REUBENS LANDEY TIEBREAKS
Soren Sandmann Pedersen scored 3.5 points to
convincingly win the 3 player double round-robin
event serving as the tie-break, qualifying the
winner to a free entry into the BCC Club
Championship! Soren had a +54 to 1736 rating.
Edward Astrachan was 2nd in this event, scoring 2.5 points.
Ed Astrachan vs Gabriel Birzu.
Endgame: Astrachan v Birzu
The position looks "close" . . . Black's rooks look a bit
confined; though Black's h and g pawns might prove
interesting counterplay, especially in time pressure.
Early on, Black had the often-seen a6 - b5 break, with
play on the queenside. Yet, Black never moved his
b-pawn. Ed made the first unforced error (illegal move,
costing +1 minute added to Gabe's clock)
Then, in a time scramble, Black dropped a piece.
White developed connected passers on the king side
and though White dropped a rook at the end of
the game, the connected passers rolled in to give
White a queen, costing black his rook, after
which, Black resigned the game. A very nerve-racking
game for both players. Rather bad luck that the
parings written down before the event, forced
Gabriel to continue playing, though he surely needed
a rest from his harrowing Round 1 loss, Gabe did
not get this break and had to play Soren in Round 2.
Soren won both games with creative, solid play.
Gabriel at that point, withdrew from the event.
Here, are some ideas to get Black to equality
from the position above, Black to move.
Ed Astrachan vs Soren Pedersen. Soren scored 1.5 out of
2 vs Ed to take the event with ease.
Ed v Soren, Round 6: draw
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. g3 Bb7 12. Bg2 Qb6 13. exf6 O-O-O 14. O-O c5 15. d5 b4 16. Rb1 Qa6 17. dxe6 Bxg2 18. e7 Bxf1 19. Qd5 Bxe7 20. fxe7 Bd3 21. Bf4 Qb7 22. exd8=Q+ Rxd8 23. Qxb7+ Kxb7 24. Re1 bxc3 25. bxc3 f6 26. h4 Kc6 27. Re6+ Kb5 28. Re7 Kc6 29. Re6+ Kb5 1/2-1/2
ANDREW HOY, TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK