SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX WEEK 1 + Tournament No 7

The first week of the ActiveKids TCA Grand Prix was quite a success with as many as 15 players at one point, and over 350 games played throughout the week. The rankings on top have been challenged by 3 players who have day after day shown great chess, following not too far behind are another 3 players who can potentially make a breakthrough into the top 3 with a good performance in this second week.

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GENERAL GRAND PRIX RANKINGS

Post-tournament 7 results
Remember that for general points we just count 4 best performance.

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TIP OF THE DAY IN THE DRAGON DEFENSE

Henryli2012 vs KaydenChan

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Last move from black was 1…e5. This move 90% of the cases in the Sicilian Dragon is bad! The reason is we are blocking the a1-h8 diagonal of the dark bishop, also known as the Dragon Bishop. Usually the g7 bishop is a strong piece for everything, to defend the King and for making a good attack over c3 and b2, but right now with the pawn on e5 this is not possible.

 

MOVE OF THE DAY

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Blacks move was Ng3!! Making a deflection over c3 square! Right now if white takes
Ng3…Bc3! Killing move! Game continues with 2.Qd5 Ne2 3.Qc4 Nc3 -+.

SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX ARENA TOURNAMENT # 3

Another fantastic day of attacking chess! We were back to our comfort zone and played our usual opening repertoire. Still, there were many decisive games and even some upsets from players in the lower bracket. With 7 rounds to go, there is plenty of time to make up some ground in the ranking list.

Here are the Standings and Highlights for Day 3:

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Points earned from Grand Prix No 3 Arena:

1. BentFlappingSushi     20
2. kannat1                        15
3. Henryli2012                12
4. Zig_Hon2008               10
5. Jacobbwj9                     6
6. yhoratio                         5
7. KaydenChan                 4
8. randy_wang                  3
9. ethanos128                    2


TOTAL POINTS AFTER SECOND TOURNAMENT:

GENERAL RANKING:
1. kannat1                          50
2. Henryli2012                  47
3. BentFlappingSushi      36
4. Zig_Hon2008                 34
5. Jacobwj9                        17
6. KaydenChan                 16
7. yhoratio                         11
8. randy_wang                   9
9. Bruce-qin                       6
10. ethanos128                  5
11. winston-qin                 1

 

Game of the Day:

kannat1 vs Henryli2012 1-0
https://lichess.org/SPqJzmpo/white#1

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In this position coming from a Sicilian Dragon (surprise!), where opposite side castling occurs often, we have a very tactical and dynamic position. Here Black plays 19. ..e5 , attempting to push back the centralized Knight in d4. The computer engine suggests g5, with a counterattack and ideas of opening the g and h files for the Rooks. In the game, 20. Nf5!? Was played, creating a checkmate threat in 1! Leaving Black with an important decision to make. The game followed 20. ..BxNf5 21. gxBf5 Nxh5?? , which then White correctly exchanged the Rook in 22. RxNh5 and went on to win in a couple more moves. Amazing attack!

 

Tip of the Day

One thing noticed in many of the games is that people are trading when down in material! If we blunder a piece, we try to maintain pressure by playing as actively as possible with our remaining pieces, if we continue to trade (unless there is an exceptional reason, like checkmate, or winning back material) we are just helping the play of our opponent be easier.

Have a good day and remember tomorrow’s tournament is at 10am! We will be going back to the Sicilian Dragon starting position.

Also, Chess Club tournament from 4-6pm tomorrow Saturday!

See you there!

SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX ARENA TOURNAMENT # 2

Day 2 of the ActiveKids TCA Grand Prix was full of attacking chess. With the opening theme being the Sicilian Dragon, all the 80 matches between the participants were decisive!


Here are the Standings and Highlights for Day 2:


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Points earned from Grand Prix No 2 Arena:
1. Henryli2012 20
2. Kannat 15
3. Zighong 12
4. Kaydenchan 10
5. BentFlappingSushi 6
6. Jacobwj9 5
7. Randy 4
8. Ethanos128 3
9. Bruce-qin 2
10. Yhoratio 1


TOTAL POINTS AFTER SECOND TOURNAMENT:
GENERAL RANKING:
1. Henryli2012 35
2. Kannat1 35
3. Zig_Hon2008 24
4. Bentflappingsushi 16
5. KaydenChan 12
6. Jacobwj9 11
7. Randy_wang 6
8. Bruce-qin 6
9. Yhoratio 6
10. Ethanos128 3
11. winston-qin 1


For Day 3 we go back to free opening election, remember tomorrow’s tournament starts at 2pm!

SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX ARENA TOURNAMENT # 1

Today we had some amazing moments during the first ActiveKids TCA Grand Prix. Again, the Grand Prix series is a 10 round tournament being played online on the Lichess platform. In the first round we had 12 players in total, and some 66 games between all were played in 2 hours!

Here are the standings and highlights for Day 1:

Ranking
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Ranking after Grand Prix No 1 Arena:
1. Kannat1 20
2. Henryli2012 15
3. Zig_Hon2008 12
4. Bentflappingsushi 10
5. Jacobwj9 6

 

Game of the Day:

BentFlappingSushi – Henryli2012 0-1
https://lichess.org/XNjcylIm/black#1
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Here White played 18. g4 , attacking the Knight in h5. Black ignores the threat with 18…Bxe5 and after 19. gxNh5 Bxh3!! with a discovery attack on the Knight in d4 and attacking the rook in f1, not just that, White’s King is now very exposed! Black went on to win in 9 more moves.

 

Another big moment of the day was the next position between Randy vs Grand Master Andres Gallego, Randy managed to achieve an impressive winning position that was spoiled by time pressure!! Anyway it is remarkable of Randy’s performance on this game! Well done Randy!
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TIP OF THE DAY WITH GRAND MASTER ANDRES GALLEGO

Next position was achieve in the game bruce-qin vs Zig_Hon2008 White play 1.Bxb8?Opening mistake! Remember guys we don’t trade our developed/active pieces for pieces that still don’t play. Nb8 is not threatening anything still. An extra tip, Bishops are usually slightly better than Knights! Be careful when you trade them!
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In order to create a good learning experience with this tournament, we have decided to implement thematic openings, meaning you will begin a game from a certain position! For day 2, we will practice the Sicilian Dragon . Position below:

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Have a good day and remember tomorrow’s tournament is at 10am! See you there!