Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Nemtzov Cup echoes

This year the top section in the City of Belfast championships (for the Nemtzov Cup) was a 6-player all-play-all rather than the usual Swiss. The luck of the draw had paired Richard McMaster and Gareth Annesley, the two leaders with one round to go, in the fifth and final round. They put on a grandstand finish battling each other to a draw (and a shared title) with only seconds remaining on the clock after a complicated endgame.

From the position in the board below McMaster played 1. g7 Rd3 2. Ke2 Rd8 3. g8(Q) and a draw resulted, but his analysis shows he missed a couple of wins. He wonders whether Gareth might have found a Black win earlier in the complications.

Over to Richard:

A game that I liked (ChessBase 12)
[Event "Nemtzov Cup"] [Site "Belfast"] [Date "2011.05.15"] [Round "5"] [White "McMaster, Richard"] [Black "Annesley, Gareth"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [Annotator "McMaster"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/6P1/8/2p4P/1pr5/1k1K4/6R1 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "11"] [EventDate "2010.05.15"] [Source "ChessBase"] [SourceDate "1997.11.17"] {Here is a little analysis of the final round game between myself and Gareth Annesley that went to the wire.} 1. Rb1+ $1 {An idea of Martin Kelly's.} ({ Alternatively going down the line that was played} 1. g7 Rd3+ 2. Ke2 Rd8 {and not now} 3. g8=Q {which only draws} ({but} 3. h5 $1 c3 4. h6 c2 5. h7 c1=Q 6. Rxc1 Kxc1 7. g8=Q Rxg8 8. hxg8=Q Kb2 9. Qc4 {with the win!})) 1... Kxb1 2. Kxc3 Ka1 3. g7 b2 4. g8=Q b1=Q 5. Qa8+ Qa2 6. Qxa2+ {and the white h-pawn wins.} 1/2-1/2

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