Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The 2019 CCCR Club Championship

Wednesday, October 2 marked the first round of the 2019 CCCR Club Championship! As usual, I will post my games here with commentary as the tournament goes. I will also try to feature other key games as the tournament progresses, especially any big upsets.


Round 1
In round one I had white against Dan Burnside. After a quick flash of tactics in the opening I emerged up an exchange in the ending:




In a big upset this round, Joshua Stevens won against Ken McBride - I managed to get a hold of that game as well:



Not a bad scalp for Josh! Such 500-point upsets are rare, but they do happen.



Round 2
Round two was held on October 9th, and the standings continue to narrow down. I played black against Jacob Snell:




Also this round, Toby conducted a nice attack against Hanan Dery, effectively demonstrating how to play the Closed Sicilian with white:



That was a convincing attack from white, but with more care in the opening black has nothing to fear against the Closed Sicilian! In particular look at my note on move 3.



Round 3
We saw the third round finish on October 16. There was plenty of excitement on the top boards with underdogs TJ Weaver and Toby Rizzo securing draws on boards 2 and 3, overcoming rating gaps of 250 and 150 points, respectively. On board 4, Jamshed won against Don Stubblebine.

My game against Peter Craig featured some interesting strategic decisions in the middlegame and then a tense finish under time pressure as I converted an extra piece in the endgame:



Stay tuned for more updates! I hope to get TJ's game against Kharroubi up here soon.

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