The Torbay Congress finished on Sunday in beautiful Spring-like conditions at the Riviera Centre, Torquay. The winners were as follows:-
Open Section: 1st= K. Arkell (Paignton); D. Mackle (Newton Abbot) & R. Webster (W. Bridgford) all 4 pts. Grading Prizes (180-174) A. Archer-Lock (Maidenhead) & D. Littlejohns (Taunton) both 3. U-174: J. Stephens (Exmouth) 3½.
Major Section (U-170): 1st= R. Desmedt & P. Jackson. 3rd R. Burton (Weymouth) 3½. GPs (156-153) R. Greatorex.
Intermediate Section (U-150): 1st= N. Dicker (Glastonbury) & M. Wilson both 4½. 3rd A. Papier (Bristol) 4. GPs (139-134): T. Crouch; P. Dimond (Bath) & D. Gilbert. (133-126): D. Jenkins (Camborne); T. Slade (Marhamchurch) & S. Ross.
Minor Section (U-120): 1st A. Tatam (Plymouth) 4½. 2nd= J. Barber-Lafon (N. Abbot); H. Welch (Seaton) & S. Grey all 4. GPs (U-110): I. Bowman (Liskeard) 3½. (U-96): B. Aldwin & G. J. Jenkins (both Exeter 3 pts).
Photographs can be seen on keverelchess.com and games accessed on chessdevon.co.uk.
This was the game between the joint leaders in the final round, in which both players probe for openings, but the defences were always equal to the attack. It was one of the last games to finish and drew a large crown of spectators, all trying to make out who might have the advantage in the endgame.
White: Dominic Mackle (197). Black: Keith Arkell (226).
Queen’s Indian Defence – [E15].
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 Bogoljubow’s favoured move in this defence. 5.Qc2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Bxd2+ 7.Nbxd2 0–0 8.Bg2 d5 9.Ne5 c6 10.0–0 Nfd7 11.Nxd7 Nxd7 12.e4 Bb7 13.Rfe1 dxe4 14.Nxe4 Qc7 15.Rad1 Rad8 16.b4 c5 17.bxc5 bxc5 18.d5 e5 19.Rb1 Bc8 20.Qc3 Rde8 21.Rb5 a6 22.Rb2 f5 23.Ng5 Nf6 24.Rbe2 h6 25.Nf3 e4 26.Nd2 h5 27.f3 exf3 28.Rxe8 Rxe8 29.Rxe8+ Nxe8 30.Nxf3 f4 31.Ne5 fxg3 32.hxg3 Qe7 33.Ng6 Qg5 34.Nh4 Nd6 35.Kh2 Bg4 36.Qa5 Nxc4 37.Qxc5 Ne3 38.Qd4 Bd7 39.Qf4 Qxf4 40.gxf4 Kf7 41.Kg3 Kf6 42.Bf3 g5 43.fxg5+ Kxg5 44.Be2 a5 45.Nf3+ Kh6 46.Ne5 Be8 47.Nc4 Nxc4 48.Bxc4 Kg5 49.d6 h4+ 50.Kh2 Bd7 51.Bf1 Kf6 52.Bh3 Bb5 53.Bg4 Bf1 54.Kg1 Bc4 55.a3 Kf7 ½–½
No winning advantage accrued to either side so a draw was agreed, allowing Webster to catch them up.
Last week’s position was solved by 1.Qf5! which allows the pawn to move, while the King waits helplessly for 2.Qg4 mate.
This position is from a game played in this year’s Women’s Grand Prix. White to play and win quickly.