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Paignton – Arkell Takes Early Lead (07.09.13.)

The Paignton Congress ends this morning, after its first venture away from Oldway Mansion. Whereas the Livermead Hotel may lack Oldway’s grandiose architecture and Grade 1 listed gardens, it has its own advantages – carpeted floors and upholstered chairs, air-conditioning, spacious car parking, many side-rooms for socialising and splendid sea views. So the change is not all bad.

Keith Arkell is the clear favourite and started with these two miniatures, but there will be tougher games to come.

Round 1: White: K. C. Arkell (237). Black: C. Fegan (180)

1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.g3 c5 Black now tries to expand on the Q-side. 4.d5 d6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.0–0 b5 7.Re1 0–0 8.e4 Bb7 9.Qe2 a6 10.a4 b4 11.a5 taking control of b6 & c6 11…Qd7 12.Nbd2 e6 13.Nc4 threatening a fork on b6 13…Qe7 14.dxe6 Nxe4 15.Ng5 f5 16.Nxe4 fxe4 17.Bf4 Bd4 18.c3 If 18.Bxd6 Rxf2 19.Bxe7 Rxe2+ 20.Kh1 Rxc2. 18…bxc3 19.bxc3 Rxf4 Black offers the exchange to break the threat on d6, and possibly hoping that he can then fork the rooks from c3. If 19…Bxc3 first, 20.Bxd6 Qxe6 21.Bxf8 Kxf8 22.Rab1. 20.cxd4 Rf6 21.Nb6 Nc6 22.Nd5 White rightly chooses to win the rook that’s in play rather than the one in the corner. 22…Qxe6 23.Qxe4 Qf7 24.Nxf6+ Qxf6 White is now the exchange up, but can improve on that. 25.Rab1 Nxa5 26.Rxb7 Nxb7 27.Qxb7 Black now has 2 pawns for White’s extra piece. 27…Rf8 28.Qb2 a5 29.Re2 cxd4 30.Rd2 Qe5 31.Qxd4 1-0. Black resigned as the queens must probably be exchanged off or lose more material. If 31…Qe1+ 32.Bf1 Qe5 33.Bc4+ Kh8 34.Qxe5+ dxe5 35.Rd5.

Round 2: White: T. Spanton (174). Black: K. C. Arkell.

Queen’s Pawn Game  [D01].

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 Nbd7 4.e3 g6 5.Bd3 Bg7 6.Nf3 0–0 7.0–0 c6 8.Re1 Re8 9.e4 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Nf6 12.Bd3 Bg4 13.c3 Qd5 White misses the threat. 14.Re3?? 14…Bxf3 and the black-square bishop must fall next move. 0–1 Much better was 14.Re5 Bxf3 15.Qxf3 Qxf3 16.gxf3 h6.

In last week’s position, Black needn’t have resigned because he had 1…Bg1! threatening 2…Qxh2 mate and the White queen can do nothing about it so will be taken next move.

This 2-mover was composed by Gerald Frank Anderson (1883 – 1983) and first appeared in the Western Morning News in 1922. This was at a time when he was convalescing after being shot down in WW1 for which he was awarded the DFC, though both his brothers were killed in action.

White to mate in 2 moves.

Paignton Congress 2013 Rd. 2.

The Monday may traditionally be Rd. 2 in the afternoon tournaments, but it’s the start of the 5-Rd. A.M. event. Today, started with the presentation of a Grand Prix award to Richard Desmedt, seen here, left.

Paignton Congress 2013. Rd. 1

It’s the first week of September; it’s Torbay; so it must be time for the Paignton Congress.

True enough, but this year there are fundamental changes. For the 1st time it’s not at Oldway Mansion – it’s not even in Paignton, but at the Livermead Hotel, near Torquay railway station. Inevitably, entries are down, mostly because of the proximity in time and distance, of the British Championships, held recently just a few hundred metres from this very spot. Players coming from a distance would probably need to be highly motivated to make the long journey twice in a month. However, a late surge has brought the numbers up to c. 150.

Apparently, two of them reported to an empty Oldway Mansion, presumably out of force of habit, or maybe just curiosity, but by 13.45 everyone was in place for the welcoming remarks of the DCCA President, Paul Brooks.

These pictures set the scene……

Sea front entrance to the new venue.

Standing on the same spot, but looking towards Torquay.

... and in the opposite directon towards Paignton.

The playing area is on the ground floor to the left.

Paul Brooks welcomes allcomers.

Colin Gardiner receives his Grand Prix award.

At last... play gets under way.

General view of the Premier Section.

Arkell vs Chris Fegan - a repairing of Game 2 in Keith's recent autobiography.


The games in the Premier Section went thus:-

  Paignton Premier       Rd. 1  
Bd White Grd     Black Grd
1 K. C. Arkell 237 1 0 C. Fegan 180
2 J. C. Wells 180 ½ ½ S. R. Berry 214
3 D. Mackle 204 1 0 S. J. Burke 169
4 A. Pickersgill 172 0 1 F. Rayner 198
5 S. Dilleigh 188 ½ ½ R. Thompson 186
6 A. W. Brusey 181 ½ ½ P. R. Kemp 189
7 A. Crombleholme 180 1 0 S. Bartlett 174
8 A. M. Hibbitt 161 ½ ½ A. M. Brown 186
9 B. Macreamoinn 178 0 1 J. Fraser 163
10 M. S. Pollard 146 ½ ½ J. W. Bass 176
11 D. Littlejohns 186 1 0 T. Slade 162
12 P. Cheshire 133 0 1 T. Spanton 174
13 G. Bolt 172 1      
14 D. Sully 197 bye ½    
15 C. J. A. Jones 182 bye ½    
16 P. J. Gregory 173 bye ½    
17 J. A. Coburn 149 bye ½    

Paington Approaches (31.08.13)

The Paignton Congress starts tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay, TQ2 6QJ. Currently, the top seeds in the Premier are this year’s and last year’s West of England Champions, Dominic Mackle and Keith Arkell, together with Steve Berry, while Devon schoolboys John Fraser and Theo Slade will be making their first appearance in that section, and it will be interesting to see how they fare at this level. Their grades are almost level (162/3), but both are on a steep upward curve.

