[Event "Philadelphia Open"] [Site "Philadelphia, PA"] [Date "2013.03.27"] [Round "1"] [White "Homa, Seth"] [Black "Balakrishnan, Praveen"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B19"] [WhiteElo "2389"] [BlackElo "2227"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventRounds "9"] {Praveen is one of the country's brightest young stars. Eleven years old and already a National Master! I scored 4.5/9 in the Philadelphia open. A solid result, but nothing special. The first round game was probably my best. The tournament slid downhill after I failed to convert a winning position against GM Kreiman.} 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 {The point of this move is to provoke light-squared weaknesses on the kingside.} h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Qa5+ 12. Bd2 Bb4 {This is the modern main line these days.} 13. c3 Be7 14. c4 Qc7 15. O-O-O Ngf6 16. Kb1 O-O 17. Bc1 {White safeguards his queenside before commencing the attack.} Rad8 18. Qe2 c5 19. d5 $1 exd5 20. Nf5 $1 {The point of White's pawn sacrifice. The knight leaps into a prime attacking square.} ({Not} 20. Qxe7 $4 Rfe8 {winning the trapped queen.}) 20... Bd6 21. g4 $1 {The knight won't win the game by itself. White will need to open some lines on the kingside.} Rfe8 22. Qc2 { White is set to rip open the kingside with g4-g5 next.} Bf4 23. cxd5 Bxc1 ({ White's initiative also looks pretty strong after} 23... Nb6 24. d6 $1 Bxd6 25. g5 hxg5 26. Bxg5) 24. Qxc1 {Black no longer has a material advantage to offset White's kingside attack. The passed d-pawn is also another worry for Praveen.} ({I spent quite a bit of time looking at} 24. d6 Qc6 25. Ne7+ Rxe7 26. dxe7 Re8 27. Nh4 $5 Bf4 28. Nf5 {when White's pawn would be a major thorn in Black's side but further progress would have been hard to come by.}) 24... Nxg4 { Obviously dangerous but Praveen saw no other possibility.} 25. Rhg1 Ndf6 26. N3h4 $1 {A key move. The threat of f2-f3 is huge. The h4-knight will also be able to jump into f5 if needed.} Qe5 27. f3 {Black's position is collapsing.} Ne3 28. Rxg7+ Kf8 29. Qxc5+ Re7 30. Nxe7 Kxg7 31. Qxe3 $1 {The simplest.} Qxe3 32. Nef5+ ({Not the other knight!} 32. Nhf5+ $2 Kf8 33. Nxe3 Kxe7 {Major oopsie!}) 32... Kh7 33. Nxe3 {White has emerged from the smoke with an extra piece.} Nxh5 34. Nhf5 Nf6 35. d6 h5 36. Nc4 Kg6 37. Ne7+ Kg5 38. Ne5 Kf4 39. Nxf7 Rd7 40. Rd4+ Kg3 41. Ne5 Rd8 42. Nf5+ Kg2 43. d7 Kh3 44. Rd6 1-0 [Event "Great Lakes Open"] [Site "Battle Creek, MI"] [Date "2013.04.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Bailey, Greg"] [Black "Homa, Seth"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A01"] [WhiteElo "1936"] [BlackElo "2377"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "64"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventRounds "9"] {I failed to repeat as Great Lakes Open champion but played some good games. A loss to Safal Bora in round 4 ended my title hopes. This game showed an interesting clash between material and a lead in development.} 1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. c4 Nf6 4. e3 d5 5. Nf3 {I was not familiar with this move.} e4 { Aggressive. There is always a risk that Black could overreach in the center.