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Posts Tagged ‘Paignton Congress’

New Venue For Dorset Congress (16.10.2010.)

After a two year gap, the Dorset Congress resumed last weekend at its new venue, the Bournemouth International Hotel.

The prizewinners were:

Open Section: 1st A. Pleasants (Weymouth); 2nd= M. Yeo (Lymington); D. Bennett (Bristol) & K. Gregory (Cosham). Grading prize (U-180) G. P. Taylor (Gloucester).

Major (U-160): 1st= M. Bush (Wantage); B. O’Gorman (DHSS); R. Greatorex (Llangollen); R. Desmedt (Netherton); I. Matthew (Portsmouth) & M. Potter. Grading prize (U-146) J. Nielsen (Wimborne).

Minor (U-135): 1st= T. Crouch (King’s Head) & R. W. Walker (Belper). 3rd= R. Newton (Winchester); J. Lowther (Bournemouth) & R. Hunt (Bognor).

Grading prize (U-120) A. Primett (Southbourne); K. Spooner (Wimbourne) & S. Billett (Portsmouth). (U-105) D. Holland (Southbourne) & G. B. Chapman (Bury St. Edmunds).

The next event in the area is the 11th Beacon Seniors Congress in Exmouth from Monday to Friday 8th–12th November. With entries limited to 90 and currently approaching 60, it is time to get entries in before it’s too late. For details contact R. H. Jones on 01395-223340 or entry forms may be downloaded from the chessdevon website.

This game from the 2004 Paignton Congress shows how the winner, although noted for long games, is quite capable of quick wins.

White: J. Wheeler (2209). Black: K. Arkell (2489).

Queen’s Indian Defence [E13]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 Bb7 6.e3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0–0 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Nd2

 The knight looks poised to do some mischief but Black opts to continue the pawn storm. 12…f5 13.f3 13…Nxg3 14.hxg3 Qe7 15.e4 f4 16.e5 dxe5 17.Bg6+ Kf8 18.Qe2 fxg3! The mating net is closing in. 19.dxe5 Qc5+ 20.Kh1 Qxe5 21.Be4?? Necessary was 21.Qxe5 Nxe5 22.Be4 Rb8 23.Bxb7 Rxb7 24.Rae1 21…Qf4 0-1.It’s death on the dark squares – mate via h4, h2 and h1 is inescapable.

Last week’s game ended quickly after 1.Qg7+ Rxg7 (forced) 2.e6+ Kh8 (forced) 3.exd8=Q mate.

This week’s amusing 2-mover was submitted by the American scholar A. C. White in 1906 to the BCM Editor, who commented that “it represents in a most satisfactory way the outlines and solidity of the great Egyptian pyramid, showing the old black king (Cheops) in his tomb at the very centre of it”. The composer admitted that “the four knights are rather anomalous as the Arabian horses stick to the cultivated parts of Egypt and only camels get out in the desert.”

White to play and mate in 2

Paignton Congress – Best Game Prize. (02.10.2010.)

The Best Game prize at the recent Paignton Congress was awarded to this encounter from the Challengers Section.

White: A. Hibbitt (154). Black: W. Ingham (164).

Bird’s Opening [A03]

1.f4 H. E. Bird’s distinctive opening move 1…d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 3.e3 Nd7 4.Be2 Ngf6 5.0–0 Bxf3 6.Bxf3 e5 7.fxe5 Nxe5 8.d3 Bd6 9.Nc3 c6 10.Bd2 Qc7 11.h3 g5 Now that he is free to castle long at any point, Black is determined to attack the White King without further delay. White’s best response is to open the centre as diversionary tactics. 12.e4 Bc5+ 13.Kh1 g4 14.hxg4 h5 15.g5 White could have tried 15.gxh5 Nxh5 16.Bxh5 though the White King looks very vulnerable. 15…Neg4 16.e5 Now White wants to open up a file in line with the opposing King, even at the cost of a pawn. 16…Qxe5 17.Qe1 Be3 18.g3 h4 19.Bxe3 hxg3+ 20.Kg1 Nxe3 21.gxf6 g2 22.Bxg2 the threat was Rh1+ 22…Qh2+ Can White possibly survive this onslaught? 23.Kf2 Qxg2+ 24.Kxe3 0–0–0 freeing the last black piece to join the king-hunt. 25.Qf2 d4+ 26.Ke2 Qg4+ If 26…Rde8+ 27.Ne4 enabling the knight, now the extra piece, to join the defence from a strong square. 27.Kd2 Qg5+ 28.Qf4 dxc3+ 29.Kxc3 Qc5+ 30.Kd2 Rdg8 31.Qf5+ Qxf5 32.Rxf5 Rg2+ 33.Kc3 Rhh2 34.Re1 Rxc2+ 35.Kd4 Rh4+ 36.Ke5 Rc5+? Missing Black’s winning reply. At least a draw, if not a win, was still available after… 36…Kc7 37.Re4 Rxe4+ 38.dxe4 Rxb2 39.a3 Rb3 40.a4 Ra3 leaving Black with 3 passed pawns. 37.Kd6! Threatening both mate and the rook. 37…b6 Of course, not 37…Rxf5?? 38.Re8#. 38.Rxc5 Rd4+ 39.Kxc6 bxc5 40.Re8+ Rd8 41.Rxd8+ Kxd8 42.a4 1-0 After all that attacking, Black suddenly does not have a move on the board. Very disappointing for him, but the prize was shared £25 each for the effort they both put in.

