Start your weekend with some fine chess action, thanks to Malcom Pein’s British round-up in today’s Daily Telegraph chess column.
There is a reminder of the potency of the London System, even when Black appears to have played nothing but sensible moves. You are then invited to test your strength on a wonderful position offering an excellent checkmate in three moves.
Malcolm Pein on…A British Round-up
As we saw on Tuesday, Michael Adams won the inaugural British Online Chess Championship after a play-off against Ameet Ghasi, who also impressed when winning the Bullet Championship. The Rapid and Blitz titles went to Harry Grieve and Gawain Jones, respectively.
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant won the Women’s Championship with 7/7, but had to settle for second in the Women’s Rapid behind Harriet Hunt. Irish teenage star Trisha Kanyamarala won the Women’s Blitz, while prodigy Shreyas Royal triumphed in the Under-18 Championship, just days before turning 12.The other junior championships (Under-16 down to Under-8) went to Maximilian Wilton, Mohammed Ismail, Nishchal Thatte, Frederick Gordon and Patrick Damodaran. Keith Arkell won the over-50 Seniors Rapidplay, with the main Seniors (over-50 and over-65) titles going to Clive Frostick and George Green.
A seemingly innocuous line of the London System contains a hidden trap.
O. Stubbs – H. Evans
British Online Championship 2020/21
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bf4 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bg3 0-0 6.Nbd2 Qe7 7.Bd3 c5 8.c3 Nc6 9.Ne5 Nd7 (Fighting for the key e5-square and intending 10.f4 f6) 10.Nxd7! Bxd7? (10…Qxd7 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.0-0 Rd8 (Vitiugov-Praggnanandhaa, Internet Blitz 2020) 13.Qc2 h6 14. Nf3 and e4 should give White an edge) 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.dxc5 Qxc5
13.Bxh7+! (First discovered and played by the French GM Eric Prié) 13…Kxh7 14.Qh5+ Kg8 15.Ne4 (The key resource) 15…Qc4 16.Ng5 Qd3 17.e4 Qxe4+ (Desperation, as after 17…Rfd8 18.Qxf7+ Kh8 19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Rd1 Qb5 21.h4! the attack is quite deadly with Rh3 on its way) 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.0-0–0 Rad8 20.Rhe1 f5 21.f3 1-0
Test Your Strength
C. Duncan – C. Thake
British Online Championships Over 50s Rapid
White has only one way to force mate in three moves, involving a lovely sacrifice. What is it?
Highlight the space below this line to reveal the answer.
28.h5+! Kg5 29.Qg8+! Nxg8 30.Ne6# 1-0