Weekend 4

[photos, games, pgn]

As another weekend of fun and fantasy concluded at the Twin Towers called Daventry and Staverton, Oxford 1 waved goodbye to its championship hopes, but not before the closest shave of an edge away from qualifying for the top group with a performance against Guildford ADC that board-for-board was the best chess I’ve seen online (if not quite live) in some time. If on Sunday there was a power cut, on Saturday evening they should have called the Fire Brigade.

A report on Div 1’s Sunday win to follow when the pgn file appears…

Meantime, Oxford 2 threatened to win both their matches at the weekend, but found ways of reining themselves back into draws on both days … this interesting position defeating all but the crowd on the Saturday:

White to play and win or draw? (W, 41)

Oxford 3 picked up some bragging rights against the second team by virtue of having drawn with the Rookies much earlier in the season, and were more or less promptly laid low by the imitation bug. After taking early leads in both matches with some champagne attacks, it moved on to some slightly tepid warm beer style losses, which combined with the alka-seltzer of some short draws led to match equality on both days.

Oxford 1

Round 7 (pool “B”)

Guildford A&DC 1 2350   Oxford 1 2206
w Cuenca Jimenez, Jose Fernando m 2493 1 - 0 Savage, Ben DM f 2289
b Plaskett, H James g 2475 1 - 0 Zakarian, David 2362
w Cherniaev, Alexander g 2446 1 - 0 Rawlinson, Aidan M 2183
b Camacho Collados, Marcos 2376 1 - 0 White, Michael JR f 2233
w Suarez Real, Alberto f 2386 0 - 1 Smallbone, Kieran D 2221
b Povah, Nigel E m 2336 0 - 1 Tidman, Sophie E wf 2109
w Anderton, Matthew N 2225 ½ - ½ Dickinson, Tim R 2155
b Grigoryan, Meri wf 2064 0 - 1 Harvey, Marcus R 2098
  4½ - 3½

Kieran reports:

We found ourselves facing the Spanish national side in the final game of the group stages. Whilst a win would have seen us through to the “Championship pool”, we didn't much fancy our chances of overcoming the 150-point rating difference. In the end, it was a close, tense affair, and all three results were possible right up to the death.

  • David has been on scintillating form this year, but this proved one GM too far. Whilst his game wasn't first to finish, the result wasn't in doubt from an early stage. Plaskett upwardly converted the Black side of a Sicilian via a good v bad bishop middlegame to an extra pawn ending.
  • Aidan was first to finish, losing to another GM in a game closer than its brevity might suggest. The highlight was when his Russian opponent — talking with characteristic enthusiasm in the playing hall after the game — met with a booming “Oh just shut up, Cherniaev.”
  • Tim had one of those Caros where you’d (or at least I’d) take the other side (bishops, kingside attack …) right up to the point where the draw was agreed. Still, I think his opponent is better than his 22-something rating, so a good result.
  • Real Madrid had a 4NCL debut to forget against me. I worked on his nervous-looking-ness, playing my Caro drivel confidently — like I’d had all 37 moves on the board at home before the game — until he ran out of time. It was a debut of sorts for me too, my first time being streamed live, so I retired to watch events unfold from the comfort of my own room …
  • … to find that Ben had lost. The Qd8-c7xc4 snatch is quite common in the English hedgehog; in this English-Dutch the Queen took a more circuitous route (Qd8-e8-h5-c5xc4) and was subsequently (…-a6-c8) left a long way from the action around her liege …
  • … and Sophie had won. She turned around an uncomfortable opening against an IM, to uncork a move sure to make it into the next edition of Rich’s puzzle book.

    White to play

  • Marcus, fresh from his amazing 5/5 in the recent Kidlington Open, got into lots of trouble with a dodgy pawn-structure against Grigoryan’s Scandinavian, before crashing through around the time-scramble. Inevitably, his doubled, isolated a-pawns won the day in the end.
  • With scores now tied at 3½ apiece, Mike’s game was the last to finish, and he finished looking bruised and confused. Mike punted a centre game, and repelled his opponent’s tricksy set-up. Probably winning around move 20, definitely winning around move 40, the position was never as clear to the human eye as the computer made out. Mike sacked his queen for a not-quite-mate and it was all over.

An extraordinary, fierce match. A look at some of the key moments...

Ben on Board 1 — … goes rope-a-dope … but when is he lost?!

