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WECU Chess Jamboree (17.09.2017.)

The West of England Chess Union’s annual Jamboree was held on Sunday 17th September, at a new venue, called the Kenn Centre, adjacent to the A38 near the foot of Haldon Hill in Devon. This was designed to make it a little easier for the Cornish players to get there, although it’s still a good distance from Truro.

This year there was no Graded Section, but Devon used their more numerous troops to form a 1st team from the best 12 avaialble players, and a 2nd team from the next best dozen. This latter team used up some of the players who would in earlier years have formed the basis of a grade-limited team.

The Centre proved to be an excellent venue for the event, being modern in construction, with large playing hall, analysis room, kitchen facilities and ample parking. It will be surely used again at some point for chess events.

The Organiser, Mark Hassall, (standing centre) having enjoyed a quick win, takes time to monitor the progress of his Cornish team-mates. The nearest game involves clubmates Brian Gosling (B) vs Oliver Wensley (partly obscured) Brian Gosling

The outcome can be best shown in these 2 tables.

KEY
Teams Pos Pts
D1 = Devon 1st team Bd. 1 1st
S2 = Somerset Bd. 2 2nd 7
C3 = Cornwall  Bd. 3 3rd 5
D2nd 4 = Devon 2nd team Bd. 4 4th
G5 = Gloucestershire  Bd. 5 5th 4
Bd Team White Grd Black Grd Team
1 C1 J. Menadue 191 ½ ½ N. Crickmore 214 D1
2 D2nd 1 J. Haynes 171 0 1 J. Rudd 215 S1
3 D2 W. Braun 203 1 0 M. Ashworth 192 G1
4 S2 F. Fernando 182 1 0 J. Hooker 178 C2
5 G2 J. Jenkins 185 1 0 T. Thynne 170 D2nd 2
6 C3 L. Retallick 174 ½ ½ P. Brooks 170 D2nd 3
7 S3 A. Footner 181 1 0 P. Meade 178 G3
8 D2nd 4 M. Shaw 169 0 1 G. Bolt 196 D3
9 G4 P. Kirby 177 ½ ½ D. Saqui 169 C4
10 D4 J. Underwood 192 ½ ½ A. Bedialauneta 159 S4
11 C5 M. Hassall 168 1 0 P. O’Neill 188 D5
12 G5 P. Masters 175 ½ ½ D. Freeman 156 S5
13 D2nd 5 D. Regis 166 0 1 R. Kneebone 164 C6
14 D6 S. Martin 186 1 0 R. Ashworth 161 G6
15 S6 R. Knight 156 ½ ½ V. Ramesh 164 D2nd 6
16 C7 T. Manton 163 0 1 M. Taylor 144 G7
17 D2nd 7 W. Ingham 163 0 1 J. Wheeler 185 D7
18 D8 B. Hewson 184 1 0 N. Senior 150 S7
19 S8 T. Woodward 150 ½ ½ R. Stephens 160 C8
20 G8 A. Gibson 139 0 1 M. Wilson 161 D2nd 8
21 C9 C. Sellwood 155 0 1 T. Paulden 183 D9
22 D2nd 9 C. Scott 160 1 0 A. Champion 147 S9
23 D10 C. Lowe 176 ½ ½ A. Richards 133 G9
24 S10 C. Purry 147 1 0 R. Smith 153 C10
25 G10 I. Blencowe 131 ½ ½ G. Body 157 D2nd 10
26 C11 G. Trudeau 148 1 0 P. Bending 122 G11
27 S11 T. Wallis 144 0 1 P. Hampton 172 D11
28 D2nd 11 T. Lundin 156 1 0 J. Morgan 146 C12
29 G12 D. Walton 109 0 1 N. Mills 133 S12
30 D12 O. Wensley 172 1 0 B. Gosling 154 D2nd 12

WECU Inter-County Jamboree 2015 — Devon Dig Deep.

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.

