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Southern Nevada Open, January 16-17, 1999

(Sponsored by the Southern Nevada Chess Club, directed by Allen Magruder)

Once he drew a GM, and now he wins a Grand Prix tournament!! John Currell romps

This event was the first tournament of six in the Southern Nevada Grand Prix and the turnout was mighty low. Only six (?!) players entered the list in the premiere event of the year. All six players were class players including 3 A, 2 B, and 1 D player. No masters, no experts, no nothing, in fact your editor John Trivett was the highest rated at (1907). But rating had nothing to do with the play of the day as John Currell (1800) defeated Mike Cassidy (1278), Jose Ramirez (1742), Chad Badgett (1726), and drew Lee Shepherd (1877) by insufficient losing chances just seconds away from his flag falling to win a full point ahead of the field with 3.5/4.

After the first round, a discussion was held with the players to decide how many more rounds and at what time control to play in order to expedite the event (and to watch football on Sunday!) and the tournament ended up becoming a 4 round G/60 event in order to finish up in one day.

Lee Shepherd (1877) and Jose Ramirez (1726) tied for the second Open prize with 2.5/4 and Ramirez also won the First U1800 prize. Shepherd had to defeat Currell to share first place but he couldn't.

Chad Badgett (1726) took the 2nd U1800 prize with 1.5/4. He drew Trivett a rook down in the first round and his last round game with Ramirez was typical one. Chad attacks and Jose finds all those defensive resources to survive.

Mike Cassidy (1278) won the 3rd U1800 prize 1/4. He lost his first three games in his uncompromising style and then was dead lost against Trivett in the first half of the game but he hung on to outplay Trivett and win, a rating upset of about 625 points!

John Trivett (1907) was 1/4 and suffered from time difficulties and manus lapsus, giving his queen to Shepherd and giving a queen to Cassidy. He went home broke.

The very few comments are mine, My apologies for any errors herein. Enjoy.

Report by John Trivett

The prize winners for this tournament were:
(Tournament shorten to four rounds by mutual consent)

1st - John Currell (1800)      - 3.5
2nd - Lee Shepherd (1877)      - 2.5
    - Jose Ramirez (1742/17)   - 2.5 <--|
Under 1800:                             |
1st - Jose Ramirez (1742/17)   - 2.5 <--|
2nd - Chad Badgett (1726)      - 1.5
3rd - Mike Cassidy (1278)      - 1.0

Information provided by Allen Magruder


1 B78
Trivett, John (A) - Badgett, Chad (B) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 c:d4 4.N:d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 O-O 
8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.O-O-O Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.h4 Nc4 13.B:c4 R:c4 
14.h5 N:h5 15.g4 Nf6 16.Bh6 N:e4 17.Qe3 R:c3 18.b:c3 Nf6 19.B:g7 K:g7 
20.Qh6+ Kh8 21.Rdg1 Rg8 22.Qe3 Rg7 23.Rd1 Nd5 24.Qd3 Nf6 25.Rhe1 N:g4 
26.f:g4 B:g4 27.Rd2 h5 28.Qe4 e5 29.Nb5 f5 30.Qd5 Qg8 31.Q:d6 Q:a2 
32.Qf8+ Kh7 33.Rd8 Qg8 34.Qd6 Qc4 35.Qb8 Rg8 36.Q:b7+ Rg7 37.Qb8 Rg8 
38.Q:a7+ Rg7 39.Qb8 Rg8 40.Rd7+ Rg7 41.Rd8 Rg8 42.Qb7+ Rg7 43.Qb8 Rg8 
44.Qb7+ Rg7 45.Qb8 Rg8   1/2

