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West of England Union Jamboree (22.09.2012.)

The West of England Union’s Jamboree, an annual pre-season get-together for many years, took place on Sunday at Taunton. Three county teams of 12 players contested the Open Section and the winners were Devon (8 points), followed by Somerset (6) and Gloucestershire (4).

The grade-limited section (12 players per team with total grades not exceeding 1,600) was won by the Torbay League on 8 pts, ahead of Dorset (7½), East Devon (5½) and Somerset ‘B’ (4).

These two miniatures from the Open Section both demonstrate the dangers of a queen heading up an attack before all her troops have at least been put on stand-by.

On Board 8 the Gloucestershire captain fell into this trap.

White: P. Chaplin (Somerset -176). Black: P. Dodwell (Glos. – 163).

Ruy Lopez. [C73]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 The Steinitz Defence Deferred 5.Bxc6+ bxc6 6.d4 exd4 7.Qxd4 Qf6 Black wants to do something about the queen’s pressure on g7 hindering his kingside development. 8.Qa4 So White probes elsewhere. 8…Bd7 9.0–0 Qg6 10.Re1 Be7 11.e5 White now asks questions down the centre. 11…d5 12.e6 forcing 12…fxe6 and freeing up e5 for the knight. 13.Ne5 Qf6 14.Nd2 Qh4 Again Black seeks to exchange queens. 15.g4 A brave way of avoiding this. 15…Bc5 Now Black poses a problem. 16.Ndf3 Qxf2+ 17.Kh1 Nf6 18.Bg5 Ne4 Black seeks to mount his own attack but misses the real threat. 19.Bh4 The queen has nowhere to go. 1–0

On Board 2 another Gloucestershire player falls in similar fashion.

White: D. Buckley (Somerset -202). Black: C. Mattos (Glos. – 179).

Sicilian Defence – Alapin Variation. [B22]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.d4 cxd4 6.cxd4 d6 7.Bc4 e6 8.0–0 Be7 9.Qe2 0–0 10.Nc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 dxe5 12.dxe5 Qa5 13.Bd2 Rd8 14.Rab1 Qa4 15.Rfc1 Ba3 16.Re1 Qc2 Black’s queen goes deep into enemy territory while two of his pieces stay untouched. 17.Bb3 Qf5 18.Bg5 Be7 19.Bc2 Qg4 20.Bxe7 preparing his next killing move. 20…Nxe7 21.Rb4 1–0 After 21…Qh5 22.Rh4 and the queen has nowhere to go. 1–0

The solution to last week’s problem was 1.Qh1!

The challenge here is exactly the same. White to mate in 2.

White to mate in 2

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