YP Article 33 – 28th May 2016

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International Master James Adair has featured several times on this column. The 23 year old is originally from Reading but moved to Yorkshire in 2011 to study Mathematics at York University and has remained in the area ever since. He started playing chess in 2004 but already reached a grade of over 200 in 2009.

After starting university he became a FIDE Master in 2012, an International Master in 2014 and has recently broken into the world’s top 1000 players. His rapid rise has not yet abated and in this year’s 4NCL, he picked up his third and final Grandmaster norm. This means that if he can improve his rating from 2474 to 2500, he will officially become a Grandmaster.

In the 4NCL he plays for White Rose and they’ve not been afraid to pit him against the strongest opposition. Despite this he has won seven, drawn three and lost only once with one of his draws coming against British Champion David Howell. James is theoretically well prepared and does not shy away from a challenge against anyone with his combative style. Today’s puzzle shows that he can also set traps with the best of them!

The Winning Move

Sarakauskas – Adair, Birmingham 2016. White just won a pawn with 36.Nxb5, but what did Adair (Black) have in store? Last week: The game finished 22.Rxc6! Nxc6 23.Qe6+ N8e7 24.Bc5 Rc8 25.Bxe7 Resigns 1-0

Sarakauskas – Adair, Birmingham 2016. White just won a pawn with 36.Nxb5, but what did Adair (Black) have in store?
Last week: The game finished 22.Rxc6! Nxc6 23.Qe6+ N8e7 24.Bc5 Rc8 25.Bxe7 Resigns 1-0