Hastings Chess Congress: Mark Hebden halts Zhao run

English Grandmaster Mark Hebden is in the running after holding Chinese GM Zhao Jun at Hastings, the world’s oldest chess congress.

The English duo of Mark Hebden and Keith Arkell found themselves on the top two boards in round seven, as the Chinese GM Zhao Jun continued to dominate at the Hastings Congress.

Zhao defeated Romain Eduard with the white pieces to score his sixth win, while Hebden overcame the Hungarian GM Miklos Galyas to reach 5/6.

Galyas had already vanquished the top seed, Maxim Rodshtein, but the Israeli got back in the mix with two wins to reach 4.5/5 and was paired against Arkell, who has the same score.

The Englishmen acquitted themselves superbly well – Hebden halted Zhao’s winning run and held the draw with his trademark Barry Attack, where White opens with 1.d4 2.Nf3 3.Nc3 and 4.Bf4.

Arkell went one better and defeated Rodshtein.

For today’s puzzle, can you see how he seized the advantage playing board below?

Swedish GM Tiger Hillarp Persson was in fine form and led the Rilton Cup in Stockholm.

‘The Tiger’ is known for his aggressive style and willingness to sacrifice material.

In this game from Stockholm, an amateur player goes just a little over the top and throws in, not just the kitchen sink, but all the furniture too.

The final position is amusing – White’s queen is completely out of play, but he has so much extra material, she is not required.:

E. Romanov – T. Vandnbussche

44th Rilton Cup 2014–15 Stockholm


1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 b5!? 5.dxe6 fxe6 6.Nxb5 d5 7.e4 Be7 8.e5 Ne4 9.c4 0–0 10.Be2 d4? (Black has some play for the pawn after 10…Bb7) 11.Bd3 Bb7 (Black is lost already. If 11…Ng5 12.Nxg5 Bxg5 13.Qh5) 12.Qc2 Na6 13.Bxe4 Nb4 14.Qb1 d3 15.Bxb7 Nc2+ 16.Kf1 Nxa1 17.Qxa1 d2 18.Nxd2 Qd3+ 19.Ke1 Rxf2 20.Kxf2 Bh4+ 21.g3 Rf8+ 22.Nf3 Qc2+ 23.Ke1 Qxc4 24.Nd6 Qg4 25.gxh4 Rxf3 26.Bxf3 Qxf3 27.Rf1 1–0


Arkell found 26…Nxf4! 27.gxf4 Rxf4 attacking two knights and winning a pawn. He converted his advantage on move 74.

Malcolm Pein

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