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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.