Saturday, 15 August 2009

Staunton Memorial

Straight after the completion of the British Championship, new champion David Howell, as well as GM Gawain Jones, headed straight to London for the Staunton Memorial. This event consists of a match between an England and The Netherlands team, as well as a round robin event. In the match the English team lead 18.5-16.5, while in the RR event Cherniaev and Timman lead with 5/7.
David Howell is showing no sign of slowing down after hits British Championship win, with a neat tactical finish in his game against Sokolov.

Howell,D (2614) - Sokolov,Ivan (2655) [C45]
7th Staunton Memorial London ENG (7), 14.08.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bb4+ 5.c3 Bc5 6.Be3 Bb6 7.Qg4 g6 8.Nd2 Nge7 9.Qh4 Nxd4 10.cxd4 d5 11.Bg5 Bxd4 12.0-0-0 h6 13.exd5 hxg5 14.Qxd4 Rh4 15.Ne4 Bf5 16.f3 Bxe4 17.fxe4 Kf8 18.g3 Rh7 19.Bc4 Qd6 20.Rhf1 b5 21.Bxb5 Rxh2 22.Rf6 Qxg3 23.Rdf1 Rh7 24.Bc4 Ke8 25.Bb5+ Kf8 26.Bd7 Nc8 27.R6f3 Qh2 (D)
28.Qh8+!! Ke7 29.Rxf7+ 1-0

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