Club Championship round 4 results

Thursday 22 October, 2020

The leadership of the club championship changed hands in anticlimatic fashion this evening, as Robert Kender defaulted his game, losing his perfect score and allowing Andrew Medworth to leapfrog into first place.

In brighter news, we welcome Tony Artman to the tournament! He started on a score of ½/3, having been granted a single half-point bye for the missed rounds.

This round was a clean sweep for players of the Black pieces! Thankfully a couple of the games had interesting finishes, to make up for the disappointment on top board. See below for details.

Thanks once again to the players, and to Adam Raoof for organising! The next round is next Thursday, 29th October (full schedule).

Games

White Black
1 Robert Kender 1713 0 - 1 Andrew Medworth 1788
2 Gul Kapur 1480 0 - 1 David Amior 1819
3 Stanley Jacobs 1400 0 - 1 Nick Murphy 1470
4 Tony Artman 0 - 1 David Lewis 1420
5 Dev Ranka 0 - 1 Eric Eedle 1788

Standings

  • 1: Andrew Medworth (3½/4)
  • 2: Robert Kender (3/4)
  • 3-5: David Amior, Nick Murphy, David Lewis (2½/4)
  • 6: Eric Eedle (2/4)
  • 7: Gul Kapur (1½/4)
  • 8: Stanley Jacobs (1/4)
  • 9: Tony Artman (½/4)
  • 10: Dev Ranka (0/4)

Withdrawn

  • Eugenia Karas (1½/2)
  • Chris Rogal (1/2)
[Event "Hendon Chess Club Championships 2020 - Open"] [Site "on Zoom"] [Round "4.3"] [White "Stanley Jacobs"] [Black "Nick Murphy"] [Result "0-1"] [BlackElo "1470"] [ECO "D02"] [FEN "2b2rk1/2p2qpp/pp1b1r2/8/3PQ3/P1N1P1BP/1P3PRK/2R5 b - - 0 23"] [SetUp "1"] { Here Nick uncorked the pleasing sacrifice } 23...Bxh3 $1 24.Kxh3 Rh6+ 25.Bh4 Be7 26.Rg4 Qxf2 $2 { Allowing an unexpected reprieve. } ( 26...Bxh4 $1 27.Rxh4 Qxf2 $19 ) 27.Rc2 $2 ( 27.Rxg7+ $1 Kxg7 28.Qxe7+ { leads to perpetual check } 28...Kh8 29.Qe5+ Rff6 30.Qe8+ Kg7 31.Qe7+ Kh8 32.Qe8+ Kg7 33.Qe7+ $10 ) 27...Rf3+ $1 { The killer blow. } 28.Qxf3 Qxf3+ 29.Kh2 Qxg4 0-1
[Event "Hendon Chess Club Championships 2020 - Open"] [Site "on Zoom"] [Date "2020.09.24"] [Round "4.4"] [White "Artman, Tony"] [Black "Lewis, David"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A17"] [FEN "1k5r/pp4Q1/8/2Nb4/1Pn5/P3r1Pq/1B3R1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 34"] [SetUp "1"] { This position, with White having just played Qxg7, could appear in a tactics book under "Black to play and win"! } 34...Rg8 $2 ( 34...Rxg3+ $1 { was the killer blow, with the mate threat on h1 being the point } 35.Qxg3+ ( 35.hxg3 Qh1# ) 35...Qxg3+ 36.Kf1 ( 36.hxg3 Rh1# ) 36...Qh3+ $19 { The White king is soon cut down by the rampaging Black pieces on the open board. } ) 35.Qd7 $4 { Giving Black a second chance... } ( 35.Rf8+ $1 Rxf8 36.Qxf8+ Kc7 37.Qg7+ Kc8 38.Qh8+ $18 { would trade off the queens, eliminating the danger, when the extra pawns should win } ) 35...Rgxg3+ $1 { ...which was taken! } 36.hxg3 Qh1# 0-1

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