A Dutch defence where White sacrifices his pawn on c4 to a Queen, before driving it back to a6, when — offside — it watches as a pawn storm builds on the other. It then retreats to c8, and brings its knight back to b8. And, for long periods here Fritz is quite happily marking this position in the minus figures… It’s a quiz to see how, and where, Black went ‘wrong’

Cuenca Jiminez,J - Savage [W, 22]

22.h5 c5 23.f5 Nc7 24.h6 exf5 25.hxg7 Kxg7 26.exf5 Bxf5 27.Nh5+ Kg8 28.Qb2 Rf7 29.Neg3 Bh3 30.Rxf7 Bxg2+ 31.Kxg2 Kxf7 32.Qg7+ Ke6 33.Re1 Qb7+ 34.Kh2 Nc6 35.Qxh7 Ne5 36.Qf5+ Kd5 37.Qe4+ 1-0

David on board 2neat tactical play from James Plaskett

sets up a winning position which was can only be delayed to move 53

ZakarianPlaskett (B, 20)
20. … Na5! 21.Qa4 Nc4 22.Re2 Qb5 23.Qxb5 axb5 24.Bb2 Nxe5 (aha…) and 0-1 (53)

Aidan on board 3 tactical skirmising goes wrong for Aidan…

Black may even be slightly better here, but White reaps an unlikely reward in what seems a ‘clear’ position:

Chernaiev — Rawlinson (W, 23)

23.Na7 Rxc1 24.Rxc1 Bd6? [PC Fritz says 24...Bg5 25.Kf2 Nf6] 25.Rc6 Bb8 26.Nc8 g6 27.Nxb6 1-0 because Black is losing his queenside pawns for nothing.

Kieran on Board 5he who hesitates, gets bashed

White has missed an earlier chance to punt e5-e6, with advantage, but by now the position has turned Kieran’s way. Cue snazzy tactics, queen sac, and disaster on the d-file…

Suarez Real (2386) - Smallbone [B, 33]
33… Qf5 34.Qe7+ Ng7 35.h5 Qxh5 36.Rh1 Rxd2 37.Rde1 Rd1+ 0-1

Sophie on Board 6double rook middlegames aren’t always drawn

Well, you’ve seen the diagram that launched another puzzle book above, but the game is pretty cool in all its phases. White’s Bd3-c4-b3 was nicely timed, allowing an undoubling of c-pawns, and the closure of the b-file, just after the rook’s intruded to b7; Black’s counterplay against f2 and along the d-file and 2nd rank looks fearsome, so my preferred choice of 2nd best move in the game is 23. f3 — particularly when Rf1 or Qe3 were there as safe alternatives.

TidmanPovah (W, 23)
23.f3! Qh4 24.Qe3 Rxa2 25.fxe4 Re5 26.Kh1 f5 27.Rd1 Rxe4 28.Qg3 Qf6 29.Qb8+ 1-0

Ed: Read Matt Rose's report of the game in the Oxford Times here.

Tim on Board 7: there had to be one quiet draw…

Quiet, but sound.

Anderton - Dickinson
21.Qe4 Qxe4 22.Bxe4 b6 23.Bb7 Rc7 24.Ba6 Nc5 25.Bxc5 ½-½

Marcus on Board 8: and from quiet and sound, we move to loud and unsound…

Here, with the position rather farcically equal on material, Black is dominating the position and seeks the coup de grace. Her choice — the style move — wins a pawn, but at the expense of allowing Marcus some room to re-group. While this doesn’t affect the evaluation of the position that much, it sets up the position on move 39 when Black, who we now hear has had about 30 seconds for the last 15 moves to time control, does blunder decisively.

Harvey - Grigoryan,M (25, B)

25…Qg3+ (… Nf4 would wrap up both the h3 and f3 pawns) 26.Kh1 Qxf3+ 27.Bg2 Qf4 28.Qc4 Qg5

which brings us back to the excitement on

Mike on board 4and may you live in untroubled time trouble…

It’s hard to find a diagram to start the story here. White (or Mike) has been gradually accumulating advantages, and then pawns, while solidifying the advance of his pawns in the general direction of the 8th rank. It’s move 38 and the last few moves have gone 35.Bd3 Qd8 36.Rh3 Bb7 37.Nd6 Rb6 — and no doubt he’s in fearsome time pressure. What’s the move to win here?

