SHROPSHIRE PLAYERS AT THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007
Keith Fowler Reports

 

(As far as I can tell) four players playing locally in Shropshire took part in the events of the 94th Championships of The British Isles that were held at Great Yarmouth College, Great Yarmouth during the period Sunday 29 th July to Saturday 11 th August.

 Great Yarmouth is an old port on the edge of East Anglia which has prospered and slumped as fishing and trading moved elsewhere but prospered again with the discovery and removal of North Sea oil and now relies heavily on holiday makers. Historically, Norfolk born Admiral Lord Nelson was made a freeman of Yarmouth and the Norfolk Pillar or Nelson's Monument was erected in memory of him and has stood in the town since 1819 and Anna Sewell authoress of ‘Black Beauty' was born there. Of the chess playing fraternity Yarmouth is the birthplace of IM Robert Bellin.

 The weather was an oasis in this abysmal summer; we had two weeks of almost unbroken sunshine. The chess was played in a large hall that is normally the library at the college. The facilities looked a little utilitarian for the English Chess Federation's premier event but I am assured that they were good for playing. There was plenty of space for parking and food and refreshments were available. What seemed to be missing was an area for active sporting recreation, although there was a recreation ground next door which may have been reachable through a hole in the fence.

The British Championship was won by the Dane (now Scottish) Jacob Aargaard. He had a clear lead at one stage but then lost two games in Rounds 8 and 10 to throw the contest open. Going into the last round eight players had the chance to be in front at the end of the contest. Jonathan Rowson, the defending champion, won quickly and set the mark as the leader. One by one the others fell away and it became a fight between Stephen Gordon and Jacob Aargaard. Gordon could only draw to level with Rowson whereas Aargaard won to take the title.

  Simon Fowler took part in the Championship event. After five rounds Simon was on 3 having won one game and drawn the rest. This included a draw against IM Thomas Rendle and against IM Robert Bellin. Simon had got the results but was scrambling to achieve them. In round 6 he came a cropper against IM Simon Knott, but played better!

 Sunday was a rest day in the Championship and time for a game of cricket. A team of English Chess players took on a team of Chess players of “Asian” ancestry in a 40 over match. England batted first and after a stodgy start, very reminiscent of our senior side in the recent Cricket World Cup”, amassed about 180. Simon was in at the end and contributed 20-odd. Asia lost early wickets in response but a couple of old stagers almost got them home but they could not quite manage it. England won by 10 or so runs. Simon took a couple of wickets after being asked to slow down by the wicket-keeper as he could not cope with his pace.

The championship resumed on the Monday and in that day's round Fowler beat Adams – not Michael Adams, who was plying his trade elsewhere, but David Adams. Round 8 was drawn against Peter Sowray. Round 9 was a draw against IM Dagne Ciutsyke. Round 10 pitted Simon against Danny Gormally and Simon claimed his second GM scalp. (The game is attached together with Simon's analysis). In the last round Simon lost to Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant.

Simon finished 20= with an excellent 6/11 having played 9 players rated higher than him including a GM, 5IMs and an FM.

 

The most successful player at the Championships was Thomas Pym who entered two events and was placed first in both. He tied first (with four others including Richard Bryant) in the imaginatively named “5 Day Open PM Week 1” event with a score of 4/5 and won the “5 Day Open PM Week 2” event outright with 4.5/5.

Congratulation to Tom and Richard on their wins.

Richard Bryant also wins the prize for most games at the British Championship by a Shropshire player. He played 31! Here is the list:

Rapidplay 29 th July                     5/6        (joint second place with Simon and others)

Under 175 Championship            2/5

5 Day Open PM Week 1             4/5        (joint first place with Tom and others)

Atkins (Open)                            2/5

5 Day Open AM Week 2             3/5

5 Day Open PM Week 2             3/5

            

The fourth player at the Championships was Newport's young player Athar Mehmood who competed in the Under 10 Championship and scored 3.5/7. This seems to be a very respectable result as he had a hard draw having to play both the eventual joint winners and a couple of others who were in contention. Here is another Shropshire player to keep an eye on.

 In addition to the British Championships young Shropshire players have been busy representing their country in other events during the Summer.

