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The Beacon Seniors Congress finished yesterday afternoon. Jim Burnett of Doncaster was a new face on the local scene and looked impregnable early on and a likely winner. Here are his first 2 games.
White: R. Scowen (159). Black: J. Burnett (196).
French Defence [C02]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.0–0 Ng6 8.b3 Be7 9.Ba3? There is no possibility of winning a pawn as White’s own important e-pawn would also fall. So it puts the bishop out of the game. 9…0–0 10.Bd3 b6 11.Re1 Rc8 12.Nbd2 f5 13.exf6 Rxf6 14.Bxg6? Swapping off his most active piece. 14…Rxg6 15.Ne5 Nxe5 16.dxe5 Bc6 17.f3 Qc7 18.Nf1 All White’s pieces are now at the edge of the board and none of them posing any threat. 18…Rf8 19.Kf2 Rg5 20.Qd3 Rxe5 Opening the way for Black’s queen, bishops & central pawn to flex their muscles. 21.Rxe5 Qxe5 22.Re1 Qf6 23.Bb2 e5 24.Qe2 Bd6 25.c4 d4 Creating a passed pawn and finally giving the “French bishop” room to breathe. 26.Nd2 Qh4+ 27.Kg1 e4 28.Nxe4 Bxh2+ 28…Qxh2+ 29.Kf1 Bxe4 30.Qxe4 Bg3 31.Rc1 Qh1+ 32.Ke2 Qxg2+ 33.Kd1 Qxf3+ 34.Qxf3 Rxf3 leaving White without a move on the board. 29.Kf1 Bf4 30.Nf2 Re8 31.Qd1 Be3 32.Nh3 Bxf3 0–1.
White: J. Burnett (196). Black: B. Gosling (151).
1.d4 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.g3 e5 5.Bg2 Nd7 6.e4 Ne7 7.0–0 exd4 8.Nxd4 0–0 9.Nc3 a6 10.Re1 Ne5 11.Bf1 c6 12.h3 Qb6 13.Nb3 Be6 14.Be3 Qc7 15.Nd2 b5 16.cxb5 axb5 17.Qc2 Rfc8 18.b3 b4 19.Na4 c5 20.Rac1 A speculative sacrifice follows. 20…Rxa4 21.bxa4 Qd7 22.Bb5 N5c6 23.h4 Bc3 24.f3 Qc7 25.Kg2 Nd4 26.Bxd4 cxd4 27.Red1 d5 28.Nb3 Qe5 29.Bd3 dxe4 30.fxe4 Be1 A great idea that doesn’t quite work. White must give up his queen, but having won the earlier exchange, he gets plenty of compensation for it. 31.Qxc8+ Nxc8 32.Rxe1 Bxb3 33.Rxc8+ Kg7 34.axb3 2 rooks would be equal to a queen in most positions, but with the bishop thrown in as well, the Black queen cuts a lonely figure. 34…Qe6 35.Rc4 g5 36.hxg5 Qg4 37.Rxd4 Qxg5 38.Re2 Qc5 39.Rd5 Qb6 40.Bc4 h6 41.Rf5 1–0
In last week’s position, Black won by 1…Rd1+ and White must take it or lose his queen, but then faces 2…Nf2+ forking king and queen.
Here is another Dave Collier win, this time in the British Championship. White to move and win immediately.
Devon’s 2nd team met Dorset at Luppitt Village Hall last Saturday, and anyone looking at the team lists before kick-off could have been forgiven for thinking that Devon should have a fairly smooth ride, as they outgraded their opponents on all boards but one. However, a late withdrawal and a default did much to even things up, and as the games finished there was never more than a point between the teams. In the end, with the scores standing at 7½-all, it came down to the last game to finish (Annetts-Litchfield), which was an unclear endgame, until the Dorset player allowed his last piece to get trapped and conceded his game, and with it the match.
The full scores were as follows; (Devon names first in each pairing).
