2)
8 Stinton-B M. H. (1½) 0 1 Stephens, J. K. (1½)
9 Bass, J. W. (1½) 1 0 Shaw, M (1½)
10 Gosling, B. G. (1½) ½ ½ Wheeler, J. F. (1½)
11 Rinvolucri, A. J. (1½) ½ ½ Jaszkiwskyj, P (1½)
12 Woodruff, A. C. (1) 0 1 Jepps, G. N. (1)
13 Pittman, F. J. (1) ½ ½ Wensley, O. E. (1)
14 Fewkes, J. E. (1) ½ ½ Dean, S. K. (1)
15 Bartlett, S. (1) 1 0 Morgan, J (1)
16 Page, M. (1) 1 0 Annetts, I. S. (1)
17 Czegeny, M. (½) 0 1 McKinley, C. T. (½)
18 Frangleton, A. A. (½) 1 0 Dillon, P. (0)

It was up to Steve Homer with White, a local player with an attacking style, to stop de Coverly. Up to the middle game he did indeed seem to have a slight edge, but de Coverly held his nerve and the position, and gradually turned things round, getting an outside passed pawn to the 7th rank, and Homer’s pieces were tied up trying to prevent it queening. Mackle won to get him to 2nd place, but just as Helbig was launching what looked like a winning attack, his opponent stopped the game claiming there may have been a 3-fold repetition. The Arbiter was called to check it out; there was no repetition, the attack continued and he won in just a few more moves, to join Mackle on 2nd=.

Mark Abbott won a good game against one of last year’s joint winners to claim the senior grading prize, while Jepps also beat one of last year’s winners to get the U-162 grading prize.

  Round 5          
1 Homer, S. J. (3) 0 1 De Coverley, R (3½)
2 Gilmour, A. J. (3) 0 1 Mackle, D. (3)
3 Brusey, A. W. (3) 0 1 Helbig, P. D. (3)
4 Stephens, J. K. (2½) 1 0 Paulden, T (2½)
5 Regis, D. (2½) 1 0 Bass, J. W. (2½)
6 Piper, S. J. (2½) ½ ½ Dilleigh, S. P. (2½)
7 Bolt, G (2½) 0 1 Abbott, M. V. (2½)
8 Medina, P (2½) ½ ½ Bartlett, S. (2)
9 Wheeler, J. F. (2) 1 0 Page, M. (2)
10 Jaszkiwskyj, P (2) 1 0 Gosling, B. G. (2)
11 Littlejohns, D. P (2) 1 0 Rinvolucri, A. J. (2)
12 Wensley, O. E. (1½) 0 1 Jepps, G. N. (2)
13 Shaw, M. (1½) 1 0 Frangleton, A. A. (1½)
14 McKinley, C. T. (1½) 0 1 Fewkes, J. E. (1½)
15 Dean, S. K. (1½) ½ ½ Stinton-B  M. H. (1½)
16 Morgan, J. (1) 1 0 Pittman P. J. (1½)
17 Annetts, I. S. (1) ½ ½ Woodruff, A. C.. (1)
18 Dillon, P. (0) ½ ½ Czegeny, M (½)

In the Major, Colin Sellwood and Morgan Nielsen played out a long draw to become joint winners.

In the Minor, the clear leader, Graham Mill-Wilson, drew with Norman Tidy to claim the Nat-West trophy, leaving the latter in a ties with Paul Errington and Rob Fursman for  2nd=. The grading prixes went to Ray Hood (U-113) and Peter Carrick U-101.

The prize list is as follows:-

Open Name Grd Club score Prize (£)
1st R. de Coverly 184 Bourne End 200
2nd= D. Mackle 214 Newton Abbot 4 110
  P. D. Helbig 180 S. Bristol 4 110
GP (U-179) M. V. Abbott 173 Exmouth 3 30
(U-162) G. N. Jepps 160 Frome 3 30
Major (U-155)          
1st= C. Sellwood 151 Camborne 4 135
  J. H. Nielsen 140 Wimborne 4 135
3rd= P. Tew   Cardiff 24
  D. J. Jenkins 139 Camborne 24
  C. M. Strong 139 Clevedon 24
GP (U-140 T. V. Earnshaw   Exeter 3 15
  S. L. Hamilton   Warley 3 15
GP (U-136) P. Brackner 134 Dorchester 30
Minor (U-125)          
1st G. Mill-Wilson 119 Yate & Sodbury 160
2nd= N. F. Tidy 124 Teignmouth 4 60
  P. T. Errington 122 Bournemouth 4 60
  R. Fursman     4 60
GP: (U-113) R. Hood 101 Exeter 30
(U-101) P. Carrick   93 Norton Radstock 30
Best team of 4 Wimborne     13 20

A handshake gets the final round under way. Homer V de Coverly nearest.

Brusey V Helbig ahead of a mild contretemps near the end.

Abbott (B) on his was to a win and a Grading Prize.

