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Friday Night Round 1 Recap
by Terrance Washington
Round 1 of the G/75 Weekly Tournament!
Carlos Rivas (1781) vs. NM Martin Hansen (2212) Result: 0-1
This game was exciting! It involved an imbalance in material and two very vulnerable kings! Carlos had a king on e1/d1 for much of the game and Martin’s king was devoid of cover! In exchange for a rook, Martin had two minor pieces, but Carlos had a lot of pawns! Albeit, in the end, the National Master showed his technique by preventing White from coordinating his rooks and won the game with a crushing attack!
NM Theo Slade (2087) vs. Karim Essofi (1467) Result: 1-0
This game featured a large gap in rating! A 620 point difference! But Karim is a warrior and he hung tough for as long as he could. In the rook endgame, black was definitely worse, and eventually succumbed to the pressure. Still a valiant effort by Karim!
Yousef Abdelsalam (unrated) vs. Arnold Banner (1857) Result: 0-1
“I was worse for most of the game…I was hoping I would lose the game to teach me a lesson.” These were the very honest words of Arnold. He admitted to not taking the game as seriously as he should have. We’ve all been there! But when his opponent missed a tactic Arnold swiftly came back to form.
Charles Bell (1200) vs. Terrance Washington (1692) Result: 0-1
Since we had an odd number of players, the President and Tournament Director was forced to play as the “House Player”! This game will count for rating but not for the tournament standings. Charles received a full point bye for being the odd man out!
The game was a Sicilian variation where White brought his Queen out very early in the game. Once Black was castled he enjoyed a nice initiative of attacking White’s pieces. White got some good initiative, however, when Black overestimated how safe his King would be when castling. However, after hanging a bishop, with his King in the center of the board, White found himself in an indefensible position and was forced to resign.
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