1. T. F. Thynne (158) ½-½ P. Aston (151); 2. P. Brooks (157) ½-½ W. Legg (149); 3.M. Stinton-Brownbridge (159) 0-1 D. Aldwinckle (149). 4. D. A. Toms (159) 0-1 J. Cherryson (145); 5. J. Fraser (153) 1-0 Steve Blake (145); 6. I. S. Annetts (152) 1-0 M. Litchfield (142); 7. J. G. Gorodi (148) 0-1 M. Fielding (139); 8. P. Dobber (142) ½-½ P. Errington (140); 9. R. G. Wilby (145) 1-0 P. Brackner (136); 10. K. P. Atkins (143) 1-0 P. Jackson (133); 11. P. E. Halmkin (140) 1-0 J. Kelly (128); 12. D. Nie (146) 1-0 P. Bland (128); 13. A. Hart (135) 0-1 J. May (128); 14. K. Alexander (129) 0-1 F. Fallon (124); 15. R. H. Jones (130) 1-0 N. Mackie (117); 16. Simon Blake (96) 0-1 J. M. George (108).
In this game from the match, Black conducts a successful kingside attack.
White: P. Brackner. Black: R. Wilby.
Franco-Indian Defence [A45]
1.d4 e6 2.e3 Nf6 3.Nd2 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Be2 Qc7 6.a4 cxd4 7.exd4 d5 8.Ngf3 Bd6 9.0–0 Ng4 10.g3 f5 11.Nh4 Nf6 12.Ng2 Bd7 13.Re1 Ne7 14.Nf1 Ng6 15.Bh5 0–0–0 16.Be2 A retreat that doesn’t help White’s piece development. 16…Ne4 17.f3 Nf6 18.Be3 Now Black proceeds to break open the kingside. 18…f4 19.Nxf4 Nxf4 20.Bxf4 Bxf4 21.gxf4 Nh5 22.Qd2 Rdf8 23.Bb5 Rxf4 24.Bxd7+ Kxd7 25.Qe2 Rf6 26.Qe5 Qxe5 27.Rxe5 Nf4 28.Re3 h5 29.Kh1 Rg6 30.b4 Nh3 31.Ng3 h4 32.Ra2 The knight must stay there, as if 32.Ne2 Nf2# 32…hxg3 33.Ree2 Nf4 34.Red2 g2+ 35.Rxg2 Nxg2 36.Rxg2 Rxg2 37.Kxg2 Rc8 0–1 Already a rook down, White must lose his queenside pawns.
Last week’s game ended after 1.b4! does several things including providing a flight square for White’s king and threatens Qxf2, after which White’s queen and bishop pair bear down on the Black king.
Here is another original 2-mover by Dave Howard, which he tells me is not too difficult.
Weymouth hosted the sailing events at the recent Olympics and Dorset chessplayers marked the occasion by organising a simultaneous match against Grandmaster Ray Keene in the splendid surroundings of the library of Kingston Maurward College nearby. Twenty local players took on the GM, of whom 4 Wimborne players secured a draw, but Weymouth’s Allan Pleasants was the only winner, whose notes these are.
White: R. D. Keene. Black: A. Pleasants (188).
Pillsbury Defence [A42]
1.d4 d6 2.e4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d5 Nb8 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.Nf3 e5 A bit commital; 9.h3 0–0 10.g4 Nc5 11.Nd2 a5 12.Qc2 c6 13.g5 Ne8 14.h4 f5 15.f3 Rf7 16.b3 Nc7 17.a3 cxd5 18.cxd5 Rb8 19.a4 N7a6 20.Nb5 fxe4 21.fxe4 Qe7 22.0–0–0 Understandably White wants to find somewhere safe for the king now that the f-file is open. However, it is not clear that it’s safe on the queenside either. 22…Bd7 23.Kb2 Rc8 24.Qb1 Nb4 25.Rc1 Rf4 Black gives up the exchange for excellent black square control. 26.Bxc5 If 26.Bxf4 exf4+ 27.Ka3 26…dxc5 27.d6 Qf8 28.Bc4+ Kh8 29.h5 Rf2 Hard to resist but not the best. e.g. 29…Bxb5 30.axb5 Qxd6 31.hxg6 Qxg6 30.hxg6 Rxd2+ 31.Kc3? White wins the exchange due to the threat of mate on h7. However, the king will become very exposed. 31…h6 32.Kxd2 Qf2+ 33.Be2 White had to beware of 33.Kc3 Bxb5 34.Bxb5 Qd4 mate. 33…Bxb5 34.axb5 Rd8 35.Rcd1 Qd4+ Black had originally intended 35…Rxd6+ 36.Kc3 Qe3+ 37.Kb2 Qxe2+ 36.Ke1 Qc3+ 37.Kf2 The king is now horribly exposed – Black scents a win. Better was 37.Rd2 Rxd6 38.Qb2 Qg3+ 39.Kd1. 37…Rf8+ 38.Kg2 Qe3 39.Rhf1 Qxe2+ 40.Kg1 Qg4+ 41.Kh2 Qh4+ 42.Kg2 Qxg5+ 43.Kh2 Qh5+ 44.Kg1 Qxg6+ 45.Kh1 Qh5+ 46.Kg1 Qg4+ 47.Kh1 Qh3+ 48.Kg1 Bf6 0–1 There is no defence to Rg8+ and a forced mate.
