US Amateur Teams East 2010, Round 1
We opened the tournament ranked 12th and turned in a solid 40 performance.
Board 1
Steve Stoyko  Ben Katz (2130) [C00]
USATE 2010/Parsippany, NJ USA (1) 2010
Stoyko has been recommending this move to me ever since we saw an SOS article on it, so I had to smile when he played it.
3... c5
The main idea is 3... dxe4 4. Bxe4 Nf6 5. Bf3 with surprising pressure on the long diagonal.
4. exd5!?
I can't find the article at the moment, but I think SOS recommends 4. c3
5. Nc3!? Qxd4 (5... Qxg2?? 6. Be4)
6. Nf3 Qd8 7.
5... cxd4 6.
7... dxc3 8. Nxc3 Qd8 9. Qe2 is sort of like a SmithMorra.
Black has to call his bluff with 8... Nxd4! 9. Nxd4 Qxd4 10. Be3!? Qxb2 11. Nd2 and it's scary, sure, but he's forced to go all in...
9. Nc3 Qh5 10. Nb5 Nd5 11. Be2 Qg6

12. Nc3
Simple chess, but I think Steve missed a shot: 12. Ng5! h5 (12... h6? 13. Bh5) 13. Bd3 Qf6 14. Ne4 Qd8 15. Nbd6+
12... Be7 13. Nxd5 exd5 14. Ne5 Nxe5 15. dxe5
17... f5 might be necessary now or later.
Otherwise Black gets rolled by f4f5
19. Re1! fxe5?! 20. Rxe5 Qf7 21. Rf5 Qe6 22. Rh5 g6?

Necessary was 22... h6 23. Re5  now it's curtains!
23... Kxh7 24. Qh5+ Kg8 25. Bxg6
24. Bxg6 Bxd4 25. Qxd4 Rf6 26. Bf7+
An amazing "attack out of nowhere."
10
Board 2
Elizabeth Vicary  Scott Massey [B08]
USATE 2010/Parsippany, NJ USA (1) 2010
1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Be2 Nf6 5. Nc3 c5!?
An "Enter the Dragon" line, which is omited from James Vigus's The Pirc in Black and White.
6. dxc5 Qa5 7.
Black has to be careful: 8... Qc7? 9. e5! Ng4 (9... dxe5? 10. Nb5 Qd8 (10... Qa5 11. b4 Qd8) 11. Qxd8+ Kxd8 12. Rad1+ Bd7 13. Nxe5) 10. exd6 Qxd6 11. Qxd6 exd6 12. Nb5
9. Nd4
Clearing the way for action by f4, after which the position really starts to resemble the Dragon.
White could adopt a simpler plan to eliminate the darksquared Bishop: 9. Qd2
Massey criticized this move, but it has been played previously by GMs and is very much in keeping with White's Classical Dragon setup. The Knight gets off the hot d4 square, drives the Queen to a less active square, and helps prevent Na5c4 which is Black's most annoying idea in these positions.
10. f4!? is more straightforward. As the players discussed after, 10... Ng4? is only a ghost...(10...
Taking away the c6 Knight's other route to c4. White can now build a bind on the position.
White might try to exploit the queen move by 11. Nd5!? Qd8 (11... Nxd5 12. exd5 Ne5 (12... Na5 13. Nxa5 Qxa5 14. Bd4) 13. Bb5+ Bd7 14. Bxd7+ Nxd7 15. Bd4 and White will eventually get pressure down the efile which is stronger than Black's on the cfile.) 12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13. c3.
This allows Black interesting queenside counterplay. White has a number of possible plans:
a) 12. g4!? is definitely White's most aggressive idea, but Black's position seems reslilient after 12... h6 ( Fritz suggests 12... Qd7?! 13. f5 h6?! 14. h4!) 13. h4!? Nh7!
b) 12. Nd5!? goes for a safe position: 12... Nxd5 13. exd5 Na5 14. Nxa5 Qxa5 15. c3 but White does not have much pull here without eliminating the darksquared Bishop.
c) 12. Bf3! is probably best, going for a bind on d5 before taking action with g4 of Nd5. White has lots of move to improve her position, including Qe2, Rad1, Kh1 etc. while Black has few ideas that don't create weaknesses.
12... a5!
Black's best try, especially now that 13.a4 Nb4 comes with tempo. Not 12... Ng4? 13. Bxg4 Bxg4 14. f5 traps the Bishop.
13. Qf2
Perhaps 13. a3 a4 14. Nd2 keeps Black's counterplay in check.
13... Bg4
13... a4!? 14. Nd4 Nxd4 (14... a3!? 15. Ndb5 Qa5 16. Bb6! (16. Nxa3 Qb4) ) 15. Bxd4 a3
14. Bd3
14. Nd5?! Nxd5 15. exd5 Bxe2 16. Qxe2 (16. Bb6 Qc8 17. Qxe2 a4) 16... a4 17. dxc6 axb3 18. cxb7 Rxa2
14... Be6
The Bishop retreats to avoidgetting trapped by f5 and discourages a4 or a3 due to Bxb3.
15. Bb6
Necessary was 16. a3 Bxb3 17. cxb3 Nd7 18. Be3 Nc5 and things are still unclear and White does have the two Bishops after Bc2 or even the interesting Bc4 inviting Black to give up the other bishop to win a pawn.

18. Nxc6 Qxc6! 19. Nd5 Nxf2 20. Nxe7+ Kh8 21. Nxc6 Nxd1
18... Bxd4+
Even better is 18... Nxd4! 19. f5 Nxf5 20. exf5 gxf5
19. Bxd4 Nxd4 20. f5 Ne5 21. fxe6 fxe6 22. Rxf8+ Qxf8
Black has a solid extra pawn and went on to win.
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[Michael Goeller]
Board 4
J. Moore  Michael Goeller [C44]
USATE 2010/Parsippany, NJ USA (1) 2010
1. c4 e5 2. e4?! Nc6 3. Nf3 Bc5 4. g3?

4... Nf6!
Black is already winning a pawn by force.
I opted for the monster Bishop rather than the monster Knight. Of course, 6... Bxe3 7. fxe3 Nxe3 8. Qe2 Nd4 9. Nxd4 exd4 is also strong.
7. fxe3 Bxe3 8. Nbd2 d6 9. Qe2 Nd4! 10. Nxd4 Bxd4!?
10... exd4 11.

13... Bg4 14. Qe1 Bxd1 15. Qxd1
22. Qh5 g6! 23. Bxg6 hxg6 24. Qxg6+ Qg7 25. Qe6+ Qf7 26. Qg4+ Kh8 27. Re6 Qf5+
22... Rf2 23. Bxh7+ Kh8 24. Qg6? Qxb2#
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[Michael Goeller]