first_img`IT is believed that the player who starts with the White pieces, begins the game with a slight advantage. Today,all of the top four players secured wins as the Guyana National Junior Chess Championships 2016 commenced at the Ocean Spray Hotel.On board-one was the highly confident and more experienced player Roberto Neto who outplayed his opponent,Nellisha Johnson,in the Queens Gambit Declined. Johnson made one theoretical error which Neto was quick to pounce on and grabbed two pawns easily in the opening stage. Neto routinely converted his pawn advantage into a full point.Board-two saw another QGD opening. This time it was veteran junior Saeed Ali vs Aravinda Singh. In this game, Aravinda fell to an opening trap idea and was a piece down in the early stage. With not much fight, Saeed brought home the full point.Board-three was the game of the day and could have provided an upset. Jaden Taylor, 13yrs old and from Saints,playing with the black pieces should have won his game against WCM Sheriffa Ali.In the opening,Jaden sac a pawn with which he gained better pawn structure, quicker development and piece coordination. By the middle game, Jaden pieces were menacing White’s position. A moment for three-fold repetition occurred but WCM on the third move avoided the repetition.By end-game, Jaden had an outside pass pawn but WCM Ali’s fire within was still blazing as she played accurately and solidly until Jaden made that one decisive error to cause him the game.Board-four saw a Saints Chess Club clash as Joshua Gopaul played Ghansham Allijohn. Both players played solidly in an Italian Game Opening. But Alijohn fell to the famous Bishop trap by the White pawns (c3,b4,a5).last_img

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2015 at 10:29 pm Contact Matt: mralex01@syr.edu When Megan Quinn lined up on the blue line in practice as a freshman to take shots on goal, Syracuse goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan never knew what to expect.Some players shot the puck hard enough to leave a stinger, but Gilligan said Quinn was “hit or miss.”“Now it’s kind of one of those ones where you’re like, ‘Oh boy, this might leave a bruise,”’ Gilligan said. Quinn, a sophomore, has transformed her game on the ice. After a fairly a one-dimensional role as a defender last season, the sophomore has embraced her new role, playing all three zones. She’s stronger, quicker and has an improved shot, making her a key contributor for Syracuse (5-5-1, 3-1-1 College Hockey America).She’s on the penalty kill and the power play, using the endurance from a running background to help her handle extended minutes. She’s seeing time on offense to show off her improved shot, and through 11 games this season has tallied two goals and five assists for a total of seven points, good for fifth on the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“In just a year, she’s gone from being just a defenseman … now you’re going out there, a little more sense of purpose,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said.Last season, Quinn said she would get pushed around on the ice. In the offseason, there was a plan in place to fix it.Quinn put on about 15 pounds of muscle, strength added through squats, bench presses and chin-ups. She’s testing better in the Syracuse weight room. Now, the roles from just a season ago have been completely reversed. “This year I’m bumping people around,” Quinn said.She also worked to fix her shot, making a conscious effort to keep her head up and stay wary of how she shifts her weight when she’s sliding. It’s a testament to the repetition she poured in over the summer on the driveway and on the ice. They were just minor adjustments to her fundamentals to increase efficiency, but the major differences are something Gilligan has experienced firsthand.“I think she’s getting a lot more confident,” Gilligan said. “ … freshman year it can be a bit of a roller coaster for everybody, so I think she’s kind of settled in.”While her shot has made her valuable on the power play, her speed has made her an indispensable part of Syracuse’s defense. Flanagan said he relies on Quinn’s agility to move the puck out of the zone and then jump in the play offensively.In high school, Quinn was a distance runner. She ran 3- and 5-kilometer races and specialized in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs in track. In preseason workouts, her blazing speed caught the eye of her teammates.“We watched Quinn going and we’re like, ‘Is she on the hockey team or is she on the track team here? What is this business?’” Gilligan said.With the number of minutes she’s playing, Quinn has had to fall back on her endurance. She’s able to handle the workload of playing defense, the penalty kill and the power play. Flanagan said that her strength “equals confidence,” a process that’s finally lending itself to increased productivity. Quinn’s been given an extended role, and is thriving as a jack of all trades. “It’s definitely a privilege,” Quinn said. “It feels good to play all three and they have confidence in me. I think it puts more confidence in myself too.” Commentslast_img read more