More details may be found on the Dorset website (dorsetchess.org.uk).
The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Qe5! leaving Black able only to capture either of the two adjacent knights, and depending on which one he takes, 2.Qb8 or 2.Qh8 are mate,
In this position from a game earlier this year, Taunton resident, Mickey Adams (White) looks reasonably secure, but Black has a surprising winning stroke. Can you spot it?
The recent match between Hampshire and Somerset resulted in easy wins for Hants in both the 1st and 2nd teams. There are the details (Hampshire names first).
1. M. Yeo (196) 1-0 J. Rudd (213). 2. P. Hackman (191) 0-1 D. Buckley (201). 3. D. Tunks (187) ½-½ P. Krzyzanowski (188). 4. O. Gill (184) 0-1 A. Footner (173). 5. F. McLeod (176) 0-1 P. Chaplin (172). 6. R. Marsh (174) 0-1 G. Jepps (161). 7. P. Cooper (172) 1-0 D. Peters (157). 8. C. Bellers (169) 1-0 N. Senior (156). 9. J. Wilkinson (167) 1-0 P. Humphreys (155). 10. I. Stipcevic (u/g) 1-0 P. Flexman (154). 11. T. Anderson (161) ½-½ A. Champion (153). 12. D. Fowler (158) ½-½ C. Purry (151). 13.P. Kocan (158) 1-0 R. Morgan (147). 14. A. Samuels (155) 1-0 T. Wallis (145). 15. D. Thompson (154) 1-0 D. Wood (145). 16. C. Priest (151) 1-0 A. Byrne (134). Totals 10½-5½.
The 2nd team match was played out over 12 boards and finished thus:-
17. T. Chapman (149) ½-½ L. Cutting (u/g). 18. S. Smith (149) ½-½ C. Strong (132). 19. P. Barber (149) 1-0 C. Stanton (129). 20. A. Beaney (146) ½-½ M. Baker (129). 21. G. Moore (145) 1-0 S. Hill (125). 22. K. Steele (136) 1-0 S. Cook (123). 23. D. Culliford (136) 0-1 R. Fenton (121). 24. M. Pope (135) ½- ½ M. Cooper (118). 25. J. Young (126) 1-0 R. Waters (113). 26. Double default. 27. J. Barnett (112) 1-0 R. Turner (112). 28. J. Davis (103) ½-½ P. Ploskonka (90). Totals 7½-3½
Somerset 1 fared very well on the top boards, getting 4½/6 points, but didn’t win a single one below that. Here was one of their bright spots from Board 4.
White: O. Gill (184). Black: A. F. Footner (173)
Scandinavian Defence [A00]
1.e4 d5 2.Nc3 immediately departing from conventional lines d4 3.Nce2 e5 4.Ng3 Be6 5.Nf3 f6 6.Bb5+ Nd7? This develops a piece, though it is immediately pinned which give White attacking chances. 7.Nxe5 fxe5 8.Qh5+ Ke7! If 8…Bf7 9.Qxe5+ Be7 10.Qxd4 and White has 3 pawns for his knight, but still needs to develop those pieces asap; or if 8…g6 9.Qxe5. 9.Bxd7 Nf6 10.Qxe5 Qxd7 11.Nf5+ Kf7 12.Nxd4 Re8 13.Nf3 Bg4 14.Ng5+ Kg6 It looks like a King-hunt, but Andrew assures me his was an attacking King. 15.Qg3 and now White’s lack of development suddenly looks fatal. 15…Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Rxe4+ 17.Kf1 Bd6 18.Qc3 Rhe8 Threatening mate on e1. Also winning is 18…Be2+ 19.Kg1 Qg4 20.Qh3 Qxh3 21.gxh3 Bf3 etc. 19.d3 too little too late, though there is nothing better. 19…Bb4 0–1.
