Taunton Chess Club Rapid Tournament


Tuesday 3rd May was the first session of the inaugural Taunton Chess Club Rapid Tournament.  The tournament is being played over two weeks, with the final night on the 10th May.

It was really encouraging to see so many players even if not all were fully enjoying the time limit of 15 minutes for each player.  There was plenty of room for blunders and missed opportunities with some players excelling.

Make sure you come to the club on Tuesday 10th May for the deciding 4 rounds.
There will be prizes!

A big thank you to Chris Greenaway for organising the tournament.

David Graham v Merlin Saunders

[Event “Club Championship”]
[Site “Taunton”]
[Date “2022/2/1″]
[Round “?”]
[White “David “]
[Black “Merlin”]
[Result “1-0″]
[ECO “D00″]
[Opening “Queen’s pawn, Mason Variation “]

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf6 3.e3 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Nbd2 Bd6 6.Bg3 O-O 7.Nb3 Ne4 8.Bxd6 Qxd6
9.Be2 Nd7 10.O-O c5 11.Nh4 Bg6 12.c3 c4 13.Nd2 Ndf6 14.f4 b5 15.Bf3 Nxd2 16.
Qxd2 Bd3 17.Rf2 Ne4 18.Bxe4 dxe4 19.g3 f5 20.Qd1 g6 21.Rg2 b4 22.Qd2 a5 23.g4
bxc3 24.bxc3 Qa3 25.gxf5 exf5 26.h3 Kf7 27.Kh2 Rg8 28.Rag1 Rab8 29.Qc1 Qxc1
30.Rxc1 Rb6 31.Rcg1 Rgb8 32.Nxf5 gxf5 33.Rg7+ Ke6 34.Rxh7 Rb2+ 35.Kh1 Rb1 36.
h4 Rxg1+ 37.Kxg1 Rg8+ 38.Kf2 Kf6 39.Rh5 Rb8 40.Rg5 Rb2+ 41.Kg3 Rxa2 42.h5 Ra1
43.Kh2 Be2 44.h6 Rb1 {Bf3 wins} 45.h7 Rb8 46.Rg8 Rxg8 47.hxg8=Q Ke7 48.d5 Bh5
49.Qg5+ {Black Resigns} 1-0 [/pgn]

A. Walker 140 v A. Acibar 126.

[Result “0-1″]
[Date “17.12.2019”]
[Round “Division 3″]
[Event “Knights v Wellington”]
[White “A. Walker”]
[Black “A. Acibar”]
[Site “Taunton Chess”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Be7 5.0-0 d6 6.c3 Bg4 7.Qb3 Bh5 8.d4 h6 9.Be3 a6 10.Nbd2 Nf6 11.Nh4 O-O
12.Nf5 b5 13.Bd3 Re8 14.f4 Ng4 15.fe5 de5 16.Nf3 Ne3 17.Ne3 ed4 18.cd4 Nd4 19.Nd4 Qd4 20.Kh1 Qe3
21.Ra-e1 Qd4 22.a3 Ra-d8 23.Bb1 Bd6 24.Ba2 Qe5 25.g3 Bg6 26.Rf2 Qd4 27.Rfe2 Re4 28.Rd1 Qe5 29.Re4 Qe4+
30.Kg1 Re8 31.Kf1 Qh1+ 32.Kf2 Qh2+ 33.Kf1 Bg3 34.Qf3 Bd3+ 35.Rd3 Re1# [/pgn]

John Jeremiah 109 v Martyn Maber 109

[Date “2016.12.17”]
[Round “Division 3″]
[Event “Knights v Wellington Board 3″]
[White “John Jeremiah”]
[Black “Martyn Maber”]
[Site “Taunton Chess Club”]

1.e4 c5 2.b4 cb4 3.d4 e6 4.c4 bc3 5.Nc3 a6 6.Qa4 Nf6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Bd3 d6 10.Qc2 Nc6
11.a3 e5 12.de5 de5 13.Rd1 Qa5 14.0-0 Bg4 15.Nd5 Bf3 16.gf3 h6 17.Ne7+ Ne7 18.Kh1 Ra-c8 19.Qe2 Ng6
20.Bc1 Nh5 21.f4 Nf4 22.Qg4 Rc1 23.Rc1 Nd3 24.Rb1 b5 25.Rb3 Nh-f4 26.Qh4 Qa4 27.Rc3 Qe4+ 28.f3 Qe2
29.Qg3 Qf1+ 30.Resigns[/pgn]

