Photos from City of Chicago Class

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Cha-ching! Maret Thorpe presents 2nd U1500 money to Jermaine Howlett. U1500 winner Bayann Hollis already has his check.

 My Rogue Squadron teammate Mohammed Khalid Khan cashes in with first place in the U2100 Section! (And Khalid generally plays Board 4.) We discovered that neither of our wives ever expect us to win a prize.

My Rogue Squadron teammate Mohammed Khalid Khan cashes in with first place in the U2100 Section! (And Khalid generally plays Board 4.) We discovered that neither of our wives ever expect us to win a prize.

 Ani Emrikian's kitchen is being remodeled, so instead of enjoying her brownies, we had to "settle" for delicious chess cookies from Bennison's.

Ani Emrikian's kitchen is being remodeled, so instead of enjoying her brownies, we had to "settle" for delicious chess cookies from Bennison's.

 12-year-old Nastassja Matus of Minnesota made a big impression on me when she scored a win and a draw against 2400+ opponents in the second and third rounds with very deep play. While she lost this game to NM Aakaash Meduri and did not finish in the prize money, she earned her National Master title in style!

12-year-old Nastassja Matus of Minnesota made a big impression on me when she scored a win and a draw against 2400+ opponents in the second and third rounds with very deep play. While she lost this game to NM Aakaash Meduri and did not finish in the prize money, she earned her National Master title in style!

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Board 1, final round: IM Eric Rosen vs. IM Angelo Young (wearing lucky hat)

 Back in Russia, Igor Tsyganov competed with his friends Svidler, Zvjaginsev, and Najer, all whom broke 2680. At the Class, he held Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich to a draw.  Igor's daughter Margarita Tsyganova helped pay for her college education by tying for third in the Under 1500 section. In between soccer games, son Anthony played in both days' Rated Beginners' Opens

Back in Russia, Igor Tsyganov competed with his friends Svidler, Zvjaginsev, and Najer, all whom broke 2680. At the Class, he held Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich to a draw.

Igor's daughter Margarita Tsyganova helped pay for her college education by tying for third in the Under 1500 section. In between soccer games, son Anthony played in both days' Rated Beginners' Opens

The principle of two weaknesses

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Eric Rosen-Marissa Li, City of Chicago Class 2017 (Black to play)

When a player's position has only one weakness (an isolated pawn or a chronically weak square), a skillful defender can often take precautionary measures. But when one's postions has two weaknesses, the attacker can alternate between attacking the two weaknesses, or even try to create a third.

International Master Eric Rosen was kind enough to send us annotations to his first-round game against Marissa Li, which nicely illustrates this annoyingly effective strategy.

City of Chicago Class....final results

...or should I say "sort of final results"? We had several international players in this event, which is great, and which creates some minor issues posting results to MSA. Maret has the files done & ready to submit....which will probably be done by early tomorrow.afternoon.

UPDATE Saturday, November 4: As promised, Maret had both the FIDE event and the other class sections US Chess rated. Here they are:

Open: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201710292482

U2100-U1900-U1700-U1500: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201710292472

In the Open Section, IM Eric Rosen and NM Aakaash Meduri tied for first and split the $1,000 first prize and the $500 second prize. GM Dmitry Gurevich and FM Mauro Ampie (Nicaragua's #1 player!) each won $250 for sharing third and fourth.

IM Angelo Young and Anupama Rajendra shared the Under 2300 prize ($400 first, $250 second), winning $325 each.

Maret gave me the full Open crosstable: who knows what I did with that.

Here's a link (pdf) to the full crosstables and the prizewinners of the various sections.

Thanks for making this a fun and successful event!