Saturday, January 26, 2008

A look at the games from the Kent Oliver Memorial

Round 4

Nikouline -Lipnowski 0-1
These two continued their theoretical battle from the Yanofsky Memorial. (I still hvae to go back on comment on those games)

more to come

Atem - Prince 0-1
White created his own very pawn at e3. Black had a nice forcing option(not played) 21...Nh3+ 22. Kh1 Ng4 23. Bxg4 Bxg4 and there all sorts of back rank mates and other lines that win more material.
Later White did not see to the end of his Queen "sacrifice" 23. Qxd5 as a couple of Black checks save the pinned Queen.

Liu - Remillard DRAW

I normally don't comment on openings here, but when Black omits d6, shouldn't White play 5. e5 ? (Chess grammar question - where do you put the question mark if you are not annotating the move ?). White had a positional advantage for most the game - but released all the tension with 30. h6+. Is there a notation error - 40. Kc2 hangs a pawn, but Kc3 does not ? also 51. Nd1 does not look the right move.

Jim Green - Kaptsan 0-1
Aron told me the critical moment was around moves 23 -25 when he forced Jim into either defending a weak c pawn or giving up the g pawn.

Khedkar - Goodman 1-0
Black lost an exchange early.

Rutter - Einarsson DRAW
Black is winning in the final position - I am not sure if time was a factor.

Greenberg - Letain 1-0
Harley must have had a preminition that he was going to be the beneficiary of his opponents error. Althought he was down a pawn, he kept on trading off pieces in violation of an old chess maxim. Black should have taken a second pawn on move 16. Eventually Black blundered a piece

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