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The “British” Starts Tomorrow (27.07.2013.)

The British Championships at Torquay get under way tomorrow with a couple of “extra” features to whet the appetite.

In the morning, titled players Keith Arkell and Gary Lane, will attempt a speed chess record, trying to see how many games they can complete in 1 hour, playing at a rate of 60 seconds per player per game for all moves. This is called “Bullet Chess” and it will be interesting to see how close they can get to 30 games.

In the afternoon, a simultaneous match will be held, outside if the weather permits, by the Grandmaster Nick Pert, who will take on as many as 30 opponents at a time. All are welcome to participate.

The championship itself gets under way on Monday afternoon at 14.15 hrs. Anyone not able to attend in person can follow developments on the event website englishchess.org.uk/BCC/ and keverelchess.com/blog for other insights into the event.

Meanwhile, here is a game by the very first British Champion in 1904, William Napier, seen here playing Capt. Claude Chepmell, then of Plymouth, who died in Bristol in 1930. The notes are by the winner, in the style of the day.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 c5 4.e3 cxd4 5.Bxc4 e6 6.exd4 Nf6 7.Nc3 a6 It is obviously opposed to every principle of chess to neglect the development of 3 pieces, because one has no immediate outlook. 8.0–0 b5 9.Bb3 Bb7 Black’s game is assailable in so many ways that I very nearly lost in my anxiety to come at the Black king. 10.Re1 Be7 11.Ne5 Nbd7 No better is 11…0–0 on account of 12.Qe2 and it is difficult to see how 13.Nxf7 can be prevented. e.g. 12…Nd5 13.Nxf7 Rxf7 (13…Qb6 14.Nh6+ etc.) 14.Qxe6 and Black is helpless. 12.Nxf7 Not to be resisted by flesh and blood! Neither at the time nor subsequently was I able to find a valid defence for Black, though it is possible one exists. 12…Kxf7 13.Rxe6 Kf8 14.Bf4 Rc8 The alternative was 14…Nb6 15.d5 Nbxd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 (16…Nxd5 17.Qh5 Qe8 18.Qf3 Nxf4 19.Qxf4+ Qf7 20.Qxf7+ Kxf7 21.Rb6+ and should win.) 17.Rxf6+ Bxf6 18.Bxd5 Ra7 19.Qh5 g5 20.Qh6+ and wins. 15.Qe2 Rxc3 of no avail. 16.bxc3 Nd5 17.Bd6 N7f6 If 17…Bxd6 18.Rxd6 Qg5 19.Rxd7 wins. 18.Bxd5 Nxd5 19.Bxe7+ Nxe7 20.Re1 Qd5 21.f3 h6 22.Rxe7 1–0.  

Last week’s problem was solved by

1.Nb5 with the unstoppable threat of Nxc3 mate.

This 2-mover, in which every piece is still on the board, won prizes for the late Godfrey Quack of Budleigh Salterton.

White to mate in 2

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