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West of England Union Jamboree (22.09.2012.)

The West of England Union’s Jamboree, an annual pre-season get-together for many years, took place on Sunday at Taunton. Three county teams of 12 players contested the Open Section and the winners were Devon (8 points), followed by Somerset (6) and Gloucestershire (4).

The grade-limited section (12 players per team with total grades not exceeding 1,600) was won by the Torbay League on 8 pts, ahead of Dorset (7½), East Devon (5½) and Somerset ‘B’ (4).

These two miniatures from the Open Section both demonstrate the dangers of a queen heading up an attack before all her troops have at least been put on stand-by.

On Board 8 the Gloucestershire captain fell into this trap.

White: P. Chaplin (Somerset -176). Black: P. Dodwell (Glos. – 163).

Ruy Lopez. [C73]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 The Steinitz Defence Deferred 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 Qf6 Black wants to do something about the queen’s pressure on g7 hindering his kingside development. 8.Qa4 So White probes elsewhere. 8…Bd7 9.0–0 Qg6 10.Re1 Be7 11.e5 White now asks questions down the centre. 11…d5 12.e6 forcing 12…fxe6 and freeing up e5 for the knight. 13.Ne5 Qf6 14.Nd2 Qh4 Again Black seeks to exchange queens. 15.g4 A brave way of avoiding this. 15…Bc5 Now Black poses a problem. 16.Ndf3 Qxf2+ 17.Kh1 Nf6 18.Bg5 Ne4 Black seeks to mount his own attack but misses the real threat. 19.Bh4 The queen has nowhere to go. 1–0

On Board 2 another Gloucestershire player falls in similar fashion.

White: D. Buckley (Somerset -202). Black: C. Mattos (Glos. – 179).

Sicilian Defence – Alapin Variation. [B22]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 e6 8.0–0 Be7 9.Qe2 0–0 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 dxe5 12.dxe5 Qa5 13.Bd2 Rd8 14.Rab1 Qa4 15.Rfc1 Ba3 16.Re1 Qc2 Black’s queen goes deep into enemy territory while two of his pieces stay untouched. 17.Bb3 Qf5 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Bc2 Qg4 20.Bxe7 preparing his next killing move. 20…Nxe7 21.Rb4 1–0 After 21…Qh5 22.Rh4 and the queen has nowhere to go. 1–0

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Qh1!

The challenge here is exactly the same. White to mate in 2.

White to mate in 2

WECU Jamboree Results (24.09.2011.)

The West of England Union’s annual pre-season get-together is their Jamboree which was held on Sunday in Taunton. There were three teams of 12 players in the Open Section, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. It has always been a closely contested affair and this time Devon managed to squeeze home, in spite of having had to default one board due to the traffic chaos on the motorway causing long delays. Devon came 1st with 7 points, just ahead of Somerset on 6½ and Gloucestershire on 4½.

There were five teams in the grade-limited section, which Dorset won by a comfortable margin on 8½ points, ahead of East Devon and Somerset ‘B’ in joint 2nd place on 6 points, Torbay League on 4½ and Somerset ‘C’ on 4. Somerset are to be congratulated on getting out three strong teams.

Here is a crisp finish from Devon’s winning team in the Open.

White: Adam Musson (159 – Glos.). Black: John K. F. Stephens (173 – Devon).

