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On Sunday, Devon met Lancashire at Worcester in the semi-final of the Inter-County Championship U-180 grade section. It was a close match that finished 8-8, with 4 wins to each team and 8 drawn games. As replays are not possible a tie-break rule called board count is invoked. Under this system the score of the bottom game is discounted, until a clear winner emerges. As Lancs won the game on Bd. 16, that win was eliminated, leaving Devon the winners, going through to the Final in Warwick on July 4th. The details were: (Devon names 2nd in each pairing) 1. J. Cooper ½-½ Dr. J. Underwood. 2. S. Riley 1-0 Dr. D. Regis. 3. R. Newton 0-1 A. Brusey. 4. M. Whitehead ½-½ B. W. R. Hewson. 5. M. Parker 0-1 S. Martin. 6. P. Jackson 0-1 M. Abbott. 7. R. Ashcroft ½-½ M. Shaw. 8. J. Lyth ½-½ W. Ingham. 9. A. Clarkson 1-0 M. Stinton-Brownbridge. 10. C. Rutlidge ½-½ K. P. Atkins. 11. P. Taylor 0-1 Dr. D.Toms. 12. R.Collins ½-½ O. E. Wensley. 13. D. Owen ½-½ C. J. Scott. 14. C. Fisher ½-½ P. Brooks. 15. W. O’Rourke 1-0 A. Kinder. 16. N. Jayawarna 1-0 V. Ramesh.
The ending to last week’s game was 1…Rxc3+ smashing open the White king’s position. If 2.b2xc3 then Ba3 is mate.
The Hungarian Laszlo Polgar was an assiduous collector of chess material that he used in the early tuition of his 3 daughters, Susan, Sofia and Judith. He later published this material in two large tomes, one on problem-like mates and another on winning middlegame combinations, the latter consisting of 4,158 positions in its 1,015 pages. From it, this position caught my eye, marked up only as “Aitken – Keffler: Newquai 1951”. This sparked a hunt for the actual game score from which the diagram was taken. I guessed it probably referred to a West of England Championship, held at the Penolver Hotel, Newquay at Easter 1951, but the problem was that neither Aitken nor Keffler played in that event. However, the Championship did return there 3 years later, and Aitken became joint champion with A. R. B. Thomas. Thomas was unbeaten but Aitken did lose one game – in Rd. 4 to Peter Yvon Keffler, then of Somerset. Polgar simply got the year wrong. The full game score, taken from the souvenir bulletin, was as follows:
White: J. M. Aitken. Black: P. Y. Keffler.
Sicilian Defence – Dragon Var. [B70]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g3 g6 7.Bg2 Bg7 8.Nxc6 bxc6 9.e5 Nd7 10.Bxc6 Rb8 11.exd6 0–0 12.0–0 Ne5 13.dxe7 Qxe7 14.Bg2 Bg4 15.Qe1 Rfe8 16.Qe3 Qd7 17.Qf4 Bh3 18.Rd1 (see diagram). White is 2 pawns up and this seems a natural enough move as it (a) unpins the fianchetto bishop (b) develops the rook and (c) attacks Black’s queen. But it’s not quite as good as it looks, as Keffler now demonstated. Peter Keffler now lives in Suffolk, aged 92, and plays for the Braille Chess Association.
During the recent West of England Championship I celebrated my Golden Wedding and was able to reassemble the whole wedding party, bridesmaids, Best Man and ushers, which set me thinking on the lines of how some things have changed and some haven’t. The French have a phrase – “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” – the more things change, the more they stay the same.
The same applies to the WECU Championship of half a century ago. It was held in Weymouth that year and attracted 94 players, divided into 10 smaller sections, including sections for ladies, girls, juniors, reserves A & B etc. Today, all entries are consolidated into just 3 sections, Open, Major and Minor, based on grade alone.
Many of those players involved at Weymouth have since moved on to the great chequerboard in the sky, of course, but a significant number are still very involved in the game, both as players and organisers. Trefor Thynne, Ivor Annetts, Brian Gosling, John Wheeler, Phil Meade and Leon Burnett, for example, all did well that year and have been very active in westcountry chess ever since. Scillonian David Ellis went on to become Champion the following year before emigrating to Perth, Australia, where he still conducts a chess column in his local paper. Burnett became Champion in 1966 and was still playing strongly in the recent Bristol Congress.
