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My Games From The Western States Open

Hey folks.

I just returned from the annual Western States Open in Reno, Nevada, and while my 2.5/5 score in the Open section might not be a particularly spectacular result, I'm nonetheless glad that the car I was in did not completely lose its brakes on the trip back home.

Anyhow, all five games (I had to take a bye in the last round to catch my ride) illustrate the hard-to-overstate importance of endgames at this level.

 

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  • 4 years ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    Oh, btw, in the second game (the draw), I mixed up moves at the end - White of course plays Rg4 first and then Kxe5.  Sorry for any confusion. :)

  • 4 years ago

    vowles_23

    As always, an interesting blog. Thanks!

  • 4 years ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    Thanks, Chris and Orange.

    I'll try and post the entire games later - I've misplaced the scoresheets to two of them.  D'oh. :)

  • 4 years ago

    orangehonda

    Is it true you were paired up in every round?  And you reached a late stage each time, I'm guessing you're pleased with your performance, good job :)

  • 4 years ago

    ChrisIsMeChris

    Good fighting at such a high level, John. I would have loved to see the full games though :D

  • 4 years ago

    NM GargleBlaster

    Btw, a correction: IM Bryan Smith's rating is 2535, not 2400.  Sorry. :)

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