Updated: Aug 27, 2021
Booster Section Report
The Booster section today had 12 players out of the 14 that signed up for the tournament. (We kindly request that entrants set reminders so that they do not miss the tournament, as it is really unfair to cause a disruption to those who do show up.) The highlight of today was undoubtedly when two players went head to head for about twelve minutes. This match was between James Paulter (white) and Shrey Shah (black) with all eyes on this match. Despite the players performing quite evenly, James made an excellent mating play after a series of checks and secured victory for himself:
43. Qf5+ g6 44. Qf7+ Kh6 45. Qf4+ Kg7 46. Rf7+ Kg8 47. Rf8+ Kg7 48. Qf6+ Kh6 49. Rh8#
We want to congratulate Liam Shah, Nikolas Rein, and David Barbiero for achieving 3 points and a three way tie for second place today! Bravo to Aviva Bloom for valiantly winning every single match and achieving First Place in this section. We hope to see Liam, Nikolas, David, and Aviva in the Steppingstone 5 section of the next tournament in two weeks. See you all again!
Steppingstone 5 Report
This week we had 10 players and 3 norms made in Stepping Stone 5. Everyone played very good games, and luckily everyone got to play, as we had an even number. Please, if you sign up, remember to show up otherwise people do not get to play. Now to the games.
Our winner, with a perfect score of 4/4, Rishi, played some very interesting games. The first game I will be analyzing is the last game that ensured him winning the tournament. In a normal opening, Rishi had more space, but nothing substantial. From there, Rishi played simple, simple chess and eventually converted a space advantage into a winning pawn ending. The pawn ending was played very well, with no slip-ups. It was a great ending and a well-deserved full point. Our other two 1st norm achievers were Dylan, Kunj and Vishal. All have to make the norm one more time (in the next event) and pass the test before the Category 5 title is awarded. Dylan actually played Vishal, and won a very nice game. After a normal opening, Dylan made sure to get his rooks on open lines to dominate the game with his rooks. After bringing the rook to the 7th rank, many of Vishal’s pawns dropped and Vishal lost. However, Vishal did not give up and won the last game. Vishal punished his opponent for failing to develop his pieces, and with the coordination of a powerful knight and a rook on the open file, Vishal won swiftly. Amazing Fighting Spirit! Congratulations to all our norm achievers.
Steppingstone 4 Report
With only six participants, once again, we had to limit number of rounds to three. Congratulations to Arnav Jain who won the tournament with a perfect 3 points and achieved 1st norm towards the Category 4 title!