The winner of this game was awarded the Brigadier Morris Trophy for the best game by a junior in 1965. Today, David Shire is a noted problem composer – but what happened to the trophy is a mystery.
White: D. J. Shire. Black: B. G. Gosling. Sicilian Defence – Najdorf Variation.
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0–0–0 Nbd7 10.g4 Rb8 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 13.Rg1 b5 14.a3 b4 15.axb4 Rxb4 16.Bh3 Nc5 17.f5 All moves so far are identical to the Hindle-Gligoric game at the 1965 Hastings Christmas Congress; the boys really knew the latest opening theory. 17…Qb7 Attacks b2 and prevents e5. For example, Gligoric played 17…Bd7 18.e5! opening up attacking possibilities, and the game went on… 18…d5 19.fxe6 fxe6 20.Nxe6 Bxe6 21.Bxe6 Nxe6 22.Nxd5 and Hindle won, something of a sensation at the time. 18.f6 Bf8 19.b3 Rg8 20.Rde1 gxf6 21.Nd5! Threatening a knight fork on f6. 21…exd5 22.exd5+ And now White proceeds to wreak havoc. 22…Kd8 23.Qxf6+ Kc7 24.Qxf7+ Kb6 25.Qxg8 Bxh3 26.Qxf8 Qc7 27.Nc6! Threatening Re7 1–0.
Last week’s Morphy game ended with a combination that is well-known because of its ingenuity but one that rarely occurs in practice. 1.Qa3+ Kg8 (if Ke8 then Qe8 mate) 2.Ne7+ Kf8 3.Ng6+ Kg8 4.Qf8+ Rxf8 5.Ke7 mate, known as a smothered mate, as the king is hemmed in by its own pieces, in this case the rooks.
Having indicated how rare it is in actual play, here is another example, incredibly also by Morphy – in the same year. Just repeat the drill.
Under cloudless skies, and with the air like a refreshing cold white wine, the 67th West of England Championship and Congress got under way at 10 a.m. at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth. Inevitably there were a few minor hiccups just before the start but these were easily resolved and a hush of concentration quickly descended.
What the Open may have lacked in quantity it made up in quality, the more so after GM Keith Arkell entered the day before, heading a number of quality players in the 180 – 200 range.
|Bd.||Open (Rd. 1)|
|1||G. Bolt||0||1||K. C. Arkell|
|2||S. Berry||1||0||P. Helbig|
|3||A. Brusey||½||½||R. McMichael|
|4||A. Therrien||½||½||R. de Coverley|
|5||S. Greely||1||0||A. Richardson|
|6||B. W. Hewson||1||0||G. Taylor|
|7||S. Bartlett||0||1||P. Krzyzanowski|
|8||R. Thompson||½||½||M. Shaw|
|1||K. C. Arkell||225||4NCL||1|
|5||A. W. Brusey||176||Teignmouth||½|
|6||R. de Coverley||175||Bourne End||½|
|10||B. W. Hewson||186||Tiverton||1|
|13||R. McMichael||198||King’s Head||½|
|18||R. Thompson||185||N. Abbot||½|
|Bd||Major (Rd. 1)|
|1||R. Bryant||1||0||I. Annetts|
|2||B. Gosling||0||1||A. Clarke|
|3||M. Abbott||1||0||M. Wilson|
|4||T. Chapman||–||1||W. Ingham|
|5||A. Billings||1||0||M. Worrall|
|6||G. Body||0||1||O. Wensley|
|7||M. Harris||1||0||J. Morgan|
|8||K. Atkins||½||½||N. Dicker|
|9||R. Gamble||½||½||S. Stone|
|10||A. Richards||1||0||A. Price|
|11||S. K. Dean||½||½||C. Sellwood|
|12||D. Lawrence||0||1||A. Hibbitt|
|13||J. Nyman||1||0||G. Parfett|
|1||M. V. Abbott||170||Exmouth||1|
|2||K. P. Atkins||146||Tiverton||½|
|3||I. S. Annetts||152||Tiverton||0|
