Winter Springs Open 2003

Rook Rook

Colorado Springs, Colorado
December 6 - 7, 2003


Games from 2003 Winter Springs Open, Manitou Springs

In these two first-round upsets, the higher-rated players get positions that look mighty but somehow aren't quite good enough.

Eric Billaux - Randy Canney [C17]
WSO June, rd 1
French 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2 Ne7 6.dxc5 Nbc6 7.f4 Bxc5 8.Nf3 a6 9.Bd3 b5 10.Qe2 Bd7 11.a4 b4 12.Nd1 Qb6 13.Be3 d4 14.Bd2 Nd5 15.0-0 Nce7 16.Ng5 Nf5 17.Rf3 Bc6 18.Ne4 Be7 19.Rh3 h6 20.Qf2 Rc8 21.g4 Nfe3 22.Nxe3 Nxe3 23.Bxe3 Bxe4 24.Bxd4 Qc6 25.c3 bxc3 26.bxc3 Bxd3 27.Rxd3 0-0 28.Qf3 Rfd8 29.Qxc6 Rxc6 30.Kf2 Rc4 31.Ke3 Rd5 32.Rd2 f5 33.gxf5 exf5 34.Kd3 Rc6 35.Rb2 Rd7 36.Rab1 g5 37.Rb6 Rdc7 38.Rxc6 Rxc6 39.a5 Kf7 40.Rb6 Re6 41.Kc4 Bd8 42.Rb7+ Kg6 43.Kd5 Re8 44.Ra7 gxf4 45.Rxa6+ Kg5 46.Ra8 f3 47.a6 Kf4 48.Rb8 f2 49.Bxf2 Rxe5+ 50.Kd6 Ra5 51.a7 Ra6+ 52.Kd7 Bh4 53.Bb6 1-0

Imre Barlay - Larry Wutt [E99]
WSO June, rd 1
King's Indian 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 d6 5.e4 0-0 6.Be2 Nc6 7.0-0 e5 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.Be3 Nf6 12.c5 f4 13.Bf2 g5 14.Rc1 Rf7 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Nb5 Ng6 17.Nxa7 Bd7 18.Qb3 g4 19.Bb6 Qf8 20.a3 Nh4 21.Nb5 gxf3 22.Nxf3 Bxb5 23.Qxb5 Ng6 24.Ng5 Re7 25.Rc4 h6 26.Ne6 Qf7 27.Rfc1 Kh7 28.Bf2 Nf8 29.Nc7 Rb8 30.Bf3 N8d7 31.Ba7 Rg8 32.Qxb7 (Looks crunchy, but just watch!) 32...Nc5 33.Rxc5 dxc5 34.d6 Rd7 35.Bxc5 Bf8 36.Rd1 Ne8 37.Qb5 Nxc7 38.dxc7 Rxd1+ 39.Bxd1 Qxc7 40.Bf2 Qc1 41.Qe2 Be7 42.Kf1 Rd8 43.Ke1 Bc5 44.Bxc5 Qxc5 45.Kf1 Qd4 46.Bb3 Qd2 47.Bd5 Qc1+ 48.Kf2 Rc8 49.Kf3 Rc2 0-1

Richard Cordovano - Steve Hornyak [B06]
WSO July, rd 1
Robatsch 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.f4 e6 5.Nf3 Ne7 6.Be3 Nd7 7.Bc4 Nb6 8.Bd3 Bd7 9.Qe2 d5 10.e5 c6 11.g4 Qc7 12.a4 a5 13.Nb1 h5 14.gxh5 Rxh5 15.Ng5 Nf5 16.Nd2 Ng3 17.Qg4 Nxh1 18.Nxf7! Rxh2 19.Qxg6 Kf8 20.Nd6 Kg8 21.0-0-0 Rf8 22.Rg1 Bc8 23.Nf3 Rh6? (24 Ne8 looks good against other rook moves.) 24.Qxh6 1-0

