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GM McNab wins Quality Chess International

Final Scores:

GM C. McNab 8
IM N. Mikkelsen 7
FM N. Berry 5½
FM D. Eggleston 5
IM A. Greet 5
M. Mitchell 4
A. Tate 4
FM M. Andersen 2½
FM C. Thomson 2½
J. Grant 1½

A brilliant 2650 performance by GM Colin McNab, who is the main proof-reader of Quality Chess. Our books have benefited greatly from Colin’s sharpness. He is the ideal man for the job – a strong player, published author, and, as a bonus, a world class chess puzzle solver. Next month Colin will be part of the British team in the World Solving Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

No IM norms were made, but FM Neil Berry was closest, in third place, nudging his rating closer to the 2400 level that is also a requirement for the IM title.

Games from the final two rounds are posted in the comments and all the Games are on-line.

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  1. John Shaw
    September 21st, 2009 at 11:34 | #1

    Games from final two rounds:

    Berry,N – Mitchell,M [A56]
    Edinburgh FIDE (8), 19.09.2009

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 Be7 6.g3 0–0 7.h4 Nbd7 8.Bh3 Ne8 9.Nf3 a6 10.a4 Nc7 11.Kf1 Rb8 12.Qd3 Nf6 13.Kg2 b6 14.Rb1 Bxh3+ 15.Rxh3 Nd7 16.Be3 Qc8 17.Rhh1 Nf6 18.b4 Ng4 19.Rb3 a5 20.bxa5 bxa5 21.Rxb8 Nxe3+ 22.fxe3 Qxb8 23.Rb1 Qa8 24.Nb5 Na6 25.Rf1 Qc8 26.Qe2 Qg4 27.Nc3 Rb8 28.Qf2 Qg6 29.Qc2 Nb4 30.Qb1 Rf8 31.Nb5 Qg4 32.Rf2 f5 33.Nh2 Qxe4+ 34.Qxe4 fxe4 35.Rxf8+ Kxf8 36.Nf1 Nd3 37.Nd2 Nb2 38.Nc3 g5 39.hxg5 Bxg5 40.Kf2 Be7 41.Ke2 h5 42.Ncxe4 Nxa4 43.Nb3 Nb2 44.Nxa5 Ke8 45.Kd2 Kd7 46.Kc2 Na4 ½–½

    McNab,C – Greet,A [A21]
    Edinburgh FIDE (8), 19.09.2009

    1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 d6 3.g3 f5 4.Bg2 Nf6 5.d3 Be7 6.e4 c6 7.Nge2 0–0 8.0–0 Na6 9.h3 Qe8 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.g4 Be6 12.f4 Bd8 13.f5 Bf7 14.b3 Bb6+ 15.Kh1 Rd8 16.Ne4 d5 17.Nxf6+ gxf6 18.Qe1 Nc5 19.Qh4 Rd6 20.Bh6 Nxd3 21.g5 Kh8 22.g6 Rg8 23.g7+ Rxg7 24.Bxg7+ Kxg7 25.Qg3+ Kh8 26.Qxd3 Rd8 27.cxd5 cxd5 28.Rad1 Qe7 29.Nc3 e4 30.Nxe4 dxe4 31.Qxe4 Qf8 32.Rxd8 Qxd8 33.Qxb7 Bg8 34.Qf3 Bc7 35.Rd1 Qe7 36.Qe4 Qg7 37.Qg4 Qe7 38.Bd5 Bxd5+ 39.Rxd5 Qe1+ 40.Kg2 Bb6 41.Rd1 Qf2+ 42.Kh1 Qxa2 43.Re1 1–0

