YP Article 37 – 25th June 2016

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Yorkshire’s Open team travelled to Long Buckby, Northamptonshire to face Surrey in the semi-finals of the ECF County Championships. Both teams were strong, but Yorkshire were slight favourites on paper averaging a grade of 200 across their 16 players.

As it turned out, merely having 16 players was a big advantage. Kent’s board 6 never arrived which gave Yorkshire a 1-0 head start. This lead increased courtesy of quick wins by Martin Carpenter and top-board Matthew Webb, who made his International Master opponent look very ordinary. Surrey fought back to cut the deficit to 3.5-2.5 after 6 games.

Yorkshire’s top boards had a tremendous day underlined by controlled wins by Richard Palliser on board 2 and Jean-Luc Weller on board 5, who defeated the British Ladies’ Champion. Kent kept things close on the lower boards, but Matthias Gantner’s wild win on board 3 gave Yorkshire a big boost. Further wins late on by Andrew Drabble and Peter Shaw who both withstood heavy onslaughts allowed Yorkshire to secure a narrow 9-7 victory and progress to the final, where they play Middlesex.

The Winning Move

Nakamura-Carlsen, Leuven 2016. How could the World Champion, playing Black, win here? Last week: 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.Qxe7+! Kxe7 33.Rg7+ Ke8 34.Nf6 mate.

Nakamura-Carlsen, Leuven 2016. How could the World Champion, playing Black, win here?
Last week: 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.Qxe7+! Kxe7 33.Rg7+ Ke8 34.Nf6 mate.