New England Masters

Let The Games Begin! While The Olympics are robbing me of sleep—and promise to do so for the next couple weeks—there’s been plenty of good chess to watch too. Most notably, the 2nd Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia, where Levon Aronian currently leads the pack after eleven rounds.

Monday saw the start of a more local affair, The New England Masters. Things are heating up now with a few upsets in the early rounds. The final game to complete last night, however, was clearly the biggest. Victor Kaminski of Canada (2212) is having a great run playing with the big boys. Here’s how he did it against Josh Friedel (2524) in their technical battle:

Braden Bournival had a rough second round, but he looks to be back in form judging from the well-calculated sequence at the end of this game. You have to figure he’d worked it all out from at least move 31, when he leaves the Re1 unprotected. Impressive!

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