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College Chess / 2015 PanAms


UT-RGV chess squad (bottom row:) GM Bartek Macieja (coach), IM Felix Ynojosa, Mkhitar Hobosyan, Senior Program Coordinator IM Alfonso Almeida; (middle row:) GM Anton Kovalyov, GM Holden Hernandez, Armando Cortez, IM Joshua Ruiz; (top row:) GM Andriy Stukopin, Jeffrey Serna, Simon Vasquez III, IM Guillermo Vazquez


17. ... Qxd4 18. Rfd1? I had seen a much stronger defense here,


namely 18. Qc2!. The bishop on d3 is immune to capture due to Rfd1 followed by taking my rook on d8 with check. However, after 18. ... Be6, White is still not out of the woods. The threat of capturing on d3 is renewed, as well as the new ideas of ... Rac8 or even taking on a2. The only move then is 19. Rcd1! Now, due to the threat of Bxg6, I don’t have time to do anything but move my queen. After something like 19. ... Qb4 20. b3 Rac8, Black still has some pressure, but White’s position is sound.


18. ... Bf5 19. Rc3 Rd6 20. Qc1? The line 20. h3 Rad8 21. Qe2 was the last


chance, after which I thought that even the simple 21. ... Bxd3 22. Rcxd3 Qxd3 23. Rxd3 Rxd3 would give me good chances to win.


20. ... Rad8 21. h3 Immediately fatal is 21. Be2 Qxd1+ 22. Bxd1


Rxd1+. 21. ... Qa4! After this strong move, White still can’t


escape the pin on the d-file, and in the meantime Black can grab material.


EVENING UP THE SCORE An hour later on the next board up, Texas


Tech’s GM Baryshpolets played a beautiful attack as Black to tie the match.


RUY LOPEZ, BERLIN DEFENSE (C67) GM Vasif Durarbayli (2710), Webster-A GM Andriy Baryshpolets (2631), Texas Tech-A


2015 PanAmerican Intercollegiate (5), Cleveland, Ohio


Comments by Baryshpolets.


31. ... g4! It is the crucial moment for Black’s attack,


after which White’s position collapses. Black has no time for 31. ... Bc8, which runs into 32. Qb2! Qxb2 33. Rxb2 g4 34. Bg6!.


32. Rxd7 www.uschess.org 41


22. Ra3 22. b3 Qxa2 wouldn’t help much.


22. ... Qd7, White resigned.


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. 0-0 Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 0-0 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Nf5 11. d5 Re8 12. Nd2 Rxe1 13. Qxe1 d6 14. Ne4 Bd4 15. c3 Bb6 16. Bf4 Bd7 17. Bd3 Ne7 18. c4 Ng6 19. Bg5 Qf8 20. Qc3 f5 21. Nd2 Ne5 22. Bf4 Re8 23. b4 Qf6 24. Bxe5 Rxe5 25. Qc1 c5 26. Nf3 Re8 27. a3 f4 28. h3 g5 29. Rb1 h5 30. bxc5 Bxc5 31. Rxb7


PHOTO CREDIT: AL LAWRENCE


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