2 B80
Ramirez, Jose (B) - Shepherd,Lee (A) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 c:d4 4.N:d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 d6 7.Bc4 Be7 
8.Qd2 Qc7 9.Bb3 b5 10.a3 Nc6 11.O-O O-O 12.h3 Bb7 13.f4 N:d4 14.Q:d4 
Qc6 15.Rae1 N:e4 16.N:e4 Q:e4 17.Q:e4 B:e4 18.Bd4 d5 19.c3 Rac8 20.Re3
Bc5 21.Rg3 B:d4+ 22.c:d4 Rc7 23.Rc3 Rfc8 24.Rfc1 R:c3 25.R:c3 R:c3 
26.b:c3 Kf8 27.g4 Ke7 28.Kf2 Kd6 29.Ke3 f6 30.h4 h6 31.h5 g6 32.h:g6 
B:g6 33.Bd1 Be8 34.Be2 Bg6 35.Bd1 Kc6 36.Kd2 Bb1 37.Bb3 a5 38.Ke3 Bg6 
39.Bd1 Kb6 40.Kd2 Kc6 41.Ke3 Kd6 42.Bf3 Bc2 43.Kd2 Bb3 44.Ke3 Bc4 
45.Bd1 e5 46.f5 e4 47.Bc2 Kc6 48.Bd1 Kb6 49.Bc2 b4 50.c:b4 a:b4 
51.a:b4 Kb5 52.Bd1 K:b4 53.Kd2 Bf1 54.Bc2 Kc4 55.Ke3 Bg2 56.Bd1 Bf3 
57.B:f3 e:f3 58.K:f3 K:d4   1:0

3 B00
Currell, John (A) - Cassidy, Mike (D) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 b6 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Nbd2 Ne7 5.Bd3 Na6 6.O-O Ng6 7.Nb3 Qe7 
8.c3 h6 9.Qe2 Nb8 10.Be3 a5 11.Rac1 a4 12.Nbd2 Nh4 13.N:h4 Q:h4 14.f3 
a3 15.b3 Bd6 16.e5 Bf8 17.f4 h5 18.f5 Qg4 19.Qf2 Be7 20.f:e6 d:e6 
21.Q:f7+ Kd8 22.Qg6 Nd7 23.Q:g4 h:g4 24.Rf7 g5 25.Re1 Ba6 26.c4 c5 
27.Ne4 c:d4 28.B:d4 Rb8 29.Rg7 Rh5 30.Rg8+ Kc7 31.R:b8 K:b8 32.Nf6 
N:f6 33.e:f6 Bd6 34.g3 e5 35.B:b6 Kb7 36.Be3 Kc7 37.Be4 Bc8 38.c5 Bf8 
39.b4 Be6 40.Re2 Bc4 41.Rd2 Bb5 42.Rd5 Bc6 43.R:e5 B:e4 44.R:e4 Kc6 
45.R:g4 Rh7 46.R:g5 Rd7 47.Rf5 Rd1+ 48.Rf1 Rd8 49.h4 Rb8 50.Bf4 Re8 
51.Bd6 Bh6 52.f7 Rb8 53.Rf6 R:b4 54.f8=Q B:f8 55.R:f8 Rb2   1:0

4 A21
Ramirez, Jose (B) - Currell, John (A) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c6 5.d3 Bb4 6.Bd2 O-O 7.a3 B:c3 8.B:c3
Qc7 9.Nf3 d6 10.O-O c5 11.b4 Nbd7 12.b5 Rb8 13.Ng5 Re8 14.f4 e:f4 
15.R:f4 Ne5 16.B:e5 d:e5 17.Rf1 h6 18.Nf3 g5 19.Qc2 Kg7 20.e3 b6 
21.Rae1 Bb7 22.d4 Be4 23.Qc3 c:d4 24.e:d4 e:d4 25.N:d4 Qc5 26.Rf2 Kg6 
27.Ref1 Ng4 28.B:e4 R:e4 29.N:f5 N:f2 30.Qg7+ Kh5 31.Q:h6+ Kg4 32.h3+ 
N:h3+ 33.Kg2 Re2+ 34.Rf2 Q:f2+   0:1

5 D93
Shepherd,Lee (A) - Trivett, John (A) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 O-O 6.Nf3 c5 7.d:c5 Qa5 8.Rc1
d:c4 9.B:c4 Q:c5 10.Qb3 e6 11.O-O Nc6 12.Rfd1 Na5 13.Qb5 Q:c4 14.Q:a5 
b6 15.Qa3 Bb7 16.Nd2 Rfc8 17.N:c4   1:0

6 B00
Badgett, Chad (B) - Cassidy, Mike (D) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 a6 5.Bd3 b5 6.O-O Na5 7.a3 Bb7 8.Qe2 
Nc4 9.Re1 Be7 10.Nd2 d5 11.e5 Ng8 12.f4 g6 13.Kh1 h5 14.b3 N:d2 
15.B:d2 Bh4 16.Rf1 Nh6 17.Nd1 Nf5 18.c3 Be7 19.b4 c6 20.a4 Qd7 21.Nb2 
h4 22.Ra2 h3 23.g3 Rh5 24.g4 N:d4 25.c:d4 Rh8 26.Rfa1 Qd8 27.a:b5 c:b5
28.B:b5+ Kf8 29.B:a6 Qb6 30.B:b7 Rb8 31.Ra8 Q:b7 32.R:b8+ Q:b8 33.Na4 
Kg7 34.Nc5 Qb6 35.Qa6 Q:a6 36.R:a6 Rh4 37.g5 Rg4 38.Ra1 Rg2 39.Bc3 Rf2
40.b5 Rc2 41.b6 R:c3 42.b7 B:c5 43.d:c5   1:0

