|Jeff v. Caleb in an intense game with draw offers on the table.|
|Gettting a bit ripe in the tournament room?|
Round 1 had me paired with a seven year old, Jacob. Jacob definitely has his mainlines memorized as I opened like a monkey and screwed up the Caro-Kann on . . .oh . . .about . . . move 2! E4? What the heck opening am I playing, again? Well the game only got a bit worse . . . as Jacob began threatening my pawns guarding my castled king. By move 14, Jacob was eyeing the h7 square and checkmate. In accepting the offered material gain, I gave up my position! After I successfully doubled my pawns and removed any defense they might offer me at all, I suddenly had the mobility to counter and chase away Jacob's attack that had my face flushed like a baboon's kaboose for about 5-10 minutes.
|After move 16. I look like a monkey with most of my pieces in the starting gates (I'm black).|
|Alexandr v. Des.|
|Black to move (Des is black). Do you see how to win this game?|
In round 2, I was paired against my friend, Kevin Patterson. Deja vu positions for most of the game, but a glitch in the matrix produced a bishop sacrifice to open up the files (and diagonals) in front of the king for a juicy mate.
|Adam v. Kevin. White to move. How do you think I proceeded?|
|Father - Son Chess|
|Desmond v. Adam. Black to move. Is this a drawn game?|
|Adam v. Alexandr. White to move. Where should I go?|