YP Article 6 – 21st November 2015

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This month saw the second National University Chess Championship North take place at York University. The event was a one-day rapid-play tournament between a wide range of universities, with Durham seeking to defend their title they had claimed in June.

All the teams were put into one section in a league system playing five games each, which resulted in Edinburgh coming on top in a dramatic finale over Manchester A in the concluding round. York B tied with Manchester B to finish joint 2nd.

The player of the tournament was Kshitij Singla of Lancaster who scored an impressive 5/5 beating the highest rated players in the process. His game against Sixten Thestrup of Manchester was without a doubt the game of the tournament, and today’s puzzle is taken from that game.

The Winning Move

Singla-Thestrup, York 2015. How did Black win material by force? Last week: 1.Qd5! threatens both Qxa8 and Rg5. If 1…Qb1+ 2.Kg2 Rb8 3.Rg5 forces checkmate or winning Black’s queen.

Singla-Thestrup, York 2015. How did Black win material by force?
Last week: 1.Qd5! threatens both Qxa8 and Rg5. If 1…Qb1+ 2.Kg2 Rb8 3.Rg5 forces checkmate or winning Black’s queen.