YP Article 1 – 17th October 2015

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The Yorkshire Open chess team emulated their cricket counterparts to retain the National County title. This is the first time in over 100 years of competition that Yorkshire have won the Open title in two consecutive years.

On the way Yorkshire inflicted a heavy defeat over Roses rivals Lancashire with 6 wins, 5 draws and only one defeat in the 12 board match. In the semi-final Yorkshire avenged the only team to have beaten them in the last 3 years, Surrey, by an impressive 5 point margin.

A strong and confident Kent side awaited us in the final but Yorkshire soon racked up the wins to win by a huge 11 points against 5. On our top board was York University student James Adair who has recently been awarded the International Master title. James led the team with a crucial victory and his winning idea can be seen in the position below. For the full game and more details about the match visit www.yorkshirechess.org.

The Winning Move

Mayhew-Adair, Warwick 2015. How did Black win a crucial pawn? Answer in next week’s column

Mayhew-Adair, Warwick 2015. How did Black win a crucial pawn?
Answer in next week’s column