David Cardenas and I am here to play in the UP Open. We planned to get there about an hour early and hoped to be paired down the first 2 rounds. But we didn't think about the time difference and ended up getting there just when the round was about to start. We had 2 options, play each other or take 1/2 point byes. We decided to play. I ended up losing the game, due to my lack of tactical intuition. I had to play 32.g3 It was masked because I induced the defensive move Rg6, which also happens to be a potent offensive move.
(12) Me(1800) - Cardenas,D (1906) [D03]UP Open G/120 (1), 19.08.2006
1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bg5 Nf6 4.e3 h6 5.Bh4 b6 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Nbd2 Be7 8.c3 Nbd7 9.Qe2 Ne4 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.0-0 0-0 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Nxd2 14.Qxd2 f6 15.exf6 Rxf6 16.Rae1 Rd8 17.Qc2 e5 18.c4 [ 18.e4 d4 19.Rc1] 18...e4 19.Be2 d4 20.exd4 Rxd4 21.Qb3 Rd2 22.c5+ Qe6 23.Bc4 Bd5 24.Bxd5 Rxd5 25.cxb6 axb6 26.Qc4 Rc5 27.Qxe4 Qxa2 28.Ra1 Qe6 29.Ra8+ Kf7 30.Qh7 Re5 31.Rg8 Rg6 32.Rd8 [ 32.g3 Re1 33.Qh8 Rxf1+ 34.Kxf1 Qc4+ 35.Kg2 Qe4+ 36.Kg1 Qb1+ 37.Kg2 Qe4+ 38.Kg1] 32...Rxg2+ 33.Kxg2 Qg4+ 34.Kh1 Qf3+ 35.Kg1 Rg5# 0-1
Cardenas is the UP Champion. He finished 3-0=2 to finish clear first. He continues to improve and will be very close to 2000 in the next supplement.
I finished 3-2 with a win against Douglas Younkle (1911) in the last round. But this loss to David Sundeen (1600) ensured that I don't gain any rating points. David has been making the 7 hour drive to this tournament for the last 24 years!
(15) Sundeen,D (1600) - Me (1800) [B01]UP Open G/120 (2), 19.08.2006
1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qd6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Be2 a6 6.d3 e6 [ 6...e5 7.d4 Nc6 8.dxe5] 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bd2 b5 [ 8...Nc6 9.Bg5] 9.a3 Bb7 10.Qc1 0-0 11.Ng5 c5 12.Nge4 Qd7 [ 12...Nxe4 13.Nxe4] 13.Bf3 Nc6 14.Re1 Rfd8 15.Nxf6+ Bxf6 16.Bg5 Bxg5 17.Qxg5 Nd4 18.Bxb7 Qxb7 19.Rac1 Rac8 20.Ne4 c4 21.dxc4 bxc4 22.Nf6+ Kh8 23.Nh5 f6 24.Qg4 Rc5 25.Rcd1 Rg5 26.Qh3 Rdd5 [ 26...Rgd5 27.Kf1 ( 27.Qg4 f5) 27...Nxc2 ( 27...Qxb2 28.Nf4) 28.Rxd5 exd5 29.Nxf6 gxf6 30.Qc3 Rb8 ( 30...d4 31.Qxc2 Qc7 ( 31...Qc6 32.Qf5 Rg8 33.f3) 32.Qf5) 31.Qxc2 Qxb2 32.Qf5 Qd4; 26...Nf3+ 27.Qxf3; 26...Ne2+ 27.Kf1; 26...h6 27.Kh1 Rgd5 28.c3 Nc2 29.Rxd5 Qxd5 30.Rg1] 27.Nf4 Rde5 28.Rxe5 fxe5 29.Nh5 g6 [ 29...Qxb2 30.c3 Qb3 31.Re1; 29...Qd5 30.Kf1 Qe4; 29...Qd5 30.c3 Ne2+] 30.Nf6 Rf5 31.Ng4 Ne2+ [ 31...Qxb2 32.Qh4 ( 32.c3 Qc2) 32...Rf7 33.Qd8+ Kg7 34.Qd6 Nxc2 35.Qd2] 32.Kf1 Nf4 [ 32...Rh5 33.Qe3 Nf4 34.f3 Nd5 35.Qc5] 33.Rd8+ Kg7 34.Qh6+ Kf7 35.Qf8# 1-0