Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Championship Game of the Week

This year Game of the Week will be decided upon by IM Greg Shahade and NM Arun Sharma together. First place each week will receive a $200 bonus prize ($150 going to the winner of the game, $50 to the loser), second place $75, and third place $50 (both second and third going entirely to the winner).


*Due to the lower number of games played in the Championship, only the prizes for the first place game will be given out.

1st Place: GM Mesgen Amanov (CHC) vs GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY) 0-1

GM Kacheishvili played the somewhat unnatural looking 35... Na4, eventually squeezing out a nice win in a famous ending.

Another strong performance by Kacheishvili. All season he has been winning nice games via slowly and methodically outplaying his opponent, and this game, in the most important of USCL settings, was a good example. He just seemed to get a nice edge in the middlegame which he eventually converted to a powerful passed Pawn in the endgame which he converted cleanly. Considering the quality and that this was the decisive game - the runaway winner to us!

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