If not for single-digit temperatures on Friday and Saturday, I might have met Barack Obama! I missed the president-elect by 24 hours. According to reports, Obama stayed at the Sheraton City Center Hotel on Friday night and worked out in the gym on Saturday morning.
My original plan was to play in the four-day schedule at the Liberty Bell Open. Because of Arctic weather conditions, I reconsidered and decided to play in the two-day schedule instead. By Sunday morning, the temperature had risen twenty degrees, although I still drove through snow and rain on the New Jersey Turnpike on my way to Philadelphia.
In round two, with an accelerated time control of game/40, I lost this game on time forfeit to grandmaster Timur Gareev who won the tournament with a score of 6 out of 7. When I got home, I could not find Gareev's 5.Qd5 and 6.Bg5 in Tim Harding's The Fighting Fajarowicz. Maybe I should have tried 6...Qd7.
Round Two: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation
Timur Gareev (USCF 2631) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Liberty Bell Open 1/18/2009
1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e5 4.dxe5 Ne4 5.Qd5 Nc5 6.Bg5 Be7 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8.exd6 cxd6 9.e3 Nc6 10.Nc3 Nb4 11.Qd2 Bf5 12.Nd4 Bg6 13.Be2 Nbd3+ 14.Kf1 O-O