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CCSN Winter Open, December 12-13, 1998

(Directed by Ken Sims)

And theerrrree off and Jorge Barrios wins by a mile.

Yea, yea, it started off like a horse race when you're all even at the gate but it wasn't even close. Jorge Barrios (2164) won again with a CLEAN SCORE of 5-0. Only nine players entered the lists, (1 M, 1X, and 7 class players), including one new player, Lee Shepherd (1877), from LV by way of Phoenix, AZ. This was his first tournament since about 1983. This tournament also featured several upsets of note and a host of byes and withdrawals.

In round one, Jose Ramirez (1792) upset Alex Herrara (1993) and Chad Badgett drew Frank Gray (1916).

In round two, Chad drew John Trivett (1907) in a fierce Max Lange Attack and 9 year old Alan Amici (1235) drew Shepherd!

In round three, Alan drew Trivett(!!!) in a mistake riddled game and actually was winning at one point and even Trivett missed winning at the end. And Jorge was 3-0 beating Alex Herrera.

In round four, Jorge won over Gray, saccing the exchange to do it and Shepherd won with a well conducted attack against Ramirez and so Jorge had first place locked up and Shepherd looked to take second place as he was 1.5 points behind Barrios and 1 point ahead of the rest of us.

In the last round, strange things happened. First, Jorge was awarded the last point by forfeit and so he goes 5-0. Then Shepherd overlooks a mate in one in an ultrasharp Poisoned Pawn Sicilian and gets mated in a Trivy quickie so he kisses second overall goodbye and your editor magically appears into prize list. And Badgett plays another theoritical discussion of the Moller Attack versus Ramirez (continued from last month's debacle), contrives a winning attack, and falls into desperate time pressure with 2 minutes for 20 moves, compared to Jose's 15 minutes left and it was Jose who flagged out on move 32 as Chad threw piece after piece sacrifice in a last ditch attack to hunt down Jose's harried king.

In the prize distribution, Jorge Barrios won the 1st Open with 5-0. The 2nd Open was split between John Trivett, Lee Shepherd, and Chad Badgett with 2.5-2.5. Shepherd and Badgett also tied for the 1st U1900 prize.

I'd like to thank Ken Sims for the crosstables and prize distibution. All the notes are mine, all mine. My apologies for any errors herein.

Report by John Trivett

The prize winners for this tournament were:

1st - Jorge Barrios [2164]     - 5.0
2nd - John Trivett [1907]      - 2.5
    - Lee Shepherd [1877]      - 2.5 <--|
    - Chad Badgett [1726]      - 2.5 <--|
Under 1900:                             |
1st - Lee Shepherd [1877]      - 2.5 <--|
    - Chad Badgett [1726]      - 2.5 <--|

                          Cross Table
                                                  Actual Ratings
#   Name / Rating   Rd 1  Rd 2  Rd 3  Rd 4  Rd 5     Pre/Post
1   Ron Gross       B5    bye   ----  ----  ----     2241
    2241            1.0   1.5   1.5   1.5   F1.5         2244
2   Jorge Barrios   W6    B7    W3    B4    ----     2119
    2164            1.0   2.0   3.0   4.0   X5.0         2143
3   Alex Herrera    B7    W4    B2    bye   ----     2080
    1993            0.0   1.0   1.0   1.5   1.5          2047
4   Frank Gray      W8    B3    bye   W2    ----     1916
    1916            0.5   0.5   1.0   1.0   1.0          1900
5   John Trivett    W1    B8    B9    bye   W6       1907
    1907            0.0   0.5   1.0   1.5   2.5          1895
6   Lee Shepherd    B2    W9    W8    W7    B5       1877
    1877            0.0   0.5   1.5   2.5   2.5          1861
7   Jose Ramirez    W3    W2    bye   B6    B8       1742
    1742            1.0   1.0   1.5   1.5   1.5          1739
8   Chad Badgett    B4    W5    B6    bye   W7       1717
    1726            0.5   1.0   1.0   1.5   2.5          1740
9   Alan Amici      ----  B6    W5    ----  ----     1311
    1235            0.0   0.5   1.0   1.0   1.0          1340


