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AS HAS become traditional, after the end of the main events at Hastings last Thursday - the Premier, Challengers, World Amateur and others - there was one further competition; a weekend tournament. The 16th such began the next evening. Divided into four sections - Open, Major, Minor and Novice - it adhered to the old-fashioned format of one game on Friday night, three on Saturday and two on Sunday.

There were 34 entries in the Open, including last year's Onyx Grand Prix winner Mark Hebden, and Jim Plaskett who came third. It looked like a continuation of last year as Hebden sped out of the blocks to score 6/6 and peel back a substantial proportion of the "stagger" awarded to other prizewinners who receive a bonus towards this year's Grand Prix - the winner himself gets none. He was followed by Oleg Pavlenko and Jim Plaskett on 4.5 and Elchin Allahverdiev, Alexander Cherniaev, Peter Marusenko and Francis Rayner on 4. He looked in sparkling form. Witness these two powerful wins.

White: Ian Henderson

Black: Mark Hebden

King's Indian Defence

In a highly theoretical King's Indian, Henderson produced a novelty with 15 Kh1? "copying" his opponent. But this proved most inappropriate since not only did he lose time - he could start play with 15 b4 or 15 Nd3 followed by 16 c5 - but he also failed to improve his king's defences. Hebden took ruthless advantage and after 26 ...Nxe4! mate was forced in just a few more moves.

In the Slav, Black often gets a weak c pawn temporarily but is generally able to dissolve it with ...c5. But Plaskett couldn't take the bishop with 13 ...Qxb2 in view of 14 Rfb1! trapping it and after 14 Ba3 and later 17 Ne4! Hebden got control of c5 - while Black's apparent compensation in the form of doubled white f pawns after 17 ...Bxf3 proved unimportant since White was too centralised. After 28 Qa6!, Hebden was winning a pawn and at the end he may win more since if 30 ...Rxb5? (30 ...Nd5 is relatively best) 31 Qxc7 Rxc7 32 axb5 (threatening 33 Be4 or 33 Rc4) Rb7 33 bxc6 Nxc6 34 Be4! wins.

White: Mark Hebden

Black: Jim Plaskett

Queen's Gambit Slav

1 d4 Nf6

2 c4 g6

3 Nc3 Bg7

4 e4 d6

5 Nf3 0-0

6 Be2 e5

7 0-0 Nc6

8 d5 Ne7

9 Ne1 Nd7

10 Be3 f5

11 f3 f4

12 Bf2 g5

13 a4 Ng6

14 a5 Kh8

15 Kh1 Rg8

16 b4 Bf8

17 Nd3 Nf6

18 c5 h5

19 cxd6 Bxd6

20 Qb3 g4

21 Nc5 g3

22 Bg1 Nh4

23 Ne6 Bxe6

24 dxe6 Nxg2!

25 Kxg2 gxh2+

26 Kh1 Nxe4!

27 Bxh2 Qg5

28 Rg1 Nf2 mate!

1 d4 Nf6

2 Nf3 c6

3 c4 d5

4 e3 a6

5 Bd3 b5

6 b3 Bg4

7 Nbd2 Nbd7

8 Bb2 e6

9 0-0 Bd6

10 Qc2 Qb8

11 a4 bxc4

12 bxc4 dxc4

13 Qxc4 0-0

14 Ba3 Bxa3

15 Rxa3 Rc8

16 Rb3 Qc7

17 Ne4 Bxf3

18 gxf3 Nd5

19 f4 a5

20 Nc5 N7b6

21 Qc2 h6

22 Qe2 Nb4

23 Bb1 Nd7

24 Rc3 Nd5

25 Rcc1 Nxc5

26 Rxc5 Rab8

27 Rfc1 Rb4

28 Qa6 Rb6

29 Qxa5 Nb4

30 Rb5 1-0