2011 Senior Open- 1st Place

Dec 12, 2011, 8:03 AM |

What a surprise! I shared 1st place in the under 1610 section of the 2011 Senior Open held Dec. 8-10 in Windsor Locks, CT.  Although I lost 3 games to players rated 1600- 1900, I did manage to win one game against a 1466 player and was granted a full point bye for the final round (odd man out on the pairings). Played very strong in 2 of the losses and even had to navigate the Polish Opening over the board.

The following is my winning game.  I played black in the Caro-Kann and had to parry a dangerous rook sac on move 15 in a mating attempt by white. I saw the possibility of a sac but didn't think my oppenent would have the gumption to attempt it.  He did and I had to sweat out the many hazards and knight forks that were presented in the position. The sac was sound but my opponent's move order was not perfect so I ended up ahead. A great exercise in defense.