Progressive "Qualification" Tournaments, Sunday, July 25, 2021


Booster Section Report

In the booster section, 12 young rookie tournament players played against each other in 4 fast paced rounds. The players, returning and new, consisted of friends, classmates, and even siblings. Despite the G25 + 3 time control (25 minutes per side + a 3 second increment after every move), the games went by very quickly with an average time around 10 minutes! Perhaps the nerves or excitement of the tournament got to some of the players, but in any case, most of them still found your typical queen and helper, backrank, and windmill checkmates. Congratulations to Taran, Yash, Anish, and Shritan for earning 3+ points in the section. Stepping stone 5 awaits you four in the next progressive tournament on August 8th. Also, special congratulations to Taran for winning all 4 of his games and 1st place in the section! Best game: Yash vs. Taran

1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nd2 Bf5 6. a3 e6 7. Ngf3 h6 8. Ne5 Nxe5 9. Bxe5 Bd6 10. Bxd6 Qxd6 11. Bb5+ Nd7 12. Qa4 a6 13. Bxd7+ Qxd7 14. Qxd7+ Kxd7 15. dxc5 Rac8 16. b4 Rhd8 17. O-O-O b6 18. Nc4 Kc6 19. Ne5+ Kb5 20. Nxf7 Rd7 21. Nd6+ Rxd6 22. cxd6 Rxc3+ 23. Kb2 Rc2+ 24. Kb3 Kc6 25. Rc1 Rxc1 26. Rxc1+ Kxd6 27. a4 Bd3 28. Kc3 Bc4 29. Kd4 e5+ 30. Kc3 e4 31. Kd4 Ke6 32. Rxc4 dxc4 33. Kxc4 Ke5 34. Kc3 Kd5 35. Kd2 Kc4 36. b5 axb5 37. axb5 Kxb5 38. Kc3 Ka4 39. g4 b5 40. Kb2 Kb4 41. h4 Kc4 42. Kc2 b4 43. h5 b3+ 44. Kb2 Kd3 45. Kxb3 Ke2 46. Kc2 Kxf2 47. Kd2 Kf3 48. g5 hxg5 49. Kc3 Kxe3 50. Kc4 Kf2 51. Kd5 e3 52. Ke6 e2 53. Kf7 e1=Q 54. Kxg7 Qh1 55. h6 Qxh6+ 56. Kxh6 g4 57. Kh5 g3 58. Kh4 g2 59. Kh5 g1=Q 60. Kh6 Kf3 61. Kh7 Kf4 62. Kh6 Kf5 63. Kh7 Kf6 64. Kh8 Qg7# 0-1