Michael O'Connor [pictured] and his band Mikell's Plot rocked the house during Bandfest 2K12 at Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse in Dunellen, where I snapped these photos.
On Wednesday evening, Michael rolled his higher rated opponent with sharp tactics at Chess Mates.
Round One: Smith-Morra Gambit
Michael O'Connor (USCF 1780) - Art Macaspac (USCF 2135), Rahway NJ 9/5/2012
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.Nf3 e6 6.Bc4 a6 7.O-O Nge7 8.Bg5 f6 9.Be3 b5 10.Bb3 Ng6 11.Nd5 Rb8 12.Rc1 Be7 13.Nxe7 Ngxe7 14.Qd6 O-O
15.Rfd1 Ra8 16.Nd4 Nxd4 17.Rxd4 Qe8 18.Rc7 Nc6 19.Rd1 Rf7 20.Bc5 Na5 21.Bxe6 dxe6 22.Rxf7 Kxf7 23.Qc7+ Kg6 24.Rd3 Qg8 25.Rg3+ Kh6 26.Qf4+, Black resigns.