|4||A. Billings||165||N. Abbot||1|
|9||S. K. Dean||157||Seaton||½|
|12||B. G. Gosling||150||Exmouth||0|
|16||D. Lawrence||134||King’s Head||0|
|19||J. Nyman||156||King’s Head||1|
|24||M. Roberts||145||Holmes Chapel||½|
|28||O. E. Wensley||165||Exmouth||1|
|Bd||Minor (Rd. 1)|
|1||H. Welch||1||0||K. Alexander|
|2||J. Morrison||1||0||A. Fraser|
|3||R. Waters||0||1||D. R. Rogers|
|4||D. Woodruff||1||0||M. French|
|5||R. Hood||½||½||A. Wiggins|
|6||N. Mills||bye||1||S. Billett|
|7||J. O’Grady||1||0||N. Tidy|
|8||T. Crouch||½||½||M. Cox|
|9||C. Gardiner||0||1||J. Carr|
|10||G. Patching||0||1||M. Huba|
|11||M. Kaye||0||1||P. Foster|
|12||H. Herschmann||0||1||P. Errington|
|13||G. Andrews||1||0||T. Dengler|
|14||R. Cox||0||1||I. Blencowe|
|15||D. Burt||1||0||R. Whittington|
|9||T. Crouch||129||King’s Head||½|
|18||M. Huba||115||King’s Head||1|
|21||J. O’Grady||107||N. Abbot||1|
|24||Dr. R. Ryan||99||Seaton||½|
|29||R. Whittington||85||Exeter Jun.||0|
Rd. 1 Open games here: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu121/base.htm
The draw for Rd. 2 was as follows, and finished thus.
|Bd.||Open (Rd. 2)|
|1||K. C. Arkell||1||0||S. Greely|
|2||P. Krzyzanowski||0||1||S. Berry|
|3||S. Dilleigh||½||½||B. W. Hewson|
|4||R. McMichael||½||½||D. Littlejohns|
|5||M. Shaw||0||1||A. Therrien|
|6||R. de Coverley||1||0||R. Thompson|
|7||A. Richardson||1||0||A. W. Brusey|
|8||G. Taylor||0||1||G. Bolt|
|9||P. Helbig||½||½||S. Bartlett|
Arkell sacrificed a piece in order to break open the enemy king’s position, after which the task was relatively simple. Second seed Berry, on the other hand, had a more difficult ending where he had rook, bishop and pawn for his opponent’s queen; a complicated position in which his opponent eventually ran out of time.
Rd. 2 Open games here → http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/wecu122/base.htm
In the Major, only 3 were left on 2/2 at the end of Day 1, namely Wensley, Harris & Bill Ingham. The scores were as follows:-
|Bd||Major (Rd. 2)|
|1||O. Wensley||1||0||R. Bryant|
|2||M. Harris||1||0||M. Abbott|
|3||A. Clarke||½||½||J. Nyman|
|4||W. Ingham||1||0||A. Richards|
|5||A. Hibbitt||½||½||A. Billings|
|6||N. Dicker||1||0||C. Reeves|
|7||M. Roberts||½||½||R. Gamble|
|8||S. Stone||½||½||S. K. Dean|
|9||R. Morgan||0||1||K. Atkins|
|10||T. Chapman||1||0||C. Sellwood|
|11||A. Price||½||½||E. Sandercock|
|12||I. Annetts||0||1||G. Body|
|13||J. Morgan||0||1||B. Gosling|
|14||M. Wilson||1||0||D. Lawrence|
|15||M. Worrall||1||0||G. Parfett|
In the Minor, the leaders going in to Rd. 3 were Dave Rogers, Garth Andrews and Pauls Errington and Foster.
|Bd||Minor (Rd. 2)|
|1||M. Huba||½||½||J. Morrison|
|2||D. R. Rogers||1||0||D. Burt|
|3||P. Errington||1||0||H. Welch|
|4||P. Foster||1||0||S. Billett|
|5||J. Carr||0||1||G. Andrews|
|6||I. Blencowe||½||½||J. O’Grady|
|7||T. Crouch||½||½||D. Woodruff|
|8||T. Woodward||1||0||R. Hood|
|9||A. Wiggins||1||0||R. Ryan|
|10||A. Fraser||1||0||G. Patching|
|11||M. Cox||1||0||N. Mills|
|12||M. French||½||½||A. Wang|
|13||K. Alexander||1||0||M. Kaye|
|14||N. Tidy||1||0||R. Cox|
|15||T. Dengler||0||1||C. Gardiner|
|16||R. Whittington||1||0||R. Waters|