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Devon Inter-Area Jamboree Results (22.01.2011.)

Devon’s annual Inter-Area Jamboree took place in Exeter on Sunday, with evenly-matched teams of 12 from the four quarters of the county. The West team draws mostly on the membership of the Plymouth Club; The North players come from Tiverton and Barnstaple; the South team comes from the clubs around Torbay, while the East comprises clubs on the Devon section of the Jurassic Coast plus Exeter.

The match was well-contested with the outcome in doubt right up to the end, but when the last game finished it was Tony Tatam, captain of the West team that was to receive the trophy from the Organiser, Alan Maynard. The East were runners-up followed by the North and South.

This game from Board 5 was soon over.

White: P. J. Kennedy (151). Black: A. Billings (148).

Reti Opening  [A04]

1.Nf3 f5 Key move of the Dutch Defence. White would normally have fianchettoed and castled Kingside waiting to see what his opponent does, but this unusual move calls for a more immediate response. 2.d3 Nf6 3.e4 White gambits a pawn to gain space for piece development, while destroying Black’s defensive position before it is even completed. 3…fxe4 4.dxe4 Nxe4 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.Ng5 d5 7.Nxh7 Black is in trouble already. 7…Be6 Certainly not 7…Nxh7?? 8.Bg6+ Kd7 forced  9.Qxd5 mate. Perhaps better might have been 7…e5 allowing the black-squared bishop out at some point – certainly its subsequent inability to do so proves fatal. 8.Bg6+ Bf7 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.Ng5+ Ke8 11.Qd3 Ne4 Normally Black would want to swap pieces off in the hope of drawing the sting of the attack, but this doesn’t help here. 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Qxe4 Winning another pawn and threatening both a check on g6 and the pawn on b7. 13…Nc6 14.Be3 Qd6 15.Nc3 Rd8 16.Nb5 Qb4+ 17.Qxb4 Nxb4 18.0–0 Preparation before the finale begins. 18…Nxc2 19.Nxc7+ Kf7 20.Rac1 Nxe3 21.fxe3+ Kg8 22.Ne6 Rb8 and now the end of the wretched trapped bishop spells the end of the game. 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.Nxf8 Resigned, in view of … 24…Kxf8 25.Rc8+ winning the rook. 1–0

The scores of all 24 games and other details may be found on the chessdevon website, while charts and photographs of the action are on

Dave Howard’s original composition last week was solved by 1.Kf2! Black’s best chance is Ra2+ although this is answered by Be2 both blocking the check and unleashing a check with his own rook, from which the King cannot escape.

This position is taken from the Quality Chess Puzzle Book by John Shaw, and comes from the game Jack Rudd v Khamroev. What move did Jack now play that earned him a double exclamation mark in the book and a win 4 moves later?

White to play

West’s Winning Ways In Devon Jamboree (16.01.2011.)

This annual event is scheduled for a Sunday in January, when teams of 12 players are invited from each of quarter of Devon. It usually involves three teams, but this year all areas were able to raise a side, and they met at Exeter, at the Isca Centre, a comfortably appointed indoor bowls and bridge club, recently built on the site of the old County Show Ground. The North team is drawn from the membership of Tiverton and Barnstaple, South comes from the various clubs in Torbay, while the East comprises clubs in the Exeter & District League and the West comes from the membership of the large Plymouth Club. The overall population base of each area is approximately equal at 250,000, so to that extent it tends to make for a close contest.    

Players are matched according to the Hutton Pairing system, which ensures that although the teams are mixed up, the formula guarantees that, for example where 4 teams are involved, four players from any one team will play each of the other teams, and of those four, 2 will have the white pieces and the other two being black. And, where there is an even number of teams, all players will be matched with someone on the same board number as themselves. It’s complicated, but it works and it’s fair.    

Before the start, the organiser, Alan Maynard, was the only person to have seen all the team lists and ventured that the winners would be either East or West, but no-one was fooled by that prophesy as anything can happen in this kind of match – and usually does.    

Certainly, the East started well, winning two of their 1st 3 games, while the West lost their 1st games, but from then on there was never more than a point between them. In the end, it came down to the very last game to finish, David Toms of the East against Richard Pollock of the West, Toms needing to win for East to share 1st place. In the early endgame, Toms had blundered away a bishop, having seen the trap in earlier analysis, but had two extra pawns for it. It came down to a bishop + 3 vs 5 pawns. Toms fought gamely to give himself a chance, and indeed both queened a pawn. But Pollock was able to force them both off immediately and was left with a solitary pawn free to get his 3rd queen. So the matter was settled by the last pawn in the last game to finish - it was that close.   

Summary Chart.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Pos.
East 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 6 2nd
North 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 5 4th
South 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 3rd
West 1 1 ½ 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 7.5 1st


Bd   WHITE Grd     BLACK Grd  
1 E1 J. Stephens 181 0 1 J. Duckham 165 N1
2 S1 A. Clarke 164 0 1 D. Twine 170 W1
3 N2 S. Bartlett 162 1 1 W. Ingham 164 S2
4 W2 R. Pollock 164 1 0 D. A. Toms 159 E2
5 E3 P. J. Kennedy 151 1 0 A. Billings 148 S3
6 N3 S. Clarke 155 ½ ½ M. Stinton-B 149 W3
7 S4 R. Wilby 133 0 1 I. Annetts 155 N4
8 S4 E. J. Smith 143 1 0 B. Gosling 156 E4
9 S5 J. E. Allen 140 1 0 J. Morrison 152 N5
10 E5 J. S. Murray 143 1 0 K. Bloodworth 122 W5
11 N6 J. Knowles 133 1 0 G. Body 140 E6
12 W6 A. Tatam 127 1 0 J. W. Clarke 129 S6
13 E7 R. H. Jones 138 1 0 R. Dooley 114 N7
14 S7 N. F. Tidy 129 0 1 R. Greenhalgh 117 W7
15 N8 S. T-Tracey 114 ½ ½ F. Sugden 127 S8
16 W8 C. Peach 114 0 1 O. Wensley 120 E8
17 E9 J. Dzenis 120 ½ ½ K. Hindon 124 S9
18 N9 B. Aldwin 111 0 1 J. Ariss 111 S9
19 W10 D. Scantlebury 112 1 0 B. Connor 88 N10
20 S10 G. Bramley 110 ½ ½ H. Welch 115 E10
21 S11 J. Doidge 106 1 0 J. Wheadon 88 N11
22 E11 F. R. Hodge 111 0 1 J. Dean 109 W11
23 N12 A. Barclay 35 0 1 W. Fairbairn 101 E12
24 W12 C. Zisimides 97 0 1 N. Mills 93 S12

The Top 4 Boards Get the Show on the Road.


Kennedy vs Billings on Bd. 5 Make Their Opening Moves


All 4 Whites Here Won their Games; Allen, Murray, Knowles & Tatam.


General view of the action - John Duckham in the foreground



The last and decisive game to finish - Pollock vs Toms


Organiser Alan Maynard (r) presents the trophy to Tony Tatam, Captain of the West team.