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The first Cardiff masters tournament was won by James Cobb, but perhaps it was one of the runners-up who made the biggest impact. For 13-year-old Luke McShane made his second norm towards the International Master title and now needs only one more such result to gain the title itself.

To reach the qualifying score, Luke needed to win in the last round against the previously unbeaten Daniel Gormally. He made it look easy, exploiting the weaknesses on the f-file created by Black's 7...h6 and 8...g5 to build up an irresistible attack.

At the end, Black was simply unable to counter the pressure against his bishop on f6.

White: Luke McShane

Black: Daniel Gormally

1 e4 c5 15 Nd5 Bxd5

2 Nf3 d6 16 exd5 Ne5

3 d4 cxd4 17 c3 Qd7

4 Nxd4 Nf6 18 Nd4 Ng6

5 Nc3 a6 19 0-0 Be5

6 Be3 Ng4 20 Bg3 Rc8

7 Bg5 h6 21 Rae1 0-0

8 Bh4 g5 22 f4 Bf6

9 Bg3 Bg7 23 fxg5 hxg5

10 Qd2 Nc6 24 Bxe5 dxe5

11 Nb3 Be6 25 Kh2 Re7

12 f3 Nge5 26 Ng3 Rfd8

13 Bf2 Nc4 27 Ne4 Kg7

14 Bxc4 bxc4 28 Qf2 resigns

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