Ian Hames had a memorable Congress, sharing first place in the Major with a performance grade of 186. He claims he was the beneficiary of more than his fair share of good luck but I have always maintained that luck plays a crucial part in most tournament wins, especially at our level. Here is a game that owes more to perseverance – by both players – than luck, demonstrating that one of the drawbacks of Fischer time in a weekend congress is the possibility of one round crashing into another.  This game only finished thirty minutes before the start of the next round.

White: Peter Wood  (166)           Black: Ian Hames (160)

Thanet Chess Congress 2016

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