The game illustrates the dangers of attacking before all one’s pieces are able to join the fray once the initial forces have been liquidated.
The solution to last week’s problem by Alain White was 1.Rf4!
This week’s 2-mover is another world premier by David Howard of East Harptree, near Bristol. In spite of the maximum number of knights, the problemist’s favourite piece, it’s not one of his most difficult, so the seasonal festivities are no excuse for not having time to solve it.
The 12th Beacon Seniors Congress finished last weekend at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, one of the best chess venues in the country. There was a high percentage of winners.
Seniors Section: 1st= J. Dodgson, R. Everson, B. Gosling (Exmouth) & M Page (4/5 points). Grading prize (141 – 111) 1st= S. Cranmer, N. Dicker (Glastonbury), D. Elwood & G.Naldrett (3/5 pts). U-110: P. Carrick (Bath), H. Herschmann & S. Jones (Dorchester). Over-80s: B. Sandercock & A. Sherriff.
“Juniors”: 1st= I. Heppell & J. Wells (3½/5). Grading prize: D. Rogers (Exmouth).
“The exchange” is a term used in chess when one player loses (or wins) a rook for a minor piece, knight or bishop, and is often sufficient to be a winning advantage. In this game, the exchange is won no less than four times, but in the end, the minor pieces have the last laugh. Both players knew they had to win to qualify for a share of 1st place, so held nothing back.
White: M. Page (168). Black: J. Footner (176).
Sicilian Defence – Paulsen Variation. [B49].
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0–0 Nf6 8.Be3 Bb4 9.f3 d5 Black’s freeing move in the Sicilian Defence, but he allows White to get a positional edge. 10.exd5 Bxc3 11.dxc6 Bxb2 12.cxb7 Bxb7 13.Rb1 Ba3 14.Rb3 Bd6 15.f4 0–0 16.c4 Rfd8 17.Qb1 Be4 18.Qb2 Nd7 19.Nf3 Nc5 The rook has no safe place to go; White needs a plan. 20.Ng5 Nxb3 21.Nxe4 White has lost the exchange. 21…Nc5 22.Nxd6 Rxd6 23.Rb1 Rad8 24.Kf1 Ne4? allowing White to regain the exchange. 25.Bb6 Regaining the exchange – again… 25…Qd7 26.Bxd8 Nd2+ … but losing it back almost immediately. 27.Ke1 Nxb1 28.Ba5 Qa7 29.c5 Rd7 30.Qxb1 Qxc5 31.Qb8+ Qf8 32.Qxf8+ Kxf8 33.Bxa6 The issues have now crystallised – 2 bishops vs a rook, with the outside pawn being the advantage, providing it can be mobilised quickly. 33…Rd4 34.Bb5 Rxf4 35.Bd2 Rf5 36.Bb4+ Kg8 37.a4 f6 The bishops now withdraw to the protection of their king, leaving the a-pawn free to make a charge for the line. 38.Bd2 Kf7 39.Be2 Ke8 The rook alone will not be able to cope with the pawn and 2 bishops so the king must swing across, but finds it’s too late to be of any use. 40.a5 Kd7 41.a6 Kc7 42.Be3 Ra5 43.a7 1-0 Resigns. Play might have continued 43…Kb7 44.Bf3+ Rd5 the least worst option. 45.Bxd5+ exd5 leaving the White king free to mop up the pawns at leisure while the Black king is tied to b7 for ever.
This 2-mover shouldn’t delay you too long.
The Plymouth-based Western Morning News carries one of the oldest chess columns in any provincial daily paper. It was started in 1891 and has continued ever since in one form or another, in spite of having shifted for a short spell to another title in the same stable, the Illustrated Western Weekly News.
For the past 55 years it has had just three correspondents: J. E. “Eddy” Jones (1956 – 63); K. J. “Ken” Bloodworth (1963 – 1999) & R. H. “Bob” Jones from 1999.
For all this time, it has reported weekly on the chess activities within its readership’s area, Devon & Cornwall, However, since December 2010, in a cost-cutting exercise and rationalisation, the WMN joined forces with its Northcliff Group neighbour, the Bristol-based Western Daily Press, to produce a weekend supplement in common, called Westcountry Life. Fortunately, they retained the chess column, which means it now gets a much wider readership, and this must be reflected in the scope of what it records. So the activities in Somerset and Gloucestershire must get equal billing, as it were, with those of Devon & Cornwall.
