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Posts Tagged ‘West of England Chess Congress 2014’

Martin Simons Qualifies For the British (05.07.2014.)

Martin Simons of Southbourne is the player from the West of England’s Easter Congress who has accepted the Qualifying Place for the British Championship to be held at Aberystwyth University later this month. This Rd. 3 win against a 12 year old is one that helped him to a good score.

White: M. Simons (191). Black: T. Slade (173).

Sicilian Defence – Closed System [B25]

1.g3 c5 2.Bg2 g6 3.e4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d3 The position has evolved into the Closed System in which White declines to open up with d4. 5…e6 6.f4 Nge7 7.Nf3 0–0 8.0–0 d6 9.Be3 Nd4 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 Nef5 12.Bf2 Nxf3+ 13.Bxf3 Qc7 14.Ne4 Bxe5 15.Bxc5 Bd4+ 16.Bxd4 Nxd4 17.c3 Nxf3+ 18.Qxf3 f5? The f-pawn can’t actually take the knight at the moment and it leaves behind the e-pawn which will become problematic. 19.d4 Bd7 20.Nc5 b6 21.Nxd7 Qxd7 22.Rae1 Rfe8 23.Re5 Blockading the backward e-pawn, which will become increasingly difficult to defend once White’s heavy pieces gang up on it. This future problem leads Black to overlook present realities. 23…Re7?? 24.Qxa8+ 1–0.

Martin tends to show little respect for youth when it comes to chess. Here he trounces a 9 year old in the same event in 2000.

White: D. Howell. Black: M. Simons (203).

Scandinavian Defence. [B01]

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6 3.d4 Bg4 4.f3 Bf5 5.c4 e6 6.dxe6 Nc6 Black allows the check, calculating it will actually help his development. 7.exf7+ Kxf7 8.Be3 Bb4+ 9.Nc3 Re8 10.Kf2 Qe7 11.Qd2 Rad8 Black is now fully developed and sets about his task with relish. 12.Nge2 Ne5 13.Bg5 Nxc4 14.Qd1 Ng4+ 15.fxg4 Qxg5 16.gxf5 Qe3+ 17.Ke1 Nxb2 Normally, one is advised against pawn-grabbing but this threatens both BxN mate and the queen. With his knight on e2 pinned, blocking in 2 much-needed pieces, White’s position is a mess, but Black still has to win it. 18.Qb3+ Kf6 19.Rc1 If 19.Qxb4 Nd3+ 20.Kd1 Nxb4; or 19.Rb1 Bxc3+ 20.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 21.Kf2 Qe3+ 22.Ke1 Rxd4 with several mates in 3. 19…Qxc1+ 20.Kf2 Qe3+ 21.Ke1 Bxc3+ 22.Qxc3 Qxc3+ 0–1

Far from demoralising the youngster Martin was actually helping him in his career, as today David Howell is one of the world’s top players, a Grandmaster and twice British Champion. They might even meet again over the board in Aberystwyth, in which case there might be a whiff of revenge in the air!

In last week’s position, White can simply push his pawn to f7+, and if the king takes it, he has Rh7+ winning the rook. If Black therefore plays Ke7 he plays Rh7 and sets the same problem.

Here’s another hitherto unpublished 2-mover by Dave Howard.

White to mate in 2.

WECU Championship & Congress – Easter 2014 – Day 3

 The day dawned as bad as the first two days were good – i.e. cold, wet and windy. Probably a good time to stay inside and concentrate on getting into position for the final furlong tomorrow morning.

The morning round went as follows:-

  WECU Championship       Open Rd 5    
               
1 Simons, Martin J 191 (2½) 0-1 McMichael, Richard  213 (3)
2 Boyne, Andrew K 196 (3) 1-0 Littlejohns, David P 182 (2½)
3 Regis, David 180 (3)  ½-½ Fraser, John 180 (2)
4 Stephens, John K 186 (2) 1-0 Clark, Ian C 193 (2)
5 Slade, Theo 173 (2) 0-1 Thompson, Robert 176 (2)
6 Toms, David A 142 (1½) 1-0 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½)
7 Stephenson, David  159 (1) 0-1 Bartlett, Simon 175 (1)
8 Bolt, Graham 177 (2½) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Major Rd 5    
               
101 Ingham, H William 169 (3½) 0-1 Brusey, Alan W 167 (3½)
102 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (3) ½-½ Bass, John W 168  (3)
103 Gamble, Raymond J 163 (2½) ½-½ Page, Martin C 167 (2½)
104 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (2½) ½-½ Thynne, Trefor F 166 (2½)
105 Dean, Steve K 161 (2½) ½-½ O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (2½)
106 Nyman, John Ch 161 (2) 1-0 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2)
107 Burton, Ronnie 159 (2) ½-½ Rogers, David R 146 (2)
108 Sellwood, Colin 157 (2) 0-1 Tew, Paul 145 (2)
109 Price, Andrew 155 (2) 0-1 Worrall, Martin C 133 (2)
110 Morton, Peter S 149 (2) ½-½ Roberts, Malcolm A 144 (2)
111 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1½) 0-1 Moore, Gillian A 147 (1½)
112 Morgan, Jamie 147 (1½) 0-1 Chapman, Timothy J 135 (1½)
113 Lawrence, David J 137 (1) ½-½ Taylor, Geoffrey P 145 (½)
114 Robertson, Jim 134 (½) 1 – 0      
115 Hamilton, Selwyn Ll 133 (1½) ½ – 0      
116 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress       Minor Rd 5    
               
