The Amateur Eye – The Low Man

Judge Dan O’Hanion relates in Chess Life how his team mates surprised looks of jubilation when he announced, “No, I actually won.” That happened in 1993 when the team of IM Jay Bonin, Mark Ritter, and captain Harold Stenzel needed a forth player, low enough in rating to keep the team total average under 2200 in preparation for the US Amateur Team competition.

Planning is everything.  The idea for a forth player selection was to choose someone with a rating that allowed the team average to be as close to 2199 as possible, so the forth selection was important.  A team strategy is to draw on boards one and two and hopefully axing wins on three and four.

You can catch the winning conclusion on page 72 of the July 2018 issue of CHESS LIFE.

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