Reporting on the October 23rd edition of ICA Online Saturday Quads, we had 22 players and five winners. We'd like to thank our three NEW players: Sahana, Paarth, and Ayaan for joining us this week and hope you continue to spread the word and encourage others who've never played to register for our weekly tournaments.
Over 1000 Section 1 Phillip and Alex both started soundly, each beating two opponents before meeting up with each other in the third round to decide the tournament. In round two, Alex and Nguyen's match was selected as game of the week. They both played a sharp Scotch battle and castled on opposite sides, then set up strong pawn storms. Nguyen had a bigger pawn front, but Alex broke through it first, and a 15-move king hunt ensued. It ended with Nguyen’s king checkmated on a6. You can take a look at that super exciting game here: https://www.chess.com/game/live/28751976799. After that battle, Philip went on to win the tournament by using his savvy tactics to checkmate Alex in the middle game.
Over 1000 Section 2 Mark continued his winning streak this week with another perfect victory. He showed off his range by grinding Peter out in the endgame and making quick work of Geoffrey with some middle game tactics. Varun, his toughest competitor, managed to keep the game even the whole way through, but Mark discovered a mating net in a heavy piece that ended the match in a victory for himself.
Under 1000 Section 1
This week, Paarth made his quads debut in a dominant fashion. He went three for three and made good use of the solid London system in his games while playing Black. His moves were reasonable as he waited for his opponents to make mistakes. In every game, he would eventually win an extra piece, which then cleanly converted into a win for himself.
Under 1000 Section 2 Quads mainstay Achyut ran away with his section this week by scoring twice as many points as anyone else. He experienced a scare while up against Sarthak, who had won a queen early in the game. Despite it, Achyut persevered and managed to win back his queen and then coordinated his pieces and forced off the opposition’s defenders to win the endgame. It's always nice to see perseverance pay off!
Under 1000 Section 3
Sahana rounded out the winners this week with yet another perfect score. She showed her opponents no mercy and delivered them all checkmates as soon as she could. She used knight and queen, knight and rook, and bishop and queen helper mates to sweep the section.
We hope to see you again next week for another quad’s tournament, either in-person or online!
***ICA DIRECTOR NOTE***
We reserve the right to ban any player from entering our quads if we determine that his/her performance is suspicious, even if it is not flagged by the chess.com software. We ask of you, Please do NOT cheat!
Here are the results: https://www.icanj.net/allresults.php?rid=1189
Register for our next Online Saturday Quads at: https://ica.jumbula.com/ICATournaments2021/ONLINEOCTOBER30QUADS