With nine of the eleven rounds of the British Championship completed at the time of going to press, things have gone more or less as one might have forecast for local players. The favourite, Mickey Adams, has found it a stroll in the park, conceding only 2 draws so far, and well clear of his nearest rivals. Jack Rudd has proved as unpredictable as ever, starting with 3 great wins followed by 3 disappointing losses. Keith Arkell has played a series of long endgames, including one game of 160 moves, close to a world record length for a strong over-the-board tournament. Andrew Greet performed well enough without any danger of adding the British to his recent Scottish title, while Dominic Mackle has done much better than last year at Torquay, having benefited from that experience.
Here is Jack Rudd’s win from Round 3 which won him the Game of the Day accolade. He has to withstand a strong attack, but strikes back with telling effect at the weak points left by Black.
White: Jack Rudd (211). Black: Simon Williams (237).
King’s Indian Defence – Classical Variation. [E99]
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.0–0 Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.a4 Rf6 Black launches his kingside attack, looking for a quick kill. 14.a5 a6 15.Nd3 Rh6 16.Qc2 Qe8 17.Rfc1 Nf6 18.h3 Qh5 19.Kf1 Bxh3 20.gxh3 Qxh3+ 21.Ke1 g4 22.Kd2 g3 23.Bg1 c6 24.Qb3 Black’s attack has left his Queenside poorly protected, which will rebound on him as White exploits it. 24…Qd7 Sound the retreat! 25.c5 cxd5 26.cxd6 Nc6 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.exd5 Nd8 29.Nc5 Qxd6 30.Ne4 Qd7 31.Bb6 Nc6 32.Rh1 Rxh1 33.Rxh1 Now the open lines created by Black are utilised by White. 33…Nd8 34.d6+ Kh8 35.Bd3 h6 36.Nf6! Qf7 If 36…Bxf6 mate follows thus:- 37.Rxh6+ Kg7 38.Rg6+ Kh8 39.Qg8#. 37.Qxf7 Nxf7 38.Ne4 Bf8 39.d7 Kg7 40.Rh4 Be7 41.Rg4+ Kf8 42.Nc5 Ng5 43.Rxg5! hxg5 44.Nxb7 g2 45.Ke2 Rb8 46.Be4 Bd8 47.Kf2
1–0. Black resigned as he cannot cope with the threats in the Queenside corner.
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Alert solvers will have noticed my mistake in last week’s solution, which should have been 1.Rcc7, not Rc8 which fails to 1…Nc6. I knew this, of course, (no, honestly!) but mistyped it at the crucial moment. Last week’s position was solved by 1.Rf2! and Black’s best efforts will be thwarted by a Queen mate somewhere along the 3rd rank. Here is a 3rd 2-mover by Heathcote.