Gary Crites - Kathy Schneider [C65]
WSO August rd 1
Ruy Lopez 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Be7 5.Re1 0-0 6.d4 d6 7.d5 a6 8.Bxc6 bxc6 9.dxc6 a5 10.c4 Be6 11.Qa4 Nh5 12.Nc3 f5 13.exf5 Rxf5 14.Be3 Rf6 15.Rad1 Rg6 16.c5 Bh3 17.g3 Qf8 18.Qe4 Kh8 19.cxd6 cxd6 20.Nd5 Rg4 21.Qd3 Qxf3 22.Qf1 Bxf1 23.Kxf1 Bd8 24.c7 Nxg3+ 25.hxg3 Rxg3 26.cxd8Q+ Rxd8 27.Rc1 Rh3 0-1

Tom Mullikan - Ed Cronin [E61]
WSO August rd 1
King's Indian 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.e3 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Nc3 0-0 6.Bd3 c5 7.h3 cxd4 8.Nxd4 a6 9.0-0 Nc6 10.Nf3 Qc7 11.b3 Bd7 12.Ba3 Rad8 13.Qe2 Rfe8 14.b4 e5 15.Ng5 h6 16.Nge4 Be6 17.Nxf6+ Bxf6 18.e4 Nd4 19.Qb2 Bg7 20.Ne2 f5 21.Nxd4 exd4 22.Qe2 Bc8 23.Qc2 Rf8 24.c5 dxc5 25.Qc4+ Kh8 26.bxc5 Qf4 27.f3 Qg3 28.c6 Be5 29.Bxf8 fxe4 30.Qf7 Bxh3 31.Rf2 e3 32.Bxg6 (32 Rc2 Qh2+ 33 Kf1 Qh1+ 34 Ke2 Qxg2+ 35 Kd1 Qg1+ 36 Ke2 Qxa1 intending mate from f1.) 32...Qxf2+ 33.Kh1 Qxg2# 0-1

Denis Kholodar - Eric Billaux [B43]
WSO June rd 2
Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 a6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.g3 Bb4 7.Nde2 Nf6 8.Bg2 Be7 9.0-0 d6 10.h3 0-0 11.g4 Nc6 12.g5 Nd7 13.Ng3 f6 14.h4 fxg5 15.hxg5 b5 16.f4 Nb6 17.f5 Ne5 18.Nh5 b4 19.Ne2 d5 20.Neg3 exf5 21.exf5 Bb7 22.Bf4 Bd6 23.f6 gxf6 24.gxf6 Qc5+ 25.Kh1 Nbd7 26.Bh6 Rf7 27.Bg7 Bf8 28.Nf5 Bxg7 29.fxg7 Qc6 30.Qd2 Ng4 31.Qg5 Qg6 32.Qxg4! 1-0

Larry Wutt - Brian Wall [A04]
WSO June rd 2
Reti 1.Nf3 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 c5 4.d3 Nc6 5.0-0 d6 6.c4 Nh6 7.Nc3 Nf5 8.Bd2 h5 9.e4 Nfd4 10.Nxd4 cxd4 11.Ne2 e5 12.b4 f5 13.Qc1 h4 14.Bg5 Bf6 15.Bxf6 Qxf6 16.b5 Nd8 17.f4 Bd7 18.Qd2 Ne6 19.exf5 Nc5 20.Rae1 0-0-0 21.fxe5 dxe5 22.Rf2 gxf5 23.Be4 Rdg8 24.Qb4 Nxe4 25.dxe4 d3 26.Nc1 hxg3 27.Qc5+ Kb8 0-1