 Thomas was a member of the England team that won the Glorney Cup in Dublin. The Glorney Cup was originally conceived as an event between teams of Under 18 boys from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Over the years it has mutated into an event that involved several other European countries but has latterly reverted to its original format. In the event Thomas scored 2.5/4.

 At the Glorney Cup event additional matches were staged between the four countries for the Under 14 and Under 12 age groups. Louis Graham was selected to play in the Under 14 event and rewarded the selectors with a 100% performance – 4/4. An excellent result for Louis.

 Simon was selected to play for “Young England” against a Middlesex team to celebrate the centenary of Middlesex County Chess Association. This was a nine round Scheveningen event. Included in the Middlesex team were GMs Bogdan Lalic and Aaron Summerscales and our very own IM John Cox. Simon managed a score of 3.5/9 which was about par for the strength of the opposition. His results included a draw against GM Lalic (which prompted Lalic to remark "He played better than Nogueiras") and a loss in the battle of Shropshire against John Cox. Middlesex won the match.

 Finally many congratulations to Tom Pym for his win in the Shropshire Individual Championships.
Keith Fowler 24/08/07

Gormally,D (2509) - Fowler,S (2204) [C04]
94th ch-GBR Great Yarmouth ENG (10), 09.08.2007
[Fowler]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6!? 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.c3 possibly a bit passive 6...f6 7.exf6 Qxf6?! 8.Nb3?! probably best is either Bb5 or Be2 [Raxa1 e5 the natural 8.Be2! ] 8...Bd6 9.c4 runs into [9.Bg5 Qg6 10.Bd3 Qh5 proves 6. c3 was wasted 11.0–0 0–0 is awkward for white eg] 9...0–0?! with threats of Rxf3 winning [9...dxc4!? 10.Bxc4 0–0 natural but probably not the best 11.0–0 Nb6 12.Bd3 e5³] 10.cxd5?! [10.c5!? Bf4 11.Bxf4 Qxf4 12.Be2 Nf6 (12...e5 13.dxe5 Ndxe5 14.Qxd5+) 13.Qd2 Qf5³] 10...exd5 11.Be2 a5?! [11...Qg6 12.0–0 Nf6 (12...Qh5 13.h3 Nf6 14.Ne5 seems stronger eg ) 13.Be3 is annoying (13.Bd3 Qh5 and either Bg4 or Ng4 is very good for black ) ] 12.Be3 b6?! with an attack [12...Qg6 13.0–0 a4 14.Nbd2 Nf6 trying to be too clever] 13.0–0? Qg6 [Raxa1 Qc2 with a fairly big initiative 13...Be5+- Rad1 Ndb8 Na1 Bg4; Nbd2 the planned 13...Ne7³ loses to] 14.Nh4 Qf6 15.g3?! avoids the loss of material [15.Nf3 Ne7³] 15...Ne7!µ is best 16.Rc1 Ba6 weakening 17.Bxa6 Rxa6 18.Ng2 a4! diagram
here this knight becomes strong, protecting d5, looking at f5. It also avoids being attacked by a rook on the c-file, as well as making way for the queenside pawns to gain space 19.Nd2 Nf5 the whole point of my plan. He is left with an appalling bishop 20.Nb1 b5! 21.Nc3 c6µ gaining space 22.Ne2 Bc7 23.Qd3 Bb6 24.Rc2 Raa8 25.Rfc1 Rac8 26.Ngf4 Qd6 27.Nc3 black's last two moves prevent Bf4, meaning that white is stuck with the bad bishop 27...Rce8 28.Nce2 Nb8! black's 20th and 21st moves both leave black with only one protectable weakness on the queenside, allowing me to concentrate on the kingside 29.Ng2 Qf6 30.Rf1 white's last few moves are natural, but also not getting anywhere. There is not a lot that white can do, however, and this is why I shouldn't rush, but simply find the best squares for my pieces 30...Re4!? 31.Nc3 Rg4? Now one black knight holds up the whole of white's play [31...Re7µ Diagram #] 32.Ne2? [32.Qe2! Rxd4 33.Rcc1 but it worked in the game 33...Nxe3?? 34.fxe3+-; 32.Qd1?! Rxd4 33.Bxd4 Nxd4 34.Rc1 Nf3+ 35.Kh1 Qh6 36.Nh4 (36.h4 Qe6–+) 36...Nxh4 37.gxh4 Qxh4 but i was trying to find the win] 32...Bxd4 33.Nxd4 Nxd4 34.Bxd4 Qxd4 35.Qa3 Re4–+ 36.Ne3 Rf3 37.Qd6 Qe5 38.Qd8+ Rf8 39.Qb6 d4 40.Ng2 Qd5 41.a3 d3 [41...d3 42.Rd2 Nd7 43.Qa5 Ne5 44.f4 Re2! 45.Rxe2 dxe2–+] 0–1

