SANDS: Winners take three paths to the top at the 42nd World Chess Open

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Maryland Class A player Alexander Davydov finished a half-point back in third in the Under 2000 tournament, and a pair of Virginians captured their respective flights: Ali Thompson went 7-1 to take the 80-player Under 1400 tournament and John A. Montfort posted the same score in topping the 72-player Under 1200 competition. Congratulations to all.

Nyzhnyk-Friedel, 42nd World Open, Arlington, Va., July 2014

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+ 4. Nbd2 O-O 5. a3 Be7 6. e4 d6 7. b3 e5 8. d5 Nbd7 9. Bb2 g6 10. g3 Ne8 11. Bg2 Ng7 12. O-O f5 13. Ne1 Nc5 14. b4 Nxe4 15. Nxe4 fxe4 16. Bxe4 Bf5 17. Qe2 Qd7 18. Nd3 Bxe4 19. Qxe4 Qf5 20. Rfe1 Rf7 21. f4 Qxe4 22. Rxe4 exf4 23. Bxg7 Rxg7 24. Nxf4 Bf6 25. Rae1 Rf7 26. c5 dxc5 27. bxc5 c6 28. d6 Rd7 29. Rf1 Bg7 30. Rc1 Rc8 31. a4 Rf8 32. Ne6 Rf5 33. a5 h5 34. a6 bxa6 35. Rb1 Re5 36. Rxe5 Bxe5 37. Rf1 a5 38. Rf8+ Kh7 39. Rc8 Bxd6 40. cxd6 Rxd6 41. Ng5+ Kg7 42. Rc7+ Kg8 43. Rxa7 Black resigns.

Holt-Paragua, 42nd World Open, Arlington, Va., July 2014

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 dxc4 6. Qxc4 O-O 7. e4 Na6 8. Be2 c5 9. d5 Bg4 10. O-O Nd7 11. Qb3 Qb6 12. Bg5 Rfe8 13. Qc2 Rac8 14. Rfd1 Qa5 15. Bb5 Nb4 16. Qe2 c4 17. h3 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Qc7 19. Bxe7 Rxe7 20. d6 Qc5 21. dxe7 Qg5+ 22. Kf1 Ne5 23. f4 Qh4 24. Rd8+ Black resigns.

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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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