One essential element of tournament play is the "balance of terror" - particularly important in all-play-alls, which often throw up or rather down a "victim" whom the other participants try especially hard to beat. One reaction is to conserve energy and, perhaps, improve a veneer of invincibility by taking quick draws. So it is that there have already been several of these short but pointed affairs. But happily the other side of the coin, the extreme violence unleashed when peace is not agreed, has also been much in evidence...
In his favourite Trompowsky opening, Hodgson got central control in return for the two bishops. With 18 h5 he initiated a dangerous attack. The pawn sacrifice 22 f6!? kept the centre closed - if the knight retreats Black can try 22... e5!? It all looked very smooth but in fact only after 28... Bxf6? did White cement his advantage - 28... Rg7 was fine for Black.
White: Julian Hodgson
Black: Jonathan Rowson
Richard Bates (Black)
Harriet Hunt (White to play)
Finally, a ferociously crude finish from Harriet Hunt. Bates attempted, as you are supposed to, to get central counterplay against her wing attack, but was far too late. At the end after 26... Kxh8 27 Qh3+ Kg8 28 Qh6 forces mate. 21 h5 d5 22 hxg6 hxg6 23 Rh3 Bc5 24 Qg4 Bxe3+ 25 Kh1! Bf2 26 Rh8+! 1- 0Reuse content