White - Camacho Collados (W, 39)

39.Nc4 [39.Qc5 Rxb2+ 40.Kxb2 Bg2+ 41.Ka1 Bxh3 42.Qxd4 and it's another piece for the White family's mantlepiece.] 39...Nb5 40.Qc5 Rc6 41.Qb4 Rfc8 42.g5 Qa7 and the game goes on…

and, as is often the case, although the advantage hasn’t been completely whittled away, the realisation that one was so much more winning (as they might have said in Friends) allied to the fact that there’s a crowd in the fifth or sixth hour at your table seeps the adrenalin from you — and things concluded sadly, if heroically, thus:

White - Camacho Collados,M
53.Rh8+ Bh7 54.Rg7 Qc1+ 55.Ka2 Qb1# 0-1

Round 8 (demotion pool)

Oxford 1 2222   Warwickshire Select 1 2175
w Zakarian, David 2362 1 - 0 Thomas, Nicholas f 2286
b Rose, Matthew 2276 1 - 0 Hainke, Guntram, Dr. f 2295
w Savage, Ben DM f 2289 ½ - ½ Mason, Donald J 2255
b Smallbone, Kieran D 2221 1 - 0 Hynes, AM (Tony) 2190
w White, Michael JR f 2233 1 - 0 Pitcher, John 2217
b Rawlinson, Aidan M 2183 1 - 0 Weaving, Richard 2027
w Tidman, Sophie E wf 2109 1 - 0 Baruch, Andrew JD 2089
b Hayward, Philip 2106 1 - 0 James, Ann-Marie wf 2048
  7½ - ½

Kieran reports:

Following Saturday’s oh-so-nearly, we didn’t find ourselves paired against the GM-packed Pride and Prejudice team, but a slightly less illustrious Warwickshire team of similar strength to us. I greeted my opponent with an uncharacteristically manly handshake, before he tried to treat my Caro with similar robustness. By the time the area suffered a forty-minute power-cut (around 12.30), we were better on all boards save Ben and Matt who were equal, and my opponent could (should) have stopped the clocks

as 15. Nb/d1 is met with … d3.

I took the long (four hours) and expensive (forty quid cab to the station) trip back to Manchester, missing the rest of the match. Unbelievably, we've now won 7½-½ on three occasions, including the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Unbelievably, Ben’s now been the weak link all three times!

Oxford 2

Round 7

Wessex 2 2054   Oxford 2 2042
w Pleasants, Allan J 2056 0 - 1 Healey, Michael W 2069
b Furjel, Andrej 2031 ½ - ½ Morris, Graham P 2034
w Taylor-Bowd, Philip J 2033 ½ - ½ Scott, David A 2034
b Gregory, Keith DF 2062 ½ - ½ Hadi, Justin 2051
w Tunks, Dominic 2076 1 - 0 Duggan, Christopher 2030
b Clark, Ian C 2067 ½ - ½ Nixon, Rodney J 2035
  3 - 3

Oxford 2’s started the weekend joint top with Celtic Tigers, and an evenly rated match against Wessex 2 resulted in a nerve-tingling draw, with Rod on board 6 just unable to convert his R+B ending to secure the match win. Match fines are being levied on his co-conspirators (including co-countryman) who abandoned ship around 8.30pm in search of Daventry hamburger meal + beer.

The match had three phases, with the first phase bringing two draws on adjoining middle-boards:

Taylor-Bowd - Scott,D [W]
17.Nxf6+ Qxf6 18.c3 Qg6 19.Qe2 ½-½

Hadi - Gregory [B]
13… h6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.h3 Be7 ½-½

You get the feeling that Black is, if anything doing better on both boards, though not so well as to make any specific continuation spring to mind. Another factor here was progress on other boards, which seemed pretty positive. In fact, Chris’s opponent offered him a tongue-in-cheek draw at the same time as the scoresheets were being handed in, with the position more or less as follows:

Tuncs — Duggan (B, 13)

And to judge from our pre-burger analysis it seems that this opening could be all the rage in the Yorkshire leagues, as Chris was playing a variation last seen on a board oop norf around 3 years ago. Black is a rook for a pawn ahead — an equation which any 10-year old PC computer will tell you is is -2.88 without telling you what that means — but in practice Black’s queen has been sent to the corner for snaffling material and awaits redemption or retribution… … and Chris decided to play on to find out which. As Playformator™ shows, he gets two rooks and a knight for the queen, but his pieces don’t coordinate well enough to prevent his opponent’s dame to eat pawns and race the h-pawn. (1-0, 45)

