April 2 Super Saturday Quads Report

by TD Alan Salnikov

Yet again, we were able to shatter our post pandemic tournament participation record! Today we had 54 participants split into 13 sections, with four of the sections being played at Game 45.

Speaking of records, congratulations to Stephen Hrop, Matthew Misko, Miguel Moledo, and Matthew Teytel who, with two points each, had a FOUR WAY TIE for first place in Section 1!

I was especially impressed with the level of chess shown in Section 3 today! After the second round, each player, with one win and one loss, had one point. It went down to the last game, where Ray Chakraborty and Bryan Andrei were able to win their matches to tie for first place. In his last game, despite being in a losing position, Ray was able to fork his opponent’s knight and rook with his bishop. Meanwhile, in a very tight endgame, after his opponent made a mistake, Bryan was able to immediately capitalize and checkmate with his pawn.

The player of the tournament goes to Luke Mulvey, who won all three of his games in Section 2. In his last game today, Luke was able to win a vital piece in the endgame of his final game via a poisoned pawn. Luke only began studying chess after the pandemic, and his first tournament exposure came after he stumbled upon an opportunity at his local Starbucks only a couple of months ago! Despite his lack of experience, not only was Luke able to compete at such a high level, but he was able to win his section as well!

An honorable mention goes to Adrian Jiansky, who at his first ever rated tournament, won all three of his games to win Section 13! Adrian was able to find a discovered check, in which he attacked his opponent’s king with his rook, while leaving his queen to attack and eventually capture his opponent’s unprotected queen.

Another honorable mention goes to Leon Shevelenko, who won all three of his games in Section 6! In one of his games, after a long battle, Leon was able to outsmart his opponent in the endgame and promote his pawn to eventually win the game.

Congratulations to all winners! You can see the results here and the rating report here.

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