Mike Kagel Upsets To Win 15th Ever

Eight people played in the 15th Ever Milford G/90 Quads over the weekend. We were pleased to welcome back most of our regulars, as well as Bennett Lynn (absent for about a year) and his friend Robert Engleman (new to otb tournament chess). Chris Devick is normally the house player, but this time I decided not to play so that our unrated player could be guaranteed a more competitive game with Chris.

The top quad consisted of Bennet Lynn (2037), Chester Bean (1967), Dan Reinert (1779), and Mike Kagel (1764). In round one, Lynn-Kagel ended in an upset draw after Lynn neglected to notify me of an improperly set/defective clock. Lynn found himself scrambling not to flag from what might have been a winning position. With just seconds left, his draw offer was accepted. Always remember to pause the clock and notify a TD when something strange is happening!

Round two was perhaps even stranger since both top games were upsets. Reinert-Lynn was 1-0, although I can’t remember the specifics–other than Lynn’s liberal use of time (much like myself). Then, some odd happenings in Kagel-Bean made for some excitement. The game looked drawn most of the time until I went away, came back, and somehow Bean was up the exchange for a pawn. Even that seemed kind of drawish given the lack of open lines, but when I showed up again a bit later, Kagel had an outside passer and an extra pawn in a rook and pawn endgame! He soon traded the passer for a kingside pawn, but didn’t go about it quite right and probably had to take a draw. Bean’s clock was very low, however, and play continued until Bean made an unexpected error, dropping his rook. I’m pretty sure Bean got a chance to force a draw by trading his rook for a pawn, but the last opportunity was missed in time trouble.

Round three was more normal, as Bean-Lynn was 0-1 and Kagel-Reinert would be about a 50-50 chance anyway. Kagel managed to score the full point, possibly because Reinert left his knight on h7 for just about the whole second half. Eventually, Kagel had passed c- and e-pawns, one of which would surely be forced through. Reinert resigned. What a day for the top half! Congratulations to Mike Kagel for scoring 2.5/3 and winning his first quad in Milford!

The bottom half of the tournament was almost as exciting as the top half. Mike Tremmel (1536), Larry Tremmel (1482), Chris Devick (1077), and Robert Engleman (UNR) competed. In round one, the newcomer Engleman won his very first tournament game–against the number one seed! Must be a great feeling. It was a tactical game. In the end, Tremmel was going for a stalemate draw, which on several occasions it looked like he might get, but Engleman always gave him a square. Engleman was making me nervous just watching–work on that technique! Tremmel-Devick looked harmless until Devick allowed a devastating pin, losing a piece and the game.

Devick-M. Tremmel was a fun game to watch in round two. It looked drawn with a mostly locked position and bishops of opposite color. Tremmel refused a draw offer and eventually found himself with winning chances. Unfortunately, as is often the case in drawish positions, his attempt to queen also gave his opponent a chance to queen. He could have forced a draw by a perpetual attack on Devick’s bishop, but he tried too hard and lost. Big upset for Devick! Meanwhile, Larry Tremmel converted his extra piece against Engleman into a rook and pawn ending up a rook.

Engleman had a better game in round three against Devick. He built up the queenside pressure until he finally won the exchange and forced a trade of material using his pawn on the seventh. Larry Tremmel was able to beat his brother in the final round–not a good day for Mike, but he has won the bottom section with a perfect score in the past. This time it was just Larry’s turn, and congratulations are in order for a score of 3/3 to accompany his first win here in Milford.

Full standings info can be found at “Previous Tournaments” above.

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