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Teignmouth Rapidplay Results (21.04.2012.)

The 31st Teignmouth RapidPlay Congress was held last weekend at Trinity School, and the winners were as follows (grade & club given after name):

Open Section: 1st Stephen Piper (176- Salisbury) 5½/6 points. 2nd= Steve Homer (175-Exeter) & Ernest White (170-Bristol). Grading prizes: (U-167) Frank Pitman (172-Weymouth) 4. (U-154) Chris Strong (148-Clevedon); Sebastian Stone (147-Seaton) & Steve Dean (152-Seaton).

Major Section (U-140): 1st= Ben Wilkinson (137-S. Hams); Alex Conway (118-Taunton) & Paul Pierstorff (131-Cabot). Grading prizes (U-127); Giles Body (126-Exeter). (U-110); John Fraser (107-Newton Abbot). (U-14 yrs): Zoe Strong (92-Clevedon).

Team prize: 1st Newton Abbot. 2nd Taunton Titanics.

Junior Section: (U-12 yrs) 1st Taylor Finch (Exeter & Colyton). 2nd Greg Susevee (Colyton G.S.). (U-11 yrs) 1st= Guy Susevee (Awliscombe P.S.) & Vignesh Ramesh (Newton Abbot). (U-9 yrs) Declan Davies (Abbey School). Best Girl: Nandaja Narayanan (Churston).

The Bournemouth Congress is being held this weekend at the Carrington House Hotel, and its prize fund of over £2,500 is bound to have attracted a large number of entries.

This game was played in the recent WECU Championship.

White: K. Arkell (225) Black: S. Greely (170).

East Indian Defence [A48]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.b4 Bg7 4.Bb2 0–0 5.Nbd2 d6 6.e4 c5 7.bxc5 dxc5 8.c3 cxd4 9.cxd4 Qa5 10.Bd3 Nc6 11.0–0 The Black king’s fortress looks impregnable in the short term, but it breaks down remarkably quickly. 11…Nh5 12.Nc4 Qd8 13.d5 Bxb2 14.Nxb2 Nb8 15.Qd2 Qd6 16.e5 Qd8 The proffered d-pawn is too hot to handle. e.g. 16…Qxd5 17.Qh6 and 17…f6 to prevent Ng5 with mate to follow is impossible because of 18.Bc4. 17.Qh6 f6 18.Rad1 Nd7 19.e6 Ne5 20.Nxe5 fxe5 21.Nc4 Nf4 22.Be4 Qc7 23.Ne3 Rb8 24.Rfe1 b5 25.g3 Nh5 giving White the chance of a sacrificial attack. 26.Bxg6 hxg6 27.Qxg6+ Ng7 28.Ng4 Bb7 29.Rxe5 1-0 Black would have to give up a lot of material to avoid mate.

In spite of this reverse and his relatively modest grade, Simon Greely (Bristol) went on to score 4/7 pts and was awarded the Qualifying Place for the British Championship in August.

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.f8=N with the threat of 2.Bg6. Black has a number of checks available to try and delay the inevitable. For example, if 1…Re5+ 2.Be4, or if 1…e3+ 2.Bd3, or if 1…Rb2+ 2.Bc2.

In this position, taken from a recent tournament, White is facing threats from Black’s queen (Qe3), which cannot be taken because of RxR mate, so needs a near miracle to save the day. The move White found was described by Michael Adams as “the most spectacular way I have ever seen to simplify to a better ending”. Can you spot the unlikely-looking escape?

White to play and simplify to a winning position.

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