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WECU Championships 2014 Winners List (26.04.2014)

The West of England Championships finished on Monday with a new Champion in the form of Andrew Boyne of Exeter with 5/7 points. Richard McMichael of London had half a point more, but he was ineligible for the Westcountry title. Dr. Dave Regis of Exeter was 3rd. Grading prizes were won by:- (U-186) Dave Littlejohns (Taunton) & Graham Bolt (Railways London); (U-177) Robert Thompson (Bristol University).

Major Section (U-175): 1st= Bill Ingham (Teignmouth), John Bass, (Richmond) & Ivor Annetts (Tiverton). Annetts won the Wilkinson Cup on tie break. Grading prizes (U-159) Dave Rogers (Exmouth). (U-1146) Martin Worrall (Taunton).

Minor: 1st Norman Tidy (Teignmouth). 2nd= Paul Jackson (Bournemouth), Rob Wilby (Plymouth) & Ken Alexander (Tiverton). Grading prizes: (U-127) Ray Hunt (Bognor). (U-116) Dave Burt (Bournemouth), Greg Bailey (Netherton) & Edmund Kelly (Exeter Juniors).

Of his four wins, this was the one that McMichael liked best, involving as it does a queen pseudo sacrifice.

White: Martin Simons (191). Black: Richard  McMichael (213).

                 French Defence. [C10]

1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 Transposing into a French Defence. 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e5 Ne4 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8.a3 Bd7 9.Bd3 Ng5 10.Be2 Nxf3+ 11.Bxf3 f6 12.exf6 Qxf6 13.Ne2 0–0–0 14.Qd2 g5 Having castled long, Black seeks to attack on the other wing. 15.0–0–0 h5 Threatening to win the bishop. 16.h3 Rdg8 17.Ng3 Be8 18.Qe3 Bf7 19.Kb1 Re8 20.Rhe1 Bg6 21.Be2 e5 Choosing this moment to break open the centre. 22.dxe5 Rxe5 23.Qf3 Qe6 24.Rd2 Kb8 25.Nf1 White’s queen currently has nowhere to retreat to. 25…Be4 26.Qg3 h4 27.Qb3 Bxg2 28.Ne3 Bxh3 29.Rh1 d4 30.Bc4 Black leaves his queen to be taken. 30…dxe3! 31.Bxe6 Bxe6 32.Qd3 exd2 33.Qxd2 After this skirmish, Black has rook, bishop, knight and a pawn for his queen – plenty of compensation. 33…h3 34.f4 gxf4 35.Qxf4 a6 36.Qf6 Rh7 37.b4 b6 38.c4 Kb7 39.c5 b5 With Black’s king as secure as White’s is exposed, White has no play, so he called it a day. 0–1

The 25th Frome Congress will be held on 9th – 11th May at Selwood Academy, Frome, with an increased prize fund in recognition of their silver anniversary. Full details may be found on their website (somersetchess.org) where it is now possible to enter on-line.

In last week’s position, Smith won by force after 42…h2+ 43.Kxh2 Qh4+ 44.Kg1 Qh1 mate.

Here is a miniature 2-mover.

White mates in 2

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