Round five: Finally behind the ropes. We played Jay Bonin’s squad; Denys beat Bonin in an exciting game (they have a history from the US Chess League); Charles won nicely; I lost to a 2100 and Matt also lost to an expert. So a disappointing draw.
That dropped us down to board 10 for the finale. We won 3-1 and my opponent, with a FIDE rating of 2100, played … the Latvian Gambit. So you think I won easily because this is not a respected opening? Nothing is easy!
Meanwhile, the Cambridge Springers were playing for a top prize and Lawyer Times’ team had clawed back up to a high spot. At 5-1 with decent tiebreaks (a couple of 4-0 matches), we could win the top Massachusetts team prize (whatever that is).
Games, photos, results, ridiculous analogies still to come. Thanks for playing along on your TVs at home.