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New York Open 1998 Annotated Games

1998 NY Open Annotated Games

This page will link to several annotated games per round by NM Steve Mayer
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5 If the fans were a bit put off by round four, where many of the contenders conserved their energy and played ‘colorless’ draws, then the fans who were fortunate enough to attend and ‘pay attention’ today know they reaped a ‘double helping’ of great chess. This is the first round where there was a genuine ‘crackle of electricity’ in the air, as the pros start into their ‘kick’ to win the tournament. An astonishing six of the top seven boards are decisive games, but what’s even more impressive is the quality of play. For instance, on board two, Shabalov and Smirin manage to produce a work of astonishing beauty. Both of these men simply see chess in ways that most people- this author included- can’t conceive.

Let’s start with board one, where Mikhail Gurevich demonstrated that he is definitely a ‘man to beat’ if one of his peers wishes to collect the loot (and the glory) that goes along with winning the New York Open.

Round 6
Round 7
Round 8
Round 9

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