} 6. cxd5 Qxd5 7. Nd4 Bd7 $1 {In order to recapture on c6 with the bishop when the black queen is forced to move.} 8. Nc3 Qg5 $1 {Making White's development more difficult. g2-g3 is not really an option due to the many light square weaknesses.} 9. Ncb5 $5 {White falls drastically behind in development but it's for the concrete purpose of winning material. An interesting battle of ideas ensues.} Bd6 {Black has problems defending his c7-pawn.} ({Not} 9... O-O-O $2 10. Nxc6 Bxc6 11. Nxa7+) 10. Nxd6+ cxd6 11. Nb5 {With the twin threats of Nc7+ and Nxd6. What to play for Black?} O-O $1 {Leaving the d-pawn to its fate.} ({Wrong would have been} 11... Ke7 {as after} 12. Ba3 {White's strategy would have been a success. Black has all kinds of problems.}) 12. Nxd6 {White has won a pawn. Black has obvious compensation in his huge lead in development, but how to continue? Black has no active pawn breaks and his rooks are prevented from moving to c8 or e8. White even has a threat in Bxf6 and Nxe4. Whose advantages count for more?} Nb4 $1 {This is the only move that sets White problems. Black protects his e-pawn indirectly and threatens 13.... Nd3+ 14.Bxd3 Qxg2! winning back material.} 13. Bxf6 $2 {A fatal mistake based on an oversight.} ({Better would have been} 13. Qb1 {guarding against 13... Nd3+. My computer says the position would be roughly balanced but I much prefer Black.}) 13... Qxf6 14. Nxe4 Nc2+ $1 {This is what White missed.} ({ Instead,} 14... Qxa1 15. Qxa1 Nc2+ 16. Kd1 Nxa1 17. Bd3 {seemed to offer White more chances of putting up a defense.}) 15. Qxc2 Qxa1+ 16. Ke2 $2 ({Forced was } 16. Qd1 Qxa2 17. Bd3 {with chances of survival.}) 16... Bb5+ 17. d3 Rac8 {A golden rule of attacking is "Bring all your pieces to the party."} 18. Qd2 Rfd8 19. Kf3 Bxd3 ({it is never too late to blunder. I was trying to make the move} 19... Bc6 {work due to the threat of ...f5. However, after} 20. d4 f5 $4 21. Bc4+ $1 {it would be Black who has to resign!}) 20. Bxd3 Qxh1 {The other rook falls and the game is won.} 21. Ng5 Qxh2 22. Qe2 Qh5+ 23. Kf4 Qxe2 24. Bxe2 h6 25. Nf3 Rc2 26. Bc4 Rxf2 27. Kg3 Rxa2 28. Ne5 Rdd2 29. Bxf7+ Kf8 30. Bc4 Rxg2+ 31. Kf3 Raf2+ 32. Ke4 h5 {There is no real way of stopping the h-pawn, so White resigned.} 0-1 [Event "Chicago Open"] [Site "Wheeling, IL"] [Date "2013.05.23"] [Round "1"] [White "Homa, Seth"] [Black "Zhang, Yuanchen"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E46"] [WhiteElo "2378"] [BlackElo "2149"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] {This game is a nice example of meeting a flank attack with a blow in the center.} 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3. d4 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Nge2 d5 6. a3 Be7 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Nf4 c6 9. Bd3 b5 $6 10. O-O a5 11. Qc2 Qb6 12. e4 $1 {Strong. Black cannot take on d4.} dxe4 (12... Qxd4 $2 13. exd5 {and Black is collapsing on b5 or h7.}) 13. Nxe4 Nxe4 ({Black still cannot really take on d4.} 13... Qxd4 14. Be3 Qe5 15. Nxf6+ Bxf6 16. Bxh7+ Kh8 17. Rab1 {White's positional plusses are obvious.}) 14. Bxe4 f5 15. Nd5 $1 {The knight is untouchable.} Qa7 16. Nxe7+ Qxe7 17. Bf3 $1 {White leaves Black with a ton of holes in his position.