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Thursday 29 September 2016

Last week, a major junior team competition took place in Johnstown House Hotel near Enfield. It was opened by President Michael D Higgins, who is patron of the Irish Chess Union (ICU). Teams from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales competed in four tournaments.

Published 26/07/2015 | 02:30

Last week, a major junior team competition took place in Johnstown House Hotel near Enfield. It was opened by President Michael D Higgins, who is patron of the Irish Chess Union (ICU). Teams from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales competed in four tournaments.

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Ireland came third in the under-12 event (the Stokes Cup), very convincingly won the under-14 section (the Robinson Cup) and tied for first in the girls tournament (the Gilbert Cup) with England, but took the silver medals because of a worse tiebreak. Finally, Ireland won the main section (the Glorney Cup) thanks to a better tiebreak against England.

To put things in prospective, consider that Ireland last won this tournament in 1963! The whole event was brilliantly organised by the ICU Junior Chess Officer Desmond Beatty with help of numerous volunteers. I would like to show a nice win by Ireland's board 3 player in the Gilbert Cup:

Manojlovic - Strong

1.e4 c5 2.c3 d6

3.d4 Nf6 4.Bd3 g6

5.Nf3 Bg7 6.0-0 0-0

7.Bg5 Nc6 8.Bc2 Bg4

9.dxc5 Ne5 10.Nbd2 dxc5

11.Qe2 Qc7 12.h3 Be6

13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nf3 Qc7

15.Qe3 Rfe8 16.Bh6 Bh8?!

17.Ng5 Bc4 18.Rfd1 b6?

Black had to play 18...e5, maintaining a solid enough position.

19.b3 Ba6 20.e5! Nh5 (D)

Black's pieces are in disarray and Anastasija took advantage of that with a nice stroke:

21.Qf3! e6 22.Qxh5! Bb7

23.Qh4 Bxe5 24.Be4 Bxc3

25.Bxb7 Qxb7 26.Nxh7 Qe7

27.Bg5 Qc7 28.Nf6+ Bxf6

29.Bxf6 Kf8 30.Qh8#

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