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Paignton Approaches (03.09.2011.)

The 61st Paignton Congress starts at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at Oldway Mansion with over 200 entries, and concludes on Saturday morning. A list of all the winners will appear here in two weeks time, but daily coverage will be available on-line as the chessdevon website will be making all games available and the keverelchess website will contain reports and photographs within minutes of being taken. The two sites will be linked so that one can switch from pictures and reports to games at a click of the mouse.

Here is a miniature from Round 2 of the 2009 Premier section.

White: R. James (2226). Black J. Robinson (2029).

Scotch Game [C45]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.Nb5 Bxe3 threatening mate 7.fxe3 Both sides go all out for maximum carnage. 7…Qh4+ 8.g3 Qxe4 9.Nxc7+ Kd8 10.Nxa8 Qxh1 11.Qd6 Nge7 12.Nd2 Qd5 13.Qc7+ Ke8 14.Qxc8+ 1-0 Black resigned because of  14…Nxc8 15.Nc7+ Kd8 16.Nxd5 and after all that mayhem White is left a piece up.

The 5th Boniface Memorial Congress took place last weekend in Bristol and the Open Section was won by Bob Jones (no relation). 2nd= were Chris Beaumont, Dave Collier and Terry Stuttard. There was a multiple tie in the Major, between A. Borkowski, T. Thorpe, B. O’Gorman, R. Pearce and R. George. The Minor was won by M. Probert.

In last week’s game, Rudd played the brilliant 1…Qf1+!! Now if 2.Kxf1 Rh1 is mate as the knight covers the King’s flight square (a theme in several recent puzzles) or 2.Rxf1 Ne2 mate.

Playing computer chess on sites like the Internet Chess Club (ICC) can be viewed either as an additional outlet for the super-keen player, or a soft option for those who can’t be bothered to leave their fireside on a cold winter’s night and go down to the local club to face a “real” opponent. Either way, on-line chess is a good way of keeping sharp, with games usually timed at a very fast pace. This one, for example, sent in this week by a reader, allowed each player 15 minutes for all moves.

White: Dr. T. Paulden (174). Black: “Empire” (175).

Larson’s Opening [A01]

1.b3 d5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.g3 e5 4.Bg2 Be6 5.Nf3 f6 6.0–0 g5 7.d3 h5 8.c4 d4 9.e3 Bc5 10.exd4 Nxd4 11.Nbd2 c6 12.Re1 Kf7 13.Ne4 Nxf3+ 14.Qxf3 g4 15.Ng5+ Kg6 reaching the following position. Black now thinks that as he’s attacking two pieces he must win one of them, and yet he resigned two moves later. How so?

White to play and win.