SANDS: Lenderman bounces back to capture Atlantic Open chess title

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White’s underdeveloped and overworked pieces can’t hold off the attack after 23. Ne4 Qe7 24. Nxc5 (see diagram; 24. Qd5, with the sneaky threat of 25. Ng6, is refuted by 24…Nce5 25. Nxc5 Bb5+ 26. Ke1 Rfc8 27. Ne4 Nd3+ 28. Kd2 Nxc1 29. Raxc1 Rd8 and wins) Rxb2+!, exploiting the double duty White’s bishop is doing guarding b2 and e3.

The finale features a string of clever tactical touches: 25. Kf1 (Bxb2 Qxe3+ 26. Kf1 Qf2 mate; or 25. Bd2 Qxe3+ and again mate on the next move) Qxc5 26. Qxd7 Rd8! 27. Qxg4 Qc4+! 28. Qxc4 (Kg1 Rxg2+ 29. Kxg2 Qxg4 is an easy win) Rd1 mate.

Korba-Banik, U.S. Chess League, August 2013

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. h3 e6 7. g4 Be7 8. Bg2 Nfd7 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Qe2 0-0 11. 0-0-0 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Rb8 13. e5 d5 14. f4 b5 15. Qe3 Nb6 16. h4 Nc4 17. Qg3 Qa5 18. Kb1 Bd7 19. f5 b4 20. Ne2 Rfc8 21. Nc1 Qc7 22. Nd3 Ba4 23. Ne1 Bc5 24. Bxc5 Qxc5 25. f6 Na3+ 26. Ka1 Nxc2+ 27. Nxc2 Bxc2 28. Rdf1 b3 29. Qf2 Qa3 White resigns.

De Jager-Pijpers, 9th BDO Challenge, Haarlem, Netherlands, August 2013

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Bf5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Qb3 Nc6 7. Qxb7 Bd7 8. Qb3 e5 9. O-O Rb8 10. Qd1 e4 11. Ne1 h5 12. d3 h4 13. dxe4 dxe4 14. Nc3 hxg3 15. hxg3 Qa5 16. f3 Qh5 17. Kf2 exf3 18. Nxf3 Bc5+ 19. e3 O-O 20. Rh1 Qg6 21. Nh4 Ng4+ 22. Ke2 Qf6 23. Ne4 Qe7 24. Nxc5 Rxb2+ 25. Kf1 Qxc5 26. Qxd7 Rd8 27. Qxg4 Qc4+ 28. Qxc4 Rd1 mate.

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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics ...

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