} (17. Bxc6 {was very tempting but Black gets enough counterplay after} Nxc6 18. Qxc6 Bb7 $1 19. Qxb5 Qe4 20. f3 Qxd4+ {etc.}) 17... Qd6 18. Qc5 $1 Rd8 19. Bg5 $1 Qxc5 20. dxc5 Rd7 21. Rfe1 $1 {Oddly enough, challenging for the d-file is not as strong as going after the back rank and the weak f5-pawn.} Kf7 22. Re5 h6 ({Or} 22... g6 23. Rae1 Raa7 24. Re8 Ba6 25. Bh6 {winning.}) 23. Rxf5+ Kg8 ( {If} 23... Kg6 {then} 24. Rf8 {keeps control (and material).}) 24. Be3 Re7 25. Rd5 $1 {Again using the d5-square!} Bb7 26. Rd8+ Kf7 27. Rad1 Na6 28. R8d6 Rc8 29. Bh5+ Kg8 30. Bg6 Nc7 31. Rd8+ Ne8 32. Rxc8 Bxc8 33. Rd8 Bd7 34. Kf1 $1 { Black is nearly in zugzwang.} Kf8 35. Bf4 {Winning material due to the threat of Bd6.} Re6 36. Bd6+ Kg8 37. Bf5 Rxd6 38. Bxd7 Rxd7 39. Rxd7 Nf6 40. Rc7 Ne4 41. Rxc6 Nd2+ 42. Ke2 Nc4 43. Rb6 1-0 [Event "Chicago Open 2013"] [Site "Wheeling, IL"] [Date "2013.05.24"] [Round "2"] [White "Lenderman, Alexander"] [Black "Homa, Seth"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D36"] [WhiteElo "2656"] [BlackElo "2378"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "117"] [EventDate "2013.05.23"] {Lenderman was on fire to start the Chicago Open. He had 6 out of 7 before losing in each of the the last two rounds. Again I finished with 4.5/9, but this time gained almost 10 rating points from the event.} 1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 c6 6. Qc2 Be7 7. e3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 Nh5 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nge2 g6 11. O-O-O Nb6 12. Ng3 Ng7 13. Kb1 Bd7 14. h4 h5 15. Qb3 O-O 16. Ka1 Be6 17. Nge2 c5 $6 {Alex pointed to this move as to where things started to slide for Black.} 18. Qa3 Rfc8 19. Nf4 Qf8 20. dxc5 Rxc5 21. Be2 Rac8 22. Qxa7 $1 { Brave! Correctly calculated and evaluated. Lenderman plays this game flawlessly.} Qd6 23. Qa3 Qc7 24. Nd3 Rc4 25. Nb5 Qd7 26. Nd4 Ra8 27. Ne5 Qc7 28. Nxc4 Rxa3 29. Nxa3 {The pieces are better than the queen because White's pieces all have solid homes to sit on. All Black can do is try to poke and prod and hope for a chance to mess things up.} Qe7 30. Nab5 Na4 31. Rc1 Nc5 32. Nc3 b6 33. Bf3 Nf5 34. Nxd5 Qa7 35. Rc3 Bxd5 36. Bxd5 Nd6 37. f3 Qe7 38. e4 Qe5 39. Rd1 Qg3 40. b4 $1 Na4 41. Rc2 b5 42. Bb3 Nb6 43. Rc5 Ndc4 44. Nxb5 Ne3 45. Rdc1 Qf4 46. Kb1 Nxg2 47. Rc6 Qxf3 48. Rxg6+ Kf8 49. Rxb6 Qxe4+ 50. Kb2 Nf4 51. Rc7 Nd3+ 52. Kc3 Ne5 53. Rb8+ Kg7 54. Bc2 Qe1+ 55. Kb3 Qxh4 56. Nd6 Qh3+ 57. Kb2 Qe6 58. Rb6 Qd5 59. Nf5+ 1-0 [Event "2013 National Open"] [Site "Las Vegas, NV"] [Date "2013.06.08"] [Round "3"] [White "Ehlvest, Jaan"] [Black "Homa, Seth"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D11"] [WhiteElo "2692"] [BlackElo "2378"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "139"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] {Ehlvest is a world-class opponent. In the past he reached at least as high as #5 in the world. It was an honor to play him!} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Qb3 Qb6 6. cxd5 Qxb3 7. axb3 Nxd5 8. Ne5 Be6 9. Nc3 Nd7 ({I spent forever wondering why} 9... Nb4 {didnt work, but then found} 10. Ra4) 10. Nd3 { Having more space, White elects not to trade pieces.} f5 {Fighting for the e4-square.