Had a lot fun playing chess & hanging out with friends.
Luis & the gang did a very good job running the event.
Click here for the final cross table.
I just wish I had a better result. I lost only one game, but I was paired down every round and had 3 draws. I had a great first and last day going 3-0. But the two days in the middle are what hurt me. (a loss and 3 draws)
The loss was heart breaking:
I was Black in the above position. If I had played ...Q x d3, White can resign. But I played Nf2+ & we reached the following position, which is still winning.
Here Black's only move is Re1, which he played, I should have then played Qd2 maintaining the discovery, but played Q x e1. I then managed to lose the extra Knight to a Queen check on f8.
The above is a beautiful mate in on variation.
Texas State Addison 30.05.2010
159MB, Rybka3.ctg, DELL-9ECB4ECECC 1.d4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Na6 6.e3 Bg4 7.Bxc4 e6 8.h3 Bh5 9.Bd2 Nb4 10.Be2 a5 11.0–0 Be7 12.Ne5 Bxe2 13.Qxe2 0–0 14.f4 g6 [14...h6 15.f5 Qc8 16.fxe6 Qxe6] 15.g4 Bd6 16.Kh1 Qc7 17.Nc4 Be7 18.f5 exf5 19.gxf5 Nh5 20.Ne4 Bh4 21.Rg1 Kh8 22.Qg4 Qe7 23.Bc3 Nd5 24.Bd2 Nb4 25.Raf1 Nd3 26.Bc3 Kg8 [26...Bf6 27.Nxf6 Nxf6 28.d5 cxd5 29.Qh4 Ra6 30.fxg6 fxg6 31.Rxg6 dxc4 32.Bxf6+ Raxf6 33.Rgxf6 Rxf6] 27.Qxh5 Qxe4+ 28.Kh2 Bf6 29.fxg6 fxg6 30.Rg4 Qe7 31.Rfg1 Bg7 32.Qg5 Rf2+ [32...Qc7+ 33.R4g3 Rf5 (33...Rf2+ 34.Kh1 Re2 35.R3g2 Nf2+ 36.Rxf2 Rxf2) ] 33.R1g2 Rxg2+ [33...Qc7+ 34.Kg1 Rf5 35.Qh4 b5 36.axb5 cxb5 37.Ne5] 34.Rxg2 Qc7+ 35.Qg3 Qd8 36.Nxa5 Rxa5 37.Bxa5 Qxa5 38.Qb8+ Bf8 39.Qxb7 Bd6+ 40.Kh1 Qe1+ 41.Rg1 Nf2+ [41...Qxe3 42.Qc8+ Kg7 43.Qd7+ Kh6 44.Qxd6 Qxh3+; 41...Qf2 42.Qc8+ Kf7 43.Qd7+ Be7 44.Qxc6] 42.Kg2 Qe2 [42...Qxe3 43.Qc8+ Kg7 (43...Bf8 44.Rf1) ] 43.Qc8+ Kg7 44.Qd7+ Kh6 45.Re1 Qxe1 [45...Qd2 46.Kf3 a)46.a5 Ng4+ 47.Re2 (a)47.Kf3 Nh2+ 48.Ke4 Qc2#) ; b)46.Kf1 Ne4; 46...Qxe1 47.Qxd6 Nd3 48.Qxc6 (48.Qf8+ Kh5 49.Ke4 Nf2+ 50.Kf3 Nxh3) 48...Qf2+ (48...Qh1+) 49.Kg4] 46.Qxd6 Qxe3 [46...Nd3 47.Qf8+ Kh5] 1–0