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WECU Championship 2012 – Day 3 – Rds. 5 & 6.

The Rd. 5 draw was as follows:-

The stand-out result of the morning was Keith Arkell’s loss to McMichael, his first loss for some time, after two excellent 1st places at Blackpool and the High Wycombe e2e4. With Berry also winning, they both took the lead on 4/5 pts.

Bd.   Open (Rd. 5)        
    White     Black  
1 (3) R. McMichael 1 0 K. C. Arkell (3½)
2 (3) S. Berry 1 0 R. de Coverley (3)
3 (2½) A. W. Brusey ½ ½ S. Dilleigh (2½)
4 (2) A. Therrien 1 0 A. Richardson (2½)
5 (2) B. W. Hewson 0 1 P. Krzyzanowski (2)
6 (2) S. Greely 1 0 S. Bartlett (2)
7 (1½) M. Shaw ½ ½ D. Littlejohns (1½)
8 (1) R. Thompson 0 1 G. Taylor (½)
9 (1) P. Helbig 1   Bye (½)
    Bolt ½   Bye  

 Rd. 5 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu125/base.htm

Bd   Major (Rd. 5)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) W. Ingham     A. Hibbitt (3)
2 (3) R. Bryant     M. Wilson (3)
3 (3) J. Nyman     O. Wensley (3)
4 (2½) A. Billings     M. Abbott (2½)
5 (2½) R. Gamble     A. Clarke (2½)
6 (2) G. Body     N. Dicker (2)
7 (2) M. Harris     K. Atkins (2)
8 (2) S. Stone     A. Price (2)
9 (2) S. K. Dean     A. Richards (2)
10 (1½) T. Chapman     M. Worrall (2)
11 (1½) I. Annetts     M. Roberts (1½)
12 (1½) G. Parfett     J. Morgan (1½)
13 (1) E. Sandercock     D. Lawrence (1)
14 (1) R. Morgan     C. Reeves (½)
15 (½) C. Sellwood     bye  
16 (2) B. Gosling     bye  

 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 5)        
    White     Black  
1 (3) J. Morrison 1 0 D. R. Rogers (3½)
2 (3½) P. Errington ½ ½ A. Wiggins (3)
3 (3) T. Woodward 1 0 M. Cox (3)
4 (3) G. Andrews 1 0 D. Woodruff (2½)
5 (2½) P. Foster ½ ½ M. Huba (2½)
6 (2½) I. Blencowe 1 0 N. Tidy (2)
7 (2) M. French 1 0 K. Alexander (2)
8 (2) A. Fraser ½ ½ T. Crouch (2)
9 (2) C. Gardiner ½ ½ S. Billett (2)
10 (2) R. Whittington 0 1 N. Mills (2)
11 (2) D. Burt 0 1 H. Welch (2)
12 (1½) J. Carr 1 0 H. Herschmann (2)
13 (1½) R. Hood 0 1 A. Wang (1½)
14 (1) R. Waters 1 0 M. Kaye (1)
15 (1) R. Ryan ½ ½ T. Dengler (1)
16 (1) R. Cox 1 0 G. Patching (0)
    O’Grady ½   bye  

 

Morrison (W) beat Rogers to assume the lead jointly with Errington.

A snapper snapped: the noted chess photographer Mark Huba.

9 yr old Max French on the way to a remarkable win against Ken Alexander.

One of the surprises of the Minor in this round was the win of 9 yr old Max French who beat Ken Alexander, graded 135 and one of Devon’s leading players at the minor level. Max attends the Prep Department of Millfield School in Somerset and  comes under the tutelage of Matthew Turner, Grandmaster and Channel 4 Countdown Champion. It is only in recent days that Max has got the hang of playing at the standard rate of moves in adult tournaments. Definitely one to watch.

Round 6:

The afternoon/evening round was drawn as follows:-

Bd.   Open (Rd. 6)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) S. Berry ½ ½ R. McMichael (4)
2 (3½) K. Arkell 1 0 A. W. Brusey (3)
3 (3) P. Krzyzanowski 0 1 A. Therrien (3)
4 (3) S. Dilleigh ½ ½ S. Greely (3)
5 (3) R. de Coverley ½ ½ A. Richardson (2½)
6 (1½) M. Shaw 1 0 B. Hewson (2)
7 (2) D. Littlejohns ½ ½ S. Bartlett (2)
8 (2) P. Helbig ½ ½ G. Taylor (1½)
9 (1½) G. Bolt ½ ½ R. Thompson (1)
             

Berry and McMichael drew, allowing Arkell to catch up by beating Brusey. Most surprising result was that of Exmouth’s latest acquisition, Meyrick Shaw, who hasn’t played any chess for nearly 30 years, beating Devon’s Match Captain, Brian Hewson.

