GOTW: See Xu in Three Rivers

The Trois-Rivières Open is not the mega-event it used to be, but it still attracts an exceptionally large and strong field for a weekend event. This year's event was held March 16-18, 2018, and the $11,000+ prize fund attracted three GMs: Victor Mikhalevski from Israel, and Quebec's Bator Sambuev and Alexandre Le Siege. Alexandre beat Sambuev in round 4, and had a perfunctory draw with Mikhalevski -- complete score: 1.Nf3 Nf6  2.c4 g6  3.Nc3 d5  4.cxd5 1/2-1/2 -- to split first with 4.5/5. 

Most notable were the performances of young players: WIM (and current Canadian Women's Champion) Maili-Jade Ouellet and FM Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux both lost to Mikhalevski, but won all their other games to finish tied with IM Thanh Nha Duong for =3rd-5th with 4/5.  MJ will be 16 this year, and SRL turns 14.

Perhaps more remarkable was the performance of Daniel Xu, who lost to Sambuev in the last round, but still scored - +1 =3 -1 for a performance rating of 2353. Daniel turns 10 this year.

Our Game of the Week is actually two of Daniel's games from Trois-Rivières: his first round win over a Master, and his last round loss against GM Sambuev.... from a position where Daniel had a forced draw one move from the end, but missed it while playing on increment!

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