Isle of Man - October 2000

Report and photos by Mike Shepherd:

Keti Arakhamia Grant of Edinburgh and myself played in the Monarch Assurance Open on the Isle of Man last week, Keti doing much better than me of course.

Keti was 4th = with 6/9. She lost in round 1 to Peters (2157) but picked up like a steam train, beating last years winner Sutovsky and crushing Akesson of Sweden in a lovely game.

She would have been second if she had won a winning endgame v Sherbakov in the last round.

I finished with 3, getting a severe lesson in how to play chess, but won a very nice game against the blind player Paul Benson in the last round.

Results 1) Hebden 7 1/2 /9 2-3) Sherbakov, Sutovsky 6 1/2 4- 7) Arakhamia Grant, Bergstrom, Cherniaev, Volkov 6.

Kiriakov v Shepherd
Arakhamia Grant v Sherbakov
Hebden v Cooper
[Round 8] [White Akesson, Ralf] [Black: Arakhamia, Ketevan] [Result 0-1] [ECO E90] [WhiteElo 2486] [BlackElo 2405] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 O-O 6. h3 Nbd7 7. Be3 e5 8. d5 Nc5 9. Nd2 a5 10. g4 c6 11. Be2 cxd5 12. cxd5 Bd7 13. h4 a4 14. g5 Ne8 15. h5 f6 16. hxg6 hxg6 17. gxf6 Nxf6 18. Bxc5 dxc5 19. Bc4 Be8 20. d6+ Bf7 21. Bxf7+ Rxf7 22. Nc4 Qe8 23. Nd5 Qe6 24. Ndb6 Nxe4 25. Qc2 Nxf2 26. Nxa8 Qd5 27. Rh2 Nd3+ 28. Ke2 Qf3+ 29. Kd2 Bh6+ 30. Rxh6 Qf2+ 31. Kxd3 Qd4+ (31... e4+! 32.Kc3 Qd4#) 32. Ke2 Rf2+ 33. Ke1 Rxc2 0-1

[White Shepherd, M] [Black Benson, P.] [Result 1-0] [ECO A81] 1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 g6 4. c3 c6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. O-O d6 7. Nbd2 Nbd7 8. e4 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 fxe4 10. Ng5 Nf6 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 O-O 13. Bg5 Qc7 14. Re1 e5 15. dxe5 Bxe5 16. Bh6 Re8? 17. f4 Bg7 18. Bd5+ Kf8 19. Qd4! cxd5 20. Qf6+ (20. Bxg7+) 20... Qf7 21. Rxe8+ Kxe8 22. Re1+ Kf8 23. Qd8+ 1-0