2014 Mid-America Open

The 2014 Mid-America Open was held in Clayton, MO from March 14-16, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  There was a record turnout of about 260 players in seven sections. Click here to see the USCF rating report.

I tied for first with 4-1, with GMs Corrales, Hoyos, Paragua, and IM Priyadharshan.  I won my first three games, and took two half-point byes the last two rounds so I could teach kids' classes at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

My best game was my first, where I made several sacrifices and ended up checkmating my opponent.

My next game was not as smooth.  I didn't get any advantage, and when things were getting interesting, my opponent fell into a trap where his queen has no squares.

My last game was my most difficult.  I won a very long endgame that should have been drawn with best play.  My opponent was fresh off beating the #1 seed the previous round, Mark Paragua.

Nikki scored 2-3 in the U 1300 section.  She played well, and likely gained about 5 rating points.

I'd like to thank the CCA for holding this nice event in Saint Louis, and look forward to playing next year.



  • 19 months ago


    Thanks Ben for letting me know, and for being a great teacher!

  • 20 months ago


    ben,you broke your rules of never sac,and never play f6!!!

  • 21 months ago


    We are awesome!!!!! 

  • 21 months ago

    GM gmfinegold

    Nikki actually gained 30 (!) rating points.  She is at her peak USCF rating of 1083.  I am currently 2597, my highest in over 2 years.  :)

  • 21 months ago


    ggs big ben!

  • 21 months ago

    GM gmfinegold

    Taking byes rules! Thanks!

  • 21 months ago


    I could have gained 30 if I made the right King move!  

  • 21 months ago


    Looking forward to seeing you take more byes next year, and tieing for first so solidly.

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