    Grant,J – Mikkelsen,N [A36]
    Edinburgh FIDE (8), 19.09.2009

    1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0–0 5.e4 c5 6.Nge2 Nc6 7.0–0 a6 8.d3 d6 9.h3 Rb8 10.a4 Bd7 11.Be3 Ne8 12.Rb1 Nc7 13.d4 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Ne6 15.Nde2 Na5 16.b3 b5 17.cxb5 axb5 18.Qd3 bxa4 19.bxa4 Rb3 20.Rxb3 Nxb3 21.Qc4 Nec5 22.Rb1 Na5 23.Qb4 Nd3 24.Qb6 Nc4 25.Qxd8 Rxd8 26.Bd4 Bxd4 27.Nxd4 Nc5 28.Rb4 Na5 29.Bf1 Kg7 30.f3 Ra8 31.h4 e5 32.Nc2 Nc6 33.Rb6 Nd4 34.Ne1 Bxa4 35.Rxd6 Bb3 36.f4 Ra1 37.Kf2 Rc1 38.fxe5 Nde6 39.Nb5 Nxe4+ 40.Kf3 Nxd6 0–1

    Eggleston,D – Andersen,M [B48]
    Edinburgh FIDE (8), 19.09.2009

    1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nge2 e6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.0–0 Ne5 9.h3 Bc5 10.Qe2 d6 11.f4 Ng6 12.Qf2 b6 13.g4 h6 14.Kh1 Qb7 15.a4 Ra7 16.Rab1 Bb4 17.Nf3 Bc5 18.b4 Bxe3 19.Qxe3 e5 20.fxe5 dxe5 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 0–0 23.Bxg6 fxg6 24.c4 b5 25.Nxe5 Re8 26.Qd4 bxc4 27.Nc6 Ra8 28.Rbe1 Be6 29.Qxc4 Bf7 30.Qc5 Rxe1 31.Rxe1 Re8 32.Rxe8+ Bxe8 33.Kg2 Kh7 34.a5 Bf7 35.Kf2 g5 36.Qe7 Qb5 37.Qxf7 Qc4 38.Qf5+ Kh8 39.Ke3 Qc1+ 40.Kd4 Qg1+ 41.Ke5 1–0

    Tate,A – Thomson,C [B13]
    Edinburgh FIDE (8), 19.09.2009

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Be6 7.a3 g6 8.Bxf6 exf6 9.c5 Bg7 10.Bb5 0–0 11.Nge2 a6 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.0–0 Re8 14.Re1 Bc8 15.Qa4 Bb7 16.Nf4 Rxe1+ 17.Rxe1 Qc7 18.Nd3 a5 19.Qd1 Ba6 20.Na4 Rf8 21.Nb6 Qd8 22.Nc1 Re8 23.Nb3 Re4 24.Rxe4 dxe4 25.Nxa5 Qe8 26.Qd2 h5 27.Nac4 f5 28.d5 cxd5 29.Qxd5 e3 30.fxe3 f4 31.e4 Qb8 32.Nd6 1–0