One must hope this experiment will prove successful and continue. We hope chess followers will purchase the two papers in question, at least their Saturday edition, as this is the point of the exercise. However, I have permission to reproduce it on this website for the benefit of those outside the readership area.
To that end, I aim to post it here a day or two after its appearance in the paper.
Recently, I have been looking into the early years of the West of England Individual Championship. It started in 1946 when just four players were invited to compete for the title. These were Ron Bruce of Devon, Chris Sullivan of Gloucestershire, Capt. P. D. Bolland of Somerset and 23 year old H. V. Trevenen of Cornwall, who at that time was the new champion of the Bristol & Clifton Club. Trevenen was the surprise winner, and this was no fluke as he won again in 1949 and 1950 when it had been increased to a seven round 8-player tournament.
However, he seems to have been something of a mystery man, as no-one today, even those who can remember him, can relate anything about him, even his Christian names. He did suffer a nervous breakdown at some point and was hospitalised in Bodmin, but this is about all anyone knows. If any reader can add to this very small amount of information, I would be grateful.
Meanwhile, here is one of his games from the 1947 Championship, which demonstrates his sharpness. His opponent was the Gloucestershire and Bristol champion, Ron Slade, who was born in Plymouth and died in Cornwall at the age of 90.
White: R. A. Slade. Black: H. V. Trevenen.
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 Black has adopted a Pirc Defence formation, first popularised in the mid-’40s. 4.Bd3 Bg7 5.h3 Nbd7 6.Be3 a6 7.Qd2 h6 Black will not be able to castle without losing his h-pawn as long as White’s pieces are lined up against h3. 8.Nge2 e5 9.0–0 exd4 10.Nxd4 Nc5 11.Rae1 Nxd3 12.cxd3 Bd7 13.f4 0–0 Black doesn’t hesitate to get castled. 14.f5 Kh7 15.Nce2 c5 16.Nf3 c4 17.fxg6+ fxg6 18.Ng3 cxd3 19.e5 Not 19.Qxd3? Bb5 19…Nd5 20.Qxd3 Nxe3 21.Qxe3 Leaving Black with the bishop pair against two knights. 21…Bb5 22.Rf2 dxe5 23.Nxe5 Rxf2 Slightly better was 23…Qh4 24.Rc2 Rae8. 24.Qxf2 Qd5 25.Ng4 While the knights are almost sidelined, the bishops cut swathes across the board. 25…Bc6 26.Re7 Rf8 27.Qe2 h5 28.Nh2 and now Black delivers a two-move knockout blow. 28…Qc5+ 29.Kh1 Rf2 0-1Resigned because of the devastating fork between the queen and h2. Play might have continued… 30.Qe3 Qxe3 31.Rxe3 Rxg2 32.Ne4 Rxb2 and White’s problems are too many and too serious to repair.
The East Devon Congress is taking place this weekend in Exeter’s Corn Hall, where the holder, Paul Helbig of Bristol, is defending his title. I will have full details of all prizewinners here next week.
White’s most efficient way of winning in last week’s position was to play 1.Bg8! and nothing the Black rook can do will prevent a mate on either g7 or h7.
This 2-mover is similar except that both sides have an extra piece to contend with.
In the wake of the IT revolution and its effect on news-gathering and dissemination, all newspapers are constantly having to adapt and evolve in order to maintain economic viability. To this end the Plymouth-based Western Morning News and the Bristol-based Western Daily Press, both titles in the Northcliffe stable, are pooling their resources to produce a new 48 page supplement, which will go out with both papers as from 11th December.
The chess column in the WMN is one of the oldest of any provincial daily, having been started in 1891, with the first correspondent being Carslake Winter-Wood writing under the nome-de-plume “Queen’s Knight”. It adopted its present format in 1956 when J. E. Jones of Totnes took it on and concentrated on purely local activity. In 1963 it was taken on by Ken Bloodworth of Plymouth, who wrote it for 35 years before handing on the job to me in 1999. Meanwhile, chess coverage in the WDP has had a somewhat more chequered history (pun intended but unavoidable); a regular column was started in 1965 by R. Myers, quickly followed by C. Welch who continued with it for a decade when it was taken over by A. C. Brown of Westbury-upon-Trym until 1989 when it stopped, and there hasn’t been one since.
