Friday, December 7, 2007

Grand Prix Round 5

Group A
Sam Lipnowski - Khedkar 1-0

Black had to play 21...g6 to stop the f5 push. After that came e6 and Black's pieces were too far from his king to provide support.

Group B
Van Wyk- Pottinger 1-0

Black castled queenside into impending trouble. White had an interesting shot 17. Ba7+! which concludes things a bit quicker, but it didn't matter in the end.

Group C

Lui- Weibe 0-1

Several of us analyzed the position below and other earlier alternatives and concluded that Weixi had blundered with 9. Nxb5.

However, the real blunder may have come later...after 10...axb5

White played 11. Bxb5+ , but after 11...Qxb5, 12. Rxa8 Bb4+ wins big material.

11. Rxa8 holds, but in our analysis we thought it was very uncomfortable for White.

Gannon - Booth 1-0

It looked like Black was making progress in the knights and pawns ending, but found his king cut off from White's passer and ended up one tempo short.

Group D

Gibson - Gibbons 1-0

Lorne snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. But if truth be told, 2...f6 and 4...Bc5 deserved to be punished earlier.

Aaron Green - Magnusson

The ending was played well by Saul to gain the full point.

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