On the first day of a weekend Swiss at the Marshall Chess Club, there were surprises. Two grandmasters were upset in round one. After the following game, my opponent called the opening a surprise!
Round Two: Philidor Counter Gambit
Alan Price (USCF 2107) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Marshall Chess Club 1/2/2010
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 f5 4.Nc3 fxe4 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Ng3 e4 7.Ne5 Nf6 8.Be2 Bd6 9.Bg5 O-O 10.O-O Qe8 11.Ng4 Nxg4 12.Bxg4 Bxg4 13.Qxg4 Qg6 14.Qh4 Nc6 15.c3 h6 16.Be3 Ne7
The same position was reached by me against Nigel Bryant in November.
17.Rae1 Nf5 18.Qh5 Qxh5 19.Nxh5 g6 20.Ng3 Bxg3 21.fxg3 Nxe3 22.Rxe3 Rxf1+ 23.Kxf1 Rf8+ 24.Ke2 b5 25.b3 Rb8 26.Kd2 Rb6 27.Re2 Rf6 28.Ke1 Rc6 29.Rc2 Kf7 30.Ke2 h5 31.Ke3 Ke6 32.h3 a5
33.Rc1 a4 34.b4 Ke7 35.a3 Kf6 36.Rc2 Kg5 37.Rc1 h4 38.g4 Rf6 39.Re1 Rc6 40.Rc1, draw.