MUNROE MORRISON struggled to find chess opponents after he was posted to the RAF radar station on Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides. Earlier this month he organised a four- player double- round invitation event on the island. It was sponsored by QinetiQ, the defence technology firm which has a base on Benbecula.
Morrison organised the week-long chess schedule so his guests could visit the neighbouring islands. The event was won by Andy Ham-mond of HQ Air Command at RAF High Wycombe. Hammond has been the Combined Services champion for 15 of the last 16 years. Andy Ham-mond ( 2205) 5/ 6, Kevin Thurlow ( 2091) 3.5/ 6, Alex Toll ( 2102) 2.5/ 6, Munroe Morrison ( 1605) 1/ 6.
Here is a crunching game by the tournament winner ( who was play-ing on crutches supplied by Ben-becula hospital after sustaining a football injury). QinetiQ Benbecula Invitational, White: A. Hammond, Black: A. Toll, 1 d4 e5 The dubious Englund Gambit. Dr Robert Hubner, the former world championship candidate, pops up as Black on an Englund database search. It turns out it was just a little joke on the way to a prearranged draw with the late Tony Miles. 2 dxe5 Qh4 3 Nf3 Qa4 4 Nc3 Qa5 5 e4 draw agreed. Tilburg, 1985. 2 dxe5 Nc6 3 Nf3 Qe7 The Englund gambiteer’s heart beats faster as he waits to see if White will fall into the one big trap in this opening. 4 Nc3 Oh well, not this time. 4 Bf4 Qb4+ 5 Bd2 Qxb2 6 Bc3?? ( Just develop a piece with 6 Nc3!) 6... Bb4 7 Qd2 Bxc3 8 Qxc3 Qc1 mate. 4... Nxe5 5 e4 c6 6 Be2 d6 7 0- 0 Nxf3+ 8 Bxf3 g6 9 Bf4 Sensible play by White, who plans Qd4, Rad1 to have another look at the weak d6- pawn. 9... Be6 10 Qd4 Qf6 11 e5 Qg7 12 Ne4 Be7 Black could have tried 12... d5 13 Nf6+ Nxf6 14 exf6 Qg8 but that queen is not amused by its predicament, eg 15 Rfe1 g5 and White can even get clever with 16 Rad1! gxf4 17 Bxd5! 13 Nxd6+ Bxd6 14 Qxd6 Rc8 15 Rad1 g5 16 Be3 16 Bh5! is even better – how do you defend e6? If 16... Qh6 17 Bxg5! 16... h5 17 Bxa7 Rh6 18 Rfe1 g4 19 Be4 h4 20 Re3 g3 If 20... Bd5 White plays his central breakthrough as seen in the game 21 e6! 21 fxg3 Bg4 ( see diagram) 22 e6! Bxe6 22... fxe6 would prolong the suffering. White’s only problem is choosing from several good moves; 23 Bf3 might be best. 23 Bxc6+! bxc6 24 Qd7+ Kf8 Black resigns, it’s mate after 25 Qxc8+! Bxc8 26 Rd8.