Rd. 6 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu126/base.htm

In the Major, after 4 straight wins, Bill Ingham slowed down with a draw in the morning and then hit the buffers in the afternoon, so Bryant goes in to the last round in the clear lead.

Bd   Major (Rd. 6)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) R. Bryant 1 0 W. Ingham (4½)
2 (3½) A. Billings ½ ½ J. Nyman (4)
3 (3½) A. Hibbitt ½ ½ R. Gamble (3½)
4 (3) M. Wilson 1 0 M. Harris (3)
5 (3) O. Wensley 1 0 S. Stone (2½)
6 (2½) M. Worrall 0 1 M. Abbott (2½)
7 (2½) A. Richards 0 1 B. Gosling (2½)
8 (2½) A. Price 0 1 M. Roberts (2½)
9 (2) J. Morgan 1 0 T. Chapman (2)
10 (2) D. Lawrence 1 0 G. Parfett (2)
11 (2) K. Atkins 0 1 I. Annetts (1½)
12 (1½) C. Sellwood 1 0 R. Morgan (1½)
13 (1) C. Reeves 1 0 E. Sandercock (1)
14            
15            
16            

 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 6)        
    White     Black  
1 (4) T. Woodward ½ ½ P. Errington (4)
2 (4) G. Andrews 0 1 J. Morrison (4)
3 (3½) D. R. Rogers 0 1 I. Blencowe (3½)
4 (3½) A. Wiggins 1 0 N. Mills (3)
5 (3) M. Cox 0 1 P. Foster (3)
6 (3) M. Huba 0 1 M. French (3)
7 (3) H. Welch 0 1 C. Gardiner (2½)
8 (2½) S. Billett 0 1 T. Crouch (2½)
9 (2½) D. Woodruff 1 0 J. Carr (2½)
10 (2½) A. Wang 1 0 A. Fraser (2½)
11 (2½) J. O’Grady 0 1 D. Burt (2)
12 (2) K. Alexander 1 0 R. Cox (2)
13 (2) N. Tidy 1 0 R. Whittington (2)
14 (2) H. Herschmann 0 1 R. Waters (2)
15 (1½) T. Dengler 1 0 R. Hood (1½)
16 (1) M. Kaye 1 ½ R. Ryan (1½)
             

WECU Championship 2012 – Day 2 – Rds. 3 & 4

The Rd. 3 draw for each section was as follows:- 

Bd.   Open (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) S. Berry ½ ½ K. C. Arkell (2)
2 (1½) A. Therrien ½ ½ S. Dilleigh (1½)
3 (1½) B. W. Hewson ½ ½ R. de Coverley (1½)
4 (1) G. Bolt 0 1 R. McMichael (1)
5 (1) D. Littlejohns ½ ½ A. Richardson (1)
6 (1) S. Greely 1 0 P. Kryzyanowski (1)
7 (½) R. Thompson ½ ½ P. Helbig (½)
8 (½) A. W. Brusey 1 0 M. Shaw (½)
9 (½) S. Bartlett ½ ½ G. Taylor (0)

Rd. 3 Open games here →  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu123/base.htm

 Being the only players on 2 points, Berry and Arkell were bound to meet, though as the top seeds, it would have been better for them to meet later on, ideally in the final round. As it is, this is a crucial game for both players, as a loss would greatly increase the odds against coming clear 1st.

Berry vs Arkell - a crucial game early on.

 

Bd   Major (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) W. Ingham 1 0 M. Harris (2)
2 (1) A. Billings 1 0 O. Wensley (2)
3 (1) T. Chapman 0 1 A. Clarke (1)
4 (1) J. Nyman 1 0 N. Dicker (1)
5 (1) B. Gosling 0 1 A. Hibbitt (1)
6 (1) R. Bryant 1 0 M. Worrall (1)
7 (1) D. Lawrence ½ ½ S. Stone (1)
8 (1) R. Gamble 1 0 A. Richards (1)
9 (1) S. K. Dean ½ ½ M. Roberts (1)
10 (1) E. Sandercock 0 1 M. Wilson (1)
11 (1) G. Body ½ ½ R. Morgan (½)
12 (½) C. Sellwood 0 1 A. Price (½)
13 (½) C. Reeves 0 1 J. Morgan (0)
14 (0) G. Parfett ½ ½ I. Annetts (0)
15 (0) M. V. Abbott ½   bye ()

Top 3 games in the Major Section.

