|IM Malcolm Pein
November 22, 2023
A TENSE seventh-round match for England against Germany ended with four draws at the European Team Championship in Budva, Montenegro. The two teams shared the lead with Serbia on 11/14 match points, with two rounds remaining.
David Howell managed the unusual feat of creating some pressure with black in the symmetrical line of the Ruy Lopez Berlin Defence but, as the time control approached, there was no way to progress. Luke McShane overcame his worries out of the opening with active defence.
The key moment from Serbia vs Romania,
Sarana vs Deac.
How did White win a pawn?
Kf8 45.Bxh6+ leads to mate.
White won after: 44.Nf5 Bc5 45.Bc1 Nd4 46.Be3 Nxf5 47.Bxc5+ Kg8 48.a4 bxa4 49.bxa4 Nh6 50.Be3 Ng4 51.Bf4 f5 52.Qa8+ Kh7 53.Qxa5 Qc6+ 54.f3! Nh6 (54...Qc2+ 55.Qd2) 55.Bxh6 1–0 Black resigned, as the f5-pawn falls.
Denmark’s Jonas Bjerre brought Magnus Carlsen to the brink of defeat before Carlsen scrambled a draw after losing his queen.
Bjerre also played this brilliancy:
J Bjerre – D Dardha
Denmark vs Belgium
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nf3 0–0 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 c5 7.e3 d6 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.d5 exd5 10.cxd5 g5 11.Bg3 Nxd5 12.Bc4 Be6 13.Bxd5 Bxd5 14.Rd1 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Qf6 16.Rxd6 Bxc3+ 17.bxc3 Qxf3
18.Rxh6!! Rfd8 (If 18...Qxh1+ 19.Ke2 then 19…Rfe8 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Bd6+ Ne7 22.Qh8#; 19...f5 20.Qb3+ Kg7 21.Qe6 Rf7 22.Qg6+ Kf8 23.Rh8+ Ke7 24.Qd6#; 19...Rfd8 20.Qh7+ Kf8 21.Qh8+ Ke7 22.Qf6+ Ke8 23.Rh8+ Kd7 24.Qd6+ Kc8 25.Qc7#)
19.Rg1 Rd5 20.Bd6 f5 21.Rxg5+ Kf7 22.Bf4 Rg8 23.Rh7+ Kf8
White to play and win:
24.Bd6+! 1-0 If 24…Rxd6 25.Rxf5+.
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