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Tactics / Eastern Open


BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Peter Giannatos (2263) Tom Beckman (2059)


42nd Annual Eastern Open, Open section (1), Bethesda, Maryland, 12.26.2015


I’m sure Peter wasn’t too happy with this pairing since I also beat him last year in the


first round. This is my best moment from the Eastern Open.


After 22. Ne2?, Black realizes his superi ority on the kingside:


AFTER 20. Qd4


pawn, or play more solidly? Put another way, would Shaba really gift a pawn? No! Apparently Zheng believed it so and


WHITE TO PLAY


22. Ne2? In retrospect, White needs to guard f2 and


f3 better with 22. Qe2 Qa5, although Black is much better.


22. ... Rxg2+!! Also winning is 22. ... Bxf2+!! and now either:


23. Kh1 Be3 24. Bd4 Bxd4 or 23. Rxf2 Rxg2+! 24. Kxg2 Nh4+ 25. Kh1 Qxf2.


23. Kxg2 Nh4+ 24. Kg3? White misses a fascinating defense with 24.


Kh1! Nf3 25. Rg1! (not 25. Qc3 d4) 25. ... Nxe5 26. Rxg7+! Kxg7 27. Qg5+ Ng6 28. Bxg6 Qd8! although Black should still win.


24. ... Bxf2+ 25. Kg4 Nf3?! Even better is 25. ... h5+ 26. Kxh5 Nf3 27.


Qc3 Rf5+! 28. Bxf5 exf5 and mate in four. 26. Qc3 Bxe1 27. Rxe1 Qf2! 28. Bxh7+


Or 28. Bg3 h5+ 29. Kxh5 Be8+ 30. Bg6 Qg2 31. Kg4 Bxg6 32. Nf4 Bf5+ with mate in five.


28. ... Kxh7 29. Qd3+ g6 30. Bg3 Nxe1, White resigned. An opening round upset finished with a nice


sacrifice.


SHABA GIFTS A PAWN? GM Alex Shabalov (2622) Andrew Zheng (2279)


42nd Annual Eastern Open, Open section (2), Bethesda, Maryland, 12.27.2015


(see diagram top of next column) After 20. Qd4, should Black take the b2-


36 March 2016 | Chess Life


AFTER 21. Nd4 On the way to being crushed, the computer


uncovered a fine resource for Black that might hold. I played 21. ... Rh5? (Trying to mix things


up, but perhaps Black shouldn’t. This helps the white queen escape. We both overlooked the amazing positional sacrifice 21. ... Rf4!! 22. gxf4 Nxd4 23. f5 Nxf5 24. Qf4 Bh6 25. Qf3 Nh4 with some chances to save the game.) 22. Qg4 and White won.


COULD YOU PLEASE SPELL YOUR


FIRST NAME AGAIN? Paul Yavari (2032) Dang Minh Nguyen (1986) 42nd Annual Eastern Open, Under 2200 section (4), Bethesda, Maryland, 12.28.2015


AFTER 36. ... Qf8


OK, now for an easy one following from the previous game position! After 36. Re7, Black responded with 36. ... Qf7-f8, pinning the rook. How did Paul finish the game?


37. Rxd7! Qxb4 38. Nf5+! gxf5 39. Re6 mate.


(see next game, next page)


played 20. ... Nxb2? 21. Bh6! Nxd1 22. Ncd5 Qd8 23. Nxe7+ Qxe7 24. Bg5 a5? (However, here Black has the fine resource 24. ... Ne3! 25. Bxf6 Qxf6 26. Qxf6 Nxf1 with some chances to survive. Although 27. Qf4 or 27. Qg5 makes it difficult on Black.) 25. Bxf6 Qc7 26. Qd2, Black resigned.


A MOVE ONLY A


COMPUTER COULD LOVE IM Oladapo Adu (2318) Tom Beckman (2059) 42nd Annual Eastern Open, Open section (2), Bethesda, Maryland, 12.27.2015


AFTER 28. ... d5 With six Nguyen’s playing in the tournament


coming from only two different families, it got a bit confusing! Paul loves to attack and his opponent has just played 28. ... d5. How should he continue? Maybe open up the position?


29. e5! Slightly fooled you? Paul’s comment: “At the


expense of a pawn, I get the e-file for both rooks, the bishop at b7 is dulled, and will be buried if the pawn at e5 is not accepted and rolls on to e6.”


29. ... Qxe5 30. Re2 Qf6 31. Re6 Qf7 32. Rhe1?


But now White should have continued with


32. Nf5+! Kg8 33. Nxh6+ Rxh6 34. Rxh6 d4 35. Rexg6+.


FINISH WITH A FLOURISH Paul Yavari (2032) Dang Minh Nguyen (1986) 42nd Annual Eastern Open, Under 2200 section (4), Bethesda, Maryland, 12.28.2015


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