Week five concluded without much fanfare, but with a reinforcement of an age old chess adage that goes as follows: “nobody ever won a chess game by resigning.”Despite repeated pleas, and annoying requests over and over, none of the children who asked to quit the games they were losing were allowed to do so.Down bishops, rooks, and even queens everyone was told that resigning was not an option and thus had to soldier on till the very bitter end.
Not surprisingly, seventy-five percent of the games ended with the losing side either drawing an initially lost position, winning a drawn one, and in more than one case winning a lost one as well.
Though some may laugh at this practice, I find that silly because if grandmasters, world champions and otherwise stronger players make mistakes in such positions (as rare as it is), why can’t everybody else?
The results, and standings of these tournaments were heavily affected by the fact that there were no resignations or draws this week (exceptions such as perpetual check, and stalemates were accepted, while theoretical draws such as opposite colored bishops and even endgame material were not.)
Section four, was won by Zachary Mankowitz after a few lucky breaks and an extremely effective use of the queen/bishop battery.Idan Glickman took second after a last round upset of then tournament leader Joonah.David Fefer took third place.
Simul winners were Elisheva Drillich in the younger section for thirty-one moves against Danny, and Michael Aksen for sixty moves against Johnson. Michael ended Phillip’s reign as the king of the simul survivors with the victory.
However, as compensation Phillip was the winner for the problem solving competition.