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Two Frome Games (24.05.2014.)

Here are two games from the recent Frome Congress that had a bearing on the prizelist. This one is from the Open.

White: B. Morris (174). Black: D.Cordner (166)

1.e4 c6 2.Ne2 Most unusual. 2…d5 3.e5 f6 If White wanted to lure Black away from the well-lit paths of known opening theory, he has certainly succeeded. 4.Nf4 threatening 5. Qh5+ g6 6.Nxg6 4…Bf5 5.d4 fxe5 6.dxe5 Qc7 7.Be2 Qxe5 The queen is lured forward while the minor pieces are still waiting for the call to arms. 8.0–0 Nf6 9.Re1 threatening Bh5+ winning the queen. 9…Qc7 10.c4 e6 11.cxd5 Bd6 12.Nxe6 Bxe6 13.Bh5+! g6 14.Rxe6+ Kf7 15.Qf3 Nbd7 16.Bg5 cxd5 17.Bg4 Bxh2+ Black was happy to get his own check in, but it has no bearing on the main issues. 18.Kh1 Be5 19.Nc3 h6 20.Bxf6 Bxf6 21.Nxd5 Qd8 22.Rd1 h5 23.Bh3 Rf8 24.Nxf6 Kg7 25.Nxh5+! 1-0 and Morris came 2nd= in the Open.

This pair were clear leaders of the Major going in to the final round. Notes based on those by the philosophical loser.

White: I. Annetts (152). Black: T. Woodward (153).

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.a4 b4 9.d3 d6 10.a5 Bg4 11.c3 Rb8 12.Bc4 Qc8 13.Nbd2 bxc3 14.bxc3 Be6 15.Qa4 Nd8 16.Ba3 c5 17.Reb1 Bxc4 18.Nxc4 Nc6 19.Rb6 Rxb6 20.Nxb6? Better was 20.axb6 20…Qc7 21.Bc1 Rb8 22.Rb1 Bd8 23.Nd2 Be7 24.Nd5 Nxd5 25.Rxb8+ Nxb8 26.Qe8+ Bf8 27.exd5 Nd7 28.c4? Qxa5 29.Qxd7 Qc3 30.Qa4 Qxc1+ 31.Nf1 Qb1 32.Qxa6 Qxd3 33.h3 Qd1 34.Qc8 g6 35.Qd8 Qc1 36.Qf6? With both sides having seconds in which to reach move 40, each of us errs. 36…Qxc4 37.Ne3 Qf4 38.Qd8 c4? 39.Qc8 Qd4 40.Qxc4 Qxc4 41.Nxc4 Kg7 42.f3 Kf6 43.Kf2 Ke7 44.g4 Bh6 45.Ke2 f5 46.Kd3 Bf8 47.g5 h6 48.h4 hxg5 49.hxg5 Kd7 50.Ke3 f4+  51.Ke4 Be7 52.Nd2 Bxg5 53.Nf1 Kc7 54.Nh2 Kb6 55.Nf1 Kb5 56.Nh2 Kc4 57.Nf1 Kc3 58.Nh2 It was here that I realised my king was in a stalemate position. With the move and no horse, the game is drawn. 58…Kc4 59.Ng4 Kc5 60.Nh2 Be7 61.Ng4 Bf8 62.Nf6 Be7 63.Ng8 Bd8 64.Nh6 Bg5 65.Nf7 Be7 66.Nh8 g5 67.Nf7 Bf6 68.Nh6 Kc4 69.Ng4 Be7 70.Nf6 I was inside my last minute and I chose the stalemate. 70…Bxf6 He took and I held out my hand to acknowledge the draw. He, assuming I was resigning, graciously offered his and I then realised that his g-pawn had moved. Doooh! 71.Kf5 Kxd5 72.Kxf6 e4. 0–1

… and so Woodward took clear 1st prize.

In last week’s position, Black could play 1…Bxh2+ and White’s rook will be undefended. Here Black has a strong attack down the a-file, but the White knights seem to be just about holding the fort. What can Black do about it?

Black to play and win

Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress – More Details (05.05.2012.)

