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ERIK VAN den Doel convincingly won the Agency Masters tournament at the Agency Club in London last week, playing in a generally unspectacular but technically impressive style.

Final scores: van den Doel 71/2; Peter Wells 6; Ron Burnett 51/2; Danny Gormally, Jonathan Rowson and Neil McDonald 41/2; Dean Ippolito, Richard Bates and Colin McNab 31/2; Joshua Waitzkin 2.

Van den Doel's win against Burnett was an impressive example of his application. After an exceptionally dreary opening, most players would have been content to call it a day when only queen and seven pawns remained on each side, but when White talked himself out of exchanging queens (28.Qxe5 must be a draw), van den Doel began an instructive plan to develop a small advantage.

Using his better placed queen to safeguard his pawns, Black spotted a square on a5 for his king. White seemed not to realise the danger until it was too late, and by the time Black's king reached its goal, White was in great trouble.

White: Ron Burnett

Black: Erik van den Doel

1 e4 e5 30 g3 h6

2 Nf3 Nc6 31 Qh5+ Ke7

3 Bb5 Nf6 32 Qg6 b5

4 Nc3 Nd4 33 Kh2 f4

5 Nxd4 exd4 34 gxf4 Qxf4+

6 Nd5 Nxd5 35 Kg2 Qe5

7 exd5 Be7 36 Qg4 bxc4

8 0-0 0-0 37 bxc4 Kd8

9 b3 c5 38 Qf3 Kc7

10 Bb2 d6 39 Qf7+ Kb6

11 c3 dxc3 40 Qd7 Qe4+

12 dxc3 Bf5 41 Kg1 Qg6+

13 Bd3 Bxd3 42 Kh2 Qf6

14 Qxd3 Bf6 43 Kg2 Ka5

15 Rfe1 Re8 44 a3 h5

16 Re2 Rxe2 45 Qe8 Qf4

17 Qxe2 Qe8 46 Qd7 g5

18 Qd2 Qd7 47 Qe8 g4

19 Re1 Re8 48 Qxh5 gxh3+

20 Bc1 Bg5 49 Qxh3 Qxc4

21 Qd1 Rxe1+ 50 Qe6 Qf4

22 Qxe1 Bxc1 51 Kf1 Ka4

23 Qxc1 Qf5 52 Qe2 a5

24 c4 Qe4 53 Qa2 c4

25 h3 a6 54 Qb2 Qe4

26 Qg5 f6 55 Qd2 Kb3

27 Qg3 Qe5 56 Qa5 c3

28 Qg4 f5 57 Qb6+ Ka2

29 Qg5 Kf7 White resigned