The second week of the Collegiate Chess League ended final weekend, and plenty of matches had been rescheduled as many faculties traveled to play over-the-board within the regional US Newbie staff occasions that had been additionally happening. A number of CCL groups did very nicely at these occasions—UChicago gained the USAT North, Princeton gained the USAT East with Cornell in third place, and UC Berkeley gained the USAT West.
Beneath are a quick rundown of all week two matches and a preview of what is going to occur within the third week.
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Division 1 Highlights
After putting first within the US Newbie Group East occasion, Princeton entered the College of Texas within the Rio Grande Valley. Princeton had been unable to repeat their success and UTRGV gained the match 12–4. Board two of Texas IM Irakli Beradez gained all 4 of their video games in opposition to the Princeton staff. He handed GM Andrew Tang the one lack of the match with a great change sacrifice on transfer 18.
Beradez went down in his final 5 seconds on transfer 34 when Andrew performed nicely… Bf6 took benefit of two pins and gained the g-pawn. After solely three strikes, Andrew made a mistake by leaving his bishop below assault and giving the rook test on g7, which might grasp after his bishop was captured. Towards Andrew’s final rook Beradze can be left with two items and the dwelling endgame modified by increments for the ultimate 20+ strikes of the sport.
In Group B, all the favourite gamers gained their matches for positive. Mijou had a crushing 12.5-2.5 efficiency in opposition to the College of Virginia. Mizzou’s high board GM Grigory Oparin performed 3/4 in his first match of the season. His second board went 4/4 in opposition to IM Harshit Raja YuMichigan after going solely 2/4 final week. This is King’s sport in opposition to Virginia’s high board FM Jason Morefield.
The king discovered transfer 26.Qxh5 and left his bishop hanging on c2 however threatened with a devastating Rxh6+. Due to this, Jason needed to defend h6 and commerce queens. Even after taking down the queens, the king’s rooks had been too robust and Morfield couldn’t save his king after the ultimate transfer 33.Bb3+.
One other powerhouse staff, SLU, equally gained a formidable 13-2 win in opposition to Umichigan. The St. Louis staff introduced in a brand new high board, GM Nicolas Theodorou. They went 4–0 initially of their season, beating all 4 Michigan gamers, together with their high board IM Ben Lee, within the sport under:
Theodoro’s robust go pawn gained him an change as Lee had to surrender his rook to stop promotion. The sport ends with Ben’s knight utterly trapped in Niko’s remaining items.
Yale had a powerful 11.5–4.5 victory over the College of Waterloo. He was led by his high board GM Nicolas Cheka who went 4/4. Right here is his final sport in opposition to Prime Board FM Richard Chen of Waterloo.
Richard captured a pawn together with his knight, and Nicholas punished his rival by pinning the knight to his queen. Pin and successful materials and taking full benefit of the sport the ultimate blow was Nxc6. This fancy knight transfer satirically ends the sport in opposition to an opponent whose username is “fancyknightmaneuvers”.
The final match was a 11-4 win over Georgia Tech at Bucharest College of Financial Research. The Romanian staff was led by high board FM Posedaru Bogdan-Stefan, with a rating of 4/4. Here’s a good sport from the match between the highest boards of each colleges.
Posedaru grinds his NM rival Iskander Arifov on the board and on the clock. On transfer 25, the positional pawn sacrifice of e6 opens up the lengthy diagonal for the bishop and queen and units the stage for the collapse of Black’s place. With lower than 30 seconds to play by this level, Arifov finally flagged off after a lovely end of 36.Qe5, pitting the queen in opposition to each of Black’s pinned rookies.
sport of the week
This week’s sport comes from SLU’s Prime Board GM Nicholas Theodoro in opposition to College of Michigan Second Board FM Justin Paul.
The GM hung his knight on f4 for 2 consecutive strikes earlier than lastly saving it, however the actual cause it was known as the sport of the week is as a result of the final transfer, 42…Qg2+. Everybody likes the sacrifice of the queen. Mix that with a pawn checkmate, and this week’s spotlight sport was a straightforward alternative.
clip of the week
This week’s clip comes from the College of Florida C staff versus the College of Mississippi in Division 10.
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Spherical three begins this weekend with matches beginning at 7 a.m. PT/16:00 CET on Saturday, February 26.
In Division One, UC Berkeley will play the College of Texas on the Rio Grande Valley. Apparently, these colleges may even play in division three. Each their A groups are undefeated thus far this season. The UChicago A staff will face one other Texas college, UT Austin.
In Division One Group B, there shall be a powerful match between playoff contenders Mijou and Bucharest. The College of Michigan and the College of Waterloo will play one another and search their first level of the season as each groups begin 0–2. Yale would play in opposition to the College of Virginia in each Division 1 and Division 5.
Division three incorporates a Massachusetts match-up between UMass Amherst and the A staff from MIT.
Many of those matches shall be streamed reside on Twitch, so you should definitely watch them!
A full checklist of pairs will be discovered right here, and fUL Division Standings can be found right here and choose “Collegiate” and “Chess”.
For any league-related questions, please electronic mail Commissioner Joe Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.