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New York 1996 (Chess-in-the-Schools Festival)
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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This Category 13 event was held in New York from March 21-April 2, 1996, as part of the Chess-in-the-Schools Festival. The players were:

Michael Adams, Maurice Ashley, Joel Benjamin, Nick de Firmian, Roman Dzindzichashvili, Viktor Korchnoi, Jaime Sunye Neto, Valery Salov, Grigory Serper, Ivan Sokolov, Joshua Waitzkin, Patrick Wolff.

It proved a victory for alphabetical order, as Adams won in round 1 and never fell behind thereafter. By round 7 he was a full point ahead of Benjamin and Korchnoi, whereupon victories over them in the next two rounds allowed him to coast home.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 1 Adams X 1 1 1 1 1 1 8.5 2 Sokolov X 1 0 1 1 1 7.0 3 Salov X 0 1 1 1 6.5 4 Benjamin 0 X 1 1 1 6.5 5 Wolff 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 6.5 6 Korchnoi 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 1 1 1 6.5 7 Serper 0 1 0 0 0 X 1 1 5.0 8 DeFirmian 0 0 0 0 X 1 1 1 5.0 9 Dzindzichashvili 0 X 0 4.5 10 Neto 0 0 0 1 X 1 0 4.5 11 Ashley 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 3.0 12 Waitzkin 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 2.5

My favorite game from this tournament is Serper vs Korchnoi, 1996, but then I'm a sucker for sexagenarian mating attacks.

Round 1, Game #1
Salov vs Benjamin, 1996
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #2
Waitzkin vs Adams, 1996 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 44 moves, 0-1

Round 1, Game #3
I Sokolov vs Sunye Neto, 1996
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Game #4
Dzindzichashvili vs Ashley, 1996
(A47) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #5
de Firmian vs Serper, 1996
(B89) Sicilian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #6
Wolff vs Korchnoi, 1996 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 45 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #7
Korchnoi vs Salov, 1996 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #8
I Sokolov vs Waitzkin, 1996
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #9
Benjamin vs Dzindzichashvili, 1996
(B06) Robatsch, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #10
Adams vs Wolff, 1996
(B50) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #11
Sunye Neto vs Serper, 1996
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #12
Ashley vs de Firmian, 1996 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 75 moves, 0-1

Round 3, Game #13
de Firmian vs Benjamin, 1996
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #14
Waitzkin vs Sunye Neto, 1996
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Game #15
Salov vs Adams, 1996
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #16
Wolff vs I Sokolov, 1996
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #17
Dzindzichashvili vs Korchnoi, 1996
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #18
Serper vs Ashley, 1996
(A14) English, 61 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #19
Sunye Neto vs Ashley, 1996
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 22 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #20
Adams vs Dzindzichashvili, 1996
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #21
Waitzkin vs Wolff, 1996 
(B50) Sicilian, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Game #22
Benjamin vs Serper, 1996 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #23
Korchnoi vs de Firmian, 1996
(A04) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #24
I Sokolov vs Salov, 1996
(A90) Dutch, 68 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #25
de Firmian vs Adams, 1996 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 33 moves, 0-1

Round 5, Game #26
Serper vs Korchnoi, 1996 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 29 moves, 0-1

Round 5, Game #27
Ashley vs Benjamin, 1996
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 32 moves, 0-1

Round 5, Game #28
Wolff vs Sunye Neto, 1996
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #29
Dzindzichashvili vs I Sokolov, 1996
(A20) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #30
Salov vs Waitzkin, 1996
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #31
I Sokolov vs de Firmian, 1996
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #32
Korchnoi vs Ashley, 1996 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 36 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #33
Adams vs Serper, 1996 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #34
Wolff vs Salov, 1996
(B83) Sicilian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #35
Sunye Neto vs Benjamin, 1996
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #36
Waitzkin vs Dzindzichashvili, 1996
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #37
Benjamin vs Korchnoi, 1996 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #38
Salov vs Sunye Neto, 1996
(E49) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #39
Ashley vs Adams, 1996
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #40
de Firmian vs Waitzkin, 1996 
(B00) Uncommon King's Pawn Opening, 29 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #41
Dzindzichashvili vs Wolff, 1996
(A25) English, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #42
Serper vs I Sokolov, 1996 
(A20) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #43
I Sokolov vs Ashley, 1996
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 36 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #44
Adams vs Benjamin, 1996 
(B40) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #45
Waitzkin vs Serper, 1996
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 8, Game #46
Wolff vs de Firmian, 1996 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 44 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #47
Salov vs Dzindzichashvili, 1996
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 50 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #48
Sunye Neto vs Korchnoi, 1996
(A13) English, 40 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #49
Korchnoi vs Adams, 1996
(E17) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #50
Ashley vs Waitzkin, 1996 
(A28) English, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Game #51
Dzindzichashvili vs Sunye Neto, 1996
(A15) English, 49 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #52
Serper vs Wolff, 1996
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 45 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #53
de Firmian vs Salov, 1996
(B89) Sicilian, 71 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #54
Benjamin vs I Sokolov, 1996
(A28) English, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #55
Sunye Neto vs Adams, 1996 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #56
Wolff vs Ashley, 1996
(B06) Robatsch, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #57
I Sokolov vs Korchnoi, 1996
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Game #58
Waitzkin vs Benjamin, 1996
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #59
Dzindzichashvili vs de Firmian, 1996
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #60
Salov vs Serper, 1996
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 92 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #61
Benjamin vs Wolff, 1996 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #62
Ashley vs Salov, 1996
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #63
de Firmian vs Sunye Neto, 1996
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #64
Serper vs Dzindzichashvili, 1996
(E70) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #65
Adams vs I Sokolov, 1996
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #66
Korchnoi vs Waitzkin, 1996 
(A06) Reti Opening, 35 moves, 1-0

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