I can’t say that it all went without a hitch! However that didn’t stop 51 players making the most of a great day in the comfortable surroundings of the newly refurbished Victoria Casino in London’s Edgware Road. We had gathered here for the second of the 2014 UK Open Qualifiers on Saturday 22nd February.
Before I go any further, I will present you with several positions to ponder. These are all from one of the semi-finals, with a couple of variants included. Unlike the protagonists in the match, you will have the luxury of being able calmly to ponder these without pressure, in an atmosphere devoid of all excitement and emotional stress. All matches in the qualifier were to 7 points.