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Quality Chess on the Isle of Man

Discussing with the winner Nigel Short his last round decisive game.

Quality Chess on the Isle of Man

A couple of days ago I returned from the revived Isle of Man tournament. It was a strong, well organized and highly enjoyable event, part of the Poker Stars festival held in the beautiful Villa Marina in Douglas, the capital of the island. The winner was Englishman GM Nigel Short on 7.5/9. All results, reports, games and photos may be seen here:

www.iominternationalchess.com

A large young official Israeli delegation took part with considerable success. GM Gil Popilski shared second; Ori Kobo and Alon Mindlin scored an IM norm. Personally I scored 50 percent, more or less my expected result in such a field. I published daily reports (in Hebrew) on the Israeli chess federation’s official website: www.chess.org.il   

I dedicated an original study to all participants from whom quite a few sent in correct solutions. Here it is:

Yochanan Afek original  Dedicated to the Isle of Man tournament, 2014

White to play and win

1.Nf6! g3 2.Nxh7 g2 3.Ng5 Kh2 4.Nf3+ Kg3 5.Ng1 Kh2 6.h7! Kxg1 7.h8Q Kh1 8.Qa8! Kh2 9.Qb8+ Kh1 10.Qb7+ Kh2 11.Qc7+ Kh1 12.Qc6 Kh2 13.Qd6+ Kh1 14.Qd5 Kh2 15.Qe5+ Kh1 16.Qe4 Kh2 17.Qf4+ Kh1 18.Qf3 Kh2 19.Qf2! Kh1 20.Kxd2 g1Q 21.Qxg1 Kxg1 22.Ke3 Kg2 23.Kf4 Kh3 24.Kg5 Kg3 25.Kxh5 Kf4 26.Kg6 Kg4 27.h5 1-0

Posted: October 21 - 2014

 

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