Bd   Minor (Rd. 3)        
    White     Black  
1 (2) G. Andrews 0 1 D. R. Rogers (2)
2 (2) P. Errington 1 0 P. Foster (2)
3 (1½) D. Woodruff 0 1 T. Woodward (1½)
4 (1½) J. Morrison ½ ½ M. Cox (1½)
5 (1½) J. O’Grady 0 1 A. Wiggins (1½)
6 (1½) I. Blencowe 0 1 M. Huba (1½)
7 (1) A. Fraser 1 0 K. Alexander (1)
8 (1) S. Billett 1 0 N. Tidy (1)
9 (1) A. Wang ½ ½ T. Crouch (1)
10 (1) C. Gardiner ½ ½ H. Herschmann (1)
11 (1) D. Burt ½ ½ J. Carr (1)
12 (1) H. Welch ½ ½ R. Whittington (1)
13 (½) N. Mills 1 0 R. Hood (½)
14 (½) R. Ryan ½ ½ M. French (½)
15 (0) R. Waters 0 1 T. Dengler (0)
16 (0) M. Kaye 1 0 G. Patching (0)
    R. Cox 1   bye  

As we have here, the name A. Wang beside a young girl’s place in the wall chart might cause a certain amount of interest,  excitement even, but this is not Anna Wang (aged 12 with a 162 grade) nor her sister Maria (a little older with an even higher grade). No, they are Oxford Wongs, while these are the Welsh Wongs – not related in any way. Alyssa, to be precise, aged 11 and based in Cardiff  - already a Welsh Champion for her age group and having represented her country in a World Junior championship.

Alyssa Wong - a picture of concentration in Rd. 3

About 3 years ago, of her own volition, Alyssa starting playing around with chess pieces at home and got really enthusiastic. Father Ed watched with interest but said nothing. After 18 months of this, and with Alyssa’s keenness growing apace, he finally told his wife and daughters that he had been top board for Haberdashers Askes School in West London – they knew nothing of his mis-spent youth, but the genes will out, as they say, and both parents are now doing what they can to further her chess career. Her diminutive 7-yr old sister, Emily, is following in Alyssa’s wake, and is Wales U-7 champion. She is present at the event, but only playing computer games in the hotel lobby.

Emily Wang with father Ed.

Getting in some informal practice.

The draw for the second game of the day (Rd. 4) is as follows:

Round 4:

Arkell moved into the clear lead after beating Hewson in 59 moves while Berry agreed to a second consecutive draw, the only one of the round.

Bd.   Open (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (2½) K. C. Arkell 1 0 B. W. Hewson (2)
2 (2) S. Dilleigh ½ ½ S. Berry (2½)
3 (2) R. McMichael 1 0 A. Therrien (2)
4 (2) R. de Coverley 1 0 S. Greely (2)
5 (1½) D. Littlejohns 0 1 A. W. Brusey (1½)
6 (1½) A. Richardson 1 0 G. Bolt (1)
7 (1) S. Bartlett 1 0 R. Thompson (1)
8 (1) P. Kryzyzanowski 1 0 P. Helbig (1)
9 (½) G. Taylor 0 1 M. Shaw (½)

Rd. 4 Open games here→  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu124/base.htm

In the Major, Mark Abbott  had missed the morning round after finding his car in the drive with a flat tyre. Lawrence, who had been due for a bye in Rd. 3, was paired against Stone, while Abbott was awarded the bye. Now he played catch-up with a win against Chapman. Clarke and Ingham were involved in a tremendous game on top board. 

Bd   Major (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (2½) A. Clarke 0 1 W. Ingham (3)
2 (2½) A. Hibbitt ½ ½ J. Nyman (2½)
3 (2) M. Wilson 1 0 A. Billings (2½)
4 (2) K. P. Atkins 0 1 R. Bryant (2)
5 (2) O. Wensley 1 0 M. Harris (2)
6 (1½) A. Price ½ ½ R. Gamble (2)
7 (1½) M. V. Abbott 1 0 T. Chapman (1½)
8 (1½) N. Dicker ½ ½ S. K. Dean (1½)
9 (1½) S. Stone ½ ½ G. Body (1½)
10 (1½) M. Roberts 0 1 B. Gosling (1)
11 (1) A. Richards 1 0 R. Morgan (1)
12 (1) M. Worrall 1 0 E. Sandercock (1)
13 (1) J. Morgan ½ ½ D. Lawrence (½)
14 (½) I. Annetts 1 0 C. Sellwood (½)
15 (½) C. Reeves 0 1 G. Parfett (½)

