I was going to have another look at my season-ending aberration today but couldn't resist returning to the British Championships to see what was going on.
Three rounds gone already up in Liverpool and the wheat is beginning to separate from the chaff. A tip of the hat goes to Nigel Davies (his connection to the blog escapes me for the moment) who is both leading the tournament and the only guy to have made it to a perfect three out of three. He's playing Mark Hebden (2.5/3) with Black today so will be hard pressed to keep that record up but we shall see.
Hebden, Angus reminded us, used to play for S&BCC a while back as did Glenn Flear who is in a bunch on 2/3 along with Sue Lalic and Stephen of the Ledger brothers. Of other players we're watching Andrew Ledger and Jack Rudd have 1.5 while Tryfon Gavriel, Michael Yeo, Dave Ledger and Venkat are just behind them on 1.
Anyhoo, today's position occurred yesterday in Nick Pert's game against Gregory. White has just played Re8+ and the Black king is going to end up mated ... but on which square?