The club championship was held over the summer weeks again this year, and saw thirteen of our members compete in the five-round event. Jaden scored a full five-out-of-five, winning the event by one-and-a-half points.
The full cross-table of results is available here.
With Jaden having won the 2017 event, there was no danger of his opponents underestimating him this time around. I faced his favourite London system in the second round. My forces swiftly found themselves in an uncomfortable bind as Jaden’s kingside pawns marched forward to open up my king, which succumed to a mating attack after a mere 23 moves. His other opponents held out rather longer, but all ultimately met the same fate. Until we reached the final round I didn’t see much of Jaden’s other games, but the results speak for themselves.
Jaden would face Bob Jones in the final round and a draw would be enough to retain the title. Needing to win, Bob used the white pieces to create complications from the outset, and generated a vicious attack using the Morra Gambit. So menacing was the attack that, at least to my eyes, it continued to look dangerous even after Bob lost a bishop by inadvertently releasing it on the wrong square. Jaden navigated his way through the complications, calmly collecting and retaining the extra material, and going on to win.
Congratulations Jaden on another very well played event!