April 10, 2021 Saturday Quads Report

View the tournament report: https://www.icanj.net/allresults.php?rid=1100

Thank you all participants for joining us last Saturday and welcome to all our new players: Shashank, David, Cameron, Ridit, and Max!

In Over 1000 Section 1, we witnessed one of the strongest top sections in Super Saturday Quads history! With an average rating of over 2000 and a master in the section the competition was surely a pleasure to watch. In the end, longtime ICA member Max finished on top. Ethan and Gary trailed behind by only 0.5 points. Max and Gary's game earned them game of the week. Watch and notice Max use his passed pawns and pieces' to overpower his opponent in a same-colored bishop endgame. https://www.chess.com/game/live/11820229709.

In Over 1000 Section 2, we saw a perfect performance by none other than Audrey Z.! This week, Audrey showed us who the real queen of the endgame is! Each of Audrey’s games ended up in an endgame where Audrey used tactics to win material, or simply outplayed her opponents with passed pawns. Well done!

In Over 1000 Section 3, although ending his first round with Pedro in a draw, Showrya played his next two games flawlessly, earning him 2.5 points and the crown for first place! Showrya got himself out of sticky situations by playing tactically and winning both of his opponents’ queens in the winning games. Well played!

In Under 1000 Section 1, we saw new player Cameron show everyone how it’s done! With one win after the other, Cameron secured first place in style, without losing a game! This is just the beginning for this superstar here in Super Saturday Quads. Awesome job!

In Under 1000 Section 2, we saw a lot of familiar faces, but in the end, it was Mark who came out on top, winning three out of three games! Mark’s aggressive play style put him in advantageous positions, where he either earned more material, or ended up checkmating his opponent on the spot! Good stuff!

In Under 1000 Section 3, we saw a tie for first place. Matt and Kirill each earned 2 points! When the two winners went against each other, Matt got the best of Kirill, but with his earlier loss to Dhruva, Matt ended up with the same number of points as Kirill. Well played and well deserved!

In Under 1000 Section 4, we have another tie for first place, with 2.5 points each! The two winners are none other than Grayson and newcomer Shashank! When the two went head-to-head, Grayson managed to promote a pawn to a second queen in the middle game, but Shashank forced a draw with perpetual checks! Well played in all games to both players!

In Under 1000 Section 5, we had yet a third tie for first place in the tournament, with Harshini and George both earning themselves 2 points each! When the two went against each other, Harshini took the match home, but with George’s last round win against Ari, he was able to secure his second point, enough to tie for first. Congratulations to each winner!

In Under 1000 Section 6, while three players tied for second place with 1 point each, a lone winner came out on top, undefeated! Aarav took home the gold with three points! He showed us that the queen is his favorite piece, using his queen to deliver a checkmate in all his games! Awesome job Aarav!

Under 1000 Section 7 was a close run for first place! Sean was right behind the leader, with 1.5 points. He lost to Kai in the first round, and that gave Kai all the momentum he needed. Kai ended up with 2.5 points, which was enough to push him past his adversaries into first place! Nicely done!

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