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Torquay Boys’ Grammar School vs Wellington College

Trefor Thynne’s team from Torquay Boys’ Grammar School have been the only serious contenders from the South West at national level since Michael Adams left Truro School, often reaching the later stages of the schools knockout championship. This year they won their zone by beating Millfield School but were then unlucky enough to be drawn away to the holders, the phenomenally strong Wellington College, near Reading.

The match was played on Monday and the Devon team duly lost 1½-4½, not unexpected, perhaps, but a little closer than the score suggests as Robert Thompson had a potentially won game at one stage. The details were as follows:

1.Felix Ynjosa (217) 1–0 Robert Thompson (170). 2.Alex Galliano (203) ½-½ Harry Mann (163). 3.Akash Jain (187) 1–0 George Darling (154). 4.Lateefah Messam-Sparks (180) 1–0 Alex Billings (122). 5.Adrian Archer-Lock (162) 1–0 Freddie Sugden (114). 6.Matthew Kim (131) 0–1 Jeff Leung (126).

This was Torquay’s only win.

White: J. Leung. Black: M. Kim.

Caro-Kann Defence  [B10].

1.e4 c6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nc3 Qa5 5.d3 Bg4 6.Be2 Nf6 7.0–0 e6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Re1 Nbd7 10.Nd2 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Be7 12.Nc4 Qc7 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bh4 Bd6 15.Nxd6+ Qxd6 16.Bg3 White is able to keep the pressure on. 16…Qb4 17.Rab1 h5 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Qxe4 Qe7 20.Qd4 c5 21.Qxg7 0–0–0 22.Qc3 Nb6 23.Qe5 Kd7 24.d4 (Also good was 24.Qe4 Nd5 25.Qa4+ Kc8 26.Qxa7 h4 27.Bh2 and Black’s position has been broken open). 24…Nd5 25.dxc5 Qxc5 26.Rbd1 h4 27.Bh2 Ke7 28.Qg5+ Ke8 29.b3 b5 30.a4 b4 31.Be5 Rf8 32.Qxh4 Rg8 33.Rd2 Qc6 34.Bg3 Rd7 35.Re4 Qc3 36.Rc4! Qf6 (if 36…Qxd2 37.Rc8+ Rd8 38.Rxd8 mate.) 37.Qxf6 Nxf6 38.Rc8+ White’s pieces are better placed to exploit their long open lines. 38…Ke7 39.Rxd7+ Kxd7 40.Rc7+ Ke8 41.Rxa7 White could now simply swap pieces off and let the pawns do the rest, which Black is trying to avoid. 41…Rg6 42.Bh4 Nd5 43.a5 f5 44.Rb7 Nf4 45.g3 Nxh3+ 46.Kg2 Nf4+ 47.Kf3 Nd5 48.a6 e5 49.a7 Ra6 50.Rb8+ Kd7 51.a8=Q 1–0.

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