Friday, October 05, 2007

NJ Knockouts Slay Carolina Cobras

Friedman - Zaikov
Can White try for a win here?

The New Jersey Knockouts won their second match in a row on Wednesday night by defeating the Carolina Cobras 2.5-1.5 in Round 6 of US Chess League action thanks mostly to a brilliant victory by 15-year-old Expert Jayson Lian over a master on Board 4. I have annotated the games, all of which featured very interesting opening struggles. The most complex and interesting game of the night was Friedman - Zaikov, where Black played a very interesting gambit in a wild line of the Najdorf to which White responded with a gambit of his own -- giving up three pawns for a strong initiative. In the diagram above, could White have tried for more than the drawish ending he achieved after 26.Ng7+?

You can read more about the match at the NJ Knockouts blog. The victory places New Jersey a respectable 6th out of 12 in the US Chess League Quantitative Power Rankings.

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Blogger DG said...

Michael - You linked the comments to the QPR post, not the post itself. Was that intentional?

Fri Oct 05, 09:44:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Michael Goeller said...

Thanks for the correction. The link is fixed. I was working quickly and grabbed the wrong URL off your site.

Fri Oct 05, 02:10:00 PM EDT  

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