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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.
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. :)
As always, an interesting blog. Thanks!
Thanks, Chris and Orange.
I'll try and post the entire games later - I've misplaced the scoresheets to two of them. D'oh. :)
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 :)
Good fighting at such a high level, John. I would have loved to see the full games though :D
Btw, a correction: IM Bryan Smith's rating is 2535, not 2400. Sorry. :)
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