Wesley So 0.5 – 0.5 Carlos Silva

Yuri Rochev 1-0 Eduard Valeanu

Craig Pritchett 1 – 0 Consantin Vogel


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  3. Adam says:

    instead of 74…a3 black can play 74…Bh6 75.g7 Bxg7 76.Kxg7 a3 77.Kf7 a2 78. g6 a1Q 79.g7 Qf1+ 80.Ke7 Kxb7 81.g8Q Qxd3
    the difference is that now white has no second pawn on the g file and black is a pawn up, anyway without deep analyse i think there should be draw.


    • Pete Morriss says:

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for your comment and your interest – but I think Yury still had a win. If 74 … Bh6, white doesn’t play 75 g7, but takes the bishop with the pawn on g5. Then white queens both his king-side pawns. However, I think you might have meant 74 … Bh8, when you’re quite right that 75 g7 is good for black. However, Yury again had a resource: he would have played 75 Kg8! Now 75 … Bg7, 76 Kxg7 is the same as the game but black is a tempo down, so black’s only chance is 75 … a3, 76 Kxh8 a2, 77 g7 a1(Q), 78 g8(Q) Kxb7, 79 g6 and black cannot stop the second g-pawn queening. So the line that black played is actually his best try.
      All the best,
      Pete Morriss

  4. Jimmy says:

    Can’t black claim a draw after 61.Be1 Ke7?

    • Pete says:

      Yes, you’re right. Yury was being a little careless allowing this repetition, though it doesn’t take away from the excellent finish. It might be worth mentioning that Yury’s opponent’s body language round about move 61 suggested that he thought the game was such a clear draw that he didn’t need to check for repetition, and that Yury was just being stupid moving his bishop about aimlessly. So 70 Ba5 came as a huge shock to him. If he’d been more alert to the danger he would have claimed the draw, and we would never have seen this beautiful endgame sacrifice. Which would have been a shame!

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  • Galway Congress 2019: March 22nd-24th

    Masters (1800+)

    Player Rating
    GM Alexander Baburin 2433
    IM Vladimir Sveshnikov 2419
    FM Helge Hintze 2261
    FM Colm Daly 2243
    FM Henry Li 2235
    Anthony Fox 2027
    Ingo Theile-Rasche 1954
    Peter Cafolla 1932
    Orison Carlile 1892
    Zalan Nemeth 1887
    Brendan Ruane 1885
    Don Short 1852
    Denis Ruchko 1827
    Kevin O’Flaherty 1815

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    Player Rating
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    Liam Delaney 1723
    Patrick McMahon 1705
    Gabriel Matthews 1700
    Jason Rawlinson 1678
    Leo Phelan 1670
    Lorenzo Valle 1659
    Leon Putar 1651
    Conall Hegarty 1641
    Khai Asyraf 1626
    Joseph McDonnell 1600
    Enzo Catalano 1596
    David McCann 1581
    Pat O’Hanlon 1560
    Jana Solomatina 1523
    Patryk Brozynski 1521
    Lara Putar 1506
    Edgars Kirulis 1493
    Mark Moorman 1487
    John Phelan 1476
    Andrejs Kozlovs 1471
    Aliona Mihaylova 1465
    Paul Ward 1444
    Kynesha Ryder 1424
    Christopher O’Sullivan 1409
    Max Tempany 1400
    Joe O’Hanlon 1398
    Eamonn Casey 1394
    Andrew Barber 1382
    Phillip Foenander 1366
    Ruairi McKenna Carroll 1357
    Emmet McGlade 1342
    Ger Abberton 1324
    Paul Leavy 1313
    Cathal Murphy 1312
    Shay Scott 1309
    Aoife Castle 1305
    Patrick Fogarty 1294
    Jason Harris 1284
    P.J. O’Reilly 1283
    Paddy Divilly 1280
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    John Hensey 1237
    Martin Kelly 1225
    Richard Sheahan 1211
    Jack McIntyre 1206
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    John Doyle 1037
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    Bill Delee 1027
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    Akshay Ranade 977
    Ritvik Trehan 957
    David Piercy 931
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