Michael Fernandez improved on his equal 3rd position in the e2e4.org Chester Open to finish equal 2nd in the e2e4.org Buxton Open where he once again finished unbeaten to make a 3.5/5 result (inclusive of 1 bye) and another 16 ELO points. It wasn't all that easy, actually, as Michael had to defend with his life against the dangerous Mike Surtee's King's Gambit in the final round. Michael even had to give up his Queen for 2 minor pieces to ward off the attack and it took him 77 moves to attain the draw. His elder brother IM Daniel Fernandez indicated that Michael's Round 2 win is quite nice.
Two days ago, Michael and Daniel represented their home club, Marple in the Manchester Reiner Trophy Team event. Their team made it to the semis where their challenge came to a halt, losing 4-3 to the 3Cs, despite both Michael and Daniel winning their games. Here's how Daniel accounted for his 2212 rated opponent.