FRIDAY NIGHT ROUND 3 RECAP
by Terrance Washington
Round 3 of the Weekly Tournament had some rich games! In the top matchup of the day, we had NM Theo Slade (2087) vs. NM Martin Hansen (2212). This game was so rich that the players had a post-mortem that lasted about 30 minutes!
In the game the players reached a Caro-Slav pawn structure where White has a lot of space, however, Black had good pressure on the d4 pawn. Eventually, the d4 pawn fell. The game transitioned to a double rook endgame but then quickly a pair of rooks were exchanged. Martin entered the endgame up a healthy pawn, but not without weaknesses of his own as well. Martin showed great technique, however, in converting the endgame into a win by successfully queening his pawn.
In the game Makaio Krienke (2187) vs. Freddy Hestholm (1200, FIDE), we saw a big difference in rating. This game featured something that you rarely see in chess or any other competition: the master was showing his opponent how to play a particular opening before their game started! Typically, you don't see this type of sportsmanship until the game is over, but it was great to witness. The game ended in favor of Makaio as he was up a piece relatively quickly in the game and converted the endgame with technique.
In the remaining games, we saw Arnold Banner (1918) defeating Pedro Marino (1688), Charles Bell (1200) winning by forfeit, and Carlos Rivas (1781) defeating Gustav Hestholm (1589, FIDE).
Round 4 should be an exciting affair with Martin having the best chance to win it all!