Seven continued from pg. 13
42. Rc6 Nc4 43. Rg6+ Kf7 44. Rxh6 Re1+ 45. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 46. Kg2 Ne5 47. Rh7+ Ke8 48. Rxa7 b4 49. Rb7 and the a-pawn provides game-winning pressure. 38. Bxg7+ 38. Qxe2 Rxe2 39. Rxc5 Bxc3 40.
bxc3 Nd2 41. Rxb5 Nf3+ 42. Kg2 Nh4+ 43. Kf1 Nf3. I might be able to salvage a draw here but it’s not exactly where I want to be after I was playing for a win a couple moves ago. White is better after 38. Rxc5 Bxc3 39.
bxc3 Qd2 40. Qxd2 Nxd2 41. Rxb5 Re1+ (White weathers the storm after 41. … Nf3+ 42. Kg2 Nh4+ 43. Kf1 f3 44. Rd1 Ng2 45. Kg1) 42. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 43. Kg2 f3+ 44. Kh3 Rh1+ 45. Kg3 Rg1+ 46. Kh2 Rg2+ 47. Kh1 Rxf2 48. Bd3. 38. … Kxg7 39. b3 Qe1+ 39. … Qxd1+ 40. Raxd1 Na5. This
rather queer series of moves is once again the engine’s recommendation. However I disagree, once again. 40. Kg2 Suicide. White gets no more chances.
40. … Ne3+ This natural sacrifice doesn’t even
need an exclamation mark. I just made this move without thinking too much be- cause it was just too obvious, and at least it secured a draw, which was a les- son from the past. 41. fxe3 Qg3+ 42. Kf1 Qh3+ If 42. … f3, then 43. Qd2 Rxe3 is a draw.
43. Kg1 Qxe3+ 44. Kg2 Qg3+ 45. Kf1 Qh3+ Just repeating for some time.
46. Kg1 Qg3+ 47. Kf1 Re1+ The last finesse.
48. Qxe1 Rxe1+ 49. Rxe1 Qf3+ 50. Kg1 Qxd5 51. Re7+ Kf6 52. Rxa7 Qd1+ 53. Kf2 Qd2+, 0-1. And White resigned. It was a thrilling
game with chances for both sides, but luckily I came out on top. My first win over a GM!! About time. Finally these wily guys didn’t slip away like fish out of a net. So to recap, despite my horrendous
start of 0/3, I managed to recover and even beat my first GM. A truly memorable experience. Let’s hope this GM victory is the first of many to come!
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Mar. 30, Marshall Saturday U1400! 4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300 b/20): $160-80, U1100 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45. Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.ma
Mar. 31, Marshall Sunday G/60! 4-SS, G/55d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. ($540/40): $240-120, U2000 95, U1700 85. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 11:15-11:45. Rds.: 12-2:30-4:45-7. One bye available, request at entry. www.ma
Apr. 2, NEW! Marshall Tuesday Action! 4-SS, G/25d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members $20. ($360/24): $160-80, U2100 $65, U1800 $55. Reg.: 6:15- 6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45. One bye available, request at entry. www. marshallchessclub.org
Apr. 4, Marshall Thursday Game 30 Grand Prix! See Grand Prix.
Apr. 5, NEW! Marshall Friday U2000 Action! 4-SS, G/25d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members $20. ($360/24): $160-80, U1800 $65, U1600 $55. Reg.: 6:15- 6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45. One bye available, request at entry. www. marshallchessclub.org
Apr. 6, Marshall Saturday U1800 4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. ($300/24): $160-80, U1500 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45. Rds.: 1- 2:45-4:30-6:15. One bye available, request at entry. www. marshallchess- club.org
Apr. 11, Marshall Thursday Game 30 Grand Prix! See Grand Prix.
Apr. 13, Marshall Saturday U1600! 4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300 b/24): $160-80, U1300 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45. Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.ma
May 17-19 or 18-19, 21st annual New York State Open See Chess Lifeor www.ch
Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix! A State Championship Event! Apr. 13-14, Ohio High School and Middle School Championships 6SS; Sections: High School Championship (9-12), High School Reserve (9-12 U1000), Middle School Championship (K-8), Middle School Reserve (K-8 U800). Championship sections: rounds 1-3 G/60 d5, rounds 4-6 G/90 d5. Reserve sections: all rounds G/60 d5. Championship sections re- stricted to players residing or attending school in Ohio. Site: Sycamore High School, 7400 Cornell Rd., Montgomery (Cincinnati), OH 45242. EF: $35 through Mar 31, then $40 through Apr 11. ($10/$15 for federal lunch program students.) All registrations must be received by April 11. No on- site registration. Awards: Individual trophies to top 10 places in each section and all others scoring 4.0 or more; team trophies to top 5 teams in each section. Complete information at: www.ch
essinnati. com. Con- tact: Alan Hodge 513-697-6930, email@example.com
Maryland Chess Association (MD) See Maryland.
Feb. 24, PCL February Quick Quads (QC) 3RR, G/15d3. Wm. Pitt Union, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 5th Ave. & Bigelow, Pitts- burgh, PA 15213. EF: $10, $7 Jrs. $20 to 1st/quad. Reg.: 11-11:15am. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
, 412-908-0286. W.
Mar. 8, 2013 PA Quick Chess Champ. (QC) See Grand Prix.
Mar. 9-10, 2013 Carlisle Open & PA Collegiate Championship See Grand Prix.
