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|Aug-07-09|| ||zanshin: <Sana upsets 2405 FM at Liberty Bell Open|
2007 La. State Champion Mariano Sana sends the following report from the 2009 Liberty Bell Open in Philadelphia:
Over MLK weekend I was able to play the 41st edition of the Liberty Bell Open in Philadelphia (crosstable here). It was nice to be back in Philly, where I lived for seven years while in graduate school. I love that place, even if I get to be there during freezing weather! The tournament was won by 20-year-old GM Timur Gareev, solo, with 6 in 7. See Jennifer Shahadeh’s article on the USCF website for a full report on the tournament, including the spectacular victory of Gareev over GM Sergey Kudrin, featuring a conceptual exchange sacrifice followed by an elegant attack.
I played in the open section and, because of a prior commitment further north, had to take two byes in the first two rounds. I believe I was the only Louisiana player in the tournament. My last tournament as a Louisiana player, actually. I will be leaving LSU in May to join Vanderbilt University, so I’m moving to Nashville. I scored +2=1-2. In round 3 I beat FM Thomas Bartell. My opponent was visibly tired and was not having a good tournament (he had already lost a game.) I had taken byes and was probably in better shape, even though I had driven five hours from Rhode Island to Philly that afternoon.
FM Bartell(2405)-Sana(2176), 2009 Liberty Bell Open
NM Rosenberg(2229)-Sana(2176), 2009 Liberty Bell Open
Congratulations to Dr. Sana on his fine victory, as well his as new position at Vanderbilt University. We wish him the best. >
|Aug-08-09|| ||Fusilli: <hms123> Ah, I didn't know I can upload my own games. Will look into that.|
|Aug-20-09|| ||WinKing: Congratulations on being iducted to the chessgames 'Hall of Fame'...well almost.:) Having your own page is pretty cool!|
|Sep-08-09|| ||Fusilli: Well, on second thought, my games are generally of not enough quality for chessgames.com. Rather, I prefer to post positions, not entire games, on my chess forum. Everyone is welcome to visit it!|
|Jan-20-12|| ||Fusilli: I changed my mind and asked chessgames.com to upload a bunch of my games. They are up now! The quality is not that great, but some have interesting positions.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Shams: <Fusilli> Definitely some interesting games there. I enjoy looking at "mere" master games, they're very educational.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Fusilli: Thanks for your interest in my games, <Shams>. When I submitted them to cg.com I tried to exclude those that were a bit too embarrassing (for either player).|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Knight13: <Fusilli> Please, tell us about the picture. :-)|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Fusilli: <K> It's me with my dog, Baby. I am the one on the left. :-)|
Poor Baby (12 years old) has cancer. She is actually living beyond her survival estimate according to the vet. In fact, she still looks pretty good and happy. A pain killer a day helps.
The picture was taken in the front porch of my house just days ago.
|Jan-21-12|| ||crawfb5: <M> As I told you, I really like this picture. It should probably have a caption something like, "You played WHAT???"|
|Jan-21-12|| ||FSR: Yes, a very funny picture! "The Latvian Gambit - are you serious?!" I'm sorry to hear that Baby has cancer, but glad that she's still enjoying herself.|
|Jan-23-12|| ||brankat: A very beautiful photo indeed. A heart warming one.|
|Jan-23-12|| ||Knight13: <Fusilli> Better than this one: http://www.lsu.edu/highlights/2008/.... :-p|
|Jan-23-12|| ||Fusilli: <K> As you may imagine, they didn't check for my approval before using that photo!|
|Jan-23-12|| ||brankat: Interesting stuff, the article. Actually, I've been thinking pretty much along the same lines in last dozen years or so :-)|
|Jan-23-12|| ||Fusilli: <brankat> Isn't it something? When you think about it, few fields of skilled practice have had the kind of massive immigration shock that U.S. chess has had. Studying all its effects, and how the chess experience can speak to other issues in immigration research, is fascinating to me.|
However, I must sadly say, this research got stalled. A crucial part of the research project was a survey of a sample of USCF members. Bill Hall, USCF executive director, seemed excited about it and promised the USCF cooperation. (I needed it to have access to the sample frame and addresses of those selected for the survey.) But the USCF data czar, over and over and over again, ignored my requests. In the course of a year I made eight attempts at contacting him to get him to cooperate like Bill Hall promised, but he made himself inaccessible with the exception of a single day, when we had an exchange of emails. Then I never heard from him again. I have all this documented in a log file. At some point I thought of filing a formal complaint with the USCF, but I am pretty sure that would have been useless.
The sad part is that the USCF would have stood to learn a lot of useful information from my survey, and yet they did not cooperate. And I wasn't asking much! Just a simple database, stripped of all sensitive information, to draw my sample. I simply think they are understaffed and disorganized, so my little project was priority 3,459 or something like that. At the time, a friend of mine summarized it thus: "they are too busy sueing each other".
Then I got busy with other things, and put the chess project in the back burner. I will get back to it one day, and will not bother to contact the USCF ever again for this.
|Jan-25-12|| ||Knight13: <Fusilli> The USCF data czar is simply that - a czar. He will fall one day, and you can hope to resume your chess project then. It's not over yet!|
|May-06-12|| ||Fusilli: My dog Baby (pictured above) had to be put to sleep today. She was 12 and survived several months beyond the vet's forecast. She was a wonderful dog and gave me and my wife many happy days. We'll miss her badly.|
|May-06-12|| ||OhioChessFan: "The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog."|
|May-06-12|| ||kellmano: The more I get to know humans the more I love my dog - Mark Twain (I think)|
Sorry for your loss fusilli. That is truly a great photo. You really can see the mutual love.
|May-07-12|| ||crawfb5: "If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man." -- Twain|
Mariano, we're so sorry Baby couldn't hold on any longer. She was lucky to have you step into her life at her age. If they didn't mean so much to us, we wouldn't miss them so much when they're gone.
|May-07-12|| ||tpstar: <Fusilli> Sincere condolences for your loss.|
|Jul-04-12|| ||wordfunph: <Fusilli> happy birthday!|
|Jul-04-12|| ||tpstar: <Fusilli> Happy Birthday!!|
|Jul-05-12|| ||Fusilli: <wordfunph> <tpstar> Thanks. I am older and wiser now, and exactly five years Shirov's senior (well, that I have been ever since he was born!)|
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