Clark Street Capital Grandmaster InviTational, Round 1

Updated 4/131/17: corrections to PGN & annotations by Dmitry Gurevich.

Thanks to Carolyn Blackman and our gracious hosts at Avant for a wonderful Day One!

Of course, we would not have had an event without Jon Winick's open wallet and his will to make things happen.

All photos by Keith Ammann, except as noted. 

And here are the games from Round One! Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich kindly annotated Smirin-Colas and the fascinating Furfine-Chandra game. 
http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/4/13/Game90840531.html

GM Dmitry Gurevich told me that the chess players at Avant were surprisingly strong. "Should I have given him a draw?" he asked me. "But there was no way in the world I was going to let him beat me!"

GM Dmitry Gurevich told me that the chess players at Avant were surprisingly strong. "Should I have given him a draw?" he asked me. "But there was no way in the world I was going to let him beat me!"

GM Alexander Fishbein drove in from New Jersey.

GM Alexander Fishbein drove in from New Jersey.

Former Israeli champion Ilya Smirin is still #76 in the world at the age of 49!

Former Israeli champion Ilya Smirin is still #76 in the world at the age of 49!

From White Plains, New York, via Webster University in St. Louis, FIDE Master Joshua Colas

From White Plains, New York, via Webster University in St. Louis, FIDE Master Joshua Colas

Gopal Menon, the city's reigning blitz champion, is pretty good at slow chess, too

Gopal Menon, the city's reigning blitz champion, is pretty good at slow chess, too

Tournament sponsor Jon Winick of Clark Street Capital holding his own against Team Avant.

Tournament sponsor Jon Winick of Clark Street Capital holding his own against Team Avant.

Board 1: Smirin-Colas. 1.e4...best by test!

Board 1: Smirin-Colas. 1.e4...best by test!

Round Two pairings: