After the exhausting tournament scheme, that finally ended on 23 January in L.A. I got some free time to see USA. Chess was still involved though, as I was invited for a couple of simultaneous exhibitions in San Diego on 27 and 28 January. This is what the official site of the club wrote about the events:
“Thursday night was the first go around for this event and we had 19 participants, a few less than expected but not a bad turnout. It was a small field, but fairly strong, with over one half the players rated over 2000. It started promptly at 7 PM and GM Bojkov got right after it after a few brief announcements. Here were the players in rating order:
2 Masters: Bruce Baker and Kyron Griffith
8 Experts: Dimitry Kishinevsky, Nikolay Arutyunov, Alejandrino Baluran, Alan Tsoi, Jesse Orlowski, Bill Whitney, Antonio Gonzalez and Robert Defore.
3 Class A: Buddy Morris, Chuck Ensey and Carl Newell.
5 Class B: Edgar Lopez, Jim Krooskos, Frank Arias, Steve Perry and Leonardo Villaverde.
1 Class C: Fred Cleveland
Buddy Morris was the first to go down in flames - he transposed a move order and blamed it on being tired. Antonio Gonzalez was the next to drop as he tried to replay a blitz game he had had some success with Dejan yesterday. I (Chuck) was the next to drop, but just before I did, Bill Whitney had earned a draw!! I had to leave at that point, but it looked like Alan Tsoi had a won game, up the exchange and a pawn, and Bruce had drawing chances in a Rook and pawn ending, down a pawn, but it was doubled. Update: Yes Alan Tsoi won and Bruce Baker drew, as did Kyron Griffith. So, final score was 1 win, 3 draws and 15 losses for the home team. A repectable showing for both sides.
So Friday night we did it all over again, but the turnout was much lower, really hardly enough to hold a decent simul. There were a few kids from the Jedi Knights, plus 4 Experts (Arutyunov, Gonzalez Humphrey and Whitney), plus a few Class players (Morris, Perry, Vajapeyam). No one got a win or even a draw under these conditions.”
This short game was played in the second simul, where my young opponent fell for a typical trick:
NN - Bojkov,D [A00]
Simultanious San Diego, 28.01.2011
1.e3 d5 2.d3 e5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.d4 e4 6.Ne5 Bd6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 h5 9.0–0?
9...Bxh2+ 10.Kxh2 Ng4+ 11.Kg1 Qh4 12.Bxg4 hxg4 13.f4 g3 0–1
I should add that San Diego is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, with the remarkable bay area, jolly downtown and glorious Balboa Park and Zoo.
I found many new friends. Thanks you Antonio, Dimitry, Bill, Buddy and Nikolay for showing me the city. And thank you Chuck, for the invitation!