It features an astounding sacrifice by Lasker and probably one of the coolest way to checkmate an opponent. So make sure you don't miss the end of the game :-)
However, there are some players who did extremely well who I want to mention now.
- Bibbusque: Well, what to expect from a guy who already drew with GM Ivanchuck? Probably nothing else than scoring 100% and winning all league matches. And that was what he did. :-) Bibbusque has selected his game against NikolaAntonov as his best game from last season. Be sure to check that one out.
- crem: What Bibbusque did in the open section of teamleague crem achieved in the U1400 section. He won all his games! And fact is that crem did not even want to play that season if necessary. Who had guessed that things would turn out this way? We hope crem will be back on board for next season and continue his winning streak :-)
- dstrout: dstrout really perfected his role of being the player on board 1 who most of the time has to face higher rated opponents and how he did it! He did not lose a single game despite being lower rated in almost every game. He secured the draws for his team and if there was an opportunity he took it and brought home the full point.
One of his most upsetting games last season was dstrout vs. BitsandBytes where he sacrificed his last knight to win the resulting pawns versus knight and pawns endgame.
- hugenerd: Like crem and Bibbusque, hugenerd also managed to win all of his league matches last season. Together with dstrout an impressive perfomance of the U1600 team!
- ZwaartePaard: The driving power behind the success of the U1800 team was ZwaartePaard. He did not lose a single game last season which was one of the reasons why the U1800 team scored the title.
- XFrame: XFrame played an incredible first season in our U2000 teamleague team winning almost all of his games. Thus, the 4th board was our strong point there. Together with his also strong playing team mates the U2000 was able to enter the playoffs only to lose due to the tie break rules. Luck will be on their side next season!
Well, I started out this list with three players in mind. After browsing through some teamleague games, more players were added to this list and there are still some people who deserve to be mentioned. However, I am going to make a cut here and list the top scorers only here or the list would probably feature 3/4 of all monkeys ;-)
However, in a follow up post I will honorable mention additional monkeys who did some great service last season. So stay tuned!
I want to thank everyone else who participated in this lottery and do not worry, we will have more lotteries coming up in the future. I just need to get good prizes ;)
As always I try my best to fulfill all wishes, however, sometimes adjustments have to be made. This time around I will enter empty teams for T38 on the teams page here so everyone can see how far team building has progressed. You can also see then what slots are still available.