Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Wildcard Game #4
Wildcard #4: IM Dmitry Schneider (QNS) vs GM Eugene Perelshteyn (BOS) 1-0
Jonathan Hilton: When I heard it was time for me to pick my second WildCard Game for Game of the Year, my immediate thought was: oh no, what if I pick a game as bad as Bonin vs Shmelov from last year? I'd had this particular game in mind — it was a little messy, but it was exciting and hard fought – I scrutinized it a bit using the computer just to make sure. Since there seemed to be no obvious outright blunders, I figured give it a go. I felt Schneider's enterprising play, especially putting the Queen on c1, led to a rich middlegame. Perelshteyn seemed to put up tough resistance once he sacrificed the exchange, however one would expect no less, since he authored a book on the Accelerated Dragon with Alburt & Dzindzi not all that long ago.