Friday, April 10, 2009

March 2009 TNT Round 5

Entering the last round, Les Mundwiler had a perfect 4-0 score and a guaranteed piece of first place. Five players had three points.

Mundwiler-Boron 0-1
7...Bg4 is quite rare, and now I know why; the bishop gets buried on g6 when White expands on the kingside. White had a clear advantage, but errs with 21. Bd7+ as after 21...Kf8, several of White's pieces are hanging. 21. Bf4 is better, but it is still a game after 21...Qb6.

Khedkar-Wierda 1-0
I was observing this game and thought it was quite level for some time.
The computer finds a nice shot for Black in the position below:
30...Rxd4 31.Rxd4 b5! 32. Bxb5 Qa7 ---the point !
But Black missed that, and as often results on a Tuesday, he lost a piece a few moves later.

Kernetsky - Lauritson DRAW
White looks like he had a good chance to win this game, but he errs with 48.d5, allowing a draw by perpetual check.

Green, Aaron - Wiebe DRAW
White is up a pawn in the endgame, but agrees to a draw.

Green, Jim - de Groot 0-1
Black equalizes early; White's queenside pieces are on their original squares until move 17. It is hard to pinpoint where White went wrong (perhaps it is the N on c6 ?), but
White's position just falls apart after move 33; it appears that 33.Nxe5 is better Rxe5.

Rutter- Einarsson 1-0
White wins an exchange and has no problems converting.

Greenberg- Campbell 1-0
Black miscalculayes with 18...Bb5; White wins a pawn and the rest is easy.

Trinidad-Lipic 0-1
Black sacrifices a piece for a mating attack.

Magnusson - Arie Wasserman 1-0
The Fried Liver Attack ! When was the last time we saw that ?
White nets a pawn, then a few more on the way to victory.

Swift - Leor Wasserman 1-0
19...e5 is likely incorrect even if it didn't lose a piece

Trueman - Evans 0-1
White rejects regaining a pawn with 12.Nfxe5. Black grinds out a win with his material advantage.

Gibbons - Menard 0-1
White could have had a nice grip on the position with 18. Nb3.
Black(and White) misses that 19...Qxg4+ 20.hg4 Rh1 is mate.

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