YP Article 39 – 9th July 2016

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Yorkshire faced Middlesex in the Final of the Open section of the ECF County Championships. Yorkshire were looking to become the first team to win three titles in a row since Middlesex achieved this feat in 1985-87. They produced a very strong line-up with an average grade of 209 and were heavy favourites on paper.

Matthew Webb got the scoring going for Yorkshire with another lethal kingside attack winning inside 30 moves. Alan Walton’s game suddenly sprang into life with a complicated tactical sequence and he found a crucial tactical nuance to open up all the lines to Black’s stranded king which doubled Yorkshire’s lead. Not much seemed to be happening in Jim Burnett’s game, but he found an amazing resource to put Yorkshire firmly in the driving seat. Matthias Gantner then scored Yorkshire’s fourth victory on the White side of a Sveshnikov. Yorkshire led 5.5-2.5 at half time.

Three more games concluded as the first time control came and went. Jonathan Nelson’s game was a typical opposite-side castling bloodbath, but Nelson’s attack always seemed to be coming quicker and the tactics were working in his favour as his opponent’s king was forced out into the open. David Adams had a see-saw battle but managed to come out on top. Yorkshire’s victory was sealed by Richard Palliser who nursed a pawn advantage in a minor piece ending. Andy Drabble’s win sewed up an 11-5 win for captain Mark Birkin’s Yorkshire side.

The Winning Move

Coles-Burnett, Warwick 2016. How does Black win by force? Last week: 28.Bb6+ Kxb6 29.Rxe6+ Bd6 (29…Kxa5 30.Ra1+) 30.Rexd6+ Kc7 31.Rd7+ Kc8 32.Nc6 and White’s pieces are overwhelming Black’s king.

Coles-Burnett, Warwick 2016. How does Black win by force?
Last week: 28.Bb6+ Kxb6 29.Rxe6+ Bd6 (29…Kxa5 30.Ra1+) 30.Rexd6+ Kc7 31.Rd7+ Kc8 32.Nc6 and White’s pieces are overwhelming Black’s king.