Zachary Weiner Takes Festival Crown Back to NY
The winner of ths year's Blackstone Chess Festival Open
was Zachary Weiner, 17, a senior at Stuyvesant High School
in New York. He scored a perfect 4-0 advancing him from Class A to Expert.
Along with the title of Festival Champion, Zach took
home first prize, $80.
David Harris and John Terrall tied for second at 3-1.
Terrall also finished first under 1700. Paul Gavlick
finished second under 1700.
Weiner defended the Black side of a Pirc in a difficult position
against Harris in round 3. Good defense by Black and impatience
by White led to a Black victory.
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Be3 c6 5. Qd2 b5 6. Bd3 Nbd7 7. h3 Bb7 8. Nf3
b4 9. Ne2 a5 10. e5 Nd5 11. e6!? fxe6 12. Ng5 e5 (12... N7f6 13.
Nf4 Bh6 is possible) 13. Nxh7!?
White can keep his options open with 13. O-O!
Nxe3! [Not 13... Qb6 14. Nxh7! Rxh7 15. Bxg6+ Rf7 16. dxe5 Nxe3 17. Bxf7+
Kxf7 18. fxe3+ with a dangerous attack; Perhaps 13... N7f6 14. dxe5 dxe5
15. Rad1] 14. Qxe3 Qb6 [Again, not 14... Bh6 15. Nxh7! Rxh7 16. Bxg6+
Kf8 17. f4 with attack] 15. Nxh7 O-O-O 16. Bxg6 exd4 17. Nxd4 Bh6!
with good counterplay
13... Rxh7 14. Bxg6+ Rf7 15. h4 [15. O-O exd4 16. Bxf7+
Kxf7 17. Bxd4 is more sensible] 15... exd4 16. Bxf7+ Kxf7 17. Nxd4 e5 18. Nf3
Nxe3 19. Qxe3 [White can try 19. Ng5+ Kg8 20. fxe3 $44 but Black is fine]
19... Qf6 20. Ng5+ Ke7 21. Rd1 Bh6 22. Qd3? Nc5! 23. Qh7+ Qg7 24. Qxg7+
Bxg7 25. h5 Bh6 26. Nf3 Rg8 27. Nh4 Bc8 28. Ng6+ Ke6 29. O-O Na4 30. f4 Bxf4
31. Nxf4+ exf4 32. Rxf4 Nxb2 33. Re1+ Kd5 34. h6 Rh8 35. Rh4 Nc4 36. g4? Ne5
37. g5?? Nf3+ 0-1
A good crowd of spectators was on hand to watch the event.
Jorge Sammour-Hasbun, Igor Foygel, Blitz Kings
Jorge Sammour-Hasbun emerged as the winner
of the First Blackstone Masters Blitz
with eight wins and two losses. IM Igor Foygel
finished second at 7.5-2.5 (seven wins, one draw, two losses).
David Griego and Denys Shmelov tied for third
with a score of 6-4.
Out of 30 games there was only one draw!
In the first round it became clear that everyone was here to fight. Griego chose a wild line against the Taimanov Sicilian, where White exchanges three minor pieces for Black's Queen. Griego had Shmelov under
a lot of pressure, but Denys is known for extracting himself from
Denys struck back after David blundered in time pressure. Griego
exacted his revenge in game two from the Black side of a sharp Slav.
In the second round, Foygel demonstrated that the eldest player in the field might not be the slowest by taking two games from Griego on the clock! In the fourth round Sammour took his first game with Griego, but
when David got the White pieces, Jorge suffered his first loss of the
night. Foygel split with Shmelov which set the stage for a final round shoot out. Foygel trailed by a half point, having given up a draw to Miro Reverby in the first round.
Sammour and Foygel gave the crowd an exciting finish. White won each game,
giving Jorge first place by half a point. A prize of $75
was awarded for first, and $50 for second.
The players got to enjoy pastries and beverages for playing in the event.
Special thanks to Jim Della Selva for being brave enough to fill in
at the last moment against such strong opposition.
The action drew dozens of spectators, and produced some exciting
chess. Some of the games, positions and photos will be posted.