Chess Life - Dec 2009 by Daniel Lucas

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Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 The Italian Opening. 3. Bc5 4. d3 Other options are 4. c3 and 4. b4; these moves lead to more tactical games. 4. Nf6 5. c3 0-0 6. b4 Bb6 7. b5?! A dubious move; now the black position is slightly better. Better moves could be 7. 0-0 or 7. a4. 7. Na5 8. Nbd2 Going for a pawn with 8. Nxe5 offers good attacking chances to Black after 8. d5. The white king has not castled yet. 8. d6 This move is too cautious; here it’s possible to play 8. d5! 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Qc2 Nf4 with advantage for Black.

25. Qc7 26. Nd4 Rd7 27. Nxc6 Rxd1 28. Ne7+, White resigned. With this in-between killer, Leo wins an overwhelming material advantage. S. CHESS KIDS ROCK By WIM Beatriz Marinello hile most kids were enjoying their summer vacation in the United States, a group of 23 young players traveled to Mar del Plata, Argentina to participate in the Pan American Youth Festival. This event was held from August 15-22 in the middle of the South American winter. The USA was the big medal winner with a grand total of eight: five gold, two silver, and one bronze!

Victor Shen won the Under 16 category and a gold medal with 7½ points after winning his last round against WIM Deysi Cori Tello (Peru). S. DELEGATION FIRST ROW: Tommy He, Simone Liao, Tanuj Vasudeva, Annie Wang, Arthur Shen. SECOND ROW: Aviv Friedman, Armen Ambartsoumian, Victor Shen, Andrew Shvartsman, Daniel Rozovsky, Beatriz Marinello, Michael Khodarkovsky turned it down. The game continued and ended with Victor winning his last round and the gold! By winning his section, Victor also earned an international master norm and, automatically, his FIDE master title.

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