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Leonard Barden on Chess

Nigel Short’s mistake led to a 2-2 draw with Moldova and David Howell’s push for a win against Italy turned what looked a safe half-point into defeat

England were close to a medal last year at the 150-nation Baku Olympiad, so there were hopes as No4 seeds at the current European team championship in Crete. The event reaches its final rounds this weekend, with all games shown free and live on the internet with move-by-move computer and grandmaster commentaries for armchair viewers.

Results started to go wrong in the very first round, when Nigel Short’s endgame blunder, featured in this week’s puzzle, led to a 2-2 draw with lowly Moldova. Round 3 brought a 1.5-2.5 defeat by Poland, with Michael Adams losing to Radoslaw Wojtaszek on top board.

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