PawnSac: This game was played in the 1993 World Open, at the Adams Mark Hotel on City Line Av in North Philadelphia. I was working in an office building directly across the street at the time. After work i'd walk over to catch the highlights for a few hours each day of the event. I enjoyed the convenience immensely, and got to meet quite a few chess notables. It was probably THE most fun tourney i attended even tho i couldn't participate.
The Open was won that year by Alex Shabalov, but John Watson, Roman Dzinzi, Walter Brown, Nick DeFirmian, Vivic Rao, and many other well known players were participating in the event. The kibitz room was the best, since players went there for post-game analysis and blitz. Walter Brown and Roman Dzinzi were good friends, and would play a series of 5 min games (ANY player in the room would gladly furnish them a board and clock). And they were good hearted, drawing a crowd while playing, having fun taunting either other and making fun of their moves. Many of us joined in the dialog. It was very entertaining to watch two very strong GM's battle it out game after game, and see with what speed and accuracy they assessed and analyzed positions.
I remember this game in particular since I chatted with Eric at the bookstore the day before (if you're looking for him at a tourney, you'll usually find him there), so when walking through the playing room he caught my eye. I was curious who he was playing, then also recognized Nick, so stopped to watch the game.