201 Jackson, Paul A 127 (3½) ½-½ Dicker, Nigel 135 (3)
202 Wilby, Robert G 137 (3) 0-1 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie 135 (3)
203 Tidy, Norman F 124 (3) 1-0 Allen, Timothy S 127 (2½)
204 Foster, Paul 134 (2½) 1-0 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½)
205 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (2½) ½-½ Alexander, Ken Rd 126 (2½)
206 Gilbert, David J 138 (2) ½-½ Burt, David F 114 (2)
207 Sandercock, E Barry 137 (2) ½-½ Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2)
208 Spooner, Keith C 119 (2) ½-½ Hunt, Ray K 125 (2)
209 Mills, Nigel 122 (2) 1-0 Dengler, Terry 95 (2)
210 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (1½) ½-½ Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2)
211 Maber, Martyn J 93* (1½) ½-½ Whittington, Reece W 119 (1½)
212 Kelly, Edmund 104 (1½) 1-0 Dean, John E 115 (1)
213 Waters, Roger G 116 (1) ½-½ Welch, Hazel 109 (1)
214 Fraser, Alan R 112 (½) 1-0      

The afternoon round went like this:-

  WECU Open 2014   Rd. 6
Board White Result Black
1 McMichael, Richard 213 (4) 1 – 0 Stephens, John K 186 (3)
2 Bolt, Graham 177 (3) ½ – ½ Boyne, Andrew K 196 (4)
3 Regis, David 180 (3½) ½ – ½ Thompson, Robert 176 (3)
4 Toms, David A 142 (2½) 0 – 1 Simons, Martin J 191 (2½)
5 Fraser, John 180 (2½) 0 – 1 Littlejohns, David 182 (2½)
6 Bartlett, Simon 175 (2) 0 – 1 Clark, Ian C 193 (2)
7 Shaw, Meyrick 176 (1½) 1 – 0 Slade, Theo 173 (2)
8 Stephenson, David 159 (1) 1 – 0      

 

  WECU Congress   Major     Rd. 6
Brd White Result Black
101 Brusey, Alan W 167 (4½) 0 – 1 Annetts, Ivor S 152 (3½)
102 Bass, John W 168  (3½) ½ – ½ Ingham, H William 169 (3½)
103 Page, Martin C 167 (3) 1 – 0 Wensley, Oliver E 157 (3)
104 Tew, Paul 145 (3) ½ – ½ Thynne, Trefor F 166 (3)
105 O’Gorman, Brendan 164 (3) ½ – ½ Nyman, John Ch 161 (3)
106 Worrall, Martin C 133 (3) ½ – ½ Gamble, Raymond J 163 (3)
107 Roberts, Malcolm 144 (2½) ½ – ½ Burton, Ronnie 159 (2½)
108 Rogers, David R 146 (2½) 1 – 0 Gosling, Brian Ge 152 (2½)
109 Chapman, Timothy 135 (2½) ½ – ½ Morton, Peter S 149 (2½)
110 Moore, Gillian A 147 (2½) ½ – ½ Sellwood, Colin 157 (2)
111 Harris, Martyn J 152 (2) 0 – 1 Price, Andrew 155 (2)
112 Hamilton, Selwyn 133 (2) ½ – ½ Lawrence, David J 137 (1½)
113 Robertson, Jim 134 (1½) 0 – 1 Morgan, Jamie 147 (1½)
114 Taylor, Geoffrey  145 (1) 0 – 1 Woodward, Tim F 153 (1½)
115 Dean, Steve K 161 (3) ½ – 0      

 

  WECU Congress  2014   Minor  Rd. 6
Board White Result Black
201 Barber-Lafon Jacquie 135 (4) 0 – 1 Tidy, Norman F 124 (4)
202 Foster, Paul 134 (3½) ½ – ½ Jackson, Paul A 127 (4)
203 Dicker, Nigel 135 (3½) 0 – 1 Alexander, Ken  126 (3)
204 Blencowe, Ian P 129 (3) ½ – ½ Mills, Nigel 122 (3)
205 Parfett, Gerald F 121 (2½) 0 – 1 Wilby, Robert G 137 (3)
206 Bailey, Gregory L 112 (2½) ½ – ½ Gilbert, David J 138 (2½)
207 Burt, David F 114 (2½) ½ – ½ Sandercock, Barry 137 (2½)
208 Allen, Timothy S 127 (2½) 1 – 0 Kelly, Edmund 104 (2½)
209 Errington, Paul T 126 (2½) ½ – ½ Spooner, Keith C 119 (2½)
210 Hunt, Ray K 125 (2½) 1 – 0 Maber, Martyn J 93* (2)
211 Dengler, Terry 95 (2) 0 – 1 Gardiner, Colin J 116 (2)
212 Whittington, Reece 119 (2) 1 – 0 Waters, Roger G 116 (1½)
213 Welch, Hazel 109 (1½) 1 – 0 Fraser, Alan R 112 (1½)
214 Dean, John E 115 (1) 1 – 0      
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