US G/30 with 5 sec. delay
The turn out for the main event was very disappointing, only 40 players showed up. (Only 26 from IL.) The US G/15 the next day had only 20 players! The playing site and organization was very good, but more thought has to be put into the prize distribution. For instance there were no overall prizes, the prizes were based on class. There were 3 master prizes, but there was only 1 master. So he was guaranteed the biggest prize even if he scored zero points.
The star of the event was Audrius Macenis , who had 5/5 going into the last round after beating master Alexander Betaneli in round 4. Although he lost the last round he now has a provisional rating of 2119.
I started well with 3/4 . The third round loss was to the top seed. I had black in the following position. Fritz says that I have a slight edge, but I was not able to hold.
I lost the last 2 rounds to two 1700 hundred players, so I am back on my floor again.
I ran into several Iowa friends, Mike Parsons, Dan Vasto, Eric Fischer and the Anzis family.