Yudasin-Bluvshtein, ½-½. Perhaps the most exciting encounter of the round. White invited the French Defense, but the game ended up in a type of Closed Sicilian/King's Indian Attack. The game was double-edged, but didn't reach a climax until Bluvshtein decided to sacrifice his queen with 30…Bxf4!? (diagram) After. 31.Rxe3 Bxe3 32.Qb5 Rc2 33.h4 Rd2, black reached dynamic equality. After Bluvshtein, pinned the white king to the edge of the board (to prevent a mating attack with the king), white took a 3-fold repetition.
Standings: Simutowe, 2; Christiansen, Krush, Perelshteyn, 1½; Ehlvest, Yudasin, Bluvshtein, 1; Paschall, ½; Akobian, Muhammad, 0.
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