Monday, April 22, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
CCA results here
USCF results here.
This was a wonderful event. Organization, direction, playing conditions, location and hotel were 2nd to none.
There was record participation and the strongest open ever with 7 GMs. But it was 20 year old Indian IM Priyadharshan Kannappan who stole the show with a commanding 4.5/5.0 performance besting GMs Gregory S Kaidanov & Alexander Shabalov along the way. He also earned $2436.00 for his effort. Priyadharshan plays for Lindenwood.
Kodus to FM Awonder Liang (who I predicted would make Master here, but missed it by 5pts). He overcame a tough 1st round loss to Akshay Indusekar (1973). To finish on 3 points, beating Erik F Santarius along the way. He also tied for U2200 money winning $541.34.
This was from the tense draw against GM Fidel Corrales Jimenez in round 4
GM Alexander Shabalov could not avoid defeat in the last round from this QGA position.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Awonder Liang hits an all time high of 2189. Which easily makes him the # 1 nine year old in the country, and just 11 points away from being a Master. My prediction is that he will easily do that in his next event, the Mid America Open.
Awonder lived up to his name by going 5-0. This crazy looking game is from his last round victory over Manis Davidovich.
Michael Chen was 2nd with 4-0.
James Ellis took home the U2000 prize.
- Loss FM AWONDER LIANG (2154)
- Win TOM A MANION (1880)
- Win ANGIE PAULA (1792)
- Draw PETER L CHEN (1991)
- Loss MICHAEL L CHEN (2154)
A last round win would have given me 2nd place, a draw a share of the U2000 money.
The game was very interesting. The critical moment below is exciting with back rank issues for both sides. I really wanted to play Ng4, but since black can play Qxd4+. I played Kh1, but it turns out I could have played Ng4 anyway, and with best play it leads to an equal position, but my move gets me in trouble.
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