Posts Tagged ‘JB of Bridport’
A number of the westcountry’s traditional early season events are fast approaching. Tomorrow afternoon sees Devon’s team blitz tournament at the Newton Abbot club for the Thomas Cup. Blitz chess, which allows about 10 minutes per payer per game, is even quicker than RapidPlay where the limit is usually 30 minutes, a relative luxury.
If this is more to your taste, there’s the Chipping Sodbury RapidPlay on Saturday fortnight. Details may be obtained from Graham Mill-Wilson on 07790-167-415.
At the other end of the scale is the 12th Seniors Congress at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, starting on Monday 7th November, when there is just one game per day and each player has the luxury of 3 hours thinking time. Details from me on 01395-223340 or e-mail email@example.com.
Meanwhile, Cornwall have already had theirs – the Kerrier Cup, held last Saturday at the Truro club. This was originally limited to the Helston and Camborne clubs in the Kerrier administrative district, but has gradually been extended to become effectively the Cornish Rapidplay championship. This year’s winner was, for the first time, Lloyd Retallick (Newquay), who beat the favourite, Jeremy Menadue (Truro), in the penultimate round. Grading prizes went to Richard Smith (Truro) who came 2nd= and Ian Renshaw (Falmouth). The Junior prize went to Chris Piper.
Here is a game by two contenders for last year’s Seniors title.
White: J. K. Footner (175). Black: K. I. Norman (187).
Nimzo-Indian Defence – Bronstein Variation. [E45]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Ba6 Bronstein’s contribution to the opening theory. 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.Nxc3 d5 8.b3 0–0 9.Be2 Nc6 10.0–0 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Bxc4 12.bxc4 Na5 13.Qe2 Qd7 14.Rb1 Rac8 15.Rd1 Qc6 16.Rb4 Ne4 17.Nxe4 Qxe4 18.f3 Qb7 19.c5 Rfd8 20.Bd2 Qc6 21.Rc1 Qd7 22.Rb2 Nc6 23.Rbc2 e5 Black tries to open up the centre, but this rebounds on him. 24.cxb6 cxb6 25.Qb5 bringing a third piece to bear on c6 and winning material. 25…a6 26.Qxb6 White side-steps the threat without loosening his grip. 26…Ne7 27.dxe5 winning a second pawn. 27…Rxc2 28.Rxc2 Nd5 29.Qd4 Qe7 30.Ba5! 1-0 Resigns, for if 30…Rd7 31. Rc8, or if it moves sideways, the knight falls.
The solution to last week’s problem by J.B. of Bridport was for the queen to shift one square to the right. 1.Qe7! leaving Black 7 tries –viz 1…Rxa3 2.Qb4#. 1…a5 2.Qa7#. 1…Bd3 2.Qe3#. 1…f5 2.Be5#. 1…Nf2 2.Bxf2#. 1…Nf4 2.Bf2#. 1…Rc4 2.Nb5#.
Here is another of Brown’s 2-movers taken from Brian Gosling’s biography.
Published this week is a book with a thoroughly westcountry pedigree. It’s a biography of a pioneering19th century problemist who worked under the nom-de-plume “J.B. of Bridport”. This was, in fact, a Wesleyan Methodist minister by the name of John Brown (1827–1863), and in a few years before he succumbed to the ravages of TB at the age of 37, broke new ground in the themes and subtleties of his compositions.
The author is Brian Gosling, a well-known westcountry player, formerly of Somerset and now residing in East Devon. Always interested in endgames studies and problems Brian became increasingly fascinated with the somewhat mysterious and little-known figure of JB and has spent several years accumulating biographical information. As well as the story of his life, the book contains 50 of his best problems with solutions and explanations.
Printed in Padstow, the book is entitled John Brown – The Forgotten Chess Composer? (pub. Troubador 209pp SB £10 ISBN 978-1848767-294).
If any proceeds accrue from his efforts, Brian will pay for repairs to Brown’s headstone, near the east window of Holy Trinity Church, Bradpole, a mile from the centre of Bridport.
Today the 12th Kerrier Cup is being held at the Truro Chess Club, a 5-round rapidplay event. Results here next week.
This miniature was played in the Grade-limited section of the recent WECU Jamboree, one of Dorset’s only two losses.
White: D. Bowley (142 – Dorset). Black: K. Paine (134 – Somerset).
Indian Defence [D30]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 Be7 6.e3 0–0 7.Qc2 Nbd7 8.Nbd2 c5 9.Rc1 b6 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Bxe7 Qxe7 13.a3 Rac8 14.Qb1 cxd4 15.Rxc8 Rxc8 Taking Black’s e-pawn looks natural enough, but gives Black the chance to launch a telling sacrificial attack. 16.Nxd4 Nxe3 17.fxe3 Bxg2 18.Be4 18.Rg1 looks little better for after Qh4+ 19.Kd1 Qxh2. 18…Bxh1 19.Bxh1 Qh4+ 20.Kd1 Qxh2 21.Qe4 Qg1+ 22.Ke2 Nf6 23.Qb7 Rc1 24.Bf3 Re1+ 25.Kd3 Qxe3+ and one of the knights must drop. 0–1
In last week’s game ending, Michael Adams broke through with 1.Bxh7! Kxh7 (1…Rxh7 loses quickly after 2.Qxf6+ Kg8 3.Qf8+ etc.) 2.Re3 Ng6 3.Qh5 Rh8 4.Re8 Rxe8 5.Bf4+ winning the queen. There is some play left for Black but the damage is done. The game continued… 5…Kg7 6.Qh6+ Kg8 7.Bxc7 Re2 8.Rf2 Re1+ 9.Rf1 Re2 10.Rd1 Rxg2+ 11.Kf1 Rg7 12.Rd8+ Nf8 13.Bd6 Rg1+ 14.Ke2 R7g2+ 15.Kd3 Rd1+ 16.Kc3 1–0
Here is a 2-mover by J.B. of Bridport taken from Brian Gosling’s book.