Monday, May 26, 2008

2008 Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic, Day 3

IM Andranik Matikozyan and GM Melikset Khachiyan tied for first in the Memorial Day Classic with 5-1. Khachiyan took the trophy on tiebreak. (See photo, in which Khachiyan (r) seizes the trophy from his rival.)

Taking clear third with 4 1/2 - 1/2 was expert Craig Faber. Faber's excellent result was the story of the tournament, as he upset IMs Taylor and Peters and drew with Matikozyan, losing only to Khachiyan.

In other action, Eric Zhang topped the Premier (U2000) section with 5-1, Jerry Yee scored 5 1/2 - 1/2 in the Amateur (U1800), and Danny Machuca and Hector Valdez tied in the Reserve (U1600). Side events saw Cau Duong Le and Prospero Buenavista tie with 4-1 in the 22-player Action, while William Pennucci (who played in the Action simultaneously!) took first place in the Hexes. Complete standings may be found here.

GM Melikset Khachiyan – Gregg Small
2008 Lina Grumette Memorial Day Classic, Los Angeles 2008
B85 SICILIAN DEFENSE, Scheveningen Varaition

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be2 a6 7.0–0 Nf6 8.Be3 d6 9.Kh1 Be7 10.f4 0–0 11.Qe1 Bd7 12.Qg3 b5 13.a3 b4 14.axb4 Nxb4 15.e5 Ne8 16.Rad1 dxe5 17.fxe5 a5 18.Ne4 a4 19.Bg5 Bxg5 20.Nxg5 h6 21.Ngxe6 1–0

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