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The second in the Alan Burns Lacksidasicals 2020

The 2020 series of Alan Burns Lacksidasicals continued on the 8th March. A fun afternoon of thoughtful chess.

A top group of players turned up at the Civil Service Pavilion. With Sergio Esteve Sanchez and Danny Roberts we have the cream of Ulster Chess. The rest of the players were quite cable of making an upset and providing challenging chess. So we looked forward to an afternoon of exciting chess.

I only play if there is an odd number, luckily this Sunday we had that and I got to play. Facing tough opposition, very enjoyable games and challenging positions. Playing meant I didnt get as many

It was brilliant to see players enjoying the excellent lunch provided by the restaurant at the Pavilion. We sat and chatted a leisurely start to a Sunday afternoon in such good company.

Round 1

Results

No Name                  Rtg  Total  Result   Name                  Rtg  Total

 1 Sergio Esteve Sanchez 1861 [0]      1:0    Joseph Gunning        1400 [0]  
 2 Vincent O'Brien       1383 [0]     .5:.5   Danny Roberts         1819 [0]  
 3 Christopher Kelly     1591 [0]      1:0    Adrian Dornford-Smith 1283 [0]  
 4 Paul Anderson         1125 [0]      0:1    Mark Newman           1587 [0]  
 5 Robert Lavery         1570 [0]     .5:.5   Barney McGahan        873  [0]  
 6 BYE                                 0:.5   Edward Khanzharov     1238 [0]  
 7 BYE                                 0:.5   Adam Rushe            1312 [0]  
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Vincent O'Brien upsets the apple-cart with an excellent draw against Danny Roberts. Edward and Adam have travelling byes.

rd1-1rd1-2

 

Round 2

Results

No Name                  Rtg  Total  Result   Name                  Rtg  Total

 1 Mark Newman           1587 [1]      0:1    Sergio Esteve Sanchez 1861 [1]  
 2 Danny Roberts         1819 [.5]    .5:.5   Christopher Kelly     1591 [1]  
 3 Adam Rushe            1312 [.5]     1:0    Robert Lavery         1570 [.5] 
 4 Edward Khanzharov     1238 [.5]     0:1    Vincent O'Brien       1383 [.5] 
 5 Barney McGahan        873  [.5]    .5:.5   Joseph Gunning        1400 [0]  
 6 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1283 [0]      1:0    Paul Anderson         1125 [0]  

A couple of draws. Chris Kelly gets a good draw against Danny Roberts - who has an increasingly large challenge to get to the lead. Whilst Sergio continues to win. Adam Rushe gets a good win against Robert Lavery.

Round 3

Results

No Name                  Rtg  Total  Result   Name              Rtg  Total

 1 Sergio Esteve Sanchez 1861 [2]      1:0    Christopher Kelly 1591 [1.5]
 2 Vincent O'Brien       1383 [1.5]    1:0    Adam Rushe        1312 [1.5]
 3 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1283 [1]      0:1    Danny Roberts     1819 [1]  
 4 Barney McGahan        873  [1]     .5:.5   Mark Newman       1587 [1]  
 5 Robert Lavery         1570 [.5]     1:0    Edward Khanzharov 1238 [.5] 
 6 Joseph Gunning        1400 [.5]     1:0    Paul Anderson     1125 [0]  

Sergio takes the lead with an unbeaten 3 out of 3. Followed Vincent O'Brien on an excellent 2 1/2. Barney gets a brilliant draw against Mark with a pawn rush followed by Queening and Queening and Swapping off Queens followed by another matching pawn rush and again Queen and Queening and a draw. Exciting stuff.

Round 4

Results

No Name              Rtg  Total  Result   Name                  Rtg  Total

 1 Vincent O'Brien   1383 [2.5]    0:1    Sergio Esteve Sanchez 1861 [3]  
 2 Danny Roberts     1819 [2]      1:0    Mark Newman           1587 [1.5]
 3 Christopher Kelly 1591 [1.5]    1:0    Barney McGahan        873  [1.5]
 4 Joseph Gunning    1400 [1.5]    0:1    Robert Lavery         1570 [1.5]
 5 Adam Rushe        1312 [1.5]   .5:.5   Adrian Dornford-Smith 1283 [1]  
 6 Paul Anderson     1125 [0]      0:1    Edward Khanzharov     1238 [.5] 

Danny climbs the mountain and obtains second place with 3 out of 4. Vincent faces the battle with Sergio our top player and drops a point. Adam and Adrian have a tough battle that leads to a draw.

rd4-1rd4-2

Round 5

Results

No Name                  Rtg  Total  Result   Name              Rtg  Total

 1 Sergio Esteve Sanchez 1861 [4]     .5:.5   Danny Roberts     1819 [3]  
 2 Robert Lavery         1570 [2.5]    1:0    Christopher Kelly 1591 [2.5]
 3 Adrian Dornford-Smith 1283 [1.5]    1:0    Vincent O'Brien   1383 [2.5]
 4 Edward Khanzharov     1238 [1.5]    1:0    Adam Rushe        1312 [2]  
 5 Mark Newman           1587 [1.5]    1:0    Joseph Gunning    1400 [1.5]
 6 Barney McGahan        873  [1.5]    1:0    Paul Anderson     1125 [0]  

The final round. Sergio fixes the top position with a draw against Danny. Adrian gets an excellent win over Vincent who had started to well.  Edward gets a win over Adam Rushe. Paul has had very tough opposition the field being such a strong one - the results dont always reflect the tough battles over the boards.

rd5-1

Standings

Place Name                  Rtg  Score M-Buch. Buch. Progr.

  1   Sergio Esteve Sanchez 1861 4.5       7.5  12.5   14.5
 2-3  Danny Roberts         1819 3.5       7.5  14.5   10.0
      Robert Lavery         1570 3.5       7.0  11.0    8.5
 4-9  Christopher Kelly     1591 2.5       9.5  16.5    9.0
      Vincent O'Brien       1383 2.5       8.5  15.0    9.5
      Mark Newman           1587 2.5       7.5  12.0    7.5
      Adrian Dornford-Smith 1283 2.5       7.0  10.5    6.0
      Edward Khanzharov     1238 2.5       7.0  10.5    5.5
      Barney McGahan        873  2.5       6.5  10.0    7.0
 10   Adam Rushe            1312 2         7.5  13.5    7.5
 11   Joseph Gunning        1400 1.5       8.5  13.0    5.0
 12   Paul Anderson         1125 0         7.5  11.5    0.0

Sergio Esteve Scanchez is the Champion followed by Danny Roberts - both unbeaten. Robert Lavery is a close 3rd place only beaten in the tie break. Vincent O'Brien gets the grading prize - a wothry prize for the brilliant start he had.

We have two tournaments remaining in the series of 4. These have been cancelled but hopefully will be re-organised for the new season.

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