|The Scoop on the National Chess Congress: Part II|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|December 3, 2009|
Our second installment of US Chess Scoop videos from the National
Chess Congress includes interviews with co-champ IM Bryan Smith,
16-year-old NM Kassa Korley, IM Jay Bonin and Dr. Alan Soble. See the first installment of videos here, and look for a personal account of the tournament from IM Irina Krush.
When Kassa is not praising his opponents' moves, he's executing his own crushing attacks. Kassa finished out of the money but went back over 2300 in the tournament. In the following win over Oleg Zaikov, he was particularly happy with h4!
This wild draw netted Bryan $1400 and a tie for first with three other players: GM Alex Stripunsky, GM-elect Alex Lenderman (who won the title on tiebreak) and IM Irina Krush.
Here is one of Jay's games, which he thought exemplified his imperfect form although his opponent Andrew Shvartsman had a strong tournament overall, earning his highest rating so far (2240).