7 B50
Currell, John (A) - Badgett, Chad (B) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.Nc3 g6 5.O-O Bg7 6.d3 Nd4 7.N:d4 c:d4 
8.Nd5 e6 9.Nf4 Ne7 10.Bd2 O-O 11.Ne2 Bd7 12.f4 b5 13.Bb3 a5 14.a3 Qb6 
15.Kh1 Bc6 16.Ng3 Bb7 17.Rc1 Rac8 18.Qe2 Rfe8 19.Qf2 Qd8 20.f5 Nc6 
21.f:e6 f:e6 22.Qf7+   1:0

8 B21
Cassidy, Mike (D) - Shepherd,Lee (A) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 c5 2.f4 d5 3.Qf3 d:e4 4.Q:e4 Nf6 5.Qa4+ Nc6 6.Nf3 Bd7 7.Ne5 N:e5 
8.Bb5 Nc6 9.d3 a6 10.B:c6 B:c6 11.Qc4 Qd4 12.Q:d4 c:d4 13.O-O e6 
14.Nd2 Bd5 15.c4 d:c3 16.b:c3 Be7 17.c4 Bc6 18.Bb2 O-O 19.f5 Rad8 
20.d4 e:f5 21.R:f5 Ne4 22.Rd1 Ba4 23.Nb3 Nd6 24.Rf2 N:c4 25.Ba1 B:b3 
26.a:b3 Nb6 27.Rf3 Nd5 28.Re1 Bf6 29.Re4 Rfe8 30.R:e8+ R:e8 31.Kf2 Rc8
32.Rf5 Rd8 33.Kf3 Kf8 34.Ke4 Nb4 35.g4 h6 36.Bc3 Nc2 37.Kd3 N:d4 
38.B:d4 R:d4+ 39.Ke3 R:g4 40.Kd3 Rh4 41.Rf2 Rh3+ 42.Kc4 Be5 43.Rd2 
R:h2 44.Rd3 Rc2+ 45.Kb4 Rc7 46.Ka5 h5 47.Rd5 f6 48.b4 h4 49.Rd3 Rc3 
50.Rd7 Bc7+ 51.Ka4 b5#   0:1

9 B18
Trivett, John (A) - Ramirez, Jose (B) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 d:e4 4.N:e4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.h5 Bh7 8.Nf3
Nf6 9.Bd3 B:d3 10.Q:d3 Nbd7 11.Bd2 e6 12.O-O-O Qb6 13.Ne4 O-O-O 
14.N:f6 N:f6 15.Qe2 Bd6 16.g3 Rhe8 17.c4 Qa6 18.Kb1 Nd5 19.Rhe1 Ne7 
20.Rc1 Bc7 21.Rc3 b6 22.Ra3 Qb7 23.c5 Nd5 24.c:b6 B:b6 25.Rc1 Kb8 
26.Rb3 Ka8 27.a4 Qc7 28.Ne5 Rd6 29.Nc4 Rdd8 30.Ne5 Rd6 31.Nc4 Rdd8 
32.N:b6+ N:b6 33.Bf4 Qd7 34.Qa6 Nd5 35.Bd6 Rc8 36.a5 Red8 37.Rc5 Re8 
38.Rc4 Red8 39.Rc1 Re8 40.Ka1 Red8 41.Kb1   1/2