This equalised the scores as Mike Healey had, after an eventful and creative opening phase, liquidated to an ending where his bits had all the plans and play, and the game finished with a clattering flourish of black rooks landing on the opposition’s home base:

Pleasants - Healey,M [W]

26.Rd3 [ against 26.Kf1 Mike showed another pretty win with a clever zugzwang : Rh1+ 27.Ke2 Rxd1 28.Kxd1 d3! 29.Rd2 Rg8) ] 26...Rg8+ 27.Kf1 Rh1+ 28.Ke2 Rgg1 29.Bxd4 Re1+ 30.Kd2 Rd1+ 31.Kc3 Rxd3+ 0-1

So all square with two to go, and we looked like winning on six and struggling on board 2… - subject to the usual calamities that are strewn on the road to success. Let’s deal with them, with the benefit of hindsight

Nixon — Clark (B, 29)

Black is struggling as White has a clear pawn extra, and a better collection of piece placements. So, in the true Baldrick tradition he dips into his reservoirs of random continuations and comes up with a cunning move or two… :

29… e4 when 30.Bxe4 turns out to be too hasty because of Rxb4! when the character of the position has changed a bit, and although White still has the upper hand, it’s not quite as securely gripping the winner’s trophy. After 31.Bf3 Ne5 32.Rd2 Rf4 33.Bd1 Rxf5 34.Rdxd6 Nc4 35.Rdc6 Rxc6 36.Rxc6 Nxb2 material is equal and the conversion of any remaining advantage White has is a technical one. (½-½, 8.50pm). To rub salt into the wound, Fritz points out that 31.f6+! gxf6 32.Bf5 Rf4 33.Bxh7 leaves White very much in the box seat.

Which brings us to the excitement on board 2, where with a few moves to time control the position was so, with White, in check, to play:

Morris — Furjel (W, 37)

And as Graham allowed the clock to tick down from about 28 seconds, he eventually offered a queen trade 37.Qb3 Qc6 (does a queen trade and Rc3 just win?) 38.h5 b5 39.Qd3 b4 40.Qe4 which, after allowing about 25 seconds for the cameraman to get sorted, brings us to this position:

by which time Graham has sped out for a 10 minute break. Black then takes about a minute or so to decide on his next move, which brings us to the position featured at the beginning of this report.

Unfortunately, neither myself nor Phil Neatherway have worked out the legality or ethics of (a) texting a clever move to a club mate; (b) snitching to the arbiter, so we (c) wander off to find a team-mate, but by the time we amble back to the board, Graham has returned and play has resumed.

Playformator doesn’t have the full score as yet for this draw, either - … ½-½


Round 8

Oxford 2 2013   The Rookies 2004
w Duggan, Christopher 2030 1 - 0 Compton, Alistair 2046
b Hadi, Justin 2051 0 - 1 Piper, Stephen J 2106
w Healey, Michael W 2069 0 - 1 Jones, Christopher M 2024
b Nixon, Rodney J 2035 0 - 1 Gibson, Christopher A 2002
w Scott, David A 2034 1 - 0 Jaszkiwskyj, Peter 2002
b Terry, Sean 1861 1 - 0 Turvey, Steven S 1847
  3 - 3

Sunday morning arriving an hour later than most other Sunday mornings, most of us arrived pretty early for yet another evenly matched encounter with the Rookies, whose line up allows for board-order scrambling (thus preventing undue prepping). And, for a long time, nothing seemed to be happening at most boards, except board 4, where a lot of QGD theory was dispensing with the first 20 or so moves.

