Clark Street Capital

Games from Rounds 4, 5, and 6

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Thanks again to Avant for hosting play on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The Friday games (rounds 4 and 5) are in the link below, as well as the first Saturday game, Round 6.

http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/4/16/Game167924812.html

Yesterday and today, we are at 400 E. Randolph. It's a hospitality room in a beautiful condominium building that was EAST of Lake Shore Drive until the S-curve was straightened a couple decades ago. It's a more intimate setting, just the right size for our players.

Saturday was the kind of beautiful early spring day meant for golf. Beautiful buildings built in the early 1960s are very good at keeping people warm in winter and cool in summer. But they are not engineered to handle weather surprises, such as an eighty-degree day in early spring.. 

Fortunately, the building management responded quickly, adding powerful fans to cool the room. All the heat in Round 7 came from the games: I'll have those up later today.

Dmitry Gurevich annotates four key games from Round 4-6 below!

http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/4/16/Game168524343.html

 

Clark Street Capital, Rounds 2 & 3

WFM Rachel Ulrich - FM Albert Chow    Clark Street Capital, Round 3    White to play

WFM Rachel Ulrich - FM Albert Chow

Clark Street Capital, Round 3

White to play

Rachel Ulrich lost this heartbreaking game to Albert Chow, but won the postmortem brilliantly. (My laptop running Stockfish took some time to see the point.) My desktop found an even more forcing continuation.

Gopal Menon had to make a tough decision against Alexander Fishbein:

Alexander Fishbein - Gopal Menon    Clark Street Capital, Round 3    Black to play

Alexander Fishbein - Gopal Menon

Clark Street Capital, Round 3

Black to play

Here's the link to all twenty of yesterday's games: don't miss the Georgiev-Matsenko game in Round 3!

http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/4/14/Game23388609.html

Here are today's results and standings, courtesy of Daniel Parmet:

ROUND 2
 

ROUND 3

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Above are the standings after Round 3 Thursday night.

Above are the standings after Round 3 Thursday night.

And Friday morning's pairings are above!

And Friday morning's pairings are above!

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: