USCL Week 4 recap: Back on Track!
It took a long time, but on Tuesday NJ picked up its first match win against Los Angeles. It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it :)
With the win New Jersey moves out of the gutter and into 3rd place in the Atlantic Division, though with still just one match point seperating first and last place there's plenty of exciting chess left to be seen.
First to finish was a decidedly one-sided affair on board 4, where despite showing up late Nicky Korba took advantage of an early miscalculation and never looked back:
This left us in an early hole, but not for long. GM Stripunsky struck back with a positional masterpiece over fellow GM Melikset Khachiyan:
This leveled the match at a point apiece. GM Benjamin had a crazy game featuring mutual time pressure in a ridiculously complicated position, yet it somehow petered into a draw:
Not exactly one of the best-played games of all time, but I'll take the point. Very late at night, after over 90 moves and 3.5 hours of play (hardly a long game by tournament standards, but by USCL this is a very very long game), there really wasn't much to complain about :D