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Torbay Congress Results (24.11.2012.)

The 46th Torbay Congress finished on Sunday evening with the main winners being as follows (all scores out of 5):

Open Section: 1st= Neil Carr (Writtle) & John Stephens (Exmouth), 4 pts.

Major Section (U-170): 1st Richard Desmedt (Wombwell) 4½. Intermediate Section (U-140) David Jenkins (Camborne) 4½.

Minor Section (U-120) Geoff Jenkins (Pinhoe) 4½. The British Championship Qualifying place went to John Stephens.

Torbay Individual Championships: Open – Steve Homer (Newton Abbot) 2½. Major Section: Bill Ingham (Teignmouth) 4. Intermediate: John Dean (Plymouth) 2½. Minor: Mike Cuggy (Brixham) 4.

Best score by a Devon player: G. J. Jenkins. Best Score by a Junior: Reece Whittington (Exeter).

Stephens’s key game came in Rd. 4.

White: M. J. Yeo (202). Black: J. K. Stephens (192).

Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Defence [B96]

(Notes based on those by the winner.)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qc7 hoping to avoid main lines. 8.Qf3 b5 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.0–0–0 Bb7? Better was 10…b4 asking questions of the c3 knight. 11.Qh5 Ke7 12.f5 White misses the chance to play 12.Bxb5 axb5 13.Ncxb5 Qa5 14.Nb3. 12…Qc5 13.Bxb5 This now doesn’t have the same effect. 13…axb5 14.Ndxb5 Ra6 A useful defensive resource, laterally guarding the weak d6 pawn. 15.Rhe1 Nd7 16.Rd4 Bc6 17.Nc7? 17.a4 was required to maintain equality. 17…Qxd4 18.fxe6 Ne5 defending f7 19.Nxa6 Qb6 The point. White’s knight is trapped. 20.Nd5+ Bxd5 21.exd5 Qxa6 22.Rxe5 Removing the defender of f7 in a final gamble, but allowing… 22…Qf1+ 0–1. 22…Qf1+ 23.Kd2 (or 23.Qd1 Qxd1+ 24.Kxd1 fxe5) 23…fxe5 and Black’s queen defends f7, leaving White 2 pieces down.

In the end position from last week’s game Norman vs Everson, Black played Bxg3+ and quickly offered a draw which was equally quickly accepted. However, had he thought a moment longer Black might have noticed that he had a forced win. White can play either 1.Kxg3 or Kg2, but both lead to same quick end; viz. 1.Kg2 Qf1+ 2.Kxg3 Rd3+ 3Kg4 Qf4 mate.

This 2-mover first appeared in the Plymouth-based Illustrated Western Weekly News exactly 100 years ago.

White to mate in 2.