YP Article 38 – 2nd July 2016

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Sunday June 5th 2016 saw the third Hull Grandmaster Challenge following two successful events in 2014 and 2015. The current world number 69 and second highest English ranked player in the world, Luke McShane came to Hull. The venue was the excellent Elizabethan Suite at the Mercure Royal Hull Hotel. The day followed the same format as previously – a blitz in the morning and then a full simultaneous in the afternoon.

In the morning a blitz session Luke took on seven players (with grades ranging from 192 to 132) with just 60 seconds on his clock to five minutes on ‘ours’. A 7-0 whitewash to Luke, although he only just managed to defeat Eric Gardiner (182) with one second remaining on his clock!

The afternoon simultaneous was formally opened by the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Cllr Sean Chaytor who made the first move on the top board (d4). There were 31 opponents with players from Harrogate, Leeds and Sheffield supplementing local players. McShane has defeated World Champion Magnus Carlsen, but this year an outstanding performance saw Mate Ther of Harrogate, aged 10, defeat McShane fair and square to win the best game prize. Not only did he fail to beat one of the youngest competitors, but he couldn’t knock over the oldest either as Roelof Westra, aged 84 of Hull was the first of 6 players to gain a draw. However he did score an excellent 27/31.

The Winning Move

McShane-Lau, Germany 2003. What did White play? Last week: 55…g4! 56.hxg4 f3! A decisive breakthrough 57.Ke3 fxg2 58.Kf2 Kf4!! Carlsen missed this finesse during the game and instead played 58…h3 which only draws.

McShane-Lau, Germany 2003. What did White play?
Last week: 55…g4! 56.hxg4 f3! A decisive breakthrough 57.Ke3 fxg2 58.Kf2 Kf4!! Carlsen missed this finesse during the game and instead played 58…h3 which only draws.