The West of England Union’s annual pre-season get-together is their Jamboree which was held on Sunday in Taunton. There were three teams of 12 players in the Open Section, Devon, Gloucestershire and Somerset. It has always been a closely contested affair and this time Devon managed to squeeze home, in spite of having had to default one board due to the traffic chaos on the motorway causing long delays. Devon came 1st with 7 points, just ahead of Somerset on 6½ and Gloucestershire on 4½.
There were five teams in the grade-limited section, which Dorset won by a comfortable margin on 8½ points, ahead of East Devon and Somerset ‘B’ in joint 2nd place on 6 points, Torbay League on 4½ and Somerset ‘C’ on 4. Somerset are to be congratulated on getting out three strong teams.
Here is a crisp finish from Devon’s winning team in the Open.
White: Adam Musson (159 – Glos.). Black: John K. F. Stephens (173 – Devon).
Slav Defence [D30]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 Key move of the Slav Defence. 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.b3 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 dxc4 8.Nxc4 c5 9.0–0 Be7 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Nce5 0–0 12.Rc1 Ne4 13.Nxd7 Qxd7 14.Qc2 Qd5 15.Ne5 White has exposed himself to a potential threat on the long diagonal. 15…cxd4 16.Bxd4 The d-file is now clear of pawns and control of it will be central. 16…Nd2 threatening mate on g2 and the nearby rook. 17.Bxh7+ Kh8 18.f3 Nxf1 19.Be4 Hitting the queen and the bishop behind it which cannot be defended. 19…Nxe3 20.Qd3 If 20.Bxd5 Nxc2 21.Bxb7 Nxd4 22.Rc7 (Not 22.Bxa8 Ne2+ 23.Kf1 Nxc1 24.Be4 leaving Black a rook up.) 22…Rae8; 20.Bxe3; if 20.Bxe3 Qxe5 21.Bxb7 Qxe3+ 22.Kh1 Rad8. 20…Qd6 21.Bxb7 Rad8 22.Nc6 Nf5 23.Nxd8 Rxd8 Back to level material. 24.Rc4 Nxd4 25.Qe4 Nf5 Threatening Qd1+ and Rd2mate 26.Qe1 White has an answer this time, but Black’s command of the d-file will prove decisive. 26…b5 27.Rc6 Qd4+ 28.Kf1 Ne3+ 29.Ke2 forced 29…Nxg2 Black can force a mate whatever White tries from now on. 30.Qg3 Qd1+ 0-1. Resigned in view of 31.Kf2 Rd2 mate. Another ending where a knight controls possible flight squares for the enemy king.
Other games may be found on the chessdevon website, while full charts and pictures are on keverelchess.com.
Last week’s problem shouldn’t have taken long to solve; 1.Rc8 threatened the unstoppable 2.Ra8 mate.
This position comes from the game Mickey Adams vs Halkias at last year’s Gibraltar tournament. How did Adams manage to smash open the Black King’s position?