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Instead, it’s curtains on 21…Rxf1+?? 22. Nxf1 dxe5 23. Bc1+ and its checkmate next move. The loss was costly for the Cobras, as the two teams ended up splitting the match at 2-2.

Kekelidze-Panjwani, U.S. Class Championships, October 2013

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nc3 c5 5. g3 O-O 6. Bg2 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 d6 8. O-O Qe7 9. Nh4 Nc6 10. Rb1 Nd7 11. f4 f5 12. e4 fxe4 13. Bxe4 Nf6 14. Bg2 Qc7 15. g4 cxd4 16. g5 Ne8 17. cxd4 Na5 18. f5 Qxc4 19. f6 Nc6 20. Be3 g6 21. Rc1 Qxa2 22. Nxg6 hxg6 23. Qd3 Kf7 24. Be4 Rg8 25. Bxg6+ Rxg6 26. Qxg6+ Kxg6 27. f7 Bd7 28. f8=Q e5 29. Qh6 mate.

Martinez-Garcia, U.S. Chess League, Round 9, October 2013

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Qc7 6. O-O Nf6 7. Qe2 d6 8. f4 Be7 9. c4 O-O 10. b3 Nbd7 11. Bb2 b6 12. Nd2 Bb7 13. Rae1 g6 14. e5 Ne8 15. f5 exf5 16. e6 Ne5 17. Bxf5 gxf5 18. Nxf5 fxe6 19. Nh6+ Kg7 20. Qg4+ Kxh6 21. Rxe5 Rxf1+ 22. Nxf1 dxe5 23. Bc1+ Black resigns.

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by email at dsands@washingtontimes.com.