In the Olympiad, currently being held in Siberia, Michael Adams won a cracking game against World No. 1, Magnus Carlsen, when England met Norway in Round 6 on Monday. This helped to off-set an earlier disappointing loss to Sokolov. More details on this tournament next week.

The solution to last week’s position by another Cornishman, Chris Reeves, was solved by 1.dxe4 and although Black can queen two pawns or take two pieces, he cannot prevent a queen mate along the 3rd rank or 2.Nd3 mate.

This week’s 2-mover is by the late Devonian, Comins Mansfield, first published in the Brisbane Courier in 1933 and then in Alain White’s tribute to Mansfield in which he describes this as a “lovely little lightweight with a dainty key”.

White to mate in 2 moves.

60th Paignton Congress Prizelist (18.09.2010.) 598

The 60th Paignton Congress reached a successful conclusion last Saturday after 81 prizes had been awarded, totalling £5,500 in value. The main winners were:

Premier: 1st K. Arkell (Paignton) £600. 2nd R. Almond (Hastings) £400. M. Simons and R. Almond accepted the 2 Qualifying Places for the 2011 British Championship.

Challengers (U-180): 1st= C. Archer-Lock (177) Maidenhead;

A. Footner (175) Yeovil; B. W. R. Hewson (176) Exmouth. M. Page (162) Insurance; A. Price (157) Leamington. All 5 pts & £130.

Intermediate (U-150): 1st P. Smith (146) Hastings. £350. 2nd= P. Hannan (148) Charlton; Dinah Norman (139) Wokingham; D. Walshaw (126) Jesmond.

Minor (U-125):1st C. Long (122) Truro. £350. 2nd= Christine Constable. (102) Coulsdon & G. Naldrett  (121).

5 Rd. Morning  (U-180):                                                                                        

1st R. Bryant (174) Chester £350. 2nd= A. Footner (175) Yeovil; E. Key (169) York; B. O’Gorman (157); D. Patrick (160) & E. B. Sandercock (146) all £60.

Keith Arkell won his first 6 games straight off and tried to make it 7/7, but was forced to concede a draw in the final round. This win from round 5 was his brightest.

White: Dr. Dirk Jordan (Dresden – 196). Black: Keith Arkell (231).

Trompowsky Opening [A45].

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 c5 3.Bxf6 gxf6 4.d5 d6 5.c4 f5 6.e3 Bg7 7.Nc3 Nd7 8.Qc2 Ne5 9.Be2 h5 10.h4 a6 11.Nh3 Ng4 12.Nf4 Bd7 13.g3 Qa5 14.a3 b5 15.0–0 bxc4 16.Bxc4 Qc7 17.Rab1 Rh6 18.Rfe1 Kf8 19.Qe2 Qb6 20.Rec1 e5 21.Ng2 a5 22.Bb5 Bxb5 23.Nxb5 a4 24.b4 axb3 25.Rxb3 Qd8 26.Rc4 e4 27.Rc2 Ne5 28.Ra2 Nd3 29.Rb1 Qa5 30.Nf4 Nxf4 31.exf4 Qa4 32.Nc7 Rc8 33.Nb5 Ke7 34.Rc2 Qa8 35.Qc4 Rg6 36.Kh2 Kf8 37.a4 Kg8 38.Ra2 Qa5 39.Qe2 Rh6 40.Qc4 Kh7 41.Na3 Bd4 Black now whips up a quick and winning kingside attack from almost nothing 42.Kg2 Rg6 43.Nc2 In challenging the bishop he cuts off his own rook.  Bxf2! 44.Kxf2 Rcg8 45.Qe2 Rxg3 46.Qxh5+ Kg7 47.Ne1 Qc3 48.Re2 Kf6 49.Qh6+ R3g6 0–1 Resigned as Black, in blocking the check has vacated g3 for his queen to come in and join the attack.

