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Forthcoming Seniors & Torbay Congresses (07.11.2009.)

The 10th Seniors Congress starts at the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth on Monday and runs throughout the week with a full complement of players.

That will be followed by the 43rd Torbay Congress at the Riviera Centre, Torquay, which takes place over the weekend starting Friday 20th November. Details about late entries may be obtained from Ray Chubb on 01626-888255.

Here is an amusing miniature from the recent Paignton Congress. It was played in the Challengers Section, so these are not beginners.

White: C. Davies (160). Black: R. E. Desmedt (151).

Dutch Defence [A80]

1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 f5 A move typical of the Dutch Defence, but any further resemblance ends here; this is not the way to play it. 3.Bg5 h6 4.Bh4 White must have known he was about to lose his bishop but reckoned he had enough compensation in hand. 4…g5 5.Bg3 f4 6.e3 fxg3 7.Qh5+ Kd7 forced 8.Nf3 Nf6?? White now has a nice mating combination. 9.Ne5+ Ke6 10.Qf7+ 0-1Black resigned before the inevitable mate 10…Kf5 11.Bd3#.

Grandmaster Keith Arkell has won the Premier Section of the Paignton Congress more times than anyone else, and has now moved to live in the town. He will be readily available to put on simultaneous displays at clubs in Devon and Cornwall. Here is one of his wins from this year’s Paignton.

White: K. Arkell. Black: R. James.

Indian Defence [A00]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nc3 Bb4 6.Qa4+ Nc6 7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 Ne4 9.c4 dxc4 10.e3 Nd6 11.Bxc4 Nxc4 12.Qxc4 Be6 13.Qc5 Bd5 14.Bb2 Qd7 15.Nd2 f5 16.0–0 0–0–0 With kings castled on opposite wings, one can expect all out attack from both players. 17.f3 Rhe8 18.Rfe1 Bf7 19.Rac1 Kb8 20.Nc4 Qd5 21.Qxd5 Bxd5 22.Kf2 Bf7 23.h4 Rd7 24.Red1 a5 25.d5 allowing the d-pawn to be taken, but giving great scope to the black-square bishop on the long diagonal, ultimately decisive. 25…Rxd5 26.Rxd5 Bxd5 27.Bxg7 b5 28.Nd2 Nd8 29.Nb1 b4 30.Rc5 Ba2 31.Nd2 Nb7 32.Rxf5 bxa3 At this stage Black has 3 passed pawns to counter White’s 4–1 pawn majority on the other side. 33.g4 The pawns shuffle forward as and when they can. 33…Rd8 34.Ke2 c5 35.h5 c4 36.g5 Bb3 37.Bc3 Bc2 38.e4 Bd3+ 39.Ke3 Bc2 40.Rd5 Rg8 41.g6 Black resigned, in view of 41…hxg6 42.h6 and the h-pawn cannot be prevented from queening 1–0

A few more problems by Denys Bonner have come to light in the last few days. Here is a 2-mover by him from 1946.

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