(1) Lalic,B (2509) - Fowler,S (2204) [A84]
London ( Middlessex-Young England ) (5), 13.07.2007
[Lalic,Bogdan]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.e3 Bd6 [4...Nf6 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.b3!? (6.Nc3 dxc4 Meran ) ] 5.Bd3 f5 6.b3 Nf6 7.0–0 Qe7 [7...0–0 8.Ba3²] 8.Bb2 0–0 9.Qc1 Nbd7 [9...b6 10.Ba3 Bb7 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Nc3 Nbd7 13.cxd5! Nxd5 (13...cxd5 14.Nb5ƒ) 14.Rd1 Rac8 15.Bc4 N7f6 16.Qb2 Rfd8 17.h3 Nxc3 18.Qxc3 Ne4 19.Qb2 c5? (¹19...Qe7²) 20.dxc5 Qxd1+ 21.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 22.Kh2 Rxc5 23.Bxe6+ Kf8 24.Bc4 b5 25.Be2 Rd6 26.Nd4 b4 27.Bc4+- Bd5 28.Nxf5 Rf6 29.Qe5 1–0, Ivanchuk-Nogueiras, 42nd Capablanca Memorial 2007.] 10.Ba3 Ne4 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Qa3?! [¹12.Nc3 b6 13.Rb1! Bb7 14.b4 Rac8 15.Ne2 Qe7 16.Qb2² Rahman,Z 2534-Lodhi,M 2367, Parsvnath 2007.] 12...c5! [‹12...Qxa3?! 13.Nxa3²] 13.cxd5 [13.Qb2 b6; 13.dxc5 Ndxc5 14.Rd1 b6 15.Be2 Bb7 16.b4 Nd7 17.cxd5 exd5 18.Nd4 f4‚ Aronian,L 2645-Radjabov,T 2670, Antalya 2004.] 13...exd5 14.Rc1N [14.dxc5 Ndxc5 15.Be2 f4 16.exf4 Qxf4 17.b4 Qf6 18.Nbd2 Qc3 19.Qxc3 Nxc3 Bareev,E 2724-Jussupow,A 2618, EuroTel Trophy 2002.] 14...f4!‚ 15.Nc3 fxe3 16.fxe3 Rxf3! 17.Bxe4 [‹17.gxf3?? Qg6+ 18.Kf1 Ne5!–+; 17.Nxe4!? dxe4 18.Bc4+ Rf7 19.Rf1 Nf6 20.dxc5 Qe7³] 17...dxe4!

Diagram

[‹17...Rxe3? 18.Bxd5+ Kh8 19.Re1! Qf4 (‹19...Rxc3?? 20.Re8+ Nf8 21.Rf1+-) 20.Nb5!±] 18.gxf3 exf3 19.Qb2 [‹19.Ne4? Qe7–+ (19...Qe6–+) ; ‹19.Kh1?! Qe7! 20.dxc5 Qxe3 21.Qb2 Nf6! (‹21...Nxc5 22.Re1 Qd4 23.Nd1!) 22.Re1 Qxc5µ] 19...cxd4 20.exd4 Qxd4+ 21.Qf2 Qg4+ [21...Qxf2+ 22.Kxf2 Ne5 23.Kg3] 22.Qg3 Qd4+ [22...Ne5 23.Qxg4 Bxg4 24.Ne4] 23.Qf2 Qg4+ 24.Qg3 ½–½