Winter Cup 2018 – Round 3

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The ACC Winter Cup is two rated Swiss grades over 7 rounds.

Vega Links: A Grade, B Grade

2018 Winter Cup R3 PGN by Tim Ha

A Grade

Nathan Goodhue vs Allen Fan – White got a space advantage in the middle game but swapped into a slightly worse endgame. White made a mistake which allowed Black to Queen. 0-1

John Duneas vs Alex Nagorski – The players swapped down to a Queen and pawn endgame with White a pawn up on move 27. After a lot of Queen checks and maneuvering Black resigned on move 124. 1-0

Gordon Morrell vs Alphaeus Ang – Black picked up a pawn and then an exchange. But white then mounted an attack with all his pieces that Black couldn’t stop. See diagram 1-0

Morrell vs Ang after 31.. Qd8. White is down an exchange and a pawn but Stockfish rates his position at +7.0

Felix Xie vs Mike Steadman – White gave up a piece in the opening. 0-1

Xingyang Liu vs Don Eade – White made a mistake in the opening but managed to find his way though a series of tactical threats. However Black was better and gradually picked up more material. 0-1

Rodney Li vs Simon Lyall – Black made a mistake in the openign and ended up two pawns worse. He was not able to recover. 1-0

John McClory vs Winston Weng – White mis-remember the opening and then got a piece trapped. Black upgraded this to a full rook soon-after. 0-1

Jordan Lewis vs Andrew Michael – White missed a win and then a few moves later allowed a fatal attack. 0-1

Lewis vs Michael. White played 18. Nc3 and lost. What should he have played instead to win?

Aaron Wang vs A Sriram – White picked up an exchange and a pawn. Both players missed chances after that but White stayed ahead. 1-0

William Undy vs Stephen Peak – White got an attack on the castled King and Black made a mistake. 1-0

Virgina Milne vs Roy Seabrook – White gave up two pawns but was able to get them back. Black then invaded with his King to pick up another two. White missed the best move and then tried for a tactic which Black saw though. 0-1

John Pakenham vs Arkadi Polyakevich – A even looking game and then Black missed the level of threat against his castled King. Mate 4 moves later. 1-0

Upsets this round:

Rodney Li beat Simon Lyall
Gordon Morrell beat Alphaeus Ang
Andrew Michael beat Jordan Lewis

Only Allen Fan and John Duneas are on 3/3. Paul Macdonald and Gordon Morrell are on 2.5 points followed by 11 players on 2.

B Grade

Just three upsets in this round:

Brian Zhao beat Tom Fu
Hannah Xu beat Kelvin Xiao
Boyuan Zhang drew with Olivia Dong

The sole leader with 3 points after 3 rounds is Joe Wang. Just behind him are 7 players on 2.5 points.

Possible Draws in round 4:

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