Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

The fifth week was the primary BYE week scheduled within the common season, however there was nonetheless a variety of motion as a number of groups rescheduled matches for this weekend. It was additionally an thrilling week for Princeton captain GM Andrew Tang, who superior to the Grand Finals in’s Bullet Chess Championship, incomes this week’s Gamers Highlight.

That is the fifth week recap popping out this weekend and a preview of Spherical 5, with matches beginning Saturday, March 19 at 7 a.m. PT,

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Matches are broadcast on Twitch.television/CollegiateChessLeague with commentary by the league’s commissioner, Joe Lee, with further visitors all through the season.

Division 1 Highlights

There have been nonetheless 4 Division One matchups within the bye week on account of rescheduling groups from the earlier week. Rival Texas faculties The College of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the College of Texas at Austin truly determined to play their spherical 5 matches per week earlier. Each groups had a Grandmaster within the lineup. UTRGV’s GM Arman Mikaelyan took on UT Austin’s GM Ruifeng Li, who struggled in opposition to the UTRGV lineup solely to defeat his fourth board IM Dante Beukes. Here’s a recreation between two grandmasters.

Armaan had black items in opposition to Ruifeng and on the go one performed a5 in opposition to Ruifeng’s 1. b3. On the second transfer, Armaan caught along with his recreation plan on the queenside and performed a4, disrupting Ruifeng’s pawn construction. Regardless of the unorthodox opening, Armaan managed to equalize and ultimately devised a technique with the sacrifice of a pawn on transfer 22, resulting in White’s queen and rook’s skewer. After profitable the alternate, UTRGV GM took benefit of Ruifeng’s weak again rank to first seize a pawn on transfer 29 after which push to f3. This transfer is particularly good for conserving the pawn on board and conserving the strain on Lee to resolve his earlier rank’s issues.

Lee pushes h4 for house, however this permits Black to sneak in to win much more materials along with his rook. Weak white bishops tried to push Mikaelian’s rooks away, however Mikaelian’s rooks have been an excessive amount of to defend with the pawns on f2 and a2. The sport ended with good technique 38… Rxd4 benefiting from the overworked rook whereas defending each the bishop and the f1 promotion. UTRGV will win the match 10-6.

The match was underway between UTRGV and UT Austin, with UC Chicago taking part in UC San Diego. These two groups have been the champions final season, with UChicago profitable D1 and UCSD profitable D2. The Chicago staff was led by their high board GM Praveen Balakrishnan in addition to three FMs on their board Kapil Chandran, who each went 4–0 in opposition to a robust San Diego staff.

Together with the weekly arenas, Praveen has performed 20 CCL video games thus far this season and has a rating of 19.5/20 (getting a draw solely in opposition to GM Andrew Tang in his Spherical One match in opposition to Princeton). This is a loopy recreation from Praveen from the match in opposition to Chanin Tangarthrakul, one other board from San Diego.

Praveen’s king was minimize from kingside castling by the bishop on a3, so he prepares to maneuver to queenside by creating the primary bishop to d7. White has a fairly strong response with Qd4 if Praveen threatens the e4 pawn in addition to the a7 pawn for a very long time. Praveen works to GM and utterly ignores each threats and castles anyway. White wins the pawn along with his queen and brings the queen nearer to Black’s king in what seems to be a crushing assault. Within the place proven above, there is just one transfer for Black, and Praveen finds it.

He performed nice Bxh3!! And the analysis reads triple zero perpetually! Another transfer there and White is profitable by no less than +7. The purpose is twofold, if White takes with the g pawn, Black can now swing the rook right down to d2, which results in mate with a devastating test, and if White doesn’t take, any bishop. The trick is giving again all momentum to a found test. to darken. After White escapes a couple of checks, Chanin brings the queen again to guard her now uncovered king. This allowed Praveen to sacrifice the bishop to additional expose the king. The Grandmaster introduced his rooks and shortly after discovered a fork profitable the bishop. A number of trades later and Praveen was clearly a winner within the king and pawn endgame. UChicago received the match 10-6.

Shortly after this match, UC San Diego would play in opposition to the College of Texas at Austin, having misplaced earlier within the day. These two groups have been just a little extra evenly matched than their earlier opponents in UTRGV and UChicago, each of that are undefeated thus far this season. UT Austin’s high two boards GM Ruifeng Lee and FM Dache Lin each beat the San Diego staff 4–0, however their backside two boards each went 0–4 to degree the match 8–8. Though Ruifeng had an ideal consequence, considered one of his video games, specifically, was removed from good. On this place, his opponent Arseny Kryazev performed Nd4 which not solely saves the knight but in addition throws a counter punch at Lee’s rook.

One way or the other Ruifeng didn’t reply and utterly freed the rook. The fourth board from San Diego was a clear rookie in opposition to the Grandmaster, however solely had a minute on his clock. Lee performed and put strain on his opponent. He managed to win an alternate for a pawn and went down a rook to grow to be a bishop and pawn. After buying and selling the final pair of rooks, Ruifeng was close to his final knight and put it to good work. He instantly received again the pawn and now there was just one bishop.

He saved on attacking with a difficult knight and, beneath time strain, Arseny saved the g-pawn and missed the Nd3+, leaving the king and bishop in transfer 52. Though the Grandmaster had introduced the sport again from a rookie, Arseny nonetheless insisted. Received and was in a position to win a pawn whereas the Knights of Ruifeng captured the bishop. Ruifeng wanted to deliver the knight again to cease Arseny’s newly handed pawn, and as soon as once more Ruifeng was down a bit. Nonetheless, his king was all set to begin profitable some pawns and managed to harass White’s knights. The Texas participant was then in a position to start pushing his passing pawns down the board in unison, and the San Diego participant couldn’t maintain on to the strain of time. Kryazev ultimately resigned at step 79. For time strain context, he had lower than 20 seconds on the clock since step 37. Ruifeng returned in an important recreation for an 8-8 tie.

