Southend & District League Division One

Rayleigh lead at half-way stage

Rayleigh I32105
Basildon I22004
Hadleigh I32014
Southend I42024
Customs I41123
Southend II40040

My thanks to Melvin Pool for his usual excellent and comprehensive results service for the S & DCL. Melvin added a few seasonal comments to his report, stating that it is "Rayleigh once again who sit proudly at the top of the tree" ... the mind boggles. This is made even more bizarre with the statement that "Basildon are the only team in the division with a 100% record in tact" .. OK, we'll put that one down to a typing error but it could win a prize for the most misleading statement of 2002.

Given that there are 6 teams in the division and that Christmas is supposed to be the half-way stage, the above table seems a little depleted. The scheduled matches Basildon v Hadleigh and Basildon v Rayleigh have yet to materialise, the latter being a toothsome prospect as the two strongest sides in the division square up to one another. Southend have already met both and have had any title aspirations snuffed out, losing to Rayleigh 4½-1½ and to Basildon 4 - 2. Only one win was recorded to a Southend player in these twelve games, and that to Steven Wedlock.

Rayleigh breathed a heavy sigh of relief that their visit to Customs yielded them a point as the underdogs bit hard. This could easily have been 4 - 2 in Customs' favour as John Moore was in serious trouble: Ellen Walker, in her first competitive game for about a year, had his king trapped in the open and the introduction of another rook on move 30 would have almost certainly have led to a winning attack for White. She was a little unlucky in that this critical point was not only the time control but also coincided with the draw being agreed on board 1 and Ellen claimed her concentration was disturbed by this. Frank Gulley adjourned with a forced mate in 5 or 6 moves.

Southend II opened the season with two 6 - 0 defeats, one courtesy of their own first team, the other from Basildon. Their visit to Customs resulted in a close match in which the only one-sided games were on board 2 and 3 as the Jellett twins experienced contrasting fortunes. Nicholas is having an excellent season, and gave Dennis Paul no chance to come back after he lost a piece to a queen check. My own game was an exciting tussle in which Alan Parsons was determined to attack without any thought to his own king safety, finally taking a rook which led to him losing is queen or being mated. Daniel Hedges did well to beat Roger Oxenham from an adjournment in which Daniel had some pawns for the exchange but a shaky-looking king. Melvin had been well-placed against Gary Perks, but his perennial time trouble cost him his advantage and in the end he did well to draw.

Hadleigh won well enough against Customs, the top three boards being a collective triumph of youth against experience. Michael Bridger defended well against my attack to reach a winning ending, Nick Jellett had no problems equalising against Ken Clow and Matthew Jellett won well against H.Norton. The low boards swung the match in Hadleigh's direction.

Giants have tumbled again in the Perriman Cup. Rayleigh I were knocked out by Customs I, the victors in this case needing all of their 2½ point bonus. Rayleigh III removed Southend 1, the latter giving away a maximum 4 points by virtue of their high grades. Ralph Davis (grade 71) performed superbly to share the point with Bill Luxton (136) whereas Derek Stockings (62) fared even better, beating Dennis Paul (136). Basildon I crept past Westcliff III, 5½ - ½ being the over-the-board score but Westcliff benefitting from a 4-point bonus. Kevin Foakes (84) almost did the business here, earning a draw with Paul Savin (159).

Walker,E - Moore,J [C50]
Customs v Rayleigh

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.d3 d6 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 Be6 8.Bb3 a6 9.Qd2 Nd4 10.Bxe6 Nxe6 11.Nd5 g5 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.Bg3 Rg8 14.c3 Bb6 15.0-0-0 g4 16.Nh4 Qg5 17.Nf5 Qxd2+ 18.Rxd2 h5 19.Bh4 Nf4 20.g3 Ng6 21.Bf6 Kd7 22.d4 Ke6 23.dxe5 dxe5 24.Bg5 f6 25.Bh6 Ne7 26.Ng7+ Kf7 27.Rd7 Kg6 28.Rxe7 Kxh6 29.Nf5+ Kg5 30.h4+? (30 Rd1! and Black cannot prevent R(d1)d7 with resulting mayhem) gxh3 31.f4+ exf4 32.gxf4+ Kxf4 33.Rxh3 Rg1+ 34.Kc2 Rh8 35.Rh4+ and Black won after a second session

Tributes to Dave Raeburn have included one from John Saunders, Editor of BCM. As I mentioned in last week's piece, John provided the photos of Dave and his win in the Final of the British Boys' Championships 1934. John was Dave's Club Captain at the Mitcham Club and wrote "I used to sit at the next board to him for Mitcham in the London League during the late 1970s, early 1980s, and (as match captain) used to have the job of phoning him up for matches. It was always difficult, not so much persuading him to play as getting past the females of his household who always sounded reluctant to put him on the phone. Perhaps they didn't want him walking all the way from Crystal Palace to St Brides to play chess." John also provided the following game, with the comment "I wish I could play the Caro Kann like that."

