Saturday, December 13, 2008

Grand Prix - Round 5

White has a perfect score in games in Round 5 !

Kernetsky-Mundwiler 1-0

Black's unusual opening gets him in trouble.
Not sure why 22. f3 was rejected, but White wins an exchange anyway.
Black does his best to mass his pieces for a potential winning attack, but Les doesn't find anything and neither did I. But the silicon beast suggests 36...Nxg2 37. Bxg2 h3 ! and Black may have drawing chances.
Later, did both players miss the relative simple 41...Qxe3, winning for Black! So I am going to speculate that time trouble was a factor

Green-Kong 1-0
Black grabs a tainted pawn with 29...Qxb4. He may missed that White has 32. Qxg6 which nets him a piece.

Greenberg- Wierda 1-0
The knight on e5 is a monster.

Aaron Green - Arie Wasserman 1-0

Wiebe - Evans 1-0
White sheds a piece with 27. Bxa6? thinking he can win the knight pinned on the g file. But Black doesn't find 29...h5 preserving the knight at the cost of a pawn.
In the game, the resulting king and pawn ending may be holdable by Black, but he takes his king away from White's queening square.

Leor Wasserman - Gibbons 1-0

Swift- Letain 1-0
Campbell - Mandusic 1-0
Lauritson-Ott 1-0
Black sacs a bishop with 17...Bxg2, but had 17...Nxh4 winning a clear pawn

Trueman - Crawford 1-0
Black missed many opportunities
23...Nd4 would have caused headaches for White
35...Rdd2, 42...Nd5

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