Monday, February 1, 2010

Westfield Quads 1/31/2010

Had young Christopher Wu won this game at yesterday's quads in Westfield, his post-tournament USCF rating would have been above 2200, making him a national master. If not for his time pressure blunder by 39...d5, Wu might very well have done it. Then, I missed the winning 42.Qxf6. In any event, the 11-year-old won the quad against three masters, with a score of 2-0-1 and an unofficial rating of 2193.

Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Christopher Wu (USCF 2169), Westfield NJ 1/31/2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Nc5 9.f5 Be7 10.Qf3 O-O 11.Be3 e5 12.Nde2 b5 13.Bd5 Rb8 14.b4 Ncd7 15.O-O Nb6

16.Bxb6 Qxb6+ 17.Kh1 Bb7 18.Rad1 Rbc8 19.Bb3 Rfd8 20.Rd3 a5 21.bxa5 Qxa5 22.Ng3 b4 23.Nd5 Nxd5 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Qxa2 26.f6 Bxf6 27.Nh5 Qa7 28.Qg4 Kf8 29.Nxf6 gxf6 30.Qf5 Qe7 31.Qxh7 Qe6 32.Rb5 Ke7 33.Rxb4 Rxc2

34.h3 Rc4 35.Rxc4 Qxc4 36.Rf3 Qc1+ 37.Kh2 Qg5 38.Rf5 Qg6 39.Qh4 d5 40.Rxe5+ Kf8 41.Qh8+ Qg8 42.Qxg8+ Kxg8 43.Rxd5 Re8 44.Rd4 Kg7 45.g4 Kg6 46.Kg3 Re5 47.h4 Re6 48.Kf4 Re5 49.Rd5 Re6 50.Rf5 Rd6

51.g5 fxg5+ 52.Rxg5+ Kh6 53.Kf5 Re6 54.e5 Rc6 55.Rg4 Re6 56.Rd4 Re7 57.Rd6+ Kg7 58.h5 Rc7 59.h6+ Kh7 60.Rf6 Re7, draw.