They played this game at the West of England Congress last Easter.

White: T. Slade. Black: J. Fraser. Trompovsky Opening [D03].

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 The signature move of this opening, named after Octavio Trompovsky, a one-time Brazilian Champion. It helps White avoid many of Black’s most popular and analysed replies to 1.d4. 2…e6 3.e4! is the move that makes 2…e6 generally unpopular. 3.Nf3 Be7 4.e3 d5 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nbd7 7.Nbd2 h6 8.Bh4 0–0 9.0–0 a6 10.Qe2 c4 11.Bc2 b5 12.Ne5 Bb7 12…Nxe5 would seem to be preferable in view of White’s next move. 13.dxe5 Nd7 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.f4. 13.f4 Sealing control of e5. 13…Ne4 14.Bxe7 Qxe7 15.Nxe4 dxe4 16.g4 Rfd8 17.Qg2 threatening to win the e4 pawn. 17…f5 18.gxf5 exf5 19.b3 Now seeking to find space on the queenside, where the ultimate breakthrough will be made. 19…Rac8 20.bxc4 bxc4 opening the b-file. 21.Rab1 Bd5 22.Ba4 threatening to win the exchange. 22…Nf6 23.Rb6 Rd6 24.Rfb1 Ba8 25.Qg6 Correctly committing everything to the attack. 25…Qc7 26.Rxd6 Qxd6 The end comes surprisingly quickly. 27.Bd7 Neither of Black’s pieces can take the invading bishop 27…Rb8 28.Be6+ 1–0. If 28…Qxe6 29.Rxb8+ and Black will lose all his pieces.

Taunton resident, Michael Adams, is enjoying a purple patch at the moment, having had excellent results recently, culminating with 1st place ahead of a strong field at Dortmund earlier this month. Currently, he’s involved in the FIDE World Cup in Tromsǿ, Norway, in which 128 players are playing on a knock-out basis, until just 2 will be left to contest the final, both of whom will qualify for the Candidates stage of the World Championship cycle 2012-2014.

In last week’s position, Black may have had his reasons for playing 1…h5, but it merely trapped his own king, allowing 2.Ng6 mate.

Alekhine once quipped “Nobody ever won by resigning”. In this game Black resigned, assuming he was about to lose his triple-attacked bishop. Was he being over-pessimistic?

Should Black resign or play on?

When Paignton Moved to Torquay (24.08.13.)

Following close on the 100th British Championship comes the 63rd  Paignton Congress which starts a week tomorrow. It will be a bit different this year as for the first time it’s not being held in Oldway Mansion, nor even in Paignton as it’s moving to the Livermead House Hotel, not far from Torquay’s Riviera Centre. This is because Oldway is currently being redeveloped by the Akkeron Group. Although this bonanza of chess is a feast for locals, the proximity of the two events is bound to affect the inclination of players from further afield to make the long trip twice in a month. So it seems likely that in spite of the usual late influx, entries may be down on a typical year. Enquiries about late enquiries should go to Linda Crickmore on 01752 768206 or

Here is a game from the Paignton Premier of 1957. Bonham was blind and would sit fingering his special board before announcing his move, and checking his clock with its markers outside the glass face. He was awarded a Grandmaster title in 1972.

White: F. Kitto. Black: R. Bonham.

Sicilian Defence – Margate Variation  [B62]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Bb5 Bd7 8.0–0 Qa5 Black is presumably eyeing up the undefended bishop on g5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Qf3 Qe5 12.Rad1 Rb8 13.Rfe1 Be7 Black resists the temptation of the b2 pawn, but White quickly withdraws the offer anyway. If 13…Rxb2 14.Qd3 Be7 15.Qa6 c5 16.Nde2 c4 17.Rb1 Rxb1 18.Rxb1 Qc5 19.Rb7 Bc8 20.Qa4+ Kf8 21.Rxa7. 14.b3 c5 15.Nde2 Bc6 16.Qe3 Qg5 17.f4 Qg7 18.Ng3 h5 Black decides to keep his king in the centre and go for an all-out kingside attack. 19.f5 h4 20.Nge2 Rg8 21.Qf2 exf5 22.Nf4 fxe4 23.Nxe4 Kf8 24.Nxd6 threatening 25.Nf5 24…Bxd6 25.Rxd6. Now Black’s c-pawn is at risk with the threat of a discovered check to follow. 25…Bxg2. The position is lost, but least worst was probably 25…Qxg2+ 26.Nxg2 Rxg2+ 27.Qxg2 Bxg2 28.Kxg2 26.Rd8+! and mates in 2 1–0

Last week’s problem was solved by 1.Qc2! Only the Black king can move, to either Ka3 (2.Qb3 mate) or Ka1 (2.Qa4 mate).

This position arose in a Rd. 9 game in the recent British Championship. Black has no pieces left, but his 3 pawns are all connected and can be shepherded forwarded by his king. He also knows that if he can manage to swap off 2 pawns each then White cannot win, but he must first get those pawns moving, as White will want to leave his where they are. To this end he plays …h5. Good or bad?

Black plays ...h5. How should White reply?