Booster Section Report
We had many new, first time players participate in the Booster section, and everyone did fantastic! We are very proud of those players that spent a lot of time during their matches; that’s the key to success on the chess board. Congratulations Noah Zeltser and Aldona Paulter for both earning 3 points. Daniel Zhu and Arshia Karthikeyan tied for First Place with a total score of 3.5/4 ! Great work! All four players are now qualified to move on to the rated (category 5) section at our next tournament!
Steppingstone 5 Report
The middle section of the tournament had 16 players. Philip Hoang was victorious with a perfect four out of four points. Philip, Harshini, Amane, and Siddharth all earned a first norm by scoring 3 or more points. Each one will need one more norm and to pass a test to gain the category 5 title. Philip and Amane had an excellent game in round two, which was our choice for the best game in the section. After some solid opening play and middlegame maneuvering, both players attacked each others' king. Philip, playing black, got both of his rooks lined up on the second rank, but Amane countered by threatening checkmate in one with a rook and a queen. Philip had a forced combination and delivered a checkmate first.
1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.exd5 cxd5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bd3 e6 8.Bf4 a6 9.0–0 Nf6 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.Ne5 Nc6 13.Nxc6 Bxc6 14.Qf3 0–0 15.Qh3 Bg7 16.Rfe1 b5 17.Ne2 a5 18.c3 Qb6 19.a3 b4 20.axb4 axb4 21.c4 dxc4 22.Bxc4 Bb5 23.Bxb5 Qxb5 24.Nf4 h5 25.Rad1 Ra2 26.b3 Qb6 27.Ne2 Rd8 28.d5 Rxd5 29.Rb1 Rdd2 30.Kf1 Rab2 31.Ra1 Qb5 32.Ra8+ Kh7 33.Qe3 Bh6 34.Qa7 Rxe2 35.Qxf7+ Bg7 36.Qg8+ Kh6 37.Ra7 Rxe1+ 38.Kxe1 Qe2# 0–1