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How to score an EPIC victory in a drawn endgame   – Thanksgiving Open, St. Louis, Rd 5, U2000

How to score an EPIC victory in a drawn endgame – Thanksgiving Open, St. Louis, Rd 5, U2000

MrCapture
Nov 28, 2017, 6:43 PM 6
  • After 4 rounds, I was 3.5/4 having previously drawn a crazy, wild game with Merrick Zheng. (I may include this game in a future post.) On my way out of the St. Louis Chess Center with my coach, NM James Neal, a couple of players in my section told me to stop the last undefeated player, which, with 4/4, happened to be Ankith Sheshappa. His 4th round game went much more smoothly than mine, as he won a nice attacking game in a Carlsbad formation as white. Despite my draw, I was still on board 1 with the white pieces against a strong player from Kansas. Looking back at his games and his previous history, it was no secret that Ankith was a force to be reckoned with. Looking through some of his games, I came across a few Open Tarrasch games, along with some Sicilians. After such a tough game in the previous round, I was happy to see openings I was familiar with. The people at the top included Ankith, Merrick, Eddison Chen, and myself, all looking to make one final push for the crown. As it turned out, Eddison won with the black pieces, and so did Merrick Zheng with the white pieces, and I realized that I had to win this game to still be in the running. However, the game for which I thought that I had come prepared took a strange course. Without further ado, here is my round 5 encounter: 

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