Ehlvest-Yudasin, ½-½. Another interesting battle. The Panov-Botvinnik Attack is usually a sign that some blood will be shed on the board. Although this game was drawn, it wasn't for the lack of fighting spirit between these two tenacious players. The game reached a critical point after 31…axb6. Ehlvest didn't opt for 32.Qxb6 because of 32…e3! 33.fxe3 Qf3! and black's attack is strong. After this tense moment, a dynamic equality was achieved and the subsequent rook and pawn ending was drawn.
Bluvshtein-Perelshteyn, ½-½. Whenever a game features a Dragon, there will be "Fire on Board." The 15-year old Canadian was up to the task as Perelshteyn trotted out an Accelerated Dragon which featured a common pawn sacrifice after 10… Nd5!? This game was exciting from start to finish and in the middlegame scramble Bluvshtein went for 27.Bxf7+ but could not make use of the extra pawn and the game was easily drawn.
Standings: Christiansen, Krush, Simutowe, 1; Ehlvest, Yudasin, Bluvshtein, Perelshteyn, ½; Akobian, Paschall, Muhammad, 0.
Round One Games (playable and downloadable)
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