10 E34
Shepherd,Lee (A) - Currell, John (A) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 O-O 5.e3 d5 6.Bd3 c5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.a3 
d:c4 9.B:c4 c:d4 10.a:b4 d:c3 11.b:c3 Qc7 12.Bb3 b6 13.O-O Bb7 14.Ba3 
Ne5 15.N:e5 Q:e5 16.Rfe1 Rfd8 17.f3 Rd7 18.Bb2 Qg5 19.Qf2 Nd5 20.B:d5 
Q:d5 21.Qc2 Qd2 22.Re2 Q:c2 23.R:c2 a6 24.c4 Rad8 25.Bd4 Rd6 26.f4 f6 
27.g3 Kf7 28.Kf2 e5 29.c5 b:c5 30.b:c5 Rd5 31.c6 e:d4 32.c:b7 d:e3+ 
33.K:e3 Re8+ 34.Kf3 Rb5 35.Rc7+ Re7 {John lost one minute here 
claiming insufficient losing chances} 36.Rac1 R:b7 37.R:e7+ R:e7 
38.Ra1 Ra7 {And he lost a minute here. This claim should have been 
allowed} 39.Ra5 g6 40.h4 f5 41.g4 f:g4+ 42.K:g4 Kf6 43.f5 Kg7 44.Kg5 
g:f5 45.K:f5 Rf7+ 46.Kg5 Rf6 47.h5 Rb6 48.Kg4 h6 49.Kh4 Rb4+ 50.Kg3 
{And now, John got his draw!}

11 C00
Badgett, Chad (B) - Ramirez, Jose (B) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 d:e4 4.d:e4 Nc6 5.Ngf3 Nf6 6.e5 Nd5 7.g3 Be7 
8.Bg2 O-O 9.O-O Bd7 10.Re1 Rb8 11.Bh3 a6 12.Ne4 b5 13.Qe2 Qe8 14.Bg5 
h6 15.B:e7 Q:e7 16.Rac1 Nd8 17.c4 b:c4 18.Q:c4 R:b2 19.Q:a6 Bb5 20.Qa7
Nc6 21.Qc5 Q:c5 22.R:c5 Rb8 23.Ra1 Bd3 24.Nc3 N:c3 25.R:c3 Rb1+ 
26.R:b1 R:b1+ 27.Bf1 R:f1+ 28.Kg2 Bb5 29.Rc5 Rb1 30.Nd2 Rb2 31.Nb3 Ba4
32.Rc4 B:b3 33.a:b3 N:e5   0:1

12 C44
Cassidy, Mike (D) - Trivett, John (A) ()
1999, So. Nev. Open
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 Nf6 4.Qc2 d5 5.d3 Be7 6.b4 d:e4 7.d:e4 O-O 
8.Bd3 Bg4 9.b5 B:f3 10.g:f3 
  [10.b:c6 B:g2 11.c:b7 Rb8 12.Rg1 Bh3 13.Bh6 Nh5 14.Qe2 Nf4 15.B:g7 
    Ng2+ 16.R:g2 B:g2 17.Qg4 Bf3 18.Qg1]
10...Nb8 11.Rg1 Nh5 12.Rg4 Nd7 13.Ke2 Ndf6 14.Rh4 g6 15.Bh6 Re8 
16.Nd2 Nd5 17.Rg4 
  [17.R:h5 g:h5 18.Rg1+ Kh8 19.Bg7+ Kg8 20.Bf6+ Kf8 21.B:e7+ R:e7 
    22.e:d5 Q:d5 23.B:h7]
17...Ndf4+ 18.B:f4 N:f4+ 19.R:f4 e:f4 20.Nb3 Bf6 21.Rd1 Qe7 22.Rc1 
Rad8 23.Qd2 Be5 24.Na5 Rd7 25.Nc4 Red8 26.Nb2 c5 27.b:c6 b:c6 28.Qc2 
Qa3 29.Qb3 Qe7 
  [29...Q:b3 30.a:b3 c5 31.Rc2 Rb7]
30.Qc4 Bd6 31.Rd1 Be5 32.Na4 Rd6 33.Rd2 Qe6 34.Q:e6 R:e6 35.Nc5 Re7 
36.Rc2 Rb8 37.Nb3 Bc7 38.c4 f5 39.Nd4 f:e4 40.f:e4 Rb1 41.N:c6 Re8 
42.Nd4 Re5 43.c5 Re7 44.Bc4+ Kg7 45.Bd5 Rb4 46.Nc6 Rb:e4+ 47.B:e4 
R:e4+ 48.Kd3 Ra4 49.Nd4 Kf6 50.c6 Ke5 51.Re2+ Kd6 52.Rd2 Ra6 53.Kc3 
Kc5 54.Rc2 Be5 55.Kd3+ Kb6 56.Ne6 Bc7 57.Nd4 Be5 58.Ke4 B:d4 59.c7 

Games provided by John Trivett