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Last week I wrote about Ireland's success in the junior team tournament held on July 19-22 near Enfield.

Published 02/08/2015 | 02:30

Last week I wrote about Ireland's success in the junior team tournament held on July 19-22 near Enfield.

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Apart from winning two out of the four groups, several Irish players scored the most points on their individual boards. For example, Adam Murphy scored six points out of six on board five in the under-12 section.

The other big hitters were Alice O'Gorman, Anastasia Manojlovic, Conor O'Donnell, Padraig Hughes, Michael Higgins, Fiachra Scallan and Tom O'Gorman - the latter winning a number of interesting games in the Glorney Cup, playing with great tactical flare. I would like to show Tom's win from the key last round match against England.

T O'Gorman - Green

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5

3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7

5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6

7.Ngf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6

Black could play 8...Qb6 9.0-0 Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4, but this gambit line would have suited Tom's playing style very well.

9.exf6 Nxf6 10.0-0 Bd6

11.Re1 0-0 12.Nf1 Bd7

13.Bg5 Qc7 14.Rc1 Rae8?

In a complex position one indifferent move can lead to serious problems. It was better to play 14...h6 and after 15.Bh4 choose between 15...Qb6 and 15...Nh5.

15.Ne5! Bc8 16.Qc2! Bxe5

17.dxe5 h6 18.exf6 hxg5 (D)

Black probably anticipated 19.fxg7 Qxg7, which would be OK for him. However, Tom found a clever way to capitalise on his positional advantage:

19.Bh7+! Kh8 20.f7! Re7?

Black had to settle for 20...Qxf7 21.Bg6 Qf6 22.Bxe8 Rxe8.

21.Bg8! Rxg8 22.Qg6! Rxf7

23.Qh5#

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