Yeo,M - Raeburn,D [B13]
Mitcham v South Norwood, 1984

1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 exd5 cxd5 4 Bd3 Nf6 5 Bf4 Nc6 6 c3 Qb6 7 Na3 a6 8 Rb1 Bg4 9 Nf3 e6 10 Nc2 Be7 11 h3 Bh5 12 Ne3 0-0 13 Ng4 Ne4 14 Bxe4 dxe4 15 Nd2 Kh8 16 Nc4 Qd8 17 Qd2 f6 18 Bh2 b5 19 Nce3 f5 20 Ne5 Nxe5 21 Bxe5 f4 22 Nf1 e3 23 fxe3 Bh4+ 24 g3 fxg3 25 Nxg3 Rf3 26 Rg1 Qg5 27 e4 Re3+ 28 Kf1 Rf8+ 29 Nf5 Rxf5+ 30 exf5 Rf3+ 31 Ke2 Rg3+ 0-1

Customs Christmas Problem-Solving Evening - Solutions

Forsyth: 2n1Q3/2k5/K7/2BB4/8/8/8/8Forsyth: k7/p4P2/P7/1K3R2/8/6b1/8/8Forsyth: 1N6/8/8/pk1p4/N2n2B/P7/K7/4Q3
1. Bd4 and 4 mates are threatened!
1...Kb8 Be5;
1...Kd6 2 Qd8;
1...Nd6 2 Bb6;
1 ...N anywhere else 2 Be5
1 Rf4!
(a lovely first move threatening 2 f8=Q mate)
1..Bxf4 2 f8=Q+ 2 Bb8 3 Qf3 mate;
1...Kb8 2 f8=Q+ Kc7 3 Rf7 mate
1 Qh4
threatening an assortment
of bishop mates from e2 or d7,
depending upon what Black does
Forsyth: 8/8/8/3Qpp2/5k1K/4rP2/3B4/8Forsyth: 8/3n2N1/7K/7P/5kp1/3Q4/8/3n2B1Forsyth: 6Bk/6rP/4K3/8/p7/8/8/Q7
1 Qa8!
(the only move)
2 Qa1! guarding e5 and incidentally
preparing a mate for either capture on f3
2...exf3 3 Qd4# or 2... Kxf3 3 Qf1#
1 Ba7!
1...g3 Qf5#
1...Ne5 2 Ne6#
other N moves are met by either Bb8 or Qe3
1.Kf5 a3 2.Ba2 Kxh7 3.Qh1#
Forsyth: rk2K3/1PR5/8/1N2P3/8/8/3P4/1R6Forsyth: 3B3k/6rp/6pK/6P1/8/8/8/qQ6Forsyth: 2r2k1K/1qP2p2/2b5/8/8/8/Q7/3R4
1. Na7
if 1...Rxa7 2 Rc8#
if 1 ...Kxa7 2 b8=N#
if 1...Kxc7 2 b7xa8=N#
Shoot the Webmaster!
The h7 pawn should have been White!!
1 Qa3+ Ke8 2 Rd8+ Rxd8
3 Qf8+ Kxf8 4 cxd8=Q+ Be8
5 Qd6+ Qd7 6 Qh6#
  Forsyth: r4rk1/1ppp1ppp/p4nb1/8/8/1P6/2PPPPPP/2B3K1  
10. What was White's first bishop move?

Well, let's look at a few facts.
1. The black B at g6 must have been a promoted pawn (black's pawns at b7 & d7 are unmoved).
2. Black's e-pawn must therefore have been promoted on b1
3. This pawn must therefore have made 5 captures
4. White's pawn at b3 must have been at b2 when the promotion occurred, as otherwise the Black bishop would not have been able to escape via a2
5. The 5 captured white pieces must have been Q, R, R, N, N
6. White's original bishops must have been captured without having moved to enable the Q and h1 R to escape
7. White's B at c1 must therefore be a promoted pawn (the a-pawn)
8. This pawn can only have made 3 captures (black has lost 4 pieces, but the B at c8 must have been captured by something else)
9. The Pawn must therefore have been promoted on b8.
10. Black's c-pawn is unmoved.
White's first bishop move was therefore from b8 to a7

3B3k/6rP/6pK/6P1/8/8/8/qQ6 8/3k4/1K6/8/4BR2/4p3/4p3/8
White to play and win.
This is no. 8 above, corrected.
Last week's solution (H. Rinck 1935 after R. Reti 1928): 1 Bf5+(1 Bc6+ Kd6 2 Rd4+ Ke5 3 Re4+ Kd6 4 Rxe3 e1=Q 5 Rxe1 stalemate)1...Kd6 2 Rd4 Ke7 3 Re4 Kd8! 4 Bd7!! (4 Rxe3 5 e1=Q 5 Rxe1 stalemate) 4...e1=Q 5 Bb5 and Black cannot prevent mate at e8

© Peter Walker 2003

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