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Jaan Ehlvest wins World Open
On Mon, 07 Jul 2003 12:42:07 -0400, Dan Heisman
I apologize to Sam Sloan.
I was not correct when I wrote in the previous post in this thread that he did not play: He did act as a
filler in the U2200 section on the final day (which I why I originally knew he was not in the primary event
since he had not been there during the week and I attended every day Wednesday-Sunday). And yes, Sam did
beat young Michael Thaler, as the crosstable at http://www.worldopen.com/2003Results/2200.htm will confirm
Sam's "perfect" 2-0 Sunday.
- Dan H
Correct, and thank you.
After the start of Round 9, Steve Immitt asked me if I wanted to play
another game as a filler. I replied, "Yes, as long as my opponent is
This made my prospective opponent, who was standing nearby, just about
jump out of his skin, because he was a black guy. Steve Immitt said,
"You just said the wrong thing." I hastily explained that I wanted to
play the black pieces in the chess game. I did not tell my opponent
the reason, which is I wanted to spring my Damiano's Defense on him.
Sad to relate, my opponent spoiled my experiment by playing 1. d4, so
I had to resort to my staid and stodgy Englund Gambit. I soon regreted
this, as I damn near lost. My opponent missed a mate, but I will bet
that you cannot find it without a computer.
Just before I was going to be checkmated, my opponent overlooked my
mate threat and so I won the game. I calculate that I gained 31 rating
points from these two games.
A good, though imperfect, game.