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Oladapo Adu torched the field in the Charlottesville Open winning all five games for his third consecutive title, or "threepeat." The tournament took place on July 15th-16th with 57 players and five National Masters. Adu discusses his toughest encounter against Samuelson Andrew (2251  USCF).

"He also happens to be someone I always have problems playing against. I was on the black side of the Sicilian Najdorf, but on move 5 instead of the normal 5...a6 after 5.Nc3, I played 5…Bd7 because I prepared a line in that variation against my opponent."

Adu fought to and endgame with double rooks and opposite-coloured bishops. He was able to mount an initiative forcing his opponent to sacrifice the exchange to stave off the attack. Adu later returned the exchange for a pawn and won the resulting ending in 77 moves.

IM Oladapo Adu at Charlottesville Open

IM Oladapo Adu

Posted by The Chess Drum: 31 July 2005