Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Ferrero 6-0 at USATE

Both I and my team Insufficient Losing Chances finished with records of 4-2-0 at the U.S. Amateur Team East tournament in Parsippany, which ended yesterday. In fact, as I won or lost on board two, so did my team.

But the big story of the USATE was a 6-0 score by Steve Ferrero on board four. In addition to being captain of Insufficient Losing Chances, Ferrero is also editor of Atlantic Chess News. Below you see Ferrero against his final round opponent, with board three teammate Paul Song standing. Mike Shapiro rounded out my team on board one.

Here is my victory from Monday morning, although I should not have allowed White to obtain a passed pawn on e6.

Round Five: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation

Byron Hood (USCF 1825) - Jim West (USCF 2200), USATE 2/18/2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e5 3.dxe5 Ne4 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Nxd2 6.Nbxd2 Nc6 7.a3 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 Qe7 9.Qd5 O-O 10.e3 Re8 11.Bd3 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 Qxe5 13.Qxe5 Rxe5 14.O-O-O d6 15.Rhe1 a5 16.b3 b6

17.f4 Re7 18.e4 Bb7 19.Re2 f6 20.g3 Rae8 21.Rde1 h6 22.e5 Bf3 23.Re3 Bh5 24.e6 Rd8 25.Be4 Kf8 26.Bc6 Be8 27.Bxe8 Kxe8 28.Rd1 f5

29.g4 fxg4 30.f5 Kf8 31.Kc2 Kg8 32.Kc3 Rf8 33.Rf1 Rf6 34.Rf4 h5 35.h3 gxh3 36.Rxh3 R7xe6 37.Rxh5 Re3+ 38.Kc2 a4

39.bxa4 Rxa3 40.Rg5 Kf8 41.Rfg4 Rf7 42.Rh5 Rf3 43.Re4 R7xf5 44.Rh8+ Kf7 45.Ree8 Kg6 46.Re7 Rf7 47.Re6+ R3f6 48.Re4 Rf4 49.Kd3 Rxe4 50.Kxe4 Re7+ 51.Kd5 Re5+ 52.Kd4 Ra5 53.Rc8 Rxa4 54.Rxc7 b5 55.Rb7 Rxc4+ 56.Kd5 Rc5+ 57.Kxd6 Rf5, White resigns.