Posts Tagged ‘West of England Jamboree’
A quick look at the team lists before the start of play showed that Somerset were making a big effort to wrest the Open trophy from Devon’s grip of recent years. The top half of their team were all graded higher than Devon’s No. 1, the new County Champion, John Stephens, with a Grandmaster and International Master among them. Their team total grade exceeded Devon’s by 118 points, or 10 points per board on average. The only chink of light for the holders was that Devon slightly out-graded Somerset on the bottom 3 boards, and by way of a gallows humour, there was a view that if the top boards could get a few draws, while the bottom ones could harvest a win or two, all might not be lost. But there wasn’t much conviction in the way it was said.
However, as the first results came in, the “plan” (if it could be so called) seemed to be taking shape. After a quick win for Rudd, early draws from the middle order were recorded, including Hurst, Regis, Underwood, Hui and Paulden. In fact the draws continued to roll in, while in the bottom 3 games, Wheeler and Fraser notched up the hoped-for wins. With 5.5 points in the bag and 3 games still in progress, it was team captain Brian Hewson’s win that took his team past the winning post. Devon’s last 2 games were against Grandmsters: John Stephens had taken the view from the start that all-out attack was the best policy, and he reached a rook & pawn endgame with 3 & 2 pawns on the same side of the board, and his rook kept Turner’s king from taking part in the action, so a draw was agreed; Stephens’ best-ever result. Alan Brusey was last to finish, with another rook & pawn ending against Grandmaster Christopher Jones (problem composer). With the match won, there was no pressure but neither player made any mistakes and an amicable draw agreed.
Amazingly, Devon’s “plan” had actually come about, and there was some incredulity in the room that such a strong team as Somerset had, could only win the one game. It has to be recorded, too, that Gloucestershire had also made a great effort to turn out a competitive team, which was their strongest for some years.
There was some compensation for Somerset captain, Roger Knight, in that in the Grade-limited section, Somerset S & E romped home with 8 points, a clear win against 3 very closely matched teams.
|1||John Stephens||196||Joey Stuart||200||Matt Turner (GM)||238|
|2||Lorenz Hartmann||190||Michael Ashworth||190||Jack Rudd (IM)||216|
|3||Jon Underwood||186||John Jenkins||185||Arturo Wong||202|
|4||Tim Paulden||185||Nigel Hosken||184||Thomas Goldie||201|
|5||Mark Hui||185||Paul Masters||182||Ben Edgell||199|
|6||Alan Brusey||184||Chris Jones (GM)||180||Pat Krzyzanowski||197|
|7||Kevin Hurst||181||Mike Levene||179||Matthew Payne||192|
|8||Dave Regis||183||Kajetan Wandowicz||170||Peter Chaplin||186|
|9||Mark Abbott||180||Phil Meade||169||Dave Littlejohns||182|
|10||John Wheeler||178||Robert Ashworth||145||David P-Kooiman||173|
|11||John Fraser||177||Barry Whitelaw||137||Gerry Jepps||167|
|12||Brian Hewson||176||Ainsley Killey||128||Andy Gregory||166|
|1||D1||J. K. Stephens||196||½||½||S1||M. Turner||238|
|2||S2||J. Rudd||216||1||0||G1||J. Stuart||200|
|3||G2||M. Ashworth||190||½||½||D2||L. Hartmann||190|
|4||D3||J. Underwood||186||½||½||G3||J. Jenkins||185|
|5||G4||N. Hosken||184||½||½||S3||A. Wong||202|
