Search Keverel Chess
Monthly Archive

Posts Tagged ‘Gawain Jones’

Jones Regains Title (12.08.2017.) 946

At the start of the final round of the British Championship on Sunday, there were no less than 7 players with a chance of reaching the 7 points that could involve them in the almost inevitable play-off. In the event 4 players managed it, namely Gawain Jones, Luke McShane, John Emms & Craig Hanley, which made the play-off easier to organise. In the semi-final Jones beat Howell and MacShane beat Hanley. In the subsequent final, played using the controversial Armageddon tie-break rules, it was Jones that kept his nerve and wits to wear down McShane and take the title for the first time since 2012.

Jovanka Houska became British Ladies Champion for the 6th time. Other prizewinners were as follows: U-21 1st= Ravia Haria (Wood Green) & Andrew Horton (3Cs). 50+: 1st John Emms (Wood Green).

Some of the winners from the other sections were as follows: Seniors 50+: 1st John Nunn. 65+: 1st= Stephen Berry (Wimbledon) & Roger Emerson (Guildford). U-180: 1st O. Chinguun. U-160: 1st= G. Brown & O. Chinguun. U-140: R. Clegg (Huddersfield). U-120: 1st C. Fraser W. Bridgford). U-100: 1st Y. Kumar (Bath. U-16: 1st= K. Kalavannan (Surbiton). U-14: 1st V. Stoyanov (Sandhurst). U-12: 1st C. Tombolis (Richmond). U-11: Y. Han. U-10: A. Chung. U-9: 1st= J. Birks & G. Clarkson. U-8: 1st= S. Verma & S. Lohia.

Here is the new champion’s game from Rd. 3.

White: IM Richard Palliser (2408). Black: GM Gawain Jones (2660).

Ruy Lopez -  Steinitz Defence [C75]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 One of the more conventional openings from the 450+ played in the Championship. Players of this strength should know it well. 3…a6 4.Ba4 d6 The Steinitz Defence Deferred, the theme of which is for Black to wait to see how White deploys his pieces before deciding on his own plan.  5.c3 5…Bd7 6.0–0 g6 7.d4 Bg7 8.Bg5 f6 9.Be3 Nh6 10.dxe5 dxe5 The opened d-file becomes a big factor later in the game. 11.Qd5 Qe7 12.Na3 0–0–0 13.Qd2 Ng4 Bringing the knight into play, attacking a bishop that doesn’t have a move on the board. 14.Qe2 Nxe3 15.Qxe3 f5 16.exf5 gxf5 Generally, pawns should take towards the centre, and this has the additional advantage of opening lines to White’s king. 17.Rad1 Kb8 18.Rd5 e4 19.Bxc6 Bxc6 20.Rxf5 Rd3 21.Qg5 Qd7 22.Nd4 Bxd4 23.cxd4 Rxd4 24.Rc5? Surely it was time to bring the knight in from the cold with 24.Nc2. 24…e3 Offering a pawn in order to open up further lines to White’s king. 25.Qxe3 Rg8 grabbing more space on the k-side. 26.g3 Rd1 27.f3 Re8 28.Re5 Rxf1+ 29.Kxf1 Qd1+ 30.Kg2 Rxe5! setting up a neat combination. 31.Qxe5 Qxf3+ 32.Kh3 Bd7+ 33.Kh4 Qg4# 0–1

In last week’s position, it was White’s bishops that do the damage. 1.QxP+! forces 1…PXQ then 2.Bg6 mate.

Here is a championship-level 2-mover by Comins Mansfield that first appeared in this paper 80 years ago.

White to play & mate in 2

Jones Wins Hastings (12.01.2013.)

The Downend “Buzzer” Tournament on 27th December was won by the Bath club member, James T. Sherwin, a specialist at RapidPlay chess.

The main post-Christmas event is the ever-popular Hastings Congress, which, these days, takes the form of a large 9-round tournament on the Swiss system, with numerous titled players taking part. The clear winner on Sunday was Gawain Jones with 7/9 points.

Here is an example of his sharp, attacking style from Round 3.

White: Gawain Jones (2644). Black: Raja Panjwani (2402).

Nimzo-Indian Defence – Milner-Barry Variation.  [E33]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 Rubinstein’s favoured move and probably the best way of avoiding doubled pawns. 4…Nc6 5.Nf3 d6 6.Bd2 0–0 7.a3 Bxc3 8.Bxc3 Re8 9.e3 Qe7 10.Be2 a5 11.0–0 a4 12.d5 Nd8 If 12…exd5 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.cxd5 Bf5 15.Bd3 Bxd3 16.Qxd3 Na5. 13.Rfd1 Nd7 14.Bd3 h6 15.dxe6 Nxe6 16.Nd4 Ndc5 This is the moment for White to strike; his pieces are better developed, whilst the Black king is looking a bit lonely. 17.Bh7+ Kf8 18.Nf5 Qd8 19.f4 It’s not clear at this point, but this pawn will shortly be creating havoc. 19…g6 20.Bxg6! smashing open the defensive pawn structure. 20…fxg6 21.Nxh6 Ke7 22.Qxg6 getting all 3 kingside pawns for his sacrificed bishop – a good return on his investment. Rf8 23.f5 Qe8 24.f6+ Kd7 25.f7 Qe7 26.Bf6 Nf4 The Black queen had nowhere to go, so he tries a counter, but it is not enough.  27.Qf5+ Qe6 28.Qxf4 Ne4 29.Bg7 1-0 Black might have considered29…Rxf7; (or 29…Rd8 30.Rd4 Qg6 31.Rxe4 Kc6 32.f8Q Rxf8 33.Bxf8 Bh3 34.Qf3) 30.Nxf7 leaving Black a whole rook down. 30…Ra5 31.Ne5+ Rxe5 32.Bxe5 Nc5 33.Rd5, but it’s all pretty hopeless.

Keith Arkell had the chance to join him on 7 pts, but lost his last game with white. Jack Rudd finished on 50%.

Next weekend will be a very busy one with a round of the Inter-County Championship on Saturday, Devon’s Inter-Area Jamboree on Sunday and Bristol’s Winter Congress overlapping with both.

In last week’s position, Morphy finished with a typical flourish after 1.Rxh6+! KxR (forced). 2.Rd3 ready to replace its brother rook on h3, and unavoidably mate.

This week’s 2-mover is from Polgar’s big book of 5,333 problems.

White to play & mate in 2.