December 14th Round Robin
In the interest of allowing people some time off during the holidays, I am allowing three
fortnights to play these final last games. That means you will have until the 18th of January
This should be more than sufficient. As soon as all games are played, I will announce the results here!
Phoetux vs Vexen (Varrok)
GGP vs Camhed
Blair187 vs Oddey!
The scores so far:
Still blazing the trail forward, Oddey and Blair, each with sixteen points!
Vexen(Varrok) now grappling for a third place with GGP at six points!
GGP in fourth, but with strong chances for third, with five points!
Camhed, now just slightly above Phoeutx at three!
And Phoetux, making sure nothing's out of place in the back, with two!
Last fortnight's games:
Vexen(Varrok) vs Camhed:
Both these games are played by Varrok, rather than Vexen, as an initial note, hence the shared place.
Game 1 features a rather hasty blunder by Varrok, attempting to play for a fool's mate. Then Camhed fails to move his rook as far as he wants, then misses an easy capture of Varrok's queen. However, this is Camhed's last warning: after this, Varrok plays mercilessly, capturing every single piece until finally Camhed is checkmated in one of the most sadistic mates ever.
Game 2 showcases one of Camhed's trademarked openings with a rooklift, which Varrok copies. However, an unusual play follows where Camhed allows his queen to be trapped in a corner for the most of the game. But interestingly, this does not destroy Camhed's game: in fact, Camhed has an advantage around move 23 with a worse position, but more pieces to work with. Unfortunately, Camhed misplays and spends a long time moving his king around to dodge checkmate. In a shocking twist, however, Varrok mistakenly stalemates Camhed!
Oddey vs Phoetux
Game 1 is an amazingly short game, with Phoetux already making a fatal mistake on his second move, which, unfortunately, leaves him open to checkmate.
Game 2 is considerably longer, but is nearly as cruel as the game between Varrok and Camhed, where, again, all of Phoetux's pieces are eaten up until only his king and four measly pawns remain. Checkmate then follows.
Blair vs. GGP
Game 1, initially, seems to favor Blair, before GGP turns it around for quite a while. However, a mistaken bishop sacrifice costs GGP his advantage and Blair's excellent technique allows him to pick up the pace and go for the win.
Game 2, on the other hand, only mildly favors GGP to begin with, primarily as first-move advantage, but then quickly goes to Blair's very careful and precise play.
Once again, thanks to everyone for participating and a special thank you to Varrok for substituting for Vexen!