|6||S4||T. Goldie||201||½||½||D4||T. Paulden||185|
|7||D5||M. Hui||185||½||½||S5||B. Edgell||199|
|8||S6||P. Krzyzanowski||197||½||½||G5||P. Masters||182|
|9||G6||C. Jones||180||½||½||D6||A. W. Brusey||184|
|10||D7||K. J. Hurst||181||½||½||G7||M. Levene||179|
|11||G8||K. Wandowicz||170||½||½||S7||M. Payne||192|
|12||S8||P. Chaplin||186||½||½||D8||D. Regis||183|
|13||D9||M. V. Abbott||180||½||½||S9||D. Littlejohns||182|
|14||S10||D. P-Kooiman||173||½||½||G9||P. J. Meade||169|
|15||G10||R. Ashworth||145||0||1||D10||J. F. Wheeler||178|
|16||D11||J. Fraser||177||1||0||G11||B. Whitelaw||137|
|17||G12||A. Killey||128||1||0||S11||G. N. Jepps||167|
|18||S12||A. Gregory||166||0||1||D12||B. W. Hewson||176|
|Bd||Torbay||Gd||Som. S&W.||Gd||Som. E&N||Gd||Wilts|
|1||P. Brooks||158||D, Freeman||165||F. Felicio||165||A. Cooper||177|
|2||M. Stinton||158||R. Knight||157||C. Purry||160||M. Bowhay||152|
|3||W. Ingham||158||M. Baker||150||C. Strong||155||D. O’Byrne||149|
|4||A. Kinder||151||J. Fewkes||145||C. Fewtrell||145||C. S-Lumb||139|
|5||V. Ramesh||143||C. Mckinley||142||J. Lee||141||P. Musgrove||135|
|6||R. Wilby||142||S. Pickard||138||A. Champion||128||T. Cooper||133|
|7||M. O’Brien||126||R. Challoner||136||G. Daniel||123||G. Williams||128|
|8||J. Ariss||121||R. McClatchy||131||Z. Strong||121||R. Ludlow||118|
|9||M. Cockerton||116||I. Stringer||116||H. Fowler||121||E. Hughes||110|
|10||J. Dean||112||G. Greenland||108||R. Waters||110||M. Walters||107|
|11||C. Peach||105||M. Cooper||105||C. Fowler||95||D. Brown||98|
|12||A. Tatm||105||R. Fenton||104||M. Walker||70||R. Sparks||80|
|1||T1||P. Brooks||158||½||½||N1||F. Felicio||165|
|2||W1||A. Cooper||177||½||½||S1||D. Freeman||165|
|3||N2||C. Purry||160||1||0||W2||M. Bowhay||152|
|4||S2||R. Knight||157||½||½||T2||M. Stinton||158|
|5||T3||W. Ingham||158||½||½||W3||D. O’Byrne||149|
|6||N3||C. Strong||155||0||1||S3||M. Baker||150|
|7||S4||J. Fewkes||145||½||½||N4||C. Fewtrell||145|
|8||W4||C. S-Lumb||139||½||½||T4||A. Kinder||151|
|9||W5||P. Musgrove||135||1||0||N5||J. Lee||141|
|10||T5||V. Ramesh||143||1||0||S5||C. McKinley||142|
|11||N6||A. Champion||128||1||0||T6||R. Wilby||142|
|12||S6||S. Pickard||138||1||0||W6||T. Cooper||133|
|13||T7||M. O’Brien||126||1||0||N7||G. Daniel||123|
|14||W7||G. Williams||128||0||1||S7||R. Challoner||136|
|15||N8||Z. Strong||121||1||0||W8||R. Ludlow||118|
|16||S8||R. McClatchey||131||0||1||T8||J. Ariss||121|
|17||T9||M. Cockerton||116||0||1||W9||E. Hughes||110|
|19||S10||G. Greenland||108||1||0||N10||R. Waters||110|
|20||W10||M. Walters||107||1||0||T10||J. Dean||112|
|21||W11||D. Brown||98||0||1||N11||I. Stringer||116|
|22||T11||C. Peach||105||½||½||S11||M. Cooper||105|
|23||N12||M. Walker||70||½||½||T12||A. Tatam||105|
|24||S12||R. Fenton||104||1||0||W12||R. Sparks||80|
The West of England Jamboree is an annual occasion for players from all constituent units of the Union to come together in a single event, which in recent years has been held at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton. On Sunday there were four teams of 12 in the Open Section – Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and a welcome return by a resurgent Cornwall. The winners were Devon (8½ pts) ahead of Somerset (7), Cornwall (4½) and Gloucestershire (4). This game from Bd. 6 was a no holds barred affair
White: John Jenkins (176 – Glos.). Black: Peter Chaplin (189 – Somerset).
