Chess with Bob Jones
The West of England Jamboree was held recently at Taunton, with eight teams of 12 involved. There were three teams in the Open Section, where Devon, who have tended to under-perform recently, were in imperious form, winning the Bristol Cup, losing only one game and drawing three in the process. Second were Somerset (5½) and Gloucestershire (3).
The grade-limited section involved five teams, and was won by Wiltshire (7/12), making a welcome return to WECU activities after a gap of several years. Second were Dorset (6½); third Somerset A (6); fourth Torbay League (5½) and fifth Somerset B (5).
The event was organised by Somerset's Ben Edgell.
Devon got off to a quick start with this win by their top player.
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White: Peter Chaplin (190).
Black: Dominic Mackle (204).
French Defence [C02]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qb6 6.Bd3 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bd7 White's invitation to take the d-pawn is an old trap that would only fool a beginner. e.g. 7...Nxd4 8.Nxd4 Qxd4 9.Bb5+ leaving Black's queen high and dry. 8.0–0 Nxd4 Now it can be taken because there is no check to consider. 9.Nbd2 Bc5 10.b4 Nxf3+ If 10...Bxb4 11.Rb1 with an attack down the b-file. 11.Nxf3 Qxb4 12.Rb1 Qa4 13.Qe2 Ne7 14.Rxb7 Rc8 15.Bg5 0–0 16.Bc2 Qc6 17.Qd3 A king-side attack by White is a common theme against the French. 17...Ng6 18.Rb3 Bb6 19.Rc1 Qc4 20.Qd1 Qa6 White is prepared to sacrifice two pieces in order to get his attack in; a risky tactic against the West of England Champion. 21.Be7 Nxe7 22.Bxh7+ Kxh7 23.Ng5+ Kg8 24.Rg3 Equal exchanges now suit Black. 24...Rxc1 25.Qxc1 Qe2 26.Rf3 Nf5 27.Qb1 g6 White has invested too much material in an attack that never materialised, and he cannot adequately defend against Black's counter. 28.g4 Nh4 29.Rh3 Qxf2+ 0–1
This Somerset loss on Bd. 2 was offset by this win on Bd. 1.
White: P Kirby (167). Black: J Rudd (219).
English Opening [A26] 1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 0–0 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0–0 d6 8.d3 Nh5 9.Nd5 f5 10.Be3 f4 11.gxf4 Qh4 12.f5 gxf5 13.f3 f4 14.Bf2 Qg5 15.Kh1 Rf7 16.b4 Qh6 17.Qd2 Be6 18.b5 Nd4 19.Nxd4 exd4 20.a4 Kh8 21.a5 Rg8 22.b6 axb6 23.axb6 c6 24.Nc7 Bd7 25.Ra7 Be5 26.Rfa1 Rfg7 27.Bf1 Qg6 28.h4 Ng3+ 0–1.
Last week's problem was solved by 1.Nh5!
This week, Black does have some defensive resources at his disposal, but White can still mate in two if he plays the right move first.