GM Mark Paragua [pictured above, right] won yesterday's game/30 tournament, at the Marshall Chess Club.
For the second day in a row, I broke even. My final score was 2-2-1.
After two rounds, I had one win and one loss. Ironically, I won the game where I stood worse and lost the game where I had good chances! This often happens in game/30 events, where errors in time pressure may determine the outcome.
Round One: Sicilian Defense, Accelerated Fianchetto
Jim West (USCF 2204) - Stuart Chagrin (USCF 1826), Marshall Chess Club 5/9/2010
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Nc3 Bg7 7.Be3 Ng4 8.Qxg4 Nxd4 9.Qd1 e5 10.Bd3 O-O 11.O-O d6 12.Nd5 f5 13.f3 Be6 14.Rc1 Qd7 15.Qd2 Rac8 16.b3 Kh8 17.Kh1 b6
18.Nc3 Rf7 19.Ne2 Nc6 20.Bb1 Rd8 21.Rfd1 Qe7 22.Nc3 f4 23.Bg1 Qh4 24.Bf2 Qh5 25.Nd5 g5 26.Bd3 g4 27.fxg4 Bxg4 28.Re1 Bh6 29.Bf1 f3 30.Be3 f2 31.Bxh6 fxe1=Q 32.Rxe1 Nd4
33.Qg5 Qxg5 34.Bxg5 Rdf8 35.Bd3 Be2 36.Bxe2 Nxe2 37.h3 Rf1+ 38.Rxf1 Rxf1+ 39.Kh2 Ra1 40.Be7 Rxa2 41.Bxd6 Ra1 42.Bxe5+ Kg8 43.Bxa1 Nc1 44.b4, and White wins.
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Round Two: Budapest Gambit, Fajarowicz Variation
Joe Lux (USCF 2057) - Jim West (USCF 2204), Marshall Chess Club 5/9/2010
1.Nf3 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 e5 4.dxe5 Ne4 5.Qd5 Bf5 6.exd6 Nxd6 7.Ng5 Qf6 8.e4 c6 9.Qd3 Bg6 10.Nc3 Nd7 11.f4 h6 12.h4 O-O-O
13.f5 Ne5 14.Qg3 Nxf5 15.exf5 Bxf5 16.Bf4 Bd6 17.Nge4 Bxe4 18.Nxe4 Bb4+ 19.Ke2 Qf5 20.Qh3 Ng4
21.Kf3 Ne5+ 22.Kg3 Qxh3+ 23.Rxh3 Ng6 24.Be2 Nxf4 25.Kxf4 g5+ 26.Kf5, and White wins.