Saturday Quads on May 15th. A big thank you to everybody who came to play! And a special thank you to our new players: Kavya, Alex C, Avyay, Kian, and Peyton! Sadly, we did have a player who violated our fair play rules this week. We want to emphasize that we do not tolerate cheaters and that this player has been punished accordingly by ICA and chess.com.
Now, for the highlights:
In Over 1000 Section 1 the winner was Zachary. It was a great performance and he won all of his games. The key to his success was his use of tactics like forks. It was nothing short of brilliant as it repeatedly helped him gain advantage. Nicely done!
In Over 1000 Section 2, Mark came out on top with a dominant 3/3 points. He identified weaknesses in each of the positions of his opponent’s king and capitalized on it. He either gained a winning position, or checkmated the opponent outright. Amazing job Mark!
In Under 1000 Section 1 George narrowly secured first place with an impressive 2.5 points, just .5 ahead of newcomer Kavya. On this occasion, he showed that he could attack and defend. He achieved wins through beautiful attacks against Kavya and Angie, but also defended very well against Ethan by drawing when two pawns were down. Congrats! This section had many interesting games worth reviewing. For example Kavya’s win over Ethan, included a breakthrough in a locked position. You can see the game here: https://www.chess.com/game/live/14844990097.
In Under 1000 Section 2, Peyton had an exceptionally good performance with 2.5/3 and secured victory in his first ICA tournament. He used strong middlegame maneuvers to gain advantages in all of his games.
In Under 1000 Section 3, Jakob continued his fantastic form with his third victory in a row, and his fourth out of five tournaments. His rise has been incredible, and once again he ended it with a perfect score. Congratulations on this streak and your victory Jakob!
In Under 1000 Section 4, Yujeong clinched first prize with 2.5/3. Hovannes was close behind with 2/3, but Yujeong’s victorious first two rounds allowed him to win the tournament even with a draw. Overall his success can be attributed to his eye for tactics - great job Yujeong!
In Under 1000 Section 5 Andrew won with 2.5 points. Andrew employed dangerous tactics along the h-file, which ended with two consecutive checkmates on the same square, h7. Congratulations Andrew!
In Under 1000 Section 6, Adam was the winner with 3/3. The decisive game ended up being a first-round victory over second-place Jacob. Adam managed to convert a narrow one-pawn lead into a heavy advantage, which in turn led to the win. Nice job!