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Somerset Beat Yorkshire etc. (26.05.2012.)

Last weekend saw the Quarter-Finals of the National Stages of the Inter-County tournament, and Somerset was drawn against Yorkshire. It featured a breathtaking ending where, as the last game to finish reached its final few seconds, the northcountry player needed only a draw to win the match, but lost on time, making the result 8-8, and Somerset going through on the tie-break rules.

Meanwhile, Devon had entered the Under-180 section and was drawn against Surrey. This was also a close encounter, but Devon eventually went down 7½-8½.

I shall give a game from each match next week.

This Rd. 1 game from the recent Frome Congress put paid to the top seed’s chances of 1st prize.

White: Patryk Krzyzanowski (184). Black: Bruce Jenks (206).

Benko Gambit [A57]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 The Benko Gambit, in which Black gives up a pawn, hoping to undermine White’s pawn centre, while opening up the queenside for his own pieces.  4.cxb5 a6 5.b6 White does not wish to fall in with Black’s plans. 5…d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bg7 8.Qb3 Bb7 9.a4 a5 10.Nb5 Qxb6? 11.Nxd6+ Qxd6 12.Qxb7 0–0 13.Qxa8 Nxe4 14.Nf3 c4 White may be a rook up but his king is still vulnerable, stuck in the centre. 15.Qxa5 c3 16.Rb1 Nc6 17.Qb5 Not 17.dxc6?? because of 17…c2 threatening the rook and mate on d1. 17…cxb2 18.Bxb2 Rb8 It’s probably best to give up his queen, a luxury he can afford by virtue of still being a rook up. 19.Bxg7! If, for example, 19.Qxc6 Qb4+ 20.Ke2 Nc3+ 21.Qxc3 Bxc3 22.Bxc3 Qe4+ 23.Kd2 Rxb1 24.Bd3 Qf4+ and White will have great difficulty in the face of Black’s two active pieces. 19…Rxb5 20.Bxb5 Nb4 21.Be5 Nc2+ 22.Kd1 Qc5 23.Bd3 Nxf2+ 24.Kd2 f6 25.Bxc2 fxe5 26.Rhe1 Ng4 27.h3 Nf6 28.Nxe5 Qxd5+ 29.Kc1 Qxg2 30.Rb8+ Kg7 31.Rb3 Nd5 32.Ng4 h5 33.Be4 Qa2 34.Bxd5 hxg4? Necessary was 34…Qa1+ to escape the potential attack on the queen. 35.Rxe7+ Kh6 Which brings us to this week’s position. White is materially ahead, but the Black queen could prove dangerous if permitted, and it is important to finish the game off quickly before that happens. In fact, White did just that – his next move, as unexpected as it was effective, prompted resignation. Can you spot it?

White to play and win quickly.


Dave Howard’s 2-mover last week was solved by 1.Rh6! with a threat of mate on d4 that Black cannot escape.

Devon Win National Semi-Final

After an abysmal season during the winter, Devon have suddenly sprung into life in the National Stages of the Inter-County Championships – U-180 section. After squeezing past Warwickshire in the quarter-final, they faced an even stronger Yorkshire team in the semis last weekend at Worcester, and repeated the act, with the same player sealing the 9-7 win at the last minute (see game below).

Devon’s winners were M. Abbott, W. Ingham, Dr. D. Toms, C. Howard, and B. Gosling, while creditable draws were obtained by T. Thynne, Dr. T. Paulden, Dr. J. Underwood, D. Cowley, Dr. D. Regis, A. Kinder, J. Duckham and A. Billings. Hewson, Brusey and Brooks conceded Devon’s only three losses.

In the Final Devon will play the winners between Lancs and Notts on 2nd July at Leicester.

At one stage, Devon were 3 points up with 4 games still in play. One of these was lost, another drawn, leaving the onus on this game to seal the win – nail-biting stuff once again.

White: B. Gosling (156). Black: D. Patrick (160)

Queen’s Gambit–Slav Defence. [D10]

Notes based on those by the winner.

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 c6 4.c4 4…Qa5+ 5.Qd2 White heads for another long ending. 5…Qxd2+ 6.Nxd2 Bf5 7.Ngf3 e6 8.Nh4 Bg6 9.Nxg6 hxg6 10.h3 Nbd7 11.a3 Nh5 12.Bh2 f5 13.Bd3 Nhf6 14.f3 Be7 15.0–0–0 Kf7 16.Kb1 c5 17.cxd5 Nxd5 18.Rhe1 cxd4 19.exd4 Rh4 20.Nb3 Bg5 21.Bg1 Rhh8 22.Bc4 N7b6 23.Bd3 Nf4 24.Nc5 Bh4 25.Re5 Bg3 26.Bf1 Rab8 27.Re3 Nbd5 Black’s Knights are beginning to dominate the position. 28.Rb3 b6 29.Nd7 Rbc8 30.Ne5+ Kf6 31.Nd7+ Kg5 32.Be3 Rc7 33.Ne5 Nxe3 34.Rxe3 Rhc8 35.Ba6 Black will not be allowed to control the c-file. 35…Rd8 36.Rc3 Rxc3 37.bxc3 Rd5 38.Bc4 Ra5 39.Kb2 Nxg2?? A blunder just before the 1st time control. How many times have players been advised not to grab a knight’s pawn instinctively, but still they do it. 40.Rg1 Ne3 41.Rxg3+ Kf4 42.Rxg6 Rxe5 43.Bxe6 The safer option. 43…Rb5+ 44.Kc1 Kxf3 45.Bd7 Rb3 46.Kd2 Rxa3 47.Bc6+ Kf4 48.Rxg7 Ra2+ White played 49.Kd3 and offered a draw knowing that this would win the match for Devon, so Black had no choice but to play on. 49…a5 50.d5 Ra1 51.Re7? Ng2? The decisive blunder. 52.d6 Rd1+ He should have played this a move earlier. 53.Ke2 Rxd6 54.Bxg2 a4 55.Ra7 b5 56.Ra5 Kg3 57.Bf1 Rd5? 58.c4 Re5+ 59.Kd2 Re4 60.Rxb5 f4 61.Bd3 Re8 62.Ra5 Kxh3 63.Rxa4 Black’s time ran out here, but he is lost anyway.  1–0

Last week’s position was solved by 1.d3! which allows the bishop to move though it can do nothing to prevent 2.Qc4 mate.

White to play and mate in 2.

White to mate in 2