1.d4 g6 2.e4 d6 3.f4 White certainly intends giving it everything right from the start. 3…c5 4.c3 Bg7 5.Nf3 cxd4 6.cxd4 Bg4 7.Bb5+ There’s no intention of playing conservatively with something like 7.Be2 7….Nc6 8.Qa4 Bxf3 9.gxf3 Kf8 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Nd2 Not 11.Qxc6?? Rc8 winning bishop & rook. 11…e5 12.fxe5 dxe5 13.Nc4 Qh4+ 14.Ke2 exd4 15.Qxc6 Rd8 16.Qc5+ Qe7 17.Qxe7+ Nxe7 18.Kd3 correctly blockading the advanced pawn. 18…Nc6 19.Bd2 Ke7 20.b4 Rd7 21.Rab1 Ke6 22.b5 Ne5+ 23.Nxe5 Bxe5 24.f4 Bd6 25.Rhc1 For best use of their powers rooks need open lines, well illustrated by the next few moves. 25…f5 26.e5 Be7 27.Rc6+ Kd5? In the spirit of the game so far, Black doesn’t wish to back off by retreating to f7, but this is a mistake. 28.Bb4 Rb8 29.Bxe7 Rxb5 30.Rbc1 1–0 Black resigned because if he takes the bishop he is mated thus 30…Rxe7 31.Rd6# , so he is effectively a piece down.
There were also four teams in the Grade-limited Section; N & W Somerset, S & E Somerset, the Torbay League and a return to inter-county competition by Wiltshire. This finished as a tie between Torbay and Wilts who will share the cup.
Full details of all players’ results and photographs of the action may be found on keverelchess.com.
The major prizewinners at the recent Paignton Congress were listed last week, so here are the winners of grading prizes. Premier: U-2151 1st= S. Dilleigh (Bristol), A. Brown (Northampton) & P. Kemp (Linton). U-2071. 1st= G. Bolt (Railways) & I. Myall (Chelmsford). U-1981 1st= A. Brusey (Teignmouth), A. Footner (Dorchester) & T. Spanton (Hastings). Challengers: U-161 1st= R. Clegg (Huddersfield) & A. Price (Leamington). U-149 1st= A. Hibbitt (Banbury) & J. Morgan (Exeter). Minor: U-122 M. Harris (Colchester). U-113 1st= A. Fraser (Beckenham), M. Bolan (Ashtead & S. Thacker (W.Notts).
Here is a hitherto unpublished problem by Dave Howard. White can mate on his 3rd move, providing the first (or key) move is correct.
This year there were four teams of 12 in each section, with Cornwall entering a team in the Open Section for the first time in a number of years, probably decades – and a very competitive team it was, too. In the Grade-limited Section there was a team from Wiltshire, after an absence of c. 20 years – a welcome move in both cases.
Although headed by Somerset in the early stages, Devon’s strength-in-depth made certain of their win in the Open, winning all 6 of their games in the lower half. Gloucestershire scored 3.5 out of 5 at the top of the order, but then fell away, while Cornwall scored 4 pts from their top 7 games.
In the Graded Section, Devon’s Torbay League scored heavily in the lower reaches, while Wiltshire scored at the top and bottom of the order, the two teams coming 1st =. The Wiltshire Captain, Roy Ludlow took the trophy 1st, saying his wife would only allow him to keep it in the house until the Torbay Congress in November, where he’d gladly hand it over to Rob Wilby.
The event was organised by Ben Edgell. Jerry Humphries acted as Arbiter in the Open Section and another colleague did likewise in the other room. Martin Worrell, a member of Taunton C.C. and a technician at the Centre, kindly provided free tea and biscuits all afternoon.
Photographs to follow shortly.