Gibson — Nixon (B, 17)

All very 1972 Fischer-Spassky ish, to the mind untutored by Openings chess manuals. Those black pawns are as ever pretty weak, and it’s hard to come up with a fully convincing reply. (a) 17...d4 18.exd4 Bxf3 19.gxf3 Qg5+ 20.Kh1 cxd4 looks like fun but the White pieces dominate; while (b) 17...a6 18.Bf5 Ne5 19.Nxe5 Qxe5 20.Bg4 c4 21.Bf3 when the sensitive spectator can feel a disgusted look beginning to emanate from the owner of the Black pieces as those central pawns fall about like ripe apples. Rod’s choice, probably the product of a 7-hour game the day before before a shuttle ride to and from Oxford, 17…Qe6 lost a pawn to another pin: 18.Bb5 c4 19.Bxd7 Qxd7 20.Rxc4 and a joyless ending ensued, when Chris — who had the day before suffered this short shock:

Linn — Gibson (W)

After his pieces had all listed to the port side when the action was to be had at starboard: 11.Qe2 Re8 12.Qh5+ Kg8 13.Qh7+ Kf8 14.Qh8+ Ke7 15.Qxg7# 1-0

showed all the right technique to close out the minor piece ending when it finally appeared on the board.

Oddly enough, this was the last game to finish — as the other games took longer to take off, but ended quite decisively. We don’t have Michael Healey’s loss to Chris Jones on board 3, a ducking in the Schliemann which saw a rook and knight converge late middle-game to allow Rxg2+, while Justin’s position seemed to offer chances to him for long periods in the 20s, but the position became more constipated (or do I mean constricted?) with each passing move:

Piper — Hadi (B, 29)

While this position shows the last moment when Pocket McFritz shows up in the negative numbers: 29 … Bd8 30.Ng2 Nf5 31.Be2 Rf7 32.Qd1 Bg5 33.Nf1 Nh6 34.Nfe3 Bxe3+ 35.Nxe3 Ref8 36.Nxg4 Nxg4 37.Bxg4 Nf4 38.gxf4 Rxf4 39.Rg3 Kh8 40.Bd4 Qf7 41.Bh3 1-0.

On the bottom boards though, we were having more joy, and a trace more clarity. First Dave won on board 5, after snaring an exchange two moves from the diagram position:

Scott — Jaszkiwskyj [W]

17.f6 g6 18.Bf5! Qd6 19.Bxc8 Rxc8 20.g4 g5 21.Rf5 h6 22.Qf3 Nxd4 23.exd4 1-0

While after some extensive sparring on the c-file, play switches to the other side with surprisingly quick results:

Turvey — Terry (B, 24)

24… d3 25.Qd1 Ng4! 26.Rxc8+ Qxc8 27.Qc1 Bxf2+ 28.Kf1 Qb8 29.Nf3 Bb6 30.g3 Nxh2+ 31.Nxh2 Qxg3 32.Qc8+ Kg7 33.Qc3+ Kh7 34.Nd4 Qh3+ 35.Ke1 Qe3+ 0-1

On top board, Chris seemed to have been looking at a blocked and joyless kingside while Black frolicked in the sunshine of the queenside, but it only took one move to open up the fireworks box:

Duggan — Compton (B)

Where, in a position reputed to be = (0.00), 30… Nc4 turns out to lose immediately, and although not as briskly as the computer prediction (“Mate in 7”), Chris’s play has its pleasing moments 31.Qb8+ Bf8 32.Qd8 Qb4 33.Nh6+ Kh8 34.Nxf7+ Kg7 35.Qf6+ Kg8 36.Qxe6 Kg7 37.Qf6+ Kg8 38.e6 Be8 39.Nh6+ Bxh6 40.gxh6 Qf8 41.Qg5 Nd6 42.e7 Qf7 43.Qe5 Nc8 44.f5 gxf5 45.Bxf5 1-0

And with that 1-0 it was 3-3 on the day.

Oxford 3

Round 7

Oxford 3 1853   KJCA Knights 1706
w Colburn, Paul J 2003 0 - 1 Kalid, Raphael 1826
b Terry, Sean 1861 ½ - ½ Balendran, Baven 1818
w Neatherway, A Philip 1930 1 - 0 Davis, Alexei 1770
b Henbest, Kevin B 1740 ½ - ½ Paul, Barnaby J 1618
w Devane, Eoin 1786 1 - 0 Huser, Hector AP 1618
b Langham, Rod E 1802 0 - 1 Kalid-Filho, Targino 1586
  3 - 3

It’s time to fess up at this late stage in the reporting cycle that the Saturday session wasn’t the easiest to report on, owing to the presence of what can only be called old beer in the system from the night before. This tended to cloud over the bar from the night before, with the result that, had a travelling circus of actors been passing Daventry and looking for a Polonius … - this Polonius

HAMLET: Do you see yonder cloud that's almost in shape of a camel?