} 11. b4 a6 12. Bd2 g6 13. b5 cxb5 14. Nxb5 Rc8 15. Nc3 Bg7 16. Be2 Nxc3 {I didn't like making this capture, but the idea of Bf3 was very annoying. } 17. bxc3 Bc4 18. Rb1 b5 $2 {Black gets activity for the pawn sacrifice but it wasn't enough.} ({Better was the calm} 18... b6) 19. Ra1 $1 e5 20. Nb4 O-O 21. Rxa6 f4 22. Nc6 Kh8 23. Bxc4 bxc4 24. O-O Rf6 25. Ra7 Rd6 26. Nb4 ({I thought} 26. d5 {was pretty strong here.}) 26... Nf6 27. Rfa1 Ne4 28. Be1 fxe3 29. fxe3 Bh6 30. Nc2 exd4 31. exd4 Rb6 32. Re7 Nf6 33. Nb4 Bf8 34. Re5 Bd6 35. Rea5 Bxb4 36. cxb4 c3 37. Ra8 Rxa8 38. Rxa8+ Kg7 39. Ra7+ Kg8 40. Bxc3 Nd5 { Time trouble is over. I thought the position was really close to equality but Ehlvest found an awesome idea to keep the pressure on.} 41. Bd2 $1 Nxb4 42. Bh6 $1 {The back rank problems introduce dangerous zugzwang ideas.} g5 43. Bxg5 Rd6 44. Ra8+ Kf7 45. Rd8 Rxd8 46. Bxd8 Nc2 {I hold out for as long as possible, but eventually Ehlvest pushes home for the full point.} 47. Bb6 Ke6 48. Kf2 Kd5 49. Kg3 Ke4 50. Kh4 Ne1 51. g4 Nf3+ 52. Kg3 Nd2 53. h3 Nc4 54. Bc5 Ne3 55. Kh4 Kf3 56. Bd6 Kg2 57. Be5 Nd5 58. g5 Ne3 59. Bf6 Kf3 60. Kh5 Nf5 61. d5 Kf4 62. g6 Ng3+ 63. Kh6 hxg6 64. Kxg6 Nf5 65. Kf7 Nd6+ 66. Ke6 Ne4 67. d6 Nc5+ 68. Ke7 Kf5 69. h4 Kg6 70. Bg5 1-0 [Event "National Open"] [Site "Las Vegas, NV"] [Date "2013.06.09"] [Round "4"] [White "Homa, Seth"] [Black "Hilby, Craig"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C96"] [WhiteElo "2387"] [BlackElo "2211"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "87"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] {A chess couple generously offered me free room and board for this year's National Open. This made it impossible to pass on an event I normally skip. It wound up being the third national tournament in a row that ended in a 50% score. In a way this was both frustrating and encouraging. I was no longer having "bad" tournaments. Sooner or later, I felt, a very good result was on its way.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 Na5 9. Bc2 c5 10. h3 O-O 11. d3 {Deciding to just "play chess" instead of entering the theoretical paths of 11.d4.} Ne8 {This plan is very typical with the d3-pawn on d5. Here, however, the plan is doubtful as the center can still open up.} 12. Nbd2 g6 {Planning on "fianchettoing" his knight. } 13. Nf1 Ng7 14. d4 $1 {While it's true that White has wasted a tempo with his d-pawn, Black has gone and wasted time on an unusual kingside setup.} Nc6 { Coming back to protect the e5-pawn and tempting White to close the center with d5.} 15. a4 $1 {Continuing to open the game.} b4 16. dxc5 dxc5 17. Ne3 {White switches to a plan based on exploiting the d5-square and the queenside light squares in general.} Be6 18. Bd3 f5 19. Qe2 Bf6 {What to play? This is a good example of using tactics to achieve strategic ends.} 20. Bc4 $3 {This conquers the light squares.} (20. Bxa6 fxe4 21. Nd2 bxc3 22. bxc3 Nd4 {was a mess that I felt White did not need to allow.}) 20... fxe4 21. Bxe6+ Nxe6 22. Qc4 {The tactical idea behind 20.Bc4.} Qe8 ({Not} 22... exf3 23. Qxe6+ Rf7 24. Qxc6 { etc.}) 23. Qxe4 {The tactical sequence is over. Black has been left with weaknesses all over the board. White has a huge positional plus.