 

Bd   Minor (Rd. 4)        
    White     Black  
1 (3) D. R. Rogers ½ ½ P. Errington (3)
2 (2½) A. Wiggins ½ ½ T. Woodward (2½)
3 (2½) M. Huba 0 1 G. Andrews (2)
4 (2) S. Billett 0 1 J. Morrison (2)
5 (2) M. Cox 1 0 A. Fraser (2)
6 (1½) T. Crouch ½ ½ H. Welch (1½)
7 (1½) J. Carr ½ ½ I. Blencowe (1½)
8 (1½) H. Herschmann ½ ½ D. Burt (1½)
9 (1½) N. Mills ½ ½ J. O’Grady (1½)
10 (1½) R. Whittington ½ ½ C. Gardiner (1½)
11 (1½) A. Wang 0 1 D. Woodruff (1½)
12 (1) K. Alexander 1 0 R. Ryan (1)
13 (1) N. Tidy 1 0 M. Kaye (1)
14 (1) T. Dengler 0 1 M. French (1)
15 (½) R. Hood 1 0 R. Cox (1)
16 (0) G. Patching 0 1 R. Waters (0)
             

WECU Inter-County Competition – Final Day (24.03.2012.)

Last Saturday was the final round of the inter-county competition, with Cornwall meeting Somerset at Exminster and Devon playing Gloucestershire at West Buckland. A feature of this season has been the way in which any team is capable of beating any other – nothing could be taken for granted. Somerset had clearly learned this lesson and were taking no chances, fielding a strong team that steamrollered the Cornish by 11-3, thus retaining the West of England Championship. Somerset winners were Jack Rudd, Ben Edgell, Patryk Krzyzanowski, Andrew Footner, David Painter-Kooiman, Mike Richardt, Chirs Purry, Gerry Jepps and Neville Senior, while Cornwall’s only winner was David Lucas.

After earlier heavy losses to Somerset and Hampshire, Devon recovered to record a comfortable win against Gloucestershire by 10½-5½; only their second win from four matches, but enough to edge them into 2nd place. Devon’s winners were Steve Homer, John Wheeler, John Stephens, Jeff Leung, Andrew Kinder, Paul Brooks and Nijad Rahimili, while Joey Stewart and John Lightowler won for Glos.

Full details and photographs are on the keverelchess website, while games will become available on chessdevon.

Here is the top game from the Cornwall-Somerset match .

White: Jeremy Menadue (197). Black: Jack Rudd (213).

English Opening – Anglo-Indian Def. [A24]

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 the commonest move here which tends to give Black attacking opportunities.3.g3 g6 4.Rb1 Bg7 5.Bg2 0–0 6.e3 c6 7.Nge2 d5 8.cxd5 cxd5 9.d4 e4 10.Qb3 Nc6 11.h4 Na5 12.Qc2 Bf5 13.Nf4 Rc8 14.b3 Nc6 15.Qd2 Re8 16.Bb2 Qd7 17.Na4 b6 18.Bf1 Although the white-square bishop moves to seek more open space on the queenside, doing so leaves White fatally weak in the king’s corner. 18…Bg4 19.Bb5 Bf3 20.Rg1 To castle  now would be dangerous in view of Black’s control of the white squares. 20…h6 21.Rc1 Rc7 22.Bxc6 Rxc6 23.Rxc6 Qxc6 24.Qc3 Qd7 25.Qd2 Rc8 White’s king and rook are completely locked in. 26.Bc3 Bf8 27.Qb2 Qb5 With White’s pieces tied up in the King’s corner Black now moves to attack on the other wing. 28.Ne2 Qd3 29.Qd2 Qb1+ 30.Nc1 If 30.Qd1 Qxa2 and …b5 is threatened. White is hamstrung. 30…Ba3 31.Nb2 If 31.Bb2 Rxc1+ 32.Bxc1 Bxc1 and there is a range of different mating attacks. 31…Rxc3 32.Qxc3 Bb4 0-1. If 33.Qxb4 Qxc1+ 34.Nd1 Qxd1#.

The last few places are filling up rapidly for the West of England Congress in Exmouth, starting a week on Friday. Enquiries and late entries to Andrew Footner on 01935-873610 or andrew.footner@gmail.com.

In last week’s position, Black won quickly by 1.QxN+ KxQ 2.Rf1 mate.

Zugzwang is a German word used in chess situations where the player to move has no option but to worsen his own position, and this is an example. White to play and mate in 2.

White to mate in 2.