Meanwhile NM David Grasso defeated me in a contest that was awarded the Best Game prize, earning Grasso second place with 7 points.
Third place was won by Rahul Swaminathan with 5.5 points.
I finished with 4.5 points (3 wins, 3 losses, 3 draws), good enough for a fourth place tie with NM Arthur Feuerstein and Christopher Wu. Atlantic Chess News editor Steve Ferrero also finished with 4.5 points and took the Under 2000 prize.
Here is my draw from the eighth round.
Round Eight: Larsen's Opening
Jim West (USCF 2210) - Steve Ferrero (USCF 1930), DOCA TransNet 7/19/2009
35.Rh1 Be7 36.Qe2 Rdf8 37.Rae1 Kg7 38.Qf3 Rb8 39.Re2 Rbf8 40.Rhe1 Qd8 41.Nd6 Qd7 42.Nb5 Rd8 43.Kg2 Rhe8 44.Na3 Rb8 45.Nb5 Rbd8 46.Rd1 Kf7 47.Na3 Kg7 48.Nc4 Rb8 49.Ra1 Qc7 50.Ree1 Rbd8 51.Red1 Kf7 52.Rac1 Rd7
53.c3 dxc3 54.Bxc3 Nxc3 55.Rxc3 Rd4 56.Na3 Qd7 57.Nc2 Rd5 58.Ne3 Rd4 59.Nc2 Rd5 60.Ne3 Rd4, draw.