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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