A dozen players participated in today's game/30 Swiss at Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Five, including myself, were masters. My final score of 4-1-0 was good enough to win second place prize money of $75. The only game I lost was to Michael Katz (USCF 2232) who swept the field with a perfect score of 5-0-0.
It was a tournament of many upsets. So, in at least one game, I got paired against a lower rated player who had defeated a master in a previous round. Consequently, in none of my victories was the other player rated above USCF 2000!
The following game illustrates a common theme in my four wins: my opponent dropping a piece.
Round Five: Sicilian Defense
Jim West (USCF 2200) - Craig Gross (USCF 1937), Cherry Hill NJ 8/11/2007
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 b5 7.Bb3 e5?! 8.Nf5 Bxf5 9.exf5 Nbd7 10.O-O Be7 11.Be3 O-O