#   Name            Rtng   Rd 1  Rd 2  Rd 3  Rd 4  Rd 5  Total
1   Jorge Barrios   2164   W3    W7    W6    W8    X---   5.0
2   John Trivett    1907   L5    D4    D9    H---  W3     2.5
3   Lee Shepherd    1877   L1    D9    W4    W7    L2     2.5
4   Chad Badgett    1726   D8    D2    L3    H---  W7     2.5
5   Ron Gross       2241   W2    H---  U---  U---  F---   1.5
6   Alex Herrera    1993   L7    W8    L1    H---  U---   1.5
7   Jose Ramirez    1742   W6    L1    H---  L3    L4     1.5
8   Frank Gray      1916   D4    L6    H---  L1    U---   1.0
9   Alan Amici      1235   U---  D3    D2    U---  U---   1.0

Information provided by Ken Sims


1 C13
Trivett, John (A) - Gross, Ron (M) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Ne4 6.B:e7 Q:e7 7.N:e4 d:e4 
8.Qd2 O-O 9.O-O-O b6 10.f4 Bb7 11.Ne2 Nd7 12.Rg1 Rfd8 13.Qe3 c5 14.g4 
c:d4 15.N:d4 Nc5 16.Be2 a6 17.h4 Rac8 18.Kb1 Na4 19.h5 Qc5 20.c3 b5 
  [21.Nc2 Q:e3 22.N:e3]
21...R:d1+ 22.B:d1 e:f5 23.Q:c5 
  [23.Qg3 N:c3+ 24.b:c3 Q:c3 25.Q:c3 R:c3 26.g:f5 Kf8 27.Bb3  +=]
23...N:c5 24.g:f5 Kf8 25.h6 g:h6 26.f6 Rd8 27.b4 Ne6 28.Bh5 e3 29.f5 
Be4+   0:1

2 D00
Barrios, Jorge (X) - Sheppard, Lee (A) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 c6 4.f3 e6 5.Nh3 Bd6 6.e3 Qe7 7.B:d6 Q:d6 8.f4
Nbd7 9.Bd3 a6 10.O-O c5 11.a4 c:d4 12.e:d4 Qb4 13.Ne2 Q:b2 14.Qd2 Qb6 
15.Rab1 Qd6 16.a5 O-O 17.Nf2 Rd8 18.Rb3 b5 19.a:b6 N:b6 20.Rfb1 Nfd7 
21.Qa5 Rb8 22.Ng4 f6 23.Ne3 Re8 24.g3 g6 25.Kf2 e5 26.c3 e:f4 27.N:f4 
Kg7 28.Qa3 Q:a3 29.R:a3 R:e3 30.K:e3 Nc4+ 31.B:c4 R:b1 32.N:d5 Nb6 
33.N:b6 R:b6 34.d5 Rd6 35.Kd4 Kf7 36.Kc5 Ke7 37.Bd3 Bb7 38.c4 f5 
39.Be2 Kd7 40.Rb3 Bc8 41.Kd4 a5 42.c5 Rf6 43.Ke5 Rf8 44.Bb5+ Kd8   1:0

3 A38
Ramirez, Jose (B) - Herrara, Alex (X) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d3 g6 5.g3 Bg7 6.Bg2 O-O 7.O-O d5 8.c:d5
N:d5 9.N:d5 Q:d5 10.a3 Qh5 11.h4 Rb8 12.Rb1 Bg4 13.Re1 Rfd8 14.Qc2 
B:f3 15.B:f3 Nd4 16.Qc4 N:f3+ 17.e:f3 Rd4 18.g4 Q:h4 19.Q:c5 R:d3 
20.Bg5 Qh3 21.Re3 Bd4 
22.Qc7 Rf8 23.R:d3 e5 24.Be3 Q:f3 25.Qd7 f5 26.Rc1 Q:g4+ 27.Kf1 Qe4 
28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.R:d4 e:d4 30.Q:e4 f:e4 31.B:d4+ Kg8 32.B:a7 Rf7 33.Bb6 
Rf3 34.Rc7 Rb3 35.R:b7 R:b2 36.Rb8+ Kf7 37.Bc7 Ra2 38.Ra8 Ke6 39.a4 
Kd5 40.a5 e3 41.f:e3 Ke4 42.Bb6 h5 43.a6 Kf3 44.Rf8+ Kg3 45.a7 Ra1+ 
46.Ke2 h4 47.a8=Q g5   1:0