Last week there was only space to give the names of section winners of the recent Bournemouth ‘Grand’ Congress, so here are the grading prizes from the Open Section. U-210: 1st= Don Mason (Shirley); R. Nevanlinna & Tony Corkett (Fareham). U-200: Walter Braun (Southbourne). U-190: David Cutmore (Wood Green). U-180: Ian Ponter (Downend). U-170: Arul Gupta (Kent). U-160: 1st= Cosmo Charles (Lewisham); Toby Brookfield (Guernsey); Vincent Homolka (Dulwich) & Akshaya Kalaiyalahan (Richmond).

The names of all other winners, as well as many of the games, may be found on the event website

Gupta and Kalaiyalahan are, in fact, two of the country’s top 10 year olds, with grades of 153 and 152 respectively. Here is how Gupta dealt with one of Dorset’s senior players.

White: Ian C. Clark (188). Black: Arul  Gupta (153).

Giucco Piano [C54]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 The Giucco Piano or Italian Opening. 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 exd4 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Bd2 Bxd2+ 8.Nbxd2 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Qb3 Nce7 11.0–0 0–0 12.Rfe1 So far, this is all well-known theory. 12…c6 13.Ne5 Qb6 14.Qxb6 axb6 15.a4 Be6 16.Ndf3 h6 17.h3 Rad8 18.Ra3 Nf4 19.Rb3 Ned5 20.Kh2 Ra8 White now miscalculates a combination. 21.g3 Nxh3 22.Bxd5 but 22…Bxd5 forces the rook to move, which gives Black’s knight time to escape and cause more mischief.  23.Rbe3 Nxf2 24.Kg2 Ne4 25.Nd7 Nd2 26.Nxb6 Nxf3 27.Rd1 If 27.Rxf3 Bxf3+ 28.Kxf3 leaves White the exchange and a pawn down. 27…Ng5+ 28.Kf2 Rae8 29.Rde1 Re4 30.Rxe4 Nxe4+ 31.Kf3 Re8 32.Nxd5 Ng5+ 0-1 White resigned as the Black knight escapes yet again and will be the only piece left after the final exchanges. viz 33.Kf2 Rxe1 34.Kxe1 cxd5.

The Frome Congress starts on Friday evening at Oakfield School, Frome, BA11 4JF, which includes the Somerset Championships for eligible players. There are 4 sections; the Open, the Major (U-170); Intermediate (U-140) and Minor (U-115). Enquiries about late entries should go to Gerry Jepps on 01749-344191 or e-mail I hope to have the list of winners and a key game or two by next week.

Last week’s problem by Chris Reeves was solved by 1.d4! threatening 2.Rc5#. Black taking the rook with 1…Bxc4 enables the queen to take Black’s rook on f3.

This week’s position is taken from a simultaneous display by Fred Yates, the Yorkshire champion, not the Cornish artist. White has several ways to win, but can you find the shortest and most elegant of them?

White to play and win quickly & elegantly.

Devon’s UK Chess Challenge Results.

Cornwall’s champion club this year is Truro who won their Division 1, the County Shield, by a considerable margin. Their pool of players comprised Jeremy Menadue, Robin Kneebone, Chris Reeves and Marks Hassall and Pilling. Runners-up were Camborne.

Div. 2, the Roberts Cup (U-164) was won by Falmouth, who also won Div. 3 for Under-135s.

Devon’s club champions this year were Newton Abbot who retained the Bremridge Cup, while Exmouth retained the Mamhead Cup (Div. 2).

Devon’s contribution to the world’s largest chess tournament, the British Land UK Chess Challenge which attracts over 75,000 young players annually, was completed on Saturday with the county final at Churston Grammar School.

The boys’ title of Supremo was conferred on the following:-

U-7: Chris Kiddey (Ilsham). U-8: James Lloyd (Kelly College Prep.). U-9: Josh Parton (Broadclyst).

U-10: Thomas Kolya (Broadclyst).

U-11: Taylor Finch (Exeter Juniors). U-12: Tomas Trott (Clyst Vale C.C.). U-13: John Fraser (Torquay Boys’ G.S.). U-14: Jared Wray (Torquay Boys’ G.S.) U-18: Oliver Bell (Ilfracombe Arts College).

The girls’ title of Suprema was won by the following:- U-8: Olivia Whidley (Ilsham). U-9: Hannah Burnett. U-10: Ella Bibby. U-11: Becky Trott (all Broadclyst  Primary School). Becky Trott and Josh Parton were the only two to score a maximum 6/6 points.