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Rc1! and whatever Black tries, the White King is going to either c1 or d1 creating mate using the unblocked white square bishop.

One didn’t need to be eagle-eyed to spot the anomaly in the position the week before, which might be called, like the title of an Agatha Christie novel, “The Confusing Case of the Three Black Bishops”. Apologies for the “typo”, and to set the matter straight, here is the correct position, with White to mate by force in 3 moves. It should be much less difficult to solve this time around.

White to play and win

Paignton Congress (Day 6)

The main point of interest this morning was the conclusion of the 5Rd. Morning tournament.

Play started at 9.30 and 4 hours later, Victor Cross was able to present cheques to those prizewinners who were present. These were:-

1st R. Bryant  £350

2nd= A. Footner; D. A. Patrick; B. O’Gorman; E. Key; E. B. Sandercock. £60 each

Grading Prize (152-136 inc.)   D. Siddall £50

Grading prize (U-136): J. Gardner & A. Collins £25 each

Slow Starter: M. A. Roberts & H. Hocker £10 each

60th Paignton Congress About to Start. (04.09.2010.) 596

The 60th Paignton Congress starts tomorrow afternoon at Oldway Mansion, with welcoming speeches by civic dignitaries and the President of the English Chess Federation, C. J. De Mooi, of Egghead fame, before the players get down to business. The final round will start on Saturday morning and Grandmaster Keith Arkell looks favourite to assume his usual place at the top of the pile.

Meanwhile, here is an instructive game from the 1989 congress with notes based on those by R. Rendell.

White: T. Headlong. Black: A. Tredinnick.

Nimzo-Indian Defence [E21]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 This move invites a Kingside advance of the Black pawns and Tredinnick takes it with both hands. 6…g5 7.Bg3 Ne4 8.Qc2 f5 9.e3 Bb7 10.Bd3 Bxc3+ 11.bxc3 d6 12.d5?! White’s position is rather cramped and therefore to open it up he sacrifices a pawn in the centre. 12…exd5 13.cxd5 Bxd5 14.Nd4 Black has a choice now. Should he defend his pawn on f5 or give it up and complete his development? The defence of the extra pawn may well result in his having to spend much of the game defending and he therefore decides to give it up in an attempt to retain his attacking chances. 14…Nd7 15.Nxf5 Ndc5 16.f3 Nxg3 17.Nxg3 Qf6 Black has succeeded in keeping his pieces active but foregoes the right of castling, but who is to say that the best place for the King is not on d7? 18.Bg6+ Kd7 19.0–0 White however decides to castle, but is it really safer here than in the centre? 19…Rag8 20.Bf5+ Be6 21.e4 h5 22.Rad1 h4 23.Bxe6+ Nxe6 24.Qa4+ Kd8 25.Nf5 Qxc3 26.Rc1 Black is slowly steamrollering his opponent and his pawns are ready to crash into the King’s defensive wall. 26…Nc5 27.Qxa7 Qe5 28.Rfd1 h3 29.gxh3 This move allows Black access to the King via the h-file, whilst 29.g3 is very weak in the long term. However, now White doesn’t last to the long term. 29…Rxh3 30.Rd2 Not 30.Qb8+ Kd7 31.Qxg8 Qxh2+ 32.Kf1 Rxf3+ 33.Ke1 Qf2#. 30…Rgh8 31.Ng3 Qf4 32.Rcd1 Qe3+ 33.Rf2 Rxh2 34.Rdf1 R8h3 35.Qa8+ Kd7 36.Nf5 Rh1+ 37.Kg2 R3h2+ 38.Kg3 Qf4# 1-0 A well-conceived mate. Taking the a7 pawn brought about White’s downfall as he was effectively a queen down thereafter.

Last week’s game was quickly and easily ended by 1.Bf7 mate. This week’s position is from the game M. V. Abbott v T. Paulden at this year’s E. Devon Congress. White has just played 1.Kh2 to avoid the knight check, leaving Black’s knight and Queen both under attack. How should Black respond to win quickly by force?

Black to play and win

Adams Wins At A Canter at Canterbury.

The British Championship is over for another year, and trying to follow it from a distance, instead of being there among the blood, sweat and tears, has proved novel and somewhat frustrating, though Steve Connor’s excellent work on the website has reduced this to a minimum.

For the sake of relaying events to a general readership in the Western Morning News, I’ve concentrated on trying to follow the fortunes of the five “local” players – the two native-born Cornishmen, Michael Adams and Andrew Greet, and the three adopted Devonians, Keith Arkell, Jack Rudd and Dominic Mackle. Not a dull process, either, as all five made headlines in one way or another.