David Landers - Alexander Gitis [D02]
WSO June rd 2
Neo-Grunfeld 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 Nf6 5.d4 0-0 6.Nbd2 b6 7.c4 c6 8.b3 Bb7 9.Bb2 Nbd7 10.Re1 Ne4 11.Ne5 Nxd2 12.Qxd2 Nxe5 13.dxe5 dxc4 14.Qc2 cxb3 15.axb3 Qc7 16.f4 c5 17.e4 e6 18.Red1 Rfd8 19.Rxd8+ Qxd8 20.Rd1 Qc7 21.Rd6 Bf8 22.Qd2 Bxd6 23.exd6 Qd8 24.g4 Rc8 25.g5 Bc6 26.Bf6 Qe8 27.e5 Bd7 28.h4 b5 29.h5 c4 30.hxg6 fxg6 31.bxc4 bxc4 32.Qc3 Rc5 33.Be4 Qb8 34.Qh3 Ra5 35.Qh6 Ra1+ 36.Kh2 Ra2+ 37.Kg3 Qf8 38.Qh1 c3 39.Be7 (39 Bxg6! hxg6 40 Qh8+ Kf7 41 Qh7+ Ke8 42 Be7! should win for White.) 39...Qe8 40.Qh6 Qf7 41.Qh1 c2 42.Qc1 Ba4 43.Qd2 Qe8 44.Qc3 Qd7 45.f5 gxf5 46.Bxf5 Qc6 47.Bxe6+ Kg7 48.Bf6+ Kf8 49.Be7+ Kg7 50.Bf6+ Kf8 51.Be7+ Ke8 52.Qb4 c1Q 53.Qb8+ Qc8 54.d7+ (54 Bxc8 Qe1! leads to mate, e.g. 55 Kh3 Ra3 56 Kg4 Bd1 57 Kf5 Qf2 58 Ke6 Qf7. Black just needs to be sure White can't block a check with the bishop on c8.) 54...Bxd7 55.Bxd7+ Kxd7 56.Qd6+ Ke8 57.Qf6 Qg1+ What a game! 0-1

John Schultz - Sam Meyer [D66]
WSO July rd 2
QGD. John wins a pawn in an unusual way, but then Sam fights back powerfully. 1 d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Nf3 c6 7.Rc1 Nbd7 8.Bd3 Re8 9.0-0 Qc7 10.Qc2 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Nd5 12.Nxd5 cxd5 13.Qxh7+ Kxh7 14.Bd3+ g6 15.Rxc7 Bd6 16.Rc2 e5 17.Bb5 e4 18.Nd2 Kg7 19.Rfc1 Rh8 20.h3 a6 21.Bxd7 Bxd7 22.Bf4 Bxf4 23.exf4 Bc6 24.Rc3 Rh4 25.g4 f5 26.Rg3 fxg4 27.Rxg4 Rxh3 28.Rc3 Rxc3 29.bxc3 Bd7 30.Rg5 Be6 31.Nf1 Kf6 32.Ne3 Rd8 33.Re5 Rc8 34.Nd1 Rc4 35.Kg2 Ra4 36.Ne3 Rxa2 37.Nxd5+ Bxd5 38.Rxd5 e3 39.Kf1 Rxf2+ 40.Ke1 Rxf4 41.Ke2 g5 42.Kxe3 Kg6 43.c4 Rf5 44.Rd7 b6 45.Rd6+ Rf6 46.Rd5 g4 47.Rd8 Kg7 48.Rd7+ Kh6 49.Rd8 g3 50.Rg8 Rg6 51.Rxg6+ Kxg6 52.Kf3 a5 53.c5 bxc5 54.dxc5 Kf6 55.c6 Ke6 56.c7 Kd7 57.c8Q+ Kxc8 58.Kxg3 a4 59.Kf2 a3 0-1

Brian Wall - Denis Kholodar [E61]
WSO June rd 3 King's Indian 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e5 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e3 0-0 6.Nge2 d6 7.d4 c6 8.0-0 Re8 9.b4 exd4 10.exd4 Bf5 11.Bf4 Nh5 12.Be3 Qc8 13.Re1 Bh3 14.Bh1 Nd7 15.Ne4 Qc7 16.c5 dxc5 17.bxc5 Ndf6 18.Nd6 Re7 19.Nf4 Bg4 20.Qd2 Qd7 21.Nxh5 Nxh5 22.Bh6 Bxh6 23.Qxh6 Rxe1+ 24.Rxe1 Be6 25.a3 Nf6 26.Rb1 Rb8 27.Qf4 Nd5 28.Bxd5 Bxd5 29.Ne4 Qd8 30.Nf6+ Kg7 31.Nxd5 cxd5 32.Re1 b6 33.Qe5+ Kg8 34.c6 Rc8 35.Rc1 h6 36.h4 Rc7 37.a4 Rc8 38.Kg2 Rc7 39.a5 Rc8 40.h5 Rc7 41.hxg6 fxg6 42.axb6 axb6 43.Qe6+ Kg7 44.Rc3 h5 45.Re3 Qf6 46.Qe8 Rf7 47.Qe5 Qxe5 48.Rxe5 Rf6? 49.Re7+ Kf8 50.c7 Rc6 51.Rd7 1-0

