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British Championship – the Final Lap (04.08.2012.)

After 8 of the 11 rounds in the British Championship, top seed Gawain Jones was in the clear lead on 7 points, ahead of Stephen Gordon (6½) and level on 6 were GMs David Howell, Matthew Turner and Danny Gormally, and the eventual winner  looks likely to come from these five. The event was due to finish on Friday with the possibility of a play-off this morning in the event of a tie.

The westcountry’s other three representatives were doing well enough with Arkell, Rudd and Mackle on 5½, 5 and 4½ respectively.

Rudd especially was making his usual stop/go progress through the tournament, losing his first two games and then winning five on the trot.

This sharp win from Rd. 4 brought him back to 50%. 

White: Jack Rudd (2295). Black: M. Wadsworth (2037).

French Defence – Leningrad Variation [C05]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ndf3 cxd4 8.cxd4 A line played in the Leningrad championship in 1949, though its name is not commonly used in Russia. 8…a5 9.Bd3 a4 10.a3 Nb6 11.Ne2 Na5 12.0–0 Nb3 13.Rb1 Nc4 14.Nc3 Bd7 Rudd seeks an early break in the forward centre, away from Black’s dangerous knights. 15.f5 Qb6 16.fxe6 Bxe6 17.Kh1 Be7 18.Bxc4 dxc4 19.d5 Bf5 20.d6 Bd8 If Black tries to grab material with 20…Bxb1 he faces a strong attack with many variations. e.g. 21.Nd5 Qc6 22.Nc7+ Kd7 23.Nxa8 Rxa8 24.e6+ Kxe6 25.dxe7 Kxe7 26.Ne5 Qe6 27.Rxf7+ Ke8 28.Bg5. 21.Ng5 White presses on with his attack, taking advantage of the fact that the Black rooks are still at home. 21…Bxg5 22.Bxg5 Be6 23.d7+! Bxd7 24.Rxf7! White gives up more material to press home his attack, knowing Black’s rooks are powerless.  24…Kxf7 25.Qxd7+ Kg6 26.Nd5 Qa6 26…Qd4 would have kept the queen centralised, but now mate cannot be avoided. 27.h4 h5 28.Ne7+ 1–0 Black resigned because of 28…Kh7 29.Qf5+, or 28…Kf7 29.Nc6+ Kg8 30.Qe6+ Kh7 31.Qf5+ g6 (31…Kg8 32.Ne7#) 32.Qf7#.

The Boniface Memorial Congress will be held in Bristol over the Bank holiday weekend starting Friday 25th August. Entry forms may be downloaded from the League website (www.chessit.co.uk) or details from G. Mill-Wilson on 0779-0167-415.

This is from a game played earlier this year. How did White win by force in 3 moves?

White to mate in 3

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