To round off our coverage of the Dos Hermanas tournament, here is a quick win by Judit Polgar against the man who finished in last place.

White: Miguel Illescas

Black: Judit Polgar

1 e4 c5 18 Rad1 Qg6

2 Nf3 d6 19 c4 bxc4

3 d4 cxd4 20 Bxc4 f5

4 Nxd4 Nf6 21 Bc3 f4

5 Nc3 a6 22 Bd3 f3

6 Bc4 e6 23 Qf2 Qh5

7 0-0 Be7 24 Qg3 e5

8 Bb3 0-0 25 gxf3 Bxf3

9 f4 Nc6 26 Rde1 Rae8

10 Be3 Nxd4 27 Re3 Bc6

11 Bxd4 b5 28 Rfe1 Qf7

12 e5 dxe5 29 Bxe5 Nxe5

13 fxe5 Nd7 30 Rxe5 Qa7+

14 Ne4 Bb7 31 R5e3 Rf3

15 Nd6 Bxd6 32 Qg3 h6

16 exd6 Qg5 White resigns

17 Qe2 Kh8

The first 16 moves are well-known opening theory, leaving a position in which White hopes that his bishop pair and passed d-pawn will count for more than Black's K-side pawn majority.

Polgar went for a no-nonsense plan with 17...Kh8 then barging ahead with her f-pawn at top speed. The advance weakened the defences around White's king, but also seemed to improve the prospects of his bishops. All was still finely balanced when White blundered with 29.Bxe5? apparently failing to notice the possibility of a long-distance check from the black queen from a7.

All of which just leaves room for a game from the Staffordshire Centenary Tournament. From moves 18 to 23 White gives a fine display of equestrianism, but his last horse eventually falls at the final fence.

White: Graeme Buckley

Black: Bogdan Lalic

1 d4 Nf6 19 Nxa3 Nxc1

2 c4 g6 20 Nxd5 Ra8

3 Nc3 d5 21 Ne7+ Kf8

4 Nf3 Bg7 22 Nxf5 Rxa3

5 Bg5 Ne4 23 Nxg7 Ra2

6 cxd5 Nxg5 24 Bc4 Nd3+

7 Nxg5 e6 25 Bxd3 Ra1+

8 Nf3 exd5 26 Kd2 Rxh1

9 b4 Qd6 27 Nf5 gxf5

10 Qb3 Nc6 28 Bxf5 Rxh2

11 Rb1 a5 29 Be4 b6

12 bxa5 Rxa5 30 f4 h5

13 e3 0-0 31 Kd3 f5

14 Be2 Bf5 32 Bf3 h4

15 Rc1 Qb4 33 e4 h3

16 Nd2 Ra3 34 gxh3 Rxh3

17 Qxb4 Nxb4 35 Ke3 b5

18 Ndb1 Nxa2 White resigns

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