I opened with the Ruy Lopez. Black played 8...d5, a move known as the Marshall Attack. The idea of the Marshall is that black sacrifices a pawn for development and then throws everything at White's kingside. This was the first time that I had faced it. My queenside pieces became trapped and I did not get time to untangle them and bring them into the game. Some homework required.
Graham B was a pawn up, but running short on time. He had at least a draw, but then made an error (I made the same mistake as I played along in my head).
|10 Oct||Syston 1||v||Heathcote Arms 1|
|1||B||242||Hebden, Mark||1||–||0||Sharpe, Graham||177|
|2||W||186||Galligan, Brian||½||–||½||Bray, Dave||177|
|3||B||178||Taylor, Robert||1||–||0||Booley, Graham||149|
|4||W||181||Naylor, John||1||–||0||Manger, John||139|
|5||B||167||Robinson, John||1||–||0||Ross, Colin||122|
Market Harborough were also playing Syston 3. I watched a very exciting finish between Ian Clarke and Ben Pourmozafari. Ben had over 30 minutes in hand to Ian's 2 minutes, and eventually seconds. Both sides were pushing pawns towards the end of the board. It ended with Ben's King jumping around six squares into a corner out of harm's way.
It is the Atkins Rapidplay Tournament this Sunday.