MARCH 13, 2021 - ICA QUADS REPORT

Last Saturday we welcomed back many players to our Super Saturday Quads! Thank you to all 49 participants for joining us! Special welcome to our new players: Aarav K., Tarun, Pedro, Lang, Zoya, Denham, Cristina, Rayan, Aaryan, and Pranav! Here’s a link to the results http://icanj.net/allresults.php?rid=1093 and a look at the report:


In Over 1000 Section 1, we welcomed six players as opposed to the usual four! Lucas came out

on top with 3 wins out of 3, including in a game against Vedanta, full of tactics that proved to be a crucial decider. Even with a bigger section, Lucas proved that he deserved the top spot! Nicely done!


In Over 1000 Section 2, Amitai was the winner with 2.5 points. Amitai displayed his knowledge of tactics by winning the first two games via multiple sharp combinations involving long-range queen forks. The solid draw with Albert was enough to clinch the section. Excellent job!


In Over 1000 Section 3, Denham made a fashionable first entrance into the world of Saturday Super Quads by omitting any sign of weakness, which earned him 3 out of 3 points! Pranav, also a new player was not too far behind, earning 1 point on his debut tournament! Well done to both, and congrats Denham!


In Over 1000 Section 4, this tournament was full of twists and turns, with no player avoiding defeat. In the end, Albert showed us it’s not about how you start, but how you finish, while Aiden had a strong performance throughout. Albert bounced back from a mouse-slip in the first game and tied for first place with Aiden, 2 points each. Both demonstrated impressive resilience throughout. Very nicely done!


In Under 1000 Section 1, we saw another exciting tournament that was decided by the last game. Internet issues proved no match for the strong games played by all players in this section! Matthew was ahead of Mark by a point and was able to secure a valuable draw and with it. The tournament finished with 2.5 points. Congratulations Matthew!


In Under 1000 Section 2, the winners were dead even with each other, Ari and Leon tied for first with 2.5 points. The draw between the two players was a thrilling game in which Ari fought back from a piece down to even threaten to win, making the crucial result a fair one on balance. Well played to both!


In Under 1000 Section 3, Everest extends his win streak to 3! After achieving a perfect score last week, Everest managed to end up with 3 points once again, and in a tricky section. What an incredible streak! Everest demonstrated mastery with both black and white pieces, and continues to put on a show at our Saturday Super Quads. Good work!


In Under 1000 Section 4, technical difficulties did not stop any player from putting out their best attempts at winning! We had a three-way tie for first place! Blake, Ayush, and Joey who all scored 2 points! In Blake vs Joey, Blake played a fantastic game which earned him game of the week. He came back from being down a queen to checkmate with a rook, knight, and bishop all in brilliant style! You can see the game here: https://www.chess.com/live/game/9403477893. Very well done to all!


In Under 1000 Section 5, a similar situation happened, with two players being evenly matched and tying for first with 2.5 points! Congratulations Ankush and Dylan! They played out a draw in their first game, where an even Caro-Kann was settled through early repetition. Then, both competitors won games 2 and 3, sharing the spoils. Well played by both!


In Under 1000 Section 6, Thaman maintained good form with his second tournament win in a row! It was his first game win over second-place Andrew that proved decisive, but he continued to win over every opponent he encountered! Key to his success was great middlegame understanding which led to material wins. Congratulations!


In Under 1000 Section 7, Aarav G. took over today’s tournament! With Hovannes in second place, Aarav’s closest competitor, the first game between the two was the decider. Aarav demonstrated mesmerizing tactics with an extremely strong pin on the king, combined with the power of the knight fork. Excellent!


In Under 1000 Section 8, we had a new winner again! This time, nobody was able to stop Enzo and his perfect 3/3 point score. Victories ranged from a quick five-move game to a ground-out ninety-move endgame squeeze. Very well-done Enzo!


Thanks for playing and see you next week! REGISTER NOW @ https://ica.jumbula.com/ICATournaments.../ONLINEMARCH20QUADS

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