Mate with just two knights; cute combination; nice rook endgame and hallucinations at Murph Madness
On January 30, 2017, our local player Michael Graves organized a chess tournament 'Murph Madness' as an appreciation sign for his out-of-town former Marine friend's visit. There were prizes, no entry fee, free pizza and some hot contested rapid (time control game in 15+2) games. Many experts and masters showed up to play in this 5 round event. I managed to play some interesting games, that I would like to cover in this blog.
In the first round of the tournament, I played one of my worst games, blundering multiple times. I felt very tired after work and I initially had problems adjusting to the time control of 15 minutes with 5 second increment.
Second round win vs an expert Josh Quint went much smoother, although it wasn't flawless either.
In round 3, my opponent expert opponent had a massive oversight, and I scored a quick win.
In round 4, I sacrificed a pawn early for an initiative vs an expert Earl Salazar who ultimately won the tournament with 4.5/5. We arrived to this juncture in the game:
In round 5, I outplayed a master Glenn Bidari from slightly worse Rook endgame. The active Rook play and the final checkmating net are quite instructive moments.
I finished the tournament with 4 out of 5, tying for a 2nd place with 4 other players. It was a fun event at the Las Vegas Chess Center, and I enjoyed it a lot!