Chess Life - July 2009 by Daniel Lucas

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And then at some point, ten years from now ... I don’t know how things will turn up. Now tell me, when was this beautiful destiny of meeting Iweta? Aaargh, my favorite! We met at the First Saturday tournaments. We played in the same tournament and actually we played against each other. It was a draw. In the game I was completely winning. Then I was two pawns up in a rook endgame. It was one of those tricky rook endgames. I had not really studied endgames that much, and ... she drew. And people are always making fun of me saying I gave her a draw, but that was not the case.

48. fxg6 49. Ra8 Rc1 50. Rb8 Rg1?? Unbelievable. After 50. Rd1+ 51. Kc5 Rb1 Black easily holds on (52. a6 Rc1+) but he goes after a pawn. 51. Rxb7+ Kd8 52. Kd6 Kc8 53. Rc7+ Kb8 54. Rc5 Re1 55. Re5 Rg1 56. Ke7, Black resigned. The moral is that sometimes giving check can be our safety valve. Furthermore, it is advisable to play out endgames even if they do not promise much. It is worthwhile to keep fighting if there is a slight hope for a win. qxp:chess life 6/11/09 7:31 PM Page 48 2009 WORLD CHESS LIVE GRAND PRIX SUMMARY World Chess Live sponsors over $25,000 at the 2009 Grand Prix!

Close at Nakamura’s heels was GMelect Robert Hess, of New York City, who captured the imagination of the spectators, and in some ways stole the show with several upset wins. org place in the last round. His 2789 performance rating is staggering when you consider he entered the event at 2485. In the end he couldn’t quite keep pace with Nakamura, and finished in second place, a half point back. Also tied for second was Alexander Onischuk, who wore down his student Ray Robson in one of the last games to finish.

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