Full details:

Bd Devon  Grd   Glos. Grd   Somerset  Grd
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
    2201     2049     2319

 

Bd   White Grd       Black Grd
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

 

Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Devon ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 7½ 
Glos 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 5
Somerset ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 5½ 

 

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
    1595     1597     1534     1526

 

Bd   White Grd       Black Grd
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
18 N9 default          —– 116
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
                 

 

Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Torbay ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 0 0 ½ ½ 6
Somerset S&W ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 ½ 1 8
Somerset E&N ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 0 1 - ½  - 0 4½ 
Wiltshire ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 4½ 

 

Open Section: Stephens vs Turner nearest.

The bottom boards: Abbott vs Littlejohns (probably at the bookstall).

Brookes vs Felicio: top game in the Graded Section.

Vignesh Ramesh (nearest) on his way to a win vs McKinley.

Young Max Walker (70 grade) on his way to a creditable draw against Tony Tatam.

Gareth William flanked by Megan O'Brien and Zoe Strong on his left. He lost; they both won.

Event organiser Ben Edgell (r) presents the Open cup to Devon Captain, Brian Hewson. Does he look pleased - or what?

Roger Knight receives the Graded Cup.

The very pleasant venue of the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. Thanks are due to staff member Martin Worrall for making it available.

West of England Jamboree Results 2014

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.

White to mate in 3

WECU Jamboree 2014 Results (15.09.14.)

The West of England Jamboree has been the Union’s annual pre-season get-together and rust-remover for many years and is still well-supported, even though, as in football, the concept of a season with a long summer break from the sport, is almost extinct. One hundred players and organisers gathered at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre on the outskirts of Taunton as per usual, although the word “outskirts” is also becoming redundant, as the town’s housing is  rapidly encroaching on the area with large new estates making the approaches to the centre look unfamiliar to even the most regular participant.

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: 

    W.E.C.U.         Jamboree  
    OPEN         SECTION  
Bd. team player Grd     team player Grd
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
18   d/f   0 1 D9 Gerry Jepps 163
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
                 

                                            Summary

  Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot. Pos.
A Cornwall ½ ½ 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 3rd
B Glos ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 4 4th
C Devon 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 1 1st
D Somerset 1 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 0 7 2nd

  

    GRADED         SECTION  
Bd. team player Grd     team player Grd
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
22 B12 d/f   0 0 D11 d/f  
23 D12 Robert Sparks 72 1 0 C12 Nandaja Narayanan 101
24 B9 Ivan Stringer 110 ½ ½ D9 Gordon Chapman 104

                                            Summary 

  Graded 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot. Pos.
A N & W Somerset 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 4th
B S & E Somerset 1 ½ ½ 0 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 3rd
C Torbay League 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1st=
D Wiltshire 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 1st=

 

Bd. 1 in the Open - Menadue vs Meade - game drawn.

Thorpe vs Stephens - a placid start before a frantic finish.

Homer (W) beat Healey in a clever endgame combination.

General view of the Open Section - Conway vs Shaw nearest.

James T. Sherwin vs T. F. Thynne - quite a game in the Graded Section.

Devon Captain and WECU President elect receives the Jamboree Cup from Organsier Ben Edgell (l)

Rob Wilby (l) & Roy Ludlow share the Graded Cup

WECU Jamboree 2012

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!

Brian Hewson.

Open Section 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot.
Glos. 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 4
Devon 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 1 1 ½ ½ 8
Somerset 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 ½ 6

 The individual scores in the Open were as follows:-

Bd   name grd       name grd
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.

Graded Section 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Tot.
Torbay League 1 1 1 0 0 0 1* 1 1 0 1 1* 8
Exeter League 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 0*
Dorset 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 1* 1
Somerset ‘B’ 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 4

 * = default. 

Bd   name grd       name grd
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

 http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/others/base.htm

Games from the Open Section here    and the Graded Section here

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/games/current/dcca/base.htm

General view of the Open Section getting started.

The top game: Mackle vs Rudd featuring a long endgame.

Nearest: Hewson v Ashworth; Taylor v Hurst & Chaplin v Dodwell.

The Graded Section gets started.

Top games in the Graded Section.

The only lady present, Megan O'Neil, waits for the photographer to finish snapping and start playing.

Captain of the Devon team, Brian Hewson, receives the trophy from organiser, Ben Edgell.

Torbay League captain, Rob Wilby, is pleased to receive the trophy - again.

West of England Jamboree (25.09.2010.)

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.

White to mate in 2 moves.