4 B51
Gray, Frank (A) - Badgett, Chad (B) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Nc6 4.d4 c:d4 5.N:d4 Bd7 6.c4 g6 7.Be3 Bg7 
8.Nc3 Nf6 9.O-O O-O 10.f3 Rc8 11.Rc1 a6 12.N:c6 b:c6 13.Ba4 Qa5 14.Rf2
Rb8 15.Qc2 c5 16.B:d7 N:d7 17.b3 Ne5 18.Rd2 Nc6 19.Ne2 Qb6 20.Kh1 Nd4 
{Chad says he has an advantage after 24.Red2 a4!}

5 A60
Ramirez, Jose (B) - Barrios, Jorge (X) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e5 4.d:e6 f:e6 5.Bg5 Nc6 6.Nf3 Qa5+ 7.Qd2 Ne4 
8.Q:a5 N:a5 9.Nbd2 N:g5 10.N:g5 Be7 11.Ngf3 O-O 12.e4 b6 13.Bd3 Bb7 
14.b3 Nc6 15.O-O Bf6 16.Rad1 Nd4 17.N:d4 B:d4 18.Nf3 e5 19.N:d4 c:d4 
20.f3 g5 21.h3 d6 22.Rfe1 Kg7 23.Kf2 h5 24.g4 h4 25.Kg2 a5 26.a4 Rf4 {
Already, Jorge has a big advantage on the dark squares} 27.Rf1 Ba6 
28.Rde1 Kf6 29.Rf2 
  [29.Kf2 Ke7 30.Ke2 Raf8]
29...Ke7 30.Rc1 Kd7 31.Re1 Kc6 32.Kf1 Kc5 33.Ke2 Bc8 34.Kd2 Be6 35.Kc2
Raf8 36.Be2 Bd7 37.Ra1 
37...R:e4 38.Rd1 Re3 39.Rd3 Bc6 40.R:e3 d:e3 41.Rf1 e4   0:1

6 B00
Herrera, Alex (X) - Gray, Frank (A) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 b6 2.d4 Bb7 3.d5 e6 4.c4 f5 5.e:f5 e:f5 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.Bd3 g6 
8.O-O Be7 9.Bh6 Ng4 10.Bg7 Rg8 11.Bc3 c6 12.h3 Nf6 13.d6 B:d6 14.B:f5 
Be7 15.Bc2 d5 
  [15...Qc7 16.Re1 Kd8 17.Ne5 Re8 18.Nf7+ Kc8 19.B:f6]
16.c:d5 Q:d5 
  [16...c:d5 17.Re1 Kf7 18.Qe2 Qd6 19.Ng5+]
17.Qe2 Rg7 18.B:f6   1:0

7 C55
Badgett, Chad (B) - Trivett, John (A) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d4 e:d4 5.O-O Bc5 6.e5 d5 7.e:f6 d:c4 
8.Re1+ Be6 9.Ng5 Qd5 10.Nc3 Qf5 11.Nce4 O-O-O 12.N:e6 f:e6 13.Bg5 Rd7 
14.g4 Qd5 15.f:g7 Rg8 16.Bf6 Ne5 17.g5 Ng6 18.Qh5 Rd:g7 19.B:g7 R:g7 
20.N:c5 Q:c5 21.R:e6 b6 22.Qf3 Q:g5+ 23.Kf1 Ne7 24.Qg3 Q:g3 25.h:g3 
Kd7 26.Re4 c5 27.Rd1 Kc6 28.Ke2 Kd5 29.Rh4 Nf5 30.Rh5 Ke6 31.Kd2 h6 
32.f4 R:g3 33.Rdh1   1/2

8 A57
Sheppard, Lee (A) - Amici, Alan (D) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.c:b5 a6 5.e3 g6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Bd3 Bg7 8.Bd2 
O-O 9.Nge2 Qc7 10.Qb3 Nbd7 11.O-O Ne5 12.b6 Qb7 13.Na4 Q:d5 14.Q:d5 
N:d5 15.Be4 e6 16.Nac3 Bb7 17.Nf4 N:c3 18.B:b7 Rab8 19.B:a6 R:b6 
20.B:c3 R:a6 21.Rfd1 Rd8 22.Nd3 N:d3 23.R:d3 B:c3 24.R:c3 Rb8 25.b3 
Rba8 26.Rc2   1/2

9 D00
Barrios, Jorge (X) - Herrera, Alex (X) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bf4 c6 4.Qd2 e6 5.f3 Bd6 6.Nh3 O-O 7.O-O-O Na6 
8.e3 Qe7 9.B:d6 Q:d6 10.g4 e5 11.g5 e:d4 12.e:d4 Nh5 13.Ne2 Bf5 14.a3 
Nc7 15.Nhf4 N:f4 16.N:f4 Nb5 17.B:b5 c:b5 18.Nd3 Rac8 19.Qb4 Qg6 
20.Kb1 R:c2 21.K:c2 Rc8+ 22.Kb1 B:d3+ 23.Ka1 Be2 24.Rc1 Rf8 25.f4 Qe4 
26.Qd2 Bc4 27.Rce1 Qf3 28.Qe3 Q:e3 29.R:e3 b4 30.a:b4 f6 31.Rhe1 f:g5 
32.f:g5 Rf4 33.b3 Ba6 34.Re7 R:d4 35.Rc1 Rf4 36.Rc8+ Rf8 37.Rcc7 Rf1+ 
38.Kb2 Rf2+ 39.Kc3 Rf3+ 40.Kd4 Rd3+ 41.Kc5 Rc3+ 42.K:d5 R:c7 43.R:c7 
Bf1 44.Ke6 Bh3+ 45.Ke7 g6 46.Kf6 h6 47.g:h6 Bg2 48.Rg7+ Kh8 49.K:g6 
Be4+ 50.Kf6 a6 51.Re7 Bc2 52.R:b7 B:b3 53.Ra7 Bc4 54.h7   1:0

10 A57
Sheppard, Lee (A) - Badgett, Chad (B) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.c:b5 a6 5.e3 d6 6.Nc3 g6 7.b:a6 B:a6 8.B:a6
{forgetting that he loses a piece}

11 C50
Amici, Alan (D) - Trivett, John (A) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.c3 d6 6.b4 Bb6 7.a4 a6 8.Ba3 
O-O 9.O-O Ne7 10.Qb3 h6 11.Nbd2 Ng6 12.h3 Qe7 13.Rfe1 Be6 14.d4 B:c4 
15.N:c4 Ba7 16.d:e5 d:e5 17.b5 Bc5 18.Rad1 a:b5 19.B:c5 Q:c5 20.Q:b5 
Q:b5 21.a:b5 Rfe8 22.g3 
22...Ra4 23.Nfd2 Rd8 24.Ra1 Rda8 25.R:a4 R:a4 26.Rb1 
26...N:e4 27.Rb3 N:d2 28.N:d2 b6 29.f3 Ne7 30.c4 Nf5 31.Kf2 Nd6 32.Rc3
Rb4 {better was probably keeping the rook on the "a" file} 33.Ke3 f6 
34.g4 Kf7 35.Kd3 {here, he offers a draw, I decline} Ke6 36.Ra3 Rb2 {
now I offer a draw, he declines bringing laughter in the room} 37.Ra7 
  [37.Kc3 R:d2 38.K:d2 N:c4+]
37...Kd7 38.Kc3 
  [38.Ra8 R:d2+ 39.K:d2 N:c4+ 40.Kc3 Nd6 41.Rg8 Ne8]
  [38...R:b5 39.R:c7+ K:c7 40.c:b5 N:b5+ 41.Kb4 Kc6  wins!]
{a game I'll remember!}

12 B00
Gray, Frank (A) - Barrios, Jorge (X) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bb5 e6 5.c3 Ne7 6.Bg5 Qd7 7.Nd2 h6 8.Bh4 
g5 9.Bg3 a6 10.B:c6 Q:c6 11.f3 O-O-O 12.Ne2 h5 13.b4 Bh6 14.a4 g4 
15.Bh4 Ng6 16.B:d8 R:d8 17.Qb3 Bd3 18.Nc1 Bc4 19.Qc2 Be3 20.N:c4 d:c4 
21.Qe4 Q:e4 22.f:e4 Nh4 23.g3 Nf3+ 24.Ke2 Bd2 25.Na2 Bh6 26.h4 Nd2 
27.Rhf1 N:f1 28.R:f1 Rd7 29.Nc1 Kd8 30.Kd1 b6 31.b5 a:b5 32.a:b5 Ke7 
33.Ne2 Rd8 34.Nf4 B:f4 35.R:f4 Ra8 36.Rf6 Ra3 37.Kd2 Ra2+ 38.Kd1 Rg2 
39.Rh6 R:g3 40.Kc2 Rg2+ 41.Kc1 Rh2 42.R:h5 g3   0:1

13 D36
Sheppard, Lee (A) - Ramirez, Jose (B) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.d4 e6 2.c4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.c:d5 e:d5 5.Bg5 c6 6.Qc2 Be7 7.e3 O-O 
8.Bd3 h6 9.Bh4 Be6 10.Nge2 Nh5 11.Bg3 Bd6 12.a3 N:g3 13.h:g3 Qg5 {
better was to complete his development with ..13 Nd7, but the half 
open file gives White a big advantage. the present move is a wasted 
move.} 14.f4 Qe7 15.Rh4 f5 16.Ng1 Nd7 17.Nf3 Rf6 18.Kf2 Bc7 19.Rh5 Qf7
20.Rah1 Re8 21.Nd1 {White's buildup of the attack is exemplary, he's 
close to winning} Qg6 
22.R1h4 Ref8 23.g4 {this is why Qg6 was bad, he walked headlong into 
this pin} Qe8 24.B:f5 Bf7 25.B:d7 Q:d7 26.Ne5 B:e5 27.R:e5 g5 
  [27...Bg6 28.Qc5 b6 29.Qe7 Q:e7 30.R:e7 R6f7 31.R:f7 R:f7 32.Kg3]
{a nice game by White}

14 B97
Trivett, John (A) - Sheppard, Lee (A) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 c:d4 4.N:d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2
Q:b2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.e5 d:e5 11.f:e5 Nfd7 12.Bc4 N:e5 13.N:e6 Nbc6 
  [13...Qa5 14.Bd8 N:c4 15.B:a5 N:d2 16.Nc7+ Kd7 17.K:d2]
14.Nc7#   1:0

15 C54
Badgett, Chad (B) - Ramirez, Jose (B) ()
1998, CCSN Winter Open
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 e:d4 6.c:d4 Bb4+ 7.Nc3 N:e4 
8.O-O B:c3 9.d5 O-O 10.b:c3 Na5 11.Bd3 Nc5 
12.B:h7+ Kh8 
  [12...K:h7 13.Ng5+ Kg6 14.Qg4 f5 15.Qg3 Kf6 16.Nh7+ Kf7 17.N:f8 K:f8
    (17...Q:f8 18.Q:c7 b6 19.Bg5) 18.Bg5 Qe8 19.Rfe1]
13.Ng5 g6 14.Qd4+ f6 15.Qh4 
  [15.Q:c5 f:g5 16.Q:a5 K:h7  sucks]
15...Kg7 16.Bf4 
  [16.Bg8 f:g5 17.B:g5 Q:g5 18.Q:g5 K:g8 19.Q:g6+ Kh8 20.Rfe1 Ne6 
    21.d:e6 d:e6 22.Qh5+]
  [16.Ne6+ d:e6 17.Qh6+ Kf7 18.d:e6+ B:e6 19.B:g6+ Ke7 20.Re1 Nd3 
16...Rh8 17.Ne6+ d:e6 18.Qh6+ Kf7 19.Q:g6+ 
  [19.B:g6+ Kg8]
19...Kf8 20.Bh6+ Ke7 21.Qg7+ Kd6 22.d:e6 B:e6 23.Rfd1+ Bd5 24.Qf7 
  [24.R:d5+ K:d5 25.Rd1+ Ke6 26.R:d8 Ra:d8 27.g3 Rd1+ 28.Kg2 b6]
24...Ne6 25.Be4 c6 26.Bf4+ N:f4 27.c4 Qf8 
  [27...Qg8 28.R:d5+ c:d5 29.Q:f6+ Ne6 30.c5+ Kd7]
28.R:d5+ c:d5 29.c5+ K:c5 30.Qc7+ Kd4 
  [30...Nc6 31.Rc1+ Kd4 32.Q:f4 d:e4 33.Rd1+]
31.Rd1+ Nd3 32.R:d3+ 
  [32...K:e4 33.Re3+ Kf5 34.Rf3+ Kg6 35.Rg3+]
  [32...K:e4 33.Re3+ Kd4 34.Qc3#]
{At move 21, Chad had 2 minutes and Jose had 15 and it was Jose who 
flagged out}

Games provided by John Trivett