Progressive "Qualifications" Tournament, January 9, 2021 Edition


Booster Section Report

The Booster Section in ICA's January 9th edition of the Progressive Tournament really put the "I" in International with two of the participants joining us from outside the U.S. (Leah from Toronto and Arsyad from Malaysia).


There was also an interesting 4 way tie for third place in this section between Arsyad Mohd Ali, Jay Patel, Marcel Forlini, and Roger Zhao, all scoring 3 points. Max Rosenbaum had an amazing 3.5/4 points and received second place and, Harika Appalla ended the tournament with a 4/4 (perfect score).


Very well done everyone!! Congratulations! You are all now eligible to participate in Steppingstone 5, next tournament.

Steppingstone 5 Report

In Stepping Stone 5 we had 4 norm makers, Anna, Raghav, Nathan, and Liam who barely edged everyone out with 3.5/4. All 4 made their 2nd norm and after passing the test, will be awarded a Category 5 title.

With many good, yet fast games, here are several worthy of mention. In Round 3, Anna vs Liam, (the leaders at the time), Liam played very aggressively and discovered various tactics.


After c4??, Liam swiftly played Bxh2, winning the queen. 


Another noteworthy match was between Kate and Anna. Both players found themselves in a must win situation which led to very exciting chess. While both castled queenside, Anna's attack ended in a victory.

Congratulations to all of the players, and we thank you for coming. Look forward to seeing you next time!


Steppingstone 4 Report

Stepping Stone 4 was a true quad with four players and three rounds. The relatively experienced competitors of this section heeded Diana's advice and took their time with each game. The result is the three rounds in this section took longer than the four rounds in the other two sections!


Newcomer Ateeq posted a perfect score and won the tournament while playing exciting chess and going for the dangerous and tactical King's Gambit in both of his games as White. He displayed excellent technique. In two of his matches he won a piece early and played solid moves to simplify the position while never giving his opponents a chance to get back in the game. Aviana put up the strongest resistance and actually had Ateeq on the ropes. After a back-and-forth and a rook blunder by Ateeq, Aviana had the chance to checkmate in four moves.

White played 30. Rxe1?? And Aviana could have delivered a nice mate in 4: 30… Qxh3+ 31. Kg1 Qg3+ 32 Kh1 Rxe1+ 33 Qf1 Rxf1#.


However, time was tight, and after she missed this tricky opportunity, Ateeq took advantage, stabilized, and went on to win the game and the tournament. This win clinched him a first-place victory and a first norm category 4 title.


Congratulations!



Here are the final results: https://www.icanj.net/allresults.php?rid=1210


TD NOTE *** Thank you all for playing! The next event will be on February 6. If you have any questions about where or what to register for, please email us at chessdirector@icanj.net and we'll get back to you as soon as possible! Thanks***




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