- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 2, 2002

After ranging far afield in recent columns Bahrain, Peru, the Netherlands it's high time for a little home cooking.
Last month saw two successful local tournaments, with 70 players competing in the second annual Arlington Open Oct. 12 and 13 and the venerable D.C. Open, renamed in honor of the late District stalwart Oscar Shapiro, staging a successful revival last weekend with 94 players in the field.
Former Maryland state champ Stan Fink and former Virginia state champ Steve Greanias shared the honors in Arlington, posting 4- scores in an evenly balanced field that lacked the customary visiting grandmaster or two.
Class winners included: Class A Harry Cohen, one of six players who tied for third at 4-1; Class B John Binski, 3-2; Class C Michael Abron and William Wilson, 3-2; Class D Sath Vijayakumar, 3-2; Under 1200 Eric Schaeffer, 2-2; and Top Unrated Manoj Supre, 2 -2.
Veteran expert Sal Rosario is the 2002 D.C. city champ, finishing in a five-way tie for first at the Shapiro D.C. Open with masters Oladapo Adu and John Meyer and experts Paul Yavari and William Morriss. Harry Cohen, who had a very prosperous October, took the under-2200 Amateur section with 4-. Tim Rogalski and Steven Jablon tied for second at 4-1, with Jablon claiming the D.C. Amateur title as the section's top-scoring city resident.
Joseph Schweitzer took the Under 1600 Reserve section with a perfect 5-0 score, and David M. Paden also pitched a 4-0 shutout in winning the Under-1200 Booster section.
Meyer, the Arlington tournament's top seed, was more than a little unlucky in his hard-fought game against Greanias. Putting up a stout defense after a tricky middle game, Meyer ceded a critical half-point when he resigned in a position he might have drawn. We pick up the drama from today's diagram, where Meyer as White has just retreated his queen from e4 to c2 in a bid to blockade the dangerous Black c-pawn.
Greanias' ensuing combination 38…Rxe3!? 39. Bxe3 Qb2 looks crushing at first glance, as the White queen is pinned and attacked and 40. Qxb2 cxb2 allows the pawn to queen. But things aren't nearly so clear after 40. Qf2! c2 (Qxf2+?? 41. Kxf2 loses for Black, while 40…a5 41. Bd4 Qd2 42. h4 leaves both sides frustrated) 41. Kf3 Qxa2 (c1=Q 42. Bxc1 Qxc1 43. Qxa7 is equal) 42. Qd2 h5 is very unclear. As my mentor Dick O'Keeffe used to observe: "No one ever won by resigning."
Fink's win over master Andrew Samuelson was more straightforward, as an aggressive central-pawn sacrifice opened the way for a powerful king-side attack.
The battle is joined in earnest on 21 e5! dxe5 (Nfd7 22. e6 fxe6 23. Bxg6 doesn't look like much fun for Black) 22. f5, opening lines for the White bishops and rook while weakening g6, all at the modest cost of a pawn.
Black plants a knight at d3, but the open lines to his own king spell trouble: 27. Bxb3 Kg8 (Nb4 is more active, but White's still preferred in lines like 28. Rd2 Kg8 29. Qe1 e3 30. Rd1 Ne4 31. Nxe4 Rxe4 32. Bxg7 Kxg7 33. Qc3+ Qe5 [Kg8 34. Rf6] 34. d6 Qxc3 35. Nxc3) 28. Bxf6 Bxf6 29. Nxe4, eliminating the proud knight and emerging two pawns to the good on 29…Rxe4 30. Qxd3.
With his own king so exposed, Samuelson's attempts to complicate matters fall short 30…Rbb4 31. Rc2 Bd7 32. Rc6! Rxb3 (the only chance; 32…Bxc6? 33. dxc6+ Rxb3 34. Qxd6 is hopeless) 33. Qxe4 Bxc6 34. Qg6+.
Black does get in a final mate-in-one threat with 36. Ng1 Qc5, but on 37. Qh5+ Kg8 38. Qf7+, Black resigns facing 38…Kh8 39. Rh6 mate.
At the Shapiro, the stuggle between co-winners Adu and Yavari turned out to be one of the highlights of the weekend. The players castle on opposite wings, and the slow-motion build-up of forces only increases the tension in the position.
A measure of the game's battle of wills is White's 23. Rb4!?, offering the exchange for free in return for open lines, an offer Yavari repeatedly refuses. Black grabs the long diagonal but misses a shot: 31…Nf4! 32. Bxf4 (gxf4 Nxd2 33. Qxd2 Bxf3+ 34. Kg1 Rhg8+ and mate next) exf4 33. Qd1 Rd8, but finds the same idea three moves later with powerful effect: 33. Nxd2 Nf4! 34. Qd1 (gxf4 Rhg8+ wins) Nd3 35. Re3.
Very tricky would have been 36. Nxc4!? Nb2 35. Nd6 Nxd1 38. Nxf7 Nxe3 39. fxe3 Rd2 40. Rf2 (forced, as 40. Nxh8?? Rg2+ 41. Kh1 Rxc2+ 42. Kg1 Rg2+ 43. Kh1 Rxg3+ leads to mate) Rxf2 41. Rxf2 Rf8, although Black retains the edge.
But on 36. Qe2 Qd5 37. f3 Qxc5 38. Nxc4 Nf4! (back to the magic square; if now 39. gxf4 exf4 and the rook is pinned) 39. Qf2 Qxc4 40. gxf4 Rhg8+ 41. Kh1 Rg2 (decisive penetration) 42. Qe1 Rdd2, there's no way in the long run to stop the second-rank mate. Black resigned

Arlington Open, Arlington,
October 2002

1. d4Nf620. Nge2Nc5
2. c4c521. e5dxe5
3. d5e622. f5e4
4. Nc3exd523. fxg6Nd3
5. cxd5d624. Bd4Qd6
6. e4g625. gxf7+Kxf7
7. Bd3Bg726. b3cxb3
8. Nge20-027. Bxb3Kg8
9. 0-0a628. Bxf6Bxf6
10. a4Nbd729. Nxe4Rxe4
11. h3Qc730. Qxd3Rbb4
12. Ng3c431. Rc2Bd7
13. Bc2Rb832. Rc6Rxb3
14. a5b533. Qxe4Bxc6
15. axb6Rxb634. Qg6+Kh8
16. Kh1h535. Rxf6Rb1+
17. Ra2Re836. Ng1Qc5
18. Be3Rb837. Qh5+Kg8
19. f4h438. Qf7+Black

Oscar Shapiro D.C. Open, Washington D.C.,
October 2002

1. e4e622. Reb1h4
2. d3d523. Rb4Rdg8
3. Nd2Nf624. Nc5Bxc5
4. Ngf3Bc525. dxc5e5
5. e5Nfd726. Kh1Bc6
6. d4Be727. Rbb1Ka8
7. Bd3c528. Rg1Re8
8. c3Nc629. Rae1h3
9. 0-0Qb630. g3Nb3
10. Qa4Qc731. Rgf1Rd8
11. a3c432. Kg1Nxd2
12. Bb1Nb633. Nxd2Nf4
13. Qd1Bd734. Qd1Nd3
14. Bc20-0-035. Re3Qf7
15. b3f536. Qe2Qd5
16. exf6gxf637. f3Qxc5
17. bxc4dxc438. Nxc4Nf4
18. Qe2Na539. Qf2Qxc4
19. Re1Kb840. gxf4Rhg8+
20. Ne4Nd541. Kh1Rg2
21. Bd2h542. Qe1Rdd2
White resigns
@$:David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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