Game 39 is from Round 1 of the NAS-NAJ Open at the Hobby Marriott in Houston. As I said before, I'm a bit doubtful my real USCF rating is 1617. But as it is, I had no other option but to play in the U2000 division - missing the U1600 division by 18 points.
These tournaments are typically at the Hobby Hilton. I think the Marriott is much, much nicer. The place was nicer, newer and cleaner. There is also much more lobby room at the Marriott for people to hang out and play chess.
Before going into the hall, I was able to talk to Dan. He and I were in the Unrated section of the Class Championships a couple of years ago. It was good chatting w/ him again!
We played Round 1 in the same room as the scholastic kids. I showed up w/ no board or clock. So when my opponent didn't show up immediately, I had to borrow a clock so I could get the time moving. He showed up about 5 minutes later and we played.
Here is the game - I had the black pieces ...
The guy I was playing is rated 1749.
After I went up two rooks to one bishop, he decided to resign on move 24. We both had about 44 minutes left on our clocks (G/120 5 delay).
So this was a pretty good win for me - my 2nd best win in my USCF career!
Round 2 and 3 are tomorrow. I'll be taking byes for rounds 4 and 5 on Sunday.