YP Article 23 – 19th March 2016

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After last week’s article focused on the top division of the Yorkshire league, this week we’ll report on events in the IM Brown (Division 2) and Silver Rook (Division 3).

Last week’s fixtures saw Sheffield B and York RI C establish a three point lead ahead of their rivals and are very likely to achieve promotion to the Woodhouse Cup. In their individual match, York won 5-3 but Sheffield B have been dominant in most of their other matches and currently hold the lead by a single game board with two fixtures remaining. Meanwhile at the other end, Harrogate C are already relegated and York RI D are almost certain to join them in the Silver Rook next season.

This year’s Silver Rook has seen Sheffield D being the class of the field, winning all their matches. It seems like Dewsbury will be joining them in the IM Brown next season although West Leeds are in position to pick up the pieces if Dewsbury falter. The final round of fixtures take place on April 23rd.

Today’s puzzle comes from last week’s popular Blackpool Congress.

The Winning Move

Lauridsen-Hamer, Blackpool 2016. How does White land a killer blow? Last week: 28.axb4 leads to an equal game but White played 28.Qxe6? which lost material to 28…Nc2 29.Rg1 Nd4.

Lauridsen-Hamer, Blackpool 2016. How does White land a killer blow?
Last week: 28.axb4 leads to an equal game but White played 28.Qxe6? which lost material to 28…Nc2 29.Rg1 Nd4.