Chess

THE WESTERN European Women's (world championship) Zonal Tournament took place from 18 to 20 May in the Italian town of Saint-Vincent. Eighteen players - three each from England, France, Holland, Italy and Spain and one each from Luxembourg, Portugal and Scotland - battled it out for the two places in the Women's Interzonal, scheduled in Kishinev in Moldavia in September.

The top English player, Women's International Master (WIM) Jovanka Houska, was always well in the frame and only a loss in the last round to the winner Monica Calzetta from Spain, prevented her from taking first place. Nevertheless, she shared second on 6/9 with Maria Leconte from France half a point behind Calzetta. A four-game play-off at a time limit of 25 minutes per game plus an additional 10 seconds extra per move then took place with Leconte holding the advantage that in the event of a two- all draw she would go through. Houska won the first, drew the second and lost the third. But she rallied in the fourth game to defeat the Frenchwoman and so qualified, to join Harriet Hunt who already had a place. Many congratulations to her for this excellent result.

Meanwhile Ingrid Lauterberg (England) also had a good result, ending up in the three-way tie for fourth to sixth place on 5,5; while Helen Milligan (Scotland) was 10th equal on 4.5; and the other English representative, Natasha Regan, was 13th equal on 4/9.

Houska won four and drew four, with only the loss in the last round, when it wasn't clear whether she should play for a draw or win.

Her style is essentially clean and classical, as you can see in her first- round victory against the Portuguese representative.

White got some space advantage in the opening. The pull became fairly minimal looking after the exchange of all the rooks but Houska managed to gain the distinct advantage of the bishop pair. With 39 Bd7+, she transformed this to a bishop vs knight with much the better king position and this soon proved quite sufficient.

White: Jovanka Houska

Black: Alda Carvalho

Centre Counter

1 e4 d5

2 exd5 Nf6

3 Nf3 Bg4

4 Bb5+ Nbd7

5 d4 Nxd5

6 0-0 c6

7 Be2 e6

8 c4 N5f6

9 Bf4 Be7

10 Nc3 0-0

11 h3 Bh5

12 Qd2 Bg6

13 d5 exd5

14 cxd5 cxd5

15 Nxd5 Nxd5

16 Qxd5 Nc5

17 Rad1 Qxd5

18 Rxd5 Rfd8

19 Rfd1 Rxd5

20 Rxd5 Rd8

21 Rxd8+ Bxd8

22 Ne5 Bf5

23 b4 Nd7

24 Nc4 Be7

25 Nd6 Be6

26 a3 Bxd6

27 Bxd6 Bd5

28 f3 a6

29 Kf2 f5

30 b5 axb5

31 Bxb5 Nb6

32 Bc5 Nc4

33 Ke2 Kf7

34 Kd3 Ne5+

35 Kd4 Ke6

36 Bf8 g6

37 Bg7 Nf7

38 Bd7+ Kxd7

39 Kxd5 Nd8

40 h4 Ne6

41 Bh6 Nd8

42 Be3 Ne6

43 Ke5 Nc7

44 h5 Ke7

45 hxg6 hxg6 46 Bc5+ Kf7

47 a4 Ne6

48 Bb4 Nd8

49 Kd6 Ne6

50 Bd2 g5

51 Ke5 f4

52 Bb4 Nd8

53 Kf5 Ne6

54 a5 Nc7

55 Kxg5 Nd5

56 Bd2 Ne3

57 Kxf4 Nxg2+

58 Kg3 1-0

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Ashdown Group: Human Resources Manager

£28000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: A successful organisation...

Recruitment Genius: Internal Recruiter - Manufacturing

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Internal Recruiter (manufact...

Ashdown Group: HR Manager (CIPD) - Barking / East Ham - £50-55K

£50000 - £55000 per annum + 25 days holidays & benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Man...

Recruitment Genius: Operations / Project Manager

£40000 - £48000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This software company specialis...

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones