Philip Wang of Reno, Nevada at the 1998 U.S. Open

1998 Cardoza U.S. Open in Hawaii, Aug 1-9, 1998

Philip Wang (2243) of Reno, Nevada, with 6.5 points out of 9, tied with nine other players for the best Under 2300 score in the tournament.

Round one Win against a 1719.
Round two Win against a 1937.
Round three Draw against a 2662 (GM Joel Benjamin).
Round four Lost against a 2588.
Round five Win against a 1997.
Round six Draw against a 2105.
Round seven Win against a 2047.
Round eight Win against a 2400.
Round nine Draw against a 2361.

Cardoza US Open, 3 Aug 98, Round 3
White-Philip Wang Black-Joel Benjamin
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Bf5 4.g3 e5 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bg2 c6 7.O-O h6 8.Qb3 Qc7 9.Rd1 Be7 10.h3 O-O 11.Be3 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nc5 13.Qa3 Bg6 14.b4 Nce4 15.Rac1 Rfe8 16.Bf4 Qc8 17.Qb2 Nxc3 18.Qxc3 Ne4 19.Qb3 a5 20.b5 a4 21.Qf3 Bf6 22.bxc6 bxc6 23.Qa3 Ra6 24.Nb5 Be7 25.Nxd6 Bxd6 26.Bxd6 Nxd6 27.Qxd6 Rxe2 28.Rd2 Rxd2 29.Qxd2 c5 30.a3 Kh7 31.Kh2 Rb6 32.Rc3 Rb3 33.Bd5 Qf5 34.Kg2 Qb1 35.Re3 Qa1 36.Re7 Qd4 37.Qe2 Rxa3 38.Bxf7 Bxf7 39.Rxf7 Rc3 40.Rf4 Qd3 41.Qxd3+ Rxd3 42.Rf5 Rc3 43.Rxc5 a3 44.Ra5 Rxc4 45.Rxa3 1/2-1/2

[Event “Cardoza U.S. Open”]
[Site “Kona USA”]
[Date “1998.08.08”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Garbett,Paul”]
[Black “Wang,Philip”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B33”]
[BlackElo “2242”]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nb1 O-O 12.a4 bxa4 13.Rxa4 a5 14.Bc4 Rb8 15.b3 Bg5 16.O-O Kh8 17.Nbc3 f5 18.exf5 Bxf5 19.Bd3 g6
20.Bxf5 gxf5 21.f4 Bf6 22.Kh1 Nd4 23.Nxf6 Rxf6 24.Nd5 Rh6 25.fxe5 Qh4 26.h3 Rg8 27.Qd2 dxe5 28.Ne7 Rg3 29.Rxd4 exd4 30.Qf4 Qxh3+ 0-1

[Event “Cardoza US Open”]
[Site “Kona USA”]
[Date “1998.08.09”]
[Round “9”]
[White “Martinez,Marcel”]
[Black “Wang,Philip”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “A26”]
[WhiteElo “2361”]
[BlackElo “2243”]
1.d3 g6 2.Nf3 Bg7 3.g3 d6 4.Bg2 f5 5.O-O Nf6 6.c4 e5 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Rb1 h6 9.b4 O-O 10.b5 Ne7 11.Ne1 g5 12.Nd5 f4 13.e3 Ng6 14.Bd2 Kh8 15.Qc2 g4 16.exf4 Nxd5 17.Bxd5 exf4 18.Be4 fxg3 19.hxg3 Ne5 20.Kg2 Nf3 21.Be3 Ng5 22.Bd5 Qf6 23.Qe2 Qg6 24.Rh1 Nh3 25.Qd2 h5 26.Rf1 Bf6 27.Nc2 Bg5 28.Qc3+ Kh7 29.Rbe1 Bf5 30.Bxg5 Nxg5 31.Re7+ Kh6 32.Rd1 Rae8 33.Rxe8 Qxe8 34.Ne3 Nh3 35.Qd2 Kg7 36.Re1 Be6 37.Re2 Bxd5+ 38.Nxd5 Qg6 39.Nxc7 Rf3 40.Ne6+ Kg8 41.Qa5 Qxe6 1/2-1/2

Information provided by Ken Horne and Hal Terrie

Note: for those sharp-eyed readers who noticed that Philip’s rating is given as 2243 at the top and 2242 in the Round 8 game score … it is 2242 in June Rating Supplement which is what was used at the beginning of the tournament, but it is 2243 in the current (August) Rating Supplement.