YP Article 30 – 7th May 2016

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The May Day Bank Holiday saw the final weekend of the Four Nations Chess League take place. This week we report from Division 3 North from Wychwood Park, Crewe.

Bradford DCA Knights A were one of three teams with a realistic chance of securing the second prommotion place into Division 2, as Alba had all but secured the top spot. Manchester Manticores 1 and Broadland Bitterns were Bradford’s main rivals.

Saturday’s fixtures were on paper supposed to be warm-up for the three teams with all playing opponents in the lower half of the table. Bradford did their job, winning 4.5-1.5, but the other two faltered. Manchester 1 lost 4-2 and Broadland lost 3.5-2.5. This left Bradford two points clear of Manchester and three ahead of Broadland.

Manchester had the opportunity to turn things round on Sunday as they face Bradford and were marginal favourites on paper. Things started well for Bradford as Adam Lang and Andrew Bak both turned around worse positions to give Bradford a 2-0 lead. Andrew Drabble increased the lead with a dominant performace and Greg Eagleton secured the win with an accurate mating attack. Bradford’s 4.5-1.5 victory meant that they secured promotion to Division 2 along with Alba.

The Winning Move

Lang – Mazek, Crewe 2016 – Is it safe for Black to take the pawn on d7 with ...Rxd7? Last week – Caruana played 1.Re5!! Black found nothing bettert than 1...Rxe3 and resigned shortly afterwards. If 1...Rxe5 2.fxe5 Be7 3.Rd7 wins the c7-pawn and White is winning.

Lang – Mazek, Crewe 2016 – Is it safe for Black to take the pawn on d7 with …Rxd7?
Last week – Caruana played 1.Re5!! Black found nothing bettert than 1…Rxe3 and resigned shortly afterwards. If 1…Rxe5 2.fxe5 Be7 3.Rd7 wins the c7-pawn and White is winning.