Tricks and Treats at the Boardwalk Open

IM Nazi Paikidze tied for first at the 2015 Boardwalk Open IM Nazi Paikidze took first in the Boardwalk Open on tiebreak
The 2015 Boardwalk Open was held at the Seaside Golf Resort in Galloway, New Jersey over Halloween weekend.   It may be unusual to lead off a story with the winner of an under section, but this is a story of tricks and treats.  Harold Scott tied for first in the Under 2100 section and took home the most money of any player in the tournament.  He won $1150 for his two way tie for first and then he and his fiancée Erika Mclean split the $600 for best mixed doubles team. The real reason to lead off with Harold is his relatively unusual way of winning the tournament.   Harold essayed the Swiss gambit, though I’m sure that was not his plan.  In round one, he was paired down.  He reached a completely lost position but he tricked his opponent.  He set up a stalemate trap and his Academy Award winning performance of “I hung my queen” got his opponent to bite.  In round two his opponent tricked himself.  His opponent had a king on f7.  His opponent thought it was a queen and played king at f7 takes h5 – obviously not legal.  Scott went on to win the game.  In round three, his opponent has one minute left at move 32 to make 8 moves for time control.  She leaves the board and comes back to find her flag down!  In round four, Scott’s higher rated opponent hung a piece! In round five, Scott asked a tricky question to the two NTDs:  can one mixed double team offer advice to the other mixed double “teammate” on a needed result.  It isn’t often players ask questions that cause two NTDs to scratch their heads, but this one did.  Are they a “team”?  Is there a “coach” or a “captain”?  We decided that a conversation in front of the TDs limited to we need (either win or draw) to win X place in mixed doubles is permissible.  One always needs a bit of luck to win a tournament and Scott certainly had his luck.  But he can also play good chess.  His last round game is a nice attacking example.

[Event "Boardwalk Open"]
[White "Scott, Harold"]
[Black "Cunningham, Omar"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c6 3. c4 e6 4. Qc2 Nf6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Nc3 Be7 7. Bd3 dxc4 8.
Bxc4 b5 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O O-O 11. Rd1 Qb6 12. e4 a6 13. e5 Nd5 14. Nxd5 exd5
15. Qf5 Qd8 16. Bd3 g6 17. Qh3 Bc8 18. Qg3 Re8 19. h4 Nf8 20. h5 Be6 21. Bh6
Qd7 22. Nh4 Kh8 23. f4 Bg4 24. hxg6 Nxg6 25. f5 Nxh4 26. e6 Qd8 27. exf7 Rf8
28. Bxf8 Bxf8 29. Qxg4 Be7 30. f6 Bxf6 31. Qh5 1-0 [/pgn]
Daniel Yedidia tied for first with Harold Scott, but didn’t seem to cast nearly as many spells to earn his 4 ½ points! One of the many treats of the tournament was IM Dr. Danny Kopec’s lectures and analysis.  CCA tournaments often have one lecture and sometimes have analysis, but in this case it was abundant.  Kopec gave a lecture “So you want to be an expert” on Saturday and conduced an endgame lecture on Sunday.  He also analyzed games for several hours on both Saturday and Sunday.  This treat was well received and well attended by the players. Here is another treat from a first round upset.  Cristenel Leava exploits his opponent’s time pressure mistake.  WFM Aksita Gorti played 34. … Nxc3.  Find the move to convert the advantage. POSITION AFTER MOVE 34:
  White to move; Show Solution
The game ended 35. Rxb6 Qd7  36 Qxd7 Rxd7  37. Rxf6 Ne2  38. Ra5 Nxd4  39.  Nxd5 Kb8  40. Rf4 1-0
Another treat of the tournament was the tournament directors put candy at all the boards on Saturday night.  One brave tournament director even dressed for the occasion. Tigger The Open section had 27 players, but was very strong with nearly half the tournament being over 2200.  Two GMs and two IMs led the field and were joined by nine other masters including two FMs.   The tournament was won by IM Nazi Paikidze, GM Sergey Kudrin and senior master Igor Sorkin.  All scored three wins and two draws playing virtually all the top players.  Paikidze played GMs Kudrin and Kovalev and IM Sarkar.  In the following game, she sacrifices an exchange and defeats the tournament’s top seed GM Vladislav Kovalev

