The annual Heywood Congress was dominated by Alex Richardson from Newcastle under Lyme who won the Van Leeuwen Wheeler Open with a perfect score to finish ahead of Scottish International Master Steve Mannion. Richardson will have the opportunity to challenge more titled players next month as he secured a qualifying place in the Darwin Strategic British Championships.
The crucial last round game. White chooses the wrong plan in what becomes a sharp Benoni type position and when he tries to complete development, he allows a winning tactical blow.
A Jaunooby - Alex Richardson
Van Leeuwen Wheeler Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 c5 5.d5 h6 6.Bh4 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 d6 8.f3
(Depriving the knight of its best square 8.e3 e5 is usually played)
8...0-0 9.e4 Re8 10.Ne2 exd5 11.cxd5 Nbd7 12.Qa4?!
(12.c4 a6 13.a4 holding up the pawns was better)
12...a6 13.Rb1 b5 14.Qa3
(14.Rxb5!? g5 15.Bg3 Nb6 16.Rxb6 Qxb6 17.h4)
14...Nb6 15.Qa5 Rb8 16.a4?! Bd7
(16...bxa4 is also good)
(Trying to develop)
17...g5 18.Bg3 Nxe4! 19.fxe4 Rxe4+ 20.Kd2 Rxa4
(Winning the queen and the game)
21.Qxa4 Nxa4 22.Bxd6 Rb6 23.Be5 Bf5 24.Bd3 Qxd5 25.Re1 Re6 26.c4 Qd8 27.Kc2 Bxd3+ 28.Nxd3 b4 29.Rbd1 Qe8 30.Kb3 Nb6 31.Ra1 Nxc4 32.Bf6
(32.Kxc4 Qb5+ 33.Kb3 Qxd3+)
32...Na3 33.Kb2 Re2+ 0-1
In master play Black rarely castles queenside in the Sicilian Defence and launches an attack on the other wing. Black's pawn sacrifice secures him active pieces and an open 'g' file. A deep combination wins a pawn and active pieces seal the win.
I Salgado Lopez - I Smirin
IX Gyorgy Marx Mem
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Bc5 6.Nb3 Ba7 7.0-0 Nc6 8.Qg4 Nf6 9.Qxg7 Rg8 10.Qh6 Ne5 11.Be2 d5! 12.Bg5 Neg4 13.Bxf6 Nxf6 14.exd5 Qxd5 15.g3 Qe5 16.Nc3 Bd7 17.Bf3 0-0-0 18.Rad1 Rxg3+!! 19.hxg3 Qxg3+ 20.Bg2 Rg8 21.Qh2 Bc6! 22.Qxg3 Rxg3 23.Nd5 Bxd5 24.Rxd5 Nxd5 25.Kh1 Rg5 26.Nd2 Nf4 27.Bf3 f5 28.Nc4 Nh3 29.Nd6+ Kc7 30.Nxb7 Nxf2+ 31.Kh2 e5 32.Na5 e4 33.Be2 f4 0-1