YP Article 19 – 20th February 2016

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On Sunday 7th of February Hebden Bridge Chess Club held a simultaneous match to raise funds for Calderdale Flood Relief. The guest of honour was Grand Master Daniel Gormally who is currently England’s number 14 and finished runner up at last year’s British Chess Championship.

21 players from the Calder Valley, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire gathered in Hebden Bridge Town Hall to pit their wits against the Grand Master. After a gruelling 3-hour session against some tough opposition, Gormally finished with fourteen wins, six draws and just three defeats. The three players to defeat him were Andrew Clarkson (Burnley), Andrew Bak (Bradford) and Dave Shapland (Hebden Bridge).

Most importantly, the chess club managed to raise £750 thanks to the generosity of the participants and corporate sponsors Northern Rail who donated £250.

Asked to select the best game of the day GM Gormally picked his interesting encounter with Halifax’s John Morgan. Today’s puzzle comes from that game.

The Winning Move

Black to play. 29… Rg2 looks like a tempting option. But does this move lead to a White win, a Black win, or a draw? Last week: 28.Rxd5+! (28.Qa4 can lead to a draw, all other moves lose due to the threat of …Ra8+ etc) The game continued 28…exd5 29.Qxd5 Ke8 30. Qc6+ Kd8 31.Qd6+ Ke8 32.Qxb8+ and Black resigned soon after.

Black to play. 29… Rg2 looks like a tempting option. But does this move lead to a White win, a Black win, or a draw?
Last week: 28.Rxd5+! (28.Qa4 can lead to a draw, all other moves lose due to the threat of …Ra8+ etc) The game continued 28…exd5 29.Qxd5 Ke8 30. Qc6+ Kd8 31.Qd6+ Ke8 32.Qxb8+ and Black resigned soon after.