YP Article 20 – 27th February 2016

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The latest round of Division 1 of the Four Nations Chess League saw Yorkshire’s White Rose 1 face the champions and title favourites Guildford 1. James Adair is the White Rose form player this season with an incredible 4 wins in his 4 games so far. But James was no match for England International Matthew Sadler. In analysing their game together James felt Matthew calculated like a computer and accurately considered so many options and variations in their game. It left James hugely impressed and realising he has much to do to emulate players of Matthew’s calibre. Guildford won this match 7-1.

The following day White Rose had to pick themselves up and secure they made it to the championship division to earn the chance of qualification to the European Club cup later in the year. They faced tricky opponents in Barbican 2 but showed great form to secure both match points. No losses in the match which saw James Adair return to normality with another fine victory. Richard Palliser forced his opponent into a comfortably won ending, while Sue Maroroa again showed her excellent form by defeating one of the country’s top juniors. Finally Matthias Gantner the Leeds University based Swiss Master, defeated Woman International Master Ingrid Lauterbach with an aggressive attack which was actively countered but Matthias was accurate in his execution.

Today’s puzzle comes from White Rose 2’s match against Barbican 1

The Winning Move

O’Driscoll – Buchicchio, Birmingham 2016. Black’s last move was 24…f5, White to play. Last week: 29...Rg2 leads to a draw by perpetual check after 30.h3 (30.Qxg2 doesn’t work as 30…Nxg2 31.d7 Qd2! saves the day and wins for Black.) Nxh3! 31.Kxg2 Nf4+ 32.Kg3 Qg5+ 33.Kh2 Qh4+ etc.

O’Driscoll – Buchicchio, Birmingham 2016. Black’s last move was 24…f5, White to play.
Last week: 29…Rg2 leads to a draw by perpetual check after 30.h3 (30.Qxg2 doesn’t work as 30…Nxg2 31.d7 Qd2! saves the day and wins for Black.) Nxh3! 31.Kxg2 Nf4+ 32.Kg3 Qg5+ 33.Kh2 Qh4+ etc.