Annetts & Woodruff, discover they were old Exmouth members and settle for a quick draw.

Mill-Wilson needed a draw to win the Minor Section - and got it.

Roger de Coverly clear winner of the Steve Boniface Trophy.

Graham Mill-Wilson, clear winner of the Minor Section.

37th E. Devon Congress – Day 2

A quick look at last year’s prize list shows how many of the prizewinners listed there are absent this time round. At a 204 grade Mackle is 15 points ahead of his nearest rival and should be hot favourite to win the Open, yet he lost his Rd. 1 game on Friday evening against a newcomer from Kettering. This merely serves to encourage the others, the 170-189s, all of whom now think they stand a chance of a prize, so we should be in for some fighting chess in the later rounds.

2011 prizelist

After 2 rounds there were already only 2 on maximum points, and these were the natural pairing, Littlejohns and Homer. Yet as the latter had already booked a bye for Rd. 4 he was pre-destined to drop at least a half point later. It all looks very open indeed.

Rd. 3: Bd. 1 - Littlejohns v Homer

Meanwhile, at the other end.... Duckham v Jepps.

Dave Regis v Dominic Mackle.

E. Devon Congress Needs More Entries (11.02.2012.)

The East Devon Congress starts a fortnight on Friday and the organiser, Alan Maynard, tells me he has only received 50 entries to date, whereas he hopes for a further 100 if the event is to remain viable. Therefore, he urges everyone considering entering to get their forms to him a.s.a.p. If necessary, the brochure may be downloaded from the chessdevon website.

Last year’s joint winners were Jack Rudd and Mark Taylor, and these were their last round wins that guaranteed 1st prize.

White: Jack Rudd. Black: Steve Homer. Sicilian Defence [B89]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 d6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 a6 9.0–0–0 White castling q-side in the Sicilian Defence is usually the precursor to a quick and violent attack on the other wing. However, that doesn’t happen in this game. 9…Qc7 10.f3 Nxd4 11.Bxd4 e5 12.Be3 Be6 13.Bb3 b5 14.Kb1 b4 15.Nd5 Nxd5 16.exd5 Bd7 17.f4 This is about the extent of a king-side attack; not much but very significant. 17…e4? Black is already in difficulties; he started his own attack before getting castled and now that has stalled, he is faced with losing vital pawns. 18.Rd4 0–0 19.Rxe4 Bf5 20.Rxb4 With the q-side broken open, full attention is on attack and defence in this area. 20…a5 21.Qc4 Qd8 22.Rb7 a4 23.Bxa4 Qa5 24.Bc6 Bf6 Four black pieces now bear down on the enemy king’s position. 25.a4 Rfb8 26.Qb5 Qd8 Black cannot afford to exchange material due to the pawn deficit he acquired earlier on. 27.Bb6 Qc8 28.Rxb8 Rxb8 29.Re1 Threatening to win the queen with a fork on e8. 29…Bxc2+ pure desperation. 30.Kxc2 Qf5+ 31.Qd3 Qxf4 32.Qe4 1-0 At last, the Black queen can no longer run away, thanks to the threat of mate on the back rank. Queens must come off and White’s extra q-side material will easily win the day.

White: P. Kryzanowski. M. V. Taylor.

Dutch Defence [A85]

1.d4 e6 2.c4 f5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Nc3 d6 6.e3 0–0 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.d5 Ne5 9.dxe6 Bxe6 10.Nd4 Qd7 11.Nxe6 Qxe6 12.Be2 c6 13.Qb3 Rab8 14.0–0 Kh8 15.Rfd1 h6 The start of a Black attack. 16.Bh4 g5 17.Bg3 Nfd7 18.f3 f4 19.exf4 gxf4 20.Bf2 Having opened lines to the White king, Black marshalls his forces to exploit the weakness. 20…Rg8 21.Kh1 Qg6 22.Rg1 Qh5 23.Ne4 Nf6 24.Nxf6 Bxf6 25.Rad1 Rg5 26.g3 Rbg8 27.Rxd6 fxg3 28.Bxg3 Black needs to calculate the various possible outcomes carefully before launching his final assault.  28…Rxg3 29.Rxg3 Rxg3 30.Rxf6 Qh3 31.Rxh6+ Qxh6 32.Qc3 Qh5 33.Qd4 Kg8 34.Qd6 Qh3 0-1 The White queen has some bravado checks but cannot break the stranglehold on g2.

There were two solutions to last week’s position. One is 1.Nxf6+ exf6 2.Bf3 mate, and the other is 1.Qd3+ kxd3 2.Nxf2 mate. To be fair, it was not composed by a dedicated problemist, who would be posing only one difficult-to-spot solution, but was taken from a collection of positions intended for training purposes.

This week’s 2-mover by A. Gulyaev won 1st prize in a Soviet composing tournament in 1946.

White to mate in 2.

Forthcoming Congresses (26.02.2011.)

