Mystery game #14: Future IM shows early tactical skills!

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  • Mystery game #14: Future IM shows early tactical skills!

    Here is a gamescore. Your task, should you wish to accept it, is to guess as to the players' identities, ratings, era of game, and format of game. The title entered gives a clue, in that one of the players is now an IM!

    1.e4 e6 2.d4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Qc7 8.O-O Be7 9.Nb3 b5 10.Be3 O-O 11.f4 Rd8 12.e5 Ne8 13.Qh5 Bb7 14.Rae1 Nb4 15.f5 Bxg2 16.fxe6 Bxf1 17.exf7+ Kh8 18.Rxf1 Nf6 19.exf6 Bxf6 20.Rxf6 gxf6 21.Qh6 Nd5 22.Nxd5 Qe5 23.Nxf6 Qf5 24.Nxh7 Qxh7 25.Bd4#, 1-0.

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    Michael Kleinman -- Bowen Jiang, Chess 'N Math Association's Ontario and Quebec Scholastic Team Championship, Kingston 2009. Played June 6, 2009. G/30. Kleinman was representing North Toronto HS, while Jiang was representing Vincent Massey, of Windsor.

    I was assisting IA Larry Bevand with this Kingston event, an annual affair, and was able to obtain the gamescore for this sparkling win, through the courtesy of Michael.

    White exploited Black's overly daring play. Moving the R/f8 to d8 took Black on too much of an ambitious plan; he wanted to play ...d7-d5 in one move, saving a tempo, but this left f7 weak. The Queen came to h5 after the N/f6 was chased away by e4-e5, and then White opened the f-file, headed for a sacrificial line to hit Black's lack of coordination, and wound up with a wonderful finish. Kleinman finished his engineering program at McGill University, and also completed his IM title requirements.