The details were as follows:
|1||A1||Jeremy Menadue||189||½||½||B1||Phil Meade||182|
|2||C1||Dominic Mackle||203||0||1||D1||Jack Rudd||224|
|3||B2||Thomas Thorpe||179||½||½||C2||John Stephens||194|
|4||D2||David Buckley||207||½||½||A2||Theo Slade||179|
|5||A3||Mark Hassall||178||1||0||C3||Kevin Hurst||191|
|6||B3||John Jenkins||176||1||0||D3||Peter Chaplin||189|
|7||D4||Mike Richardt||184||0||1||D4||Peter Kirby||173|
|8||C4||Steve Homer||188||1||0||A4||Grant Healey||178|
|9||C5||John Fraser||182||½||½||B5||Phil Dodwell||163|
|10||A5||David Saqui||173||0||1||D5||Pat Krzyzanowski||182|
|11||B6||Barry Whitelaw||159||0||1||A6||James Hooker||170|
|12||D6||David Littlejohns||178||½||½||C6||John Wheeler||181|
|13||A7||Simon Bartlett||169||1||0||B7||Alun Richards||136|
|14||C7||Jon Underwood||179||1||0||D7||David P-Kooiman||178|
|15||B8||Ian Blencowe||130||0||1||C8||Dave Regis||176|
|16||D8||James Byrne||165||1||0||A8||Gary Trudeau||155|
|17||A9||John Wilman||154||0||1||C9||Alan Brusey||176|
|19||D10||Andrew Gregory||158||1||0||B10||Jim Caterer||128|
|20||C10||Bill Ingham||176||1||0||A10||Richard Smith||149|
|21||C11||Brian Hewson||174||1||0||B11||Peter Bending||122|
|22||A11||Martin Jones||121||0||1||D11||Darren Freeman||158|
|23||B12||John Harris||115||½||½||A12||Barry Childs||107|
|24||D12||Alex Conway||156||0||1||C12||Meyrick Shaw||170|
|1||A1||Andy Bellingham||154||0||1||B1||Chris Purry||152|
|2||C1||Trefor Thynne||161||0||1||D1||Jim Sherwin||198|
|3||B2||Roger Knight||152||½||½||C2||Mike S-Brownbridge||164|
|4||D2||Andrew Cooper||174||1||0||A2||Adrian Champion||151|
|5||A3||Neville Senior||150||1||0||C3||Paul Brooks||154|
|6||B3||Jim Fewkes||150||½||½||D3||Ricardo Rei||168|
|7||D4||Tim Woodward||146||1||0||D4||Chris Fewtrell||149|
|8||C4||Andrew Kinder||146||0||1||A4||Chris Strong||148|
|9||C5||Rob Wilby||140||0||1||B5||Mark Baker||147|
|10||A5||Tristan West||147||½||½||D5||George Georgiou||139|
|11||B6||Simon Pickard||121||1||0||A6||Stan Wojcik||140|
|12||D6||Roy Ludlow||128||0||1||C6||John Allen||132|
|13||A7||John Wilkinson||115||1||0||B7||Simon Gray||114|
|14||C7||Vignesh Ramesh||131||1||0||D7||Gareth Williams||118|
|15||B8||Stan Hill||114||0||1||C8||Ben Wilkinson||129|
|16||D8||Richard Carver||116||0||1||A8||Roger Waters||112|
|17||A9||Mike Cooper||119||0||1||C9||John Dean||119|
|18||D10||David Brown||102||0||1||D9||Geoff Berryman||108|
|19||C10||Tony Tatam||107||1||0||B10||Mike Ward||93|
|20||C11||Roy Greenhalgh||100||1||0||A10||Roger Fenton||98|
|21||A11||Vic McAndrew||91||0||1||B11||Mike Walters||101|
|23||D12||Robert Sparks||72||1||0||C12||Nandaja Narayanan||101|
|24||B9||Ivan Stringer||110||½||½||D9||Gordon Chapman||104|
|A||N & W Somerset||0||0||1||1||½||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4½||4th|
|B||S & E Somerset||1||½||½||0||1||1||0||0||½||1||0||0||5½||3rd|
This annual pre-season get-together was held at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, which has proved a good venue in recent years, being relatively central to the Union’s elongated area.
