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Reinfeld, Gosling & Frome (27.08.2011.)

Fred Reinfeld (1910-1964) was a New York chess-player good enough to win his state championship twice (1931 & 1933 – both times ahead of Fine and Dake) but who later found fame as a prolific writer. He first cooperated with his friend Reuben Fine to produce books of lasting quality that added to chess knowledge, but then gravitated to producing a long series of titles for beginners. Serious collectors often scorned these as potboilers churned out in order to earn a quick buck.

In fact, they sold by the million to novice players who were looking for clear, uncomplicated advice on how to improve, and as such provided an invaluable service to the chess world. He published over 100 titles and had he not died so young would probably have produced another hundred.

In 1995, Brian Gosling, then a member of the Frome Chess Club, organised a small all-play-all tournament to give Somerset’s top juniors a chance to test their mettle against some experienced senior players. He had realised that Reinfeld had a slight westcountry connection, as many of his books were printed in Bath and some at Butler & Tanner in Frome, and that even thirty years after his death there had not been any tournament dedicated to his memory. So his tournament was called the Reinfeld Memorial.

Brian was due to play Jack Rudd, then a Cambridge undergraduate, and prepared a variation of the Ruy Lopez to play against him, which went according to plan…. up to a point.

White: B. G. Gosling. Black: J. Rudd.

Ruy Lopez – Exchange Variation. [C68]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 instead of backing off when challenged, the bishop strikes. 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.0–0 5.Nxe5 is not an option because of  5…Qd4 which hands the initiative to Black. 5…Bg4 6.h3 h5 7.d3 Again, temptation must be avoided e.g. 7.hxg4 hxg4 8.Ne1 Qh4 and mate follows. 7…Bd6 8.Re1 Qf6 9.Nbd2 Ne7 10.d4 Ng6 now the bishop can be taken 11.hxg4 hxg4 12.Nh2 Rxh2 13.Qxg4! The old move was 13.Kxh2 but Black is better after Qxf2 14.Re2 exd4+ 15.e5 (Or. if 15.Kh1 mate follows thus 15…Qh4+ 16.Kg1 Qh2+ 17.Kf1 Qh1+ 18.Kf2 g3+ 19.Kf3 Qh5#) 15…Bxe5+ 16.Kh1 Qh4+ 17.Kg1 0–0–0 18.Rxe5 Rh8 19.Qe2 Qh2+ 20.Kf2 Nxe5 21.Nf1 Qh4+ 22.Ng3 13…Rh7 14.Nf3 If 14.Qf5 Qh4 15.Qh3 Qxh3 16.gxh3 Rxh3. 14…Nh4 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.dxe5 Qxe5 17.Bf4 Qxb2 18.Rad1 Ng6 19.Qd7+ Kf8 20.Bxc7 Qb5 21.e5 Nf4 22.Qd6+ Ke8 If 22…Kg8 23.Qd8+ Rxd8 24.Rxd8 mate.  23.Bd8 As planned, White is now all ready to mate on e7 or d8. What can Black possibly do to prevent this – or even turn the game on its head?

Black to play and win by force.

Rudd Appointed ECF Director

I see Jack Rudd was appointed a Non-Executive Director of the English Chess Federation at a special meeting on Monday, to fill one of the 2 vacancies left after their AGM the previous Saturday. It is hoped he can bring to the Board his experience as an IM and organiser. This comes hot on the tail of his playing success in coming 1st= at the Uxbridge Masters Tournament a few days earlier. so he will undoubtedly be feeling on the crest of a wave of activity at the moment.

Having spent several years on the Management Board myself, I know what their meetings can be like, and wish him well in this new venture for him.

Rudd Title Celebrations (03.11.2009.)

ON MONDAY, Roger Neat of Halwill Junction organised an eight-man invitation all-play-all rapidplay tournament to commemorate both the chess career of John Parker, late of North Devon, and Jack Rudd’s success at Liverpool in gaining the title of International Master.

Players competed at three levels; as individuals, then as members of teams from either the host town of Bideford (Rudd, Neat, Wayne Batt and Peter Sandon) or Exmouth (Brian Gosling, Ivor Annetts, Bob Jones and Malcolm Belt). Additionally, each team of four was subdivided into two pairs, competing for an extra prize.

Predictably, Rudd came first, winning all his seven games; Gosling was second and Jones third. The pairing of Gosling and Jones came equal first with that of Rudd and Neat with 10 points each, but it was honours even as the Bideford four drew with Exmouth. No-one left empty-handed, however, as Dr Neat generously provided prizes for all involved.

