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West of England Junior Winners. (24.03.2018.) 978

One of the largest events in the Westcountry is the Junior Championships held annually in Swindon. These were this year’s West of England Junior Champions in the various age groups.

U-18: Zoe Varney (178 – Millfield). U-16: Aliriza Gorgon (174 – Swindon). U-14: Chirag Hosdurga (164 – Bristol). U-14 Girls: Mansa Chandar (79 – Chandler’s Ford). U-12: Adam Hussain (150 – Carrick). U-12 Girls: Melissa Hamilton (113 – Portsmouth). U-10: Kandara Acharya (96 – Bristol). U-9: Daniel Shek (114 – Yately Manor). U-8: Mayank Palav (UG – Wilts). U-8 Girls: Jessica White (UG – Wilts).

The re-arranged 1st team match between Devon and Cornwall takes place tomorrow at the Plymouth Bridge Club, and the West of England Championship and general Congress starts the following Friday at the Manor Hotel, Exmouth, and lasts throughout the Easter weekend. Details may be found on-line.

The 1st West of England Championship was held over the Easter weekend 1946 in the clubroom of the Bristol & Clifton Chess Club, where it was won by its club champion at the time, 23 year old Henry Vickers Trevenen. He was born in Penzance, the son of a stonemason, and as WWII robbed him of his formative years so mental illness later took away his prime, but in the immediate post war years he was almost unbeatable, becoming West of England Champion three times out of the first four.

This was one of his wins from the 2nd WECU Championship in 1947. His opponent, Ron Slade, had to wait another decade until he won the title.

White: R. A. Slade. – Black: H. V. Trevenen.

Pirc Defence  [B07]

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 Black has adopted a Pirc Defence formation, first popularised in the mid-’40s. 4.Bd3 Bg7 5.h3 Nbd7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 h6 Black will not be able to castle without losing his h-pawn as long as White’s pieces are lined up against h3. 8.Nge2 e5 9.0-0 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.Rae1 Nxd3 12.cxd3 Bd7 13.f4 0-0 Black doesn’t hesitate to get castled. 14.f5 Kh7 15.Nce2 c5 16.Nf3 c4 17.fxg6+ fxg6 18.Ng3 cxd3 19.e5 Not 19.Qxd3? Bb5 19…Nd5 20.Qxd3 Nxe3 21.Qxe3 Leaving Black with the bishop pair against two knights. 21…Bb5 22.Rf2 dxe5 23.Nxe5 Rxf2

Slightly better was 23…Qh4 24.Rc2 Rae8. 24.Qxf2 Qd5 25.Ng4 While the knights are almost sidelined, the bishops cut swathes across the board. 25…Bc6 26.Re7 Rf8 27.Qe2 h5 28.Nh2 and now Black delivers a two-move knockout blow. 28…Qc5+ 29.Kh1 Rf2 Resigned because of the devastating fork between queen and h2. e.g. 30.Qe3 Qxe3 31.Rxe3 Rxg2 32.Ne4 Rxb2 and White’s problems are too many to repair. 0-1.

In last week’s problem, Owen Hindle won after 1.QxP!  and Black’s queen cannot retake because of Rxh7 #, so 1…Rg8 2.Qh5 and mate is inevitable.

In this position, White has his king tucked away and is all set to harass Black’s king. But it’s not his move. Does that matter?

Black to play

Ronald A. Slade (05.01.2013.)

January is traditionally a time for looking either ahead or behind, and this time I look back to a westcountry player, namely R. A. (Ron) Slade (1917-2006).

He learned the game at the Plymouth Club where he was influenced by the solid, positional player, Ron Bruce. At the outbreak of war, he moved to Bristol and he came into contact with a more dashing group of players who thought little of sacrificing a piece in pursuit of a win. He quickly realised this was his true style, using sharp lines which had to be “felt rather than calculated”. In 1948, he became champion of his club, Bristol & Clifton, the League Champion and Gloucestershire Champion for the 2nd of 4 consecutive times.

This would have gone on for many more years, but in 1951 he left for Kent, where he won their county championship before he had relinquished the Gloucestershire title. He had competed in the WECU Championship from the start, but didn’t win it until 1958 at Newquay, after which he didn’t enter again. After that he concentrated on the Civil Service Championships until he retired to Lelant, Cornwall in 1977. He played for his new county for a season, but found it did not suit his adventurous individual style, and retired from chess as well.

About a decade ago, I mentioned his name in this column; a neighbour gave him the cutting and he got in touch, and we corresponded for his last two years.

Here, he beats his former mentor.

White: R. M. Bruce. Black: R. Slade. WECU Championship – Bristol 1947.

Dutch Defence – Stonewall Var. [A95]

1.Nf3 f5 2.d4 Nf6 3.g3 e6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0–0 0–0 6.c4 d5 7.Nc3 c6 8.b3 Qe8 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.Nd3 Ne4 11.Bb2 g5 Black intends to unsettle his conservative opponent. 12.f3 Nxc3 13.Bxc3 f4 14.e3 fxg3 15.hxg3 Qg6 16.Qe2 Bd6 17.Ne5 Nxe5 18.dxe5 Be7 19.Rad1 b6 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.Kf2 a5 22.Rh1 Ba6 23.Qd2 Rac8 24.Bf1 Bxf1 25.Rhxf1 Rc6 26.Rc1 Rfc8 27.Kg1 Ba3 28.Bb2 If 28.Rc2 the bishop becomes pinned. 28…b5. 28…Rc2 29.Bxa3 29.Rxc2 Rxc2 30.Qd1 Rxb2. 29…Rxd2 30.Rxc8+ Kg7 31.Rfc1 Qd3 32.R1c7+ Kh6 33.Bf8+ White gets in a check at the cost of allowing the threat of …Qb1 mate 33…Kh5 34.Rxh7+ Qxh7 0–1

Last week’s original 3-mover by Dave Howard was solved by 1.b6! and if (a) 1…axb then 2.Rd3 and 3.Ra3 mate. Or (b) 1…a6 then 2. Rh5 and 3. Rh8 mate.

Here’s another one from Gary Lane’s 2003 book “Find The Mate”. From the “Old Favourites” section he gives this finish by Paul Morphy. White to play and win quickly.

Morphy (W) to play and win quickly