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     Minor Section

  16 Games ( including all 5 games played by Tom Thorpe )         PGN      CBV

1st - Tom Thorpe   4/5  ( Petes Potentials )

2nd = Andrew Macleod ( Hanham ) , Roy Harron ( Horfield ), Duncan Macarthur ( Keynsham )  3/5


Tom Thorpe ( 12 yrs old ) ran away with the Minor Section a full point ahead of his rivals as he demonstrated his ability to win games tactically as well as finishing off won endgames.

Below is his Round 3 win where the Pupil beats his master !

Thorpe,Tom - Saunders,Peter [B34]
Bristol Winter 2009 Minor Filton Sports & Leisure (3.1), 05.12.2009


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Qd2 e6 8.Be2 Nge7 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.Bh6 0-0 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Qd4+ Kg8 14.h4 Rb8 15.Qf6 Bb7 16.h5 Nc8 17.Qe5 Qd6 18.Qg5 Qe7 19.Qg3 Qd6 20.e5 Qd8 21.Ne4 Ne7 22.Nf6+ Kg7 23.hxg6 h6 Diagram

Black would suffer a mate in 1 if the h file is opened


[24.gxf7+ also leads to a whole series of mates 24...Ng6 (24...Kh8 25.Rxh6#; 24...Kxf7 25.Bh5+ Ng6 26.Qxg6+ Ke7 27.Qh7+ Rf7 28.Qxf7#) 25.Rxh6 Rxf7 26.Qxg6+ Kf8 27.Rh8+ Ke7 28.Qxf7+ Kxf7 29.Bh5+ Ke7 (29...Kg7 30.Rh7+ Kf8 31.Rf7#) 30.Rh7+ Kf8 31.Rf7#]

24...Rh8 [24...Kxh6 The Rook is immune from capture 25.Rh1+ Kg7 26.Rh7#]

25.Rh7+ [25.Nh5+ and similar mates beckon 25...Kxh6 26.Qf4+ Kxg6 27.Qg4+ Kh7 28.Qg7#; 25.gxf7+ Ng6 26.Qxg6+ Kf8 27.Nd7+ Qxd7 (27...Ke7 28.Qxe6#) 28.Rxh8+ Ke7 29.Qf6#]

 25...Rxh7 26.gxh7+ Kh8 27.Bd3 Qf8 Diagram

28.Nd7 [28.Qg8+ loooks crazy but seems ok for white. There are better moves but this one caught the eye of onlookers ! 28...Nxg8 29.hxg8Q+ Qxg8 30.Rh1+ Kg7 31.Nxg8 Kxg8 and whites a pawn up but with a difficult position to win]

 28...Qh6+ 29.Qe3 Qxe3+ 30.fxe3 Rd8 31.Nc5 Bc8 32.Nxa6 [32.Rf1!] 32...Bxa6 33.Bxa6 Kxh7 34.Rh1+ Kg7 35.Bd3 Rh8? 36.Rxh8 Kxh8 37.Kd2 Kg7 38.c3 c5 39.e4 Nc6 40.exd5 exd5 41.a4 c4 42.Bc2 Nxe5 43.b4! cxb3 44.Bxb3 Nd7 45.Bxd5 f6 46.a5 Diagram

and now the "a" pawn will settle the outcome of the game

46...Nc5 47.Bc4 Kf8 48.a6 Nd7 49.a7 Nb6 50.Bd5 Ke7 51.a8Q Nxa8 52.Bxa8 Kd6 53.Kd3 Ke5 54.Be4 Kd6 55.Kd4 Ke6 56.Bf5+! certainly a cheeky move! 56...Kd6 57.c4 Kc6 58.c5 Kc7 59.Kd5 Kd8 60.Kd6 1-0




Tom Thorpe - Winner of the Minor Section  4/5


Tom Thorpe needing a draw from the final round match





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