In perhaps the biggest Tuesday nighter ever, Marius Lucan came out on top once again with an undefeated score of 8.5-1.5. Luis Andrade won the best under 1600 prize with a 6-4 score. The 23-player, 10-round G/45 event had three Experts and one A-player. It finished on June 30, 2021. Complete standings are here.
With a perfect 8-0 score, National Master Vadim Kudryavtsev clobbered the TCC92 field and won first place by 3 points. Pedro Valdericeda won the best under 1600 prize on 2.5-7.5. The 8-round G/45 event ended on May 25, 2021. Complete standings are here.
With a score of 4-1 in regular play and 2-1 in playoff blitz games, Evan Zhao came out on top in the Spring Junior Joust Finals. It was a hard fought day with some great chess played. Dennis Zhao, also with 4-1 in regular play, came in second after losing in the third game of Blitz playoff games. Wynn Marple placed third after scoring 3-2 in regular play and 1-0 in a Blitz playoff game. The 9-player spring season finale was held on June 26, 2021.
Complete standings here.
They say that one of the best ways to improve your chess skill is to go over your games. Unfortunately, most of the Junior Joust games are not recorded because of the fast time control. But, the good news is that TCC’s DGT boards and software not only let us broadcast the games on the big screen, they let us capture the game scores.
Below you will find 16 of the JJ games played last Saturday, June 12, 2021. I have lightly annotated all 16 games with the help of Stockfish 11. Hopefully, by reviewing these annotated games you can pick up some chess tips to improve your game.
I also looked for patterns.
On the positive side, the opening play was very good. Most games followed a book line for awhile. We had several Scandinavians, Ruy Lopez’s, Two Knights, Four Knights, and a few Queen Pawn openings. We even had a Fried Liver Attack. Most games saw both players Castling early, a very good thing. It seems to me that only a few games were lost due to lack of opening knowledge. Overall, time management was very good: I don’t recall seeing one game flag, at least on the top boards.
On the need-to-improve side, there were many outright hung pieces, and three hung Queens. There were three back rank self mates, and three missed mate in ones. Of course, it is painful when we make these kind of mistakes. And, we all make them, especially in fast games. But, these errors are correctable by doing a safety check before you move. “Sit on your hands” as we have been coached, and for good reason. As expected, there were many missed tactics. Many were one- or two-move combinations. While it takes more work to hone this skill, it can be done. And, the answer is to do chess puzzles every day.
Good luck and I hope you enjoy the games as much as I did.
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Codte Ziegler won the first Monday night Blitz event with a perfect 6-0 score. The 6-round event attracted 14 players. Complete standings below.
With an undefeated score of 7.5-0.5, Marius Gabriel Lucan won clear first place in TCC91. The 16-player Swiss ended April 27. Joe Walley had an outstanding tournament scoring 7-1 surpassing many higher-rated players. In the last round, Lucan’s Black King survived a fierce seven-piece attack (both Bishops, Knights, Rooks and the Queen) by TD Paschal Gay. His last round win clinched the tournament win. Complete standings here.
Marius Lucan dominated the March TCC90 Tuesday nighter with an impressive 9.5-0.5, winning first place by two points. The 10-round 14-player Swiss ended March 30, 2021. Lucan gave up only one draw in the last round to runner-up John Williams (not pictured) who finished with 7.5-1.5. Joe Walley won the Best Under 1600 prize with a score of 5.5-4.5. Complete standings are here.
Brandon Lee won his second consecutive Junior Joust season finals with a 4-1 score. The 5-round 9-player event was held on March 27, 2021. Brandon becomes only the second 2-time Junior Joust champion in the tournament’s 2.5 year history. 💪💪 Gavin Ebreo, who also finished at 4-1, put him to the test both in their regular round 3 match-up and their tie breaker blitz game to settle the prize. Ryan Archer and the Duarte brothers (Truth and Free) were unable to attend due to schedule conflicts but we look forward to seeing them continue to assert themselves into the mix in the Spring season, which starts in 2 weeks. Complete standings here.