2017 Invitational Games
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Some of the more interesting games are highlighted in green.
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Group A - Round 1
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Adam ZweigerAlex Zhao1-0Alex left a knight hanging in the middle game
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Keenan LiouEthan Cartagena1/2-1/2Ethan was way behind, but convinced Keenan that stalemate was inevitable and they agreed to a draw. In fact, Keenan could have avoided the stalemate by running to h1 and taking the rook with his knight.
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Collin LiouAlan Finkelstein1-0It was a crazy up and down game, but Alan left his queen hanging and resigned
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Group A - Round 2
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Alan FinkelsteinAlex Zhao1-0It came down to a close Queen and bishop endgame, but Alex made several mistakes, losing all of his pawns and then the game.
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Ethan CartagenaCollin Liou1-0It was a tight game until about 30 moves or so, until Collin made some mistakes. Still, I thought the resignation was a little premature.
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Adam ZweigerKeenan Liou1-0It came down to an interesting Queen vs two rooks endgame, and Adam prevailed with the Queen.
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Group A - Round 3
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Alex ZhaoKeenan Liou1-0Alex and Keenan won the prize for recording the most moves in a game at 66. Alex was up a piece in the middlegame but later gave it back. It was a dead drawn queen and pawn endgame until Keenan traded queens on move 37. From there, Alex displayed flawless technique to get the win.
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Collin LiouAdam Zweiger1-0Adam made the curious move 9. ... Nh5, and soon after lost a piece and things went downhill from there.
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Ethan CartagenaAlan Finkelstein1-0Ethan won a piece in the middlegame after a Polish opening and carried it toward a won endgame.
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Group A - Round 4
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Alex ZhaoEthan Cartagena0-1In a close game, Alex got outplayed in the endgame, but possibly resigned prematurely with only knights and pawns left on the board. It's not a pleasant position, but maybe he could have tried to salvage a draw.
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Keenan LiouCollin Liou0-1Keenan lost a piece on move 6, and it went downhill from there.
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Alan FinkelsteinAdam Zweiger1-0Adam was slightly ahead until 18. Qc4 lost a knight.
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Group A - Round 5
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Collin LiouAlex Zhao1-0Probably needing a win to have any chance at the championship, Collin delivered, gaining a small advantage and then outplaying Alex in the Rook and Bishop vs. Rook and Knight endgame.
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Alan FinkelsteinKeenan Liou1-0In the last game of the day to finish, it was still a close game when Keenan went under 5 minutes and they both stopped recording the moves. Eventually, Alan prevailed.
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Adam ZweigerEthan Cartagena1-0Needing a draw to ensure a playoff for the championship, Ethan pushed his kingside pawns ahead, letting Adam infiltrate with his queen and bishop and could not withstand the attack.
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Group B - Round 1
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Jared GongJacob Yuryev0-1Jared had a winning endgame, but didn't see the knight fork. 38. f6 would have led to an easy win for white.
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Nathan GongAriane Yedidia1-0AJ didn't see the knight fork in the middlegame
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Evan LeongElliott Regan0-1Evan left his awkwardly placed bishop on d3 hanging on move 5, and never recovered.
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Group B - Round 2
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Elliott ReganJacob Yuryev1-0Jacob didn't see the discovered attack on move 10.
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Ariane YedidiaEvan Leong0-1It was close for the first 19 moves, but Evan checkmated AJ on move 24 after getting his rook and queen on the 7th rank.
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Jared GongNathan Gong0-1Jared let his bishop get trapped on move 18.
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Group B - Round 3
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Jacob YuryevNathan Gong0-1In a topsy turvy game, Jacob was still up as late as move 28 but then lost the exchange on move 29 and couldn't recover.
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Evan LeongJared Gong1/2-1/244. Bd6 or Bxg5 would have won black's queen and led to an easy win. But even so, Jared agreed to a draw in a solidly winning position.
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Ariane YedidiaElliott Regan1/2-1/2AJ agreed to a draw in a position where she was well ahead.
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Group B - Round 4
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Jacob YuryevAriane Yedidia0-1An unfounded knight sacrifice on move 10 goes nowhere after Jacob doesn't see how he can recover the knight with Qxh5 a few moves later. It all ends in a pretty checkmate from AJ.
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Nathan GongEvan Leong0-1Evan crushed Nathan with a Traxler attack, mating his king in 17 moves, but Nathan actually missed 13. Qxg4 after which he would have been winning.
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Elliott ReganJared Gong1-0It was close until 18. Bd7, which let Elliott take on g7 and it was pretty much over after that.
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Group B - Round 5
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Evan LeongJacob Yuryev0-1Jacob played a solid game, building an advantage in the middlegame, leading to a won endgame.
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Elliott ReganNathan Gong0-1In this battle for the championship, Nathan slowly built up an advantage. After Elliott hung his knight, it was all over. Elliott made a sneaky attempt at stalemate in the end, but Nathan saw it.
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Jared GongAriane Yedidia1-0AJ let her knight get pinned, and Jared pounced with 13. Nd5, after which Jared started picking off pieces left and right.
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