Last weekend I managed to follow up my previous first place in the Rhyl Open with another one in the South Lakes Open. After taking a bye on the Friday night I won the rest of my games, my opponents including FIDE Masters Joe McPhillips and Charlie Storey.
The game against Storey was interesting, a dramatic last round encounter in which White sacrificed a piece early on. I wasn’t sure at the time if 10.Qe2 was inspiration or a reluctance to retreat the knight after having played 8.Nb5. Certainly White gets compensation but I’d need some convincing that it’s enough. Later on I was baffled by White’s late resignation when we both had oodles of time on the clock, though perhaps it was through a sense of disappointment about the outcome.
Here anyway is the game:
My son Sam also did very well in the Major, scoring a win and three draws and recording his best ever rating performance (179 ECF). So it’s working out well with us both playing.