Here is a game from the recent Frome Congress, won by WECU’s qualifier for next month’s British Championship in Sheffield.

White: P. Krzyzanowski (177). Black F. J. Musson (157)

Queen’s Gambit – Slav Defence.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bf4 Bf5 7.e3 e6 8.Bb5 Nd7 It makes better sense to continue with normal development and prepare for castling e.g. 8…Bb4. 9.Qa4 Qb6 10.Ne5 Ndxe5 11.Bxe5 f6 12.Bg3 Be7 13.Rc1 0–0 14.0–0 a6 15.Bxc6 bxc6 16.Qb3 Qxb3 17.axb3 Black now tries to eliminate his backward pawn, but this only sets him on a slippery slope. 17…c5 18.dxc5 Bxc5 19.Nxd5! Rfc8 20.Nc7 hitting rook and bishop. 20…Rxc7 Black has no choice but to give up the exchange. 21.Bxc7 Bb4 22.Rfd1 Ra7 23.Rc4 Rb7 24.e4 Bg4 25.f3 Bh5 26.Rd8+ Kf7 27.g4 Bg6 28.h4 h5 29.Rh8 threatening to win the trapped bishop. 29…hxg4 30.h5 Bxe4 31.fxe4 e5 32.Rb8 Forcing off the rooks and leaving White a whole rook up, so Black resigned. 1–0

In last week’s position, 1.d3 allows to move his bishop while preparing for 2.Qc4 mate.

This 2-mover was taken from the recent inaugural British Junior Chess Problem Solving Championship, won by 16 year old Peter Lalic, whose parents are both Grandmasters.

White to mate in 2

Frome Congress Winners (21.05.2011.)

170 players competed in the Frome Congress recently and the winners were:

Open Section :- 1st Chris Jenks (Southbourne) 4½/5 pts. 2nd= David Buckley (Bath) & Andrew Smith (Bourne End) 4. The British Championship Qualifying Place went to Jenks. Grading prize (U-175) 1st William Foo (Reading) 3½. Buckley won the Bonner Cup.

Major (U-170): 1st= Stephen Williams (Colchester); Russel Barlow (South Bristol) & Paul Jackson (Coulsdon) 4 pts. Grading prize (U-150) Paul Tew (Bridgend) 3½.

Intermediate (U-140): 1st= Roger Walker (Belper) 4½.  2nd= John Symons (Salisbury); Paul Errington Bournemouth); George Hollands (Kent); Paul Brackner (Weymouth); Thomas Thorpe (Pete’s Potentials) & Mark Stone (Orpington). Grading prize (U-125) Simon Denney (Bristol Uni.) 3½.

Minor (U-115): 1st= Geoff Gammon (Downend) & Phil Summers (Kent) 4½. 3rd= John Ariss (Teignmouth); Roger Fenton (Glastonbury) & Michael Harby (Glastonbury) all 4. Grading prize (U-90) Reg Cox (Southampton).

The Venezuelan Arturo Wong of the Ilminster Club has won several tournaments recently but had a miserable time here, finishing on one point. His Rd 4 game is an example.

White: Arturo Wong (188) – Black: Richard Truman (169).

Two Knights Defence [C59]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Na5 If Black had played 5…Nxd5 White would have the option of continuing with the lively Fegatello Attack, e.g. 6.Nxf7 Kxf7 7.Qf3+ Ke6 8.Nc3 etc. 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h6 9.Nf3 Already it is apparent that White has had to retreat from his early foray, leaving Black with far more space to exploit. 9…e4 10.Ne5 Bd6 11.d4 Thus far it is all well-known theory, known as the Knorre Variation. 11…exd3 12.Nxd3 Qc7 13.h3 Nc4!? 14.b3 Ne5 15.Nxe5? White should be concentrating on bringing pieces into play, not swapping off those few that already are. 15…Bxe5 16.c3 Bf5 17.0–0 0–0 18.Bb2 Rad8! Black’s pieces now are all well-placed and ready to attack, whereas White’s queenside is still underdeveloped and his queen subject to constant harassment. 19.Qe1 Rfe8 20.f4 White is desperate to create space for his pieces, but in vain. 20…Bxf4 21.c4 Ne4 22.Rf3 Ng3 23.Rxg3 It’s desperate times for White but he could still have tried piece development with 23.Nc3 Nxe2+ 24.Nxe2 Rd7 23…Bxg3 24.Qf1 Bd3 25.Nc3 If 25.Bxd3 Rxd3 26.Na3 Rde3 27.Nc2 Re2. 25…Bxe2 26.Nxe2 Rd2 27.Nxg3 Qxg3 28.Bc1 Rf2? Good enough to win, but missing a mate in 2 28…Rxg2+! 29.Qxg2 (29.Kh1 would give Black a choice of 3 immediate mates) 29…Re1# 29.Qxf2 Re1+ 30.Qxe1 Qxe1+ 31.Kh2 Qe5+ 32.Bf4 Qxa1 0–1