The ultimate Division One match was between the College of Michigan and the College of Waterloo. It was the closest match of the weekend main as much as the final recreation between Michigan captain Kevin Haas and Waterloo’s two IMs on the board, Michael Track.

Each gamers have been in a profitable place to interrupt the tie 7.5–7.5. The sport was pretty good, with Kevin gaining a short while edge over his worldwide grasp rival. Kevin decides to gamble the 2 pawns for sturdy rookie exercise on a file pointing to Black’s king. Michael was in a position to commerce queens to make his king really feel just a little safer, however Kevin’s rookie exercise was in a position to win again the pawns and make an out of doors passer-by on the H file. The 2 gamers have been in a scuffle at one level when Kevin instinctively went for the h6 pawn push, which allowed the bishop to be stopped and the bishop to win. Track quickly received the H pawn and held on for the clutch win and took the match 8.5–7.5 in favor of Waterloo.
recreation of the week

The sport of the week comes from UChicago GM Praveen Balakrishnan in opposition to UCSD’s Board 3 FM Vatsal Singhania. It was a wonderful recreation from begin to end.

Praveen begins the sport early with Nf3, c4, fianchettoes the bishop to g2 and castles kingside. This strong improvement permits him to assault early, and he does so by centering his knight on e5 after his opponent strikes to c4. Vatsal develops to the middle with Nc6, permitting Praveen to triple Black’s c pawns aside. As a substitute of taking up c6 with the fiancé bishop attacking Black’s rook, Balakrishnan makes 5 consecutive knight strikes to win two of the triple pawns and finally ends up on a wonderful outpost sq. on c5. Black develops his bishop to commerce it for White’s sturdy fiancé bishop, however after the commerce Praveen sees the knight sacrifice 21. Nxe6 might be retrieved in two methods. If fxe6, the queen can now take the knight again on c6, and if the queen c6 takes e6 making an attempt to defend the knight, White has a fork from their pawn to d5 that was performed within the recreation .

Black tries to seize the knight, however Praveen captures the opposite piece and wins the knight again anyway. Black goes for a queen commerce when Praveen finds one other sturdy transfer 25. Be5 assaults Black’s queen and defends White. If Black trades queens, the bishop recaptures with the rook’s fork. So Vatsal strikes the queen however permits accelerated improvement of the rook d4 the place it swings with pace on the queen and reverse Black’s king on the g file. Black tries to kick the queen, however it’s too late. White takes on g7+ with the rook and strikes to the king heart to keep away from discovering any rooks with the bishop on e5. Praveen ignores the risk to his queen and calmly captures the h7 pawn which threatens the Rh8 mate. Singhania performs f6 to liberate house for the king and pose a double risk to Balakrishnan’s bishop and queen.

So now the queens are lastly traded, however the grandmasters discover a good technique to win an alternate. 31. d6 Hangs a bishop however threatens to take again the bishop with a thorn on the king and stops on the earlier rank. Black takes on the bishop, checks in with the proficient rook, and as a substitute of buying and selling rooks, he finds the fantastic dagger and deflection technique 33. BXF 6+ is profitable alternate. Praveen brings his final rook to paralyze Black’s items and strikes his pawns for conclusion to the sport. He provides the test to the king and as a substitute of profitable a bit, he finally ends up with a clean rook ladder mate. It was considered one of Praveen’s 4 victories in that match, main his staff to a 10-6 victory.

participant highlight
Participant of the Week goes to Princeton’s Captain Tang, who has competed in’s Bullet Chess Championship over the previous few weeks, dropping to GM Hikaru Nakamura to complete second. Tang defeated GM Fabiano Caruana 10–9 within the first spherical, GM Jose Martinez 9.5–8.5 within the second spherical, IM Tuan Minh Le 9–8 within the third spherical, 11.5–9.5 over Hikaru within the winner’s ultimate. Misplaced and defeated GM Daniel Naroditsky 11. -8 within the dropping ultimate earlier than lastly reaching the Grand Ultimate the place he would ultimately lose 11-8 to Nakamura. Tang received a grand prize of $15,000 for her superb efficiency.
clip of the week

This week’s clip comes from the time scramble between the fourth board within the UCSD vs UCicago match in D1.

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upcoming matches

The fifth spherical will resume later this week, with matches beginning Saturday, March 19 at 7 a.m. PT, There are solely three rounds left within the season, so these matches are essential for groups preventing for a playoff spot.

There are two rivalry matches to look at in Division One: the College of Chicago will play in opposition to Northwestern College and UC Berkeley will play in opposition to UC San Diego.

Taking part in in opposition to UCLA, Princeton are nonetheless seeking to rating their first win of the season. SLU might be seeking to make a comeback after dropping their first match in opposition to Yale final week, and they’ll play in opposition to the College of Virginia.
Each Yale and Mizo wish to proceed their undefeated season. Yale will play Bucharest for the primary time since final season when Yale received 9-7. Mizou will play the College of Waterloo. If Mizo and Yale each win this weekend, they are going to each lead 5-0 of their one-on-one match in spherical six.

Georgia Tech are nonetheless on the lookout for their first win, and they’ll play the College of Michigan in what looks as if an pressing match to see Georgia qualify for the playoffs.

Many of those matches might be streamed dwell on Twitch, so be sure you watch them!

A full checklist of pairs might be discovered right here, and fAfter navigating to Collegiate Chess the UL Division Standings can be found right here.

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