David v Ernie Fields

[Event “Taunton Bishops v Wells”]
[Site “Taunton”]
[Date “2019.10.29”]
[Round “NA”]
[White “David Graham”]
[Black “Ernie Fields”]
[Result “Draw”]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Qc2 Bf5 7.Qb3 b6 8.Ne5 dxc4 9.
Qxc4 Be6 10.Qd3 Bf5 11.e4 Bc8 12.Be2 Ba6 13.Qd2 Bxe2 14.Kxe2 Nh5 15.Rhd1 Bxe5
16.Bxe5 Nc6 17.Bg3 Nxg3+ 18.hxg3 Qd7 19.Rh1 Qxd4 20.Qh6 Qg7 21.Qxg7+ Kxg7 22.
Nb5 Rac8 23.Rac1 a6 24.Rxc6 axb5 25.Rhc1 Rfd8 26.Rxc7 Rxc7 27.Rxc7 Ra8 28.a3
e6 29.Rb7 Ra4 30.f3 b4 31.Rxb6 bxa3 32.bxa3 Rxa3 33.Rb2 Ra1 34.f4 Ra3 35.Kf2
h5 36.Re2 {Draw agreed} *

David v Stan

[Event “Taunton Knights v Bishops”]
[Site “Taunton”]
[Date “2019.10.22”]
[Round “NA”]
[White “David Graham”]
[Black “Stan Wojcik”]
[Result “0-1″]
1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Bf5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 c6 5.Bg2 g6 6.O-O Bg7 7.Bf4 Nbd7 8.Nh4 Be6 9.
Re1 h6 10.Nf3 g5 11.Bc1 Qc7 12.e4 dxe4 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Rxe4 Nf6 15.Re1 O-O-O
16.c3 Nd7 17.b3 g4 18.Nd2 h5 19.Ne4 Nf6 20.Ng5 Qd7 21.Ba3 Bf8 22.b4 Rg8 23.
Nxe6 fxe6 {now b5 is strong} 24.Re5 Bh6 {b5 is now essential} 25.Qb3 Rg5 26.
Rxe6 Bf8 27.Bc1 Rf5 28.a4 Nd5 29.Bxd5 Rxd5 30.Re4 Bg7 31.b5 e5 32.bxc6 Qxc6
33.Rb1 Bf6 34.Bd2 Kb8 35.Qb4 Ka8 36.Be3 Rb5 37.axb5 Qxe4 38.Ra1 exd4 {Bf4 should be played}
39.cxd4 b6 40.Qa3 Qe7 41.d5 Qxa3 42.Rxa3 {White now loses on time! Too many chances wasted}

Major Tournament DG v PR

I don’t think White ever got going
[Event “Taunton Major”]
[Site “Taunton”]
[Date “2019.10.15”]
[Round “na”]
[White “Phil Reed”]
[Black “David Graham”]
[Result “0-1″]
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.Bf4 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bc4 d6 6.Qd3 Re8 7.O-O-O a6 8.d5 e5 9.
Bg5 Nbd7 10.Ne4 Nc5 11.Nxc5 Bxc5 12.Qb3 e4 13.Qc3 Re5 14.Bh4 b5 15.Be2 Bb7 16.
Qb3 g5 17.Bg3 Rxd5 18.f3 Rxd1+ 19.Kxd1 Bd5 20.Qc3 b4 21.Qd2 Bxa2 22.b3 a5 23.
Bb5 d5 24.Ba4 Qe7 25.Ne2 Rd8 26.Nc1 d4 27.Ke2 dxe3 28.Qe1 Rd2+ 29.Kf1 Rxc2 30.
Ne2 Qd8 31.Be5 Rd2 32.g4 Rd1 33.fxe4 Rxe1+ 34.Kxe1 Qd2+ 35.Kf1 Qd1+ 36.Kg2
Qxe2+ 37.Kg3 Qxg4# 0-1