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Written by Andres D Hortillosa on Wed, May 14 2008 (12:12)

Baniel and Drake settled the game peacefully in just ten moves. Both are assured of spots in the team with three rounds left to go. A tense game developed between Duke and King. Both are new to All-Army Chess and instead of halving the point early, both decided to fight for the point. This strategy benefits one and hurts the other. Veteran players over time have adopted a strategy, borne out of experience, guaranteeing a spot in the top six. The strategy involves playing to draw against equal or stronger opposition and play to win against weaker opponents.

 

West vs. Floto (1-0)
Donovan vs. Pitts (0-1)
Baniel vs. Drake (1/2-1/2)
Corona vs. Shepherd (0-1)
Fissel vs. Macaspac (0-1)
Duke vs. King (1/2-1/2)

 

 

Most players at this stage only want to advance and play in the Inter-Service against the Marines, Navy and the Air Force. The last three rounds for the players in the middle are the critical rounds. West must try to win all his remaining games to get an outside chance to finish in 6th place.

 

Duke and King eventually agreed to a draw but not after aggressive attempts on both sides to score the full point. It was a fighting draw with Black having a slight advantage. Macaspac remains undefeated now at eight points. Only one other player has done it in the past, and that was the perennial champion Rudy Tia.

 

Standings after Round 8

 

Rank

Players

Points

1

Macaspac

8

2

Pitts

6

3

Drake

6

4

Baniel

5.5

5

King

5

6

Duke

5

7

West

4

8

Donovan

3

9

Fissel

2.5

10

Corona

2

11

Shepherd

1

12

Floto

0

 

 

 

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