KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: Foxwood No More

The final call to abandon the popular Foxwood Open after 11 successful and well organized and run tournaments is sad. The reason of course is MONEY where the gamblers felt that the event did not merit continued encouragement to do battle on the 64 squares by raising both their hotel rates and rent for the facilities. Never mind the world class publicity given the events over the years and attraction of players from far and wide.

Noteworthy is the finish of this great event and here are the top winning chessmen who will live in glory forever and ever by braving the challenges that make chess the game of KINGS!

lst Yury Shulman and Darmen Sadvakasov 7.5 pts. OPEN.

lst Under 2100: Jonathan Corbblah, Furqan Tanwir, Evgeny Shver 6.  pts.

lst Under 1900: Keenan Olson, Yuval Shemesh, Matthew McCuistion   6. pts.

lst Under 1700: Christopher Gu 6.5 pts.

lst Under 1500: Abiye Williams 6.5 pts.

lst Under 1300:  Kola Adeyemi 6.5 pts.

lst Under 1000:  James Taggert, Jenny Ma  6. pts.

A memorable event was the IM and GM elect success of Robert Hess who emerged from the event with the cherished title all aspire to who work hard to achieve mastery of this Noble Game.

Here is a bit of chess display by the lst place winner, GM Darmen Sadvakasov (2618) vs IM Samuel Shankland (2464), 7th Round: Sicilian Defense, Keres Attack (B81).

l.e4  c5  2.Nf3  d6  3.d4  cxd4  4.Nxd4  Nf6  5.Nc3  a6  6.Be3  e6  7.g4 Nc6  8.g5  Nd7  9.h4  Be7  10.Qd2  O-O  11.O-O-O  Nxd4  12.Bxd4  b5  13.Kb1  Bb7  14.a3  Bc6  15.Rg1  Qc7  16.h5  Ne5  17.Rg3  Rab8  18.f4.

Apparently computer analysis likes 18.h6 as best.

18…Nc4  19.Bxc4  bxc4  20.Nd5.

This sharp move is White’s hold card in playing 18.f4.

20. … exd5?

Personally I think Black would be better off taking with the Bishop with followup likely being 21.exd5 e5 22.fxe5 dxe5 23.Bc3 Bxa3 where counterplay is essential to combat White’s strong attack on the Kingside. White is under the gun, too! Now, Black goes completely astray losing the essentials of the position.

21.Bxg7  Rb5 ?  22.Bc3  Qb6?  23.a4   dxe4  24.axb5  axb5  25.g6 Black resigns (1-0).

Lots of fireworks and Foxy play in that battle!

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