Chess

White to play

THE DESTINATION of gold medals at the European Team Championship depended on this position between Smbat Lputian (Armenia) and Artur Jussupow (Germany).

White cannot capture 42 Kxg2 - Black would mate after 42 ...Kf4. White's asset that may compensate for the loss of a knight is the passed pawn at a6. Can it be promoted?

White played 42 Nb6!!

This also opens his rook's rank, to upset the mating net and reduce Black's pawns.

Game continued with 42 ...Rb1 43 Rb7 N2h4 44 a7 Nf3+ 45 Kg3 N6h4 46 Rxg7+ Kf5 47 Rf7+ Kg5.

Now White must not be greedy; 48 Rxf3 would allow ...Rg1+ and ...Nxf3 mate.

Lputian played 48 Rg7+ repeating and the players agreed a draw, bringing the Armenian team to 22.5 points to clinch gold. They were team champions of Europe.

Other scores: Hungary 22 (silver), Germany 21 (bronze); Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Slovenia 20.5; Belarus 20; England, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republic 19.5; ...Scotland 6.5 and Ireland 5.5.

England's men drew with the Netherlanders in the last round; Nigel Short with the black pieces defeated Jerome Piket, I drew with Loek van Wely, Stuart Conquest lost to John van der Wiel and Murray Chandler, by drawing with Dimitri Reinderman, gained a medal for one of the best performances by a reserve player.

England's women beat the Swiss, with Harriet Hunt beating Tatjana Lematschko and Jovanka Houska drawing with Barbara Hund. This gave Harriet the gold medal for the absolute best score on top board - perhaps the only occasion a Brit has done so. She had totalled 7 (five wins, four draws).

Slovakia's unknowns Zuzana Hagarova and Regina Pokorna won the gold in the women's team event with 12.5 points from 18. Silver went to Yugoslavia and bronze to Romania, both on 12. Others: Ukraine 11.5, Armenia 11, Spain, Bulgaria, Russia and England 10.5, Georgia I, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Georgia III and Israel 10... Scotland 8...

Our sponsor Duncan Lawrie has announced that it will also be sponsoring the Olympiad teams next year.

Chess Moves, the BCF's newsletter, distressingly dwells on its loss of pounds 21,688 in the 1998-99 season. However, there are reports of our Siatek- sponsored juniors, Adam Hunt and Melanie Buckley, at the European under- 20s in Greece and Nicholas Pert, Simon Williams and Ruth Sheldon at the World Juniors in Yerevan, Armenia. More from the Federation, 9a Grand Parade, St Leonards, East Sussex, TN38 0DD.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

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

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Geography Teacher

£24000 - £33600 per annum + pre 12 week AWR : Randstad Education Manchester Se...

E150/2014 - English Language Checker (Grade B3)

On Application: Council of Europe: The European Court of Human Rights’s judgme...

Marketing Executive

£28000 - £32000 per annum: Charter Selection: A professional services company ...

Project Manager - Bristol South West

£400 - £450 per day: Orgtel: Project Manager (PM), Key Banking Client, Retail ...

Day In a Page

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream as Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream

Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Saharan remains may be evidence of the first race war, 13,000 years ago

The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
In pictures: Breathtaking results of this weekend's 'supermoon'

Weekend's 'supermoon' in pictures

The moon appeared bigger and brighter at the weekend
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor