Luke McShane Struggles In Remco Heite

Luke McShane Struggles In Remco Heite

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Despite not being a full-time chess professional, Luke McShane is currently ranked the #1 English player ahead of experienced pros Nigel Short and Mickey Adams.

McShane will shortly be taking part in the London Chess Classic which has been a happy hunting ground for him in recent years, including a memorable win against Magnus Carlsen in 2010.

However, Luke's result in a warm-up performance last weekend in the 6-player invitational Remco Heite Tournament in the Netherlands was less than stellar.

Daniel Fridman took first place after a blitz tie-break playoff with Loek van Wely and Sipke Ernst, but top seed McShane lost 3 of his 5 games to finish in last place.

The final standings in Remco Heite 2012

Name Fed Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
Van Wely, Loek  NED 2691 * 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 3
Fridman, Daniel  GER 2668 0 * 1 ½ ½ 1 3
Ernst, Sipke  NED 2552 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 3
Sokolov, Ivan  NED 2677 ½ ½ ½ * 1 0
Sadler, Matthew D  ENG 2637 0 ½ ½ 0 * 1 2
McShane, Luke J  ENG 2713 ½ 0 0 1 0 *

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The time control was the unusual 35 moves in 105 minutes, followed by 15 minutes to finish.

English chess fans will be hoping that McShane's poor performance was just due to a little ring-rust, and that he will be firing on all cylinders in London in the first week of December!

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McShane started with a win against Sokolov, but quickly went downhill after that...

Remco Heite 2012 Ivan Sokolov v Luke McShane.jpg

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...ending in a defeat to the tournament winner, Daniel Fridman

Remco Heite 2012 Daniel Fridman Luke McShane.jpg

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The full line-up (left to right): van Wely, Sadler, Sokolov, Fridman, Ernst, McShane

Remco Heite 2012 Line-up.jpg

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Pictures from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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