Yesterday evening current Suffolk Ladies’ Champion Emilia Jewell took on former Champion Vicky Allen to decide the fate of this year’s competition. As the match started, Emilia was on 2/2 and Vicky on 1½/2, so the winner would gain the title (or a draw would be sufficient for Emilia).
The match was very close fought, with Vicky a pawn ahead early on and then an exchange up. But a blunder by Vicky allowed Emilia to win back the exchange (see below).
The game was petering out to a draw, but Vicky ran out of time. Generously, Vicky commented afterwards that “Emilia’s endgame technique was better than mine!”
The position shown below was reached after Vicky’s (White) 29th move:
Emilia played 29…Nf5+ (the best move in this position), to which Vicky replied 30. Ke4? So Emilia was able to win back the exchange with 30… Ng3+.
There were only four entrants in this year’s Ladies’ Championship, with Vicky and Anita Somton sharing second place on 1½ points. Last place went to 11-year old Bethany Young from Stowmarket, who failed to score.