Sunday, November 30, 2008

QC Grand Prix 11/30/2008

Today's Game 10's Galore #3 Grand Prix tournament became a double round robin when only five players showed up at the Dean of Chess Academy in Branchburg. Many of the regular participants, including IM Dean Ippolito, were playing in Philadelphia at the National Chess Congress.

The quick chess event was won by IM Richard Costigan with 9 points out of 10. In second and third places were NM Leroy Dubeck and myself, with 8 points and 5.5 points respectively. The field was rounded out by Atlantic Chess News editor Steve Ferrero with 4 points and by tournament director/player Ken Thomas [pictured above] with 3.5 points. Each player sat out one round with a bye, for which he received 2 full points.

Although the players were not required to keep score, I reconstructed the moves to my draw against Dubeck, which was my most memorable game of the tournament.

Round Five: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Leroy Dubeck (USCF 2200), Branchburg NJ 11/30/2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O Be7 9.Be3 O-O 10.f4 b4 11.Na4 Nxe4 12.f5 d5 13.fxe6 fxe6 14.Nf5 Bf6 15.Nb6 Bb7

16.Nxa8 exf5 17.Nb6 Bxb2 18.Nxd5 Kh8 19.Bd4 Bxa1 20.Qxa1 Nc3 21.Bxc3 bxc3 22.Nxc3 Qd4+ 23.Kh1 Nc6 24.Ne2 Qxa1 25.Rxa1 Ne5 26.Nf4 Rd8 27.h3 g5 28.Re1 Be4 29.Nd3 Nxd3 30.cxd3 Rxd3 31.Bc2 Bxg2+ 32.Kg1 Rd2 33.Bxf5 Bd5

34.a4 Kg7 35.Be6 Kf6 36.Bxd5 Rxd5 37.Rb1 a5 38.Rb6+ Kf5 39.Kf2 h5 40.Ke3 h4 41.Rb8 Ke5 42.Re8+ Kd6 43.Rd8+ Kc5 44.Rb8 Kc4 45.Ke4 Rc5 46.Rb1 Kc3 47.Rb5 Rc4+ 48.Ke3 Rxa4 49.Rxg5 Ra1 50.Rg4 a4 51.Rxh4 a3 52.Ra4 Kb3 53.Ra8 Rh1

54.Rb8+ Ka2 55.Kd2 Rxh3 56.Kc2 Rh2+ 57.Kc1 Ka1 58.Rb3 a2 59.Rb8 Rh1+ 60.Kc2 Rb1 61.Ra8 Rb7 62.Rh8 Rc7+ 63.Kb3 Rb7+ 64.Kc2 Rc7+ 65.Kb3, draw.