SuperNationals Six Saturday: The Show Goes on

Saturday at Nationals is always intense, with three back to back rounds. The schedule recalls advice from our top contenders that rest and relaxation is key to success: "Keep a good physical stature as well as a mental one, because your body ultimately decides whether you play at your peak or not ", said Rayan Taghizadeh, top seed in the K-9. At this year's edition of the SuperNationals, the largest chess tournament in history, competition got very fierce today in the open sections with top seeds starting to battle. But first, a look at some more fashion highlights spotted by IM Greg Shahade and photographer Jim Doyle https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863490913078841344 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863498566161006593 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863505343007014912 https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863492760069918724 In the K-12 Championships, Ethan Li was close to capturing the clear lead and defeating IM Kesav Viswanadha but fell into time pressure and was unable to find the clear path to victory. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863598563410030592
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[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-12 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.04.19"]
[White "Li, Ethan"]
[Black "Viswanadha, Kesa"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2392"]
[BlackElo "2458"]
[PlyCount "155"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:05"]
[BlackClock "0:03:19"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 b6 4. Bd3 Bb7 5. O-O d5 6. Ne5 Bd6 7. Nd2 a6 8. a4
Nbd7 9. f4 c5 10. b3 O-O 11. Bb2 cxd4 12. exd4 Ne4 13. Nxe4 dxe4 14. Bc4 Bd5
15. Qe2 a5 16. Bb5 Nf6 17. c4 Bb7 18. Rac1 Rc8 19. Rc3 Qe7 20. Rg3 Rfd8 21. Rh3
g6 22. Qe3 Qc7 23. Qg3 Be7 24. Kh1 Bf8 25. f5 exf5 26. Rxf5 Bg7 27. Rf1 h5 28.
Qh4 Nh7 29. Re3 Bxe5 30. dxe5 Qc5 31. Qf4 Qe7 32. e6 f6 33. Qh6 Qg7 34. Qxg7+
Kxg7 35. Bd7 Rc7 36. Bd4 Rcxd7 37. exd7 Rxd7 38. Bxb6 f5 39. Bxa5 Ng5 40. Bc3+
Kh7 41. b4 Ne6 42. g3 h4 43. Kg2 Rf7 44. b5 g5 45. a5 Kg6 46. a6 Bc8 47. Be5
Rd7 48. Ra1 Rd2+ 49. Kg1 h3 50. a7 Bb7 51. a8=Q Bxa8 52. Rxa8 Rd1+ 53. Kf2 Rh1
54. b6 Rxh2+ 55. Kg1 Rg2+ 56. Kh1 Nc5 57. Ra1 Kh5 58. Bd4 Nd7 59. c5 Nb8 60.
Be5 Nc6 61. b7 Rc2 62. Rc3 Rb2 63. b8=Q Nxb8 64. Bxb8 Rxb8 65. c6 Kg4 66. c7
Rc8 67. Kh2 e3 68. Re1 f4 69. Rc4 Kf3 70. gxf4 g4 71. Rxe3+ Kxe3 72. f5 Kf3 73.
Rc3+ Kf2 74. f6 g3+ 75. Kxh3 g2 76. Rc2+ Kf3 77. Rc3+ Kf2 78. Rc2+ {[%clk ]}
1/2-1/2

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Gus Huston is the only perfect score in the K-5 Championships. https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863566657293361153
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[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-6 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.04.19"]
[White "Huston, Gus"]
[Black "Hung, Daniel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2062"]
[BlackElo "2191"]
[PlyCount "123"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:38:50"]
[BlackClock "0:10:25"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Ngf3 cxd4 6. Bc4 Qd6 7. O-O Nf6 8.
Nb3 Nc6 9. Re1 a6 10. Nbxd4 Nxd4 11. Nxd4 Qc7 12. Bf1 Bd6 13. Nf5 Bxh2+ 14. Kh1
O-O 15. Nxg7 Kxg7 16. Qd4 e5 17. Qh4 Ng4 18. f3 Qb6 19. Bd3 Nf2+ 20. Kxh2 Nxd3
21. cxd3 Re8 22. d4 Qg6 23. dxe5 Bf5 24. Bd2 h5 25. Rad1 Bc2 26. Rc1 Re6 27.
Re3 Rg8 28. Rg1 Bf5 29. Bb4 Qh6 30. Re2 Kh7 31. Bd2 Qg6 32. Bf4 Bd3 33. Rd2 Kg7
34. Rgd1 Bb5 35. Rd4 Bc6 36. R1d2 Kh7 37. Qh3 Kg7 38. Bg3 Rge8 39. Rf2 Rh8 40.
Rh4 Qd3 41. f4 Rg6 42. f5 Rg4 43. e6 Be4 44. Rxg4+ hxg4 45. f6+ Kg8 46. exf7+
Kxf7 47. Qxh8 Bg6 48. Qg7+ Ke6 49. Qe7+ Kd5 50. Rd2 Qxd2 51. Qd8+ Ke4 52. Qxd2
Bf7 53. Qf4+ Kd3 54. Qd6+ Kc2 55. Qc7+ Kb1 56. Qxf7 a5 57. Qc4 b5 58. Qc3 b4
59. Qc4 b3 60. f7 bxa2 61. f8=Q a1=N 62. Qff1+ {[%clk ]} 1-0