} Nc7 24. Ng4 Qe6 25. Bh6 Rfe8 26. Ng5 {Forcing an exchange of Black's dark-square defender.} Bxg5 27. Bxg5 bxc3 28. bxc3 Rf8 29. Nxe5 {White's strategy has been a complete success and with this move he pockets an important pawn.} Rf5 30. Nxc6 Qxe4 31. Rxe4 Rxg5 32. Rd1 Re8 33. Rxe8+ Nxe8 34. c4 $1 {Beginning a plan based on trapping the black rook.} Rh5 35. Kh2 {Black's issues on the clock did not help him, either.} Rh4 36. g4 $1 Nf6 37. Kg3 g5 38. Ne7+ Kf7 39. Nf5 {Black cannot avoid further material losses.} Ne4+ 40. Kf3 Nxf2 41. Rd7+ Ke6 42. Rd6+ Ke5 43. Rd5+ Ke6 44. Nxh4 1-0 [Event "2nd Annual Washington International"] [Site "Rockville, MD"] [Date "2013.08.08"] [Round "6"] [White "Homa, Seth"] [Black "Harmon-Vellotti, Luke"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C04"] [WhiteElo "2386"] [BlackElo "2491"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "59"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] {The 2nd Annual Washington International was held at the beautiful Rockville Hilton in Maryland. I cannot express just how splendidly this tournament was run! The pairings were posted well in advance (text-messaging was available), wooden boards and sets were supplied as well as clocks, all the rounds started exactly on time and the organizers were absolutely wonderful. I definitely recommend this tournament to anyone and everyone!} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 {Luke has played this variation against the Tarrasch for at least 5 years. This doesn't seem like saying much, but Luke is fourteen years old! Anyway, I was able to spring a well-prepared surprise in this game.} 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. c3 f6 7. Bb5 $1 {A very sharp line vs the Guimard.} fxe5 8. dxe5 Be7 9. Nd4 $1 Nxd4 $6 {This is not the most accurate move.} 10. cxd4 O-O 11. Bd3 $1 { Taking aim at Black's kingside.} Qe8 {This was a novelty to me. Black logically prevents Qh5, which would begin a major kingside assault.} 12. Qg4 $1 {Before he made this move, White had to make sure his center would not disintegrate on move 14.} ({White does not win a pawn after} 12. Qc2 {because of} Qh5 13. Qxc7 Qg4 $1 {and Black turns the tables on White.}) 12... Qf7 13. O-O c5 {Attacking the base of the pawn chain.} 14. Nf3 cxd4 15. Bg5 $1 { White's opening has put Black under huge pressure. Already he has quite a few threats. In the game, Black missed a tactic.} Nc5 $2 ({I was expecting} 15... Bc5 {which I intended to meet with} 16. Bh4 $1 {with the idea of bringing the knight to g5 or playing Bxh7. The bishop could further slip to g3, overprotecting the e5-point. The d4-pawn can be recovered at any time.}) 16. Bxh7+ $1 Kxh7 17. Qh4+ {This fork is what Black missed.} Kg8 18. Bxe7 {Winning material.} Ne4 19. Bxf8 Qxf8 20. Nxd4 Bd7 {I was warned before the game that Luke is an incredibly resourceful defender and that "if you get a winning position, don't relax." This motivated me not to let up!} 21. Rac1 {Rooks belong on open files.} Qb4 22. Nf3 $1 {White is threatening Ng5 due to the pin along the 4th rank.} Qb6 {This move was annoying - it's not so easy to make use of White's rooks. Of course, I could exchange the irksome knight with Ng5 but then Black would take and play ...Bc6, closing the c-file. After some time, I hit upon a wonderful idea...