Slav Defence  [D30]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 Key move of the Slav Defence. 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.b3 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 dxc4 8.Nxc4 c5 9.0–0 Be7 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Nce5 0–0 12.Rc1 Ne4 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Qc2 Qd5 15.Ne5 White has exposed himself to a potential threat on the long diagonal. 15…cxd4 16.Bxd4 The d-file is now clear of pawns and control of it will be central. 16…Nd2 threatening mate on g2 and the nearby rook. 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.f3 Nxf1 19.Be4 Hitting the queen and the bishop behind it which cannot be defended. 19…Nxe3 20.Qd3 If 20.Bxd5 Nxc2 21.Bxb7 Nxd4 22.Rc7 (Not 22.Bxa8 Ne2+ 23.Kf1 Nxc1 24.Be4 leaving Black a rook up.) 22…Rae8; 20.Bxe3; if 20.Bxe3 Qxe5 21.Bxb7 Qxe3+ 22.Kh1 Rad8. 20…Qd6 21.Bxb7 Rad8 22.Nc6 Nf5 23.Nxd8 Rxd8 Back to level material. 24.Rc4 Nxd4 25.Qe4 Nf5 Threatening Qd1+ and Rd2mate 26.Qe1 White has an answer this time, but Black’s command of the d-file will prove decisive. 26…b5 27.Rc6 Qd4+ 28.Kf1 Ne3+ 29.Ke2 forced 29…Nxg2 Black can force a mate whatever White tries from now on. 30.Qg3 Qd1+ 0-1. Resigned in view of 31.Kf2 Rd2 mate. Another ending where a knight controls possible flight squares for the enemy king.

Other games may be found on the chessdevon website, while full charts and pictures are on keverelchess.com.

Last week’s problem shouldn’t have taken long to solve; 1.Rc8 threatened the unstoppable 2.Ra8 mate.

This position comes from the game Mickey Adams vs Halkias at last year’s Gibraltar tournament. How did Adams manage to smash open the Black King’s position?

White to smash open the King's position and win.

WECU Jamboree 2011

The West of England’s annual pre-season get-together is its Jamboree, held in recent recent years at the wonderfully-named Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton. The venue has many virtues; it is central to the strangely-shaped area covered by the Union, ample parking, near the M5 motorway, free tea & coffee provided etc. etc.

So far, so good. The problem this year was that as one drove up the motorway, roadside signs appeared that indicated that it would not be possible to exit the motorway at Taunton. One had to decide whether it was better to exit at the one before or after Junction 25. Of the cars travelling up from Devon, some chose the former, and some the latter option. It seems that the latter option, exiting at Bridgwater and travelling back, was the better one. The others had to plough through Taunton, and long, barely-moving queues had formed. Many drivers arrived at the venue well after the scheduled start-time late and fuming. Those waiting for an opponent had been advised to show mercy and not start the clocks, but even so, the last to arrive was the WECU President, John Wheeler, who had driven all the way from Cosham on the coast near Portsmouth, only to find he had been defaulted, having arrived more than half an hour after the start time.

After this near-chaotic start things gradually settled down to normality. With 5 teams of 12 players having entered the Graded Section, the 3 teams in the Open were hived off to a separate room, with the advantage that tables were less crowded than they have sometimes been in the past.

General view of the spacious Open Section.

Open Section - lower boards.

Graded Section - general view.

The final scores in the Open were as follows: N.B.: D =Devon; G = Gloucestershire & S = Somerset.

The match was close, as it generally is, but on this occasion, Devon’s strength in depth, just gave them an edge, in spite of having to default one game.

Bd Team Name Grd.     Team Name Grd.
1 G1 J. Stewart 195 1 0 D1 D. Mackle 197
2 D2 K. J. Hurst 186 1 0 S1 D. Buckley 201
3 S2 T. Stuttard 191 1 0 G2 D. Lambourne 181
4 G3 J. Jenkins 177 ½ ½ S3 P. Kryzanowski 188
5 S4 M. Richardt 180 0 1 D3 S. J. Homer 179
6 D4 B. W. Hewson 178 1 0 G4 G. Taylor 167
7 G5 D. Vaughan 165 1 0 D5 J. F. Wheeler 173
8 D6 D. Regis 175 0 1 S5 D. Painter-Koo 175
9 S6 A. F. Footner 173 ½ ½ G6 P. Dodwell 162
10 G7 P. J. Meade 161 ½ ½ S7 G. N. Jepps 161
11 S8 A. Musson 159 0 1 D7 J. K. Stephens 173
12 D8 M. V. Abbott 170 1 0 G8 A. Richards 149
13 G9 P. Baker 147 1 0 D9 A. W. Brusey 174
14 D10 T. F. Thynne 171 1 0 S9 J. E. Fewkes 157
15 S10 D. Peters 157 1 0 G10 A. Bentley 146
16 G11 B. Whitelaw 143 0 1 S11 N. N. Senior 156
17 S12 A. Champion 153 1 0 D11 W. H. Ingham 166
18 D12 J. Leung 165 1 0 G12 I. Blencowe 130

