Wednesday, September 09, 2009

NJKOs Beat Philly to Open Season 2-0

Swaminathan - Matlin
Black to Play and Win


Friedman - Bartell
Black to Play and Win

The New Jersey Knockouts racked up their second match victory in a row last night by beating the Philadelphia Inventors, 2.5-1.5. I have analyzed the games and posted them online (also see PGN file.)

All of the games were close and came down to some critical endgames, including two King and Pawn endings (see diagrams above). GM Joel Benjamin also played a nice minor piece ending to finish the night off and secure the win for Jersey. The big surprise of the night was Anna Matlin on bottom board who got the job done and won a critical game.

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