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College Chess / 2015 PanAms There’s no help from 32. Nd2 Bxf2+! 33.


Kxf2 Qd4+, with mate in 10. [One sample line: 34. Kf1 Qxd3+ 35. Kg1 Qe3+ 36. Kh1 Qe1+, and if 37. Qxe1 Rxe1+ 38. Kh2 g3 mate—AL].


32. ... gxf3 33. Qc2 On 33. Qf1 I was planning to play 33. ... Qc3


(The followup 33. ... Qg5 is even stronger, with the idea ... Re1) 34. Bh7+ Kf8 35. Kh2 Re1 36. Qd3 Qxd3 37. Bxd3 Re2! 38. gxf3 Rxf2+ 39. Kh1 Rxf3, ending up in an easily winning endgame. Or 33. Qb1 Bxf2+! 34. Kxf2 Qh4+ 35. Kf1 fxg2+ 36. Kxg2 Qg3+ 37. Kf1 Qxh3+ 38. Kg1 Qxd7 when Black has won the Exchange and a pawn..


33. ... Re1+ 34. Bf1


Webster's B-team secured a spot in the Final Four for its higher-rated teammates by finishing third. (left to right:) GM Alex Shimanov (board one), GM Ashwin Jayaram (board two), GM Denes Boros (board four), and GM Fidel Corrales (board three), with Chief Organizer Constantine Ananiadis.


34. ... Rxf1+! 35. Kh2 No better is 35. Kxf1 Qa1+.


35. ... fxg2 36. Qh7+ Kf8 37. Rd8+ Qxd8 38. Qh8+ Ke7, White resigned.


TEXAS TECH’S BIG FINISH After a draw by Moradiabadi and a brilliant


save by TTU’s board one Yaro Zherebukh, Webster-A was another half-point down, and Texas Tech was 5-1 going into round six. “All” that was left for Tech was to win the final round against UT-Dallas-B, a leader with 4½. “Yaro Z” contributed elegantly to TTU’s 3-1 finish to win the title.


NIMZO-INDIAN DEFENSE, RUBINSTEIN VARIATION (E49) GM Yaro Zherebukh (2699), Texas Tech-A GM Valentin Iotov (2562), UTD-B 2015 PanAmerican Intercollegiate (6), Cleveland, Ohio


Comments by Zherebukh. I am thrilled to win the PanAms in Cleveland


as a Texas Tech team member. Our coach GM Alex Onischuk made it clear we had to win the final match if we wanted to qualify for the Final Four in New York City. Luckily, I played my best game in years.


Columbia University’s A-team won fourth place. (left to right:) Aaron Jacobson, FM Arthur Shen, FM Kyron Griffith and Alexander Fabbri. Columbia will play in its first-ever Final Four April 2-3 at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City, an event co-sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton and Two Sigma.


42 March 2016 | Chess Life


1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3! The “manly” choice. The straightforward


and the sharpest attempt to gain the advantage.


PHOTO CREDIT: WEBSTER BY KALIND PARISH; COLUMBIA BY AL LAWRENCE


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