Monday 26 August 2019

Chess

Alexander Baburin

The 106th British Chess Championship finished a week ago in Torquay. GM Michael Adams (2690) won the top prize of £5,000 with 7.5 points out of 9, while the top seed GM David Howell (2697) came second on 7 points, receiving £2,500. The Irish Championship comes to its conclusion today at the Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan. The last round starts at 12.30. Before the penultimate round IM Sam Collins, IM Alex Lopez and FM Conor Murphy were leading the field with 5.5 points out of 7, followed by FMs Stephen Brady, Conor O'Donnell and Henry Li on 5 points each. There have been many interesting games played in this tournament and I would like to show one of them - an exciting battle between two young players:

Alex Byrne - Henry Li

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1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6

3.f4 d5 4.Nf3 dxe4

5.Nxe5 Bc5 6.d3 exd3

7.Nxd3 Bd6?! 8.Be2 0-0

9.0-0 Bf5?! 10.g4! Bxd3

11.Bxd3 c6 12.g5 Bc5+

13.Kg2 Nd5 14.Ne4 Nd7

15.Qh5 g6 16.Qh6 Re8

17.Nxc5??

This is a turning point in the game. Had White played 17.f5! Bf8 18.Qh4 Ne5 19.fxg6 fxg6 20.Bd2, he would still have a very promising position.

17...Nxc5 18.f5 Nxd3

19.f6 (D)

White was aiming for this position, but he had misjudged the sharp fight which followed:

19...Re2+! 20.Kf3 Nxf6

21.gxf6 Qxf6+ 22.Kxe2 Nxc1+

23.Qxc1 Re8+ 24.Kd3 Qd6+

25.Kc3 Re4! 0-1

The only piece which White has out is his king - and that is not a good thing!

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