Monday, July 20, 2009

DOCA TransNet 7/19/2009

Yesterday, in the last round of the DOCA TransNet FIDE Invitational, NM Arthur Feuerstein lost to IM Dean Ippolito who won the event with 7.5 points.

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

1.b3 Nf6 2.Bb2 g6 3.f4 d5 4.e3 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 c5 7.O-O Nc6 8.a4 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Bxf3 e6 11.d3 Qc7 12.Nc3 Rad8 13.Qc1 a6

14.e4 d4 15.Ne2 Nd7 16.e5 f5 17.Qd1 Nb6 18.Bc1 Nd5 19.Bxd5 Rxd5 20.Bd2 b6 21.Rf3 Rfd8 22.h4 h5 23.Rg3 Kh7 24.Kf2 Qe7 25.Rh3 Bh6 26.Ng1 Rh8 27.Nf3 Kg7 28.Rg3 a5 29.Rh3 Rdd8 30.g3 Qd7 31.Be1 Ne7 32.Nd2 Nd5 33.Nc4 Kh7 34.Bd2 Bf8

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.