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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:37 pm

John McKenna wrote:Looks like Don Mason may be leading the Championship with 1.5/2!?
Local boy done well 8)

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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by John McKenna » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:46 pm

Yes, and while Don basks in the momentary glory...

IM Jack Rudd down 1.5 pawns - according to an engine - with B,N & P for his Queen.
However, anything may yet happen on Bd. 13, or is it 14, well whichever.
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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:46 pm

45...Qd4 by Alex Golding, a nice find! Now he can at least sac an exchange back for the bishop on f2 and should be out of danger of losing. Interesting game, since the queen blunder!

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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by David Robertson » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:00 pm

It was a nice find. And so are his moves immediately following. I'm banking my win from rd 9 last May, and hope our paths don't cross again :)

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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:19 pm

I didn't miss 25...Bxd4+, as it happened. I missed 26...Qxc4.

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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by Tim Harding » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:46 pm

Could have been another king and pawn ending tonight if Hebden had played 56...Rd6 against McKenna. Probably wisely he went for Re1 and a long rook ending.
Hebden's more than an hour ahead on the clock but Chess24's engine says 0.00.

MUCH LATER: I see Hebden has won. He took a huge gamble/blundered? with 62...Ra1?!? whereupon White handed him the game with 63 Kf5??

Instead after 63 Rb5+! Kc4 (or Kc6) 64 g7 the pawn queens since if 64...Rg1 65 Rg5. So after KxR, White gets a Q for R which is enough to win says the engine as the Black K is very exposed and there's a white h-pawn to cash in later if needed.
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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by John McKenna » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:51 pm

Jonathan Rogers wrote:I am actually rather more impressed with Hawkins today than I was yesterday (ie today his opponent played plausibly, at least)
It has been pointed out elsewhere that, on bd. 3, Marcus Osborne was unlucky not to find a better move than 22.Rc1?! Instead 22.g4!?
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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by John McKenna » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:55 pm

Tim Harding wrote:Could have been another king and pawn ending tonight if Hebden had played 56...Rd6 against McKenna. Probably wisely he went for Re1 and a long rook ending.
Hebden's more than an hour ahead on the clock but Chess24's engine says 0.00.
Jason McKenna (no direct relation) just played 62.g6 (still O.00) and may be hoping for the draw.

Edit: Or maybe more as it's easy for Hebden to go astray.
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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:57 pm

John McKenna wrote:
Jonathan Rogers wrote:I am actually rather more impressed with Hawkins today than I was yesterday (ie today his opponent played plausibly, at least)
It has been pointed out elsewhere that, on bd. 3, Marcus Osborne was unlucky not to find a better move than 22.Rc1?! Instead 22.g4!?
No doubt it is then more of a game, but presumably Black is happy to play 22...exd5 23 exd5 Rae8, etc

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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by John McKenna » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:02 pm

Jason playing on increment looks to be losing it.
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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by John McKenna » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:10 pm

In Osborne-Hawkins (0-1) -

22.g4 fxe4 23.Bxe4 Rad8 24.dxe6 Rxd1 25.Bxb7 Rxh1 26.Bxh1 Kg7... may have shown the engine's strength, or weakness.
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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by Martin Benjamin » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:20 pm

Extraordinary turnaround in Flear-Richards. Surely Black is winning now (after 45...Re7)? White has to give up the knight to avoid mate.

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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by John McKenna » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:23 pm

The only really big upset of the day seems to be coming up - GM Glen Flear (2450) is losing to WIM Heather Richards (2141)!
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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by Martin Benjamin » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:23 pm

Just rewinding Flear-Richards, can someone explain why Black could not simply have recaptured the piece on move 27 with fxe4 rather than 27....Rae8?

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Re: British 2015 Round 2

Post by John McKenna » Tue Jul 28, 2015 7:24 pm

Martin Benjamin wrote:Extraordinary turnaround in Flear-Richards. Surely Black is winning now (after 45...Re7)? White has to give up the knight to avoid mate.
She may have just blown it.
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