The East Devon Congress starts next Friday evening at Exeter’s Corn Hall. Enquiries about late entries should be addressed to the Secretary, Alan Maynard, on 01363-773313 or e-mail:

The Cornish Championships will be held at Stithians Village Hall over the weekend commencing Friday 25th March. The top section, the Emigrant Cup, is for Cornwall-registered players only, but all players under 145 grade may enter the other section. Details are on their website.

It is not too early to be thinking about the West of England Congress at Exmouth over the Easter weekend, as the number of places there is limited. Every year, some players book their hotel accommodation and buy rail tickets months before actually sending in their entry form for the congress. That is extremely unwise for this particular event. Enquiries should be sent to the Secretary, Andrew Footner, on 01935-873610 or e-mail

Here is one of Devon’s three wins from their recent match against Somerset, with notes kindly supplied by the winner.

White: Andrew Gregory (163). Black: Paul Brooks (160).

French Defence – Exchange Variation [C01].

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Be2 Nc6 I usually try to create some imbalances against the drawish Exchange Variation. 6.0–0 Nge7 7.b3 0–0 8.Bb2 Ng6 9.Nbd2 Nce7 10.Ne5 f6 11.Nxg6 Nxg6 12.Re1 c6 13.Nf1 Bc7 14.g3 f5 Black’s aim in this set-up is to try to get pressure on White’s kingside. The advance of the f-pawn is attractive now that White has weakened his pawn cover with his last move. 15.f4 Bxf4! 16.Bh5 Black’s sacrifice looks speculative, but his pieces combine well, while White’s are rather disorganised. After 20 minutes thought, my opponent declined the offer. Here’s just one possible continuation, had he accepted. 16.gxf4 Nxf4 17.Bf3 Nh3+ 18.Kg2 (Of course, not 18.Kh1?? Nf2+) 18…Qg5+ 19.Ng3 (If 19.Kxh3 f4+ 20.Bg4 f3! 21.Ne3 Rf4 22.Rg1 Qh5+ wins 23.Kg3 Bxg4 24.Nxg4 Rxg4+ 25.Kf2 Qxh2+ etc.) 19…f4 20.Bc1 Qh4 I’d seen up to this point and trusted to luck for the rest! 21.Re5 Nf2! 22.Rh5 Bh3+ 23.Kg1 fxg3 24.Rxh4 Nxd1 25.Rxh3 Rxf3 26.Rxg3 Rxg3+ 27.hxg3 Nc3 28.Bb2 Ne4 29.Kg2 Rf8 with a winning endgame.

The actual game continued… 16…Bd6 17.Bxg6 hxg6 18.Bc1 f4 19.gxf4 Qh4 20.Be3 Bg4 21.Qd2 Bf3 22.Qf2 Qg4+ 23.Qg3 Bxf4 24.Qxg4 Bxg4 25.Ng3 Bd6 26.Bd2 Bh3 27.Re2 Rf6 28.Nh1 Raf8 29.Nf2 Bxh2+! a little tactic to finish it off. 30.Kxh2 Rxf2+ 31.Rxf2 Rxf2+ 32.Kxh3 Rxd2 With only 2 minutes left for 8 moves and a totally lost ending, White resigned. 0–1

This week’s elementary 2-mover shouldn’t detain you for too long.

White to play & mate in 2.

E. Devon Congress Rd. 1

Went up to Exeter after tea to catch the opening of the East Devon Congress, and hoping to catch 3 particular people before the start of play – Keith Arkell, Andrew Footner (WECU Congress Secretary) and Ewart Smith (Chief Arbiter of same). On arrival, I found Ewart Smith was not, in fact, due to control this event, and neither Arkell nor Footner had entered, in spite of earlier assurances from them that they would.

This somewhat reduced the value of the effort made, but there were enough folk around to talk to.

For example, anyone doubting the existence of reincarnation may like to consider this picture.


It’s none other than Bill Fairbairn, here making his first appearance on the chess scene for about 20 years. He used to live in Dartington, near Totnes, and organised the annual Dartington Christmas Congress, and wrote an extensive chess column for the local Herald Express. He “vanished” for many years, but has now re-emerged living in Exeter, not far from his sister, Saxon Spence, the well-known East Devon politician.

Also playing were former Exmouth member, Dr. Adam Woodruff, whose only contact with the area since he moved to the London area is this event. He was devoted to the French Defence which he always managed to steer into choppy waters.

Dave Toms was present, but other members had taken the available half point bye and would appear on Saturday morning.

The unexplained non-appearance of Arkell left Dominic Mackle as favourite for the top section, with his grade of 200, but with a number of regular contenders on his tail – the Bristolians Dilleigh and Helbig among them – and keep an eye out for the local newcomer, Tim Paulden, whose recent results are well  in excess of his estimated grade.



Adam Woodruff

Adam Woodruff


Tim Paulden gets down to action.
Tim Paulden gets down to action.
 Tournament favourite, Dominic Mackle

                Dominic Mackle