Sunday, December 17, 2006

West Chicago Team Tourney

Niles North recently played in the West Chicago Team Tournament and placed first out of about 20 teams. However, we played many tough teams, facing off against Glenbard South (15th at State last year), Illinois Math and Science Academy (16th in State), and Whitney Young (3rd in State). Igor Fortel (Bd 6) , Thomas Dykes (Bd 8) and myself (Ben Rothschild) went 4-0 on our boards, placing first in our sections. Joseph Liu (Bd 3) and Oscar Miranda (Bd 5) went 3.5-.5 also placing first for their boards. Our team has been working hard and we are all glad it's paying off. Our last round against Whitney Young was the most challenging with almost everyone's game being a long hard struggle. Ilan Meerovich's annotated game against Kayin Barclay (2045) is posted below and was extremely tactical and challenging. Here are two puzzles below (one is from one of my games) which are both black to move and win. Good luck and post the answers if you find them.

10 Comments:

Blogger Joseph L said...

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10:45 PM  
Blogger Ilan Meerovich said...

The first puzzle is a draw!


... 0-0-0
Ke2 Kxb7 Is a classic draw positon, White should bring his king to a light colored square eg. h1 and black cannot make further progress.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puzzle 2 Nc6, White is forced to go down an exchange or get mated with .....Nc6 2. Re1 Rd1! 3. Kh7(Rxd1 Rxd1 4. Kh7 Rb1#) Rxe1 4. Bc1 and now black is up a rook and should easily win.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

or.............Rxc6 and then continue from there but thats not important

11:59 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Actually after Nc3 Bxd4 Nxe2+ Rxe2 Rxd4 White should be able to hold a draw. Also Ilan was right I made a mistake, the first puzzle is a draw.

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