A State Championship Event! Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix! Mar. 9-10, 2013 PA State Scholastic Championship 5SS. 192 Trophies!! (With 136 Individual & 56 Team). Hotel Carlisle, 1700 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015, Exit 52A NB/Exit 52 SB off I-81, Exit 226 off PA Turnpike. 8 sections (Sat & Sun 3/9 & 10 unless indicated): EF: K-3 Open: (Sat 3/9 only) $29. K-6 U800: (Sat 3/9 only) $27. K-9 U1000: (Sun 3/10 only) $27.25. K-6 Open: $30.50. K-8 Open: $31.50. 7-12 U1000: $28.50. 7-12 U1300: $29.50. K-12 Open: $32.50. All: EFs if rec’d by 2/18, $10 more rec’d 2/19-3/4, $20 more after 3/4. Feb 2013 ratings used. Bye: limit 1, ask by rd 2. Reg Fri 3/8 6-10 pm, Sat 3/9 9:30-10:15 am, Saturday entries get 1/2-bye. $5 charge for changes/refund after 2/18. Rds (Sat 3/9 1-day sections): G/40d5; 10-11:45-2-3:45-5:30; (Sun 3/10 K-9 U1000): G/40d5; 9-10:30-12:30-2-3:30; (2-day sections): G/90d5; 10-2-5:30, 9-1. Bughouse: Reg on-site only until Sat 3/9 8:30pm. Rds begin Sat 3/9 8:45pm. EF: $20/team. HR: Mention “PA States” for best rate; 800-692-7315 $75. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245. Info: 412-908-0286 martinak_tom_m@hot- mail.com
asticchamp/. W. 2-day sections are JGP.
Mar. 24, PCL March Quick Quads (QC) 3RR, G/15d3. Wm. Pitt Union, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 5th Ave. & Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. EF: $10, $7 Jrs. $20 to 1st/quad. Reg.: 11-11:15am. Info: email@example.com
, 412-908-0286. W.
Apr. 6, 2013 PA State Game/29 Championship (QC) See Grand Prix.
Chess Life for Kids! February 2013
Apr. 7, PCL April Quick Quads (QC) 3RR, G/15d3. Wm. Pitt Union, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 5th Ave. & Bigelow Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15213. EF: $10, $7 Jrs. $20 to 1st/quad. Reg.: 11-11:15am. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
, 412-908-0286. W.
Mar. 9, 2013 CT State Open & Scholastic Championships (CT) See Grand Prix.
Apr. 5-7, SuperNationals V See Nationals.
A State Championship Event! Mar. 23-24, 2013 Texas State Scholastic Championships 7SS. 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen, TX 78501. HR: see website for hotel information. Four championships in one great location: TX Primary Scholastic Championships; TX Elementary Scholastic Champi- onships; TX Middle School Scholastic Championships; TX High School Scholastic Championships. EF: $41 by 3/06; $69 after 3/06 or on site. On Site Registration: Friday, 7-9pm, Saturday, 7-7:45am. Saturday registrants may receive a 1st Rd. 1/2-pt. bye. One 1/2-pt. bye (for any round) allowed if requested by the end of Rd. 2. Sections: K-1 Championship, Primary (K-3) Championship, Primary JV (K-3 w/Ratings Under 700), Elementary (K-5/6) Championship, Elementary JV (K-5/6 Under 800), Elementary Novice (K-5/6 Under 500), Middle School (6-8/9) Championship, MS JV (6-8/9 Under 900), MS Novice (6-8/9 Under 600), High School (9-12) Championship, HS JV (9-12 Under 1000). See Article IX, Section 1E, TCA Bylaws for each section’s eligibility requirement, www.texaschess.org/
ml. Also www.swchess.com
also has eligibility rules. Four-year chess II scholarship to The University of Texas at Dallas to win- ner of High School Championship section. Winner must meet UTD en- trance requirement and follow team rules. UTD is sole judge as to who wins the scholarship. For more information on UTDallas Scholarships see www.utdallas.edu/chess/scholarships/ chess-program-scholarships.ht
ml Trophies for top 20 individuals and top 15 teams in each section plus par- ticipation medals for all, and plus Score Awards for players scoring 4 or more points that do not win an individual trophy. Schedule: Round times vary depending on the Championship; Time control also varies. For round times and time control, see: www. swchess.com
. Side Events: See web- site for side event. Side event registration on site only. All registrations (except Side events) available on line: see www.swchess.com
and you can download flyers and entry forms. Checks payable to Dallas Chess Club. Mail entries to Dallas Chess Club, c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Long- horn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. For tournament info, visit our website or contact Barbara Swafford, email@example.com
or 214-632-9000. Re- funds will be given only up to 3/18 with a $10 surcharge for withdrawing, after 3/18 there will be no refunds. There will be no substitution of team members. There will be a $10 change fee for changes after 3/18. There will be a $5 surcharge per player for phone registrations USCF member- ship is required. Proof of membership is required or player must join/renew their memberships. No registration/changes/or withdrawals after 3/18/13. After that date you must make changes at site (McAllen Convention Center). NS, NC, W.
June 8-9, International Youth Championship (NV) See Nevada.
May 3-5 or 4-5, 24th annual Vermont Resort Open See Chess Life or www.ch
Maryland Chess Association (MD) See Maryland.
July 3-7, 4-7, 5-7 or 1-7, 41st Annual World Open See Chess Lifeor www.ch
Chess Magnet School Junior Grand Prix! Mar. 2, 2013 March Madness! Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc, WI 53066. In 4 Sec- tions: (Open, K-12, K-6 & K-3). USCF rated! Four rd swiss, G/60 d/5. Rds.: 10-1-4-7. Reg.: 3/2 8:30-9:30 AM. EF: $15 by 2/28, after 2/28 $18; new members $3 less. Prizes, Open: Donated Books. K-12, K-6, & K-3: Tro- phies to Top 3 players and Overall best team. All others in K-12, K-6 & K- 3 will receive participant medals.ENT: Ben Corcoran, 2711 N. University Dr. #64, Waukesha, WI 53188. Questions: benzochess@ chess.com
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