You are here: Home Archives Ulster Chronicles 2016-2017 Season UCU Web 2016 Belfast South tournament: Two more best game prizes awarded

Belfast South tournament: Two more best game prizes awarded

There was so much great chess played in the post-Christmas portion of this season's BSCC Open that the organisers have decided to award not one but two best game prizes.

With so many great games being played at Belfast South's Monday night tournament, the club have decided to award two best game prizes for the post-Christmas period; one to Norman McFarland for his display of coolness under intense time pressure against Robert Lavery in round 13, and the other to Mikhail Pavlov for his fantastic attacking performance against the same opponent in round 16.

Robert Lavery 0-1 Norman McFarland (round 13)

(click here to play through the full game)

Lavery-McFarland

We join the action after Black's 36th move. With an advanced passed pawn and just seconds on his opponent's clock, White should win. But instead, complacency begins to creep into his play:

37 b6?

This allows a perpetual check: 37 ... Rh2 38 Re1+ Kf3 39 Rf1+ Rf2 40 Rxf2+ Kxf2 41 c3 Rd3+ 42 Kc2 Rd2+ 43 Kb1 Rd1+ 44 Kb2 Rd2+ 45 Kc1 Re2+ 46 Kb1 Re1+ 47 Kb2 Re2+, and so on. 37 Kc1 would have kept White out of trouble.

37 ... Kf3

Objectively - according to Stockfish - Black can still draw, but in practice it's prohibitively difficult; it took Stockfish about a minute to find the drawing line. (38 b7 Rd2+ 39 Kc1 Rh2+ 40 Kb2 Rxh1 41 b8=Q Rgg1 42 Qf8+ Kg2 43 Rxb4 Bd2 44 c3 Bxc3+ 45 Kxc3 Rc1+ 46 Kd3 Rhd1+ 47 Ke3 Re1+ 48 Kd3 Red1+)

38 b7 Rgg2?

Now, 39 Rh3+ is a clear win for White as 39 ... Kf4 allows the White king to escape to safety via c1. Instead:

39 Bh3??

But does Black even have enough time to capitalise on this error?

39 ... Rd2+!

He does.

40 Kc1 Rxc2+ 41 Kd1

Or 41 Kb1 Rb2+ 42 Ka1 Ra2+ 43 Kb1 Rgb2#.

41 ... Rgd2+ 42 Ke1 Bh4+!

The crucial move White missed when playing his 39th, instead expecting 42 ... Re1+ 43 Kf1 Rf2+ 44 Kg1 when Black has no good checks left.

43 Kf1 Rd1#

Black delivered mate with just eight seconds to spare.

Mikhail Pavlov 1-0 Robert Lavery (round 16)

(click here to play through the full game)

Pavlov-Lavery

White wastes no time in sacrificing material to break up Black's Kingside:

22 Bxh6 Bxf2+

Black fights fire with fire.

23 Kxf2 Ne4+ 24 Kg1 gxh6

It now looks like Black has the situation under control, but he had reckoned without another sacrifice from White:

25 Rxe4! dxe4 26 Qxe4

Black will now either be mated on h7 or suffer ruinous material loss.

26 ... Qf5 27 Qc4+ 1-0

Contents
News
2nd November saw the Childrens Chess series of Tournaments Start A brilliant warmup to the December Ulster Schools Championships. Young players gathered at Methody College for an aftern... Dec 02, 2019
UK Open Blitz Championship 2019 : Belfast Qualifier The winners qualify for the UK Open Blitz Championship 2019. Belfast ran one of 8 qualifying tournaments. With several U... Nov 13, 2019
Bangor FIDE-rated Halloween Blitz 2019 Bangor is probably the most active club holding brilliant events with coaching and tournaments. These continue with the ... Nov 13, 2019
What a Corker - Martin Kelly reports from the 2019 Cork Major. Its always good to see our players travel and enjoy tournaments out of Ulster... Martin Kelly, Cathal Murphy, Barney McG... Nov 04, 2019
Ron Henderson a big thankyou from Bangor Chess Club On November 2nd 2019 Bangor chess club awarded club founder Ron Henderson with Honorary Life Membership. Nov 04, 2019
More news…
« December 2019 »
December
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031
Upcoming Events
Ulster Schools Individual Championships 2019 Come and challenge to become the Ulster Schools Chess Champion 2019. 7th December at Methodist College. Dec 07, 2019 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Methodist College, 1 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6BY
Ulster Blitz Championship 2019 End the year with the annual Ulster Blitz Championships. The fast and furious Championships - 3 mins and 2 secs incremen... Dec 28, 2019 10:30 AM - 05:15 PM — Ballynafeigh Community Development Centre, 283 Ormeau Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT7 3GG
NICS Lackadaisical #1 2019-20 The first in the series of NICS rapidplays contributing to the Alan Burns Grand Prix. Why not enjoy Sunday Lunch in the ... Jan 12, 2020 01:00 PM - 06:00 PM — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Williamson Shield 2020 Start the New year with this wonderful historic tournament - over 100 years old - The Williamson Shield 2020. Jan 18, 2020 - Jan 19, 2020 — NICS,Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont, Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 3TA
Ulster Rapidplay Championships 2020 - FIDE RATED - Saturday 1 February 2020 Sponsored by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The top Rapidplay tournament in Ulster. At the Sticky Fingers Arts... Feb 01, 2020 10:30 AM - 06:00 PM — Sticky Fingers Arts Centre, The Imaginarium, 10 Upper Edward St, Newry, BT35 6AX
Upcoming events…