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Ravi Haria – IM Norm and FM title at the Politiken Cup

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Ravi Haria has achieved an IM Norm and the FM title at the Politiken Cup in Denmark – the ECF sends its congratulations …

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ECF Chess Academy

A new tab has been created (above) to coincide with the launch of the ECF Chess Academy. Follow those links to learn more, or click here for a prospectus and here to apply …

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Glorney Cup 2015 – Day 3

– from Chris Howell

A very exciting day in prospect with England narrowly/jointly leading 3 of the 4 events and with an outside chance of overtaking Ireland in the fourth – so all to play for!

Round 5: Wednesday 22/7/2015 am versus Scotland

A quick note on each of the games:

Stokes:

  • Omeet surprised his opponent with the Sniper, netted 2 pawns and solid defence netted a great win as his opponent’s time and position deteriorated.
  • Oli misplayed the opening slightly and wisely took a quick draw in a potentially difficult position.
  • Ben also had a quick draw where his opponent’s doubled pawns gave him some useful open lines in compensation.
  • Tim played an enterprising piece sacrifice in the opening and won his piece back with a won ending which he converted neatly.
  • Max saw his kingside collapse under a vicious attack, sacked material to survive, nearly grabbed a draw a rook down, won some material back but went down in a close ending
  • Teddy played a good steady game and took advantage of a suicidal king advance by his opponent to get a winning ending and duly won it.
  • But Wales’ fine win against Ireland put them half-a-point ahead of us going into the final round!

Robinson:

  • Harry drummed up a strong king-side attack for a slight material deficit but could not quite break through and went down in time trouble.
  • Alfie developed a slight initiative on the black side of a Benko but could make no headway and the endgame was always drawn.
  • Jake played a nice game but could not win a slightly better ending as black.
  • Elliot tried everything to win his ending but also had to settle for a draw.
  • Matthew lost control of the c-file early on resulting in a lost pawn and despite stout resistance eventually went down in an endgame.
  • Alex won a classic queen-side majority endgame efficiently, a really good performance.
  • The Irish extended their lead to six points meaning that a good second place was now the realistic aim for our Robinson team.

In the Glorney:

  • Ollie had a typical king’s Indian Attack game where black’s queen-side activity balanced white’s king-side attack and a draw was the result.
  • John broke through with a lovely sacrificial attack and consolidated his extra material to win convincingly.
  • Daniel played a brilliancy on the black side of the King’s Indian – “the best game of my life!”
  • Michael neutralised a slight initiative for his opponent and gained a comfortable draw.
  • Joseph had a nice plus throughout and finished with a neat tactic for another win.

Despite this superb 4-1 win the Irish edged up to us with a 4.5 – 0.5 win themselves.

In the Gilbert:

  • Katherine won another long game in fine positional style to move to a superb 4.5/5.
  • Emily obtained a lovely attacking position with a choice of good continuations and won nicely with a winning rook sacrifice.
  • Zoe achieved a solid draw on the black side of the Gruenfeld.

The excellent score of 2.5 was matched by the Irish to leave it all square in this tournament too!

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Glorney Cup 2015 – more photographs

– thanks to Anna Gallagher

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Glorney Cup 2015 – photographs

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