Chess: Morgan wins through in battle of top players

THE third round of the Calderdale Championship produced some interesting games, both over the board and the draw itself.

The leading players in both Division's One and Two were drawn against each other. John Morgan, the out-right leader and playing with the white pieces, beat Matthew Wedge-Roberts who lies half a point behind him in Division One.

Division Two leaders Tom Webster, a comparative new player in the League, had the white pieces against Steve Priest who is a player renowned for his gritty and solid technique. However, Priest was somewhat lacklustre, allowing Webster to make a somewhat suspect bishop sacrifice and declining to capture it, allowing his opponent to win a pawn and the exchange (bishop for rook).

The game of the round was on board two where white must have thought there were strong possibilities of a draw. However, black had other ideas. The following analysis is by one of the strongest computer programmes on the market.

WHITE: Robert Sutcliffe

BLACK: Matthew Parsons

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.f4 c5 4.dxc5 Qa5+ 5.Qd2 Qxc5 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.a3 d6 9.Bd3 Bd7 10.Qe2 Ng4 11.Bd2 b5 12.h3 Nh6 13.Be3 Qc7 14.Nd5 Qa5+ 15.c3 e6 16.Nb4 a6 17.g4 f5 18.g5 Nf7 19.Qf2 Qc7 20.Rc1 a5 21.Na2 Qb7 22.exf5 exf5 23.0-0 Be6 24.Bb1 Re8 25.Rcd1 Nc6 26.Nd4 Bc4 27.Rfe1 Ne7 28.Rd2 Nd5 29.Nc2 Nxe3 30.Rxe3 Bf8 31.Rxe8 Rxe8 32.Nd4 Nd8 33.h4 Ne6 34.h5 Nxd4 35.Rxd4 Qe7

(Fritz 8: 35...Re2 36.Qg3 Rxb2 37.Bd3 Bxd3 38.Rxd3 Rxa2 39.hxg6 hxg6 40.Re3 d5 41.Re8 Ra1+ 42.Kf2 -5.65/13 ] 36.Rd1 Qe3 37.Nc1 Qxf2+ 38.Kxf2 Bf7 39.hxg6 hxg6 40.Nd3 Rb8 41.Bc2 Be7 42.Re1 Bd8 43.Nc1 Bb6+ 44.Kg3 Rc8 45.Nd3 Bd5 46.Rd1 Be4 47.Bb3+ Kf8 48.Nf2 Ke7 49.Nxe4 fxe4 50.Rd5 e3 51.Kf3 Bc5 52.Bd1 a4 53.Bc2 Rh8 54.Rd1 Rh2 55.Bxg6 Rf2+ 56.Kg4 Rxb2 57.f5 e2 (After 3 minutes of thinking Fritz gave me 57...Bxa3 58.Rh1 Rg2+ 59.Kf4 e2 60.f6+ Ke6 61.Bf5+ Kf7 62.Rh7+ Kg8 63.Rh1 Rh2 64.Be6+ Kf8 65.Re1 Rg2 -0.65/12 ] 58.f6+ Ke6 59.Rh1 Rd2 60.f7 (Fritz 8: 1) 60.Bf5+ Ke5 61.Rh8 Bxa3 62.Re8+ Kd5 63.f7 1.81/4 ; Fritz 8: 2) 60.Rh8 d5 61.Re8+ Kd7 62.f7 Bf8 63.Bf5+ Kd6 64.g6 1.15/0 ; Fritz 8: 3) 60.Re1 d5 61.Kf3 Bxa3 62.Rxe2+ 0.34/0 ] 60...d5 61.Bf5+ Kxf7 62.g6+ Kf6 63.Rh7 e1Q 64.Rf7+ Ke5 65.g7 Rg2+ 0-1

Results

D.Wedge 1 A.Wright 0, R.Sutcliffe 0 M.Parsons 1, C.Booth 1 J.Blinkhorn 0, J.Morgan 1 M.Wedge-Roberts 0, B.Wadsworth 0 A.Gonzalez 1, S.Gornall 0.5 N.Sykes 0.5, M.Barnett 0.5 D.Sugden 0.5, M.Shah 0 A.Leatherbarrow 1, M.Syrett 1 N.Bamford 0, P.Edwards 1 J.Nicholson 0, T.Webster 1 S.Priest 0, A.Dawson 0 J.Whitehead 1, J.Todd 0 J.Aldridge 1, D.Milton 1 B.Corner 0, C.Greaves 1 M.Levy 0.

Full Point Bye: J.Gilhooley. Default: C.Edwards, D.Crampton

Positions: 3 pts: D.Wedge, M.Parsons; 2.5 pts: C.Booth, J.Morgan, A.Gonzalez; 2 pts: A.Wright, A.Leatherbarrow, S.Gornall, R.Sutcliffe, M.Syrett, N.Sykes, P.Edwards, D.Sugden, J.Blinkhorn, J.Aldridge, J.Whitehead, T.Webster; 1.5 pts: P.Olley, M.Wedge-Roberts, M.Barnett, D.Milton; 1 pt: A.Dawson, M.Shah, N.Bamford, J.Nicholson, J.Todd, S.Priest, J.Gilhooley, C.Greaves; 0.5 pt: C.Edwards, D.Crampton, D.Pugh; 0 pts: M.Levy, B.Corner, B.Wadsworth, P.Deaden, J.P.Ellis, T.Whelan

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