SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
As usual, most of Canada’s top title players have chosen to avoid their Zonal. Poor prizes, no conditions and little-if any-prestige are only some of the reasons. NEVER THE LESS, when all you have is lemons…Canada is very good at making lemonade!
Bernard Ouimet and I.A. Serge Archambault are doing an excellent job running the event, given the circumstances.
Sambuev has a commanding lead of 1.5 points over his rivals. However, if history is any guide, it is too early to call this horse race!
There is available more information about the tournament. You can also find out about the Womens Zonal here.
One of the key games in this year’s championship was undoubtedly Panjwani vs Noritsyn. It turned out to be a very one-sided event, as Raja delivered a KO when his pawn reached the 7th rank. Black could have thrown in the towel earlier than he did…
POSITION AFTER 26 MOVES:
WHAT IS THE MOST CLINICAL WAY FOR WHITE TO WIN?