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Joseph Wan is the only perfect score in the K-9 Championships after he won a crucial round five game vs. Jacob Furfine.
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[Event "SuperNationals VI"]
[Site "K-9 Championship Board 1"]
[Date "2017.04.19"]
[White "Furfine, Jacob"]
[Black "Wan, Joseph"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2293"]
[BlackElo "2247"]
[PlyCount "192"]
[EventDate "2017.??.??"]
[Source "ChessStream.com"]
[WhiteClock "0:00:43"]
[BlackClock "0:00:43"]

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. e3 d5 6. Nbd2 Bd6 7. Bg3 Qe7 8. Ne5
Bd7 9. Bd3 a6 10. e4 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 cxd4 13. Nxc6 Bxc6 14. Bxc6+
bxc6 15. Qxd4 e5 16. Qc4 Qc7 17. O-O O-O 18. Rad1 Rfe8 19. Rd2 h6 20. Rfd1 Re6
21. h3 a5 22. Kh2 Rae8 23. b4 axb4 24. cxb4 Bf8 25. Rd7 Qb8 26. a3 Qb6 27. Re1
Qb8 28. Qd3 Qc8 29. Rd1 Qa8 30. Rd2 Qa4 31. Bh4 e4 32. Qe3 Qb5 33. Qf4 f5 34.
a4 Qb8 35. Bg3 Qxf4 36. Bxf4 Bxb4 37. Rb2 c5 38. Bd2 Bxd2 39. Rdxd2 f4 40. Rd7
e3 41. fxe3 fxe3 42. Rbb7 Rg6 43. Re7 Rxe7 44. Rxe7 Ra6 45. Re4 e2 46. Rxe2
Rxa4 47. Re7 Rd4 48. Rc7 c4 49. Kg1 Kh7 50. Kf2 Kg6 51. Ke3 Rd3+ 52. Ke4 Rg3
53. Rxc4 Rxg2 54. Kf3 Ra2 55. Kg4 h5+ 56. Kf4 Ra6 57. h4 Rf6+ 58. Kg3 Re6 59.
Kf4 Kf6 60. Ra4 Rc6 61. Rb4 Rc1 62. Rb6+ {[%clk ]} Kf7 {[%clk ]} 63. Rb7+ Kg6
64. Rb6+ {[%clk ]} Kh7 {[%clk ]} 65. Rb4 Rg1 66. Kf3 Kh6 67. Ra4 Rb1 68. Kf4
Rb3 69. Rc4 {[%clk ]} g6 70. Ra4 Rh3 71. Ke5 Rg3 72. Kf6 Rg4 73. Ra8 Rf4+ 74.
Ke5 Rxh4 75. Ra1 Rg4 76. Kf6 Rf4+ 77. Ke5 Kg5 78. Rg1+ {[%clk ]} Rg4 {[%clk ]}
79. Rf1 Rg2 80. Ke4 h4 81. Kf3 Rg3+ {[%clk ]} 82. Kf2 {[%clk ]} Kg4 83. Ra1
Rf3+ 84. Kg2 g5 85. Ra4+ {[%clk ]} Rf4 {[%clk ]} 86. Ra3 Rd4 87. Ra2 h3+ 88.
Kh2 Kh4 89. Ra3 g4 90. Kg1 g3 91. Ra1 {[%clk ]} h2+ 92. Kg2 Rd2+ 93. Kf3 Rf2+
94. Ke3 Rf8 95. Ra7 Kh3 96. Ra1 g2 {[%clk ]} 0-1[/pgn]
Find games from other sections and watch the final two rounds here.  Follow pairings and standings here.  https://twitter.com/USChess/status/863576762550243329 Meanwhile, visiting stars continued to inspire. https://twitter.com/MauriceAshley/status/863572546272321540 https://twitter.com/GregShahade/status/863565176985014272 https://twitter.com/LeilaDAquin/status/863491989584715776 Follow pairings and standings on the official site, live games here, and our live twitter feed here.

Comments

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Fun games! I particularly enjoyed the creativity by Gus, but he also showed a strong understanding of how to solidify your position as you simultaneously work to convert your advantage into a win. And, of course, tactical motifs close the deal. Joseph's persistence in the R&P endgame was not just a technical lesson, but one that reminds us to study how to defend against such players. Wow! Congrats to all the winners and to the US Chess staff and volunteers on one of the greatest scholastic chess tournaments in history!

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