[Event "Boardwalk Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.10.31"]
[White "Kovalev, Vladislav"]
[Black "Paikidze, Nazi"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D00"]
[WhiteElo "2596"]
[BlackElo "2373"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bf4 c6 4. e3 g6 5. h4 h5 6. Qd2 Bg7 7. Nf3 Nbd7 8. O-O-O
b5 9. Ng5 Qa5 10. f3 Nb6 11. a3 O-O 12. Kb1 Nc4 13. Bxc4 bxc4 14. e4 dxe4 15.
Ngxe4 Rd8 16. Nxf6+ exf6 17. Ne4 Qxd2 18. Bxd2 Be6 19. c3 f5 20. Nc5 Bd5 21.
Rhe1 Re8 22. Bf4 Bf6 23. Bg5 Bxg5 24. hxg5 Kg7 25. Nd7 Re6 26. Nf6 Rxf6 27.
gxf6+ Kxf6 28. Kc2 Rb8 29. Rd2 g5 30. Kd1 h4 31. Ke2 h3 32. gxh3 Rh8 33. Rh1 g4
34. Ke3 Bxf3 35. Rhh2 Re8+ 36. Kf2 Kg5 37. hxg4 fxg4 38. Rh7 f5 39. Rxa7 Rh8
40. d5 Rh2+ 41. Ke1 Rh1+ 42. Kf2 Bxd5 43. Ke3 f4+ 44. Kd4 Re1 45. Rg7+ Kf5 46.
a4 f3 47. a5 Re2 48. Rd1 f2 49. Kc5 Kf4 50. a6 Re8 51. a7 g3 52. Rf1 Kf3 53.
Kb6 g2 54. Ra1 f1=Q 55. a8=Q Rxa8 56. Rxa8 0-1[/pgn]
Nazi scored ½ tiebreak point more than Kudrin and earned the $100 bonus for best tiebreaks.  She started 3-0 and drew Kudrin quickly in round four and then had a hard fought draw versus Sarkar in round 5. Kudrin also started 3-0 including a round three win over Sarkar.  He then coasted into first playing a 12 move draw versus Paikidze in round four and a 10 move draw versus Sorkin in round 5.  Kudrin occupied board 1 for all five rounds.  The top seed played the two day schedule and drew before the schedules merged. Sorkin also drew two games.  He had black against the two GMs and drew both.  Here is Sorkins’s trick.  He defeats life master Nasir Akylbekov in 17 moves!  Akylbekov resigns, but the position is nearly equal!  

[Event "Boardwalk Open"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.11.01"]
[White "Sorkin, Igor"]
[Black "Akylbekov, Nasir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A57"]
[WhiteElo "2488"]
[BlackElo "2430"]
[PlyCount "35"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 O-O 6. Be2 c5 7. d5 b5 8. cxb5 a6
9. a4 axb5 10. Bxb5 Ba6 11. Bf4 Qa5 12. O-O Qb4 13. Qc2 Nbd7 14. Bd2 Nb6 15.
Rfb1 c4 16. Ra3 Rfb8 17. e5 dxe5 18. Ne4 1-0 [/pgn]
The final position looks bad for black, but it is actually only slightly better for white.  Can you find the move that saves the game? Show Solution
18...c3! saves the queen and leads to balanced positions.
It is not often that a 2400 and a 2300 miss a move like this and resign an equal position.  Maybe the tournament room is haunted?! The fourth round pairings were also tricky.  The 2 ½ point scoregroup in the Under 2100 section had 7 players with 6 players were due black (after all this is a Halloween tournament!) The Under 1700 section had a clear winner.  Gerard Wasserbauer scored 4 ½ = ½ to win clear first and $1200.   The Under 1300 section ended in a four way tie for first.  Kyril Kavetsky, Aryan Jhaveri, Noah Xu, and James Tuzeneu all scored 4-1 and won $400.  It could have been a 5 way tie for first, but one of the last games to end finished in a draw.   Nasir Akylbekov won the blitz tournament with a perfect score of 8-0.  He won $90 for his efforts. As mentioned Harold Scott and Erika McLean won the mixed doubles prize with a combined score of 7.  The 2nd and 3rd place mixed doubles were won by IM Nazi Paikidze/Anshu Nunemunthala   and Saniya Savla/Nicolas Cardenas scored 6 points with each team winning $300. NTDs Steve Immitt and David Hater directed the tournament for Continental Chess.  Full tournaments results including more games can be found at Finally, the last treat is a personal one.  I started the tournament as an active duty Army Colonel.  I ended the tournament as a retired Army Colonel and, at least for me, that is the biggest treat of all!  Now I can play and direct more chess tournaments!