Imre Barlay - Randy Canney [A96]
WSO June rd 3
Dutch 1.d4 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 e6 4.c4 Be7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.0-0 d6 7.Nc3 a5 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.Rd1 Qe8 10.a3 e5 11.dxe5 Nxe5 12.Nxe5 dxe5 13.Nb5 Qh5 14.Nxc7 Bc5 15.b4 axb4 16.Nxa8 f4 17.axb4 Ng4 18.bxc5 Qxh2+ 19.Kf1 Ne3+ 20.Bxe3 fxe3 21.Rd8 Rxd8 22.Qe4 Bh3 23.fxe3 Bxg2+ 0-1

John Schultz - Dean Brown [A58]
WSO July rd 3
Benko Gambit 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6 6.b3 g6 7.Bb2 Bg7 8.g3 d6 9.Bg2 0-0 10.Nh3 Qb6 11.Qc2 Nbd7 12.0-0 Qb7 13.Rd1 Nb6 14.Na3 Qc8 15.Nc4 Nbxd5 16.Nf4 Nxf4 17.Bxa8 Nxe2+ 18.Qxe2 Qxa8 19.Qxe7 Nd5 20.Qxd6 Bxb2 21.Nxb2 Nc3 22.Re1 Ne2+ 23.Rxe2 Bxe2 24.Nc4 Bg4 25.Qf4 Bh3 26.f3 Be6 27.Kf2 Rd8 28.Ne5 Rd4 29.Qh6 Bxb3 30.Ng4 Qa6 31.axb3 Qc6 32.Ra8+ 1-0

Richard Cordovano - Anthea Carson [B09]
WSO July rd 3
Pirc 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.e5 Ne8 7.Bc4 e6 8.0-0 d5 9.Bd3 c5 10.dxc5 Nc6 11.a3 b6 12.Bb5 Bb7 13.cxb6 Qxb6+ 14.Kh1 Rd8 15.Qe2 a6 16.Bxc6 Bxc6 17.Nd4? Qxd4 18.Qxa6 Qc4 19.Qxc4 dxc4 20.b4 cxb3 21.cxb3 Rd3 22.Ne2 Nd6 23.Rb1 Nf5 24.b4 Nh4 25.Rg1 Rfd8 26.Bb2 Rd2 27.Nd4 R8xd4 28.Bxd4 Nxg2 29.Rgc1 Bb7 30.Rc7 Be4 31.Rc8+ Bf8 32.Bc5 Nxf4+ 33.Kg1 Bxb1 34.Bxf8 Rg2+ 35.Kf1 Bd3+ 36.Ke1 Rc2 37.Bc5+ Kg7 38.Bf8+ -