Rudd won several games quickly with his easy attacking flair, but was a little mere stretched in his second round game, as his King was chased back and forth.

White: B G Gosling (141). Black: J Rudd (219).
Torre Attack [A46]
IA4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 White’s favourite system. 3…c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.e3 Be7 6.Bd3 b6 7.Qe2 Bbl 8.Nbd2 d6 9.Rdl Qd7 I0.dxc5 bxc5 11.e4 0-0 12.0-0 Raba 13.Nc4 e5 14.Bg3 Qc7 15.Bb1 keep an eye on the 2 bishops on the b-file; they both play a crucial role in the game. 15 … Rfd8 16.Ne3 M 17.Nd5 Nxd5 18.exd5 Ne7 If a club player is to stand any chance against a master, one must seize any half chance that presents itself So… 19.Bxh7+ Kxh7 20.Ng5+ Kg6 (if 20 … Kg8 21.Qh5 with mate to follow, or if 20 … Kh6 21.Nxf7+ winning a rook.) 21.f4 Nxd5 22.f5+ offering a 2nd piece in order to tempt the king further out. 22…Kxg5 23.Qd2+ Kh5 24.Bxe5 chucking a third piece at it. 24 … dxe5 25.g4+ Kh4 forced. If only White could now nail it. 26.Qf2+ Kg5 27.h4+ Kh6 28.g5+ Kh7 29.g6+ Kh8 30.Qe2 Nf6 keeping the Queen out. 31.gxf7 Qc6 White cannot now prevent exchanges, which after his earlier profligacy will leave White seriously deficient in material. 0-1

The next big event in the area is the 44th Dorset Congress which, after several years at the Rembrandt Hotel, moves to a new venue at the Prince Regent Hotel on the Weymouth seafront. This starts on Friday October 24 at 7pm – details obtainable from Frank Kingdon on 01305 812237 or e-mail

Last week’s problem was solved by the unlikely-looking 1.Qf7! after which each White knight threatens mate on the 5th rank. In this week’s somewhat easier 2-mover, White must remember that Black has no move, while not loosening his. grip on the position.

Western Morning News 4 October 2008

British Championship Torquay ‘09 1st Sunday

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Sunday simul

12 noon: After months of build-up, involving mystery and trauma, the British 09 is finally here (well, almost). We’re on our third Congress Manager in as many months, for example. Firstly, the Ozzie, Manuel Weeks, was down to do it, but seemed to go Walkabout – at least, no one here knows what’s happened to him. In his absence, Stewart Reuben took over, only to be struck down himself with a serious illness which involved him being winched off a ship’s deck mid-Channel to be ferried between French and British hospitals, all this days before the event. So it fell to Dave Welch to resume the reins that he had had to relinquish through illness last year.
Dave is an experienced, safe pair of hands, but 3 weeks’ notice of an event this size, isn’t much and there may be the odd glitch in arrangements – not surprising in the circumstances.

3.30.p.m. Sunday Simul: As if these metaphorical clouds were not enough, the weather has been closing in all morning and it is now pouring down. Fortunately, it was decided to move the traditional Sunday Simultaneous match from the sea-front to an indoor room here at the Riviera Centre. IM Jack Rudd was there to start the proceedings on the dot of 3 o’clock, surprising everyone by laying out his own scoresheets in front of each board so that he can record his own moves as he goes round – a phenomenon not often seen. (see below). At least we shall probably be getting the scores of some of the better games in due course.

19.00 1st Sunday RapidPlay: The other traditional scene-setter is the Rapidplay Tournament, beloved of early arrivals who need to get their brains in tune ready for the rigours of the fortnight ahead, or those who fancy their chances of grabbing a bit of extra pocket-money. The entry of 73 was higher than anyone could remember, which may have been a result of the high overall entry (900 and rising) and the rain throughout the day. GMs Gawain Jones and Danny Gormally were top seeds and met in the penultimate round, but they were overtaken by Charlie Storey, whose sharp style put him in top spot with a maximum score. Class told in the end, however, as the GMs both won in the last round while Storey lost.
Prizes: 1st= Gawain Jones & Danny Gormally 5.5 pts. £105
Grading prize: U-130: Ravi Haria 3.5 pts. £40
Below top: Rd. 5 – Jones v Gormally.
Below bottom: Chairman of the local Torbay Chess League, Trefor Thynne, playing a Bangladeshi International on Bd. 3 in Rd. 5.