The West of England Jamboree took place at Taunton last Sunday with 3 teams of 12 players in the Open Section and the same number in the grade-limited section.
Devon’s team was much the strongest but they underperformed and were lucky to emerge as joint winners when neither Somerset nor Gloucestershire could get over the winning line and all three finished on 6 points – a rare triple tie in which there were no losers.
On the other hand, the teams in the Graded Section were closely matched, yet Dorset finished clear winners with 8 points, followed by Torbay League (6) and Somerset “B” (4).
All match details and photographs may be found on the keverelchess.com website.
Devon’s saving point was their strength in depth, and in this game their Player of the Year and Board 8 player, Robert Thompson, snuffed out White’s early attack to record a face-saving win.
White: W. Taylor (152 – Somerset). Black: R. Thompson (171).
Sicilian Defence – Hungarian Variation [B35]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 Key move of the Hungarian Variation, or Accelerated Fianchetto Variation, popularised by Benko in the 1950s. 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0–0 8.Nb3 d6 9.f3 a6 10.Qd2 b5 11.Be2 Ne5 As so often in this opening, White launches a quick King-side attack, while Black is poised to counter on the opposite wing. The result often depends on which side gets their attack in first and how telling it is. 12.g4 Be6 13.Bh6 Bc4 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.0–0–0 White castles long before continuing further with his attack. 15…Qc7 16.h4 h5 17.gxh5 It is in White’s interests to open lines against the Black King rather than interlock pawns with 17.g5. 17…Nxh5 18.Rhg1 Rac8 19.Rg2 Bxe2 20.Rxe2 If 20.Qxe2 Nf4 forking 2 pieces, so he chooses to lose a pawn instead. 20…Nxf3 21.Qe3 Ne5 22.Rg1 Nc4 23.Qg5 Nxb2 24.Nd5 If 24.Kxb2 Qxc3+ 25.Kb1 24…Qc4 25.Reg2 Nd3+ 26.Kb1 e6 27.Ne7 White may have missed the forcing line 27.Qxh5! Qxe4 28.Qh7+ Kxh7 29.Nf6+ Kh8 30.Nxe4 leaving White a piece up, though facing a phalanx of central pawns. 27…Ndf4 28.Nxc8 Rxc8 29.Rh2 Qxe4 30.Rg4 White’s Queen is running out of space. 30…Qe1+ If 30…f6 31.Qxg6+ Qxg6 32.Rxg6+ Kxg6. 31.Kb2 f6 trapping the White queen. 32.Rg1 White’s only hope, but it fails to 32…Qc3+ 0–1
The solution to last week’s reprinted position was 1.Bf7+ Nxf7 (forced). 2.Qxc6+ Bd7 (forced) 3.Qxd7 mate. This week’s is a 2-mover by Christopher Reeves, probably Cornwall’s most noted composer since Charles Masson Fox.