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- Created on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:08
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:39
- Written by stephen kee
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Five matches played this evening as the tournament took the opportunity to settle its adjourned fixtures.
On board 1, David Lawson faced John Lambert, who had only lost once so far and promised to be resolute opposition – reminds me of the episodes of Kung Fu with David Carradine where the Emperor, in an attempt to bring Kwai-Chang-Caine to heel, would send masters of various Kung Fu styles to try to defeat him, each bearing a different symbol on their silken robes. I believe John`s robe would possibly feature a mule – and indeed he did provide stubborn opposition. But David seemed to be wearing Kwai-Chang`s dragon robe, and the dragon`s rooks were more mobile than the mules in the endgame. (Rem: next week, Steve Carr better choose the emblem on his robe carefully!).
Greg Hughes v Luke Boumphrey was a keenly contested match which may well have taken place in the British under 180 tournament which has just finished (Greg finished 3rd). Luke missed a game in this tournament which might have cost him a placing but he made no mistake here – Greg entered the Dragon`s lair without fear, but Luke had the edge and managed to keep it for the win, and a feature in our catch-up Game of the Day (a bit like Match of the Day 2).
Mark Wadsworth v Nigel Hobro was a real grinder, and does highlight for me how the Kings Indian can be both the easiest yet the the most difficult opening going. Nigel found that in this case it proved cramping as Mark expanded his way to victory. Mark is certainly starting to make his mark in this tournament as a positional force.
Brian Caulfield`s game against Neil Tabor saw the latter quickly seize an opening advantage. But Brian found good defences and the game seemed to be gradually evening out when Neil managed to fork Brian`s rooks with his knight to force the win.
The most see-saw game of the evening had Phil Taylor reaching the endgame against Rob Greaves a clear piece up. But the piece was reduced to two pawns up as Phil sensed the win. However, two pawns became just one with opposite coloured bishops as Phil possibly felt the win was still there. Finally, one up became even less when Rob, showing great tenacity throughout, managed to overturn the game with good endgame play for the win. Phil will be kicking himself of course, but of such drama chess is made, and it`s why we all love it.
Well, all matches finally up to schedule now, the pantechnicon rolls on. See you all next week, but please do keep an on any revised draws I might post.
New Grades appear
- Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 08:09
- Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 08:10
- Written by John Redmond
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The new ECF grades have just been published. Amongst the upwardly mobile Atticus players are Steve Burge (who is up 8 to 143), Neil Suttie (up 11 to 159), Dave Healiss (up 7 to 171), and Derek Rooney (up 7 to 116). Congratulations to these players!
Game of the Week: Joshua Gibbs -v- Chris Wentworth
- Created on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:41
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:41
- Written by Administrator
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Atticus Open 2014
- Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:39
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 14:38
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Atticus Open: Report on Round 7
- Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:09
- Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 09:51
- Written by Steve Kee
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Round 7 of the Atticus Open kicked off in sweltering conditions one might expect of the World Cup when it eventually reaches Qatar. No fatalities yet, and even after 90 minutes of play there was just a few games where a solitary pawn separated the players.
Tom Bimpson`s opening took perhaps an unexpected turn when, under attack from David Lawson, his king fled to f7, but as the position became more unbalanced who actually stood better? Steve Carr set about attacking Mark Wadsworth`s kingside but breeching Helms Deep (see Lord of the Rings) looked easier.
One also had the feeling that some games were simply destined to be draws, perhaps betrayed by a frown or a shrug of the shoulders or a look of puzzlement from the players. Brian Ewart versus John Lambert and Steve Winstanley versus Phil Taylor had the bet-in-play chap from the advert suspending all bets on draws..
There were however, boards in which players took it upon themselves to try to forge their own destiny. Mike Coffey sacced a pawn for some space, but would it be the final frontier? Jeremy crashed through on Rob Greaves` queenside to gain a pawn as the queens were exchanged to quickly reach endgame territory. Nigel Hobro also snatched a pawn and created pawn structural weaknesses in Neil Tabor`s position for future mining.
Chris Wentworth looked to have steered his game against Josh to gain an advantage in tempo and pawn structure but the latter kept things solid and protected his weaknesses to gain a good draw and a feature in our Game of the Day.
Another fine performance saw Natasha establish a commanding position against Steve Philp, as one pawn up became two and then three (but this last one was poisoned by the wicked witch) and tragically Natasha`s knight fell to a pin to save the day for Steve.
Brian Caulfield lost his bishop to a fork against Ben Ellington but he did have two pawns for it and the potential to get his queenside pawns rolling for counterplay, but not castling didn`t help matters. Ben eventually winning out with a massive 20 seconds left – or one would have thought so by the deliberately casual way he went about delivering checkmate!
The mist on Board 1 then cleared and we saw Tom, an exchange down holding on to the cliffs edge by his fingernails, David returning the exchange to send Tom plumetting to defeat. `Who can stop Mr Lawson now?` we all pondered.
David Odunaiya considered that he had gained an edge against Mike Coffey, and as great minds think alike, also thought he had an edge. What became clear though was that an attempted zwischenzug (I`m going to ask you to spell that next week for homework) – Mike threatening mate before recapturing went horribly wrong as David gleefully did a zwischenzug of his own to emerge a clear piece up for the win.
Steve Carr basically gave up trying to breech Mark`s kingside and had laid plans for a draw by perpetual when suddenly the opportunity to sac a rook for a mating attack unexpectedly arrived and Helms Deep finally fell.
Jeremy and Nigel both saw their positional and material advantages through to win, whilst the games between Brian Ewart v John Lambert and Steve Winstanley v Phil Taylor finished the draws they always seemed destined to be.
Next week is `catch up week`, an opportunity to play the adjourned matches while some players are away playing in the British Seniors. Well good luck to them and see some of you next week.