Naturally, Adams won it at a canter, and it was difficult to try and generate any suspense by pretending “anything might happen”. It was never going to; Adams is a class act, and it certainly showed at Canterbury. His only failure was to equal Julian Hodgson’s total of 10 points at Plymouth in 1992. With his compatriot present, Greet was never likely to follow his recently-won Scottish title with a British one; in fact, at the end of the 1st week, he was lost in the pack, but a fine week 2, yielding 4/5 points brought him up to 3rd=, a fine performance in the circumstances.

The “Devonians” fared rather less well; after an explosive start beating 2 GMs and Greet – a GM norm-holder- , Jack Rudd then fell back, scoring only another 3 points from 8 further games. Contrast that with last year when he started with a dismal 1/4 points, but finished with his best-ever score in the British of 7 points. That’s Jack for you, unpredictable as ever. Does doing the Bulletin and playing in the cricket team and doing the Sunday Simul (as he did last year at Torquay) help or hinder his performance OTB?  Keith Arkell who finished with 7, must have played more moves than any other player in the history of the championship,  one game alone requiring 160 moves (each!) to reach a draw. Probably the best performance of all in terms of tournament grade over actual grade (194) was that of Dominic Mackle, whose 6.5/11 total was excellent. There are many good stories involved in just these five players’ performances – doubtless more will emerge in the coming weeks.

In spite of my absence from Canterbury, life has been pretty frantic as my book on the history of the Paignton Congress came to a frenetic climax at the same time. The deal is that all players at the 60th Congress in a few weeks’ time, will get a free copy, so there was never any way of pushing back the deadline. Further complicating matters is the fact that I’m going away tomorrow for 2 weeks and return just 2 weeks before the event starts. So it all had to be tied up before today – all printer’s proofs read and corrected, cover design agreed etc. etc. - nothing that might need further decisions when I’m away. After some midnight oil-burning this has just been achieved with about 2 days to spare.

The Chess Scene In 1960

 Ref: 561.  Date. Sat. 2nd Jan. 2010.

 2010 marks the half century since I arrived in Exeter and played my first competitive games for St. Luke’s College. The chess world was different back then, both locally and nationally.

The British Champion that year was Jonathan Penrose, winning the 3rd of his 10 national titles, while the Ladies Champion was Plymouth’s Rowena Bruce, winning the 7th of her 11 titles. While she had a distinguished international career, the younger Penrose was unable to cope with the physical and mental pressures involved.

The dominant Devon player of the period was A. R. B. Thomas, of Blundell’s School, Tiverton, who won the county’s and WECU’s Individual Championships in 1960, while the Plymouth and Exeter clubs dominated team chess.

Francis Kitto had just moved from Exeter to Mevagissey, where he became a neighbour of WECU Secretary, Frank Wayling, and together they took St. Austell to the Cornish club championship. A. W. Busby was the Cornish Champion in 1960 followed by Kitto in 1961. Sadly, Kitto contracted cancer and died in 1964, aged just 49.

One constant has been the Paignton Congress, then the only event of its kind in the south-west and already in its 10th year. Little has changed since – it is still held in the same room at Oldway. In the 1960 event it was expected that the Czech émigré, Kottnauer would win easily, but he had to be content with a three-way share of the prize money with A. Bowen and C. Girling, each getting a princely £33. Peter Clarke, Peter Harris and W. H. Pratten got just £3 each for coming half a point behind.

Here is a 1960 game.

White: F. E. A. Kitto. Black: Ron Bruce.

King’s Indian Defence. [E62]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 0–0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.b3 e5 8.Bb2 Re8 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Qxd8 Rxd8 11.Ng5 h6 12.Nge4 Nb4 13.Nxf6+ Bxf6 14.Rc1 c6 15.a3 Na6 16.b4 Bg5 17.f4 exf4 18.Ne4 f3 19.Bxf3 Bxc1 20.Bxc1 f5 21.Nc3 Be6 22.Bxh6 Bxc4 23.h4 White needs to break open the Kingside before Black can fully develop. 23…Nc7 24.h5 gxh5 25.Rxh5 Nd5 26.Na4 Kf7 27.Bc1 opening the h-file for the rook. 27…Bb3 28.Nc5 Bc2 Black is the exchange up while White has the initiative. 29.Rh7+ Kg6 30.Rh6+ Kf7 31.Bh5+ Kg8 32.Bb2 Kf8 forced White doesn’t simply go for the fork check but focuses on restricting the King to the back rank. 33.Rh7 Rdc8 34.Ne6+ Resigns.