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ONCE UPON a time, all-play-all tournaments used to be the professional's staple diet. But that era has long passed, except for the very top dozen players or so in the world, so each round robin is memorable.

My last one was at Katrineholm in Sweden this May and also featured Ulf Andersson and Alexei Fedorov. I'll examine Fedorov's victory in Aars later this week but today the strong Quadrangular tournament in Helsingor.

Held from 19 to 25 October to commemorate the 75th jubilee of the Helsingor Chess Club, this double-round event ended up as a sandwich with the two Danes Curt Hansen on 4.5/6 and Sune Berg Hansen on just 1 surrounding the two Swedes, Ulf Andersson on 3.5 and Jonny Hector on 3.

What must surely have been the decisive moment of the tournament came in the third round, when Curt Hansen succeeded in beating the supremely solid Ulf Andersson.

Usually Ulf appears to find extra ranks on the board to retreat to, rather than create a strategic weakness. Here, however, he acquiesced in an isolated queen's pawn. After his counterplay ran out of gas, he simply lost the weakling.

In round one of the Isle of Man Monarch Assurance Open, the newly fledged MBE Nigel Short beat Chris Ward.

White: Curt Hansen

Black: Ulf Andersson

French Tarrasch

1 e4 e6

2 d4 d5

3 Nd2 c5

4 Ngf3 Nc6

5 exd5 exd5

6 Bb5 Bd6

7 dxc5 Bxc5

8 0-0 Nge7

9 Nb3 Bd6

10 Re1 0-0

11 Bd3 h6

12 h3 Bf5

13 Be3 Re8

14 c3 Bxd3

15 Qxd3 Qd7

16 Bc5 Ng6

17 Bxd6 Qxd6

18 Re3 Nce5

19 Nxe5 Rxe5 20 Rxe5 Qxe5

21 Rd1 Nf4

22 Qe3 Qg5

23 Qf3 Rd8

24 Nd4 Ne6

25 Nf5 Rd7

26 h4 Qf4

27 Qxf4 Nxf4

28 g3 Ng6

29 c4 Ne7

30 Nxe7+ Rxe7

31 cxd5 f6

32 Kg2 Kf7

33 Kf3 Ke8

34 Rd3 Kd8

35 Re3 Rc7

36 Rc3 Rd7

37 Ke4 Re7+

38 Kf5 Re2

39 Rb3 Rxf2+

40 Kg6 b6

41 Kxg7