POLONIUS: By the mass, and 'tis like a camel, indeed.

HAMLET: Methinks it is like a weasel.

POLONIUS: It is backed like a weasel.

HAMLET: Or like a whale.

POLONIUS: Very like a whale.

I would have been a shoe-in for the role. As it happens I found myself, sitting on my arras, and wondering what to do with this position:

Balendran,B — Terry (B, 11)

And, faced with a series of cloud-like formations that looked like a potential set of weaselly cheapos on the kingside (at the very least), I opted for 11. … Nh5 12.Qf3 Nf6 13.Qg3 and given the success of that manoeuvre I aimed to give it another go: 13. … Nh5 14.Qf3 Nf6 15.Qg3. Naturally I was disappointed when the arbiters stepped in and threw a ½-½ towel over my head.

The team seemed to be heading in the right direction, and at the right speed, as Eoin brought over this specimen from his theoretical laboratory —

Devane — Huser [B, 10]

10 … Bxg4 11.Bxc6+ bxc6 12.Qxc6+ Bd7 13.Nxc7+ Ke7 14.Bg5+ f6 15.Qxf6#

And if my board was a lesson in the Irish weakness for dhrink, this one must be a warning against theory for the younger generation. Juniors should be required to have a note from their parents allowing them to attempt the When-Frankenstein-met-Dracula variation… or at least a certificate from a certified chess school.

And we were on the verge of a result when Phil brought home the bacon with another mate:

Neatherway — Davis [B]

20....Ne4? 21.Qh5 Nf6 22.Qf7+ Kh8 23.Bxe6 Qb8 24.Qg8+ 1-0

but the KJCA Knights came back with wins of their own — on top board newcomer Paul Colborn found himself being harried by his opponent’s better piece positioning and his own king was being pushed around the board:

Colburn — Kalid (B, 30)

30…. Rxd3 31.Qxd3? allows an invasion: Qa2+ 32.Kf3 [32.Qc2 Bxc4+ 33.bxc4 Rb2 is pretty] Rxb3 33.Re2 meant it was a more modern arras (“curtains”) by move 38 (0-1)

With Kevin drawing his game, it was all down to board 6, where another Rod was also struggling long into the evening to push his team over the winning line — and although a pawn up in this position at move 37:

Valid-Hilho — Langham (37, W)

It’s not all clear how that extra material will count, as White’s pieces are much more actively placed, and even if Black could find the time to castle, it’s not clear how safe his king would be in that particular neck of the woods. (And besides, it now turns out, Black had castled short as early as move 13…)

Round 8

SCS 1757   Oxford 3 1784
w Heard, Andrew H 1946 ½ - ½ Devane, Eoin 1786
b Bogoda, Sagara T 1892 1 - 0 Mate, Maria w 1818
w Lutton, J Arnold 1826 1 - 0 Zhang, Marco 1858
b Rajesh, Gorak 1610 ½ - ½ Langham, Rod E 1802
w Taylor, Adam C 1634 0 - 1 Foster, Chantelle L 1701
b Bogoda, Nathasha O w 1634 0 - 1 Henbest, Kevin B 1740
  3 - 3

A shortage of games here to report on, so we’ll need to watch out for the pgn file online in due course.

Mate — Bogoda (W)

Has made it to Playformator’s current file, and the game continuation was 15.Be3 Rc8 16.Ne2 Qxc2 17.Qxc2 Rxc2 when Black’s advantage was clear (0-1, 33). The perils of opening theory, and the Winawer in particular — it all looks so much like any other Winawer with Qg4-xg7-xh7-d3 that you can sometimes just pass over the play, without wondering why White didn’t simply retreat Be3-d2 on move 16. (And, of course, there could easily be a reason — in addition to the loss of face involved…)

Kevin’s version of the French brought back that loss and restored match equality:

Henbest - Bogoda,N (W)

19.Bxf5 Bxf5 20.Nxf5 Qe8 21.Nd6 Qe7 22.Rg5 Rf8 23.Rdg1 Rxf4 24.Rxg6+ Kf8 25.Qh6+ 1-0

LanghamRajesh (B, 39)

While Rod found himself two pawns up at the end of the weekend and — finding no suitable way out of the bind he was in — agreed the draw, which confirmed the fourth draw of the weekend, on move 75.

31 March 2011


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