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- WITH JIM OLNEY

Indian prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanan­dhaa won the London Classic Open earlier this month on tiebreak from Anton Smirnov. The 14-yearold world U18 champion and the Australian GM were both undefeated and totalled 7.5/9. Pragg’s score took him past the Elo live rating of 2600, the second youngest ever to do so. The top seed, GM Aravindh Chithambar­am (India), shared third place with GM Jules Moussard (France), GM Sebastian Maze (France), recent joint-winner of the Kilkenny Masters, and IM Martin Percivaldi (Denmark), a half-point adrift. It was Pragg’s third victory of 2019 having earlier triumphed at the Xtracon Open in Denmark and the World U18 Championsh­ip in Mumbai. A native of Chennai, Pragg is the fourth youngest ever grandmaste­r (12 years, 10 months, 13 days, in 2018). Praggnanan­dhaa – Moussard (London Classic Open, 2019) 1 e4 c5, 2 Nf3 d6, 3 Bb5+ Bd7, 4 Bxd7+ Nxd7, 5 0-0 Ngf6, 6 Qe2 Rc8, 7 c3 e6, 8 d4 cxd4, 9 cxd4 d5, 10 e5 Ng8, 11 Nc3 Ne7, 12 h4 Nf5, 13 Bg5 Be7, 14 Qd3 g6, 15 Qd2 a6, 16 Rac1 Rc6, 17 Ne2 Nb8, 18 b4 Nxh4, 19 Bxh4 Bxh4, 20 a4 Be7, 21 b5 axb5, 22 axb5 Rxc1, 23 Rxc1 Kd7, 24 Qf4

POSITION NO 2,812 Adams – McShane (British KO semi-final, 2019). White is set to deliver mate. How did Black (to play) salvage a draw. Solution to No 2,811: 1 Qc5. If 1…Rb4, 2 Qxd5, or 1…dxc5, 2 Re5, or 1…Bxe4, 2 Nf4, or 1…Rxe4, 2 Qc8.

Rf8, 25 Nc3 h5, 26 Na4 Qa5, 27 Nc5+ Bxc5, 28 Rxc5 b6, 29 Qh6 Re8, 30 Rc1 Qxb5, 31 Qg7 Nc6 32 Qxf7+ Re7, 33 Qf8 Qa4, 34 Nh4 Qa3, 35 Rb1 Kc7, 36 Nxg6 Qd3, 37 Rc1 Rd7, 38 Ne7 1-0.

British Knockout: The five members of England’s European Team Championsh­ip silver medal winning side were joined by three qualifiers in the quarter-finals of the British Knockout Championsh­ip in London. Top seed Michael Adams captured the title with victory over David Howell in the final. The 48-year-old Cornish GM defeated Luke McShane in the semi-final after being taken to extra time in the quarter-final by leading qualifier FM Marcus Harvey. Adams – Howell (British KO Championsh­ip, London, 2019) 1 e4 e5, 2 Nf3 Nc6, 3 Bb5 Nf6, 4 d3 Bc5, 5 Bxc6 dxc6, 6 0-0 Nd7, 7 Be3 Qe7, 8 Nc3 Bd6, 9 Nd2 Nf8, 10 Nc4 Ne6, 11 Nxd6+ Qxd6, 12 Ne2 c5, 13 f4 exf4, 14 Nxf4 Nxf4, 15 Bxf4 Qd4+, 16 Kh1 Qxb2, 17 Qh5 Qb6, 18 Be3 Be6, 19 Bxc5 Qc6, 20 Qg5 Kd7, 21 d4 Qxe4, 22 Qe7+ Kc8, 23 Rxf7 Qc6, 24 Rf8+ Rxf8, 25 Qxf8+ Kd7, 26 Qxg7+ Kc8, 27 Qh8+ Kd7, 28 Qxh7+ Kc8, 29 Qh8+ Kd7, 30 Qg7+ Kc8, 31 Qf8+ Kd7, 32 Qxa8 1-0.

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