Gormally leads pack at Tyneside Open

After three rounds at the Tyneside Easter Congress, GM Danny Gormally is leading an international field in the Open with 2.5/3, ahead of FM Tim Wall (Forest Hall) and John Garnett (The Buffs) on 2, and a group of players on 1.5: FM David Walker (Leam Lane), IM Mark Orr (Ireland), Zheming Zhang (Forest Hall), Takaedza Chipanga (Zimbabwe) and Max Turner (Berwick).

See Round 4 pairings and results here

This hard-fought game was played to a standstill by Forest Hall’s top two players. Danny gambited a pawn in the opening, but when he recovered it some moves later Tim had more or less equalized. At one point in the endgame, Black missed a clear chance to win with 35…d3! After that, Danny held the draw easily.

White: GM Danny Gormally (2465)Black: FM Tim Wall (2196)Tyneside Open, Round 2 (15/4/17)

[ctpgn] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. Bg5 Be7 6. Bxe7 Qxe7 7. e3 b5 8. a4 Qb4 9. Qc2 Nf6 10. Be2 Bb7 11. O-O Nbd7 12. e4 h6 13. e5 Nd5 14. Ne4 O-O 15. Nd6 Rab8 16. axb5 cxb5 17. Rxa7 Bc6 18. Rc1 Ra8 19. Rxa8 Rxa8 20. Nh4 Nf4 21. Bf1 Ra2 22. Rb1 Nf8 23. g3 N8g6 24. Nxg6 Nxg6 25. Qc3 Qa5 26. Bg2 Bxg2 27. Kxg2 Qa8+ 28. Kg1 Qd5 29. Qe3 f6 30. Qe4 Qxe4 31. Nxe4 fxe5 32. Nc3 Ra5 33. b4 cxb3 34. Rxb3 exd4 35. Nxb5 e5 36. Nd6 Rd5 37. Rb8+ Kh7 38. Ne4 Rd7 39. f3 Ne7 40. Kf2 Rc7 41. Rb5 Rc2+ 42. Ke1 Nc6 43. h4 d3 44. Rb3 Re2+ 45. Kf1 Re3 46. Kf2 Re2+ 47. Kf1 Re3 48. Kf2 Re2+ 1/2-1/2 [/ctpgn]