In the Open Section, Somerset had strong players at the top end and scored well, but fell away badly lower down the order, collecting only 1½/6 points in the bottom half. Peter Chaplin’s short, bright win on Bd. 6 is well worth looking at. Devon’s performance was the mirror image of this, and their 5½/6 points on Bds 7-12 won the day.
The clearly-relieved winning captain’s report to his troops was as follows:-
It was a good team performance with good wins from John Stephens on bd 2, Dave Regis on bd 5, myself on bd7, Alan Brusey on bd 8, Alex Billings on bd 9 and a somewhat fortuitous Meyrick Shaw on bd 10. Solid draws from John Wheeler on bd 3, Steve Homer on bd 4, Brian Gosling on bd 11 and Trefor Thynne on bd 12.
Dominic Mackle succumbed to Jack Rudd’s speed otherwise would have drawn on 1. Kevin Hurst lost a piece under pressure from the dangerous Geoff Taylor on bd 6.
Well played team and everyone was on time!
The individual scores in the Open were as follows:-
|1||D1||D. Mackle||202||0||1||S1||J. Rudd||220|
|2||S2||D. Buckley||202||1||0||G1||C. Mattos||179|
|3||G2||P. Kirby||177||0||1||D2||J. K. Stephens||192|
|4||D3||J. F. Wheeler||186||½||½||G3||J. Jenkins||170|
|5||G4||P. J. Meade||169||0||1||S3||D. Littlejohns||180|
|6||S4||T. Stuttard||177||½||½||D4||S. J. Homer||184|
|7||D5||D. Regis||179||1||0||S5||M. Richardt||177|
|8||S6||P. Chaplin||176||1||0||G5||P. Dodwell||163|
|9||G6||G. Taylor||154||1||0||D6||K. J. Hurst||176|
|10||D7||B. W. Hewson||174||1||0||G7||M. Ashworth||148|
|11||G8||B. Whitelaw||147||0||1||S7||A. F. Footner||174|
|12||S8||D. Painter||172||0||1||D8||A. W. Brusey||174|
|13||D9||A. J. Billings||171||1||0||S9||D. Botting||168|
|14||S10||C. Purry||165||0||1||G9||G. Brown||146|
|15||G10||R. Dixon||142||0||1||D10||M. Shaw||166|
|16||D11||B. G. Gosling||164||½||½||G11||P. Baker||140|
|17||G12||A. Richards||139||1||0||S11||G. Jepps||161|
|18||S12||D. Wood||150||½||½||D12||T. F. Thynne||158|
The Grade-limited section was complicated by the Exeter League’s failure to produce a full team, due to a combination of misunderstandings, player unavailability, late withdrawals and a promotion to the 1st team. The lower section was reduced to near farce as Organiser, Ben Edgell, struggled to achieve new pairings. He couldn’t avoid a number of defaults, but at least everyone present got a game.
Another consequence is that the first table below shows the team points leading to Torbay winning the trophy, but the second chart shows the games actually played, as per the scoresheets.
* = default.