Happily, the new supplement will continue with the WMN’s chess column, meaning it will now get a much wider readership, which will include most of Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, in fact, most of the area covered by the West of England Chess Union. The implication of this is that the term “local coverage” takes on a slightly different dimension, as it has to try and cover activities in the whole of the West of England, from Penzance to Cheltenham, a mere 220 miles apart. So unless it is to be allowed more column inches, Devon and Cornwall must expect rather fewer mentions in future.
The other side of the coin is that I can now give an airing to activity in the wider readership – providing it is sent to me. So could I ask organisers in these “new” counties to send me details, such as results, game scores, up-coming events etc. and I will do what I can to raise their profile, within the constraints imposed by the Editor.
Please send to:- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 11th Royal Beacon Seniors Congress finished in Exmouth yesterday afternoon, too late for any details of the prizewinners, which will appear next week. However, after 3 of the 5 rounds, the “Juniors” section (the 50-somethings) was led by local players Alan Brusey of Devon and Simon Bartlett of Cornwall. The Seniors section (for over-60s) was less clear, partly because of the number of upsets in each round. By definition, all the players are greatly experienced and know how to put a game to bed given half a chance.
Probably the shortest game in the history of the event was this one from round 3, which shows that a game of chess need not necessarily be a long drawn out affair, and has some relevant lessons. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
White: John White. Black: Mary Black.
Scotch Gambit [C44]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 White offers a pawn in order to break open the centre to his advantage. exd4 4.c3 dxc3 5.Bc4 Be7 If Black decides to press on with 5…cxb2 there follows 6.Bxb2 and all White’s minor pieces are raking the board. Much the best move here is 5…d6 facilitating Black’s piece development. 6.Ng5? would be premature and answered by 6…Ne5, so… 6.Qd5 Suddenly there’s a threat of mate with no easy answers. How to meet it? 6…d6?? played one move too late. The only saving move now is 6…Nh6 which, although it loses the knight, at least allows Black to castle. 7.Bxh6 0–0 Now suddenly the mating threat has gone and White has his own problems to watch out for, or he will lose even more material than Black. 8.Bc1 or White will lose a rook and Black gain a second Queen. 8…Nb4 Now threatening both the queen and a fork check winning a rook. The boot is certainly on the other foot. 9.Qd1 c2 and Black makes good the loss of the knight. 10.Qd2 cxb1=Q 11.Rxb1 Nc6 Black is now a pawn up with a safely castled King and threats to be countered. Meanwhile, in the actual game, Black’s 6th move allowed a flight square for the king but to no avail. The game finished 7.Qxf7+ Kd7 8.Be6 mate.
One moral of the game is: Keep cool – things may not always be as bad as they first appear.
N.B. For more details and pictures look in the Blog section.
The next big event in the area is the Torbay Congress which starts at the Riviera Centre on Friday evening. Details from Ray Chubb on 01626-888255 or e-mail: email@example.com.
In last week’s position, Adams played Rfxf7 with a threat of mate in 1 that cannot be upset however Black conducts his own attack.
Here is a 2-mover by Christopher Reeves.
The Western Morning News is based in Plymouth and mostly covers Devon and Cornwall. Its chess column, one of the oldest in any provincial newspaper, was started in 1891 when Carslake Winter-Wood wrote it under the pen-name Queen’s Knight. About the same time a similar column was started in an Exeter paper, the unknown writer using the pen-name King’s Knight.
At that time there were only a handful of chess clubs in the area’s main towns, while in rural areas people were forced to play en famille or concentrate on problems, but these regular columns were instrumental in pulling together the smaller pockets of interest, until in 1901 the Devon County Chess Association was formed and new clubs were founded in many places. Cornwall followed suit shortly after.
The 2-times British Champion (1948 & 1950) Reginald Broadbent did a Saturday column from 1955 until shortly before his death in 1988 at the age of 82, but it consisted only of a problem, mostly with little local connection. When J. E. Jones moved from Lichfield to Totnes in 1953, he persuaded the Editor to include a midweek column that would consist of local news. Thus there were two weekly columns until 1987. Jones wrote every week until he moved to Manchester in 1963.
Ken Bloodworth then took it over and continued with it for 36 years, until at the age of 85 he felt the time had come to pass the baton to someone else, and R. H. Jones has done it ever since.
The column currently comes out every Saturday in their Weekend supplement. Copyright rests with them, of course, but they have kindly allowed publication on this site, after the weekend it appears in the paper.
R. H. Jones.