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Don Mason and Charlie Shoulders finished tied for 3rd with 2.5 points out of four.
Obviously, it was a tight tournament the entire way and lots of fun!
For those of you that have never played "960" chess, stop on by for a free lesson.
A late reminder that we offer a Kid's Night at the Club on the second Monday of the month - which just so happens to be the same day as this posting! See you there hopefully.
Here is an entertaining endgame.
White is up a pawn but has to deal with Black's threat of ......Rh2+.
1. Bh6! .....
This is the best move believe it or not! 1. Qb5+? only leads to a draw with 1. ...Kg4 2. d7, Rg2+, 3. Rh6, Rxh6+ 4. Bxh6, Qe7 5. Qg5+, Qxg5 6. Bxg5, Ne6 7. Be7, Kf5 and White cannot evict the Black knight from e6.
Also, the variation of 3. Kg8 is also a draw with correct play from Black.
1. ..... Kxh6
2. d7+ Ng6+
3. Rxg6+! ........
This exchange sacrifice is MANDATORY as White is checkmated after 3. Kg8, Rc8 4. Qe6+ 5. Qf7, Rxc8+ 6. d8=Q, Qxc8 7. Qe8, Qxe8 mate!
3. ...... Kxg6
4. Qb1+ Rc2!
Also mandatory as 4. ...Kf7 leads to a forced mate in 17 moves. With this move, Black has a chance - believe it or not!
5. Qxc2+ Kf7
6. Qh7+ Ke6
Now we see that Black's sacrifice of the rook was setting a trap that many a player would fall for. 7. d8=Q, Qd4+ 8. Qxd4 stalemate!
7. d8=R! Qe5+
8. Qg7 Qh5+
Also 8. ...Qf6 is better but just prolongs the same losing game for Black.
9. Kg8 Qa5
10. Qg6+ Ke5
11. Qg5+ Resigns