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Devon Lose To Warwicks – Yeovil Congress (26.06.2010.)

In their National Semi-Final match against Warwickshire on Saturday, Devon’s U-180 team again drew 8-8, as they had done in the previous round against Surrey, only this time the tie-break rule of “board count” went against them; Devon’s wins were on the lower boards and so had a lower weighting. Devon’s winners were Alan Brusey, Trefor Thynne, Robert Thompson, Andrew Kinder and Charlie Howard, all members of the Newton Abbot Club. Draws were obtained by Ian Jamieson, Mark Abbott, Bill Ingham, Jon Duckham, Ivor Annetts and John Gorodi.

Meanwhile, the 9th Yeovil Congress was held throughout the weekend, with a number of juniors playing in the Open Section. Among them was Sarah Hegarty, recently selected to represent England in the next Olympiad, and 13 year old Felix Ynojosa. In the final round, they were drawn against each other, with Hegarty a half point clear of Ynojosa in 2nd, the lady player needing only a draw to be sure of 1st place. However, after 20 minutes her mobile phone went off in her handbag beside her chair, and as the current Rules of Chess dictate that all such offenders must default their game, the error cost her the £240 1st prize. Here is the winner’s 3rd round game.

White: F. Ynojosa (217). Black: A. Pleasants (180).

Sicilian Defence [B22]

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.d4 cxd4 5.cxd4 e6 6.Nc3 d6 7.f4 Nc6 8.Nf3 Be7 9.Bc4 Nxc3 10.bxc3 0–0 11.0–0 Qc7 12.Bd3 Bd7 13.Qc2 Talented young players are usually good at seizing and keeping the initiative, setting the agenda for the whole game. 13…g6 If 13…Nb4 14.Bxh7+ Kh8 14.Qe2 Rac8 15.Bd2 Rfd8 16.h4 This is in keeping with this opening’s theme of White attacking quickly on the kingside. 16…Na5 17.h5 Nc4 18.Be1 b5 19.Bh4 Bc6 20.Ng5 Kg7 21.Rae1 h6 As suggested earlier, White will not want to take a backward step and risk losing the initiative, so… 22.Nxe6+! fxe6 23.Bf6+ Kg8 If 23…Bxf6 24.exf6+ Kg8 (or if 24…Kxf6 25.Qxe6+ Kg7 26.Qxg6+ Kh8 27.Qxh6+ Kg8 28.Re6) 25.hxg6 the 2 pawns have got behind enemy lines and will wreak havoc. 24.Qg4 Bxf6 25.exf6 Qf7 26.f5 26.Rxe6 Bd7 27.Bxg6 Qxe6 28.Bf5+ Kf8 29.Qg7+ Ke8 30.Bg6+ Qf7 31.Qxf7 mate. 26…exf5 27.Bxf5 Bd7 28.hxg6 1–0

If 28…Qxf6 29.Bxd7 and all White’s pieces have long open lines to the Black King.

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Be3! and although Black has over 20 possible moves he can make, each one is met with an immediate mate. Here is another 2-mover from the same source, with the four knights, so beloved of composers, clustered together.

White to mate in 2 moves.