Randy Canney - Denis Kholodar [B53]
WSO June rd 4
Sicilian 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nbd7 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bg5 a6 8.0-0-0 Qc7 9.Bb3 Be7 10.g4 Qc5 11.Qd2 b5 12.Be3 Qc7 13.g5 Ng4 14.Bd4 Nge5 15.Nh4 0-0 16.f4 Nc4 17.Qe2 Bb7 18.Rhg1 e5 19.Nf5 Rfe8 20.Qh5 Bf8 21.Nh6+ gxh6 22.gxh6+ Kh8 23.Qg5 Bxh6 24.Qxh6 Rg8 25.Bf2 Rxg1 26.Rxg1 Rg8 27.Rxg8+ Kxg8 28.Qg5+ Kf8 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.Qg5+ Kf8 31.f5 f6 32.Qh4 Kg8 33.Be3 Nc5 34.Bh6 Qf7 35.Qg4+ Kh8 36.h4 Qg8 37.Qxg8+ Kxg8 38.a4 Bc6 39.axb5 axb5 40.Bxc4+ bxc4 41.Nd5 Bxd5 42.exd5 Ne4 43.b4 Nc3 44.Kd2 Nxd5 45.b5 Kf7 46.Ke1 Ke7 47.Kf2 e4 48.h5 Kd7 49.Bf8 Kc7 50.Kg3 Nb6 51.Be7 Nd7 52.b6+ Nxb6 53.Bxf6 Kd7 54.Bd4 Nd5 55.Kg4 Ke7 56.c3 Kf7 57.Kg3 Nf6 58.h6 d5 59.Kh4 Ng8 60.Kg5 Ne7 61.Kf4 Nc6 62.Bg7 Ke7 63.Bh8 Kd6 64.Bg7 Kc5 65.Bf8+ Kb5 66.Bg7 Ka4 67.f6 Nd8 68.Ke3 Kb3 69.Kd4 Nf7 70.Bf8 e3 71.Kxe3 Kxc3 72.Bc5 Nxh6 73.Bd4+ Kc2 74.Kf4 Kd3 75.Bc5 c3 76.Ke5 c2 77.Ba3 Ng4+ 78.Kxd5 Nxf6+ 79.Ke5 Ne4 80.Bc1 Nc5 81.Kf6 Nb3 82.Bb2 Nd2 83.Kg5 Nc4 84.Bc1 Ke2 85.Kh6 Kd1 0-1

Glenn Leotaud - Gerry Sunderland [A08]
WSO July rd 4
French 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.Ngf3 c5 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Be7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Re1 Re8 9.c3 Bf8 10.e5 Nd7 11.h4 Qc7 12.d4 cxd4 13.cxd4 Nb4 14.Re2 Nd3 15.Nb3 Nxc1 16.Rxc1 Qd8 17.Rec2 Qe7 18.Rc7 Rd8 19.Bh3 Qe8 20.Qd3 h6 21.g4 b6 22.g5 Nb8 (Would you believe Black's going to win this?) 23.a3 Ba6 24.Qe3 Nd7 25.gxh6 gxh6 26.Kh2 Bg7 27.Rg1 Kh8 28.Nc1 Rdc8 29.Rxc8 Rxc8 30.Nd3 Bxd3 31.Qxd3 Nb8 (Back again) 32.Qd2 Qe7 33.Bf1 f5 34.exf6 Qxf6 35.Ne5 Nc6 36.Ng6+ Kh7 37.Qc2 Qf5 38.Bd3 Qf6 39.Ne7+ Kh8 40.Nxc8 Nxd4 41.Qa4? Qxf2+ 42.Kh1 Qxh4+ 43.Kg2 Qg4+ 44.Kf1 Qf3+ 45.Ke1 Qe3+ 46.Kf1 Qxd3+ 47.Kg2 Qf3+ 0-1

John Blanco - Ed Cronin [B06]
WSO August rd 4
Pirc 1.e4 g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Be3 Nf6 5.Nc3 0-0 6.h3 c5?! (A gambit?) 7.dxc5 dxc5 8.Qxd8 Rxd8 9.Bxc5 e6 10.Be2 Nc6 11.0-0 b6 12.Be3 Bb7 13.a3 Ne8 14.Rad1 Bxc3 15.bxc3 Rac8 16.Nh2 Ne5 17.Rxd8 Rxd8 18.f4 Nc6 19.g4 Na5 20.Bd3 Nd6 21.e5 Ne4 22.Bxe4 Bxe4 23.Nf3 Nc4 24.Bc1 Bxc2 25.Nd4 Ba4 26.f5 Nxe5 27.fxe6 fxe6 28.Rf6 Rd6 29.Bh6 Nf7 30.Nxe6? Bb3 31.g5 Rxe6 32.Rxe6 Bxe6 33.h4 Ne5 34.Kf2 Bb3 35.Ke3 Nc4+ 36.Kd4 Nxa3 37.c4 Bxc4 0-1

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