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Success For Torquay Schoolboys (14.10.2017.) 955

Last weekend saw an International Schools Team Tournament at Millfield School, Somerset, in which the Devon representative was Torquay Boys’ Grammar School. The format involved all schools playing 2 preliminary rounds, on the basis of which teams were allocated to the Championship or Major Section for the 5 subsequent rounds.

Having lost their older and more experienced players to tertiary education, Torquay had a younger team than usual and just failed to qualify for the top section, but were well-placed in the Major. Their team comprised the following players, with their final scores out of 7.

Bd. 1: Vignesh Ramesh (3). 2. Ben Sturt (3½). 3. Jakub Kubiac (3½). 4. Ben Sanders-Watt (3½). 5. Luke Glasson (6½). 6. Isaac Kennedy-Bruyneels (6). 7. Toby O’Donoghue (3½). 8.Oliver Mortimer (2½). 9. Evan McMullan (5½). 10 Kiernan Raine (6). 11. James Gibbs (4½) & 12. Surinder Virdee (5½).

Luke, Isaac, Evan, Kieran and Surinder all won prizes for the Best Board performance.

The final school positions in the Major were as follows: 1st TBGS. 2nd Chepstow School. 3rd St. Benildus College, Dublin. 4th St. Andrews College, Dublin. 5th Colaiste Eanna (Dublin ‘A’). 6th Colaiste Eanna (Dublin) ‘B’.

The Championship Section finished as follows: 1st Gonzaga College (Dublin) ‘A’. 2nd Royal GS. Guildford. 3rd Millfield. 4th Winchester. 5th Q.E. School, Barnet & Gonzaga College ‘B’.

The very strong Isle of Man tournament ended a few days ago, with a victory for World Champion, Carlsen. The draw for Rd. 1 was done randomly, which was lucky for some, like Carlsen and Adams who were drawn against much weaker opponents, while the much closer seeds, Caruana and Kramnik were paired together. Here is Adams’ first game.

White: M. Adams (2738). Black:  V. Bianco (2086).

Caro-Kann – Arkell-Khenkin Variation [B12]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 The Arkell-Khenkin Variation, pioneered by our local player and Russian ex-pat Igor Khenkin. Although a 2nd move by the same piece in the opening would seem to be bad, both had successes with it and pioneered its use. 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nc6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 Ba6 8.e6 fxe6 9.0–0 Bxd3 10.cxd3 g6 11.Bf4 Bg7 12.Qe2 Nf6 13.Nd2 Nh5 14.Be5 0–0 15.Nf3 Bxe5 16.Nxe5 An excellent outpost for the knight. 16…c5 17.g3 Qd6 18.Rac1 Rac8 19.Rfe1 Ng7 20.h4 Rf5 21.b4 Rc7 22.bxc5 Rxc5 23.d4 Rc7 24.Qd2 Rf8 25.Rxc7 Qxc7 26.Rc1 Qb7 27.g4 Ne8 28.Qe3 Nc7 29.h5 Kg7 30.hxg6 hxg6 31.Nd7 Rc8 Completing the desertion of their king by Black’s pieces. 32.Qg5 Threatening e5 and e7. 0–1 Analysis shows that 1…Rf8, although losing the rook is the only move to avoid a quicker forced mate. 1–0

In last week’s position played out in Manchester in 1929, after 1.RxB QxR there followed 2.Ng5 threatening both the queen and Rxh7 mate, so 2…Qg6 is forced, but White continues with 3.RxP+ QxR and 4.Nf7+ is what is called a smothered mate – probably the move that Black overlooked when he originally accepted the “gift”.

In this position White has a move that wins significant material.

White to play

Torquay Boys’ Grammar School vs Wellington College

Trefor Thynne’s team from Torquay Boys’ Grammar School have been the only serious contenders from the South West at national level since Michael Adams left Truro School, often reaching the later stages of the schools knockout championship. This year they won their zone by beating Millfield School but were then unlucky enough to be drawn away to the holders, the phenomenally strong Wellington College, near Reading.

The match was played on Monday and the Devon team duly lost 1½-4½, not unexpected, perhaps, but a little closer than the score suggests as Robert Thompson had a potentially won game at one stage. The details were as follows:

1.Felix Ynjosa (217) 1–0 Robert Thompson (170). 2.Alex Galliano (203) ½-½ Harry Mann (163). 3.Akash Jain (187) 1–0 George Darling (154). 4.Lateefah Messam-Sparks (180) 1–0 Alex Billings (122). 5.Adrian Archer-Lock (162) 1–0 Freddie Sugden (114). 6.Matthew Kim (131) 0–1 Jeff Leung (126).

This was Torquay’s only win.

White: J. Leung. Black: M. Kim.

Caro-Kann Defence  [B10].

1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.d3 Bg4 6.Be2 Nf6 7.0–0 e6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Re1 Nbd7 10.Nd2 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Be7 12.Nc4 Qc7 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bh4 Bd6 15.Nxd6+ Qxd6 16.Bg3 White is able to keep the pressure on. 16…Qb4 17.Rab1 h5 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Qxe4 Qe7 20.Qd4 c5 21.Qxg7 0–0–0 22.Qc3 Nb6 23.Qe5 Kd7 24.d4 (Also good was 24.Qe4 Nd5 25.Qa4+ Kc8 26.Qxa7 h4 27.Bh2 and Black’s position has been broken open). 24…Nd5 25.dxc5 Qxc5 26.Rbd1 h4 27.Bh2 Ke7 28.Qg5+ Ke8 29.b3 b5 30.a4 b4 31.Be5 Rf8 32.Qxh4 Rg8 33.Rd2 Qc6 34.Bg3 Rd7 35.Re4 Qc3 36.Rc4! Qf6 (if 36…Qxd2 37.Rc8+ Rd8 38.Rxd8 mate.) 37.Qxf6 Nxf6 38.Rc8+ White’s pieces are better placed to exploit their long open lines. 38…Ke7 39.Rxd7+ Kxd7 40.Rc7+ Ke8 41.Rxa7 White could now simply swap pieces off and let the pawns do the rest, which Black is trying to avoid. 41…Rg6 42.Bh4 Nd5 43.a5 f5 44.Rb7 Nf4 45.g3 Nxh3+ 46.Kg2 Nf4+ 47.Kf3 Nd5 48.a6 e5 49.a7 Ra6 50.Rb8+ Kd7 51.a8=Q 1–0.

The WECU Congress starts on Friday at Exmouth and there are still spaces available for late entries. Details from A. Footner on 01935-873610 or andrew@footner.wanadoo.co.uk.