    Mitchell,M – Eggleston,D [A59]
    Edinburgh FIDE (9), 20.09.2009

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.Nc3 g6 7.e4 Bxf1 8.Kxf1 d6 9.g4 Bg7 10.Kg2 Qa5 11.g5 Nfd7 12.Nge2 Na6 13.h4 0–0 14.h5 Rfb8 15.hxg6 hxg6 16.Qd3 Nb4 17.Qh3 Nf8 18.Bd2 Qa6 19.Rab1 Nxa2 20.Qf3 Nb4 21.Nd1 Qd3 22.Qxd3 Nxd3 23.Bc3 Bxc3 24.Nexc3 Rb3 25.Kf3 Rab8 26.Ke3 Nxb2 27.Rxb2 Rxb2 28.Nxb2 Rxb2 29.Ra1 Rb7 30.f4 Nd7 31.Ra8+ Kg7 32.Re8 Nb6 33.Kd3 f6 34.gxf6+ Kxf6 35.Rf8+ Kg7 36.Rd8 Nd7 37.Rc8 Kf6 38.Rd8 g5 39.fxg5+ Kxg5 40.Rg8+ Kf6 41.Rg1 Ne5+ 42.Kc2 Kf7 43.Rf1+ Ke8 44.Ra1 Rb4 45.Ra8+ Kf7 46.Ra1 Rd4 47.Rf1+ Ke8 48.Rf4 Kd7 49.Ne2 Rd3 50.Nc3 Rh3 51.Rf2 Nf3 52.Nb5 Rg3 53.Kb2 Ne5 54.Kc2 Re3 55.Nc3 Nf3 56.Kb2 Nd4 57.Rh2 Rf3 58.Rg2 Rf8 59.Kc1 Rh8 60.Rf2 Rb8 61.Rf1 Ra8 62.Kb2 Ra7 63.Rh1 Rb7+ 64.Kc1 Rb3 65.Kd2 Rb2+ 66.Kd3 Nf3 67.Rc1 Ne5+ 68.Ke3 Rb3 69.Kd2 Rb4 70.Ke3 Rd4 71.Rc2 Rd3+ 72.Kf2 Ng4+ 73.Ke2 Rh3 74.Kd2 Rh2+ 75.Ne2 Ne5 76.Ke3 Rh3+ 77.Kd2 Rd3+ 78.Kc1 Re3 79.Nc3 c4 80.Kd2 Rh3 81.Ne2 Rd3+ 82.Kc1 Re3 83.Nc3 Kc7 [83...Re1+ 84.Kd2 Nf3# Would have been a good finish, but it did not happen. Martin stop recording now and David's score is unreadable. Black won by marching his King via c7, b6, c5 to d4. He took both the e & d pawns, swapped Rooks and that was that. Geoff Chandler] 0–1

    McNab,C – Berry,N [A07]
    Edinburgh FIDE (9), 20.09.2009

    1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d3 Bg4 5.Nbd2 Nbd7 6.h3 ½–½

    Mikkelsen,N – Greet,A [C41]
    Edinburgh FIDE (9), 20.09.2009

    1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.a4 c6 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.0–0 0–0 9.Re1 Qc7 10.Nh4 Nc5 11.Qf3 Be6 12.Bxe6 Nxe6 13.Nf5 Nd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Ne2 Rad8 16.Ng3 Rfe8 17.Nf5 Nd7 18.Bf4 Qb6 19.Qg3 Bf6 20.e5 Qa5 21.Nxg7 Kh8 22.Nxe8 Rxe8 23.b4 Qxb4 24.Reb1 1–0

    Thomson,C – Grant,J [E39]
    Edinburgh FIDE (9), 20.09.2009

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 c5 5.dxc5 0–0 6.a3 Bxc5 7.Nf3 b6 8.Bf4 Bb7 9.Rd1 Nc6 10.b4 Be7 11.e4 a5 12.b5 Nb8 13.e5 Nh5 14.Be3 Bxa3 15.Bd3 g6 16.Na4 d6 17.Nxb6 Nf4 18.Bxf4 Qxb6 19.Be3 Bc5 20.Bxc5 Qxc5 21.exd6 Bxf3 22.gxf3 f5 23.0–0 Nd7 24.Rfe1 Rf6 25.Bf1 a4 26.f4 a3 27.Bg2 Rc8 28.Bc6 Nb8 29.Qc3 Rf7 30.Re5 Qa7 31.Rxe6 a2 32.Bd5 Qa4 33.Rde1 Qxb5 34.cxb5 Rxc3 35.Bxa2 Kg7 36.Re7 Rxe7 37.dxe7 1–0

    Andersen,M – Tate,A [B92]

    Edinburgh FIDE (9), 20.09.2009

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.Bg5 Be6 9.Bxf6 Bxf6 10.Qd3 Nc6 11.0–0–0 Qb6 12.Rhf1 0–0 13.Kb1 Nd4 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Nd5 Bxd5 16.exd5 Rfc8 17.Qb3 Qxb3 18.axb3 Re8 19.Bd3 Re5 20.g4 g6 21.b4 Rae8 22.Ka2 ½–½

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