This year's tournament was conducted in the following fashion:
- a Swiss-styled first round
- a Round Robin second round
Many volunteered for combat but few stuck it out to the end. But for those brave souls who persevered, the
reward was well worth the effort!
Gamesquad 2007 Chess Tournament
Steve 'Lurker' Wilke
Scott "Crusader" Tortorice
Mathew "Foggy" Cox
October 17 news flash: KC Dusk has defeated Mathew
Cox for third place!
Here's an analysis of the final battle from Fritz 9:
(2) kcdusk - Cox, Mathew [B00]
2007 Gamesquad Chess Tourney http://www.itsyourturn.com (2), 18.09.2007
[Fritz 9 (30s)]
B00: Queen's Fianchetto Defence, Nimzowitsch Defence 1.e4
Nc6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 e6 [3...Bg4!? 4.Bb5 a6 5.Bxc6+ bxc6²] 4.d4± Bb4+ 5.c3 Ba5 6.Bb5 f5? [6...Nge7 7.a4 a6 8.Bd3±]
7.0–0 [7.a4 a6 8.Bxc6+ bxc6+-] 7...a6 [7...Nge7 8.a4 a6 9.Bxc6+ Nxc6 10.b4±] 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.Bg5 Nf6??
shortens the misery for Black [9...Qd7 10.a4 Bb6+-] 10.exf6 [¹10.Qa4!? keeps an even firmer grip 10...Qd7 11.exf6
gxf6 12.Bxf6 0–0+-] 10...gxf6 11.Bh6 [11.Qa4!? seems even better 11...fxg5 12.Qxa5 h5+-] 11...Rb8 [11...Bb6
cannot undo what has already been done 12.c4+-] 12.b4 Bb6 13.Qa4 [¹13.c4 seems even better 13...Ba7 14.Qa4 dxc4+-]
13...Qd6 [13...Kf7 is not the saving move 14.Nbd2+- (14.Qxc6?? White will not be able to digest the pawn 14...Bd7
15.Qc5 Bxc5 16.bxc5 Bb5–+) ] 14.Re1 [¹14.Bg7 and the result of the game is clear: White will win 14...Rg8
15.Bxf6 Kf7+-] 14...Rg8 15.g3 [¹15.Nh4 keeps an even firmer grip 15...Kf7+-] 15...f4 [15...Rg6 16.Bd2 Kf7+-]
16.Bxf4 [16.Qc2 might be the shorter path 16...Qd7 17.Bxf4 Rg7+-] 16...Qd7?? [¹16...Qxf4! the only rescuing
move 17.Nbd2 Kf8²] 17.Na3 h5 [17...Kf7 does not solve anything 18.c4+-] 18.Nc2 [¹18.Rxe6+ makes it even easier
for White 18...Qxe6 19.Re1 Qxe1+ 20.Nxe1+-] 18...e5 [18...Kf8+- the last chance for counterplay] 19.dxe5 fxe5 20.Rxe5+
[¹20.Nxe5 and White can already relax 20...Bb7 21.Nxd7+ Kxd7+-] 20...Kd8 [20...Kf8 what else? 21.Rae1 h4+-] 21.Bg5+
Rxg5 22.Nxg5 Qg7 23.Rae1 Qf6 24.Nd4 [24.Qxc6! Be6 25.Nxe6+ Kc8 26.Nc5 Qxf2+ 27.Kxf2 Bxc5+ 28.bxc5 d4 29.Re8#] 24...c5
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone who participated!
Stay tuned...the 2008 Gamesquad Tournament is just around the corner!
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