All games from the Open may be found on the Bristol League website.

In last week’s position from the website, White could finish quickly with 1.R1h7+ forcing the king to f6 after which 2.Qg5 mates.

Here is another position from the 2-move checkmate section.

White to mate in 2

New Face at Frome Congress. (15.05.2010.)

The Open Section of the 21st Frome Congress last weekend was won jointly by two players from the Americas. One being Jim Sherwin, originally from New York, who has become a familiar figure on the chess scene here since his move from Switzerland to Bath a decade ago, while the other was Arturo Wong Castaneda, who moved to Chard from Venezuela a few months ago. Arturo was also awarded the Qualifying Place for the British Championship at Canterbury in July/August. Allan Pleasants of Weymouth was in 3rd place on 3½/5. 19 competed.

Winners in the lower sections were as follows:

Major (U-170): 1st John Footner (Telford) 4½. 2nd Roger Greatorex (Llangollen). Grading prize (U-146) Chris Leeson (Weymouth). 42 competed.

Intermediate (140): 1st Dave Woodruff (Keynsham). 2nd= Paul Errington (Bournemouth), Barry Sandercock (Chalfont), Stanislaw Guziewicz (Poland). Grading prize: P. Bending (Cheltenham). 46 competed.

Minor (U-115): 1st Alan Evans (Kent). 2nd Brian Aldwin (Exeter). 3rd= John Leon (Bath). Grading prize (U-91) T. Thorpe, A. Shute & C. Cheeseman. 48 competed.

Games from the event are not yet available, but here is one he played earlier. 

White: Arturo Wong Castaneda. Black: Miguel Serrano Pertinez.

1st Fincas Mediterranea, Castelldefels, Spain.  25.08.2004.

Closed Sicilian [B40]

1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 c5 3.Nc3 a6 4.g3 b5 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.d3 g6 7.0–0 Bg7 8.Bg5 Qc7 9.Qd2 Nc6 10.Rae1 Nd4 11.Nd1 f6 12.Be3 e5 13.c3 Ne6 14.Nh4 Ne7 15.Bh3 0–0 16.f4 exf4 17.gxf4 f5 18.Nf2 Rad8 19.exf5 Nxf5 20.Nxf5 gxf5 21.Nh1 Qc6 threatening the knight on h1. 22.Ng3 Qd5 23.Re2 Rb8 in readiness for Bg2. 24.a3 Rf7 25.Bg2 Qd6 26.Bxb7 Rxb7 27.Rg2 It’s White who asserts control of the open g-file  27…Kh8 28.Nh5 Rb8 29.Rf3 b4 30.axb4 cxb4 31.h3 bxc3 32.bxc3 Qc6 33.Nxg7 Rxg7 34.Rff2 Rxg2+ 35.Rxg2 Qf3 White’s pieces are all connected with each other while Black’s are all on their own. 36.c4 h6 giving his King a flight square. (If 36…Qxh3 37.Qc3+ Ng7 forced 38.Qxg7 mate) 37.Kh2 a5 38.Qc3+ Kh7 39.Qxa5 Rf8 40.Qe5 Rf7 41.d4 Nf8 42.Qe8 Qh5 43.d5 Black resigned as the twin threats of Bd4 or Bc5 next move will prove decisive. 1–0

The key move in last week’s problem by J.B. of Bridport was 1.Qh1. If 1…Ke5 2.Qh4 Ke5 (forced) 3.Qe7 mate. Or if 1…Kg5 2.Qh6+ Kg4 (forced) 3.Qh4 mate.

Here is another of J.B.’s 3-movers.