WCBCSC Final Results 2011-2012
Written by Michael McDowell
The Final of the 2011-2012 British Chess Solving Championship,
sponsored by Winton Capital Management, was held at Eton college on
Saturday 18th February. A strong field included four guest solvers from
abroad, three of them solving GMs. The event featured another
impressive performance from five-times former World Champion Piotr
Murdzia from Poland, who won the event without dropping a point.
Runner-up was Belgium's Eddy van Beers, fresh from his success in the
International Solving Contest last month. In third place, just edged
out on time, was Scottish o-t-b GM Colin McNab, who thereby claimed his
first British Championship. Colin is only the sixth solver to win the
British title since the event began 32 years ago. Britain's former
World Champions Jonathan Mestel and John Nunn placed 4th and 5th
respectively. A notable performance was recorded by David Hodge,
competing in his first event, who finished 11th, ahead of many-times
British Champion David Friedgood.
Top scores 1.P.Murdzia 65/65; 2. E. van Beers 61; 3.C.McNab 61, 4.J.Mestel 59; 5.J.Nunn 56.
The BDS Website has the full results and the problems used.
Two compositions from the event:
L. Gugel and V. Shipov
Magyar Sakkvilag, 1930
Mate in 2
1.Ne4! (threat 2.Nd2)
The white knight sacrifices itself, while unpinning the black rook. Some
were caught by the try 1.Nb1?, defeated by 1...e4!
Mate in 3
1.Qg2! (threat 2.Qg8 mate)
1...Bxg2 2.Nxf5+ and 3.Ne7
1...Nxg2 2.Nc2+ and 3.Nb4
1...Rxg2 2.Ne2+ and 3.Nc3
1...Nc7 2.Ne6+ and 3.Nxc7
1...Nb6 2.Qg8+ Kc5 3.Qc4
After each capture on g2 the knight exploits the fact that the capturing
piece can no longer capture on d3.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 18:53