The recent Teignmouth RapidPlay Congress was won for the 4th time by Ben Edgell of Somerset, with a triple tie for 2nd place between Graham Bolt and Steve Homer, both of Exeter and Alan Pleasants of Weymouth. The U-170 Grading prize was won by Michael Richardt (Taunton), while the U-155 prize was a tie between Steve Dean (Sidmouth), Peter Halmkin (Teignmouth) and Peter Jaszkiwskyj (Yeovil).
Major Section (U-145) 1st= Charlie Keen & John Maloney (both Exeter) and Allan Papier (Bristol). Grading prizes (U-130): 1st Chris McKinley (Sedgemore). (U-105): John James (Plymouth). The Junior prize was won by Freddie Sugden (Newton Abbot).
The 21st Frome Congress starts on Friday evening. Details regarding late entries obtainable from Gerry Jepps e-mail email@example.com.
Last year there was a 4-way tie for 1st prize in the Frome Open. One of those was the Wellington College schoolboy Alex Galliano, who won this last round game to clinch his joint 1st place.
White: Alex Galliano (181). Black: Stephen Payne (177).
Sicilian Defence – Alapin Variation. [B22]
1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.d4 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 (Black cannot win the d-pawn with 7…e6 Bxf3 8.Bxf3 Qxd4?? because of 9.Bxc6+ winning the Queen). 8.0–0 Nf6 9.Nc3 Qa5 10.Be3 Bd6 11.a3 0–0 12.b4 Qd8 13.Qb3 h6 14.Rfd1 Ne7 15.h3 Bf5 16.Ne5 Ned5 (Not 16…Bxe5 as 17.dxe5 wins a piece and more besides). 17.Nxd5 Nxd5 18.Bf3 Nxe3 19.Qxe3 Qe7 20.Nc4 Rfd8 21.Na5 Rd7 22.Rac1 Rad8 23.Rc3 Bb8 24.Qc1 e5 25.Rc5 Rxd4 26.Rxd4 Rxd4 27.Nxb7 White grabs a risky knight’s pawn, which often leads to trouble. 27…e4 28.Be2 Bxh3 Black can now win a pawn 29.gxh3 Qxb7 30.Qe3 Qd7 centralising the queen seems like the sensible thing to do, but there is a flaw. 31.Bg4 Qd6? The Black Queen is now “overloaded” and the back rank check is unavoidable. 32.Rc8+ Kh7 33.Rxb8 Rd1+ Black may be in shock as this loses even more material unnecessarily. 34.Bxd1 Qxd1+ 35.Kg2 and Black is a whole rook down.1–0
Galliano subsequently helped his school team to become National Champions, while his grade rose to 203 in August.