47th Scarborough Congress
held in the Ocean Room of the Spa Complex, Scarborough, YO11 2HD
28/10/2022 to 30/10/2022
14-year-old Lorenzo Fava of Cambridgeshire Juniors, and originally Italy, moved into sole lead in the Open after three rounds, on 3 out of 3, hotly pursued by 13 players on 2˝ out of 3. His current ECF rating is 1933 (grade 164), though he seems stronger than that.
His first-round win was over a 2012-rated player. In his second-round win over 2087-rated Martin Burrows, after Lorenzo’s wake-up rook sacrifice at h7, his opponent seemed to make a few injudicious decisions in difficult positions, and the win might have been easier than it should have been.
To play through that second-round game click here: Lorenzo Fava 1-0 Martin Burrows.
In round three, Lorenzo faced FM Tim Wall, rated 2349, who has the audacity to sacrifice material to open up Lorenzo’s king! Cucumber coolness on the younger player’s part won through, and the (relatively) old man of Forest Hall resigned when faced with inescapable mate next move. That made it three out of three for Lorenzo. To play through that third-round game click here: Tim Wall 0-1 Lorenzo Fava.
Round 4 saw the youngster paired against ECF Finance Director and FIDE Master, Adam Ashton - a recent import to Chessable White Rose A in the 4NCL. Would Adam “Adamant” Ashton live? (You need to remember a certain 1960s TV series to understand the pun.) The answer was “yes”, in fact Ashton had the better game in terms of space and the option as to if and when a pawn break (or even a sacrifice) was made, but the game was long destined to be a draw. That left Lorenzo as only one of six in the joint lead on 3˝ out of 4 going into the final round, one other of the six being Yorkshire’s Jim Burnett, who had drawn in round 1 but won his next 3 games. To play through the 63-move draw click here: Lorenzo-Fava ˝-˝ Adam G Ashton.
Round 5 saw the youngster paired with Black against seasoned congress player Ali Jaunooby of Greater Manchester with White, and the game commenced 1. d4 f5 2. g4 (as in the Sunday Times game S. J. Mann (King Edwards, Sheffield) v A. J. Miles (King Edwards, Birmingham) in a previous century. This system for White bears the name “Krejcik Gambit”, named after the Austrian Josef Emil Krejcik (22/01/1885-04/01/1957). In this game White blundered I time trouble and lost. This earnt the Cambridgeshire Junior 1st-2nd equal final placing with 15-year-0ld Makkar Rajat of France. To play through this final-round game click here: Ali Reza Jaunooby 0-1 Lozenzo Fava.
In the Major, Richard Cowan of York finished first on 5 out of 5.
In the Intermediate, James Hall of Ilkley and Andrew Alan of Sheffield League club Worksop, finished joint 1st-2nd on 4˝ out of 5.
In the Foundation, Kam Wa Siu of Sheffield Nomads shared 1st-2nd equal on 4˝ out of 5.