Friday, July 26

Rice Chess Club tournament: Duras defeats Chajes in adjourned game

Oldrich Duras defeated Oscar Chajes after the resumption of a game adjourned from the seventh round of the Rice Chess Club Summer Masters' Tournament.  The Czech Master thereby improved his score to 4-0 and is the only competitor - other than J. R. Capablanca of Havana, who sports a 10-0 mark - to maintain a perfect record to date.  Duras is scheduled to face the Cuban wizard tomorrow, an encounter certain to generate intense interest among local aficionados.

In the game subjoined Duras, playing Black in a Queen's Gambit Declined, sought by dint of determined maneuvering to apply steady pressure via the light squares in a position that saw each side in possession of a Queen, Rook, and Bishop, with the Bishops commanding squares of opposite color.  Black ultimately gained a pawn for his efforts, and a subsequent Queen exchange brought about a Rook and Bishop endgame in which the Czech gradually asserted his superiority.  Chajes resigned after Black's 60th move.

Current scores:

10 points: Capablanca (10)
6 points: Kupchik (7), Tenenwurzel (8)
5 1/2 points: Black (7), Marder (8)
4 points: Duras (4), Bernstein (7), Adair (7), Chajes (8)
3 points: Beynon (7) 
2 points: Phillips (7), Grommer (8)
Withdrawn: Stapfer, Beihoff

The number in parentheses following a player's surname indicates the number of games he has played to date, including two forfeit victories over Stapfer and Beihoff.  The adjourned games Kupchik-Capablanca, Phillips-Kupchik, Black-Tenenwurzel, and Bernstein-Adair are not included in the above table.

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