Hamish and Neil started the tournaments in Prague with an excellent series of results (see post here). In the middle rounds of the tournament both found life a bit tougher.
In the A open Hamish had the following pairings:
- Round 5 – Black vs Roman Vogel (Germany 2420)
- Round 6 – White vs FM Boris Furman (Russia 2227)
- Round 7 – Black vs Alexander Chudinovskikh (Russia 2275)
He lost the first two games and had a very complicated draw in round 7, which Hamish has posted on the Bon Accord chess club facebook page. He now has 3.5/7 and in round 8 he has white against Russian junior Egor Chekletsov (1912).
In the B open Neil also ran into tough opposition:
- Round 5 – White vs Damir Marinc (Slovenia 2016)
- Round 6 – Black vs Karsten Bertram (Germany 2131)
- Round 7 – Black vs WFM Tanya Shevchenko (Ukraine 2005)
In round 5 having played a nice attack and won a piece he unfortunately blundered in the endgame and lost. In round 6 he reached the following position with black to move
This position was reached shortly after the time control. Neil had managed to see off white’s attack early in the game and has won an exchange. In the meantime white has been trying to set up a fortress. The only way Neil could find to make progress was to return the exchange
44… a5 45. Rxb5 Rxd4 46. Qxd4 Qxg5+ 47. Kh3 Qf5+ 48. Qg4 Qd3
In this position white thought for over three quarters of an hour! After about fifteen minutes Neil suddenly realised that white is completely lost.
- 49. Qxh4 Qxf3+ (and not 49…Qxb5?? 50.Qf6+ which allows white to give a perpetual check despite being a rook down) 50. Qg3 Qf1+ and now black can take the rook.
- 49. Kxh4 Rc4 or 49… Qxb5 winning material
- 49. Kg2 Qxb5 wins a rook
- 49. Rxa5 Rc4 (this was the move Neil had missed initially) 50. Qg2 Qf5+ 51.Qg4 Rxg4 52. fxg4 Qf1+ 53. Kxh4 Qf2+ 54. Kh3 g5 and checkmate next move
The game continued 49. Rb2! (the only move that doesn’t lose on the spot) Rc4 50. Rd2 Qxc3 51. Qg2 Qxe5 and with two extra pawns and and an attack black won quite quickly.
In round 7 he lost a complicated game against WFM Tanya Shevchenko which at one stage he was winning. He now 4.5/7 and white in round 8 against Jiri Svetly (1919) of the Czech republic.