YP Article 32 – 21st May 2016

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The Clough Trophy is a 5-round team handicap tournament that takes place during the Bradford evening league season. This gives teams of all abilities a legitimate chance of winning a trophy. A team of five brothers called the Redmonds made national chess headlines when they won the title in 2011.

The handicapping ensures that the competition is always very tight going into the final round and this year was no exception as Knights of the Round Table (KOTR), Keighley and defending champions Ilkley CC were all in contention. Ilkley were always long odds to keep the trophy and despite a fine attacking win by young George Leach, they could not keep within reach.

Adrian Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table were comprised of players from a squad that finished winless in the bottom division. They faced Keighley who had a mixture of Division 2 and 3 players. Keighley needed to win 4-0 over the board to win the title as Knights had such a large handicap advantage. Things were going to plan for Keighley as despite stiff resistance, they went 3-0 up. However Greg Harding kept fighting needing only a draw and when his opponent allowed him to set up a perpetual check, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands as Knights of the Round Table completed their own David and Goliath story.

The Winning Move

So-Kasparov, St Louis 2016.  How did So complete his crushing win over Kasparov? Last week: White played 32.Rxa7?? which was met by 32…Qxf1+! The queen cannot be captured due to …Re1 mate, so White was forced to play 33.Kh2 and resigned a few moves later.

So-Kasparov, St Louis 2016. How did So complete his crushing win over Kasparov?
Last week: White played 32.Rxa7?? which was met by 32…Qxf1+! The queen cannot be captured due to …Re1 mate, so White was forced to play 33.Kh2 and resigned a few moves later.