After two rounds of the FIDE World Youth & Cadets Championships in Halkidiki, Greece, the two Suffolk players, IM Justin Tan and FM Adam Taylor are on 1½ points and 1 point respectively.
In Round 1 Justin appeared to fall for a neat trick in a Sicilian opening, which cost him a queen and a pawn for three pieces. This was the position after Justin’s 7th move with Black (… a6?!):
His lower-rated Italian opponent banged out 8. Bb6!, probably to Justin’s surprise. Justin played 8… axb5 9. Nxb5 Bb4+, when 9 … Ra5 would probably have been better, vacating a square for his queen. The game continued 10. c3 Ba5 11. Nc7+! Black is just about forced to take with his queen, as 11… Ke7 would be followed by 12. Bc5+, 13. Nxa8 and 14. Bf8, with a disastrous position for Black. In the game, Justin fought tenaciously throughout a long game (83 moves), using his three pieces to thwart danger from his opponent’s queen. No doubt Justin was pleased to have a more straightforward game today, which he won.
Adam won his first round yesterday, but faced a strong Iranian IM today and was ground down in a difficult knight endgame.
Both Justin’s first game and Adam’s second can be viewed in full on the ‘Live Games‘ section of the tournament website.