Our Game of the Week is GMs Bator Sambuev vs Alexandre Le Siège, 2017 Tournoi du Carnaval, with notes by GM Sambuev.
Tournoi d'échecs du Carnaval 2017
February 17-19, 2017
137 players competed in the 2017 Carnaval tournament in Quebec City.
The top section featured 2 GMs, 1 IM, and 4 FMs. GMs Alexandre Le Siège and Bator Sambuev drew each other (our GOTW below) and won all their other games to finish as cowinners and take home $1500 each. Steve Bolduc and Qiuyu Huang tied for 3rd with 4/5 ($550 each).
The other titled players all finished out of the money: IM Thanh Nha Duong (3.5), and the FMs -- Olivier-Kenta Chiku-Ratte, Joe Horton (lost to Le Siège in rd.5), Robert Hamilton, and Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux (lost to Le Siège in rd.3) -- each finished with 3.
Special mention to Mathieu Poulin, who scored 3.5/5, played no one who finished outside the top 12, beat IM Duong and FM Chiku-Ratte, earned a TPR of 2442, lost only to cowinner Sambuev in the final round... but still had to share the U2200 prize.
Matthieu J.-Constantin was the only player at Carnaval to win a section outright: 4.5/5 to take the U2000 and $1500 first prize.
Alex has previously annotated several of his games for the CFC Newsfeed, including:
Our Game of the Week is the round 4 draw between the top seeds and cowinners GM Bator Sambuev and GM Alexandre Le Siège, featuring notes by GM Bator Sambuev.