I actually tied for first in our January G/40 event. I won my first two games last week. In round 3 I played up and sucked with the black pieces. This was one the instances where one doesn't want to be the higher ranked player and get her due color. We were both due black but because I had 2 points and Lonnie had 1.5 I got my black. I'm getting tired of getting crushed horribly when the opponent plays d4, but doesn't allow me to play my regular Nimzo-Indian. I'm sure that's one of the reasons why I beat Silvio last week, because he didn't play his usual garbage opening as white.
There was actually a silver lining to getting Black against Lonnie. The chances were I was going to lose to him regardless of what color I had. He's rated 2225, and my record against him is 2 wins, 1 draw and 30 losses. My win against him with the black pieces was at time when he played e4 as white. So by having black against Lonnie it put me in line to play White against Isaac Sherman, rated 1811.
Isaac is an older Russian player who did not start playing in rated tournaments until August of 2006. He has never played outside the two chess clubs in Scarsdale and White Plains so it's hard to say what his true strength is. It's small pool of players that he's played against. I ran the MSA History program on him. He has a very solid record, albeit against a small circle of players.
Best Upset = 279 points -- JOHN KELLY -- 2098 BOB PERETZ CC CHAMPIONSHIP 12-10-2007
23. Nxb5 Qa6 (He opted not to play cxb5 allowing me to win the exchange.) 24. Nxd4 Ree8 25. Bf4 Rac8 26. Nf3 Nxf3+ 27. Bxf3 Be6 28. a4 Bd529. Bxd5+ cxd5 30. b5 Qe6 31. d4 h6 32. c6 g5 33. Bc1 g4 34. Bf4 a6 35. Qd2axb5 36. axb5 Re7 37. Re1 Qf6 38. Rxe7 Qxe7 39. Re1 Qa7 40. Be5 Bf8 41. Rb1 Qb642. Qd3 Be7 43. Qxf5 Rxc6?? (I think he forgot that after Qxf5 I'm still protecting the rook on b1.) 44. bxc6 1-0