 

  Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
D Devon 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 7
G Gloucestershire 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 0 0
S Somerset 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 1

The formula for the Graded Section with 5 teams involved, was a little more complicated.

Bd Team Name Grd.     Team Name Grd.
1 Dor1 F. Pitman 158 ½ ½ Tor1 A. Kinder 162
2 SomB1 C. Price 160 1 0 ED1 S. Bartlett 162
3 Tor2 A. Billings 157 0 1 SomC1 N. Wilson 159
4 SomC2 C. Purry 151 1 0 SomB2 C. Barratt 154
5 ED2 B. Gosling 150 1 0 Dor2 P. Errington 144
6 SomC3 D. Wood 145 ½ ½ ED3 S. Murray 151
7 Tor3 M. Stinton 150 ½ ½ SomB3 R. Knight 141
8 SomB4 N. Mills 132 0 1 Dor3 W. Legg 142
9 Dor4 J. Bowley 142 0 1 SomC4 K. Paine 134
10 ED4 P. Kennedy 147 ½ ½ Tor4 F. Sugden 147
11 Dor5 W. Adaway 130e 1 0 ED5 J. Morrison 148
12 SomB5 C. Strong 132 1 0 SomC5 A. Conway 128
13 SomC6 S. Hill 125 0 1 Tor5 F. Nieva 143
14 ED6 J. Dzenis 139 0 0 SomB6 C. Stanton 129
15 Tor6 A. Wright 141 0 1 Dor6 D. Aldwinkle 140
16 SomC7 R. Fenton 121 0 1 Dor7 I. Willis 138
17 Tor7 R. Wilby 135 0 1 ED7 R. H. Jones 130
18 Dor8 P. Brackner 138 1 0 SomB7 M. Baker 129
19 ED8 J. Knowles 125 1 0 SomC8 G. Berryman 116
20 SomB8 K. Stanton 117 1 0 Tor8 M. Cuggy 133
21 Dor9 W. J. Kelly 126 ½ ½ Tor9 A. Tatam 116
22 SomB9 R. Turner 112 ½ ½ ED9 H. Welch 115
23 Tor10 J. Doidge 106 ½ ½ SomC9 R. Waters 113
24 SomC10 M. Ward 101 1 0 SomB10 S. Gray 111
25 ED10 F. R. Hodge 118 ½ ½ Dor10 K. Spooner 117
26 SomC11 V. McAndrew 100e 1 0 ED11 W. Fairbairn 100
27 Tor11 R. Greenhalgh 105 1 0 SomB11 Z. Strong 100e
28 SomB12 B. Lee 100e 0 1 Dor11 N. Mackie 112
29 Dor12 J. George 111 1 0 SomC12 R. Carver 100e
30 ED12 S. Thorpe-Tracey 100e 1 0 Tor12 N. Mills 102

 

Team              Bd. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Pos.
Dorset ½ 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1st
E. Devon League 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 6 2nd=
Somerset B 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 1 ½ 0 0 0 4 5th
Somerset C 1 1 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 6 2nd=
Torbay League ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 4th

 The game scores may be found as follows:

Open Section - http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/wecu/weoj/base.htm

Graded Section Part 1:  http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/wecu/wejg111/base.htm 

Graded Section Part 2:    http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/wecu/wejg112/base.htm

John Kelly receiveing the Graded Cup from the Organiser, Ben Edgell.

Devon's captain, Brian Hewson, collecting the main prize.