August 10, 2008

U.S. Open - Round 8 update

With one round to go at the U.S. Open, 6 players share the lead with 7 points. Texas continues to be well represented with IM Joe Bradford, IM Rade Milovanovic, and NM Chaitanya Vaidya occupying 3 of the top 6 spots. Vaidya scored an impressive win last night against GM Yermolinsky in round 8 (a 265-point upset with the Black pieces)! Some of you may remember Vaidya as the winner of the 2007 National Collegiate Championship.

[Event "U.S. Open"]
[Date "2008.08.09"]
[Round "8"]
[White "GM Alex Yermolinsky"]
[Black "Chaitanya Vaidya"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2589"]
[BlackElo "2324"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. Bg5 Nbd7 6. cxd5 exd5 7. e3
Be7 8. Qc2 O-O 9. Bd3 Re8 10. h3 Nf8 11. Bf4 Ng6 12. Bg3 Bd6 13. Bxd6
Qxd6 14. O-O-O b6 15. g4 Qe7 16. Kb1 Bb7 17. Bf5 c5 18. h4 c4 19. h5
Nf8 20. g5 Ne4 21. g6 fxg6 22. hxg6 Nxc3+ 23. bxc3 h6 24. Rdg1 Bc8
25. Rh5 Nd7 26. Bxd7 Bxd7 27. Rxd5 Bc6 28. Re5 Qb7 29. Rxe8+ Rxe8
30. Nd2 Rf8 31. f3 Bxf3 32. Rf1 Qd5 33. e4 Qb5+ 34. Ka1 Be2 35. Rxf8+
Kxf8 36. Nb1 Qh5 37. e5 Bd3 38. Qg2 Qxg6 39. Qa8+ Qe8 40. Qxa7 Qc6
41. a4 Kg8 42. d5 Qxd5 43. Qxb6 Qxe5 44. a5 Qd5 45. a6 Be4 46. Kb2 Kh7
47. Kc1 Qd3 0-1

The final round is today at 3pm.