Hebden’s good fortune
Malcolm Pein reports on the climax of the 89th Hastings Masters
By Malcolm Pein, Chess correspondent
5:53PM GMT 07 Jan 2014
Mark Hebden demonstrated that you can’t keep a good man down as he won his last three games and shared first with six others at the 89th Hastings Masters, which climaxed on Sunday. Hebden suffered a gruesome defeat in his favourite King’s Indian in the sixth round but was undeterred. Hebden was the only winner on the top boards in the last round, although he had a slice of good fortune, as we shall see.
M. Hebden – J. Kipper
36…Rb1! 37.Rxa2 Rb4+ 38.Kg3 Rxa2 wins. The game continued: 36…Rdc2? 37.Rd1 Ke7 38.Ra7+ Ke6 39.Rd4 (and Black lost on time, although, now he is struggling) 1–0
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