Eric scored a perfect 12-0 in Saturday's simul to publicize the return of the Illinois Chess Tour. Having been paid appropriate hush money, we withhold the names of all victims. Thanks to Mike Cardinale for organizing and for treating seven of us to a wonderful breakfast at Yolk (I hadn't seen Captain Streeter's statue before!), to the kind folks at Marbles for a very nice venue, for Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich for stopping by to give Eric his good wishes, and to Eric for his volunteer service.
This was the first game to finish, if only because a player with chess culture knows when to resign:
And here's the finale of the last game. Black outplayed Eric in the middlegame. A pawn up, our brave N.N. quite correctly turned down a perpetual check to press Eric for the win. But it's hard to win a queen ending against a 2400, and no one has had more heartbreaking losses than Nomen Nescio:
P.S. Wow, what a boo-boo I made above! Pattern recognition is not the best substitute for thinking....