SuperNationals Round 7: Why does Sijing have to be so annoying???
The 2017 SuperNationals has got to be one of my favorite tournaments I have ever played in. After winning round 5 against the very strong CM Jacob Furfine (2307), I was leading the K-9 section with 5-0 (I may publish this game and my loss in a later post). I lost round 6 to my former Californian rival FM Rayan Taghizadeh (2409) in a 4 hr. marathon game, and was feeling very tired and had almost no time to eat and prepare before my last round game, against the very strong and talented WFM Carissa Yip. The round started at 2:00 pm, and I could already feel the tiredness and fatigue creeping up on me as I took time to think in the opening(!). Of course, Sijing Wu, being Sijing, had to come over and smirk at me after 10 moves or so. Later, I spoke to Gokul Thangavel, USCF expert, and he told me he also wanted to show up at the game and give me a devilish smile. LOL guys, seriously??? But anyways, I won't spoil too much about the game, which you can go through below, but it ended in a draw, and my 5.5/7 (+5 -1 =1) was good enough to take third place on tiebreaks, behind FM Rayan Taghizadeh (+5 -0 =2) and NM Wesley Wang (2272; +5 -0 =2), but ahead of NM Gabriel Sam, CM Jacob Furfine, FM Trung Nguyen, WFM Carissa Yip, and lots of other strong players. Without further ado, here is my round 7 encounter: