Chess: Showdown on hold again

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TOMORROW'S scheduled play-off for the British championship, between Michael Hennigan and Dharshan Kumaran has been postponed again, because of Kumaran's continuing illness. Further medical bulletins are eagerly awaited. Meanwhile, here are the last-round games that led to them sharing first place.

White: Arkell

Black: Kumaran

After 13. Nxd2? (Kxd2 is better) White believes he will undermine the black pawn chain. Kumaran's excellent technique (and fine opening preparation) prove him wrong.

1 d4 d5

2 Nf3 e6

3 c4 dxc4

4 e4 b5

5 a4 c6

6 b3 Bb4+

7 Bd2 Bxd2+

8 Qxd2 Nf6

9 e5 Ne4

10 Qe3 Qa5+

11 Nfd2 Nxd2

12 Qxd2 Qxd2

13 Nxd2 c3

14 Ne4 b4

15 a5 Ba6

16 Ra4 Bxf1

17 Rxf1 Na6

18 Ke2 Ke7

19 Nc5 Nxc5

20 dxc5 Rab8

21 Rd1 Rb5

22 Rd4 Rd8

23 Rxd8 Kxd8

24 Kd1 a6

25 f4 Ke7

26 g4 f6

27 h4 fxe5

28 fxe5 Kf7

29 h5 g6

30 Kc2 gxh5

31 gxh5 Kg7

32 Ra1 Rxc5

33 Rd1

White resigns

White: Hennigan

Black: Hebden

Borrowing an opening from Nigel Short's repertoire, Hennigan accepts a pawn sacrifice for which Hebden seems to obtain excellent compensation. Black regains the pawn, but his knight is kicked out of play on h6. White picks pawns as the knight can only watch from afar.

1 e4 e5

2 Nf3 Nc6

3 Nc3 Nf6

4 Bb5 Nd4

5 Ba4 c6

6 Nxe5 d5

7 d3 Bd6

8 f4 0-0

9 0-0 Bc5

10 Kh1 b5

11 Bb3 a5

12 a3 Nxb3

13 cxb3 dxe4

14 dxe4 Qxd1

15 Rxd1 Be6

16 Re1 Rfc8

17 Be3 Bf8

18 Nd3 c5

19 e5 Ng4

20 Bg1 Bxb3

21 Ne4 c4

22 Ndc5 a4

23 h3 Nh6

24 g4 Rd8

25 Kg2 Rd5

26 Nxb3 axb3

27 Rad1 Rad8

28 Rxd5 Rxd5

29 Nc3 Rd2+

30 Re2 Rc2

31 Rxc2 bxc2

32 Be3 b4

33 axb4 Bxb4

34 Nd5 Bc5

35 Bc1 Kf8

36 Kf3 Ke8

37 Ne3 f6

38 exf6 gxf6

39 Nxc4 Kd7

40 Ne3 Kc6

41 Nxc2 Kd5

42 b3 Nf7

43 Bb2 Ke6

44 f5+ Ke7

45 h4 Nd6

46 Ne3 1-0

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