|1||T1||A. S. Kinder||162||1||0||E1||S. Bartlett||164|
|2||D1||M. Littleton||167||1||0||S1||A. A. Champion||147|
|3||E2||I. S. Annetts||152||½||½||D2||D. Aldwinkle||149|
|4||S2||R. D. Knight||139||0||1||T2||M. Stinton||159|
|5||T3||W. Ingham||158||1||0||D3||M. Litchfield||142|
|6||E3||K. Atkins||143||1||0||S3||C. Strong||136|
|7||S4||M. Baker||136||½||½||E4||J. Morrison||137|
|8||D4||J. Bowley||141||1||0||T4||J. Fraser||163|
|9||D5||P. Brackner||137||½||½||E5||J. Knowles||128|
|10||T5||R. Wilby||145||0||1||S5||C. Stanton||132|
|11||E6||R. H. Jones||130||1||0||T6||Megan O’Brien||124|
|12||S6||M. Cooper||126||1||0||D6||P. Jackson||133|
|13||E6||J. Maloney||117||1||0||E7||R. Scholes||118|
|14||D7||I. J. Willis||130||1||0||S7||K. Stanton||112|
|15||E8||E. Palmer||130||0||1||D8||W. J. Kelly||129|
|16||S8||R. Waters||112||½||½||T7||D. W. Russell||120|
|17||T8||J. A. Ariss||139||1||0||D9||N. Mackie||161|
|18||E9||S. Hill||112||½||½||S9||F.R .Hodge||115|
|19||S10||G. Berryman||112||1||0||E10||B. Aldwin||101|
|20||D10||K. C. Spooner||113||1||0||T9||N. F. Tidy||119|
|21||D11||J. George||108||1||0||T10||C. Zisimides||106|
|22||T11||A. Tatam||110||1||0||S11||S. Gray||102|
|23||T12||B. Wilkinson||121||1||0||sub||M. J. Ward||93|
|24||S12||V. McAndrew||93||0||1||D12||M. Kaye||95|
Games from the Open Section here▲ and the Graded Section here ▼
The West of England Jamboree took place at Taunton last Sunday with 3 teams of 12 players in the Open Section and the same number in the grade-limited section.
Devon’s team was much the strongest but they underperformed and were lucky to emerge as joint winners when neither Somerset nor Gloucestershire could get over the winning line and all three finished on 6 points – a rare triple tie in which there were no losers.
On the other hand, the teams in the Graded Section were closely matched, yet Dorset finished clear winners with 8 points, followed by Torbay League (6) and Somerset “B” (4).
All match details and photographs may be found on the keverelchess.com website.
Devon’s saving point was their strength in depth, and in this game their Player of the Year and Board 8 player, Robert Thompson, snuffed out White’s early attack to record a face-saving win.
White: W. Taylor (152 – Somerset). Black: R. Thompson (171).
Sicilian Defence – Hungarian Variation [B35]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 Key move of the Hungarian Variation, or Accelerated Fianchetto Variation, popularised by Benko in the 1950s. 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Nb3 d6 9.f3 a6 10.Qd2 b5 11.Be2 Ne5 As so often in this opening, White launches a quick King-side attack, while Black is poised to counter on the opposite wing. The result often depends on which side gets their attack in first and how telling it is. 12.g4 Be6 13.Bh6 Bc4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.0–0–0 White castles long before continuing further with his attack. 15…Qc7 16.h4 h5 17.gxh5 It is in White’s interests to open lines against the Black King rather than interlock pawns with 17.g5. 17…Nxh5 18.Rhg1 Rac8 19.Rg2 Bxe2 20.Rxe2 If 20.Qxe2 Nf4 forking 2 pieces, so he chooses to lose a pawn instead. 20…Nxf3 21.Qe3 Ne5 22.Rg1 Nc4 23.Qg5 Nxb2 24.Nd5 If 24.Kxb2 Qxc3+ 25.Kb1 24…Qc4 25.Reg2 Nd3+ 26.Kb1 e6 27.Ne7 White may have missed the forcing line 27.Qxh5! Qxe4 28.Qh7+ Kxh7 29.Nf6+ Kh8 30.Nxe4 leaving White a piece up, though facing a phalanx of central pawns. 27…Ndf4 28.Nxc8 Rxc8 29.Rh2 Qxe4 30.Rg4 White’s Queen is running out of space. 30…Qe1+ If 30…f6 31.Qxg6+ Qxg6 32.Rxg6+ Kxg6. 31.Kb2 f6 trapping the White queen. 32.Rg1 White’s only hope, but it fails to 32…Qc3+ 0–1
The solution to last week’s reprinted position was 1.Bf7+ Nxf7 (forced). 2.Qxc6+ Bd7 (forced) 3.Qxd7 mate. This week’s is a 2-mover by Christopher Reeves, probably Cornwall’s most noted composer since Charles Masson Fox.