YP Article 13 – 9th January 2016

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In November, Hull hosted their 2nd Grandmaster Challenge. Following a successful inaugural GM simultaneous in 2014 against Gawain Jones, GM and 2015 British Knockout Champion David Howell took on some of Hull’s best at the prestigious Edwardian suite in the Mecure Royal Hull Hotel. Howell has recently joined the world elite, climbing into the top 50 by rating.

The day started off with David taking on players with only 60 seconds against their 5 minutes. Howell amazingly won four of his games but Chris Matthews managed to score a victory. The afternoon saw Howell take on 28 players simultaneously. After a hard three hours, the GM scored 25 wins, 3 draws and no losses! The Best Game prize was won by David Lord who secured one of the three draws.

After winning the British Knockout Championships, Howell took part in the Super Rapidplay, finishing in the top-10. Today’s puzzle comes from one of David’s wins.

The Winning Move

Howell-Vakhidov, London 2015 What is White’s simplest winning method? Last week: 9.Nxd5! this wins a crucial pawn opening up lines to Black’s king. If 9..cxd5 10.Qxd5 wins the rook on a8. If 9…Qb7 10.Ne3 and White is winning with an extra pawn and an open black king.

Howell-Vakhidov, London 2015 What is White’s simplest winning method?
Last week: 9.Nxd5! this wins a crucial pawn opening up lines to Black’s king. If 9..cxd5 10.Qxd5 wins the rook on a8. If 9…Qb7 10.Ne3 and White is winning with an extra pawn and an open black king.