US Chess League Week 4: NY Knights vs SF Mechanics
Week 4 of the US Chess League has come to an end. Overall, it was a good one for us, the NY Knights, as we defeated the SF Mechanics 2.5-1.5, handing them their first loss of the tournament. Always nice to play spoiler . The victory against the Mechanics gives us sole lead in our division for now. For me, it's the first time playing in the USCL, and a team tournament. It's exciting to know that you're contributing to your team's success (or misfortune ). Our lineup against the Mechanics was as follows:
Board 1 SF GM Vinay Bhat - NY GM Pascal Charbonneau (Draw)
Board 2 NY Matt Herman - SF IM Daniel Naroditsky (0-1)
Board 3 SF Andy Lee - NY Akshat Chandra, me (0-1)
Board 4 NY Alexander King - Vignesh Panchantham (1-0)
Here is my game against Andy.
I apologize for limiting my analysis to exclamation points and question marks, but I'm still getting familiar with chess.com's settings. To recap the game, I was under pressure throughout, but a couple of bad decisions from my opponent allowed me to escape with victory.The only thing positive I've been able to extract from this game is that I can find good moves when I'm in time pressure. 29.Rfe8 ! and 31.Qd4 ! were both played when I had less then a minute. I'll leave you to work out what happens if White plays Nd5 after both those moves. If only I could find good moves when I actually have time on my clock
Week 5 has us Knights crossing swords (sorry,bad pun ) with divison rival Philadelphia Iventors on Sept 25, 7pm EST.
Don't miss the action and thanks for reading ! To read about my chess adventures, you can visit my blog QuestToGm.
GO KNIGHTS !