World East Amateur Team Recap

Last week, Team #Pawn# debut at World East Amateur Team in NJ.

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From Left to Right, Ryan Wang, Suraj Ramanathan, Evan Park, and Qibiao Wang

We finished 4.5 out of 6.0, ranked 34 out of 326 teams. Good job, everyone!

Then I want to show you some interesting positions we played during the match.

The first game I was black, playing against FM Kapil Chandran (FIDE 2398) from Princeton University A. We started from Catalan Stonewall variation, and reached this position on move 26.

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Kapil Chandran vs Qibiao Wang

26…f4! 27. g4 Qh4 28. Bf3 Qh3! 29. Rc3 Rh7 30. Qd4 Rh4 31. Qa7!?

A very tricky move played by Kapil. I was scared about 32. Rxc6 and therefore played 31… Qh2+ 32. Kf1 Rxg4 A little bit better position for black but we got a peaceful draw at the end. Probably 31… Re8! would be more accurate and I don’t see any good defense for white.

Evan Park is one of my favorite students. He is currently ranked #1 in the age of 10 in US. He had a fascinating positon in round 2, and a queen sacrifice would have been a nice finish of the game.

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Let’s take one minute to think. How can black win by tactics?

22…Nxe4!! Bang! Queen sacrifice and it’s almost game over! For example, 23. Bxe7 h2+ 24. Kh1 Ng3# would be a nice combination!

What does our team name #Pawn# mean? It’s pawn checkmate! Our team didn’t have a chance to win by pawn mate, but we did have a lot of fun!

See you next year.

Regards,

Coach Qibiao Wang

 

 

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