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Gloucester Girl’s Gambit (12.05.2012.)

The 8th World Schools Chess Championship finished on Sunday in laşi, Romania. The English Chess Federation arranged for 23 young players to participate in the many different sections, from U-7 to U-18, both boys and girls.

The only westcountry representative among them was 11 year old Eleanor Hapeshi of Gloucester, who competed in the Girls’ U-13 event. She is a pupil at King’s School, Gloucester and plays for the Wotton Hall Club in the city and the Musketeers Juniors Club in Cheltenham.

Here is a win of hers from Round 3.

White: Eleanor Hapeshi (92). Black: Georgeta Bulgaru (u/g).

Vienna Gambit [C28]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.d3 Nf6 4.f4 d6 5.Nc3 The opening has transposed into a Vienna Gambit, related to a King’s Gambit, but where White has played an early Nc3 5…Bg4 6.Nf3 Be7 7.0–0 0–0 8.h3 Bd7 9.Be3 Qc8 with an eye on the h3 pawn. 10.f5 a6 11.a4 Na5 12.Bd5 Nxd5 13.Nxd5 Re8 14.Qd2 Nc6 White has to balance up the risks of attacking Black’s kingside with defence of her own king. 15.f6 She opts for attack. Computer analysis suggests 15.Qf2 might be sounder in the longer term. 15…Bd8 16.Nh4 Bxh3 Black also opts for all-out attack, unwisely in this case as she sacrifices her only free-moving piece. 17.gxh3 Qxh3 Where are the re-enforcements when they’re needed? 18.Qh2 Qxh2+ 19.Kxh2 Black’s speculative sacrifice hardly seems worth it, as White’s pieces are now all poised for attack while the enemy’s are all hemmed in behind pawns. 19…gxf6 20.Nxf6+ Bxf6 21.Rxf6 Re6 22.Rg1+ Getting the final piece into play before exchanging to increase the differential. 22…Kf8 23.Rxe6 fxe6 24.Bh6+ Ke7 25.Rg7+ Kf6 26.Rxc7 Rg8 27.Rxb7 Nd4 28.c3 Ne2 29.Rb6 Nf4 30.Bxf4 exf4 31.Rxd6 Rg3 32.c4 1-0 Black resigned as there is nothing the solitary rook can achieve; e.g. 32…Re3 33.Nf5 Re2+ 34.Kh3 Ke5 35.Rxe6+ Kxe6 36.Nd4+. Or 32…Kg5 33.Ng2 Kg4 34.Rxe6 Rxd3.

Her win from Rd. 5 bore several similarities to the previous game.

White: Eleanor Hapeshi. Black: Andrada-Iona Hrib (1672).

Bishop’s Opening [C24].

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Be7 4.Nc3 0–0 5.Be3 Nc6 6.f4 d6 7.f5 Na5 8.Bb3 Nxb3 9.axb3 a6 10.Nf3 c6 11.0–0 Qc7 12.d4 Ng4 13.Qd2 Nxe3 14.Qxe3 Bf6 15.d5 cxd5 16.Nxd5 Qxc2 17.Rac1 Qxb2 18.Nxf6+ gxf6 19.Qh6 Qxb3 20.Qxf6 Qb6+ 21.Kh1 Qd8 22.Qh6 f6 23.Nh4 Rf7 24.Rf3 Qf8 25.Rg3+ Rg7 26.Rcc3 Bd7

If 26…Rxg3 27.Rxg3+ Kf7 28.Qxh7+ Ke8 29.Rg8 Qxg8 30.Qxg8+ Kd7 31.Qf7+ Kc6 32.Qxf6 Bd7 33.Qg7. 27.Rxg7+ Qxg7 28.Rg3 1–0

In last week’s position, Yates won elegantly with 1.Qg6 threatening 2.Qh7 mate, and if 1…NxQ then 2.NxN mate.

This cruciform 2-mover was composed by G. Carpenter in 1873.

White to mate in 2 moves.

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