} ({If} 22... Qxb2 {then White breaks through on the 7th rank:} 23. Rc7 Qb5 24. Qe7) 23. Qe7 $1 Rd8 {Forced.} 24. b4 $1 {White plays for zugzwang. Black's knight has no available squares, his queen is tied down to the rook which is tied down to the bishop which is tied down to the e6-pawn. All he has left are pawn moves and king moves. What better way is there to prevent counterplay?} Kh7 ({Also} 24... Bc8 25. Rc7 $1 {is another idea which Black must guard against.}) 25. a4 {Threatening to overload the black queen with a4-a5.} a5 26. b5 Kg8 27. Rc2 $1 {Simply overprotecting the f2-pawn.} Kh8 28. g3 $1 (28. h4 Ng3 {doesn't help Black but I also saw no reason to create tricks for him.}) 28... Kg8 29. Kg2 Kh8 30. h4 $1 {Black resigned in view of 31.Ng5, when 31...Nxg5 32.hxg5 would decisively open the h-file. Maybe my best game of the year!} 1-0 [Event "2nd Annual Washington International"] [Site "Rockville, MD"] [Date "2013.08.11"] [Round "9"] [White "Corrales Jimenez, Fidel"] [Black "Homa, Seth"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B80"] [WhiteElo "2637"] [BlackElo "2386"] [Annotator "Seth"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] {Going into the last round, I needed a draw to secure my second IM-norm (three are needed to become an International Master). My opponent was Fidel Corrales Jimenez, a strong attacking GM from Cuba. My position was tantalizingly close to equality at a couple of points, but I was overpowered in the end.} 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Be3 a6 7. Qd2 Nf6 8. f3 Be7 9. g4 d6 10. O-O-O O-O 11. h4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Nd7 13. g5 b5 14. a3 Ne5 15. Be2 Rb8 16. Rhg1 Rd8 17. h5 Bb7 18. f4 Nc6 19. Bf6 {Fidel is also a very quick player. He had only used about 5 minutes at this juncture.} b4 20. axb4 Nxb4 21. Bxe7 Qxe7 22. f5 exf5 23. exf5 Qe5 {I have navigated through the initial storm with chances of my own. For example, White has to be on the lookout for ...Na2+ Nxa2 Qxb2 mate tricks.} 24. g6 fxg6 25. fxg6 h6 ({I very much wanted to play} 25... Be4 {with the idea of ...Na2+, but thought White could defend after} 26. Bc4+) 26. Rg4 a5 27. Qf4 Na2+ $1 28. Nxa2 Qxe2 29. Nc3 {Black is close to equality but he has to be wary of his weak back rank.} Qf3 30. Rf1 Qxf4+ 31. Rgxf4 Rf8 32. Rf5 Bg2 33. R1f4 Bh3 34. Rxf8+ Rxf8 35. Rd4 {Black has erred at some point and White has grabbed a nagging endgame advantage.} Bg2 36. Rxd6 Bf3 37. Nd5 Re8 ({If} 37... Bxh5 {then} 38. Ne7+ Kh8 39. Ra6 {and Black is basically zugzwanged. The Black rook can never threaten to take the knight due to Ra8 mate.}) 38. Kd2 Bxh5 39. Ra6 Rd8 40. Ke3 Bd1 41. c4 Bb3 42. Kd4 a4 43. Kc3 $1 {A strong move which I did not fully appreciate at the time.} h5 44. Ra7 $1 {I still remain unwary although there's no successful defense in any case.} h4 45. Rf7 {Boom! Suddenly there's Ne7+ followed by Rf5 and Rf4. Finding no defense, I reached out my hand in resignation. Overall, the 2nd Annual Washington International was still a very successful tournament for me. I cracked 2400 USCF for the first time! Next up on my schedule is the 2013 Michigan Open in Livonia.} 1-0