Chess with Bob Jones
Today sees the start on this season's inter-county competition, when Devon meet Somerset at Norton Fitzwarren Village Hall. This has the potential to be the key match of the season for both, who will have their strongest available teams out. Next Saturday, Cornwall play Hampshire at Gittisham Village Hall, while Gloucestershire have a bye in round one.
Here is a recent Devon vs Somerset game from the WECU Jamboree.
White: Adrian Archer-Lock (188).
Black: David Littlejohns (186).
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Queen's Gambit – Slav Defence –
Exchange Variation. [D10]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Bf5 6.e3 e6 7.Qb3 Qb6 8.Nf3 Qxb3 9.axb3 Bb4 Anticipating playing Ne4 to bring pressure on the pinned knight, but White has his own attacking plans. 10.Bxb8 Rxb8 11.Bb5+ The a-pawn is at his mercy, but first he prevents castling. 11...Kf8 12.Rxa7 Ne4 13.Ne5 Threatening a knight fork on d7, which Black must attend to by retreating his attacking knight. 13...Nf6 14.0–0 g6 15.h3 Kg7 16.Bd3 Rhc8 17.Bxf5 gxf5 18.Rc1 Rc7 19.Nd3 Bf8 20.Nb5 Rxc1+ 21.Nxc1 Ne4 22.Nd3 Nd2 23.b4 Nc4 24.Na3 Nb6 25.Nc5 Winning Black's b-pawn. 25...Kf6 26.Nc2 Ke7 27.Rxb7+ Rxb7 28.Nxb7 Now White is two pawns up, both of which are passed. The rest of the game is centred around how best to exploit them. 28...Nc4 29.b3 Nd2 30.Na1 Kd7 31.b5 Kc7 32.Nc5 Bd6 33.Na4 Ne4 34.f3 Nf6 35.Kf2 Nd7 36.Ke2 Nb6 37.Kd3 Kb7 38.Nc2 Na8 39.e4 fxe4+ 40.fxe4 dxe4+ 41.Kxe4 f5+ 42.Kd3 Nc7 43.Kc4 Bf8 44.Nc5+ Bxc5 45.Kxc5 f4 46.Nb4 h5 47.b6 Ne8 48.Nc6 Kc8 Starting another pawn-winning sequence. 49.Ne7+ Kd7 50.Ng6 f3 51.gxf3 1-0 Black resigned as he had no chance of countering the advance of all five pawns. White threatened Ne5+ followed by Kc6.
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Last week's position was solved by 1.Kd8! freeing up c7 for the knight to administer mate.
How does White administer the coup de grace here?