The turn out was small, 26 in the open section and 21 in the reserve.
The top 3 seeds are:
Stanilislav Smetankin(right) 2490
Angelo Young 2460
And new comer to the Milwaukee area Ruslan Ahundov(right) 2431
Open Section was a four way tie between Stanislav Smetankin, Angelo Young, Ruslan Ahundor and expert Glen Rene Ancheta. (below)
Favorite to win the reserve section Alexander Velokanov (2-0) so far. He is #3 in the nation among 8 year olds. He could not prevail in round 3. He lost to the top seed Thomas Edelen (1778)
David Segunski(Right) wins the Reserve Section with 4.5/5
I lost to Joseph Richrds (2029).
I had White in the following position, but did not find the Queen trap. All I had to do was play 19. Rfb1 and the black Queen is trapped after Qxc3, Ra3.
(14)Me (1800) - Richards,J (2029) [D03]Western Open (1), 01.07.2006
1.d4 d5 2.Bg5 Nf6 3.Nd2 g6 4.e3 Bg7 5.Ngf3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.c3 Nc6 8.0-0 Qb6 9.Rb1 e5 10.dxc5 Qxc5 11.e4 dxe4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 Be6 14.Ra1 f5 15.Be3 Qb5 16.Bd3 Qxb2 17.Ng5 Bxa2 18.Qa4 Bd5 19.Bc4 [ 19.Rfb1 b5 20.Bxb5 Qxc3 21.Rc1] 19...Rfd8 20.Bxd5+ Rxd5 21.Qc4 Qb5 22.Qa2 Na5 23.Rab1 Qc6 24.Rfd1 Rad8 25.Rxd5 Qxd5 26.Qxd5+ Rxd5 27.Bxa7 e4 28.f3 exf3 29.Nxf3 Bxc3 30.Bb6 Nc4 31.Bf2 b5 32.g3 b4 33.Rc1 Nd2 34.Nxd2 Rxd2 35.Kf1 Kf7 36.Kg1 0-1
I lost the 2nd round to Anthony Parker (1934) Couldn't put game 1 out of my mind. It was a Qd6 Scandinavian.
(15) Parker,A (1934) - Me (1800) [B01]Western Open (2),
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 a6 6.Bd3 b5 7.Ne2 Bb7 8.Ng3 e6 9.0-0 Be7 10.Re1 0-0 11.c3 Nbd7 12.Ne5 Rad8 13.a4 Qb6 [ 13...Nxe5 14.Rxe5 b4; 13...c5 14.Nxd7 Qxd7 15.axb5 axb5 16.Ra5 cxd4 17.Bxb5 Qc7 18.Ra7 Qb6 19.Qa4 Bc5 20.Ra5 dxc3] 14.a5 Qa7 15.Bg5 c5 16.Nh5 Nxe5 17.Rxe5 Nd5 18.Qg4 [ 18.Bxe7 Nxe7 19.Qg4] 18...f5 19.Qg3 Bxg5 20.Qxg5 Bc8 21.dxc5 Qc7 22.Rae1 1-0
I managed a draw against Richard Wagner (1900) after being lost most of the game. This is the final position. I could not find anything other than the knight checks.
Finally a win against Virgilio Forro (1723)
Lost to Patrick McElwee (1982)
Here is some information that may help you. In this game we were both in time trouble with about 20 moves to make in 2 minutes. At this stage I was up a knight. I was trying to flag him. What I should have done is let the time run out since my opponent was not keeping score. He could not claim a win on time. Instead I tried to blitz and ended up in a lost position. At this point both clocks were down, so I claimend a draw, but it was disallowed since I did not have a way of proving it. (we were still in the firts time contol)
The reason I don't feel too bad about the incident was the fact that I was lost most of the game. I would have felt much worse if I was not.
That loss cost me money and rating points, bummer.