Matthew Dignam v Jeremy Menadue
ECF Major Open 2013, Rd.8
Notes by Jeremy Menadue
Quiet move but White was clear in the tournament
Usually Qb3 - Qb6 or Qc7 is automatic, here White's queen ties down the black rook!
If white allows 0-0 and Re8 black is better
Big surprise - Ng5 to follow. I expected the positional 17.e4
White's played some very clever moves too!
Black's weathered the storm but running out of time
Black was just trying to hang on until move 40 then get 50 more minutes to win the position. 35...b4 stays in control
Not good but better than losing on time. Black is still just ahead with 37...Qd7 38.Bxf2 Rxf2 39.Re5. I saw this but not the computer continuation 39...Nd6 40.Rxh5+ Kg7-/+ 41.Re5 Nf7 42.Rc5 Qd6+ 43.Kg1 Qg3
Draw agreed - both players exhausted. Dignam stayed ahead and won the event unbeaten on 8½ out of 11, JM 3rd = on 7½. Most tiring event for many years,even so roll on Aberystwyth!